Largest Target On East Coast Set To Open In Upper Merion

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Location of Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UPPER MERION TOWNSHIP, PA — King of Prussia’s fire and police departments are prepared for action when the largest Target store on the East coast opens its doors in one of the busiest shopping areas in the Philadelphia area on Sunday.

Ever since the August 2013 announcement of the planned opening, township police and fire personnel have been working continuously with store officials to address all issues of safety and security.

The store, located at 160 West DeKalb Pike in the Valley Forge Shopping Center, will occupy approximately 165,000 square feet of floor area and will provide 800 parking spaces, half of which will be underground.

“When any retail establishment opens in Upper Merion Township, we set up a working relationship with them,” said Lt. Michael Martin, Upper Merion Police Department’s investigation division commander. “We have meetings with the management team and store employees so our officers become familiar with store security, how they operate and what our responsibilities are when a crime arises”

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140721/target-set-to-open-in-upper-merion-police-fire-departments-prepared

Treetop Adventure Debuts At Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORRISTOWN, PA— Has it been a while since you’ve swung through the trees like Tarzan?

Do you harbor a burning hunger to break free from your civilized cage and bond with nature in a fundamental way, even though your primal survival skills are a little rusty?

Designed for thrill-seekers of all ages, Treetop Adventure Park Philadelphia at Elmwood Park Zoo — created by Treetop Concept LLC — puts kids and adults through their aerial paces with multiple obstacle courses that are marked by challenging games and zip lines to satisfy the average athletic extremist.

For those not familiar with the exploit, a zip line is formed by a pulley suspended way up in the air on a cable, with the suspended adventure-seeker holding onto or being attached to a free-moving pulley by a harness.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140718/treetop-adventure-debuts-at-elmwood-park-zoo-norristown

MCCC’s Radiography Director Chairs JRCERT Board Of Directors

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Montgomery County Community College’s Radiography Program Director Debra Poelhuis recently was elected to serve as chair of the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Montgomery County Community College’s Radiography Program Director Debra Poelhuis recently was elected to serve as chair of the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the accreditation of traditional and distance learning educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.

The JRCERT Board is comprised of eight members from across the United States, and each member is recommended by a specific professional organization. Poelhuis was recommended for membership by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. She has served as second and first vice chair before her election to JRCERT board chair.

Leadership of the JRCERT Board will allow Poelhuis to observe best practices from programs across the country and to be informed of issues that may affect radiography education—including Montgomery County Community College’s program—in the future.

As chair, she will conduct meetings deciding the accreditation of programs and represent the Board at professional conferences and forums.

“On occasion I may be part of a team that conducts unannounced site visits for programs with allegations of noncompliance of the standards,” she said.

Poelhuis started her career as a diagnostic radiographer in 1972. She is certified in mammography, has experience in interventional radiography and computed tomography and spent a sabbatical semester doing forensic radiography.

Involved in radiography education for 34 years, Poelhuis was program director at a Kentucky community college for 13 years since its inception before coming to Pennsylvania to lead MCCC’s Radiography program. She holds an A.S. in Radiologic Technology, a B.S. in Allied Health, and an M.S. in Agency Counseling.

Poelhuis became involved with JRCERT through her mentor, a faculty for the Indiana University Radiography program, who also served as chair of the JRCERT Board.

Poelhuis has two grown children and is married to sculptor Bill Leth, an art instructor at Cedar Crest College and the Baum School of Art, both in Allentown.

MCCC’s Radiography program provides a comprehensive curriculum and educational experience for students who wish to become integral members of a health care team. The program provides opportunities to develop competence in critical thinking, technical skills and interpersonal communication necessary for the practice of diagnostic radiography. Competence is achieved through the integrated use of lecture, laboratory activities, small group presentations, research, and clinical education experiences.. For more information about MCCC’s Radiography program, visit mc3.edu.

Meter Tamperer Generates Probation For Defrauding PECO Of $346K

NORRISTOWN, PA — A Philadelphia man who tampered with utility meters to reduce some account holders’ monthly PECO electrical bills, to the tune of nearly $350,000, has generated some court supervision in connection with the five-county theft scheme.

Marcelino Cuadra Jr., 47, of Aramingo Avenue, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to seven years’ probation after he pleaded guilty 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.

Judge Garrett D. Page also ordered Cuadra to complete 60 hours of community service as a condition of the sentence. Cuadra must pay $346,750 in restitution to PECO, the judge said.

Read more: http://www.dailylocal.com/general-news/20140714/meter-tamperer-generates-probation-for-defrauding-peco-of-346k

Montco’s Lynnewood Hall Up For Sale

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Lynnewood Hall (Peter A. B. Widener mansion), Elkins Park, PA (1897–1900). Photo: May 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time and taxes have finally forced the owner of Lynnewood Hall, a grand Horace Trumbauer estate in Elkins Park, to put the property up for sale.

The listing appeared Monday on the real estate website Zillow.com for $20 million.

The sales pitch is short and sweet: “A true neoclassical revival masterpiece. … Main house 110 rooms. 70,000 sq. ft. of living space & 33.85 gated acres.”

