Editor’s note: We love it when folks use existing successful business models for a blueprint. Why reinvent the wheel when a tweak will due :)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — About $1 billion in development around an arena primarily for hockey transformed a dreary section of downtown Columbus that used to be an industrial area and home to a run-down prison.
“People didn’t come downtown very often, and they certainly didn’t live here. Things are different now. This is a place to be,” said Sherri Lyle, 44, of suburban Powell, who works in Columbus’ 14-year-old Arena District.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are paying attention. The team is preparing to develop a 28-acre site where the Civic Arena stood, across Centre Avenue from the $321 million Consol Energy Center that opened in 2010.
“We’ve sat down and talked with them several times about what they have done relative to development,” said Penguins Chief Operating Officer Travis Williams, noting the team studied similar projects in Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Jose, Washington and Pittsburgh’s North Shore.
The Lancaster Barnstormers are the Atlantic League Champions. Gabe Jacobo homered to right-center in the bottom of the 13th to give the Stormers an 8-7 victory over Sugar Land on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium and a three-game sweep of the best-of-five championship series.
“I’m just so proud of this team,” Stormers skipper Butch Hobson said during the locker room celebration after the win. “I’ve had some wonderful teams, but this might be one of the best. Not because they won it, but because of the way they hang in there.”
The Stormers had won the first two games of the series in Texas before returning home to take the title in front of 6,084 fans.
For Jacobo, who was named the series MVP after the game, it was his second homer of the contest.
‘Save the Lights’ yard signs will be available for $25 each at ALL Saturday afternoon Pottstown HS [football] home games. CASH or CHECK. Note: If paying by check, checks need to be ONLY made payable to: “The Pottstown School District / Save the Lights” [Stop-by and buy one for a worthy cause… for Friday night games again!!
Allentown officials have insisted they are prepared for the barrage of vehicles that will be coming into the city from the opening of the new PPL Centerhockey arena.
Now, those vehicles will have 1,000 additional spots to park in.
Allentown planners signed off today on a new seven-story parking garage at Sixth and Walnut streets, within walking distance of the arena and other major downtown development projects.
“The traffic’s coming, there’s nothing we can do about that,” said Oldrich Focuek, planning commission chairman. “You know ‘the British are coming?’ Well, the traffic is coming, and we’re trying to deal with that.”
Editor’s Note: We saw this on Facebook and feel it needs to be shared with the wider community. We understand and share this parent’s concern about the promotion of Pottstown and the Pottstown School District. In our humble opinion, Pottstown and Pottstown School District news should always take priority in the local paper. Far more disturbing is the son’s comment that “nobody cares about Pottstown”. How sad is this and what does it say about the prevailing attitude of Pottstonians if this despair has crept all the way down the ladder to school age children? At times this appears to be the prevailing attitude of the leadership, both paid and elected. This issue needs some serious discussion by the “powers that be” and this cycle of “nobody cares” needs to end. How will Pottstown ever recover with a defeatist attitude! Apparently, this attitude has been picked up on by “the rest of the world” and might be why articles like the recent one in the Philadelphia Inquirer get published.
I found myself very annoyed this morning. I went and bought my local HOMETOWN newspaper which is operated and ran in Pottstown. I looked on the front page and to my surprise and anger there is nothing about the Pottstown High School football team winning yesterday, but yet we put the Perk Valley vs. Methacton score on the front page. Now please don’t think that I am putting down the other schools, but to not have the school that resides where your paper is published on the front page was to be quite frank, appalling. My son, who happens to play for the Trojans, told me “what is the big deal Dad, no one cares about Pottstown”. News Alert: I care and there are people out there that do care. I’m sure there are people that agree with him but I am not one of them. I am a former grad who still supports his local team. How do we expect to move forward in this school district when our students have the mentality of no one cares about us, no big deal? Our town needs help and I just think that a putting some good news about the LOCAL KIDS would go a long way in changing people ‘s attitude. Rob Bertoti
Dick’s Sporting Goods has laid off hundreds of PGA professionals who provide golf instruction in its stores, underscoring the company’s concern about sagging sales of equipment and accessories as fewer Americans show interest in hitting the links.
The layoffs were not announced by the Findlay-based retailer but were confirmed by the PGA of America, which said Wednesday that 478 of its members were notified by the company that their services were no longer needed.
Dick’s, which operates more than 550 stores nationwide, did not immediately respond to email and phone messages. A PGA spokeswoman said it was disappointed in Dick’s decision and had reached out to the people affected.
“We are extremely disappointed by the news, as any time even one PGA member loses a job, we are extremely sensitive to such matters,” PGA spokeswoman Jamie Carbone said in an email on Wednesday.
A simple visit to this site and a click of your mouse could help your favorite Pottstown Area park win some serious loot. Your favorite recreation spot might be on this list. The rules are simple and you can vote daily. Plus it’s free! Sponsored by the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.
Click here to vote: http://14-potahwf-0197.theandersongrp.com/
For example: if you enjoy all the activities in Memorial Park in Pottstown (like the Rumble), it’s on the list.
Spooky Nook Sports is adding a hotel and restaurant within its sprawling East Hempfield Township facility.
The 130-room hotel will be independently branded, open to tournament attendees and the public year round.
The 260-seat restaurant will have an American cuisine theme and a family friendly environment.
