$10,000 Art Scholarship Deadline Extended For Greater Pottstown Foundation Scholarship For The Arts

Pottstown, PAThe application deadline for the 3rd annual Greater Pottstown Foundation Scholarship for the Arts has been extended until March 10, 2012.  This $10,000 scholarship is designed to financially assist a qualified applicant in pursuing their further education in the arts. The program is open to any Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Hill School or Owen J. Roberts High School senior.  The scholarship is awarded based on two criteria: artistic performance as displayed at the Greater Pottstown Foundation Senior High School Art Exhibit at the Gallery School of Pottstown, and an essay on why an applicant wants to continue their education in the arts.  The applicant’s intended field of study must include a major in an arts related field.

In addition to submitting a completed application form and essay, each student must also participate in the art exhibit at the Gallery School of Pottstown.  Students must create pieces of art from three of four categories: watercolor or pastel; pencil, charcoal or ink; oil or acrylic; and sculpture, which include pottery, stone, glass, metal, fiber or wood. The application and essay must be received by March 10. Artwork does not need to be completed until the art show in May. 

Students can email info@galleryonhigh.com to receive an application, or stop by the Gallery School at 254 E. High St. in Pottstown.
The Gallery School of Pottstown is a 501c3 non-profit community art school and gallery. 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. The Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The Gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The Gallery on High is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-4:30pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The Gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
The Gallery School of Pottstown
@Gallery on High
254 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

Job Posting – Receptionist, Pottstown Cluster Of Religious Communities


Position Title:  Receptionist

Position Description:  This is a regular part-time, 20 hours per week position.  The Receptionist is responsible for coordinating the reception area at the Cluster Outreach Center and being the first point of contact for clients and volunteers to the Cluster.  This position is the central point to greet all guests entering the outreach center.

Qualifications:  Proven ability to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic levels.  Good oral, written and computer skills.  Capable of managing personnel issues with sensitivity and assertiveness.  High school degree or equivalent required.  Prior office experience desired.  Current child abuse clearance and criminal background check are required.  Physical qualifications include ability to lift up to 25 lbs. and to bend, stoop, sit, and stand. 

Specific duties include the following:

  • Responds in a courteous, respectful manner to all incoming telephone calls and routes calls to appropriate staff person
  • Remains a constant presence at the front desk to welcome guests
  • Receives walk-ins in a courteous, respectful manner
  • Maintains order in the reception area and guides clients to client waiting area after signing in
  • Receives and distributes mail
  • Accurately receives, records, and secures incoming donations and funding, when applicable
  • Performs client search and intake on database upon arrival to receive services, and as needed, to work interchangeably with intake for food pantry and dry goods departments
  • Provides timely response to all email correspondence and forwards to appropriate department
  • Records staff meeting minutes and electronically distributes to staff  prior to next meeting
  • Communicates concerns or issues in a timely fashion to Programs Manager regarding areas of responsibility
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information related to clients
  • Interacts with staff, volunteers and clients in a courteous, respectful manner
  • Represents the staff of PCRC at the PCRC Delegate Assembly two times per year
  • Is able to assist in any other area of the Cluster Outreach Center client programs in the absence of other staff and as needed

If interested in applying for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume or complete an application for employment, between 9-12, to the attention of the Programs Manager, Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, 57 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.  Fax: 610.970.6385 Email: arossman@pottstowncluster.org

Applications need to be received by Friday, March 16, 2012.


Gospel Concert & Christian Comedy Show – Pottstown

Saturday, April 21, 3pm

Second Baptist Church, 507 N. Adams Street, Pottstown

Support the great things happening through the Wings of Victory Outreach Organization and enjoy an evening of great entertainment.
All proceeds will benefit programs for homeless women.


Soloist:  Arnetta Morgan


Mt. Olive Baptist Church Mass Choir, Pottstown, PA

Zion Baptist Church Choir, Ambler PA

Bethel Baptist Church Mass Choir, Phoenixville, PA

Second Baptist Church Mass Choir, Pottstown, PA

Comedian: “Miss Regina” of Delaware (Regina Scott)

Presentation to Honor Margaret Banks for her work in the community

Foster Grandparent Program At Appalachian Brewing Co., Collegeville

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Party with a Purpose

Eat, drink and shop at Appalachian Brewing Company while raising money for the Foster Grandparent Program and learning about Decorating Den Interiors. 