The words, accompanied by an exterior photo, belie both the grandeur and the bittersweet history of one of Philadelphia’s largest intact Gilded Age mansions.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/classifieds/real_estate/20140710_Montco_s_Lynnewood_Hall_up_for_sale.html#So0Ei7q5wjUc2PUl.99

Cali, 18-Year-Old Jaguar At Elmwood Park Zoo In Norristown, Has Died

NORRISTOWN, PA — The Elmwood Park Zoo announced the passing of Cali (pronounced “kah-lee”), an 18-year-old female jaguar, on Wednesday. She had been receiving chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with lymphoma in the fall of 2013. Zoo staff witnessed a substantial decline in Cali’s condition and made the decision to euthanize her Wednesday morning.

The jaguar, named after the Hindu Goddess Kali and whose name means “the black one,” was unlike typical spotted jaguars. Cali’s unique black coat was caused by melanism, a common condition among felines that is caused by an excess of the black pigment, melanin.

Cali was born at the Marion Nature Park in Ocala, Fla. on Sept. 19, 1995. She arrived at the Elmwood Park Zoo on Jan. 1, 1996. Cali was paired with Anasazi, Elmwood Park Zoo’s 2-year-old spotted male jaguar.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/lifestyle/20140710/cali-18-year-old-jaguar-at-elmwood-park-zoo-in-norristown-has-died

Temple University Student Study: Norristown Needs A Food Policy Council, Community Gardens

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORRISTOWN — An urban planning class presented the results of a study of food availability in Norristown to council Tuesday that included targeted recommendations.

Jennifer Krouchick, a Temple University student in the urban planning studio class taught by Professor Deborah Howe, said that Norristown is a car-dependent municipality for large food shopping but had also notched a 74 percent score in “walkability.”

Of Norristown’s 34,324 residents, 19.3 live below the poverty line, according to recent demographics. In addition, 2,484 of Norristown’s 13,058 households receive federal food assistance through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

A resident group helped the students shape the food study during a task force meeting in January, Krouchick said. A community workshop was held in April allowing residents to explain what food issues were important to them.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140701/temple-university-student-study-norristown-needs-a-food-policy-council-community-gardens

Panelists Share Financial Aid Strategies This Summer At MCCC

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Is your head filled with financial aid questions? Montgomery County Community College’s Financial Aid Office will host two workshops in July to help high school juniors and seniors and their parents understand the financial aid process. The workshops are free of charge and are open to the public.

Workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 in Advanced Technology Center room 101 at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on Wednesday, July 16 in the South Hall Community Room at the West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

Both workshops will feature an expert panel discussion by representatives from a variety of local colleges and universities. Attendees will learn about the different types of financial aid available, how parents and students can meet the cost of attending college, how to interpret award letters, and much more. Workshops will include ample time for Q & A.

Register online at http://www.mc3.edu/adm-fin-aid/paying

Greater Norristown PAL To Hold First Job Fair June 24

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NORRISTOWN, PA — It’s not every job fair organizer that offers to hook up applicants with a necktie if he needs one, but Ken Fennal is passionate about making Greater Norristown PAL’s first open job fair a success for all concerned.

And that extends to making sure every male applicant who shows up is dressed to impress.

“If someone needs a tie they should contact me and I’ll provide them with a tie myself,” said Fennal, PAL’s program director. “Men should at least wear a tie, if not a suit or sport jacket. First impressions can make the difference in getting a second interview or being hired on the spot, versus another candidate who may have the same level of skills but may not be dressed appropriately. We know the difference in going to an interview dressed well or wearing something casual, but a young person may not know that. We want to emphasize that they should be prepared properly when they come in the door, so I think not only is it appropriate to have a dress code, social standards dictate that you should be dressed a certain way for certain professions.”

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/business/20140623/greater-norristown-pal-to-hold-first-job-fair-june-24

SEPTA Regional Rail Strike Begins; Corbett To Seek Federal Help

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SEPTA logo with text (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SEPTA railroad engineers and electrical workers went on strike early Saturday, halting commuter rail service in the Philadelphia region, after last-ditch efforts by federal mediators failed to break an impasse in the long-running labor dispute.

The strike shut down 13 Regional Rail lines that provide 60,000 passengers with 126,000 rides on a typical weekday. That promised to snarl already clogged highways with additional cars and to hamper commuters and their employers throughout the region.

Service on SEPTA’s buses, subways, trolleys and the Norristown High-Speed Line – which carry about 85 percent of SEPTA’s riders – were not affected.

Gov. Corbett was prepared to ask President Obama to quickly appoint a presidential emergency board to mediate the rail labor dispute. Under federal railroad law, the creation of such a board would compel the workers to return to the job for 240 days.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20140614_Last-ditch_talks_pending_as_Regional_Rail_strike_looms.html#v26c8poq4F1xhoJB.99

45 Graduates Complete MCCC’s Accelerated GED Program

Pottstown, Pa.— Forty-five students earned their General Education Diplomas (GED) during Montgomery County Community College’s annual graduation ceremony on June 5 at the West Campus in Pottstown.

The graduates were part of MCCC’s rigorous five-week program that is among the most accelerated in the state. According to GED Program Coordinator/Instructor Raymond Ricketts, 860 students have completed the program since its inception in 2006–an 84 percent graduation rate.

The Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) funds the program, which is free to Montgomery County residents. The fee for out-of-county students is $100 and includes the course and GED exam.

