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 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:16:39 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Warning lights on Limerick nuke plant towers out for days]]> LIMERICK >> The blinking aviation warning lights atop the two massive cooling towers at the Limerick nuclear plant have been out of operation for two weeks and there is no information about when they will be back on.

Dana Melia, the communications manager for the Exelon Nuclear power station, confirmed in a Nov.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:47:52 -0500 20151127094752 2015-11-27T09:47:52-05:00 2015-11-27T09:47:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Three new prosecutors join Chester County DA's office]]> WEST CHESTER >> Three new prosecutors have been added to the staff of the Chester County District Attorney's Office, filling vacancies created by recent departures from the office.

The new assistant district attorneys are Matthew Finley, Caitlin Rice, and Samantha Ryan. They were sworn in before Chester County Common Pleas Judge Mark L.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:46:13 -0500 20151127094613 2015-11-27T09:46:13-05:00 2015-11-27T09:46:13-05:00
<![CDATA[Upper Providence to demolish apartment building to improve congested intersection]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> With the eminent domain acquisition of a Mont Clare apartment building, the township has paved the way to improving a congested traffic intersection.

Called a "friendly condemnation," the supervisors unanimously agreed on Nov. 16 to purchase the 135 Bridge St. property using budgeted and grant funds.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:44:02 -0500 20151127094402 2015-11-27T09:44:02-05:00 2015-11-27T09:44:02-05:00
<![CDATA[Concerns raised about pedestrian crosswalk safety on Egypt Road]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A resident asked the township supervisors to look into safety issues at a pedestrian crosswalk on Egypt Road.

Hanover Road resident Richard Bergeman spoke on behalf of his active 55-plus community neighbors at the Nov. 19 meeting.

Bergeman, a member of the Regency at Providence Homeowner Association, has been in contact with Assistant Township Manager Lee Milligan regarding a dangerous Egypt Road pedestrian crosswalk used by Bergeman's neighbors.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:42:52 -0500 20151127094252 2015-11-27T09:42:52-05:00 2015-11-27T09:42:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Schools decry giving voters a say on future tax hikes]]> A possible provision in the pending state budget deal that would require any future local school tax hike to be approved by voters has raised a flurry of protest among school advocates and officials.

Locally, the subject is arising at school board meetings as administrators contemplate and describe what they say would be a disaster for school budgets and school programs.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:39:59 -0500 20151127093959 2015-11-27T09:39:59-05:00 2015-11-27T09:39:59-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford busing issue tied Pa. budget impasse]]> Royersford >> A year-long transportation issue in the Spring-Ford Area School District came to the forefront of discussion Monday night and it has ties to the state budget impasse.

Eight concerned parents from the Rivercrest Homeowners Association stood before the school board to persuade it to update its transportation policy in order to allow school buses to enter the community.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:34:55 -0500 20151127093708 2015-11-27T09:34:55-05:00 2015-11-27T09:37:08-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville School Board OKs $2.1M bid for a new storage facility]]> Phoenixville >> The school district is gearing up for more construction coming this spring.

The school board approved a bid award of $2.177 million to Murray Construction Associates for general contractor construction work on a new storage building on campus Nov. 19. The 20,000 square foot space will be used to store paper and custodial supplies, among other things.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:35:52 -0500 20151127093627 2015-11-27T09:35:52-05:00 2015-11-27T09:36:27-05:00
<![CDATA[Officials say Chester County needs its own identity]]> EAST WHITELAND >> Chester County economic development officials believe it's time for the county to step out of the shadows of its neighbors and to be recognized on its own merits.

That was a major theme of the Chester County Economic Development Council's stakeholders breakfast held Friday at the Desmond Hotel near Malvern with about 200 attending.

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 02:00:00 -0500 20151127094154 2015-11-23T02:00:00-05:00 2015-11-27T09:41:54-05:00
<![CDATA[St. Mary's students in Schwenksville celebrate Thanksgiving a little early]]> Preschoolers at St. Mary's School enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with their families.

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 02:00:00 -0500 20151120120543 2015-11-21T02:00:00-05:00 2015-11-20T12:05:43-05:00
<![CDATA[Delaware Valley sees booming apple harvest this season]]> WORCESTER >> Sweet Honeycrisp.

Juicy Gala.

Tart Braeburn.

No matter which variety is the apple of your eye, chances are you've been munching on plenty of the apple's health-boosting polyphenols and cholesterol-lowering pectin thanks to Pennsylvania's robust crop this year.

"We're certainly ahead of where we were last year with apples," noted Penn Extension specialist Rob Crassweller.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:11:21 -0500 20151120121121 2015-11-20T12:11:21-05:00 2015-11-20T12:11:21-05:00
<![CDATA[History check]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> In an attempt to determine if bodies originally buried at an old cemetery behind the present historical society were re-interred, university students and their professor spent the afternoon of Nov. 13 examining the old cemetery.

Roughly a dozen students from Kutztown University and their instructor, Professor Laura Sherrod, used a magnetometer and ground penetrating radar to search for anomalies in the soil - anomalies that could potentially be bodies, gravestones and coffins left behind when the cemetery's contents were supposedly re-interred at Morris Cemetery around 1925.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:50:03 -0500 20151120115003 2015-11-20T11:50:03-05:00 2015-11-20T11:50:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Car strikes Trappe ambulance responding to call]]> By Digital First Media Staff

TRAPPE >> A vehicle accident the afternoon of Nov. 13 sent one woman to the hospital.

The crash occurred as a woman, who has not been identified, was driving a black sedan near first Avenue and Ridge Pike, Trappe Fire Company officials said Friday. The sedan struck a Trappe Medical unit that was responding to an emergency in Collegeville.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:23:25 -0500 20151120112325 2015-11-20T11:23:25-05:00 2015-11-20T11:23:25-05:00
<![CDATA[$5M shortfall in Spring-Ford Area School District budget blamed state stalemate]]> Royersford >> Harrisburg's inability to pass a budget has made it nearly impossible for officials in the Spring-Ford Area School District to present a 2016-17 proposed budget.

During Monday night's meeting, James D. Fink, the district's new business manager, who's only been on the job for three months, stood with Superintendent David Goodin to present the preliminary proposed budget, which as it stands now has a 4.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:21:17 -0500 20151120112117 2015-11-20T11:21:17-05:00 2015-11-20T11:21:17-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area School Board approves new support staff contract]]> Phoenixville >> Contract negotiations between support staff and the Phoenixville Area School District successfully came to an end Nov. 12.

The school board voted 7-0 to ratify the collective bargaining agreement with the Phoenixville Area Education Support Personnel Association and the Phoenixville Area Education Support Professionals/Pennsylvania State Education Association/National Education Association.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:19:29 -0500 20151120111929 2015-11-20T11:19:29-05:00 2015-11-20T11:19:29-05:00
<![CDATA[Proposed Montgomery County budget includes 9.8 percent tax increase]]> Norristown >> Montgomery County is posting a proposed budget for 2016 with an increase of about 9.8 percent for county taxpayers.

For a house assessed at the county average of $168,901, the increase would amount to $51.86 per year. The Montgomery County tax bill for a house assessed at that amount would increase from $532.

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:16:40 -0500 20151120111640 2015-11-20T11:16:40-05:00 2015-11-20T11:16:40-05:00