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 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:17:45 -0400 60 <![CDATA[The 'blob' is back in Phoenixville]]> Phoenixville's annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film "The Blob." The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.

Filmed locally in the borough of Phoenixville as well as Chester Springs, "The Blob" starred future screen icon Steve McQueen as he tries to save a town from an ever-growing monster threatening to devour all of humanity.

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<![CDATA[Preliminary public transportation details for Pope's visit to Philadelphia released]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept. 26 to 27, 2015.

"At this point, we are about three months away from hosting the largest event in this City's history," said Mayor Nutter.

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<![CDATA[Canal Day tradition held at Lock 60]]> Mont Clare >> The 32-year-old Canal Day tradition was held again last weekend at Schuylkill Canal Park, featuring fun for all ages.

A Civil War Camp and Sly Fox beer garden were among the new features this year. There was plenty for kids to enjoy, and the ever-popular Joust after the lock opening for adults.

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<![CDATA[Route 23 bridge to reopen by November at the latest]]> Phoenixville >> The Route 23 bridge will reopen late November, if not sooner, thanks to a new deal reached Tuesday.

PennDOT announced that contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. agreed to finish work on the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) bridge no later than Nov. 26. The new contract offers a daily incentive of $3,000 a day for every day the contractor finishes before that date.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:12:33 -0400 20150630131233 2015-06-30T13:12:33-04:00 2015-06-30T13:12:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville physics team headed to Thailand thanks to alumni, community]]> Phoenixville >> It wasn't enough that the students on the Phoenixville Area High School physics team had to prepare for almost a year for an upcoming competition in Asia. They also had to raise tens of thousands of dollars on their own to get there.

Luckily for the them, the school's alumni were among the many community organizations that had their backs.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:11:35 -0400 20150630131135 2015-06-30T13:11:35-04:00 2015-06-30T13:11:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests]]> Phoenixville >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District recently sent a message to lawmakers in Harrisburg -- ease up on testing.

In a resolution approved during Thursday night's meeting, the school board called on legislators to minimize the amount of mandated standardized testing and the use of standardized testing for teacher and school evaluations.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:10:12 -0400 20150630131012 2015-06-30T13:10:12-04:00 2015-06-30T13:10:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Arcola Road bridge closure in Lower Providence tests motorists' patience]]> LOWER PROVIDENCE >> As construction continues on the still-closed Arcola Road bridge, motorists' patience has been put to the test.

The bridge will have been out for two years this August, and officials say drivers will have to wait another year before the headache ends. Yet that task is easier said than done, it seems.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:09:01 -0400 20150630130901 2015-06-30T13:09:01-04:00 2015-06-30T13:09:01-04:00
<![CDATA[County residents receiving easement notices]]> It's old news that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. is working on its Mariner East project, using an already existing pipeline running across the state as part of Phase I.

Now, after Sunoco, West Goshen Township and the Concerned Citizens of West Goshen Township have signed the settlement agreement papers, the pipeline is starting to move full-swing in the area.

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<![CDATA[SPCA leader says tough times behind, looking ahead with pride]]> WEST CHESTER >> Not too long ago the Chester County SPCA was battling the bad publicity of chaos in its management, infighting among employees and even volunteers being escorted from the premises by local police.

Soon after, even State Sen. Andy Dinniman got involved. An animal lover himself, Dinniman explained at the time that he felt the need to immerse himself into what had become not a safe haven for animals but a three-ring circus.

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<![CDATA[GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris]]> Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Since 2006 I have visited Paris three times, and by summer's end it will be five. Recently, as I planned my way from Bordeaux back to London by train, with a stop in Paris, I wondered what it was that kept bringing me back.

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<![CDATA[Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom]]> Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment. It illustrates responsibility, commitment and consistency.

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:11:13 -0400 20150627121113 2015-06-27T12:11:13-04:00 2015-06-27T12:11:13-04:00
<![CDATA['Legendary' exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture]]> Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

In the exhibit "Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene," his pictures tell the stories of those who participate in "the culture of house balls of the African-American and Latino gay, transgender, and queer community," organizers say.

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<![CDATA[Accused Lower Pottsgrove arsonist has her trial date]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman accused of torching and destroying the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, has her trial date.

Accused arsonist Donna Marie Krupp's trial will get under way Oct. 13 in Montgomery County Court, Judge Gary S. Silow ruled Friday after holding a pretrial conference.

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:03:24 -0400 20150626120324 2015-06-26T12:03:24-04:00 2015-06-26T12:03:24-04:00
<![CDATA[DCNR reveals statewide recreation plan at Pottstown Volleyball Rumble (photos, video)]]> POTTSTOWN >> About 15 people riding yellow Bike Pottstown bicycles pedaled their way onto the lush green fields of Memorial Park Thursday to center court of the 24th annual Pottstown Volleyball Rumble.

The bicyclists' arrival was the prelude to the announcement at center court unveiling a statewide five-year outdoor recreation plan by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville wants new nest for Firebird Festival]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Considered by many to be the most popular borough event of the year, the annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival may need to find a new nest this year.

After last year's festival left Friendship Field in shambles, borough officials say the annual celebration should be reworked or move somewhere else.

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