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, 21 Nov 2014 05:22:11 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Housing Authority recognized for inovative design at Fairview Village]]> On Oct. 17, the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC) was honored to receive the prestigious Excellence in Housing award presented by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

The award was for innovative project design of the Fairview Village housing development constructed in Phoenixville.

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<![CDATA[Neighbors of proposed Phoenixville school site worried by project scope]]> SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> Township supervisors unanimously approved a zoning change in their last meeting for the site where the Phoenixville Area School District plans to build its new school and fields complex, much to the dismay of residents living in an adjacent neighborhood.

"Residents on Meadowbrook Lane are opposed to giving Phoenixville Area School District carte blanche on unbridled development," neighbor Kathleen Mraz told Digital First Media.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:10:38 -0500 2014-11-19T15:10:38-05:00 2014-11-19T15:10:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Empty Bowls raises over $18k for PACS pantry]]> Phoenixville: Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) held its annual Empty Bowls event at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus Nov. 7. The event raised $18,454 for PACS' emergency food pantry to combat hunger locally and raise awareness of the global problem. It featured 600 handcrafted bowls donated by professional artists from around the area, including Chester Springs Art Studio and Phoenix Village Art Center, as well as students from Phoenixville and Great Valley school districts, Malvern Prep and Phelps School.

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<![CDATA[Crossroads Presbyterian, Limerick Bowl to offer Turkey Bowl dinner]]> The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those without a home or living alone.

Identifying thousands in the area like this, Limerick Bowl will be warming up their lanes on Thanksgiving Day while partnering with Crossroads Church to provide not just a free warm meal, but a family outing to capture the true essence of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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<![CDATA[Revictimization Relief Act a way for victims to have their day in court]]> As with so much else surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Revictimization Relief Act has been distorted to suit the needs of an egocentric killer and his deluded followers.

Simply put, the new law allows victims and their survivors to seek a court hearing -- complete with facts and arguments from both sides -- when their assailant crosses the line from free speech to sick taunt.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: Geeks and Geezers in Action]]> "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved."

-- Helen Keller

Warren G. Bennis is one of my favorite authors on leadership. He has written over 25 books. But when I read the article he co-authored with Robert S.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:21:44 -0500 2014-11-19T09:21:44-05:00 2014-11-19T09:21:47-05:00
<![CDATA[A smarter system for funding students]]> Imagine writing a large check for a new car and finding out a year later that it fails safety tests, won't pass inspection and needs thousands in repairs. You'd probably be demanding answers from the dealership. If the only solution they offered was the exact same car but for more money -- would you take it?

That's essentially the deal Pennsylvanians are being offered on public education -- disappointing results from a broken system that they're told only more money can fix.

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<![CDATA[Trappe Ambulance EMT Renee Sullivan reflects on move from corporate career]]> Renee Sullivan had just turned her shopping cart into the dairy aisle when she heard a commotion just ahead. Several customers were hovering over an elderly woman, who was lying prostrate on a wooden skid. Sullivan recognized immediately the signs of a seizure.

In high school, Sullivan had a friend who was susceptible to seizures.

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<![CDATA[Berman set for pro boxing debut]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Sammy Berman has yet to graduate from high school. But he is also on the threshhold of a very important step in his young life as an athlete.

Berman, an 18-year-old senior at Methacton High School, will be making his professional boxing debut on Saturday night, Nov. 22, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Dogs give it their best at National and Philly Dog Shows in Oaks]]> Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: Canines and dog lovers filled the expo center last weekend for Saturday's National Dog Show and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's dog show on Sunday. To find out who won best in show, watch the broadcast of the National Dog Show at noon on NBC Thanksgiving Day.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: The Christmas Tires]]> Well, here we are once again -- it's that time of year. The tale of the Christmas Tires first appeared in The Phoenix in December of 1997. Because so many of you mention how much you liked it, I repeat it every few years.

The Christmas Tires

My friend, Mary Jane, has learned to laugh about one Christmas in the late '60s when she cried her heart out.

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<![CDATA[QUIZ: How well do you know the history of the Philadelphia Eagles?]]>

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<![CDATA[TCHS Pickering celebrates Veterans Day with military band performances]]> To celebrate Veterans Day, the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus hosted a concert of the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast on Monday, Nov. 10. Brass in Blue, a brass quintet, and High Altitude, a rock band, gave a private concert to TCHS students during the day. The 42-musician concert band played for the public during an evening performance.

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<![CDATA[RSVP provides tutoring in STEM programs for region's students]]> Algebra: a simple concept that strikes fear in the hearts of most high school students. As it turns out, algebra really is part of our daily lives and often, we don't even know it. Still skeptical?

You use algebra every time you fill your car up with gas and calculate your mileage; every time you contemplate buying an item and you spend time searching for the best deal; when you make comparisons to select a bank that offers you the best interest rates; when you play sports and analyze the distance between the target and you; and even cooking your favorite recipe requires you to think about proportions, measurements and, of course, an optimal outcome.

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:49:41 -0500 2014-11-16T23:49:41-05:00 2014-11-16T23:49:56-05:00
<![CDATA[RSVP to donate picture books to Montgomery County preschoolers on Giving Tuesday]]> On Dec. 2, RSVP of Montgomery County will participate in the #GivingTuesday movement, a national initiative created to evoke the spirit of giving back to community during the days after Thanksgiving.

"Our goal is to raise enough money to buy at least one picture book for each Montgomery County Head Start preschool student," says Michele Moll, RSVP's Executive Director.

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