Archive: January, 2012
Police in Montgomery County, working with law enforcement officials here and in Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia counties, said this week they have busted a large drug-trafficking ring.
Police arrested Jose "Mauricio" Rodriguez-Cordero, of the 600 block of Chain Street in Norristown, along with 20 other suspects, and charged them with a litany of drug-related offenses.
Charges have been lodged against four others still at large. The police work was called Operation Chain-Link.
This just in from the Sanatoga Post, a blog we watch:
Pottsgrove High School graduate and increasingly popular national singer-songwriter Dustin Tavella is now a television star.
He’s appearing in Season Three of “Sweet Home Alabama,” a reality contest series on CMT, the former Country Music Television channel.
The show is a southern version of “The Bachelor.” Twenty-two eligible young men attempt to outdo each other in weekly challenges to win the affection of a young woman. The woman is Paige Duke of Lancaster SC. She’s a Clemson University graduate who works as a national representative for Kruger Farms, an outdoors retailer in Minnesota.
Tavella is one of the competitors. Some are regularly eliminated from the show as Duke makes her preferences known. As of Monday, Jan. 23, Dustin was still hanging in there.
Tavella’s big chance to woo Duke arrives on the show Friday, Jan. 27, when an episode titled “Around The Campfire” airs at 9 and 11 p.m. During a “date” with Duke, he will sing a song he wrote specifically for her and the show.
Tavella is a recording artist from Philadelphia. He loves entertaining at children’s hospitals and has traveled the world doing missionary work.
After a $1.5 million renovation, the old Woodside Manor is "inn" again, says its proprietor, Gayle Buckman.
The Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain, 150 E. Park Avenue, Schwenksville, will host an open house this Sunday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Last April 1, Rick and Gayle Buckman purchased the Woodside Lodge, formerly known as the Woodside Inn and The Woodside Manor. The 14,000-square-foot building is located on three-plus acres on the back side of Spring Mountain in northwestern Montgomery County.
The couple’s goal was to preserve the historic building while offering lodging for visitors of nearby Spring Mountain Ski Area. The Buckmans have owned the ski resort for more that a decade.
Scarred by weather and plundered by vandals, the inn sat vacant for two years before the Buckmans decided to give it a future.
"I just kept driving by and thinking, 'I want to save this building,'" said Gayle Buckman. "We have a thing for local history."
For information on the open house, call 215-416-2999.
Are you a crime buff?
You may want to catch Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor on TV Saturday night, giving his account of the Stephanie Rabinowitz murder case in 1997.
As first assistant district attorney, he was the lead prosecutor on the case which rocked the Main Line and Montgomery County.
The call initially came in to Lower Merion police as an accidental drowning in a bathtub.
But investigators pieced together evidence that Craig Rabinowitz, the victim’s husband, had strangled his young wife in order to claim life insurance money.
He needed the money to bail himself out of a Ponzi scheme and to support an exotic dancer named Summer, with whom he had a long relationship. Evidence presented at trial included a financial summary hidden in a ceiling, drag marks found on the victim's body, and the fact that the murderer forgot to remove his wife's gold jewelry before placing her in the bathtub.
Rabinowitz pleaded guilty to murder and is currently serving a life sentence.
The segment, entitled “Never Enough,” airs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, on the Investigation Discovery (ID) channel. The show will be repeated several times during the following week.
Castor became district attorney in 2000, and after serving two terms was elected a county commissioner in 2007. He was reelected in 2011.
The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety is looking for the best to answer the call, literally, thousands of times a day.
The Montgomery County Commissioners approved in this year's budget the hiring of an additional six telecommunicators to answer 9-1-1 calls. There are also six unfilled posts for a total of 12 job openings.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012.
Testing will occur between March 5 and 16.
The interview and selection process will occur in April and May with training set to begin on June 25.
Telecommunicators answered approximately 770,000 phone calls in 2011, and dispatched police, fire, and emergency medical services nearly 670,000 times.
Dispatchers have workstations in Eagleville with individual climate controls, fully paid training. They work on average just 173 days per year, and must be available for nights and weekends. In bad weather, dispatchers must report for work.
The Department of Public Safety provides 9-1-1 service and communications support to nearly 150 public safety agencies throughout the County.
