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 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:11:29 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Gov. Wolf's chief of staff touts tax relief package in upcoming budget proposal]]> UPPER DARBY >> Gov. Tom Wolf's chief of staff visited the Daily Times, a sister paper to The Phoenix Reporter & Item, on Friday to tout the governor's budget proposal, calling the plan the largest tax relief package in many years.

Wolf introduced his first budget on March 3, more than three months before the end of the fiscal year on June 30, and it includes reductions in some taxes, but increases in others.

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<![CDATA[New census figures show growth in Chester, Montgomery counties]]> Chester and Montgomery counties added more new residents in the past four years than almost any other of the state's 67 counties, growing at rates above 2 percent, far above the state average of 0.7 percent, according to newly released U.S. Census figures.

Of the 84,325 new residents in Pennsylvania between April 2010 and July 2014, an estimated 30,622 were located in Chester and Montgomery counties, a full 36 percent of the state's total population growth over the period.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:04:54 -0400 2015-03-31T15:04:54-04:00 2015-03-31T15:04:54-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Rebirth of Spring, Easter, Passover & more]]> The Pagan celebration of "The Rite of Spring," the Christians and their "Easter and the Resurrection" and the Jewish community's "Passover and Flight Out of Egypt" all have one thing in common other than occurring sometime in March and April. They all reflect in cultural freedom and rebirth.

Each year, the timing of these events revolves around each other.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:19:17 -0400 2015-03-31T14:19:17-04:00 2015-03-31T14:19:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Limerick community remembers the life of Bill Waltz]]> LIMERICK >> A pillar of the Limerick community is gone.

Bill Waltz, the co-owner of Waltz Golf Farm, passed away Monday, March 23, in Miami Beach, Fla., after an ongoing illness. He was 74.

To his family and the community that knew him, Waltz was a tower of strength and stability, a man who was always working to make his community a better place to live.

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<![CDATA[Tossed cigarettes cause small mulch fire at KFC/Taco Bell]]> LIMERICK >> Some discarded cigarettes outside a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant started a small fire Sunday. No one was injured.

Limerick Township Fire Marshal Greg Breyer said crews were dispatched at 10:02 a.m. for a report of a building fire at the restaurant, located at 947 S. Township Line Road.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:19:39 -0400 2015-03-30T16:19:39-04:00 2015-03-30T16:19:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Suspect arrested in Collegeville Wawa robbery]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> The man suspected of the armed robbery of the Wawa at 308 E. Main St. Sunday afternoon has been arrested.

Matthew Schnell, 25, was taken into custody without incident after Collegeville police, along with a K-9 unit, descended on his residence on Hunsberger Drive in Limerick March 26.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:10:59 -0400 2015-03-30T16:10:59-04:00 2015-03-30T16:10:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area High School presents 'Hairspray' this weekend]]> The Phoenixville Area High School Theatre Guild presents "Hairspray" this weekend at the District Auditorium at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 1330 Main St. The production opened Thursday night and will also play Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

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<![CDATA[AG: Montgomery County car dealerships violated consumer protection laws]]> NORRISTOWN >> The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Court Wednesday against three county car dealerships and their president, alleging deceptive business practices, selling cars at inflated prices and selling cars deemed not road-worthy.

The suit filed against Drivehere.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:24:28 -0400 2015-03-27T10:24:28-04:00 2015-03-27T10:24:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Killion, Tobash detail hybrid-style pension solution]]> MIDDLETOWN >> Delaware County state Rep. Tom Killion, at a forum Thursday, pushed to fortify a hybrid-style pension plan that failed to garner bipartisan support under former Gov. Tom Corbett.

The forum detailed a two-year-old pension blueprint introduced by state Rep. Mike Tobash, R-125, of Schuykill County.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:20:30 -0400 2015-03-27T10:20:30-04:00 2015-03-27T10:20:30-04:00
<![CDATA[UPDATED: PennDOT announces 422 lane closure at Oaks Interchange next week]]> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that one lane will be closed westbound on Route 422 at the Oaks Interchange in Upper Providence from Tuesday, March 31, through Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge deck sealing.

This operation is part of PennDOT's $2.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:41:40 -0400 2015-03-26T14:41:40-04:00 2015-03-27T09:50:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Our Love of Animals]]> When you grow up on a farm, you have an inborn love for animals. Whether it was the cows and chickens, hogs and geese, horse and pony, sheep, cat or dog, from the start of the day to the end of the day we were around those animals. To this day I still love the smell of the barn.

But it is one thing to have animals as part of your livelihood and another thing to have them as pets.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:17 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf negotiates billions with unions who gave him millions]]> Gov. Tom Wolf's first executive order banned gifts for executive branch employees in order to eliminate conflicts of interest between those in power and anyone "seeking to obtain business from or has financial relations with the commonwealth.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:10 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:10-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf's budget could save Pennsylvania]]> Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal presents a clear vision for the future of our state and dares us to be great in the spirit of President John Kennedy who said that "a rising tide lifts all boats."

There will be some who will try to derail this budget by picking away at the pieces of the plan to protect their own "special interests.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:37 -0400 2015-03-26T16:17:37-04:00 2015-03-26T16:17:37-04:00
<![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, 26 Mar 2015 15:47:32 -0400 2015-03-26T15:47:32-04:00 2015-03-26T15:47:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Molly Maguire's donates golf benefit earnings to The Colonial]]> Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant and Pub presented a check for $3,070 to The Colonial Theatre Thursday morning. The money was raised during their 2014 Golf Tournament. The 2015 Molly Maguire's Golf Tournament will benefit The Good Samaritan Shelter. The event is on Tuesday, June 2. For more information, visit Molly's website at www.

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