John Vestri, vice president of operations and finance for Video Ray in Pottstown, provided the keynote address. He commended graduates for taking ownership of their education, and encouraged them to take advantage of all future educational opportunities that arise.

“Every single you chance you have to improve yourself through education, please take advantage of it. It will pay off in some way in the long run,” said Vestri. He added that there is “no such thing as a traditional education,” sharing “we all pursue what works for us; everyone is on some non-traditional path.”

Providing the student address, graduate Jamie Gehman, Lower Pottsgrove, said the program “allowed me to focus on my problem area—math—and pass the GED with flying colors.”

Gehman described how it became more and more difficult to return to school as time passed. However, as her youngest of four children started kindergarten this year, she realized it was time to continue her own education as well.

“It’s never too late to give yourself or your loved ones a brighter future through education,” she shared.

Gehman recently completed her first semester at the College, during which she earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She ultimately hopes to work with children who have learning challenges and brain trauma.

Marisol Lezcano, executive director of the Montgomery County WIB and deputy director of commerce, presented the graduates with their diplomas, and Peggy Schmidt, chair, WIB Youth Council, provided closing remarks.

“I’m sure, as you have gone through this journey, people told you that you couldn’t do it. But your hard work paid off,”  she said, just before asking attendees to join her in reciting the lyrics to “High Hopes.”

To learn more about the GED program or GED testing services, visit http://www.mc3.edu/adm-fin-aid/ged.

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Montgomery County Community College To Host ‘The History Of Montco: A Documentary’

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Photograph: Montgomery County Community College Alumni Joseph Sapienza, Philadelphia, (left) and Sean King, North Wales, will be sharing their video, “The History of Montco, a Documentary,” on Friday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.—As part of its yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) invites the community to the premier public screening of “The History of Montco: A Documentary,” on Friday, June 27, at 6 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The screening is free of charge—everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 215-641-6324 or email dyerkey@mc3.edu by June 18.

The documentary is directed and produced by MCCC alumni Joseph Sapienza, Philadelphia, and Sean King, North Wales, who began the project a few years ago while they were students at the College.

“The documentary really began as a one or two minute news package on the construction of College Hall,” King says. “After looking through some photos, we decided to expand the project to cover more of the history of Montco. From there, it snowballed into a feature length documentary.”

The video starts in Conshohocken, where the College opened its doors in early October 1966—almost two years after it was officially established on December 8, 1964. Through interviews of current and former faculty, staff and administrators, King and Sapienza captured the spirit and tenacity of an ever-evolving, growing educational institution that has become the alma mater of more than 55,000 alumni.

After years of preparation, hard work, research, and the desire to make their idea a reality, they completed an entertaining, informative movie that is a testament to their accomplishments and to the story about the college.

“It was a long process. We started pre-production in July of 2011 and the film didn’t go into editing until the summer of 2013,” Sapienza says, recalling the many hours of research, interviews, recording and editing.

The movie is about two hours long. During the intermission, Sapienza and King will be available to answer questions about the process of creating the Montco documentary.

Sapienza began his studies at Montgomery County Community College in the winter of 2010 in the Film and Video program. In fall 2012, he then transferred to the Film and Television program at Drexel University earned his bachelor’s degree in May 2014. With films, one of his favorite subjects is documentaries, especially documentaries involving history. For his senior project at Drexel, Joe produced a history documentary about the coal town, Centralia, and its ongoing underground mine fire. Following graduation, he started an internship with NFL Films.

King studied Communications at Montgomery County Community College, focusing on Journalism. While he was at the College, he was involved in numerous campus activities, including the Communication Arts Production Group and Montco Radio. After graduating in 2012, he started studying History and Political Science at Arcadia University, focusing on contemporary American history and politics. When he completes his bachelor’s degree, King plans to pursue a job in government.

For more information about Montgomery County Community College’s 50th Anniversary, visit http://www.mc3.edu/50.

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Students Graduate High School Through MCCC ‘Gateway To College’ Program

Gateway Grads Sp 2014 (1)Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Eight students from Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Gateway to College Program earned their high school diplomas this spring after completing the requirements necessary to graduate from their respective school districts.

Gateway to College is a national network designed for young adults ages 16-21 who are at risk for not completing high school. One of only 43 Gateway to College programs in the country, MCCC partners locally with 16 area school districts and the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to help increase high school—and ultimately college—graduation rates.

Spring 2014 graduates include Meghan Benson, Wissahickon; Ne’Cole Casalena, Phoenixville; James Hanible, Pottsgrove; Erika Knappenberger, Souderton; Justin Leamy, Pottsgrove; Jose Ortiz Rivera, Hatboro-Horsham; Carlas Rich, Phoenixville; and Rachel Voltz, Upper Merion. All of the graduates plan to pursue post-secondary education, and at least six will attend MCCC in the fall.

One of those graduates, Ne’Cole Casalena, Phoenixville High School, described her journey in rhyming lyrics, speaking as class valedictorian.

“And I want to thank everyone but me, cause without you, I don’t know where I would be. Where I am, as a person, they are life lessons, not a burden…If I could, I wouldn’t change a thing, cause out of 18 years, this was the best spring,” she recited.

