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Archive: March, 2013

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013, 5:09 PM

A couple of pols are pals when it comes to doing good things for children in Montgomery County — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

On Friday, Ferman gave Toomey a tour of a nonprofit agency called Mission Kids that she cofounded. The agency is what's known as a a child advocacy center. According to the nonprofit's webiste,  "Mission Kids offers a comprehensive, centrally located, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting ... Mission Kids provides neutral, fact-finding forensic interviews which are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing and supports Montgomery County’s multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse investigation and intervention."

Toomey liked the mission, liked Mission Kids.

POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013, 5:46 PM

Are you a high school, undergraduate or graduate student looking for something interesting to do this summer? The Montgomery County commissioner’s office is accepting applications for its summer internship program. Upper level high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students are invited to apply. The office says that:

"Internship opportunities are available within the Commissioner's Office. Interested candidates should submit resumes via e-mail to Turea Hutson at Please visit the Montgomery County  web page and scroll to the bottom for internship information and an application. Please call 610-278-1464 with any questions."

POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 2:19 PM
In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/CTV)

Students at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood  went about their normal business yesterday of getting a priestly education — except for one, very big exception. The Catholic Church, their church, elected a new pope yesterday. When the news spread of white smoke spouting from the Vatican's chimney, they all gathered in a common room in the seminary's college building to watch the events on a large, projection screen showing images from Rome. When Pope Francis went out on a balcony for his first appearance as head of the Roman Catholic church, there was clapping and  cheering, said one student.

Seminarians were enthusiastic about the choice of former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. Here are comments from several other seminarians.

Jason Buck, 28, a fifth year student from West Chester:

POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:02 PM

At 11:09 a.m. on Thursday, Lower Providence Township Police went to the First Niagara Bank on Egypt Road in the township's Audubon section in response to a report of a robbery in progress. Bank employees told police a man approached a teller’s window and showed a gun as he demanded money. The suspect left before police arrived.

Plymouth Township and Montgomery Township police were looking into similar, recent robberies, including one Monday at the PNC Bank on Chemical Road. Those investigators pegged a suspect and determined he didn’t own a car and must be using a stolen vehicle or public transportation.

Lower Providence contacted Germantown Cab Company and asked if it had a customer whose trip mirrored the crime’s time and location. It did: One man who fit the description of the robber went from the Audubon area into a Philadelphia neighborhood, where he fled.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 5:44 PM
Erica Schmidt, center, with her Star Wars costuming club buddies. They dress up for the Make A Wish Foundation and other charities.

A few months ago, 23-year-old Erica Schmidt was on the kidney-transplant list.  She got off that list in the best possible way.

You’re probably thinking she got a kidney donor.  Nope – her own kidney healed.

Erica has a rare genetic disease called atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. AHUS sends the blood-complement system (which normally helps maintain immunity) into overdrive, producing way too many complement proteins.  Cells along the blood vessel walls become damaged and platelets become overactive, causing clots that can lead to severe organ damage.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 4:34 PM

Here in Conshohocken, the heavy rain and whipping wind appears to have died down.  But anyone planning to leave the office soon might face a long commute.

[Updated, 5:15 p.m. -- Montco Public Safety just reported another multi-vehicle crash, with at least one car overturned at Valley Forge Road and County Line Road in Upper Merion.  Crews are en route to extricate a trapped driver.]

The eastbound Schuylkill Expressway was backed up from Route 202 to West Conshohocken after a multi-vehicle accident around 3:45 p.m.  According to the Navteq real-time traffic map, the string of accidents near Mile Marker 332 were minor and have since been cleared. But the traffic is still sluggish.

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

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