Jobless Rate Continues To Fall

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released the jobless rate for March 2011.  There is good news all around.

York County‘s unemployment rate fell to 7.2%, down from 7.6% in February.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, down from 8.0% in February

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.8% , down from 8.9% in February.

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is an entire point below the national average and York County is .6% less than the state average.

Lansdale Slated For Entertainment Centers

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Lansdale Borough may be the new home of two proposed bowling alley/entertainment centers in the near future, if all goes well.  Lansdale Borough had a bowling alley as recently as four years ago but now there are none.  At one point in time the borough had two bowling alleys.

The Super Foodtown grocery store closed Saturday after trying for two years to build a sufficient customer base in Lansdale.  Now the empty store may become an entertainment center.  The 35,000 square foot space will hopefully be under renovation in few weeks, with a tentative opening date in September.  The entertainment center will feature a bar, restaurant, bowling alley and party rooms.  Customers can expect a family oriented establishment with affordable entertainment.  Super Foodtown was located in the Pavilion Shopping Center on South Broad Street.

The former Super Fresh grocery store, in the Hilltown Shopping Center on Main Street, will also be turned into a bowling alley/entertainment center.  The center will feature a bar, restaurant, VIP alleys and big screen televisions.  The tentative title for this new business is King Pinz Family Entertainment Center.

Cinco de Mayo Networking Event

Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm

Atria Woodbridge Place, 1191 Rapps Dam Rd., Kimberton

Join TCN for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and networking at a fundraising event

Sponsored by Atria Woodbridge Place and ManorCare Health Services.

Music provided by High Street Music Company.

$25 for TCN Members*

$35 for Non-Members

*$20 for TCN Members who pay by April 29th.

Payment must be received by April 29th for discount.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2. 

Partnering to improve health, social and environmental conditions.

TriCounty Community Network

260 High Street, Pottstown, PA  19464

Community Summit to Reduce Youth Substance Abuse‏

Announcement from the Greater North Penn Collaborative . . . 

6th Annual Community Summit, “Unleashing the Power of Community to Reduce Youth Substance Abuse.”

The Summit will be held on May 3 at Branch Creek Community Church, 100 Main St.,  Harleysville, PA  19438, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers from the national stage to our local experts.

You can register online at

TriCounty Community Network Supports Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Pottstown, Pa. (April 26, 2011) – TriCounty Community Network (TCN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, social and environmental conditions in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, today announced its support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative on April 30 to help protect youth and the environment from the negative potential impacts of unused prescription drugs.

Casey Jones, a member of TCN’s Education & Advocacy Team and the C.A.R.E. committee, said the organization is promoting to its members and their communities participation in this important program, which provides the opportunity for free, safe disposal of unused prescription drugs that often are found in home medicine cabinets.

No-questions-asked Take Back Day collection sites will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at several area community locations, including designated supermarkets, under jurisdiction of participating police departments.

        Collection sites within the Greater Pottstown area include:

Pottstown – Giant Markets, 86 Glocker Way, Pottstown (North CoventryPolice) and Lower Pottsgrove Police Department,2199 Buchert Road.

Douglassville -Amity Township Police, 2004 Weavertown Road.

Gilbertsville – Giant Markets, 173 Holly Road(Douglass Township Police).

Phoenixville – Police Department, 140 Church Street, and Giant Markets at 700 Nutt Road.

Schwenksville -Pennsylvania State Police – Skippack Barracks, 2047-C Bridge Road.

Zieglerville -Lower Frederick Township Police, 53 Spring Mount Road.

Oaks -Upper Providence Township Police, 286 Black Rock Road.

Individuals may also drop off prescription drugs at other locations found at the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back website at

Jones, who undertakes community outreach as a Transformation Initiative for Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy Families, said the national collection program complements a significant number of TCN’s own collaborative initiatives in the areas of health, education, environmental awareness, youth and family development, assistance to caregivers and homelessness.

“Prescription drugs are becoming a new drug of choice for youth,” he said, noting that national survey results from the DEA found one in seven teens admitting to abusing prescription drugs to get high during the past year, with 60 percent of teens who have abused prescription pain relievers having done so before the age of 15.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that unused prescriptions, poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet, may enter streams and rivers and, ultimately, end up in municipal water supplies.

In addition to promoting proper disposal of unused prescription drugs, TCN is seeking to educate the public, including children, about the dangers associated with un-prescribed use of medicines.  It will be providing posters and other materials to its members and others for distribution to and education of individuals, employees and clients.

Members of the public that also would like to promote this activity with posters or handbills, that also can be used as church bulletin inserts, may obtain them from TCN at

Additional information about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative, along with the searchable database of collection sites in neighboring areas, is available at

About TriCounty Community Network                 

TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions.  Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers seven key programs: Build Up Youth, C.A.R.E. (Caring in Alternative Residential Environments), Environmental Awareness, Family Literacy, Homeless Services, S.A.F.E. (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development.  For more information on TCN, call 610-705-3301 or visit