Feeling Pottstown proud!
The horses, giraffes, and reindeer on the Derek Scott Saylor Memorial Carousel are part of a merry-go-round meant to be more than an amusement.
The attraction – and the similarly restored old train that will drop visitors at its doorstep – are the centerpieces of a downtown revitalization effort for a slumping Montgomery County borough taking steps toward a comeback.
The carousel and train are scheduled to officially begin operations next fall.
The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers.
Here is Your Chance to Help
The TCN Homeless Services and Youth Development Committees are working together to create care packages for local homeless teens. You can help by donating any of the following items:
$5 Gift Cards to Local Food Stores
Prepaid Phone Cards
Items can be donated by contacting Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:
11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown
It’s not too late! Influenza can occur at any time. In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. Getting vaccinated in December will still be beneficial. Most people 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year!
Norristown Health Center
1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19404
Monday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29— children under 19 years old by appointment only
(times vary), please call for an appointment
Tuesday, Dec. 9 & 16 — all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Pottstown Health Center
364 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Monday, Dec. 8, 15, & 22— all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10, & 17—children under 19 years old by appointment only from
2:30pm-6:00pm, please call for an appointment
Willow Grove Eastern Courthouse Annex
102 York Road, Suite 401, Willow Grove, PA 19090
Wednesday, Dec. 10 & 17— all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 4, 11, & 18— children under 19 years old by appointment only from
9:00am-12:00pm, please call for an appointment
For additional locations providing flu vaccinations please visit http://www.flushot.healthmap.org
TCN cordially invites you to a holiday celebration.
Hot Breakfast Networking Games & Prizes
Tuesday, December 16th, 8am-10:30am
Copperfield Inn at Lakeside
594 West Ridge Pike, Limerick
Special thanks to our breakfast sponsors
Join a TCN Committee. Committees will meet 9am-10:30am.
**Registration Deadline: December 9th. Only registered members and guests will be admitted**
Click here to register or call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.
The TCN Homeless Services and Youth Development Committees are
developing care packages for local homeless teens. You can help by donating any of the following items:
$5 Gifts Cards to Local Food Stores
Prepaid Phone Cards
Items can be donated at the TCN Holiday Celebration on December 16th
Contact Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:
11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown
Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Aspiring entrepreneurs can conveniently learn the nuts and bolts of starting a business thanks to a new, online program developed by Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) for the Pennsylvania Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives Collaborative. The program can be accessed online at BEresource.com.
“Starting Your Own Business” is a free, self-paced program through which learners explore five modules on topics such as business basics, financial and legal considerations, and marketing, as well as an in-depth case study. The final module of the program guides learners through the process of developing a customized business plan.
“In today’s market, entrepreneurial spirit is more than being a business owner. Employers increasingly expect employees to think entrepreneurially when developing ideas and solving problems,” shared Philip Needles, dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives at MCCC.
Learners who successfully finish the program and business plan will earn a proof of completion certificate and may be eligible to earn three credits at MCCC through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Other colleges and universities may also evaluate the completed course and business plan for possible PLA credit toward one of their respective programs.
PLA is the process used by many institutions to determine if an individual’s prior educational, workforce and life experiences can be translated to college credits. Assessments can include evaluation of military or corporate training, review of portfolios, customized tests, and evaluation of completed non-credit courses, among others.
The “Starting Your Own Business” project is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, and is part of a joint initiative of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges to train and place underemployed and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth in high demand jobs.
The program is open source and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To learn more about the project and its designers, visit BEresouce.com or contact Denise Collins at 215-619-7313 or email@example.com.
Apparently, the inmates are running the asylum in good old Pottstown. Several shootings, one fatal stabbing and a gas leak happened over the weekend. Sounds like your tax dollars are hard at work. Apparently, council is adding $6 million to the budget bringing it to $44 million. Frankly, that should include a dozen more police officers and somebody should be reaching out to county and state officials for help. This mess needs cleaned up once and for all. It’s the same crap, in the same part(s) of town, over and over again. We all know it’s drug related, gang related or a turf war etc… Hey, Ma, “Pass the Section 8 housing please. I want a heapin’ helpin’ so I can smother it in drugs.” Happy Thanksgiving, Pottstown style. Who needs mashed potatoes and gravy ;). We sure know who the turkey is!
I can tell you people are scared. They are afraid to take out their trash at night, drive through town at night etc… The comments on Facebook by residents are upsetting to read. You can feel the anger, fear, frustration and almost panic in their comments. Some think it’s hopeless.
So I say to you, pack the council chambers for meetings and express your outrage to the people who hold the purse strings and can actually do something about it. Pressure them to clean up Pottstown. They will cave in and do something if enough people complain. But if the same 20 people show up at meetings every month they pass all this off as a few malcontents and naysayers causing problems. They are more interested in speed traps and tourism than public safety.
