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, 09 Apr 2015 20:35:21 -0400 60 <![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.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:42:34 -0400 2015-04-09T16:42:34-04:00 2015-04-09T16:42:34-04:00
<![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.

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:43:42 -0400 2015-04-07T09:43:42-04:00 2015-04-09T12:03:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Benji (dog)

Benji is a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix who is extremely calm and pretty lazy. He loves to go for walks, but his is just as happy lying beside you under a blanket. Benji attaches himself easily to people and would do better in an all-female home. He is good with dogs his own size, house- and crate-trained, but would love to sleep in bed with you.

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:43:39 -0400 2015-04-07T10:43:39-04:00 2015-04-07T10:43:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Man arrested with drugs and guns in Limerick Wawa lot]]> LIMERICK >> Limerick police stumbled upon a goldmine of contraband Monday morning after responding to a report that a man was passed out in a parking lot.

Officers went to Wawa on the 400 block of West Ridge Pike shortly before 8 a.m. and the found the man in his truck.

"The officers found him to be asleep, passed out.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:37:13 -0400 2015-04-06T16:37:13-04:00 2015-04-06T16:37:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Forge Theatre to present 'Out of Sight, Out of Murder']]> The Forge Theatre adds mystery to April with their next production, "Out of Sight, Out of Murder," by Fred Carmichael.

Peter is writing a murder story in a mansion where another author was murdered years before. An electrical storm causes his characters to come to life. Peter loses control, and people are murdered!

Director Steve Schulz has put together a first-rate cast for this wild yarn.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:19:16 -0400 2015-04-06T14:19:16-04:00 2015-04-06T14:19:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Area SCORE chapter named best in the nation]]> The area SCORE chapter was recognized by the national organization as the top chapter out of more than 300 in the nation.

SCORE of Chester and Delaware County took in top honors this year after being runner-up last year, said Wilson Chu, a counselor and Marketing Committee chairman for the chapter, which provides free business advice.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:04:34 -0400 2015-04-06T12:04:34-04:00 2015-04-06T12:04:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Small fire at Limerick Power Plant]]> LIMERICK >> Officials at the Limerick Generating Station are investigating a small fire at the facility Sunday.

Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said an alert was declared after a fire ignited at one of the security buildings. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:59:03 -0400 2015-04-06T11:59:03-04:00 2015-04-06T11:59:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Perk Valley School District employees to protest outsourcing support staff]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> Employees in the Perkiomen Valley School District will be showing up in large numbers to tonight's school board meeting to protest the possible outsourcing of their jobs.

The board announced March 12 that it will consider outsourcing its instructional and non-instructional para-professional support staff, which includes such employees as secretaries, teaching assistants and 1-to-1 aides for students with disabilities.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:54:02 -0400 2015-04-06T11:54:02-04:00 2015-04-06T11:54:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Robbery suspect turns self in after leaving photo ID at the scene]]> UPPER DARBY >> If the allegations against Fred Jones are substantiated in a court of law, he probably should consider another line of work.

"Mr. Fred Jones-good news-we found your wallet. Bad news-you dropped it at robbery scene. Please turn yourself in," tweeted @UDPolice on Thursday. The account published another tweet early Saturday morning saying that Jones had turned himself in.

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 08:08:15 -0400 2015-04-04T08:08:15-04:00 2015-04-04T08:08:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Pa. state trooper pleads not guilty in death of fellow Trooper David Kedra]]> NORRISTOWN >> The state trooper man accused of recklessly using a firearm that led to the death of a fellow trooper waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Wednesday effectively entering a plea of not guilty.

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:31:54 -0400 2015-04-03T22:31:54-04:00 2015-04-03T22:31:54-04:00