The county offers a medical, dental, and vision benefit package as well competitive wages. Interested applicants may link to the agency's recruitment website, http://www.mcdps.org or to call a recruiter at 610-631-3079.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is looking for a few good hiking experts.
Well, actually 14 of them.
The agency is forming a new Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to help build a statewide network of land and water trails, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced Jan. 23.
Applicants have until Feb. 21 to apply.
The committee's creation is expected to help bolster outdoor recreation and more healthy lifestyles. Its creation also fulfills some requirements for federal funding.
The Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Advisory Board, in existence since 1992, will be renamed and become the building block for the new committee.
The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee will consist of up to 20 members appointed by the DCNR. Members will represent different types of trail users, builders and advocates, and people with disabilities.
The committee will advise the DCNR on the use of federal trails funding in Pennsylvania, review and rank trail project applications, and present an annual report to the DCNR secretary on the accomplishments of the preceding federal fiscal year.
Appointees will come from these trail-user organizations: mountain biking; snowmobiling; all-terrain vehicle riding; water trail users; people with disabilities; trail advocates; trail builders; trail planners; an educator or trainer related to trails; and hikers and four at-large members.
Appointees will serve for three consecutive years.
To obtain a nomination form, visit: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/recreation/trails/index.htm and choose "Nomination Form," call 717-787-7672 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This just in:
A charity screening of The Mighty Macs will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Narberth Stadium 2 Theater, 129 N. Narberth Ave., in Narberth.
The showing benefits the Narberth Community Food Bank.
Viewers are asked to donate $5 and bring one canned item per person. The film will be shown on two screens so as to accommodate 400 people.
Doors will open at 9:15 a.m.
The benefit is sponsored by a group of parents from St. Margaret School in Narberth, the theater owner and the food bank.
The organizers' goal is to fill both theaters with students and families from both the parish community and elsewhere - anyone who didn't get to see The Mighty Macs when the film was released in October.
The Narberth Community Food Bank is located in the United Narberth Methodist Church, at 206 Price Ave., around the corner from St. Margaret's.
"It's important to all of us to find ways to help the needy, especially in our immediate community," said school parent organizer Chris Maguire.
The Mighty Macs is a true story about Immaculata College's team, whose coach, Cathy Rush, faced challenges as imposing as those faced by big-school coaches.
She had no gymnasium, no fan support and no money. To top it off, she didn’t know sometimes if she’d have enough players to field a team.
Did she triumph? We’re not giving away the ending..
For information, contact Anne Becker, St. Margaret School advancement director, 610-664-2640 or 610-349-7747 (cell); or email Info@saint-margaret.org.
Or contact Gigi Tevlin-Moffat, Narberth Community Food Bank Coordinator by linking to:
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis today said 57 learning institutions including Norristown’s public schools will receive grants as part of a $20.9 million 21st Century Community Learning Challenge Grant.
The money will pay for community learning centers to provide educational services to students in high-poverty and low-performing schools," Tomalis said.
Their work will complement classroom learning.
The federally-funded grant was established under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
"The community learning centers which applied for funding were required to provide students with a variety of enrichment opportunities that they might not receive at school or at home," Tomalis said. "Applicants provide academic, cultural or artistic activities for children, as well as services to the families of participating students."
The Pennsylvania Department of Education received 119 applications. One provision was that the awardees had to represent eight geographical regions of the state.
Those chosen to receive the federal funding include: 19 community-based organizations; 17 school districts; 10 charter schools; five intermediate units; three institutes of higher education; and three faith-based organizations.
"Throughout Pennsylvania, there are countless students who are trapped in schools that are not meeting their academic, social and emotional needs," Tomalis said. "Efforts are being made to transform Pennsylvania’s educational establishment for the benefit of every student - however change is not occurring fast enough for a generation of students who we are failing.”
He thanked groups and community leaders who continue to support students “after the school bell rings."
Grants to the suburban Philadelphia counties included:
* Chester County Widener Partnership Charter School - $179,992
* Bucks County Lower Bucks Family YMCA - $500,000; Morrisville Borough School District - $499,175; United Way of Bucks County - $420,000
* Delaware County Chester Community Charter School - $500,000; Chester-Upland School District - $480,000; Southeast Delco School District - $480,000
* Montgomery County Norristown Area School District - $294,000