RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:41:03 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Organizational Bootcamp helps homeowners get storage spaces in shape]]> Pat Bastian has a few simple questions so homeowners can determine whether they might benefit from his company's services.

First, have they ever gone out to the garages or down into their basements looking for a tool, and in the search absentmindedly moved around a bunch of screwdrivers?

And, Bastian asks, have they ever thought about taking the time to do an inventory of those screwdrivers?

More than likely they haven't but if they did, Bastian predicted they would find they are looking "at 17 of the same kind of screwdriver.

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<![CDATA[The Clinic in Phoenixville surpasses technology fundraising goal]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Facing the virtual dark ages, The Clinic was in big trouble.

The nonprofit organization's seven-year-old computer server crashed at its office at 143 Church St. on Jan. 29, sending the entire digitally-reliant office into a downward spiral. Until a replacement machine could be installed, nearly all work on the business end of the organization ground to a halt.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:11:41 -0500 2015-03-06T14:11:41-05:00 2015-03-06T14:11:41-05:00
<![CDATA[Prosecutors fight bail reduction request of accused Lower Pottsgrove arsonist]]> NORRISTOWN >> Arguing a Lower Pottsgrove woman is a danger to the community after she allegedly torched and destroyed the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, prosecutors are fighting her request for reduced bail.

"It's clear this type of crime is scary for the community and for law enforcement.

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<![CDATA[Spring City police find growing operation during assault call]]> SPRING CITY >> Police uncovered a marijuana growing operation Wednesday after responding to a call regarding an assault.

Police arrested James Vogt of Spring City after police arrived on the scene and met with the victim, officers said.

Upon arrival, police met with the woman who informed police that Vogt allegedly had kicked and strangled her.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:09:35 -0500 2015-03-06T14:09:35-05:00 2015-03-06T14:09:35-05:00
<![CDATA[The Big Dig: Late-winter snow blankets region]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents across the region didn't let a little thing like snow get them down, even if they grumbled a bit because of it.

As the National Weather Service reported nearly 10 inches in some spots Thursday, most neighbors making their way along Bridge Street in Phoenixville took the forecast in stride.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:08:42 -0500 2015-03-06T14:08:42-05:00 2015-03-06T14:08:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Medical emergency leads to crash on Route 422 in Limerick]]> LIMERICK >> A medical emergency led to a crash on Route 422 at Evergreen Road Tuesday night amid icy road conditions.

Limerick Police said the driver of a Jeep, who is not being identified at this time, was believed to have been suffering from a diabetic emergency when the crash occurred. Reports from the scene indicated that the vehicle hit several road signs on Route 422 in Limerick before getting off at Sanatoga.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:04:48 -0500 2015-03-06T14:04:48-05:00 2015-03-06T14:04:48-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Borough Council interviews 6 solicitor candidates]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Sleet and freezing rain couldn't stop Phoenixville Borough Council from conducting its search for a new solicitor.

Council held a special meeting Tuesday night to interview six law firms from around the region for the position, before it makes its likely final decision at the March 10 meeting.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:03:58 -0500 2015-03-06T14:03:58-05:00 2015-03-06T14:03:58-05:00
<![CDATA[Philadelphia region investigators probe burglaries targeting Asian business owners]]> NORRISTOWN >> Investigators in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties are looking into a burglary ring targeting Asian-owned businesses, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the West Goshen Township Police Department.

The ring is suspected of burglarizing the home of an Asian resident of Worcester who owns a business in the 5900 block of Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia Feb.

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<![CDATA[Rep Hackett among House Republicans seeking to end Gov. Wolf's death penalty moratorium]]> Nearly three weeks after Gov. Tom Wolf suspended state executions, House Republicans, including a representative from Delaware County, are seeking to reverse the death penalty moratorium.

House Resolution 143, sponsored by Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150, of Montgomery County, is being passed around the House for support.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Flower show wows indoors while winter roars its last]]> Winter dumped sleet and ice on the region and followed it up with well over half a foot of snow this week, but that didn't keep patrons from enjoying the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City. This year's event was Disney-themed.

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Dinner, drinks and both live and silent auctions were among the evening's activities with proceeds all going toward PCEF.

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<![CDATA[Methacton Community Theatre presents 'Mother Truckers']]> Breaker One Nine. Breaker One Nine. This is "Mother Truckers" comin' atcha on Friday, March 6 at the Center Square Golf Club in Worcester. This entertaining original comedy by local playwrights, Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway, is presented by Methacton Community Theater in partnership with the Center Square Golf Club in their continuing efforts to bring the dining plus live performance experience to the Montgomery County area.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0500 2015-03-05T02:00:00-05:00 2015-03-06T14:12:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Facetime Theatre's Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre's Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26. Summer Experience consists of two weeks of half-day camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Commons in Phoenixville.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:40:08 -0500 2015-03-05T12:40:08-05:00 2015-03-05T12:40:08-05:00
<![CDATA[Groups seek volunteers to monitor health of local streams]]> A consortium of local conservation and watershed organizations announces the second session of the Schuylkill Water Stewards volunteer training program, starting in spring 2015. The inaugural training program was conducted last fall, with 20 volunteers successfully trained and mobilized to help monitor and protect water quality in the French, Hay and Pickering Creek Watersheds.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:52:17 -0500 2015-03-05T10:52:17-05:00 2015-03-05T10:52:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Gov. Tom Wolf inviting conversation: Who's up to task?]]> We've heard a lot of state budget addresses over the years, stretching back to Gov. Dick Thornburgh. They've been fairly predictable, as have been the default responses of the opposite party (one party's "investments" are another's "taxes" or "giveaways").

It's political theater and everyone has his/her role and script, which have grown increasingly rigid.

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