RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter & Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter & Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter & Item Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:35:25 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Man who tampered with PECO electric meters in five-county region could generate jail time]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

NORRISTOWN - A Philadelphia man who tampered with utility meters to reduce some account holders' monthly PECO electrical bills, to the tune of nearly $350,000, could generate some jail time in connection with the five-county theft scheme.

Marcelino Cuadra Jr., 46, of Aramingo Avenue, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Monday to charges of corrupt organizations, theft of services and conspiracy to commit theft of services in connection with the meter tampering incidents that occurred in Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties between December 2009 and October 2012.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:38:42 -0400 2014-04-14T15:38:42-04:00 2014-04-14T15:38:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Graffiti ordinance adopted in Phoenixville]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

PHOENIXVILLE - A new ordinance defining graffiti and providing regulations for its removal was approved by borough council Tuesday night.

Although some members of council and a public commenter had issues with what they felt was ambiguous language, the ordinance was approved in a 6-2 vote.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:59:12 -0400 2014-04-14T12:59:12-04:00 2014-04-14T12:59:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Chesco man joins brother in prison for six-county burglary spree]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

NORRISTOWN - A Chester County man has joined his brother in prison in connection with a scheme to burglarize pizza shops in six counties.

Edward Louis Heinzman, 48, of the 1900 block of Valley Road, Coatesville, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 30 to 60 months in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with break-ins that occurred between May and September 2011 in Montgomery, Chester, Berks, Delaware, Bucks and Lancaster counties.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:55:50 -0400 2014-04-14T12:55:50-04:00 2014-04-14T12:55:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville closer to hiring collection agency for delinquent fees]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

PHOENIXVILLE - A month after Borough Manager Jean Krack introduced his intention to bring in an outside collection agency to cut down on nearly $1 million in delinquent water, sewer and trash fees owed to the borough, council approved a request for proposal Krack brought to last week's meeting.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:52:18 -0400 2014-04-14T12:52:18-04:00 2014-04-14T12:55:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Prayer Breakfast recognizes community members for positive impact]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item The 20th annual Phoenixville Community Prayer Breakfast was held last Saturday, April 5 at Phoenixville Area Middle School. The breakfast and awards ceremony is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each year and recognizes those members of the Phoenixville area who work to affect positive change and promote cooperative living and diversity in the community.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:59:41 -0400 2014-04-14T10:59:41-04:00 2014-04-14T11:00:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Chorus Against Cancer fund drive launches with kickoff concert]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item Chorus Against Cancer, a local fundraising team, held their kickoff fundraiser event April 5 at Limerick Fire Company. Proceeds raised from the night will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Attendees to the event enjoyed dinner and live music, as well as a silent auction. Sunshine Symphony, a Philadelphia area band, performed popular hits for the crowd to dance to and enjoy throughout the evening.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:57:05 -0400 2014-04-14T10:57:05-04:00 2014-04-14T10:57:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Roller Derby gains popularity among local women]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item Ten women wearing skates, kneepads, elbow pads, mouth guards and helmets are lined up, and when the whistle blows the game will start with a lot of pushing, shoving and hitting while the women simultaneously skate around the track.

"You have to have an element of adventure. You can't be frightened by things.

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0400 2014-04-14T16:11:19-04:00 2014-04-14T16:11:46-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville council working on more parking issues]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

PHOENIXVILLE - Borough council acted Tuesday night on parking issues created by the recent limiting of parking on several streets in a section of the borough.

Council voted 5-3 to extend permit privileges to tenants of the Byrne Lofts at 200 Lincoln Ave. after the street parking once utilized there was changed to a "Zone A" area that limits parking to 2-hours for non-permit holders.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:48:57 -0400 2014-04-10T15:48:57-04:00 2014-04-10T15:49:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Ex-Royersford man's letter helps convict him of child sex abuse (video)]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

NORRISTOWN - A former Royersford man's own words - a letter he addressed to a little girl he was accused of molesting - spelled conviction at his child sex abuse trial.

Myron Pukowsky, 55, most recently of Los Angeles, Calif., wrote, "Touching you was wrong," in a letter he addressed to the 5-year-old girl in 2007, according to testimony at his trial in Montgomery County Court.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:47:58 -0400 2014-04-10T15:47:58-04:00 2014-04-10T15:48:07-04:00 TOUT TOUT
<![CDATA[Students test their skills in safe driving competition (VIDEO)]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

PHOENIXVILLE - The parking lot at the Technical College High School - Pickering Campus was turned into an obstacle course Wednesday morning as students from around the region tested their safe driving skills.

The first Teen Safe Driving Competition was divided into three parts - a driving test, a written test and a perceptual driving test.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:40:57 -0400 2014-04-10T15:40:57-04:00 2014-04-10T15:41:17-04:00 SYNDICASTER TOUT
<![CDATA[Replacement pumper truck cost $100,000 less than Phoenixville council expected]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

PHOENIXVILLE - The Phoenixville Fire Department bought a replacement pumper truck for much less than the borough council budgeted.

For $75,000, the department is getting a 1996 Spartan Quality Pumping Engine from the Needmore Volunteer Fire Company. That's $100,000 under the budget council set.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:39:15 -0400 2014-04-10T15:39:15-04:00 2014-04-10T15:39:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Flowers in Renaissance and Baroque Art]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item Did you ever think that working in your garden could enhance your art collection? Recognizing flower forms may help you to cash in on fine art.

Flowers have been important subjects in fine art for centuries. Renaissance artists painted flowers as both the main subject and the backdrop for some of the most important works of art in tempera on panel, oil on canvas, and fresco.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:57:17 -0400 2014-04-08T17:57:17-04:00 2014-04-08T17:57:26-04:00
<![CDATA[Letting corporations skate on taxes undermines life on Main Street]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item Courtesy of the American Forum

The Great Recession "officially" ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn't believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet growing needs as Congress imposes an austerity agenda.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:51:12 -0400 2014-04-08T17:51:12-04:00 2014-04-08T17:51:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Lancaster man charged after thefts in Limerick]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item

LIMERICK - A Lancaster man was charged with multiple felonies after police connected him with items stolen from several cars between March 24-31.

Travis Alan Hanna, 20, is in Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of his $500,000 bail, according to court documents. He was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, and sale of a firearm.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:32:44 -0400 2014-04-08T17:32:44-04:00 2014-04-08T17:32:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Death of Common Sense]]> The Phoenix Reporter & Item "It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense."

Robert Green Ingersoll

The death announcement began with these words: "Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us many years.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:48:25 -0400 2014-04-08T15:48:25-04:00 2014-04-08T15:48:31-04:00