The Sanatoga Post Will Cease Publication Saturday

Editor’s note: We wish our friend and fellow journalist Joe Zlomek a fond farewell as he turns the page and begins a new chapter in his life.  Joe has been a friend to us and was very encouraging when we first started out back in 2009.  We always appreciated his assistance.  Joe is an excellent journalist and we benefited from his gracious kindness over the years.  Good luck with your new endeavor!

SANATOGA, PA – Although it was founded in August 2008, the adventure that has been The Sanatoga Post really began a month later, on Sept. 23 of that year, when I arrived at a Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ meeting for what was then the start of discussions about reconstruction of Ringing Rocks Elementary School.

It was the first “government” meeting I covered in the managing editor persona of this fledgling online news service. The meeting itself was poorly attended except for board members, Pottsgrove School District officials, and representatives of Gilbert Architects there to talk about their dream design for Ringing.

I presented a business card to then district Solicitor Kyle Berman and explained my intention to report on the proceedings. Berman, in turn, handed the card to former Superintendent Dr. Bradley Landis, who eyed me with some suspicion. I wrote a story and published the next day. The Post was off and running.

It seems fitting, then, that Tuesday’s (March 11, 2014) Pottsgrove school board meeting also is the last I anticipate covering.

Read more: http://sanatogapost.com/2014/03/12/sanatoga-post-will-cease-publication-saturday/#comment-112834

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Suburban Renewal: Who Needs Center City?

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

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

Teleflex Corp. responded to American industrial decline by selling or closing down its old car, boat and factory controls plants. It shrank its workforce by half (and by two-thirds in the U.S.)., and switched to the medical-devices business. It worked, if the stock market is the measure: The company has been trading at record levels.

Next step was to do something about its old Limerick Township headquarters. “We were in a large campus, off the main thoroughfares, where we had manufacturing facilities for the now-divested operations, reflective of our previous era,” says Cam Hicks, Teleflex’s vice president for global HR.

“We wanted a place where we could get access to new talent, and position ourselves for growth, while increasing our visibility, without a net increase in commute time” for headquarters workers scattered through Philadelphia’s western suburbs.

Last week the company moved into its new digs at CrossPoint, a Tredyffrin office park near US 202, which has itself been recycled out of foreclosure. To build the center, 1970s-era buildings at the former Valley Forge Office Center have been connected by a glass atrium packed with amenities that office workers used to have to drive off to find, and updated from an earlier, Monopoly-board vision of suburban business, which set office parks here, restaurants up there, recreation over that way.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/teleflexx.html#B7PsK8G3yq2ss74E.99

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Tri-County Community Network Event Cancellation Notification

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, the TCN Meeting & Winter Celebration scheduled for tomorrow morning at Copperfield Inn is canceled. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Grace Early Learning Center 2nd Annual Bag & Purse Bingo!

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County

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

SAVE THE DATE: Grace Early Learning Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Bag & Purse Bingo on Friday, March 14th at the Limerick Fire Company.  Tickets will be available by February 1st.  Thirty-one (31), Vera Bradley, and Coach bags will be available as prizes.

Join us for a night of food and fun with family and friends, while supporting the continued development of Grace Early Learning Center.

Call 610-323-9435 or see a staff member to purchase tickets after February 1st.

The school’s website is http://graceschoolpottstown.org/home-2/

Thank you!!

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Sanatoga Interchange Development Potential Explored

Location of Lower Pottsgrove Township in Montg...

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

LOWER POTTSGROVE TOWNSHIP — As the housing and construction market begins to pick-up steam again, township leaders are turning their eyes toward the development potential of land near the Route 422 Sanatoga interchange.

Thursday night, consultant Peter Simone outlined those for the township commissioners options contained in the master plan for the region now under consideration.

Much of the development at that locale is on the Limerick Township side of the road — namely the Philadelphia Outlets and the Costco.

But the two townships have been planning together for further development in that area for several years now, Simone said.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130825/NEWS01/130829544/sanatoga-interchange-development-potential-explored#full_story

Limerick Officials Pleased With Developer’s Revised Plans

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County

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

LIMERICK TOWNSHIP, PA — Two weeks after his revamped plan for a development featuring four-story buildings and higher densities met strong opposition from the township officials, Mark Quigley appears to have found a happy compromise.

