June 14, 2013 |
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved two Pennsylvania nominees for federal judgeships, including a Philadelphia judge who will become the first openly lesbian Latina to serve on the federal bench. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro also will be the first Latina judge on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court, said Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). "We are very pleased to see yet another highly qualified, openly LGBT nominee confirmed to the federal bench - particularly a woman of color who helps reflect the diversity of the American people in the judiciary," said Michael Cole-Schwartz, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group.
June 6, 2013
Carpenter Cup Baseball Schedule The 28th annual Carpenter Cup baseball tournament will begin June 17 at Ashburn Field in FDR Park in South Philadelphia. Sixteen teams will participate: Berks County, Inter-Ac/Independents, Burlington County, Chester County, Delaware North, Delaware South, Delaware Valley, Jersey Shore, Lehigh Valley, Mercer County, Olympic/Colonial, Philadelphia Catholic League, Philadelphia Public League, SOL American and Continental, SOL National/Bicentennial, and Tri-Cape.
April 18, 2013
* There's a good reason to head out of town this weekend - the Berks County Wine Trail's anniversary celebration, this year with a "Grape to Plate" theme. Eight wineries will participate noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It's mostly free, too. Details at berkscountywinetrail.com. * Take the pain out of waiting for the train as The Porch at 30th Street Station and Bridgewater's Pub host a Beer Garden, 3-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. With swingin' sounds by Evan Cory Levin & Co., 6 to 8 p.m. * It's first-birthday time for Rex 1516 (1516 South St., 267-319-1366, rex1516.com )
April 18, 2013 |
The stone walls of the house Thomas Rutter built in Berks County have remained sturdy over centuries - from the colonial period and American Revolution to the Civil War and on to the present. Within them, Rutter and his descendants were first to plot the course, in the early 1700s, of the iron industry in Pennsylvania, and later supplied munitions to George Washington's Continental Army. At the Pine Forge Mansion, overlooking the Manatawney Creek, the Rutters spoke out against slavery and turned their home into a stop on the Underground Railroad network that helped thousands of African Americans find freedom.
April 5, 2013
Berks County authorities say it may take weeks to identify the badly burned body of a man found dead after an early-morning fire in a mobile home. Officials said a neighbor reported the blaze in the double-wide home on Old Route 22 in Bethel Township about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Chief Les Kegerreis of the Bethel Fire Company told the Reading Eagle the roof had already collapsed before firefighters reached the scene. About 75 firefighters brought the flames under control 45 minutes later. DNA evidence will be used to try to identify the victim.
February 3, 2013 |
A task force investigating a string of daytime burglaries and attempted burglaries in western Montgomery County and Berks County has made three arrests in about 21 cases. Michael R. Benner Jr., 28, of Limerick; Joseph A. Samsel Jr., 25, of Limerick; and Philip M. Becker, 26, of Douglassville, Pa., were arrested Thursday, according to authorities in the two counties. The three face multiple counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy. criminal attempt, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property in the burglaries, which occurred between July and last month, according to a news release on behalf of the task force from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
January 1, 2013 |
Unofficial tallies for Saturday's snowstorm show how heavily some places were blanketed, while other parts of the area were largely spared. In Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, the highest totals were in Chester County, with 5.0 inches in East Coventry Township, 4.5 inches in Spring City, 4.3 in Glenmoore, and 4.1 in Elverson, and 4.0 in Chester Springs, Lionville and East Nantmeal. The three other suburban counties also had a third of a foot in spots: 4.1 inches in West Rockhill and 4.0 in Quakertown, both in Bucks County; 4.0 in Montgomeryville, Montgomery County; and 4.0 in Wayne, Delaware County.
August 24, 2012 |
Nicholas F. Catania, 86, of Ridley Township, a former chairman of the Delaware County Council and a major force in suburban Republican politics for nearly a half-century, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Fair Acres Geriatric Center, the county's long-term care facility in Lima. A family member said the cause was Parkinson's disease and diabetes. Dominic Pileggi, the Delaware County Republican who is the state Senate majority leader, issued a statement saying Mr. Catania "was one of the three or four most influential individuals in Delaware County" over the last four decades.