Daily Archives: October 18, 2013
Senior Health Expo To Be Held At Sunnybrook Ballroom In Pottstown, November 14th
On Thursday, November 14th a Senior Health Expo will be held at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
The Expo will be free to all attendees and provide information and resources on healthy living for seniors. Educational workshops will be offered by the TriCounty Community Network. Attendees will receive lunch and enjoy musical performances by Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford choral groups.
If you are interested in being a vendor for this event click here http://www.tcnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Senior-Health-Fair.pdf
You must return the registration form with payment by Wednesday, October 23rd.
Pottsgrove Manor To Host Lecture By Dan Graham
The Giant Rubber Duck Will Fly Sunday From Its Pittsburgh Nest
After hatching on Sept. 27, the duck is ready to leave the nest.
The 40-foot rubber duck, the brainbird of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman that has been floating in the Allegheny River just off of Point State Park the past few weeks, will fly out of town at 11 p.m. Sunday, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust said this morning.
Despite petitions to keep the duck here, the trust is sticking with its initial plan to remove the bird, coinciding with the Steelers vs. Ravens game Sunday at Heinz Field. At that point, the duck will be taken to an undisclosed location, cleaned, dried and put in storage at a warehouse in the South Side.
“It came in like a lion, let’s let it go like a lamb,” said Paul Organisak, vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/the-giant-rubber-duck-will-fly-sunday-from-its-pittsburgh-nest-708115/#ixzz2i5tIbfDQ
Man Dies In North Side Bar Shooting
One man died and another was injured in a shooting at an East Allegheny bar early this morning.
Donald Lowry, 46, died at Allegheny General Hospital at 1:25 a.m., about 25 minutes after the shooting, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office. Another man, whose name has not been released, was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the buttocks.
Pittsburgh police were called to JR’s Bar about 1 a.m. for a report that a man with a silver pistol shot Mr. Lowry multiple times, according to a news release from Major Crimes Lt. Daniel Herrmann.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/man-dies-in-north-side-bar-shooting-708107/#ixzz2i5o1jncH
Investors Are Becoming Pittsburgh’s Biggest Home Buyers, Sellers
Joe Calloway has bought 39 homes this year in the city of Pittsburgh, mostly in south Pittsburgh communities such as South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Arlington, Allentown, Beltzhoover and Mount Washington.
His Allentown company, RE 360, finds properties selling for below-market value, either by word of mouth, industry sources or courthouse auctions. He renovates about 20 percent of them for resale and rents the other 80 percent to city residents.
“The city of Pittsburgh is attractive to me because I grew up here,” he said. “I know the area, and it’s important to invest in what you know.”
While Mr. Calloway — who has purchased more than $1 million in single-family homes this year — is the largest buyer of investment real estate in the city, he is hardly alone. According to RealStats, a South Side-based real estate information service, real estate investors have bought 1,111 homes within the city limits so far this year for a total of $85.4 million.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/investors-are-becoming-pittsburghs-biggest-home-buyers-sellers-708060/#ixzz2i5m9hqt6
Mall At Steamtown Battles For Survival
As Bon-Ton reported it will vacate the Mall at Steamtown in January, department store magnate Al Boscov admits the shopping complex is battling for its existence.
“I am trying to figure out ways that we can survive,” said Boscov, who developed the $101 million Lackawanna Avenue complex and is a principal in the group that owns the facility.
Bon-Ton reported it will close its 100,000-square-foot store in the mall before its lease expires Jan. 31. Spokeswoman Mary Kerr said it probably will cease operations between Jan. 26 and Jan. 29.
“It’s sad. It’s certainly something that we don’t want to do,” Kerr said. “We do have to make these hard decisions at times.”
Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/mall-at-steamtown-battles-for-survival-1.1570580
Pottstown Water Main Break Leaves Residents, Barth Elementary Without Water
POTTSTOWN. PA — A 20-inch water main ruptured Thursday night on Berks Street and left both residents and Barth Elementary School without water.
Water could be seen in small jets coming out from under the street on the 100 block of Berks Street near Superior Metal Products Co. after the call came through to Pottstown Fire Police around 6:30 p.m.
The fire police blocked the street at West King Street and Glasgow Street, initially.
Borough crews on scene could not determine as of press time what caused the break. Someone reportedly was searching for a valve around 8:30 p.m. and the torrent of water began slowing as the night went on.
Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131018/pottstown-water-main-break-leaves-residents-barth-elementary-without-water
Reading Taps New Technology To Predict And Prevent Crime
It won’t replace city police officers’ intuition. It’s several techno-steps beyond the crime-mapping Reading has been doing for 30 years. It’s not criminal profiling.
And it’s not psychic.
But PredPol claims its software technology can tell police when and where the next crimes are likely to occur, within a few blocks.
“We are always seeking ways to improve our ability to fight crime in our city – in this case, preventing it before it happens,” Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer said at a press conference Thursday. “This technology is a force multiplier.”