Inventor Of The Foam Finger: Miley Cyrus Took An ‘Honorable Icon’ And ‘Degraded It’ At 2013 MTV VMAs

Editor’s note:  And the choir says, AMEN to that!  A truly revolting performance!  I liked  Kelly Clarkson’s description #pitchystripper.

Steve Chmelar was 16-years-old when he invented the concept that would later become the foam finger, formally known as the original “No. 1 finger” – a prop intended to support his high school basketball team in 1971 at the Iowa state championships.

What the 59-year-old Vice President of commercial sales at a construction supply company did not intend for his invention, was for it to be used by Miley Cyrus in such a manner during her controversial Sunday performance at the VMAs.  Chmelar, who didn’t see her moves live on Sunday, told FoxSports.com that he watched it after a family member told him about it via Facebook.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/Inventor-is-not-happy-with-Miley-Cyrus-use-of-the-foam-finger-at-the-VMAs.html#qGa8SRYhFDIjtFBX.99

September Hearing Is First Step In $38M Renovation At Owen J. Roberts

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Chester County

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

SOUTH COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, PA — The Owen J. Roberts School Board has unanimously set Sept. 26 as the date for the public hearing on its $19 million renovation and expansion plan for East Vincent Elementary School.

Business Administrator Jaclin Krumrine said the hearing, which is required by law and is the primary opportunity for the public to comment on the first phase of the proposal, will be held at 7 p.m. the school itself, which is located at 340 Ridge Road.

Following the hearing, the district hopes to put the full project out for bid in “late November, early December,” she said.

The renovations at East Vincent are part of a three phase project that will take several years and cost taxpayers about $38 million.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130829/NEWS01/130829428/september-hearing-is-first-step-in-38m-renovation-at-owen-j-roberts

Reading Police Pulled From The Citadel

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City police officers have been pulled from their stations at the Reading Citadel intermediate high school while the school district figures out how it’s going to come up with the money to pay for them, district officials said Wednesday.

“We don’t have coverage in the building,” school board President Pierre V. Cooper told fellow board members at the end of their meeting.

“The police are circling and in the area, and they can be there at a moment’s notice,” Cooper said.  “But they are not in the building.”

The two officers stationed at the Citadel, who also serve the high school, were at the school for the first day but were reassigned to regular city patrols later in the week, Dr. Carlinda Purcell, superintendent, said after the meeting.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=505051

Sovereign Center To Receive Larger Share Of Parking Funds

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sovereign Center will get an extra $45,000 a year, thanks to the Reading Parking Authority’s agreement Wednesday to change the split of parking revenue coming from civic center events.

Since 2006, the authority has taken 75 percent of the revenue after expenses, giving the civic center 25 percent.

However, P. Michael Ehlerman, chairman of the Berks County Convention Center Authority that oversees the civic center, has asked that the parking board go back to the original split – the two sides each get 50 percent of the revenue after expenses.

The request came during a meeting of the authorities requested by Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer, said parking board member Lawrence P. Murin, who also is a special assistant to Spencer.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=505048