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 Sat, 05 Sep 2015 02:48:28 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Rafferty, Schwank forgo pay until Pa. budget is done]]> As Pennsylvania enters its third month without a budget, a recent statewide poll suggests that the majority of the state's residents think those who can't do their jobs should not get paid.

At least two area legislators agree.

State Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr., R-44th Dist, and state Sen.

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<![CDATA[Limerick resident frustrated over dirty job site]]> Limerick >> William Grater said he believes a man's home is his castle.

"And right now my home is a cave at the bottom of a quarry," he said.

For almost a year, the East Cherry Lane resident said he and his wife have been living under a cloud of dirt and dust that's allegedly been blowing off the Cherry Ridge apartment complex construction site onto their property across the street.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville board OKs $40.5M for school construction]]> Phoenixville >> Two of the biggest question marks about the building of the new Early Learning Center and Elementary School were finally answered Thursday night.

In a series of decisions, the Phoenixville Area School Board approved the installation of a geothermal heating system and two out of a possible three new turf fields.

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<![CDATA[Limerick officials move to install traffic signal]]> Limerick >> Township officials are hoping actions they take will help make traffic safer for motorists at two intersections.

The Limerick Township Board of Supervisors requested Tuesday for PennDOT to approve a traffic signal at North Limerick Road and Ridge Pike. It also agreed to begin the process to install stop signs at the intersection of Royersford and Linfield-Trappe roads.

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<![CDATA[Longtime firefighter laid to rest]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Hundreds of friends, family and emergency services personnel from all over Chester County gathered Wednesday to mourn the sudden passing of emergency services veteran Brian Gallagher.

Gallagher, 59, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 28. He spent his entire life working in emergency services, working as a dispatcher for the fire board.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford Area School Board updates volunteer policy]]> Royersford >> Volunteers in the Spring-Ford Area School District may find it easier to help out at events, thanks to a change to district policy.

In a 7-1 vote, the Spring-Ford Area School Board updated its policy allowing certain volunteers to be excused from undergoing an Act 114 FBI criminal clearance report (finger printing).

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford School Board to study bus route safety]]> Royersford >> Facing mounting pressure from parents, the Spring-Ford Area School Board has agreed to take a closer look at its transportation policy.

The board announced an ad-hoc committee, composed of board members from each region, to review the various bus routes and cross walks in the district, to determine if there are safety issues to students.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville Fire Department says good-bye to Deputy Chief Brian Gallagher]]> Members of the Phoenixville Fire Department, Station 65, along with members of the surrounding fire companies said their final good-byes today to Deputy Chief Brian M. Gallagher, who died suddenly Aug. 28.

Brian joined the Phoenixville Fire Department in 1976. Through the years, Brian took on several roles including Lieutenant, Training Officer, lead chef for dinners and cookouts, and overseeing Phoenixville Fire Department Junior Program.

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<![CDATA[THE TABLE: Fabulous Foods of Finland]]> Other than my general interest of all kinds of foods, I never gave much thought to the foods of Finland. But, things changed a little after I had DNA testing by It did not come as a surprise that my ethnicity was 85 percent Eastern European, as my background (I thought) was only Hungarian and Slovak.

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<![CDATA[Forge Theatre announces opening of "Rehearsal for Murder"; auditions for "Opus" also upcoming]]> Forge Theatre, located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville, has announced the opening of their play "Rehearsal for Murder" for Sept. 11. The play will be performed on Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 20 and 25-27.

In "Rehearsal for Murder," a playwright is devastated by the suicide of his fiancée, a famous actress, after her Broadway debut in his play.

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<![CDATA[The Spinal Column: Can you save a spine with a back pack?]]> Ahhh... School is just about here. In my office I am hearing all sorts of emotional reactions. Me? How am I feeling? I am feeling determined. I am determined that this year we will help families become aware of the fact that back packs can cause damage to your child's spine. I recently read that more than 10,000 children nationally suffer from back pack related injuries!

I know that I am a chiropractor, so I am really focused on things having to do with the spine and nervous system, but as a parent, I find that a startling number.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Community Calendar Sept. 6]]> Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue,, 610-933-3013 x132

"The RMS Lusitania, What We Know and Don't Know": Free lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Historian Roger Arthur will speak. 100 years after the World War I sinking of the Lusitania, Arthur discusses Germany's justification for the attack, the loss of American lives and America's response to the sinking.

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<![CDATA[North Coventry man guilty in child sex abuse case]]> WEST CHESTER >> A Chester County Court jury has found a North Coventry man guilty on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over a period of years at homes in the township as well as in Norristown.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about four hours Monday before finding Robert Stephen Fleming guilty on multiple counts of felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, and related offenses.

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<![CDATA[Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz to be displayed at Berman Museum; exhibition commemorates heroic 9/11 recovery efforts]]> On display at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College from Friday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz takes viewers back to the traumatic days, weeks and months that followed the harrowing events of September 11, 2001.

Immediately after the terrorist attacks, the Ground Zero site in New York City was designated an active crime scene and closed off to reporters and photojournalists.

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<![CDATA[LGBTea Dances, Phoenixville YMCA to host inaugural LGBTQA Health Fair]]> "Fall" into health on Oct. 18 when LGBTea Dances is sponsoring its First Annual Phoenixville YMCA LGBTQA Health Fair. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Phoenixville YMCA, located at 400 East Pothouse Road, Phoenixville.

The Health Fair will be offered free to the LGBTQA and allied community.

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