With Patch.com -- AOL's grand experiment in hyperlocal journalism -- all but demolished, another small-news network is expanding into Pennsylvania, starting with Montgomery County.
Two former Patch reporters have launched sites for The Alternative Press, or TAP, covering the North Penn area and the Lower Providence area. They reportedly are the first TAP sites to open in Pennsylvania, following about 50 bureaus in New Jersey.
Melissa Treacy, a former Patch regional editor, launched Lower Providence TAP in February amid snow and ice storms. It was auspicious timing, since demand for local news spikes during extreme weather. "We were covering where there were downed power lines, and who lost power and where there were accidents," said Treacy.
Just in from Lower Merion Township officials:
"In advance of a major winter storm forecast to impact the region Sunday evening and throughout the day Monday, Lower Merion Township is declaring a snow emergency to take effect at 2 p.m. Sunday through the duration of the storm.
"The declaration alerts residents not to park in cul-de-sacs and on emergency snow routes. Residents are reminded to park on the even sides of the street in 2014.
Abington Township officials on Sunday announced a snow emergency, effective at 7 p.m. and running through 7 a.m. Tuesday. That means you cannot park cars on snow emergency routes so that plows and salt trucks can rumble through and clear them. If you do leave your car on one of these routes, it could be towed. Also, and this is just neighborly common sense, sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after the flakes have stopped falling. And when you get rid of that snow from your sidewalk, don't throw it in the street. Here are the snow emergency routes in the township:
This just in from Charles Metzger of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:
"King of Prussia – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that lane restrictions and intermittent traffic stoppages are scheduled on Route 422 between the Sanatoga and Stowe interchanges in Montgomery and Chester counties for road and bridge improvements.
"The work schedule is:
- One lane will be closed on eastbound Route 422 between the Route 724 and Sanatoga interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County and North Coventry Township, Chester County, from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. from March 1 through March 31; and
- One lane will be closed on westbound Route 422 between the Sanatoga and Route 724 interchanges in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County and North Coventry Township, Chester County, from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. from March 1 through March 31.
February's on its way out, but winter weather is not. Bundle up for another cold weekend and brace for another ugly Monday-morning commute. And stay with us at Inquirer.com for all the latest news in and about Montgmoery County. Access Code: S16S.
- At 50 years old, SEPTA's legacy is mixed
- Black accent walls mark interior design shift in Bryn Mawr home
- Area colleges set to raise tuition
- La Salle continues president search after top candidate withdraws
- Man testifies about alleged abuse by ex-Bridgeport priest in 1997
- Ship honors memories of those who died on Flight 93
- L. Merion native seeks cure for rare form of cystic fibrosis
- Relocation won't slow down theater group
- Developer's proposals aimed at attracting Millenial workforce
- Attorney creates video to help judges interview children
- Aetna lays off workers in Blue Bell
- Pool membership fee won't change in L. Merion
- Wife wants answers on Penn professor's death at SEPTA station
- Man charged with perjury in nephew's murder trial
- Wyncote bank is robbed twice
- Glenside man arrested in burglaries during winter storms
The county commissioners have rescheduled the town hall forums that were cancelled due to snow and ice and general wintry misery.
Here's the list of remaining "Conversations With Your Commissioners" events, with corrected dates and times:
Thursday, February 27 [TODAY] at 7 p.m.
Norristown Municipal Building
235 East Airy Street, Norristown, PA
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- St. Joseph's cuts budget, will boost enrollment
- Mixed messages from 'medical home' study in Phila., suburbs
- Smokers need not apply for jobs at Main Line Health
- Triplets born in Abington are one in a million
- Tree carnage clobbering region's nature centers
- Poll: Wolf surges to lead in Democratic gov. race
- Why poor ratings might help local Republicans
- Court blocks Radnor man's bid to join gay-marriage cases
- New members for Montco civil rights council
- Upper Dublin volleyball marathon nets $5,000 for charity
- Franny Beecher, famous rock guitarist from Norristown, dies at 92
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- Bridgeport-born Tuskegee pilot honored on U.S. stamp
- At auction, dusty mementos from Tollefson's past
- Areawide, new vigilence against sex abuse by youth coaches
- Bills in Pa., NJ would open adoption records
- Turnpike pileup subject of investigation, hearing
- Embracing nature in Upper Dublin Township
- Parkhouse sale delay forces Montco to borrow to pay bills
- Montco hires Phila. consultant to head Voter Services
- Valley Forge Casino Resort undergoing renovations
- Souderton High wins county academic competition
- Auction scheduled for Tollefson's storage unit
- Icy roads blamed in multi-vehicle crash on Blue Route
- Federal case against ironworkers details violence
- Another shakeup at Montco Voter Services
- Pat Croce auction items: Magical, ornate and ... man cave?