“I appreciate you looking at it again,” Supervisor Kara Shuler said after Quigley presented his new plan at the July 16 supervisors’ meeting.

“I have to really commend you for the way you did this,” said supervisors’ Chairman Joseph St. Pedro.  “You listened to us and you went back (and worked on it) and came back and presented to us … I have no problems with this.”

Originally, Quigley presented a development at the corner of Ridge and Swamp pikes consisting almost entirely of townhouses and commercial space.  One of its big draws was that it would link Lewis Road with Swamp Pike.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130724/NEWS01/130729940/limerick-officials-pleased-with-developer-s-revised-plans#full_story

Exelon Limerick Generating Station Full Sound Siren Test

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Monday June 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

Residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station will hear a full sound siren test as Exelon conducts a test of its emergency siren system.  The full sound test is performed on the first Monday in June and December as part of Exelon’s comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program.  A shorter, lower pitch test is performed monthly.

Residents may contact the counties at the following numbers if they have concerns:  Berks County (610) 374-4800; Chester County (610) 344-5000; Montgomery County (610) 631-6530.

The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to provide notification of emergencies. Individual counties may activate the sirens to warn the surrounding community of events such as fires, floods, tornados, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, residents should tune to one of the county Emergency Alert System radio or television stations for further information.  Residents should refer to the “emergency” section of their telephone books for further information or visit the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site, www.pema.state.pa.us.

New Church In Limerick Recycles Sacred Objects From Closed Parishes

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County

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

As construction was winding down at the new Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church building in Limerick, Jack Schmidt sneaked in to get a glimpse of his past.

The retired Peco worker had grown up in West Kensington as a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, which closed in 2006 and which was demolished last year.

But inside Blessed Teresa was a 37-foot-high reminder of the years Schmidt, 71, served as an altar boy, attended Boy Scout meetings, and went to school in the Philadelphia parish.  St. Boniface’s towering white marble altar had found a new home at the Montgomery County Church.

“It was a good feeling just knowing that St. Boniface was not completely gone,” said Schmidt, of Clifton Heights, Delaware County.

Read more:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/religion/20121203_New_church_in_Limerick_recycles_sacred_objects_from_closed_parishes.html

Bark For Life Dog Wash – August 27th

Does your pooch need a rub-a-dub-dub in the tub? Volunteers from Bark for Life Pottstown wash your dog! Tubs, Shampoo, Towels and Dryers provided! Extra pampering will be provided by Old English Grooming! (additional donation for the extra pampering).

Saturday, August 27, 2011, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

$10.00 donation per dog.

Proceeds Benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Hosted by: Penn Liberty Bank, Limerick Branch, 543 N. Lewis Road,

(610) 535 – 4880

www.pennlibertybank.com


Costco To Anchor The Gateway At Sanatoga Shopping Center

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Costco is coming to Limerick Township!  The new store will be an anchor in the Gateway at Sanatoga Shopping Center, which is now under construction, next to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.

According to the website, the center will be 412,000 square feet and feature a Costco, 170,000 square feet of in-line retail space, 6 restaurants, 1 cinema, 2 banks and a hotel.  When combined with the Philadelphia Premium Outlets there will 1,000,000 square feet of retail space, upon completion, at this location.

http://www.oneillproperties.com/pdf/51149-Sanatoga-Fly-Sheet-050709_proof.pdf

Even Limerick Township Is Not Recession Proof

Location of Limerick Township in Montgomery County

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When one thinks of communities that would have budget woes, Limerick Township is not normally a place that would pop into your head. 

The 22.6 square mile township has 13,534 inhabitants (2000 census).  85% of Limerick’s residents own a home.  The estimated median house/condo value in 2008 was $271,583.  The estimated median income in 2008 was $81,877.  Only 1.9% of its residents live below the poverty level.  These numbers are well above the state averages.

Somehow, the township found themselves with an $850,000 deficit going into their 2011 budget process.  Declines in land development and permits (recession) were blamed.   The end result was making some hard decisions about purchases and facility upgrades along with the elimination of two staff positions.