There is a bigger problem here than the leadership is willing to admit. The “keep a lid on the powder keg” strategy has been an #epicfail and proactive policing needs to happen. Stop putting lipstick on a pig and start throwing money at a huge public safety issue! People are dying, isn’t that enough motivation?????
Pottstown, PA – One woman died after a crash that occurred on Industrial Highway near Moser Road on Thanksgiving morning.
At approximately 1:40 a.m., Pottstown Police located an accident involving a silver Volvo occupied only by the driver, who did not survive the crash.
Police have withheld the driver’s information until the family of the victim can be notified.
The fall 2014 inductees are listed below by area of residence:
Ambler: William Cagney, Renee Campanell, Amanda Ciammetti, Bradley Collings, Anna Colins, Christina Mascuilli, Carlo Pipitone, Kyree Sullivan
Ardmore: Joshua Clair
Audubon: Jenna Gaasche
Bala Cynwyd: Catherine Morroney
Bellmawr, N.J.: Nicole Hacking
Bensalem: Barbara Schick
Blue Bell: Alexander Booth, Johnna Corson, Theresa Jun, Steven Mitchell, Nicole Ragusa
Bridgeport: Irving Galvan, Ronald Quay
Chalfont: Morgan Ewart, MacKenzie Mazak
Cheltenham: Nam Dangvy
Collegeville: Antonio Aloia, Julie Clark
Colmar: Holly Figueiredo
Conshohocken: Jonathan Drozd, Madison Eichert
Douglassville: Adriana Giotti
Doylestown: Christine Bradley
Eagleville: Daniel Buttorff, Lindley Yarnall
East Norriton: Kathryn Hall, Angela Mertz
Elkins Park: Michele Gravel, Eitan Laurence, Bruno Saint-Louis
Flourtown: John Berger
Fort Washington: Nathanael Plaster
Gilbertsville: Brittany Benson, Donna Braner, Kathryn Brown, Robert Brown, Marion Bucci, Maryalice Enright, Glendon Liggett, James Pederson
Glenside: Crystal Nieman
Green Lane: Angelina Sirak, Stephanie Sirak
Harleysville: Michael Covel, Justin Eppley, Virginia Hoffman, Mehdi Hooshmand, Abigail Landis, Jennifer Solomon, Hollie Southard, Amanda Zacharias
Hatboro: Loriann Greger, Chun-Te Li
Hatfield: Rebecca Goodolf, Taylor Jordan, Farad Zaman
Horsham: Stefanie Barszowski, Maria Boggi, Jennifer Goodwin, Ryan Marinelli
Huntingdon Valley: Samantha Smyth
Jeffersonville: Morgan Kerper, Justin Mitchell
Jenkintown: Kelli Dietrich, Sunghee Lee
King of Prussia: Hayme Mikael Morelos
Lansdale: Rabbil Ahmed, Rebecca Booz, Jarrett Faulk, Rachael Grallnick, Teresa Gruber, Mis Kulsum, Ashley Lepera, Jennifer Lieu, Lee Miletich, Doreen Panico, Gregory Regan, Gabrielle Scotti, Ashley Sheely
Limerick: Alexandra Barnes, Lindsey Ridenour
Malvern: Jacob Robertson
Mullica Hill, N.J.: Donna Sulvetta-Student
Norristown: Samantha Barnaik, Mattie Hargrove, Heidi Hunsberger, Joseph Kent, Diahann McIntyre, Caroline Moman, Tarah Organtini, Joanne Ratteree, Sima Seddighi, Eric Shope, Sarina Wang
North Wales: Angelina Barton, Kathleen Cronin, Rebecca Cronin, Robert Pritchard
Oreland: Kelly Maguire, Alexander McDermott, Matthew Will
Pennsburg: Michaela Buckwalter, Autumn Detweiler
Perkasie: Sandra Deiley
Philadelphia: Jillian Rogers, Sheena Santos, Max Woessner
Phoenixville: Brittany Fuller, Kemarie Kurtz, Jessica Loughery, Philip Zhu
Plymouth Meeting: Scott Lukens
Pottstown: Molly Adams, Hector Astacio, Megan Bealer, Michael Carbo, Nick Centofanti, Kristyn Fetterman, Brandi Haas, Tory Hudgins, Leif Hums, Deborah Jackson, Bridget McLaughlin, Christina Miles, Kelly Moorman, Meghan Oberholtzer, Emily Staab
Roslyn: Amy Tassone
Royersford: Kelley Burris, Michele Taluc-Chance, Aadil Esmail, Gabrielle Fisher, Joanne McDowell-Henderson, Tammy Moyer, Abigail Rutkowski
Sanatoga: Tyler Musser
Schwenksville: Erin Duvinski, Elizabeth James, Jena Polvino, Melissa Rufe, Drew Smyth, Tara Veve, Kathryn Warren
Sellersville: Donna Gastner
Souderton: Myles Menardi, Carly Plawa, Dennis Stone
Stowe: Victor Hall
Telford: Jessica Minguez, Keara Snyder
Warrington: Matthew Shetzline
Willow Grove: Chelsea Baranowski, Dana Fornicola, Perry Jones, Margaret Thompson, Randy Willis
Worcester: Michael Gawbill
Wyncote: Tatianna Devaughn
Zieglerville: James Cox
Until a few years ago, Ash Khalil ate meat.