In only its first year at MCCC, the Gateway to College program has grown from 21 students in the fall to 52 this spring. At full capacity, the program will serve up to 150 students annually.

“My Gateway students are some of the most resilient and capable young people I have had the pleasure of supporting on their academic journey,” shared Keima Sheriff, who is MCCC’s Gateway to College program director. “Many are faced with incredibly difficult life circumstances, yet they consistently attend school, participate in a rigorous learning environment and meet the expectations of the program. My students prove that if given the opportunity to excel, they can and will rise to the occasion.”

Fifteen of MCCC’s students were recognized as Gateway Achievers by the Gateway to College National Network. Students include: Jose Ortiz Rivera from Hatboro-Horsham; Gustavo Ascencion from Norristown; Ne’Cole Casalena and Laura Krueger from Phoenixville; Brianna Gagliardi, Marcus Gordon and Anthony Romano from Pottsgrove; James Hanible from Upper Merion; Christopher Anderson, Shane Bowman, Jelani Crosby and William Dobnak from Upper Moreland; Shaquilla Anderson from WIB; and Meghan Benson and Emahnie Holmes from Wissahickon.

MCCC also recognized spring Gateway students for their achievements.

William Dobnak, Upper Moreland, and Laura Krueger, Phoenixville, were recognized as Foundation (first term) Students of the Semester. They also earned the highest GPA among MCCC Gateway students along with Jelani Crosby, Upper Moreland.

Marcus Gordon, Pottsgrove, and Rachel Voltz, Upper Merion, were recognized as Transitioned (second term through completion) Students of the Semester.

Perfect Attendance went to Shane Bowman, Upper Moreland; Anthony Romano, Pottsgrove; and Thomas Rosa, of Plymouth Meeting. Rosa was also recognized as Most Courageous, along with Paige Trump, Pottsgrove. Romano was recognized for Change of Heart, along with Jose Ortiz Rivera, Hatboro-Horsham.

Brianna Gagliardi, Pottsgrove, and Julian Richardson, WIB, earned Most Improved, while Amber Keyes, Norristown, and Faith Owens, Pottsgrove, earned Rising Star awards.

Additional awards included Perseverance, given to Nicole Snyder, Upper Moreland, and Dejah McMillan, Pottsgrove; and Most Determined, given to Gustavo Ascencion, Norristown, and Keara Hyden, Phoenixville.

Students begin the Gateway to College program with a Foundation semester, during which they take classes in reading, writing, math, and college skills as part of small learning communities. After successfully completing the Foundation term, participants transition into one of MCCC’s academic programs, earning college credits while completing high school requirements. Throughout the program, students are advised and mentored by Gateway resource specialists Lori Davidson and Esau Collins. They also actively engage in college and community service.

Partnering school districts include Boyertown, Cheltenham, Daniel Boone, Hatboro-Horsham, Norristown, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Souderton, Spring Ford, Upper Dublin, Upper Merion, Upper Moreland, Upper Perkiomen, Wissahickon and the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board.

To learn more about the Gateway to College Network, visit gatewaytocollege.org.

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Douglass (Montgomery) Official IDs Fellow Supervisor As Subject Of D.A. Investigation

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Location of Douglass Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP (MONTGOMERY COUNTY) — The name of the township supervisor being investigated by Montgomery County Detectives was made public this week — by another supervisor.

At the May 19 board of supervisors meeting, Vice Chairman Anthony Kuklinski said publicly that fellow Supervisor Fred Ziegler is the subject of the county investigation first reported in the Feb. 25 edition of The Mercury.

In February, Township Solicitor Paul Bauer confirmed that the township had referred a matter concerning one of the elected supervisors to the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, but refused to name the supervisor.

Bauer did not return phone messages left at his office Thursday and Friday.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140523/douglass-mont-official-ids-fellow-supervisor-as-subject-of-da-investigation

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Gains And Losses In Philadelphia Region’s Population

A number of communities in the region’s Pennsylvania suburbs, notably in Chester and Montgomery Counties, grew substantially between April 2010 and July 2013, Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show.

In Chester County, there were noteworthy upticks in municipalities such as Malvern, West Chester, East Brandywine, and West Goshen, and the same was true in Chester/Delaware County border towns such as Bethel and Chadds Ford. In central Montgomery County, Upper Hanover, Towamencin, and Salford were among the burgeoning towns.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia remained the fifth-largest U.S. city, with a population estimated at 1.553 million through July 2013, an increase of just over 27,000 from April 2010. It was the seventh year in a row of population growth, the census data showed.

(Population estimates for neighborhoods within the city limits will not be available until December.)

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20140523_Gains_and_losses_in_Phila__region_s_population.html#MHpPEge1UgkCE6DR.99

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Philadelphia-Area Municipalities Gaining, Losing Residents Fastest

The U.S. Census Bureau released new data today, showing the “subcounty” population figures for the year that ended July 1, 2013. That means every municipality in the country, no matter how small, can see how many residents it gained or lost in that period.

Census figures for counties and metro areas were released earlier this spring, with Philadelphia’s population standing at 1,553,165 residents, a 0.29-percent increase from the previous year.

