Thursday, December 18, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:03 PM

The current dispute over the Bala Theatre may be heated, but at least it doesn't stink.  In the 1980s, a rivalry between the Bala Theatre and the Narberth Theatre got so bad that one owner resorted to skunks and sabotage

The two theaters opened just a year apart, in 1926 and 1927.  The Bala is Egyptian-style, the Narberth is Art Deco. Both are historic and both are cornerstones of their walkable small-business districts.  At times, they have competed for the same customers, creating something of a rivalry.

In 1984, the owner of Bala Theatre, Steven D. Fox, reportedly proposed an arrangement -- Bala would stick to commercial films, and Narberth would stick to arthouse and foreign flicks.  

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POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:15 PM
Pennsylvania Auditor-General Eugene DePasquale holds a press conference on public pensions in Norristown. (Jessica Parks / STAFF)

Since Montgomery County moved its pension funds into a low-cost index portfolio last year, Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro has been urging other government agencies to follow a similar strategy.

His proselytizing got a boost Thursday when Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale praised Montco's approach and said all government pension systems -- including the Commonwealth's two largest, PSERS and SERS -- should consider making the switch.

“It would be tough to do immediately, but hopefully we can get to the point where Montgomery County is, that it’s all stock-index fund," DePasquale said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:42 PM
Brendan Boyle, flanked by his brother Kevin, celebrates in May at the Heroes Ballroom of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer

One week ago, polls were about to close across the Commonwealth. Hopefully you've all had sufficient time to recover from election fatigue, because now I bring you a breakdown of How Montco Voted.

Montco voters sent all but three incumbents -- Gov. Tom Corbett, Rep. LeAnna Washington (who lost primary re-election and resigned from office amid a corruption case), and Rep. Mark Painter -- back to Harrisburg. Although the county leans Democratic in terms of voter registration, it sent 12 Republican legislators to Harrisburg and D.C., compared with 8 Democratic legislators.

Montgomery County districts were already among the state's most heavily gerrymandered, and became more so in this election with the implementation of the 2012 redistricting lines.

Turnout

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Montco Memo, a blog written by Inquirer staffers Carolyn Davis and Jessica Parks, covers police and courts, issues and community news in Montgomery County.

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