Bottom line here is that taxes will not increase for 2011 and the budget trimming will not reduce services for residents.

Demographic information is from City-data.com

Limerick Acme To Close In February

Acme closed their Collegeville Shopping Center store and moved it to 31 W. Ridge Pike, next to the new Court At Upper Providence Shopping Center, a few years ago.  Now it would seem the “new store” is under performing due to competition from Giant, Target and Wegman’s and will close by the end of February.

With the departure of Acme from Ridge Pike, the closest Acme stores within a 20 mile radius of zip code 19468 are Phoenixville, Norristown, Lansdale and King of Prussia.

The Wayne Acme is also on the chopping block along with three stores in New Jersey and one in Maryland.

Another big empty building!  Ironically, the old store in Collegeville was doing much better!  Just proves the grass is not always greener!

Copperfield Inn At Lakeside, A Restaurant Review

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Wednesday I had the pleasure of dining with my friends JoAnn and Betty at Copperfield Inn at lakeside in Limerick.  I enjoyed Lakeside Inn for many years and was interested in seeing what changes were made physically and to the menu.

 

Visually the space is very appealing.  Rich wood tones, copper accents and more.  We were seated in a booth that was large, comfortable and had a nice pattern on the fabric.

 

Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and was very patient as it took us a while to look over the menu and decide on one thing each.  While the selection isn’t vast, the choices are well thought out.  The majority of the menu items I would have liked to sample.

 

Another thing we liked was that entrées include a garden salad, choice of potato AND a choice of vegetable.  While I would not call this inexpensive dining, the fact that everything isn’t ala carte helps keep expenses down.

 

We finally decided on crab cakes (chef’s signature entrée) and jumbo lump crap meat over whole wheat pasta.  The pasta dish had artichokes and other awesome ingredients in it…a Mediterranean touch.  We all chose creamed spinach, I got a baked potato and Betty chose French fries.  The pasta dish doesn’t come with starch, of course.

 

A basket of warm bread (maybe sourdough) and everything flat bread was brought to the table along with ample butter. 

 

Our salads arrived.  They were fresh and crisp.  Homemade croutons, I believe.

 

Entrées arrived at the perfect time.  Betty and I each got a single crab cake.  Frankly, it was sufficient.  It is all jumbo lump crab meat and was cylindrical in shape.  Nice portion.  The creamed spinach was very good as were the French fries and baked potato.  JoAnn’s pasta dish was spectacular and ample.  She took some home.  She said it was fabulous!  Plates were garnished with candied orchids!

 

Betty and JoAnn shared a strawberry Napoleon which was good, but messy.  I think using a knife would have possibly made things easier.  The dough didn’t cut well with a fork and the filling gushed out.  But again, it was very good.  Maybe not the ideal dessert to share??

 

The ladies also had coffee which they said was good and it was nice and hot.

 

I certainly look forward to a return visit and having the ability to try more menu items!

 

They were very busy for a Wednesday night.  I was glad to see they are doing so well.

 

I give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up for a superb dining experience! A+ 

 

Voice: (484) 938-7082

 

Internet: www.copperfieldinn.net/

Spring-Ford Area SD Passes Their Budget

The Spring-Ford Area School District passed their $125.5 million dollar 2010-2011 budget, but not without some pain.  Taxes in the district will increase 2% and 5 employees have lost their jobs.  The budget was approved 7-1 by the Board of Education.

This scenario is certainly not as bad as some places I have reported on, however, even a growing and fairly well-off district like Spring-Ford is having to make tough financial decisions.

The Spring-Ford Area School District has over 7500 students, 12 schools and employs over 1,000 people.  The district is the second largest in Montgomery County after North Penn (Lansdale).

Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Commission. Oh Really?

Rant alert!

I am increasingly frustrated by the attitude of the other members of this group toward Pottstown.  Mr. Kirkland, Mr. Weand, Mr. Rhoads and Mr. Toroney are right to be concerned that Pottstown will garner what it needs from this group with the present attitude towards to borough.