The new numbers show which municipalities in the area gained or lost residents at the fastest rates between July 2012 and July 2013, and since the 2010 Census.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillylists/Philadelphia-area-municipalities-gaining-losing-residents-fastest.html

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Karabots Foundation Gives $7.5 Million Gift To Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

NORRISTOWN — A $7.5 million gift from the Karabots Foundation and Nicholas and Athena Karabots to Einstein Healthcare Network (EHN) was delivered Wednesday afternoon during a gala celebration under a white tent erected on Powell Street next to the newly renamed Nicholas and Athena Karabots Medical Building.

More than 150 physicians, nurses and top managers from EHN and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (EMCM) came to celebrate the gift that benefits three buildings in the healthcare system.

“The first phase was cosmetic improvements to the common areas of the building including new carpet, paint, new lighting and ceiling tiles,” said Rich Montalbano, the project executive at Einstein Healthcare Network. “That was completed this winter. The second and third phases will occur over the next two years and include replacing the outdated central air conditioning systems and replacing the two elevators.”

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140521/karabots-foundation-gives-75-million-gift-to-einstein-medical-center-montgomery

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Montgomery County Community College Announces Spring 2014 Dean’s List

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.—Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez is pleased to announce the spring 2014 Dean’s List at Montgomery County Community College. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who have earned at least 12 cumulative credits at the College and who have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.

Dean’s List honorees are listed by area of residence.

Abington: Kevin Haas, Timothy Judge, Brian Kelly, Shannon Kennedy, Scott McCall, Rose Robinson, Rebecca Sargent, Erik Wagner

Ambler: Sunhee An, Brian Bailey, Brian Boggess, Rebecca Bookbinder, Ethan Butson, Kirsten Carver, Amanda Ciammetti, Candace Craig, Bryce Donnon, Abigail Drakely, Julian Greenberg, Summer Grenyion-Smith, Haeeun Lee, James Lu, Christina Mascuilli, Nichole Moran, Jasmine Newman, Carlo Pipitone, Evan Saltzman, Harly Sides, Devin Spillane, Allyson Super, Wei Wang, Charles Whitlock

Anchorage, Alaska: Jacob Robertson

Ardmore: Andrew Estornell, Cliff Prescott

Ardsley: Jessica Apeldorn, Gianna Todd

Audubon: Neil Ahern, Thomas DeLucia, James Donnelly, Jenna Gaasche, Emily Jenkins, Kristine Kuhna, David Weis

Bala Cynwyd: Helia Akbari, Robert Brothers

Bally: Brittany Dechert, Adam Eshleman

Barto: Stefan Bruder, Ashley Marlowe, Cody Tridento

Bechtelsville: Frank Dumont, Courtney Gilroy, Joseph Hartline, Robert Mihalcik

Berwyn: Eva Hozinez

Birdsboro: Richard McCash

Blue Bell: Alexander Booth, Kendall Gazzo, Nicole Hacking, John Hong, Erin King, Nikhil Madan, Nelson Martinez, Yinqing Pan, Hailey Reinbold, Harris Risell, Sarah Seeherman, Lu Tian, Mary Watson, Roberto Zuccarini

Boyertown: Samuel Ayoub, Jacquelyn Ball, Jenna Benfield, Deborah Callender, Grace Fennimore, James Griffin, Michael Harris, Zachary Parsons, Andrew Parsons, Ashley Wisler

Bridegeport: Jonathan Anyumba, Stephanie Giglio

Bridgeport: Irving Galvan

Bryn Athyn: Austin Rose

Cedars: Sussan Saikali, Victoria Sisonethasy

Chalfont: Morgan Ewart, Rachel Lee

Cheltenham: Melanie Arroyo, Nam Dangvy, Robert Fogarty, Chelsea Greever

Chester Spring: Shaun McNary

Collegeville: Samuel Ahola, Antonio Aloia, Kristopher Bochnowicz, Ashley Canning, Julie Clark, Sean Conners, Margret Fauls, Weiling Feng, Chelsea Flynn, Jorge Gallegos, Michele Gloser, Jennifer Groff, John Holdsworth, Christopher Kahn, Roberta Lee, Sophia Lisowski, Shawn Lowry, Shaun Martin, Taylor McGoldrick, Paige Murray, Brandon Olearsky, Brigitte Ortega, Madhuri Patel, Kevin Pierro, Brandon Pursell, Michael Reiner, Kirsten Smith, Chrissyanne Sokso, Kyle Steinke, Kristie Tang, Salma Trust, Tasha Zahakos, Xiangyu Zhou

Colmar: Timothy Schneider, Erica Tolton

Conshohocken: Michel Amabile, Allison Giannone, Joseph McCrae, Chanyang Seo, Richard Vose

Douglassville: Kyle Benjamin, Williamjob Canlas, Adriana Giotti, Charles Hennessey, Melissa Hunsicker, Stephen Maco, Amanda McNally, Michael Morrow, Chavez Ortiz, Nathan Prout

Downingtown: Carli Moore

Doylestown: Dori Brienza, Kenneth Stephon

Dresher: Steven Aller, Jennifer Cutler, Meredith Haltzman, Jenna Meyer

Eagleville: Thomas Bednar, Marla Feder, Skyelur Novelli, Dana Roberts, Rebecca Skeens, John Viglianese

East Greenville: Anna Brandt, Jarred Clemmer, Brendan Diehl, Allison Ortlip, Rebecca Richardson, Michelle Williams, Alice Yocum

