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 http://www.npcollab.org/content/99-Registration.php.

Don Read Suing Mark Gibson Over Comment During Pottstown Borough Council Meeting

I attended this Council meeting and recall the incident in question.  At the time, I thought this was going to end up in a lawsuit.  Frivolous lawsuits are why people have no interest in running for public office and why people are not interested in municipal government.  Over the years I have been asked to run for School Board and Borough Council.  As much as I would like to serve this community, the dirty politics in our town and the propensity to sue people will make me say NO every time.

To read the rest of the story:

http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2011/03/24/news/doc4d8aae6256a80958764256.txt?viewmode=fullstory

The Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance

I recently learned of this organization and feel it is important to spread the word that this organization exists and what exactly they are doing to help Pottstown! 

So what exactly is the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance? 

According to their website it is:

The Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance is a result of the collective vision of its founding members: The Gallery School of Pottstown @ Gallery on High, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, and Village Productions/Tri-County Performing Arts Center.

Our Mission

The mission of the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance is to bring together the arts and cultural organizations of Pottstown for the purpose of articulating and promoting a unified vision.

Our Vision

A cultural district in downtown Pottstown that will increase cultural tourism and awareness of the social and educational importance of the arts.

The arts, cultural activities and tourism are a means of revitalization and economic development for places like Pottstown.  Having a riverfront is a key part.  The Schuylkill River is Pottstown’s southern boundary and flows a few short blocks from High Street. 

An added benefit would be the Montgomery County Community College West Campus and the Hill School.  These two educational resources bring many people into Pottstown who would have an interest in arts, culture, tourism and entertainment (restaurants and nightlife).  The West Campus is strategically located across College Drive from the river.  Their annex building is on High Street, so the college ties the riverfront to downtown Pottstown.  The Hill School already has an excellent arts and culture program along with their own performing arts center and is located at 717 High Street.

The Urban Land Institute report advised Pottstown’s leadership that in order to revitalize this community, a strategy of arts, culture and entertainment should be embraced.  To that end, the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance was formed in 2009 to act as an umbrella organization for transforming Pottstown into an arts and entertainment destination.

For more information you can check out their website at:  http://www.pottstownarts.org/alliance

The Gallery School of Pottstown & Gallery on High – A Pottstown Jewel

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Pottstown is most fortunate to have an art school and art gallery on our main street.  The Gallery School of Pottstown & Gallery on High, located at 254 E. High Street, is a non-profit organization that includes a gallery featuring local/national/international art as well as an art school. 

The school’s main mission is to provide a solid educational foundation to youth and adults.  This school operates regardless of income levels as there are scholarships and tuition assistance available.  Classes are small and taught by professional artists to make sure students receive as much personal attention as possible.  The Gallery also has an after-school program, special programs during the school year and summer programs.

There are two galleries which showcase exhibits.  The upstairs gallery features a more permanent exhibit by member artists.  The downstairs gallery hosts theme exhibits and member exhibits which change often.  Styles and mediums vary.  Exhibits are open to the public and free of charge.

The Gallery on High’s Community and Education Partners are Creative Health Services, Inc., Pottstown School District and Brookside Montessori.

One way Pottstown will go about revitalization is to involve the arts.  Establishing and supporting an arts community will make Pottstown a destination that draws visitors from outside the borough into Pottstown to attend events.  The spin-off from hosting events is the additional spending that occurs in local bars, restaurants and shops.  The Gallery on High compliments the TriPAC Performing Arts Center, the Pottstown Symphony and other existing arts/cultural organizations in Pottstown.  The ability to attract and retain artists as residents, by providing assistance programs and housing/studio space, will fuel Pottstown’s efforts to become a destination.

We urge you to check out the website and take advantage of this unique downtown Pottstown resource.

For more information on the Gallery School of Pottstown/The Gallery on High:

Voice – (610) 326-2506

Email – info@galleryonhigh.com

Website – http://www.galleryonhigh.com/index.html

Gallery School Membership & Donations: http://www.galleryonhigh.com/memberships.html

Pottstown Neighborhood Watch Needs You!‏

There’s no time like the present to take back our neighborhood!  The message must be loud and clear that VIOLENCE, CRIME and DRUGS will not be tolerated in our community.  Please join us at the PAL Bldg. (146 King St.) @ 7PM on Friday-2/18/2011 to discuss the following topics on the agenda:

1. Pottstown Crime Statistics
2. Organizing a Pottstown Court Watch
3. Collaborating with the Pottstown Guardian Angel Chapter

All are welcome and participation is not required, you get credit for just showing up! So, tell your friends and we hope to see you there..

Please respond if you plan on attending @ Vivapottstown@hotmail.com

Tentative Neighborhood Watch and Events Schedule 2011
http://www.vivapottstown.com/ (CPR Website)
Friday, February 18, 2011
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Neighborhood Watch Meeting (45m) | PAL Bldg (146 King St.)

