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, 06 Oct 2015 09:55:54 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Route 23 bridge in Phoenixville to reopen Tuesday]]> Phoenixville>> The news many have waited for has finally arrived. The Route 23 bridge will reopen Tuesday.

The Phoenixville Area School District posted on its Facebook page Monday it had been informed the bridge will be open to traffic sometime Tuesday, but did not offer specifics when.

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<![CDATA[Bob Casey, Val Arkoosh speak out for more funding for heroin and opioid treatment]]> Norristown >> As waves of heroin and opioid deaths batter Pennsylvania, in their wake come efforts from local, county, state and federal officials to stem the tide.

On Monday, Sen. Bob Casey joined Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh and staff at Gaudenzia in Norristown, a treatment and recovery center, to support Senate Bill 1410 that would expand the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block grant.

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:23:42 -0400 20151005152342 2015-10-05T15:23:42-04:00 2015-10-05T15:23:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Redskins beat the Eagles, 23-20. Time to sound off]]> The Washington Redskins came back to beat the Eagles 23-20 Sunday afternoon. Give your opinion by using #eagles on Twitter or checking in above.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0400 20151004162720 2015-10-04T12:00:00-04:00 2015-10-04T16:27:20-04:00 SCRIBBLE
<![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope's message helps parents]]> I don't know about you, but I'm definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis's recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd's reaction to his presence. I did my best to quiet everyone within ear shot so that I could make out the words the Pontiff was saying during his speech to Congress and masses in both New York and Philadelphia.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:25:23 -0400 20151003112523 2015-10-03T11:25:23-04:00 2015-10-03T11:25:23-04:00
<![CDATA[West Chester's Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work]]> Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

The smiles belong to children, teenagers and even adults who had been ostracized for facial deformities, who had trouble eating and speaking, or who didn't have the appropriate medical care to make a difference in their lives.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:25:13 -0400 20151003112513 2015-10-03T11:25:13-04:00 2015-10-03T11:25:13-04:00
<![CDATA[More rain, flooding forecast along soggy East Coast]]> Even with Hurricane Joaquin no longer as big of a threat, the weekend promises little relief for the most waterlogged parts of the East Coast.The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning, especially in parts of North and South Carolina that already have gotten up to 11 inches of rain this week.

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<![CDATA[Montgomery County DA announces additional charges against Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane]]> NORRISTOWN >> The recent search of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's Harrisburg office turned up what Montgomery County prosecutors likely consider the smoking gun of their investigation into Kane's alleged lies to an investigative grand jury.

Among the items seized was an alleged 'secrecy oath' signed by Kane on her second day in office, promising her secrecy for statewide investigating grand juries one through 32, according to court documents filed Thursday which charged Kane with additional counts of perjury, false swearing and obstructing justice.

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:22:37 -0400 20151001102237 2015-10-01T10:22:37-04:00 2015-10-01T10:22:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Vintage Halloween Decorations]]> There are many types of Halloween decorations that are collectible and crafty. For the purists among us, you can decorate a pumpkin using everything from acrylic paint to glitter glue, featuring themes ranging from the scary Frankenstein monster to Casper the Friendly Ghost.

While carving Jack-o'-lanterns requires some skill and expertise, you can use your favorite Halloween antiques and collectibles to make some fun and seasonal home decorations.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:26:03 -0400 20150930222603 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00 2015-09-30T22:26:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Penn State THON 'canners' take to the local streets]]> THON, which started in 1977, is a fundraising group run solely by Penn State student volunteers. Their goal is to raise funds, bring awareness and provide emotional and financial support to families affected by pediatric cancer. THON also provides millions of dollars to fund future research. Since its start in 1977, THON has raised more than $117 million to directly benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Milton Children's Hospital, which covers costs of procedures and treatment that insurance companies neglect, as well as providing counselors, therapists and social workers to assist with families' needs.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:09:38 -0400 20150930220938 2015-09-30T22:09:38-04:00 2015-09-30T22:09:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Restaurant Week kicks off Oct. 4]]> Phoenixville Restaurant Week is kicking off, offering perfect pairings and so many options, slated to run through Oct. 8.

This part of the Phoenixville Food Festival encourages you to get out to your favorite Phoenixville spots to try specialty menus. Participating restaurants are offering you the opportunity to visit your staple favorites or try new locations during this Restaurant Week.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:53:18 -0400 20150930215318 2015-09-30T21:53:18-04:00 2015-09-30T21:53:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford student selected to participate in Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Ceremony]]> Ben D'Arcangelo, a Spring-Ford Area School District sophomore, recently attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington D.C. Ben, who set a lofty goal of attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, has taken a full slate of honors courses for the past two years and participates in football, wrestling and tennis for Spring-Ford.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:26:50 -0400 20150930212650 2015-09-30T21:26:50-04:00 2015-09-30T21:26:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Schwenksville Elementary fourth-graders become historians for a week]]> Fourth grade students in Mr. Josh Brecht's and Miss Susan Horenci's classes became historians for a week. They interviewed their parents about the history of their names and their families' stories behind the names. The class then paired up and created a Google Slides project through the Google Classroom portal.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:19:41 -0400 20150930211941 2015-09-30T21:19:41-04:00 2015-09-30T21:19:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The passing of a missionary giant]]> "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

Ever since June 15, 2015, I have had a hard time trying to write this column. Several times I tried. On a recent flight into Philadelphia, I was sitting in the middle seat (not my preference) of Row 21 and again I tried.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:12:24 -0400 20150930211224 2015-09-30T21:12:24-04:00 2015-09-30T21:12:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man pleads guilty to stealing from register at Target]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Royersford man was sentenced to county prison after he pleaded guilty to taking money from the register at his place of work, the Target store in Royersford.

Michael Shalkowski, 20, pleaded to felony theft by unlawful taking. He was sentenced to three months and 12 days already served to 23 months in prison and also assigned two years of consecutive probation and ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution to Target, according to court documents.

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:30:32 -0400 20150930163032 2015-09-30T16:30:32-04:00 2015-09-30T16:30:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Schwenksville Elementary school takes on '100 toothpicks' challenge]]> Schwenksville Elementary second grade students recently worked on the "100 toothpicks engineering challenge" in art class with Mrs. Jill Seitz. The object was to create the tallest possible tower using only 100 toothpicks and two cups of mini marshmallows. The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and worked creatively in groups to construct their towers.

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