POTTSTOWN — The Pottstown YMCA swim program suffered a major blow Wednesday night when the entire coaching staff of the Pottstown YMCA Seahawks swim team — 10 assistant coaches in all — submitted their resignation in the wake of the sudden dismissal of longtime Pottstown YMCA Seahawks head swim coach Kathy Cook on June 11.
Amy Agnew, Mark Agnew, Bill Draves, Catherine Fink, Michele Bauer, Alex Diehl, Andrew Piasecki and John Zimmerman marched as a group into the Pottstown YMCA shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday to resign on the spot.
Two other coaches, Stacey Filippini and Mark Ottinger, were out of town Wednesday, but also resigned their posts.
Their letter of resignation to Pottstown YMCA Executive Director Dan Albert spells out why they quit the program.
Make Pittsburgh Your 2014 Summer Destination. Great promotional video from VisitPittsburgh.
I say kudos to the Pottstown Rumble organizers for another successful tournament. For a large event that draws several thousand volleyball players from across the United States and probably several thousand spectators, it runs like a well oiled machine. The Rumble is one of the biggest events that is hosted in the borough and probably the most well run. I think it draws a great group of people. A very well-behaved group from what I have observed over the years and today was no different.
I think the cooperation between the borough and the event organizers was apparent. From the PART trolley shuttling people between venues, the folks at Parks and Recreation and the powers that be in borough hall, it seemed as though everyone was on the same page. I even noticed Pottstown Police Officers walking around.
This event has put Pottstown on the sports world map and is a favorite venue among players. Memorial Park looked great. The music was a nice mix and had high energy. The sun was shining. Vendors had lines of people waiting to buy food. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
The Rumble showcases the best things about Pottstown. One vendor said to me they wished there were several more big events during the year like this one. It’s a nice infusion of cash into the local economy. That’s always a positive thing.
So hats off to another great Pottstown Rumble! Feeling Pottstown Proud.
The Pottstown Rumble is a 4 day fun-filled event – Thursday June 19 to Sunday, June 22, 2014. Along with amazing competition at all levels of the tournament, we also offer plenty of other activities. The Rumble starts off Thursday with the Pottstown Rumble Juniors Clinic hosted by 2 time Rumble finalist Eric Lucas, 2 time Rumble Champ Svetlana Simic, and indoor professional Remy McBain as well as other high level volleyball players and coaches serving as assistant instructors. Friday brings our Pottstown Rumble Juniors Grass Doubles Tournament. Saturday morning starts off with a bang with a beefed up fireworks show as over 2,000 players eagerly wait to start their day. Saturday afternoon brings Women’s Pro Finals to center court while the Men’s Pro division wraps up Sunday afternoon competing for the $5,000 first place price. There will be food and clothing vendors, an on-site massage therapist, and high-energy music throughout the weekend. All visitors welcome!!
All registrations are first come first serve! You will be notified prior to registering if you are NOT at the main field. Anyone registering after June 15 will be charged a late fee of $20 per entry, this includes walk-on’s if space is available. Walk-on’s will most certainly be playing on satellite fields.
PART Rumble Schedule
Free Pottstown Rumble shuttle service is available from PART. Click here for the schedule.
The website for the Rumble contains all the schedules and information you will need to know, click here: https://pottstownrumble.com/index.php
Charles Henry Noll, who lifted the Steelers from the depths of the National Football League and coached them to four-time Super Bowl champions by adhering to simple, long-held principles, died Friday in his home in Sewickley.
Noll, who had been under a doctor’s care for an undisclosed illness, was 82.
His wife, Marianne, found him unresponsive at 9:45 p.m. and called 911. Paramedics pronounced him dead 10 minutes later.
In recent years, Noll suffered from severe back pain that limited his mobility and forced him to walk with two canes.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Clippers owner Donald Sterling will be banned for life from any team activities and forced to pay a fine of $2.5 million, the maximum allowed by NBA rules. This decision comes after racist comments caught on tape by his mistress, V. Stiviano, were published on TMZ.com on Friday night.
Silver also said that he and the league will urge Sterling to sell the team.
According the NBA’s investigation, which is now complete, the voice on the tape was that of Sterling, and more importantly, the views expressed on the tape are those of Sterling.
It’s approaching two years since Penn State, in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, took down the Joe Paterno statue and carted the likeness of the legendary football coach off into nearby Beaver Stadium.
The university has been tight-lipped since then about what became of the statue, and hasn’t said much more than that publicly about how it plans to treat Paterno’s legacy moving forward.
Tired of waiting, several State College residents say they are moving forward with plans to bring their own statue of the man to downtown State College.
“This is something we can do on our own schedule,” said Ted Sebastianelli, a candidate for the Penn State board of trustees and one of the locals behind an effort to create a new Paterno statue. “We don’t have to wait.”
Editor’s note: There are still 3 more foursomes available! Click on the registration link today before these openings are taken!
Please join us for our fourth annual tournament to benefit The Cluster Outreach Center and its mission to meet the basic human needs of persons within our community and help individuals make real progress in moving from dependence to productive self-sufficiency.
- Registration from 11:30 to 12:40
- Shotgun start at 1:00 PM
- Reception starts at 5PM
- Dinner/Awards at 6PM