East Norriton: Holly Fitzsimmons, Kathryn Hall, Hwi Lee, Sujata Parajuli, Kyle Sapovits

Elkins Park: Michael Duffey, Jesse Heath, Eitan Laurence, Dat Nguyen, Bruno Saint-Louis, William Schwarz

Elverson: Nicole Brodi, Megan Kane

Fleetwood: Joseph Sweigart

Flourtown: John Berger

Foothill Ranch, Calif.: Lauren Cordivari

Fort Washington: Nathanael Plaster

Gilbertsville: Rachel Brnilovich, Kathryn Brown, Tyler Emel, Kirstin Ervin, Lisa Evans, Robert Hayes, Laurianne Kelly, Katlyn Mutone, Alexa Parrilla, Magdolna Pinto, Brian Richmond, Monica Ryan, Andrew Vaccaro

Glenside: Nicholas Acker, Megan Bilbee, Julie Chiodo, Noah Cohen, Michael Duplessis, Andrew Frederick, Victoria Fulforth, Phoebe Gavula, Claudette Graham, Chelsie Harmer, McCaela Holland, Kirby Kistler, Mark Lynch, Crystal Nieman, Stefano Notarianni, Timothy Parisi, Stephanie Peel, Kimberly Pessoa, Christina Powers, Jennifer Rejniak, Amanda Settembrino, Denzel Warren, David Watts, Zachary Woerner, Ji Mok Yeom

Green Lane: Tyler Grubb, Alan Kinley, Connor Marble, Angelina Sirak, Stephanie Sirak, Robert Ziegler

Gulph Mills: John Stanish

Gwynedd Valley: Alexandra Haufler, Michelle Ratka

Harleysville: Larry Bergey, Denise Berkelback, Becca Bilofsky, Zachary Boccella, Stephen Coachi, Whitni Cole, Patrick Davis, Michael Duong, Colleen Dych, Justin Eppley, Ryan Erskine, Miranda Golden, Christina Harris, Virginia Hoffman, Trisha Hoffman, Mehdi Hooshmand Rad, Michael Hurst, Natalie Jarratt, Samantha Kee, Angelica Koffel, Michelle Lohr, Richelle Lowe, Tonya Moye, Jordan Petaccio, Steve Provencher, Caitlyn Schillinger, Kayleigh Smith, Jennifer Solomon, Jackie Williams, Kelsey Wimmenauer

Hatboro: Jennifer A’harrah, Tiffany Bernert, Rachael Carrullo, Christina Catherman, Anthony Cirillo, David Hood, Robert Kargher, Christopher Kim, Alexander Knox, Seth Mansor, Ruth Martinez de Jesus, Joey Meyers, Christopher Mullen, Searra Sconions, Kimberly Stein, Danielle Sulthaus, Rachel Tashjian, Vitaliy Votchits, Emily Watkins

Hatfield: Eric Albaugh, Matthew Bell, Celine Bolandbintner, Amber Doll, Tori Famous, Tabassum Farah, Courtney Gill, Sung Kim, Rudy Koestel, Kevin Landes, Karen Lopez, Alyssa Miles, Jenna Moyer, Malachi Musick, Mohammad Mustafa, Tony Nguyen, Malonda Nsiku, Ashley Paskill, Vidisha Patel, Upasana Patel, Mark Petti, Tyler Phifer, Courtney Schroding, Farad Zaman

Hereford: Renee Woodard

Horsham: Robyn Barbell, Maria Boggi, Timothy Brown, Danielle Cole, Valerie Esposito, Eric Foster, Diana Giammarco, Kevin Kelly, Christina Maguire, Michael McCarty, Hanan Mohammed, Shahil Patel, Deanna Rapak, David Reedel, Kevin Romanoli, Thomas Roof, Eric Rossi, Eun Shim, Cassandra West, Melissa White

Huntingdon Valley: Isabella Andre, Ciara Cipriano, Kevin Clark, Courtney Covelens, Kathleen Davies, Kevin Distasio, Johanna Licari, Elizabeth McElvaney, Jason Sides, Samantha Smyth

Jeffersonville: Brian McCluskey

Jenkintown: Kelli Dietrich, Samuel Juliani, Eun Hye Kim, Dong Lee, Jinman Li, Natalia Ramirez Nova, Tomasz Romanowski

King of Prussia: Timothy Hill, Aalaa Jandali, Hayme Mikael Morelos, Lauren Nelson, Ashley Pagnotti, Fiona Palladino, Hali Romeu, David Rupp, Taylor Schuebel, Alexa Williams

