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, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:45 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Upper Providence OKs $14.1M budget for 2015]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> By a 2-0 vote, the township supervisors adopted the 2015 budget of $14.1 million with no tax changes at their Dec. 15 meeting.

While Chairwoman Lisa Mossie and Vice Chairman John Pearson approved two linked budget resolutions, which had been available for public inspection, Supervisor Philip Barker abstained from both votes.

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<![CDATA[10 charged in PennDOT overbilling, kickback scheme]]> BRIDGEPORT >> Corruption charges were filed against two PennDOT administrators and eight former inspectors accused of bilking Pennsylvania taxpayers out of more than $1 million by defrauding the department's Highway Occupancy Program), which oversees permits and inspections for roadwork on the commonwealth's interstates, U.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:35:22 -0500 2014-12-19T10:35:22-05:00 2014-12-19T10:35:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County commissioners pass 2015 budget with no tax-hike]]> NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners unanimously passed a $371.1 million budget for 2015 Thursday that does not increase county taxes.

"For the third straight year, the county commissioners have passed an honest, balanced budget without raising county taxes," commissioners' Chairman Josh Shapiro said.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Andy Dinniman's beloved poodle, Henry, dies]]> WEST WHITELAND >> Henry, the beloved French poodle that accompanied state Sen. Andy Dinniman to virtually all of his engagements in the county, has died.

The 9-year-old canine succumbed to kidney disease Wednesday -- on his half birthday, Dinniman said.

"Henry could do more good than I in my work with his specialness in the county.

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<![CDATA[Crash in Limerick leaves 12-year-old girl trapped in back of SUV]]> LIMERICK >> Police responded to a crash Saturday morning on Limerick Center Road that left a young girl trapped inside an SUV.

The driver of a black Nissan X Terra had been stopped at a red light behind another car at West Ridge Pike and Limerick Center Road when the car in front made a right turn on red.

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<![CDATA[Tour of Duty]]> Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck, Lt. Thomas Sjostrom and Sgt. Brian Marshall gave Congressman-elect Ryan Costello a tour of the Phoenixville Police Station during a visit earlier this month.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:33:02 -0500 2014-12-19T02:33:02-05:00 2014-12-19T02:33:05-05:00
<![CDATA[Black Rock VFC purchases new TAC truck, hopes for faster response times]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> What's small, quick, and comes in handy when there's a fire emergency in Upper Providence Township?

Answer: Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company's new 2014 HME TAC unit.

"Though small, the TAC has many more capabilities than our previous one," stated James Callahan, deputy chief of Black Rock.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:23:22 -0500 2014-12-19T02:23:22-05:00 2014-12-19T02:23:25-05:00
<![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.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:03:01 -0500 2014-12-18T20:03:01-05:00 2014-12-18T20:03:03-05:00
<![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.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:59:30 -0500 2014-12-18T12:59:30-05:00 2014-12-18T12:59:33-05:00
<![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.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:58:29 -0500 2014-12-18T12:58:29-05:00 2014-12-18T12:58:31-05:00
<![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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