POTTSTOWN — Borough council may approve a new lease with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club to use the Ricketts Center that would include borough-funded replacement of the roof and upgrading the heating/air-conditioning system.
Currently, council is considering a five-year lease agreement that would begin in September and extend to Dec. 31, 2019.
“During that time, the borough obligation would be to continue to fund the Ricketts Center at its present level of funding, which is $40,000 a year,” Borough Solicitor Charles D. Garner Jr. said at Wednesday night’s committee of the whole meeting of council. “That’s obviously a whole lot less than what the borough was spending on the Ricketts Center 10 years ago.”
Garner said the “success of the Olivets has helped significantly in running the programs and relieve the borough of some of that financial obligation” in parks and recreation. Programs have also grown over the five years the Olivet Boys and Girls Club has run the center, according to Garner.
POTTSTOWN, PA — A local hoops legend lent his support Monday night to the anti-violence movement that began in the borough a little more than a month ago.
“When I heard about this, it’s just a natural thing for me to want to be involved in some capacity,” said Howard Brown, the Pottstown grad who went on to play basketball at Villanova and internationally. “We’re actually drumming up a lot of residents and former residents to just not only bring awareness but to talk about some of the issues that we do have, to change.”
With a driving rain cancelling plans for a full march, the Stop the Violence campaign moved indoors at the Ricketts Center, where players in the Olivet Boys and Girls Club’s summer basketball league gathered together between games to pose for a picture and show their support of the movement.
A Maryland resident now, Brown is in town for a combine for his basketball agency, iBall United, which will be held over the weekend both in Valley Forge and at The Hill School.
Editor’s note: This crap is WAY out of hand and there are two more months of hot weather left. Turn this guy in if you know who he is! Somebody could have easily been killed. As for the male in custody…beating up a young girl! Your mother must be so proud.
POTTSTOWN — Police have charged two men in related incidents, including shots fired at a vehicle.
According to police, a fight planned between two juvenile girls happened near the Ricketts Center at 672 Beech St. at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday.
When the large group was chased from Beech Street, police said they moved to the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and North Warren Street.
The crowd of 40 to 50 people watching the fight included adults and children, police said.
Editor’s note: I think the headline says it all. Pottstown leadership needs to take the bull by the horns and get tough on crime. The incident happened while there was a group of community leaders gathered at the Ricketts Center trying to form a plan to clean up the core neighborhood. How ironic.
Here are some comments from Facebook on the subject:
WE WERE AT THE RICKETTS CENTER when the shooting happened, for that CARES Pottstown meeting – the Let’s Clean Up Ward 1 meeting???? Yeah…let’s do. Is the boro going to hand out bullet proof vests to all the good people cleaning up? It’s the least they could do.
All other efforts to make things better in this ward pale and seem superficial by the fact that there appears to be no real effort to clean up the root cause of the problems.
The mentality is-cite the property owner for a crack in the sidewalk. All else doesn’t matter.
I’m beyond irritated by this. We heard what we thought was illegal fireworks (again) last night. Didn’t look out the window until we went out last night. Opened the door to find the intersection of Beech and Washington roped off and multiple police cars and officers out and about. They were talking to people on my block. We didn’t see anything but were told that it stemmed from an earlier incident that began at the Ricketts Center in the afternoon.
Here’s the paragraph in the Mercury regarding the shooting: http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130626/NEWS01/130629487/car-severely-damaged-in-pottstown-drive-by-shooting
Residents and business owners of the Borough of Pottstown have the opportunity to share suggestions and requests for targeted neighborhood property repairs and general “clean-up” needs during a community conversation to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in the Ricketts Center, 640 Beech St., Pottstown.