Learning the health benefits of a nutrient-rich diet made of mostly plant-based foods inspired him to open the iCreate Cafe in Pottstown in 2012.
Those who visit the cafe often describe it to others as a mix of vegan, vegetarian and in some cases gluten-free menu musts, with strong Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences in many of the dishes.
Khalil is an eight-year survivor of kidney cancer and said not once did his doctors ever talk to him about the foods he ate and how they might have impacted his health situation.
Enjoy a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor, decorated with greens and holly for the Yuletide season. Learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from our modern Christmas celebrations.
Pottstown, PA —Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) earned the 2014 Environmental Impact Award for its “green” approach to business during the Tri County Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development luncheon last month.
According to the Chamber, the award is presented to businesses that are taking a “green” proactive approach for a more sustainable business environment. MCCC is the fourth environmental award recipient since 2009.
Guided by a Climate Commitment Action Plan and Advisory Council, MCCC is working toward the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050—a pledge made in 2007 as a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Areas of focus include education, transportation, energy, facilities and overall best practices.
While many of MCCC’s sustainability initiatives are implemented across all locations, the College’s West Campus in Pottstown boasts several unique—and visible—green elements, namely wind turbines and a green roof.
In April, the College installed four 25-foot vertical axis wind turbines outside its Schuylkill Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center at 140 College Drive, adjacent to Riverfront Park and the Schuylkill River. Each turbine produces 1,000 watts of energy, for a combined 4,000 watts—enough energy to power the parking lot LED lighting. More importantly, the turbines are providing real world teaching and learning opportunities for students and faculty around alternative energy.
The wind turbines at West Campus, along with solar panels at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, are part of a Guaranteed Energy Services Agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. Collectively, through a broad series of self-funded energy conservation projects, MCCC will see 19 percent energy savings—and more than $6 million in cost savings—over the next 15 years.
The West Campus’ Schuylkill Riverfront Academic and Heritage Center also features the College’s first and only green roof. Installed in 2011, the roof features 13 different varieties of plants that were selected specifically for their growth, strength, and absorptions properties.
The plants help to reduce the amount of rainwater that goes into the storm system, thus protecting the surrounding waterways from excessive runoff. When saturated the plants absorb CO2 and release oxygen, thus helping the College advance toward its goal of carbon neutrality.
In addition to the wind turbines and green roof, West Campus sustainability highlights include two 240-volt electric vehicle charging stations in partnership with ECOtality, a recognized leader in the research and development of advanced energy systems specializing in alternative fuel campuses; a Segway program for Public Safety officers; and an increased emphasis on bicycle accessibility
To learn more about the College’s Sustainability Initiative, visit http://www.mc3green.wordpress.com.
Reading the City of Hazleton’s 2015 Proposed Budget got me thinking about spending and waste. These two towns are a good comparison because of population, ethnic diversity, demographics and even physical size. Pottstown’s budget is more than 4 times are large as Hazleton’s, so here are some numbers to ponder courtesy of http://www.CityData.com:
Hazleton (2012) 25,224
Pottstown (2012) 22,480
- White alone – 14,580 (57.9%)
- Hispanic – 9,717 (38.6%)
- Black alone – 422 (1.7%)
- White alone – 15,377 (68.7%)
- Black alone – 4,147 (18.5%)
- Hispanic – 1,785 (8.0%)
Physical size (land area):
Hazleton is 5.97 square miles
Pottstown is 4.83 square miles
Crime rate – U.S. average = 296.6:
Hazleton (2012) 306.3
Pottstown (2012) 434
Police Department size:
Hazleton – 38 officers, hiring 10 new police officers built in the $9.3 million proposed budget (they think they have a crime problem).