Lafayette Hill: Bandana Moktan, Melissa Price

Lancaster: Mallory Murphy

Lansdale: Lauren Alexander, Jenarosa Auriemma, Magdalena Bartnikowska, Rufus Baruti, Madeleine Biletz, Michael Blackburn, Lauren Blumberg, Gregory Borolla, Heather Bowen, Victoria Brucker, Trisha Calhoun, Abigail Chapin, Jihye Chun, Jiyoung Chun, Collin Cousart, Alison Deitsch, Hetal Doshi, Dillon Etze, Erika Gibson, Teresa Gruber, Shawna Hall, Matthew Handwerk, Patrick Higgins, Lauren Himes, Tram Hoang, Rachael Hoffmann, Thanh Huynh, Karen Kampia, Nayoung Kim, Alexander Knoll, Leah Kucenic, Mis Kulsum, Andrew Labate, Yau-Wai Lam, Hyeyeon Lee, Ashley Lepera, Jennifer Lieu, Aryam Miro, Allison Moreland, Lindsey Morris, Timothy Mundro, Dung Nguyen, Janine Peca, Brianna Phelps, Morgan Pickersgill, Sabrina Qawasmy, Rehm Ricchetti, Ednibet Sapeg, Ashley Sheely, Huixin Shen, Ashley Smith, Brianna Suppi, Theodore Szczur, Luke Tillger, Nicole Troy, Hannah Whitby, Micah Whitney, Larry Wood, Jiwan Yang, Tyler Zubyk

Laverock: Laura Franklin

Lederach: Colleen Ferguson

Limerick: Jessica Buno, Masynn Gensler, Shari Walker, Rebecca Whitton, Daniel Wolbach

Maple Glen: Daniel Cohen, Matthew Strolle, Olivia Yu

Merion Station: Sasha Brown

Mont Clare: Laurie MacEachern

Montgomeryville: Jamar Martin

Narberth: Timothy Groves

Norristown: Amelia Alameno, Nicole Battista, Erin Brindisi, Angela Cavaliere, Edward Centrella, Nina Ciampoli, William Dougherty, Brianne Early, Amanda Felix, Doi Go, Carlos Gordon, Jacob Grande, David Grande, Tyler Greco, Wesley Hamilton, Carol Hedgepeth-Avery, Elizabeth Holleger, Heidi Hunsberger, Robert Hunt, Brittany Jones, Christian Jorna, Jon Kilgannon, Mark Kressler, Bogdan Loboda, Michael Melito, Caroline Moman, Prahar Patel, Amber Reinhart, Eric Shope, Briana Stinson, Luke Vanaller, Sarina Wang, Brian Ziff

North Wales: Cristofer Anton, Kate Arskaya, Uche Bundo, Kayla Burnham, Kavita Chaudhry, Michael Coughlin, Kathleen Cronin, Rebecca Cronin, Lydia Crush, Brent Hoyer, Yeon Joon Kim, Jongchan Lee, Kathleen McCauley, Christopher Mills, Catherine Morroney, Steven Park, Juhyun Park, Hee Park, Dhavalkumar Patel, Nicole Revitsky, Rebecca Robinson, Emily Smith, Timothy Weisbein, Emma Wylie

Oaks: Jacquelyn Crabtree

Oley: Danielle Weber

Oreland: Staci Perez, Daniel Riley, Paul Riley

Palm: Timothy Kilbride

Pennsburg: Michaela Buckwalter, Taylour Catarious, Kinga Kaminska, Jessica Persons, Margaretta Poku-Adjei, Aaron Vandyke

Perkiomenville: Gabi Ciociola, Keenan Gruver, Kyra Moyer, Sarah Murray, Leslie Rynhart

Philadelphia: Elizabeth Bergland, Deborah Coleman, Eric Gainor, Darryl Grant, Dustin Markle, Ricky Sokun

Phoenixville: Brandon Carmichael, Kevin Collins, Marissa Coulter, Jessica Delorefice, Colten Dollar, Olivia Farrell, Amanda Force, Bryana Gates, Hayden Hamilton, Alexander Roccaro, Yolanda Rosas, Erik Schwagerl, Mary Watson, Kaley Wohlgemuth, Philip Zhu

Plymouth Meeting: Ashley Costa, Devon Hyer, Joseph Monastero, Evan Noble, Melissa Rodier, Amanda Sinon

Pottstown: Hector Astacio, Sandra Bartha, Kevin Beckham, Brian Brown, Michael Carbo, Nick Centofanti, Christie Christ, Terri Coleman, Anastasia Di Lello, Tiffany Dilworth, Anne Fisher, Philippe Garreaud, Naseer Gibbs, Emily Graves, John Harvey, Tory Hudgins, Leif Hums, Michael Ingram, Regina Kowalski, Corinne Mancini, Sabrina Marschner, John May, Brandon Neikam, Lauren Niedelman, Nicholas Paden, Brandon Ruppe-Schlau, Jenna Saylor, Holly Shively, Alexandra Simonetti, Victoria Smurthwaite, Marisa Somich, Emily Summers, Anthony Tartaglia, Danna Tolentino, Pamela Tolentino, Kali Wade, Heather Weiss, Betsy West, Timothy Williams, Nathan Yost, Kara Younkin

Quakertown: Anna Short, Alex Wu

Reading: Eunmi Lee

Red Hill: Kaitlyn Croll, Joanne Feldbruegge, Mary Heebner, Samantha Leonard

Roslyn: Andrew Spengler, Leah Stewart, Angela Tate

Royersford: Jessica Bickel, Ryan Boyle, Emily Diemer, Dominic Dolenti, Solange Jacques, Michael Mazoue, Nolan Poole, Katherine Royer, Michael Stopyra, Patrick Sullivan, Shayna Velasquez

