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 Feb 2015 11:47:17 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Phillies fans scoop up tickets on first day of individual game sales]]> Despite dire prospects for the upcoming Phillies season and sub-zero wind chills, Tom O'Neill never considered passing on his winter pilgrimage to Citizens Bank Park for the first day of individual game ticket sales.

"My dad is 85 years old and this is something he looks forward to every year," said the South Philadelphia native.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:44:52 -0500 2015-02-20T10:44:52-05:00 2015-02-20T10:44:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Local political leaders debate Wolf's gas extraction tax plan]]> CALN >> In light of Gov. Tom Wolf announcing Wednesday his plan for a natural gas extraction tax to fund statewide education, some local political leaders are again not completely opposed to the idea. Many say they are for severance tax Wolf campaigned around with some minor changes, while others are searching for more details in the proposal.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:42:19 -0500 2015-02-13T11:42:19-05:00 2015-02-13T11:42:19-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County officials react to announcement that 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philly]]> NORRISTOWN >> With the Democratic National Committee's Thursday morning announcement that Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, local lawmakers hailed the move as both a political and economic boon to the region.

"This is a great day for Philly and our region and shows that we can accomplish big things when we work together," Montgomery County commissioners' Chairman Josh Shapiro said in an email.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:38:57 -0500 2015-02-13T11:38:57-05:00 2015-02-13T11:38:57-05:00
<![CDATA[Chester County Democrats delighted with DNC selection]]> WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democrats reacted with delighted anticipation to the news Thursday that the Democratic National Committee had selected neighboring Philadelphia as the site of the party's 2016 convention, at which a presidential nominee will be chosen.

The presence of the convention in the City of Brotherly Love will not only bring national attention to the city and region, local party members said, but would also have an impact on the state and local political races on the ballot next year.

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:38:34 -0500 2015-02-13T11:38:34-05:00 2015-02-13T11:38:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Debate swirls on natural gas extraction tax in Pa.]]> Area state lawmakers agree that a natural gas extraction tax is a needed economic initiative that would take Pennsylvania off the map as the only state without the severance tax. However, opinions on the details behind the tax proposal vary.

State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-18, of Bucks County, proposed Wednesday a 3.

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:14:56 -0500 2015-02-05T10:14:56-05:00 2015-02-05T10:14:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Finalist in Super Bowl ad competition from Lansdale]]> LANSDALE >> A Lansdale native is among the finalists vying for a spot among this year's Super Bowl commercials.

Genevieve Younce Zabielski and her husband, Scott Zabielski, had their commercial, "Middle Seat," selected as one of 10 finalists in the Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" competition this month.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:22:24 -0500 2015-01-29T11:22:24-05:00 2015-01-29T11:22:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center]]> EAST NORRITON >> Is your "next" a torqued-up, tire-melting icon of speed and style, a granola-crunching power train, or a hard-working, two-ton pickup truck?

If your next dream machine isn't waiting for your blessing at the Philadelphia Auto Show -- which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center -- well, they just haven't made it yet.

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:38:25 -0500 2015-01-29T10:38:25-05:00 2015-01-29T10:38:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Wawa offering customers rewards through new app]]> DELAWARE COUNTY >> Want a way to get something for free at Wawa?

Check out the company's new mobile app and corresponding rewards program.

Since the summer, Wawa has been piloting a new app, which is now available for free through the App Store for Apple devices and through Google Play for Android phones.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:00:00 -0500 2015-01-23T02:00:00-05:00 2015-01-28T11:44:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Norristown school board to vote on switch to PAC10]]> NORRISTOWN >> In an effort to keep the public abreast of the Norristown Area School District's potential move to the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) from the Suburban One League (SOL), representatives from the PAC attended Tuesday night's work session for a question and answer with the school board.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:13:23 -0500 2015-01-21T11:13:23-05:00 2015-01-21T11:13:23-05:00
<![CDATA[Afternoon storm on Wednesday looks to make a messy commute]]> WEST CHESTER >> For those of you who don't know - or don't care - Alberta is a western province of Canada. And a "clipper" is a quick moving winter storm. Put the two together and you have a messy Wednesday commute around here.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meterologist Alex Sosnowski, the second of a couple of Alberta Clipper storms on Wednesday will drop snow on the Philadelphia area as well as northern Maryland, northern Delaware, and southern New Jersey.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:57:28 -0500 2015-01-21T10:57:28-05:00 2015-01-21T10:57:28-05:00
<![CDATA[Federal charges filed for string of bank robberies last year]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Two people were indicted on federal charges this week in connection to a string of bank robberies late last year in Chester and Montgomery counties, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

Christian (also known as Christopher) Thomas LeBlanc, 40, and Elizabeth Lynn Kenneally, 25, were arrested at a Delaware motel last November while they were allegedly hiding out after a string of bank robberies in the West Chester area.

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:03:22 -0500 2015-01-16T12:03:22-05:00 2015-01-16T12:03:22-05:00
<![CDATA[Economy should continue to improve in '15, but dangers persist]]> Many observers are optimistic 2015 will be a good year for the economy, but some are far more optimistic than others.

"I'm about as optimistic a person as there is out there," said Joel L. Naroff, president and chief economist of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pa. "I'm at the top of most polls.

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:03:25 -0500 2015-01-15T17:03:25-05:00 2015-01-15T17:03:25-05:00