As goes Pottstown, so goes Greater Pottstown.  As goes Philadelphia, so goes the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area that we are all a part of.  People’s “who cares attitude” towards Pottstown and Philadelphia are myopic.  If the center decays the people on the “outside” will be left scrambling for many services they take for granted or do not want in “their neighborhood”.  You will ultimately pay for it in increased taxes!  Failure is expensive folks!

If the Pottstown School District becomes unsustainable, do not think a merger will not happen.  Take the Woodland Hills School District in Allegheny County.  It was a federally mandated merger of districts.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland_Hills_School_District

If Pottstown borough becomes unsustainable it would be an economic disaster for the entire area.  Pottstown is still the hub.

Case in point, Reading, PA.  Reading is now under Act 47 and is officially a distressed city.  The city of Reading is a huge drain on the Berks County budget.  Scroll down and check out the Rebuilding Reading: Why It’s Vital To The Region comments here http://www.berksprogress.org/berkssummit.html  It could happen here too folks!

Limerick and West Pottsgrove Townships are both struggling to handle their recent development because they lack the infrastructure to manage massive development projects.  Pottstown has the necessary systems in place. 

It reminds me of the Aesop’s fable about the boy and the filberts. 

A boy put his hand into a jar of filberts and grasped as many as his fist could possibly hold. But when he tried to pull it out again, he found he couldn’t do so, for the neck of the jar was too small to allow of the passage of so large a handful. Unwilling to lose his nuts but unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears.

A bystander, who saw where the trouble lay, said to him, “Come, my boy, don’t be so greedy. Be content with half the amount, and you’ll be able to get your hand out without difficulty.”  

All we see are dollar $ign$ and do not think about the ramifications until after the fact.  Then we cry “We don’t have enough police.” whaaaaaaaaaaaa

Adding a Sonic in West Pottsgrove Township is just silly.  They are struggling to handle the increased need for police because of Upland Square.  Limerick is the same way.  They can not handle all the calls from the Philadelphia Premium Outlets but they want to add another huge shopping center right next to the outlets.  Ummmm okay, in the words of Dr. Phil “And how’s that workin’ for ya?”  Nobody anticipated the strain on resources and staff from these huge mega shopping centers in these bedroom communities?  Get real!

It is time to wise up.  Thinking that none of this will effect me because I do not live in Pottstown Borough or Pottstown School District will come back to bite a lot of people in the wallet!  Mark my words!

Limerick Twp. Supervisor Gets Hat Tip For Showing Some Gumption

I am giving Limerick Township Supervisor Ken Sperring a tip of the hat for thinking outside the box and asking mega developer O’Neill Properties Group to pay the salary for an additional township police officer.

O’Neill is building another shopping center next to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick featuring Costco and other stores, which will further strain the township police department.  Sperring is requesting that the developer pay the salary ($102,000 per year) for an extra police officer for the first three years after the project is completed.

Hopefully this becomes a trend!

Limerick Township Budget Woes

I’m going to tell you people the same thing I told West Pottsgrove.  Do you think ahead much?  Did anybody think to talk to Coventry Mall officials about crime stats?  You could have gotten a ball park number to work with. 

All this development comes with a price.  These townships do not have the infrastructure in place to handle massive development projects.  Retail operations are police intensive people.  Do you read the police botter in The Mercury much?  There are constantly people being arrested at the mall for shoplifting.

Sorry, can’t jump on the pity-party bandwagon with all y’all.  Pottstown continues to get skirted with developement despite being hub of this area.  There are plenty of brownfield sites, close to 422, that could be developed into shopping and entertainment venues.  Easy access on and off the highway.  Pottstown has a larger infrastructure already in place and would be able to handle developement more easily.

Don’t give me that bologna about nobody will come into Pottstown for anything either.  Any events on High Street draw thousands of people.  If there is something worth doing, people will come into town to participate. 

All along Industrial Highway and in the Keystone Opportunity Zone there are areas ripe for development. 

Look at Bethlehem, PA and what they are doing with the old Bethlehem Steel site.  We have an old Bethlehem Steel site and other areas that could benefit from brownfield development.  Somebody needs to promote economic development in this town and it is NOT getting done.

What will it take to get the leadership in this town to work toward economic development?  Somebody better step up!