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 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:52:55 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Firebird Fest returns to Phoenixville for its 11th burn]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Excitement is building as Phoenixville prepares to host its 11th annual Firebird Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6. A crowd of thousands is expected to attend this year's event, which will be held in Friendship Field on Phoenixville's north side.

The yearly event is a celebration that welcomes the approaching winter solstice, as well as acknowledging the rebirth of the borough in recent years.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:19:08 -0500 2014-11-25T16:19:08-05:00 2014-11-25T16:19:14-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Celebrating Jewish Values & Dedication]]> Chanukah is just a few weeks off. This is the time that the Jewish community celebrates the Victory of Values and Dedication.

It is not a time of fasting or denial. Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and is a time of good food and gaiety. Many Jews believe that eating and drinking are true religious acts, that in the process of eating we share in the bounty of God.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:33:38 -0500 2014-11-25T15:33:38-05:00 2014-11-25T15:33:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Prosecutors to seek life imprisonment against convicted Skippack teen killer Tristan Stahley]]> NORRISTOWN >> Citing "the threat to the safety of the public" by a Skippack teenager convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, prosecutors will seek to keep the teenager behind bars for the rest of his life.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo has filed notice in Montgomery County Court that he plans to seek a sentence of life imprisonment against Tristan Brian Stahley, 18, of the 4100 block of Rittenhouse Lane, who in September was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the May 25, 2013, stabbing death of 17-year-old Julianne Siller, of Royersford.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:55:45 -0500 2014-11-24T15:55:45-05:00 2014-11-24T15:55:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Berman scores first-round KO in pro boxing debut]]> KING OF PRUSSIA >> Opening-night jitters were definitely apparent for Collegeville boxer Sammy Berman Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Berman, the 18-year-old Methacton High School senior, made his professional boxing debut in the welterweight division against Jamikey Woods of Statesville, N.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:38:21 -0500 2014-11-24T15:38:21-05:00 2014-11-24T15:38:36-05:00
<![CDATA[Get Well Gabby Foundation to hold Breakfast with Santa]]> Previously named Old Fashioned Christmas, now Breakfast with Santa, A Very Gabby Christmas will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Conference Center at Valley Forge.

Seating times are at 8:30 a.m., 9:45, 11 and 12:15 p.m. This event sold out last year and the organizers expect the same response for this year's event.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:06:40 -0500 2014-11-24T15:06:40-05:00 2014-11-24T15:06:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Horse Power for Life's Jingle Fest returns, moves into Expo Center]]> OAKS >> The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center will host an exciting free event this year on Dec. 6. The Jingle Fest Dog-Friendly Holiday Craft Bazaar and Family Festival, hosted by Horse Power for Life, has something for everyone, and is raising money for an important cause.

The event runs from 10 a.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:50:58 -0500 2014-11-24T14:50:58-05:00 2014-11-24T14:51:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Residents oppose Phoenixville council's vote to kill rec board]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Although the majority of council voted to move to the next step of eliminating the borough's recreation board, one councilwoman and many residents remain staunchly opposed to the move.

In a 6-2 vote, council decided to schedule a public hearing at its next meeting Dec. 9 on the potential removal of the recreation board from borough ordinances.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:49:33 -0500 2014-11-24T14:49:33-05:00 2014-11-24T14:49:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Housing Authority recognized for inovative design at Fairview Village]]> On Oct. 17, the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC) was honored to receive the prestigious Excellence in Housing award presented by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

The award was for innovative project design of the Fairview Village housing development constructed in Phoenixville.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:31:34 -0500 2014-11-21T02:31:34-05:00 2014-11-21T02:31:44-05:00
<![CDATA[Neighbors of proposed Phoenixville school site worried by project scope]]> SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> Township supervisors unanimously approved a zoning change in their last meeting for the site where the Phoenixville Area School District plans to build its new school and fields complex, much to the dismay of residents living in an adjacent neighborhood.

"Residents on Meadowbrook Lane are opposed to giving Phoenixville Area School District carte blanche on unbridled development," neighbor Kathleen Mraz told Digital First Media.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:10:38 -0500 2014-11-19T15:10:38-05:00 2014-11-19T15:10:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Empty Bowls raises over $18k for PACS pantry]]> Phoenixville: Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) held its annual Empty Bowls event at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus Nov. 7. The event raised $18,454 for PACS' emergency food pantry to combat hunger locally and raise awareness of the global problem. It featured 600 handcrafted bowls donated by professional artists from around the area, including Chester Springs Art Studio and Phoenix Village Art Center, as well as students from Phoenixville and Great Valley school districts, Malvern Prep and Phelps School.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:46:54 -0500 2014-11-19T14:46:54-05:00 2014-11-19T14:47:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Crossroads Presbyterian, Limerick Bowl to offer Turkey Bowl dinner]]> The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those without a home or living alone.

Identifying thousands in the area like this, Limerick Bowl will be warming up their lanes on Thanksgiving Day while partnering with Crossroads Church to provide not just a free warm meal, but a family outing to capture the true essence of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:30:50 -0500 2014-11-19T12:30:50-05:00 2014-11-19T12:30:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Revictimization Relief Act a way for victims to have their day in court]]> As with so much else surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Revictimization Relief Act has been distorted to suit the needs of an egocentric killer and his deluded followers.

Simply put, the new law allows victims and their survivors to seek a court hearing -- complete with facts and arguments from both sides -- when their assailant crosses the line from free speech to sick taunt.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:13:17 -0500 2014-11-19T10:13:17-05:00 2014-11-19T10:13:19-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Geeks and Geezers in Action]]> "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved."

-- Helen Keller

Warren G. Bennis is one of my favorite authors on leadership. He has written over 25 books. But when I read the article he co-authored with Robert S.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:21:44 -0500 2014-11-19T09:21:44-05:00 2014-11-19T09:21:47-05:00
<![CDATA[A smarter system for funding students]]> Imagine writing a large check for a new car and finding out a year later that it fails safety tests, won't pass inspection and needs thousands in repairs. You'd probably be demanding answers from the dealership. If the only solution they offered was the exact same car but for more money -- would you take it?

That's essentially the deal Pennsylvanians are being offered on public education -- disappointing results from a broken system that they're told only more money can fix.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:08:32 -0500 2014-11-19T00:08:32-05:00 2014-11-19T00:08:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Trappe Ambulance EMT Renee Sullivan reflects on move from corporate career]]> Renee Sullivan had just turned her shopping cart into the dairy aisle when she heard a commotion just ahead. Several customers were hovering over an elderly woman, who was lying prostrate on a wooden skid. Sullivan recognized immediately the signs of a seizure.

In high school, Sullivan had a friend who was susceptible to seizures.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:49:01 -0500 2014-11-18T16:49:01-05:00 2014-11-18T16:49:03-05:00