What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kiwanis Duck Race planned for July 14th

The 12th Annual Kiwanis Duck Race is planned for Saturday, July 14th at 3pm. The race helps the Kiwanis raise money for a number local non-profit groups and with a first place prize of $1000 isn't a bad way to spend the $5 it takes to buy a duck.

For more information, see the article in The Phoenix.

Gay St. Bridge project delayed

Over the weekend, as I drove over the Gay St. bridge heading into town, it dawned on me that construction on it was originally set to begin in August but that I had not heard anything about it in quite some time. I had even spent some time looking around for updates on the PennDOT website but could not find anything. So it was a pleasant surprise to find an article on The Phoenix website this morning. It appears that the project has been delayed several months with the project now slated to begin sometime in November.

From the Phoenix
In a letter to Borough manager Anthony DiGirolomo dated June 14 and released Monday, PennDOT assistant district executive Charles H. Davies said, "At an earlier date, the Borough was notified that the Department [PennDOT] would like to provide funding equivalent to a the amount of a two-year lease on a fire truck….in order to address fire protection issues associated with the closure of the Gay Street Bridge.

"At this time," Davies wrote, "the Department has decided to abandon this option in favor of a more cost effective alternative."

The new option was a consequence of PennDOT's acquiring a new conversation partner: Norfolk Southern, owner of the two rail trestles.

"We are now working with Norfolk Southern," Davies continued, "to finalize specifications for the temporary jacking of the existing railroad bridge superstructure over Main Street.

"This temporary jacking will raise the existing superstructure to provide adequate vertical clearance to allow the passage of the Borough's fire truck [sic] for the duration of the Gay Street Bridge closure. Based on our previous discussions with the Borough's Fire Chief, we feel that this alternative will adequately address the response time of the Borough's ladder truck as it relates to the protection of the Northside community," Davies wrote.

The article has some more information on plans for the project as well as several responses from members of the council who do not seem to be too thrilled with PennDOT's new plan.

Source: The Phoenix

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Steel City Coffee House to host annual Open House

The Steel City Coffee House will be hosting their annual Open House on Friday, July 6th (which also happens to be the date of July's First Friday festivities).

From the Steel City website:

FREE CONCERT starting at 8:00 PM; prize raffles; door prizes, and free gift bags to the first 100 people through the door at 6:30 PM. We will be closing at 5:00 PM to decorate and prepare for this event.

Click here for more information, including a list of performers and details on the door prizes.

Summer Music Festival in Reeves Park

A little late on this one (it started last Sunday) but if you are looking for something fun to do on Sunday nights look no further than Reeves Park. Every other Sunday night through mid-August will feature live music at the park. Concerts start at 7pm and are free to the public. This year's Summer Music Festival is being sponsored by Phoenixville Federal Bank which has setup a website with additional information including the complete schedule.

Editor's note: The information above has been updated as of 6/27/07. The original post was using outdated information. My apologies.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Kimberton Community Fair scheduled for July 23rd-28th

The 78th Kimberton Community Fair is scheduled for the week of July 23rd-28th.

From their website

We are proud to be celebrating our 78th year of bringing food, fun, and entertainment to the community. The Kimberton Community Fair is a traditional event that offers family entertainment and educational exhibits and programs. Over 40,000 people visit our Fair every July!

The Fair is one of the last "FREE ADMISSION" fairs operating in the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. We are a non-profit event whose purpose is to support the volunteer Kimberton Fire Company. The Fair is completely staffed by volunteers from the local community, Fire Company and Auxiliary.

Generations of dedicated workers have continued this volunteerism by operating fundraising areas such as games, raffles and donuts. Kimberton Fair is a family oriented event where folks can share fun times and create lasting memories... a child's first merry-go-round ride... seeing old friends... winning a blue ribbon for the best apple pie... and taking that first bite of a warm, freshly made donut!

