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The Phoenix, Reporter & Item unveils a new look starting Oct. 19.

An extreme makeover of sorts, you will find your newspaper has a new look and feel that is cleaner and more modern and sophisticated through the use of photos, color, quote boxes and more.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:02:50 -0400 2014-10-10T13:02:50-04:00 2014-10-10T13:02:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Mystery of the Fortune Cookie]]> "Confucius say: if you think you're going to sum up your entire life on this little piece of paper, you're crazy."

Fortune Cookie Quote

Just about every time Evie and I go out for Chinese food and our meal is over, we are brought our bill, and on a small tray are two fortune cookies.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:49:21 -0400 2014-10-09T11:49:21-04:00 2014-10-09T11:49:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville voting precinct relocation indefensible]]> Last week, the Republican appointees of the Chester County Elections Board unilaterally decided to relocate Precinct 477 (Phoenixville West 1) from the 157th to the 155th Pennsylvania House District. This act is a violation of the due process rights and the right to vote for elected officials by the citizens of the 157th.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:42:39 -0400 2014-10-07T11:42:39-04:00 2014-10-07T11:42:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Buying tips for travelers]]> As an expert appraiser, people often ask me what items are worth. When I travel, people ask me what is a good buy and how to spot a bargain. Here are some quick tips about negotiating when traveling abroad:

1. Remember that every price is negotiable.

2. When you are shopping in a foreign country, learn about the customs associated with bargaining in a specific locale.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:13:44 -0400 2014-10-06T17:13:44-04:00 2014-10-06T17:13:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Celebrating America's wilderness 50 years later]]> "When are you going to take your family to Disney World?"

Every fall, my cousin and I watch football games in his "man cave" that's equipped with sports memorabilia, Xbox, a fully stocked bar and the crown jewel, an HD 70-inch television. As a lifelong southerner who loves college football, this is nirvana.

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:07:09 -0400 2014-10-03T12:07:09-04:00 2014-10-03T12:07:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: In Praise of Leisure]]> "He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate."

Henry David Thoreau

According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity.

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:07:08 -0400 2014-10-03T12:07:08-04:00 2014-10-03T12:07:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Take a walk in the shoes of minimum wage workers]]> I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:08:16 -0400 2014-09-23T17:08:16-04:00 2014-09-23T17:08:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Books That Shaped My Life]]> "Reading one book is like eating one potato chip."

Diane Duane

If I could tell Thomas Jefferson something, I would probably let him know that I understand what he meant when he said, "I cannot live without books." Jane Smiley knew something about me also when she said, "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:57:03 -0400 2014-09-23T16:57:03-04:00 2014-09-23T16:57:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville mayor explains veto of parking rules]]> On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the regularly scheduled borough council meeting, the council voted to approve an ordinance amending chapter 15 "Motor Vehicles and Traffic, part 4, General Parking Regulations, Section 15-406 Handicapped Parking Zones, and Section 15-411, Parking Prohibited on Portions of Certain Highways During Street Sweeping Hours from March 1 to December 31," of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Phoenixville.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:59:23 -0400 2014-09-19T12:59:23-04:00 2014-09-19T12:59:25-04:00
<![CDATA[PSEA must restore rights of religious objectors]]> Jane Ladley knew in high school that she had a passion to help children learn to read. Her passion turned into her profession, and for 25 years Jane taught in Pennsylvania public schools, working with children with learning and behavioral difficulties. Jane, a Chester County resident, explains, "To see the light bulb go on and see them be able to read - it's just really thrilling.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:20:46 -0400 2014-09-19T11:20:46-04:00 2014-09-19T11:20:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson]]> "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

As a powerful advocate of liberty, Thomas Jefferson was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. As the third President of the United States (1801-1809), he was a pioneer for freedom of conscience and the right to live a happy, fulfilled life.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:46:59 -0400 2014-09-18T12:46:59-04:00 2014-09-18T12:47:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act]]> Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on its head.

Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public's hands forever.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:28:31 -0400 2014-09-11T12:28:31-04:00 2014-09-11T12:28:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About it: Watching Trees Grow]]> "There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."

Minnie Aumonier

I remember the laughter I caused among some community friends when I found myself saying out loud these words: "I like watching trees grow." Even I had to laugh at the sound of it.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:22 -0400 2014-09-11T10:15:22-04:00 2014-09-11T10:15:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Clean water is good for business and Pennsylvania's economy]]> It doesn't matter what industry you're talking about, businesses rely on clean water to produce safe, high-quality products.

In 2001, the Philadelphia Brewing Company acquired a 38,000 square foot brewery facility on the 2400 block of Frankford Avenue, filling a space that had long been vacant and bringing new life to a changing commercial corridor.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:41:11 -0400 2014-09-02T14:41:11-04:00 2014-09-02T14:41:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Without Fed's flexibilitly, Commonwealth should walk away from Healthy PA]]> The Commonwealth Foundation commends Gov. Corbett for refusing to take the politically expedient route of putting more people into Medicaid without first reforming it. Simply giving more people "coverage" is not the same as giving them "care."

However, the only adequate condition for accepting Medicaid expansion is full state flexibility to reform the Medicaid program.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:32:42 -0400 2014-09-02T14:32:42-04:00 2014-09-02T14:32:44-04:00