Archive: November, 2012
- Obama to visit Hatfield toy maker to discuss fiscal cliff
- Confession tape played in hearing on KOP kidnap-murder
- Pa. still has 3 unclaimed $1-million PowerBall ticket holders
- Former Penn State prez will receive $3.3 million in 2011 compensation
- Are small, private colleges doomed?
- Horsham doctor charged in massive pill-selling case
- Pa. college professors won't strike, for now
The United States Housing and Urban Development agency is giving $500,000 to fund a housing-mobility program in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The grant will be announced tonight at a banquet held by the First Suburbs Project and Building One Pennsylvania.
The program aims to open affordable-housing opportunities in more well-off areas of Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. According to a news release from the organizations, 89 percent of housing vouchers in those counties end up being used in more low-income areas, like Norristown.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Montgomery County through 7 p.m. Snow mixing with rain, freezing and slushing on untreated roads could present driving hazards.
Temperatures are expected to gradually drop at or slightly below freezing tonight. Around 3 p.m. the weather service was reporting 4.7 inches of snowfall in Elverson, 4.5 inches in Glenmoore, 3.6 inches in Doylestown and 3.5 inches in Wayne.
- Did you notice that it snowed today? Of course you did -- 3.3 inches so far
- MontCo proposed budget would hit 17 nonprofits hard
- Neighborhood profile of Narberth -- "Everyone really does know your name"
- Obama brings tax pitch to Hatfield toy factory this week
- Sen. Casey holds fiscal cliff hearings, supports extending payroll tax cut
I've been getting a lot of calls about the Montgomery County budget hearings. They are this Thursday, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., at the commissioners' boardroom in Norristown -- 425 Swede Street, 8th Floor.
Happy post-Thanksgiving, Montgomery County! I hope you're all recovering from the tryptophan and shopping hysteria.
Here's some news to help mend the mind:
- Brad Fox not forgotten in Plymouth Twsp police station (by Carolyn Davis)
- Merged YMCA's flex their muscle (by Jessica Parks)
- Jobless in PA, NJ would be hurt by plunge off fiscal cliff (by Jane M. Von Bergen)
- Investors pick Horsham as medical-tech headquarters (by Joseph DiStefano)
- An unlikely venue for shooting eagles -- with a camera (by Mari A. Schaefer)
- Author of 'Enrique's Journey' to speak at Rosemont College (by Michael Matza)
- Suburban rents fall with office values (by Joseph DiStefano)
Here are a few family-friendly events that have crossed our path.
As always, be safe and sober behind the wheel. And from all of us here at the Inquirer, Happy Thanksgiving!
- Small business cash mob in downtown Pottstown
The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority is giving out prizes to shoppers who buy local on Friday. Stop by their office at 17 N. Hanover Street for a sticker, a map and contest rules.
Then go out and do your shopping! Merchants will have special offers and treats. Keep an eye out for "Captain Buy Local" and his sidekick "Small Biz". And when you're done, return to the office visit Grumpy's (137 E. High St.) to submit your prize entry.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pdida.pottstown
- Skip shopping and check out a new river trail instead
Join the Friends of Cynwood Heritage Trails for a walk on the county's newest trail! Walk is about 2 miles, past the Bala Cynwood Park, between West Laurel Hill and Westminster cemeteries, and up to the Schuylkill River at Manayunk. The trail recently won a county award for outstanding land developments and revitalization.
Meet 11 a.m. Friday at the Cynwood station.
For more information visit http://www.cynwydtrail.org/
- Christmas tree lighting in Conshohocken
Friday, 6-7:30 p.m. at Conshohocken Borough Hall. DJ, hot chocolate, trivia and treats. Plus, Santa Claus will arrive with a Conshy Fire Co. escort.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/431705830216597/
What sound do turkeys make?
"Gobble gobble!" one girl answers enthusiastically. She's right, of course, but they also make another sound -- a yelping noise that Montgomery County naturalist Ruth King replicated by grating two squeaky pieces of wood against each other.
Happy Monday everyone.
- North Penn High alum wins Philly Marathon (by Marc Narducci)
- Yale student from Penn Valley named a Rhodes Scholar (via Associated Press)
- Ursinas College tolerance code gets a workout (by Jessica Parks)
- Atlantic Coast is ripe for power outages (Op-Ed by Llewellyn King)
- National dog show in Oaks this weekend (by Martha Woodall)
- Therapy dogs featured in National Dog Show (by Amy Worden)
- Montgomery County proposes steep cuts, no new taxes (by Jessica Parks)
The county commissioners are holding town hall meetings to discuss the new budget on Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, concerns or issues, email me or leave them in the comments and I'll check them out.