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, 22 Dec 2014 15:24:37 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Spring City native uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students]]> BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

That is what Owen J. Roberts intervention behavior and reading specialist Brett Galambos has been doing for the past 10 years. It is through his other passion, scuba diving, that he came up with the idea to combine traditional counseling methods with outdoor challenges and problem-solving activities to motivate and challenge the students.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:22:03 -0500 2014-12-22T12:22:03-05:00 2014-12-22T12:22:18-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Kwanzaa -- First Fruit, and a Happy New Year]]> Kwanzaa is not considered a religious holiday. The word Kwanzaa means "first fruit," and it's a celebration of the bounty of the earth.

It is a relatively new holiday, as it was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. It is an American festival to honor African Americans and their heritage. Today it is celebrated in America, Africa, as well as throughout the world, for seven days, from Dec.

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:15:29 -0500 2014-12-22T12:15:29-05:00 2014-12-22T12:15:35-05:00
<![CDATA[With Pennsylvania House shut down, housing for the needy is desperately needed]]> The Pennsylvania House could be a proud Phoenixville landmark. Located on High Street in what is referred to as "the North Side," it has slowly morphed from a boarding house offering inexpensive rooms to those in need, to the kind of place that is barely inhabitable.

Local code enforcement made it official last week.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:31:11 -0500 2014-12-19T19:31:11-05:00 2014-12-19T19:31:13-05:00
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania House, low income housing for Phoenixville, closed for code violations]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> The Pennsylvania House Hotel on Phoenixville's North side, a boarding house for low income members of the community, was suddenly closed down last week after being deemed uninhabitable. Around 20 residents were instantly left homeless and struggled to find a place to stay on a cold and rainy December night.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:49:11 -0500 2014-12-19T18:49:11-05:00 2014-12-19T18:49:13-05:00
<![CDATA[Christmas spirit runs high during Linfield's Rudolph Run]]> LINFIELD >> Participants dressed up in all sorts of holiday attire Saturday morning to begin the Rudolph Run in Linfield. The run began at 10 a.m. at Bengal Paper and ran along the Schuylkill River to Main Street. Prizes were awarded for the best overall costume, most creative, best Rudolph and most holiday spirit.

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<![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.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:37:47 -0500 2014-12-19T10:37:47-05:00 2014-12-19T10:37:48-05:00
<![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.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:34:14 -0500 2014-12-19T10:34:14-05:00 2014-12-19T10:34:16-05:00 TOUT
<![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.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:29:53 -0500 2014-12-19T10:29:53-05:00 2014-12-19T10:29:56-05:00
<![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.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:26:27 -0500 2014-12-19T10:26:27-05:00 2014-12-19T10:26:32-05:00
<![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.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:16:27 -0500 2014-12-18T19:16:27-05:00 2014-12-18T19:16:29-05:00
<![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.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:02:52 -0500 2014-12-18T18:02:52-05:00 2014-12-18T18:02:54-05:00