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 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:40:43 -0500 60 <![CDATA[We can't let our leaders ignore climate change]]> In mid-November, President Obama struck an historic deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in which both countries pledged to substantially reduce their greenhouse emissions over the next decade.

While crucial details need to be worked out, this is still a great step forward. We need bold action now if we hope to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change and leave behind a planet where future generations can enjoy the same quality of life that we have now.

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<![CDATA[Paid Family Leave: An employee benefit that benefits employers as well]]> The holiday season can be a time of great joy. But for many working parents, the holidays are also a stark reminder of how tenuous their employment and benefits are.

When you have paid time off, spending time with family is joyous, but what if you were forced to take time off to care for yourself or a family member?

By one estimate, 23 percent of Americans have either lost a job or been threatened with the loss of their job for taking time off to care for themselves or another family member.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: A Cup of Christmas Tea]]> "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

--C.S. Lewis

One of the staple, cold drinks of Lebanon and Lancaster counties, Pa., is mint tea or, as it is sometimes called, meadow tea. Amish, Mennonites and other people in Pennsylvania Dutch Country enjoy this iced tea from spring all the way through to the fall frost.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: All Aboard the Christmas Train]]> It is during this time of the year that I recall Christmas train trips with my Krestzmama (Godmother), when Rose Beregi and I went to Philadelphia. We would walk to the train station as soon as school let out.

When the diesel engine pulled into the station applying the brakes, the steam took my breath away.

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<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Christmas Village: Visit the Christmas Village at Westridge Estates, 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville. See over 150 lighted porcelain houses in a late-19th Century setting, including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England countryside and seaport and Alpine village.

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<![CDATA[Pa. Philharmonic to bring 'Disney Fantasia Live' to PASD's new auditorium]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Area School District is getting set to host a special performance of "Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert" when the Pennsylvania Philharmonic comes to town on Jan. 2.

The concert is open to the public and will be held in Phoenixville Area Middle School's new auditorium.

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Julie (dog)

Julie is a very sweet 3-year-old beagle. She loves exploring outside, going wherever her nose takes her, and she is good with children and other dogs. Julie is a great cuddler, house- and crate-trained and up-to-date on her shots. Please contact Spay and Save at 610-279-9714 for more information.

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<![CDATA[Montco coroner says Stone did not die from stab wounds]]> NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman said on Wednesday the 35-year-old Iraq war veteran who killed his ex-wife and five of her family members did not die from self-inflicted stab wounds.

Bradley Stone, who was sought for nearly two days following a string of deadly shootings was found dead in the woods near his home in Pennsburg around 1:30 p.

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<![CDATA[Military News]]> Christopher Kasker, a 1992 Phoenixville Area High School graduate, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Nov. 3.

Kasker enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1993 with duty at the Phoenixville Armory. While attending West Chester University, Kasker enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Program and entered active duty upon graduation in 1997.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:01:22 -0500 2014-12-18T01:01:22-05:00 2014-12-18T01:01:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Ex-boxer 'The Gladiator' admits to scuffle with Lower Providence police]]> NORRISTOWN >> A professional boxer who appeared in arenas as "The Gladiator" stood in a legal arena on Tuesday addressing charges he used his skills out of the ring during a scuffle with Lower Providence police.

Demetrius "The Gladiator" Hopkins, 34, of Philadelphia, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 10 ½ months already served to 23 months in jail, to be followed by four years' probation, after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated assault of a police officer in connection with the January 2014 incident along Egypt Road in the township.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:01:18 -0500 2014-12-18T01:01:18-05:00 2014-12-18T01:01:20-05:00
<![CDATA[Kagel named head of Chester County emergency services]]> WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday named a protege of the late director of the Department of Emergency Services, Ed Atkins, to succeed his mentor.

The three-member board acted unanimously to name Robert "Bobby" Kagel as director of the department that oversees the broad community of emergency personnel and first responders in the county.

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<![CDATA[Lower Frederick man convicted of possessing child porn]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Frederick man potentially faces jail time after he was convicted of possessing child pornography on his home computer.

James Mueller Jr., 36, of the 500 block of Krause Road, was convicted Thursday in Montgomery County Court of a felony charge of possessing child pornography in connection with incidents that occurred between December 2012 and May 2013.

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<![CDATA[No public comments on proposed $371M Montgomery County budget]]> NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners set two different times on Thursday for the public to make comments about the proposed 2015 budget, and no one came.

The commissioners set time for Thursday afternoon after adjourning from their regular meeting and again at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[No tax hike in 2015 Chester County budget]]> WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday approved a $522 million 2015 budget that decreases overall spending and keeps property tax rates the same, while still providing what the commissioners said was a high quality of government services to residents, from courts to parks and in between.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:56:31 -0500 2014-12-18T00:56:31-05:00 2014-12-18T00:56:32-05:00
<![CDATA[Brothers receive 'A Hero's Welcome']]> ROYERSFORD >> U.S. Army Spc4 Ryan Klick and Sgt. Bradley Klick were given "A Hero's Welcome" in Royersford Saturday afternoon. The brothers returned home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Members of the Warriors Watch Riders, along with many friends and family were in attendance.

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