For more information including a complete schedule of activities, please visit their website.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Additional Info on the Phoenixville Education Campus released

Neumann College, which, along with the Phoenixville Education Campus at Franklin Commons, is set to open its doors in September, has announced plans for its initial educational offerings. The first is a master's of science in education.

The program can be completed in two years of part-time study. It is designed, he said, "for classroom teachers, or those who would like to become teachers, to earn the M.S. with certification in any of four areas: early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education."

The second program is a certificate program in intelligence studies.

About options for programs in business, Bell said that Neumann officials would be talking with their colleagues among the participating colleges about possible collaborative programs.

But Neumann has already planned at least one other offering, a certificate program in intelligence studies. "This has been an offshoot of our criminal justice program here," said Bell.

This one-year, four-course program concentrates on methods in intelligence analysis, and supplements the concentration with electives in terrorism, organized crime, money laundering, drug smuggling, political corruption and Farsi. It "provides an opportunity for those who already have a college degree to enter a career field in which they can … help the national security effort," according to Ron Chance, professor of political science and criminal justice.

And that's not all! Two new schools have been announced as co-tenants. Joining Neumann and the previously announced Alvernia College and Montgomery County Community College will be Delaware County Community College and the Lansdale School of Business.

"At this point," Moskowitz said, "Neumann is coming in September and offering both a Master in Education program and a Certificate Program in Intelligence Analysis. Alvernia, MCCC, and DCCC will begin offering courses in January 2008. Lansdale School of Business will begin its work in Phoenixville in the Spring of 2008."

Source: The Phoenix - 6/15/07
Source: The Phoenix - 6/18/07

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Columbia Bar & Grille Hosting 1st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration

On June 21st, The Columbia Bar & Grille will be hosting their first annual Summer Solstice party. Live music will be performed by the Royal Palm Steel Drum Band and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event will be held in the parking lot next to the Columbia and will begin at 5:30pm. Sounds like a fun way to usher in the first day of summer and congrats to the Columbia on five great years!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Schuylkill Canal Association's 'Canal Day' scheduled for June 23rd and 24th

Reader David Strunk sent this in with regards to next weekends annual Schuylkill Canal Association Canal Day. This years celebration will help to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the SCA and sounds like it will be a great time.

Once again The Schuylkill Canal Association is hosting its annual Canal Day celebration. This year is our 25th anniversary and we're hoping that it will be our biggest year ever. Nightime on the Canal & Canal Day are being held next weekend (6/23 & 6/24) on the Schuylkill Canal just over the bridge in Mont Clare.

We have a boat parade & pig roast on Saturday with music being provided by The New Kings of Rhythm. On Sunday we have the Trail Run & Walk, Canoe/Kayak race, Highland Games, Canal Joust (always a favorite), kids events/games, food, etc...tons of fun for everyone!!

If anyone is interested in receiving a registration form for either the Trail Run, Canoe/Kayak race, or Boat Parade then contact The Schuylkill Canal Association directly at 610-917-0021. As for Saturday night, we also have tickets for Music & Food or for Music Only - just call if anyone would like one or more to purchase.

Finally, we're also having a variety of craft vendors. If anyone would like to sell their wares, just contact the SCA at the above phone number and we'll get the information right out to you.

We hope to see you there and don't hesitate to call if you want more information. Please pass on this information to anyone who you think might be interested.

Any questions or requests for information can also be directed to David Strunk; 610-745-2368; strunkdave@yahoo.com.

Thanks to David for the information!

Monday, June 11, 2007

BlobFest gets a mention in the Old Gray Lady

The New York Times this weekend had an article about this year's BlobFest. It also has a fair amount of history about the movie, some of which I had never seen before. If you are interested in attending this year's festivities (estimated to pull in over 5000 people) or are just interested in learning a little more about the movie, you can read the article here.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Note on articles credited to The Phoenix

Just a quick note about articles below in which I have quoted The Phoenix. It appears that they have redone their site which, at least temporarily, has made their older articles inaccessible.

With any luck the articles will be re-added with the same URL so that you will once again be able to view the complete articles by clicking on the links provided.