Thursday, April 12, 11am-10pm

Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 West 3rd Avenue, Collegeville, PA

11 a.m.-10 p.m.    Order from a special fundraising menu, bid on silent auction items, and receive a free design consultation from Decorating Den Interiors

5-9 p.m.    Shop with local vendors (Silpada, Tastefully Simple, and many more!)

For more information, call the Foster Grandparent Program at 610-630-0201. The Foster Grandparent Program, a program of Family Services, provides volunteer opportunities for limited-income seniors over the age of 55 to help children with special needs.

Healthy Lifestyles EXPO In Pottstown

Friday, April 20, 9:30am-1:30pm

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

101 College Drive, Pottstown

Sponsored by State Representative Quigley’s Office, Montgomery County Community College, the Mercury, & TriCounty Community Network.

The EXPO offers all members of the community the opportunity to explore services, participate in activities and gather information, which is useful in living a healthy lifestyle.  We anticipate offering a number of health screenings and interactive activities.  We are inviting representatives from various organizations to discuss their role within the community, answer questions and offer demonstrations or screenings.

For more information call 610-326-9563 or email vwhite@pahousegop.com.

TriCounty Community Financial Resources Fair

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Wednesday, March 14, 11am-1pm

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

101 College Drive, Pottstown

Learn more about saving, investing, credit counseling, financial aid assistance, wills and trusts, disability income protection, heating assistance, energy conservation tips, in-home services, and more! 

Montgomery County HEARTH Act Community Forum

Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development is Seeking Your Participation!!

In 2009 Congress passed the HEARTH Act, the first new federal legislation governing homeless programs since 1987.  The Act provides for increased local flexibility in developing and prioritizing local strategies and may substantially change the way housing and services will be delivered to homeless families and individuals in Montgomery County. 

The Montgomery County Collaborative is partnering with the Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development to provide the community with current information on the HEARTH Act and the Montgomery County Housing Blueprint as well as to solicit your ideas and suggestions about how the County can best prevent and end homelessness and improve housing stability for all families and individuals.

You are invited.

You are invited to any of our community forums to learn about current affordable housing and homelessness in the County and to share your experiences and ideas about:

• Priorities for addressing different homeless subpopulations

• The performance of current local homeless programs

• Gaps and unmet needs in homeless housing and services

• Suggestions for program improvements

• Future strategies, including allocation/reallocation of resources.

Thursday, March 8, 9am – 11am

Salvation Army of Pottstown

137 King St. Pottstown, PA 19464

Hosted by the TCN Homeless Services Committee 

Please RSVP to Natina Parker at 610.705.3301 x 2 or by email to nparker@tcnetwork.org

Chester To Get First Supermarket In A Decade

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CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A southeastern Pennsylvania city will soon be getting its first supermarket in more than a decade, the project of a nonprofit organization best known for collecting and distributing emergency food aid, officials said.

Philabundance announced Friday that it had purchased a mostly vacant building in Chester that housed the city’s last supermarket before it closed in 2001.

In about a year, the organization says it hopes to open a new 13,000-square-foot “Fare and Square” grocery store. Bill Clark, the group’s president, says it is believed to be the first supermarket in the country operated by a food aid group as a nonprofit venture.

Read more: http://www.dailylocal.com/article/20120301/NEWS01/120309982/se-pa-city-to-get-first-supermarket-in-decade

Texting Ban Starts Next Week In PA

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Joey Castro thinks he can safely text while driving.

The 19-year-old from Tobyhanna said he waits until there are no cars in front of him to quickly respond to messages from his mom and girlfriend while he drives to class at Northampton Community College.

Castro knows texting can be dangerous, but thinks he might forget to respond until after class and his mom might worry about him. He knows the keyboard so well, he said, that his eyes don’t stray from the road for long.

But starting Thursday, Castro said he will put his phone away until he’s parked. And that’s exactly what law enforcement officers want to see.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-pa-texting-driving-ban-starts-20120301,0,6825801.story