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 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:59:44 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Phoenixville Borough obtains property through eminent domain]]> This story was updated Aug. 13 with new information.

Phoenixville >> Borough officials agreed to obtain an acre of property to extend the street system.

In a 5-2 decision Tuesday night, Phoenixville Borough Council acquired 48,000 square feet of property previously owned by the Valley Forge Railroad Company through eminent domain.

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:02:33 -0400 20150813154557 2015-08-12T15:02:33-04:00 2015-08-13T15:45:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Chester County to spray for mosquitos in Tredyffrin, Easttown]]> Weather permitting, the Chester County Health Department will conduct a mosquito control treatment in portions of Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. The areas to be sprayed include Wilson Farm Park, Strafford Park and a small area of Easttown Township.

This treatment is scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday, Aug.

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:19:34 -0400 20150812091934 2015-08-12T09:19:34-04:00 2015-08-12T09:19:34-04:00
<![CDATA[G Lodge Restaurant suffers from Route 23 bridge closure]]> Schuylkill Twp. >> Like most people around the Phoenixville area, Dennis Dreibelbis says he can't wait for the Route 23 bridge to reopen.

But for Dreibelbis, the impatience is not because he's tired of the increased traffic. He's tired of losing customers.

"Hurry up, fall," the owner of the G Lodge Restaurant said.

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:53:25 -0400 20150812091232 2015-08-12T08:53:25-04:00 2015-08-12T09:12:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Man arrested after break-in at Phoenixville apartment]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Police arrested a 24-year-old man Monday after he allegedly broke into a home on Bridge Street.

Justin James Ciocca, 24, of Kingston, Pa., was charged Monday after police responded to an apartment for a report of a burglary in process. A man called police for his female friend who stated that someone had broken a window in her residence and that she was locked in her bedroom, according to court documents.

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:35:10 -0400 20150811143510 2015-08-11T14:35:10-04:00 2015-08-11T14:35:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Hitchhiking robot destroyed in Philadelphia may get second lease on life]]> The murdered hitchhiking robot hitchBOT may find new life from Chester County resident John Fisher, if the hitchBOT team decides to rebuild the robot.

Fisher, president of Unidec, has offered to repair hitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, after it was vandalized in Philadelphia two weeks into its journey to hitchhike across the United States.

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:27:51 -0400 20150807092751 2015-08-07T09:27:51-04:00 2015-08-07T09:27:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Lower Providence supervisors approve plan for 139 town houses]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The board of supervisors Thursday approved the written, conditional use for 139 town houses at the intersection of River Road and Germantown Pike.

The board held the conditional use hearing on July 16 and unanimously granted the conditional use.

In February the board approved zoning changes to permit town houses in the I-industrial district with a conditional use hearing.

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:15:41 -0400 20150807091541 2015-08-07T09:15:41-04:00 2015-08-07T09:15:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Whole Foods to take over Exton Kmart spot]]> WEST WHITELAND >> The owner of the Exton Square Mall confirmed a Whole Foods Market will open on the property at routes 100 and 30.

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, or PREIT, put out a statement on its website Monday identifying Whole Foods as the organic grocer it said last week would be coming to the mall.

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150805093703 2015-08-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-08-05T09:37:03-04:00
<![CDATA[National Night Out celebrated in Pottstown, Royersford and Phoenixville]]> "This is what its all about," said Reggie Brooks.

Sitting in a lawn chair on a North Washington Street sidewalk, the pastor of Victory Christian Life Center spread his hands wide to indicate the dozens of children playing and eating, the adults talking, the politicians politicking, the hot dogs sizzling and the beat box booming.

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 09:16:19 -0400 20150805091619 2015-08-05T09:16:19-04:00 2015-08-05T09:16:19-04:00 STORIFY TOUT STORIFY TOUT TOUT
<![CDATA[Perkiomen Valley School District robot set to help teach autistic students]]> Collegeville >> One little robot is set to change the game in special education.

Meet Pee-Vee, Perkiomen Valley School District's newest robotic addition. Standing at just under 2 feet tall, the red-and-white android is ready to assist teaching autistic elementary school students this fall.

Using state-of-the-art technology from Aldebaran robotics, Pee-Vee is able to hear, communicate and interact on a one-to-one level with students.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:47:53 -0400 20150804142018 2015-08-04T08:47:53-04:00 2015-08-04T14:20:18-04:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[Communities make plans for National Night Out on Aug. 4]]> POTTSTOWN >> National Night Out is just around the corner and lots of local organizations are prepping.

On Tuesday, communities will be celebrating a long-standing tradition of coming out and getting to know neighbors and community groups.

The nationally observed day, which was originally created as a town watch initiative to promote crime prevention activities, has since become a threshold for neighborly gatherings and a way to introduce people to their community.

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:45:52 -0400 20150804084552 2015-08-04T08:45:52-04:00 2015-08-04T08:45:52-04:00
<![CDATA[New mural launches revitalized Phoenixville initiative]]> Phoenixville >> For the past two weeks, Teresa Haag has been transforming the blank exterior wall of Marly's BYO into a three story welcome message.

The artist has been hired to create the latest mural for the borough at the corner of Bridge and Starr streets, which will help greet visitors as they make their way into town.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150804085150 2015-08-03T02:00:00-04:00 2015-08-04T08:51:50-04:00
<![CDATA[(No heading)]]> I have a few questions after attending the Phoenixville Borough Council committee meetings on Tuesday, July 28. First, I have to ask, whose idea was it to do away with regular committee meetings? This new format is terrible. It is uninviting for public participation and has totally removed the citizen committee members, which is a shame.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150803154911 2015-08-03T02:00:00-04:00 2015-08-03T15:49:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville council shoots down police drone plan]]> Phoenixville >> After noticing a borough police officer's personal flying drone, Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck said he knew his department needed one of its own -- he should have just mentioned the idea to borough council first.

"That's on me," Speck said. "I welcome the discussion as we move forward … Hopefully we can be able to convince everyone what an excellent tool it is.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150804142755 2015-08-02T02:00:00-04:00 2015-08-04T14:27:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Pictorial book depicts history of Pennhurst State School and Hospital]]> The Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance is proud to announce the release of a pictorial history of Pennhurst State School and Hospital. It is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. The release of this important book will be celebrated at a launch party and book signing, featuring the author, J.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150730135053 2015-08-02T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-30T13:50:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Scooter (dog)

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150730134915 2015-08-02T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-30T13:49:15-04:00