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April 30, 2012
A toddler was killed while playing near a piece of farm equipment in Berks County on Sunday, authorities said. About 4 p.m., authorities from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department were dispatched to investigate the boy's death on a farm along Topton Road in Maxatawny Township. There were no other injuries, police said. Authorities did not release the 11/2-year-old's name or additional details about the incident, which is under investigation. - Darran Simon
NEWS
August 4, 2010
Jay S. Sidhu's New Century Bank, blocked recently by a federal judge from using the name Customers 1st Bank because it was already being used by Broomall's Alliance Bank on checking accounts, is renaming itself Customers USA Bank instead, the Phoenixville company said. The bank has seven offices in Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties and this month plans to open branches in Wyomissing, Berks County, and in Yardley. Wyomissing was home base for Sovereign Bank, which Sidhu led until he was ousted in 2006.
NEWS
April 4, 1986 | By Robin Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Goode administration, concerned that its plan to burn the bulk of Philadelphia's trash in Berks County may be doomed, has begun reconsidering the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a possible site for a trash-to-steam plant. Sources familiar with the issue said Streets Commissioner Harry M. Perks met Wednesday with Navy officials in Washington to discuss the controversial South Philadelphia project, which would produce energy for the naval shipyard. Perks would not comment on the meeting.
FOOD
April 3, 2015 | By Joy Manning, For The Inquirer
On Easter Sunday, after the sugar crash from too much candy, dinner traditionally revolves around a big, glossy ham. It may look picture-perfect as a holiday centerpiece, but if that ham came from the supermarket, its origin story is probably not so pretty. Luckily, there are options in locally produced hams with backstories you can feel good about. Ember Crivellaro, who runs Country Time Farm in Berks County with her husband, Paul, wants those who buy her hams to know what kind of life the pigs had. Because pictures speak louder than words, she carries a small collection of photographs in her wallet.
SPORTS
June 22, 1994 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ocean-Monmouth and Berks County advanced to tonight's Carpenter Cup baseball final by different means at Veterans Stadium yesterday. In an offensive shootout, Ocean-Monmouth had 10 hits and six stolen bases to defeat Suburban One American, 9-8, in the second semifinal game. In the first game, five Berks County pitchers allowed just six hits and one unearned run in a 10-inning 3-1 victory over South Jersey's Tri-Cape team. Trailing, 8-7, entering the ninth, Ocean-Monmouth used an RBI single by Chris Kenney of Christian Brothers Academy and an RBI ground out by Joe McCullough of Toms River South to pull out the win. Both runs were unearned as Suburban One American committed two of its six errors in the inning.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
Russell Henry takes great pride in his craft. The 80-year-old Birdsboro resident specializes in slipware pottery, a type in which the raw clay is painted before the pottery is fired. He said it was one of the crafts that Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought with them. "My ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch, and I take the same pride in my craft that they always took in theirs," Henry said. This pride will be on display at the ninth annual Fall Pennsylvania Crafts Day at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford.
NEWS
September 11, 2001 | By Lea Sitton Stanley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For her next show, Joyce Floreen figures she'll paint cows. "I have this feeling that maybe livestock will disappear too," the Berks County artist said last week as she prepared to open a show of her current subject: family farms, which are vanishing beyond Philadelphia's suburbs as development advances north and west. "A lot of places around here are just being built up," Floreen said, citing "the slow encroachment of houses coming closer and closer and closer. " Nearly a year ago, she set to preserving homesteads in oil on canvas, creating representations to transcend that encroachment.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
That inevitable byproduct of a consumer society - trash - is contributing mightily to push up Delaware County's property tax rate by 8.3 percent, according to officials who yesterday passed a $137.3 million budget for 1990. For county homeowners, it means county real estate taxes on the average house assessed at $3,300 will go up $23.04 to $299.41. It is the ninth county tax increase in nine years. Trash-disposal costs will increase $6.47 million next year to $27.4 million or 20 percent of the total county budget.
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The total rainfall from the latest storm varied greatly across the region, from about an inch in Atlantic City to more than 4 inches in the Poconos, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the tallies released this morning. They were recorded at 4 a.m., unless indicated. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, 1.41 inches Valley Forge, 2.52 Kennett Square, 2.57 Chadds Ford, 3.42 Media, 1.89, 6:43 a.m. Ambler, 1.87, 6:15 a.m. Downingtown, 3.07 Towamencin, Montgomery County, 3.56 (2 a.m.)
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
AN EASTERN Pennsylvania man has been ordered to pay nearly $14,000 for yelling racial slurs at his neighbor and threatening to burn her house down. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said Dino Concordia of Shillington, Berks County, also ridiculed Kelly Walton over her disability and "continually humiliated her" in front of neighbors and friends. Walton, who is black and suffers from neck and spinal injuries, had asked for $8,000 in damages. But the commission said it found Concordia's behavior so "vile," "heinous" and "despicable" that he should pay her $10,000.
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