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, 10 Apr 2015 19:33:18 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Spring-Ford Education Foundation prepares for 2nd 5K fundraiser]]> ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area School District is hosting a fun event that will also raise money for a great cause.

The second 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will help raise money to benefit the Spring-Ford Area High School Senior Impact Awards.

According to Erin G. Crew, school and community engagement consultant, Dr.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:01:28 -0400 2015-04-10T14:01:28-04:00 2015-04-10T14:01:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Extensive upgrades finally coming to Limerick Fire Co.]]> LIMERICK >> An extensive building renovation program, budgeted at $2.5 million, is expected to be undertaken by Limerick Fire Co. sometime before the end of 2015.

The planned renovations are part of a capital purchase program initialized in 2013 for Limerick FC and Linfield Fire Co.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:59:50 -0400 2015-04-10T13:59:50-04:00 2015-04-10T13:59:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Road Bridge construction, closure to begin April 20]]> SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> PennDOT officials announced recently that construction on the Valley Forge Road Bridge over Pickering Creek is set to begin later this month. The structurally-deficient bridge will be closed and detoured between Moorehall Drive and McAvoy Lane starting April 20. Construction is expected to finish later this year.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:58:09 -0400 2015-04-10T12:58:09-04:00 2015-04-10T12:58:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Comic Con! convention in Oaks draws sci-fi and fantasy fans]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 fanboys and fangirls got their geek on at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! convention at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks last weekend.

The event, which paid special tribute to "Star Trek" and "The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" was replete with brightly colored costumed rangers and more than enough Starfleet officers to man a mission to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:47:45 -0400 2015-04-10T12:47:45-04:00 2015-04-10T12:47:45-04:00 MEDIACENTER TOUT
<![CDATA[Guest Column: Say thanks to your township supervisors]]> You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring.

They're your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants show up each and every day with one goal in mind: to build a better community for you, your family and your neighbors.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:34:34 -0400 2015-04-10T11:34:34-04:00 2015-04-10T11:34:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Wal-Mart's small wage increase not enough for employees, taxpayers]]> You don't need a Wal-Mart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company's recently announced boost in worker wages: it's not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of poverty, and therefore not enough to get American taxpayers off the hook for subsidizing the giant retailer's low-wage payroll.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:23:07 -0400 2015-04-10T11:23:07-04:00 2015-04-10T11:23:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Pughtown Agway renovates, expands showroom, keeps its focus local]]> PUGHTOWN >> Pughtown Agway is celebrating some recent upgrades with hopes of expanding their business. A favorite stop for locals, the long-running animal feed store and garden center has been a staple in the community for decades.

The historic building, which originally was a functioning mill close to 100 years ago, switched to supplying animal feed in the early part of last century and served as a farm bureau, an early kind of farming food co-op.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville boy named muscular dystrophy ambassador for Bucks County Harley dealer]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> A 10-year-old boy is helping a Bucks County motorcycle dealership in its efforts to raise funds for the fight against muscular dystrophy.

Lorden Joshua "LJ" Kidon, a fifth grader at Barkley Elementary School, is the 2015 Muscular Dystrophy Association ambassador for Brian's Harley-Davidson in Middletown Township, near Langhorne.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:18:01 -0400 2015-04-10T09:18:01-04:00 2015-04-10T09:18:01-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Passover Seder and more spring traditions]]> When I was a kid, there was a small building set back off Main Street in Phoenixville, between Walnut and Hall streets near the Rialto movie theatre. It was surrounded with mystery as religious services were held on Friday night and Saturday morning and not on Sundays as my family and friends observed.

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

Summer Afield Program: Calling all fourth to sixth graders! Do you like to investigate your world? Explore streams? Make observations and discoveries? Work on experiments? Make new friends? Have Fun? Then you'll want to join Summer Afield and make this a summer to remember! Summer Afield is a week-long, half-day program for students who have finished fourth through sixth grade.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:22:50 -0400 2015-04-09T14:22:50-04:00 2015-04-09T14:22:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Chester Springs couple gets prison time for tax refund scam]]> PHILADELPHIA >> A Chester County couple has been sentenced to substantial prison time for their role in tax fraud and identity theft scheme that involved the stolen identities of patients at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Chester Community Hospital.

Rafael Henriquez Polanco, 32, of Chester Springs, and his wife, Yanira Lopez, 29, sought more than $1.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:49:13 -0400 2015-04-09T12:49:13-04:00 2015-04-09T12:49:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Chester County unveils new 'text to 9-1-1' system]]> WEST GOSHEN >> Chester County officials on Tuesday unveiled a new "text to 9-1-1" capability that now allows residents to contact 911 operators by text message in the case of an emergency that prevents placing a phone call.

Chester County became the first county in the region to roll out the program, which is described as an alternative, but not a substitute, for traditional 911 calls.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:47:52 -0400 2015-04-09T12:47:52-04:00 2015-04-09T12:47:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Three judges selected for Montgomery County election board]]> NORRISTOWN >> Three Montgomery County judges were put on the county's election board Monday at the election board's re-organization meeting.

Judges Lois Murphy, Richard Haaz and Stanley Ott took over the election board. Normally the county commissioners preside over the election board. However, commissioners Josh Shapiro, Valerie Arkoosh and Bruce L.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:46:53 -0400 2015-04-09T12:46:53-04:00 2015-04-09T12:46:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Limerick supervisors OK upgrade for emergency radios]]> LIMERICK >> Technical difficulties have prevented township first responders from communicating with one another. Now township officials have purchased equipment they say will prevent the problem from happening again.

The township supervisors approved the purchase of 36 new radios and a radio repeater and antenna from Marriott's Emergency Equipment in Skippack for $5,800.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:26:29 -0400 2015-04-09T11:26:29-04:00 2015-04-09T11:26:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Perkiomen Valley school employees protest outsourcing proposal]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> It was a sea of orange and black inside the Perkiomen Valley High School auditorium Monday as some 200 district employees and supporters showed up to protest the possible outsourcing of jobs.

Nearly everyone in the packed auditorium wore matching orange and black T-shirts and sweatshirts during the school board meeting.

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