Sunday, February 20, 2011
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Patrol Training by Guardian Angels (1h) | 21 N. Hanover (Pottstown Karate Club)

Friday, March 18, 2011
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Witness Training by Pottstown Police (1h) | Borough Hall (3rd Floor Council Chambers)

Friday, April 15, 2011
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Neighborhood Watch Meeting (45m) | PAL Bldg (146 King St.)

Saturday, June 4, 2011
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Science in the Park (4h) | Washington/Chestnut St. Park

Friday, June 17, 2011
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Neighborhoo d Watch Meeting (45m) | PAL Bldg (146 King St.)

Friday, August 19, 2011
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Neighborhood Watch Meeting (45m) | PAL Bldg (146 King St.)

Friday, October 21, 2011
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Neighborhood Watch Meeting (45m) | PAL Bldg (146 King St.)

Friday, December 16, 2011
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Neighborhood Watch Meeting (45m) | PAL Bldg (146 King St.)

New Destination Flea, Farmers And Co-Op Market To Open In Harrisburg

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A new 80,000 square feet indoor marketplace is opening across from the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburgeither late January or early February 2011.  The marketplace will feature a variety of vendors, selling a vast array of merchandise.  A food court is being added in addition to merchant space, galleries and co-op retailers.  Another unique feature of the market is a stage and seating area where demonstrations, children’s activities and musical acts can take place during market hours.

North End Markets has a prime location, across from the busy Farm Show Complex and easy access to Interstates 81 and 83 as well as Routes 22 and 230!

North End Markets will be open every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

You can visit their website for further details:

http://www.northendmarkets.com/

York YMCA Gets Involved At Grassroots Community Level

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The York YMCA is giving away money to neighborhood groups in York City who are looking to fund various beautification projects.  The projects, if selected, are eligible to receive a grant from the YMCA for between $500 and $1500 dollars.  The dollar amount will be determined by the scope of the project.  This could be for tree-planting or flower-planting, for example.  Basically any projects that help make city neighborhoods more attractive will be considered.

The $30,000 pool of money, available in 2011, is being donated by the Women’s Giving Circle and the York County Community Foundation.  The York YMCA has a “Resources for Urban Neighborhoods” program that will be the initial recipient of this money.  In turn, the YMCA will distribute these fund based on the applications they receive.

If you are a York City resident who would like more information, a meeting is scheduled for January 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the York YMCA which is located at 90 N. Newberry Street. 

Grant applications can be found online at http://www.runyork.org starting January 1st

You may contact York YMCA Community Service Director, Jessica Fieldhouse at (717) 843-7884 ext. 243 or email her at jfieldhouse@yorkcoymca.org for information.

Tax-Exempt Organization Changes – Pottstown Organizations Check The List!

Below is a list of 52 Pottstown tax-exempt organizations that are in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt staus unless they follow the IRS guidelines in the link below by October 15th.  Failure to comply will result in your organization losing their tax-exempt status!

http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=225889,00.html

List of Pottstown organizations:

EIN TAXPAYER NAME SORT NAME STREET ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIPCODE
23-7095096 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS POTTSGROVE 2156                        2156 AFT                            POTTSGROVE HIGH SCHOOL              POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-2398
23-6401284 AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY                                              47 GEORGE A AMOLE                   MAPLEWOOD DR APT D 1 MAPLE GARDENS  POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0000
23-2630661 ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS LADIES                                     2 DIV NOTRE DAME MONT CO PA         125 HARLEY RD                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-8213
36-3459479 ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS LADIES                                     6 DIV MONTGOMERY CNTY PA            1036 SOUTH ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5864
20-5288304 AT LIBETY                                                                                                  1354 S HANOVER ST                   POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7684
23-2113640 BERT BELL MEMORIAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE INC                                                                 1590 CHESTNUT HILL RD               POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7844
23-7408626 BNAI BRITH INTERNATIONAL                                               2925 POTTSTOWN AREA                 973 KENNY RD                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-2813
23-3048726 BOXING CLUB FOR KIDS                                                                                       213 E HIGH ST APT 4                 POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5530
31-1559898 BRIGHT HOPE RESIDENT MANAGEMENT CORP                                                                       487 W BUTTONWOOD ST                 POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-6603
25-1826844 CAMP EAGLES NEST                                                                                           2531 SAINT PETERS RD                POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-8842
38-3693068 CHRISTINA MARIE TODD MEMORIAL FUND                                                                         1451 S KEIM ST                      POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7681
23-1307707 DANA EMPLOYEES AID ASSOCIATION OF POTTSTOWN                                                                125 S KEIM ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-6007
23-2786592 DELAWARE VALLEY ORACLE USERS GROUP INC                                                                     2468 SAINT PETERS RD                POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-8843
23-1257218 EAST COVENTRY MENNONITE CEMETERS ASSOC                                                                     38 SAVAGE RD                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7950
20-5661067 FAMILY SOLUTIONS                                                                                           237 MASTER ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-3927
23-2908078 FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES                                              626 AUX                             924 SOUTH ST                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-6022
23-6262433 FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS OF PENNSYLVANIA                                 553 SPRING CITY LODGE               832 E HIGH ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5731
23-0359705 GEORGE A AMOLE POST HOME ASSN INC                                                                          57 N FRANKLIN ST                    POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5657
23-6425732 HIGH TWELVE INTERNATIONAL                                              321 POTTSGROVE                      87 N ROLAND ST                      POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-4942
23-2282413 IMPROVED BENEVOLENT & PROTECTIVE ORDER OF ELKS OF THE WORLD            917 MARY ESTHER TEMPLE              605 WALNUT ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5713
23-6429802 KEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL                                                 H83587 POTTSTOWN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL 750 N WASHINGTON ST                 POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-4748
65-1284880 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS                                                    14090 ST THOMAS MORE COUNCIL        2021 YOUNG RD                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-8652
23-1651114 KNIGHTS TEMPLAR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA                        71 NATIVITY                         KING AND FRANKLIN                   POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0000
23-2241885 MID EASTERN PENNSULVANIA CLINICAL INSTRUMENTATION SOCIETY                                                  1200 S CEDAR CREST BLVD BOX 689     POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0000
23-7162081 MONTGOMERY COUNTY CLUBMENS ASSOCIATION                                                                     458 BELMONT ST                      POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5125
20-0552986 NANCY DAY WEEBER SCHOLARSHIP FUND                                                                          513 E HIGH ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5677
23-3095316 NATIONAL SOCIETY OF TOLE AND DECORATIVE PAINTERS INC                   QUAKER STATE DECORATIVE PAINTERS    160 SYCAMORE BLVD                   POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-3508
23-6392162 OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL                                                 02250 POTTSTOWN PA                  83 CEDAR ST                         POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-4905
23-2710728 PARTNERS FOR SAFETY                                                                                        2110 N PLEASANTVIEW RD              POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-2248
23-2265932 POTTSGROVE GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIA- TION                                                                    1481 FARMINGTON AVE                 POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-1852
22-6628041 POTTSTOWN AREA UNITED WAY FOUNDATION                                                                       360 KING ST                         POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5641
23-1491241 POTTSTOWN C I O JOINT PROPERTY COMM                                                                        1304 HIGH ST                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-4993
23-7006396 POTTSTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE INC                                                                           767 BEECH ST                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5758
23-2707101 POTTSTOWN PARKS & RECREATION FOUNDATION BOARD INC                                                          BEECH AND PENN STS                  POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0000
23-2092543 PRANA YOGA CENTRE                                                                                          PO BOX 404                          POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0404
23-2109331 PTA PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESS                                              RUPERT PTA INC                      1341 SOUTH ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5069
06-1746211 PURE LOVE WORKS                                                                                            1535 SCHWENK RD                     POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-1507
20-1959684 RED KNIGHTS INTL FIREFIGHTERS MTRCYCLE CLUB PA CHAP 17 POTTSTOWN       PENNSYLVANIA 17                     1137 S HANOVER ST                   POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7633
20-1523764 REDEEMING LOVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY                                                                          1430 UNIONVILLE RD                  POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7117
56-2303452 RICKETTS COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE                                                                           640 BEECH ST                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5759
23-2336303 ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA                                           POTTSTOWN PACER ROADRUNNERS         1039 TIMBER LN                      POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-2913
93-1225740 ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF PENNSYLVANIA                                     400 KEYSTONE FREI MAUER MARK LODGE  1455 SUNSET DR                      POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5021
23-1104203 SOCIETA DIMUTUO SMS MARIA ASSUNTA LODGE                                                                    379 CHERRY ST                       POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5942
23-6289693 SOL & NAOMI BERMAN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION                                                                   952 BRIAR LN                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-2839
23-2970782 SPORTSMENS BEAGLE CLUB INC                                                                                 908 CHERRY HILL LN                  POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7840
30-0236852 THE OLEY YODER HERITAGE ASSOCIATION INC                                                                    415 STATE ST                        POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5116
22-2719215 THE RUSTIC FIVE HUNTING CLUB                                                                               993 CHERRY HILL LN                  POTTSTOWN              PA 19465-7847
58-2678590 TRILOGY PARK PARENT ASSOCIATION                                                                            361 N FRANKLIN ST                   POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-5370
23-2897392 UNISON FOR CHRIST OUTREACH MINISTRY INC                                                                    PO BOX 963                          POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0856
23-1382904 UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS & JOINERS OF AMERICA WELFARE          FUND-2131                           1 THOMPSON BLDG                     POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0000
23-2842245 UNIVERSAL SUPPORT ASSOCIATES INC                                                                           232 HIGH ST                         POTTSTOWN              PA 19464-0000