Sanatoga: Lauren Antenucci, Tyler Musser

Schwenksville: Jansen Brooks, Steven Brown, Devon Carrow, Emily Guckin, Jackie Hanahan, Ashley Leperson, Jacquelyn Lutz, Megan O’Connor, Tyler Oliver, Rachael Pritchard, Caitlin Pritchard, Melissa Rufe, Kimberly Shaffer, Amy Silvas, Lauren Spear, Daniel Walters

Sellersville: Justin Cramer, Emmeline McIlvain, Dominick Pytel

Souderton: Rebecca Auseichyk, Kevin Blankenship, Kelly Crowley, Andrew Crugnale, Ryan Fluck, Rebecca Haley, Jennifer Hange, Kathryn Helfrich, Scott Higgins, Robert Hunsberger, Logan McCurry, Jennifer Ngo, Josiah Patterson, Ranae Richardson, Charis Yoo

Southampton: Donald Halbruner

Spring City: Jesse Bickel, Christine Brown, Jonathan Carville, Jessica Diguiseppe, Stacia Gonder, James Hoke, Dylan Jordan, Kaitlyn Peterson

Stowe: Nicole Chu, Robert Gauger, William Kasper, Troy Lutcavage, Julie Mann

Strafford: Christopher Morgan

Telford: Timothy Balch, Madeline Delp, Kathryn Donley, Felicia Garis, Daniel Isaak, Jonathan Moyer, Damien Rishel, Justine Sammons, Erin Will, Hyunjeong Yang

Trappe: Megan Gordon, Melissa Mantey, Jillian Nabozny, Ameen Wahba

Trooper: Brittany Livingston

Valley Forge: Daniel Bussell

Villanova: Hiba Butt

Warminster: Raymond Gray

Wayne: Andrew Baschoff, Kristen Born

West Chester: Anna Beiswenger, Angela Mertz, Amy Siter

Willow Grove: Amanda Brady, Cassidy Czerpak, Hannah Engelhardt, Peter Johnson, Perry Jones, Arielle Kearns, Natalya Kwasnjuk, Ashanti Lloyd, Keith Lockett, Tracey Melendez, Norman Miles, Alyssa Monte, Matthew Rickert, Joseph Rines, Brian Ruby, Margaret Thompson, Zachary Wiley

Woolwich Township, N.J.: Rebecca Laughlin

Worcester: James Mahoney, Owen Murphy

Wyncote: Shelby Harmon, Guy Henderson, Emily Ward

Wyndmoor: Dwayne Lawrence

Wynnewood: Benjamin Gidaro, Camila Romero Dos Santos

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Contractor Gets $1.6M, Apology From Montgomery County DA’s Office

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

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The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle claims that District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman brought unfounded theft charges against a Radnor building contractor at the behest of a church that counts prominent county officials among its members.

As part of the agreement, confirmed by the contractor’s lawyers Tuesday, Ferman apologized to Walter Logan, a man whose alleged crimes she once described as “particularly despicable” and “really very low.”

Those words, delivered to a TV news crew, came hours after her office charged Logan in 2009 with bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown after a contract dispute.

In a statement to Logan as part of their agreement, and released Tuesday by his attorneys, Ferman struck a different tone.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20140426_Contractor_gets__1_6M__apology_from_Montco_DA_s_office.html#QRERrQv5H04R55Bk.99

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MCCC Graduates Transfer To Bucknell; Students Become Summer Scholars

Blue Bell, Pa. — Eleven Montgomery County Community College students soon will be attending Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., through the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.

Six of the students—Margaret Crush, North Wales; Summer Grenyion-Smith, Ambler; Jeremy Lowery, Gilbertsville; Yinquing (Lindsay) Pan, Blue Bell; Brian Richmond, Gilbertsville; and Mary Colleen Watson, Phoenixville, will participate in Bucknell’s Summer 2014 Residency Program.

During the summer program, selected students enroll in two courses and work with student and faculty mentors for six weeks. The program is free for the students and includes tuition, room and board and books. Participating students then have the opportunity to apply to Bucknell in 2014, and if accepted, they will transfer to the university with junior status on full-tuition scholarships.

Five of the students who participated in last year’s summer program— Lydia Crush, North Wales; Brian Hipwell, Cheltenham; Mallory Murphy, West Lawn; David Reedel, Roslyn; and Ken Stephon, Doylestown—were selected to transfer to the university in the fall as juniors with full-tuition scholarships from Bucknell.

Initially funded for four years by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program enables high-achieving, low-income community college students to complete their undergraduate education at the university. According to Mark Davies, Bucknell’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and the liaison for the Community College Scholars Program, the university is committed to continuing the program, which it has funded for the past four years.

During an annual scholarship reception on May 14, MCCC and Bucknell alumnus Oscar Beteta spoke about how the program enabled him to reach his goals. After earning his associate’s degree at Montgomery County Community College, he transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.  He now works as an engineer at Air Products and Chemicals. Inc. Beteta was part of the first summer cohort to participate Bucknell Community College Scholars Program.

Montgomery County Community College has participated in Bucknell’s Community College Scholars Program since 2006. Including this year’s scholars, a total of 54 students attended the summer residency program, and, including this year’s graduates, a total of 36 students transferred to Bucknell on full-tuition scholarships.

Bucknell’s program extends to five community colleges:  Montgomery County Community College, Garrett College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Community College of Philadelphia and Harrisburg Area Community College.

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