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Archive: June, 2013

POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013, 4:39 PM

Montgomery County commuters can plan for slower traffic in July, as PennDot crews conduct the biennial* safety check on area bridges.

Interstate 476 between Ridge Pike and I-76 -- the southbound right lane will be closed July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Affects Plymouth Township and West Conshohocken.

Route 422 between Trooper Road and Egypt Road -- the westbound right lane will be closed July 17 and July 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Affects Upper Providence, Lower Providence and West Norriton townships.

POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013, 5:41 PM

Montgomery County is looking for couples or individuals who are interested in becoming foster parents.

The Office of Children and Youth recently posted a series of interviews on YouTube with foster parents.

They offer testimonials such as “It is fun. It is rewarding. It is life-changing.”

POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2:56 PM

A weeklong amnesty in Montgomery County for deadbeat dads — and a couple of moms — and the subsequent law-enforcement roundup week netted $20,300 in child support payments this month, officials said Wednesday.

For the first time since 2009, the county offered an amnesty week for parents whose failure to pay child support resulted in warrants being issued for their arrest.

From June 10 through June 14, delinquents could appear voluntarily before authorities and pay, or make arrangements to pay, the support they owed and avoid arrest, Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr said. If they didn’t show up, then sheriff’s deputies would look for them and arrest them the following week.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:28 PM

The higher-ups at have shown their brilliance by choosing a big-news, big-reaction day to launch our new interactive feature, The Talk.

The page is designed to be visually-driven and interactive.  It's curated by Daniel Rubin, an Inky columnist and our director of social media. 

We know anecdotally and through surveys and focus groups that readers want more interaction and a more comprehensive place to find the news they're most interested in.  I think the page is fabulous, but then again I'm biased.  We need your input to see what works and what doesn't.  Is there something you want to see that isn't there?  Do you like the mix of news?  Would you prefer more focus on videos and photos, or on conversations?

POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 4:00 PM

Sometimes, life’s juxtapositions best illustrate the poignancy of special moments.

This morning, I was at the Montgomery County Courthouse to cover a news conference by Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr about the results of a special effort to collect delinquent child-support payments from parents. (You also can read about that on MontCo Memo.) The issue of deadbeat mothers and fathers doesn’t exactly conjure images of skipping children and happy families.

So I was struck by what I saw as I plugged money into the parking kiosk on Swede Street in Norristown: a group of people, led by a little boy, heading toward a grassy area on the courthouse grounds. Some of the adults had flowers; everyone seemed in a delighted mood.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 10:58 AM

This week's promo code, which gets you into the website through Sunday night, is L89U.

For example, that code allows you to read a story that yours truly has in today's edition on some inspiring young people who grabbed a last-chance opportunity to get their high school diplomas. It's a story about graduates of Lakeside School in Montgomery County, Class of 2013.

Hmm, that L in the promo code must be for Lakeside. And the U? For you reading it, heh-heh. Just a little promo code humor there. Enjoy the Inquirer online. We now return you to your regular programming.

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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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