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, 06 Mar 2015 04:07:21 -0500 60 <![CDATA[PHOTOS: PCEF's annual dinner raises thousands for Phoenixville schools]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) hosted its annual fundraiser gala on Friday night at RiverCrest Golf Club. Hundreds of community members attended the popular event to support educational programs for students within the Phoenixville Area School District.

Dinner, drinks and both live and silent auctions were among the evening's activities with proceeds all going toward PCEF.

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Facetime Theatre's Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre's Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26. Summer Experience consists of two weeks of half-day camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Franklin Commons in Phoenixville.

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<![CDATA[Groups seek volunteers to monitor health of local streams]]> A consortium of local conservation and watershed organizations announces the second session of the Schuylkill Water Stewards volunteer training program, starting in spring 2015. The inaugural training program was conducted last fall, with 20 volunteers successfully trained and mobilized to help monitor and protect water quality in the French, Hay and Pickering Creek Watersheds.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Tom Wolf inviting conversation: Who's up to task?]]> We've heard a lot of state budget addresses over the years, stretching back to Gov. Dick Thornburgh. They've been fairly predictable, as have been the default responses of the opposite party (one party's "investments" are another's "taxes" or "giveaways").

It's political theater and everyone has his/her role and script, which have grown increasingly rigid.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: You Know You are Old If...]]> One of hardest things to understand is what it means to be old. I am beginning to realize what Bernard Baruch meant when he said, "To me, old age is always ten years older than I am."

When I attended the one-room Isabella Elementary School outside Lebanon, Pa., anyone who was going to Cornwall High School seemed much older than me.

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<![CDATA[Suspect sought in downtown convenience store robbery]]> > Police are still looking for the man who robbed the Save More Discount Store on the 200 block of Bridge Street last week.The gunman held up the store around 6:15 a.m. on Feb. 19, making off with an undisclosed amount of money in the cash register drawer, according to police."I turn around and make my cigarette order, and suddenly the guy put a gun to my neck and asked for the money," store owner Navindra Kumar Patel said.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:50:02 -0500 2015-03-03T10:50:02-05:00 2015-03-03T10:50:02-05:00 <![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Dougie (dog)

Dougie is a sweet beagle, about 25 pounds, whose favorite things are belly rubs, sleeping and snacks. Dougie has an adorable tail that wags enthusiastically in response to any attention from women. Dougie was one of 60,000 beagles bred annually for research, and he has come a long way in overcoming the trauma that he suffered.

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<![CDATA[Dinniman tells seniors he backs property tax elimination]]> OXFORD >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland was largely "preaching to the choir" at the Oxford Senior Center on Thursday when he described his efforts to eliminate property taxes.

During a luncheon visit to honor members who had reached their 90th birthday, Dinniman said there are 26 Pennsylvania state senators who have signed on to end property taxes.

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<![CDATA[Upper Providence rejects 52-home project on Black Rock Road]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The township supervisors have denied the Freeland/Black Rock Associates preliminary subdivision plan due to technical deficiencies.

Unresolved negotiation issues included emergency vehicle turning radius configuration, amenity choices, on-street parking, and neighbor design approval for a required berm beside a property line row of trees.

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<![CDATA[Exelon nuke plant seeks more Schuylkill River water during heat waves]]> LIMERICK >> The Delaware River Basin Commission is considering a request by Exelon for permission to increase the amount of water the Limerick nuclear plant can withdraw from the Schuylkill River on hot summer days.

<![CDATA[Townhome project approved for former greenhouse site in Upper Providence]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors recently approved tentative plans slated to transform an inactive commercial greenhouse property into a Gambone housing development.

A 49-unit townhome community will be constructed on the 13.31-acre Ezell parcel at the southeast corner of Hollow and Egypt roads.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chicken and Cranberry]]> Chickens >> What do you know about them other than going to the market to buy what you need? The chicken family -- hens, roosters and their eggs -- originally ran wild. They were domesticated way back when from Asian descent.

The roosters were originally the forerunner of the chicken family and were trained to fight.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford students, Philly artist 'Bring the Outside in' at ninth grade cafeteria]]> ROYERSFORD >> Local ninth grade students are leaving a lasting impression on their school walls, and it is not getting them in trouble.

The students in the Spring-Ford Area School District's Ninth Grade Center are creating a series of fused mosaics for the school's cafeteria. The mural is going to include a series of colorful glass tiles inspired by student photography and drawings.

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<![CDATA[Bridgeport man accused of attempted child sex assault; nabbed in Internet sting]]> NORRISTOWN >> A 37-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged with attempted child sexual assault after he was nabbed by detectives conducting an undercover sting operation targeting alleged Internet predators.

Edward Paul Lippincott, of the 100 block of West Front Street, was arrested Thursday by Montgomery County authorities in the 600 block of Commerce Drive in Upper Providence where he allegedly believed he was going to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex, according to the arrest affidavit.

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<![CDATA[Chesco Housing Authority aims to find homes for 100 vets in 100 days]]> The Chester County Housing Authority has launched a new campaign for finding at least 100 veterans suitable homes in the next 100 days.

The Authority announced on Monday that it would partner with a diverse group of community agencies, as well as departments at the county and federal level, to work toward ending homelessness in the county.

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