Pottstown -46 officers, (they don’t think they have a crime problem)
Hazleton – July 2013, 12.8%
Pottstown – July 2013, 6.7%
Hazleton – 4,222 people per square mile
Pottstown – 4,655 people per square mile
Hazleton – $9.3 million (2015 Proposed budget)
Pottstown – $44.8 million (2015 Proposed budget)
Cost of living index:
Hazleton – 95.3 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Pottstown – 103.7 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Average home value:
Hazleton – $93,389 (2012)
Pottstown – $134,796 (2012)
Hazleton – Median gross rent in 2012: $631
Pottstown – Median gross rent in 2012: $762
Estimated median household income:
Hazleton – $30,492 (2012)
Pottstown – $41,864 (2012)
Registered sex offenders:
Hazleton – there were 10 registered sex offenders living in Hazleton, Pennsylvania as of November 10, 2014
Pottstown – there were 49 registered sex offenders living in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as of November 10, 2014
Pottstown, PA – ArtFusion 19464’s latest show titled “5” is a showcase for five talented local artists: Kristen VonHohen, Bob Hakun, Dora Siemel, Jeanne Petrosky and Dennis Guzenski. Each artist creates unique three-dimensional art pieces in different mediums from clay and glass to handmade paper and rusted metal. The show opens November 4 and runs through November 15.
ArtFusion will host a reception on Friday November 7 from 6-8pm where guests can meet and talk with each of the artists. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. RSVPs to 610-326-2506 are appreciated.
Kristen VonHohen is a local artist residing in Gilbertsville. Her passion in ceramics was formed in Boyertown High School’s art program in the early 2000s. She went on to attend University of the Arts in Philadelphia, earning a BFA in Ceramics. Kristen focuses on hand built structures and enjoys experimenting with forms and shape. In this show Kristen’s latest work incorporate fusible glass in the finished pieces, creatively combining two completely different elements to create new works of art.
Dora Siemel’s sculpture medium is clay. She has her own studio in Green Lane, Pennsylvania. All her pieces are hand built and fired to between cone 4 and cone 6. The colors come from any combination of glazes, oxides, paints and waxes. Since each piece is made individually, no two are exactly alike. She does, however, make “families” that have the same general characteristics. Some of her pieces incorporate “found” objects and others marry her love of fiber and crochet with her clay sculptures
Bob Hakun says of his work: “I collect old discarded common items: some natural, some man-made. I look for old pieces that show the graphic effects of aging: the beauty and harshness of the breaking-down over time of all things into what they came from. I look for pieces that are burnt, broken, rusty, crushed, bent, stained and cracked (and sometimes smell bad). Sometimes the final art piece will seem to tell a story or convey a message about something, but it will not be clear as to what that message really is. It is open to interpretation by the viewer.”
Jeanne Petrosky has always loved creating. She studied painting, drawing, sculpture, etching, graphic arts, and pottery. In 1987, Jeanne met a woman at a party who made paper. Having always loved paper and fiber, the first thing out of her mouth was “I’d like to try that.” The connection to making paper was immediate.
Dennis Guzenski has always loved drawing. Dennis’ fine art career evolved from the world of decorative arts. He came to painting by way of many different careers including painting the exteriors of Victorian homes. His growing interest in learning many new decorative painting and designer wall finishes eventually turned into a business.
Jeanne and Dennis met in 2002, beginning a journey of partnership, and collaborations in the studio. The fine art of Jeanne Petrosky and Dennis Guzenski is now a completely collaborative effort. Their bold approach to papermaking has won them numerous awards. They are published in multiple books, and their work can be seen at the country’s most acclaimed shows. At first glance, Jeanne and Dennis’s art is color. Upon a closer look the viewer starts appreciating the nuances, the subtlety and the expansiveness in the simplicity, seeing the interplay of color and texture within the form.
ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
Pottstown, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College’s West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts program are proud to present “Rabbit Hole,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire. Show dates are Thursday-Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. All performances will be held in the College’s South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 215-641-6518 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. or visit http://www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.
“Rabbit Hole,” the 2007 winner for the Pulitzer Prize, is a bittersweet drama about finding hope in the lowest moments of life and the paths taken to return to the light of day. It tells the story of Becca and Howie, two young parents who could be anybody’s neighbors in a typical suburb, until the accidental death of their four-year-old son tests everything about that life… and their marriage.
“There is no manual for mourning. How or when do you restart/redefine your life in the face of loss? Becca and Howie are grieving the death of their son in very different ways. A terrible accident has uprooted their lives and created a wedge between them. Ultimately, this play is a journey home…a defiant, funny yet delicate journey home,” says director Tim Gallagher. This production contains adult themes and language.
Directed by Gallagher, assisted by Rianna Isbell, and stage managed by Desiree Humes, the cast includes Myasia Bynum, Carly Watson, Ron Quay, Sarah Koch, and Andrew Miller. The production is designed, produced and presented by the students of the West End Student Theatre, which includes
Anthony Romano, Alex Hollowell, Nicole Corsey, Jeffrey Chernesky, Sarah Robbins, Freddy Ortiz, Joseph Donley, Lexi Lyon, Allie Johns, Sherry Smith, Edston Detrich, Sarah Robbins, under the guidance of Gallagher.