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.
April 4, 1986 |
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.
June 26, 2015 |
WYOMISSING, Pa. - The doors are locked at Valley Forge Flag Co. Employees must ring a newly installed doorbell and wait outside the dark tinted windows for someone to let them in. Inside, phones are ringing. The Berks County flag manufacturer, one of the nation's largest, has been fielding angry calls since making headlines Tuesday when it announced it would no longer make the Confederate battle flag. The decision came in the wake of the June 17 killing of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C., and growing public opposition to a flag seemingly embraced by alleged shooter Dylann Roof and others as a symbol of white supremacy and slavery.
May 16, 2015 |
They went by the artful nicknames of "Pudge," "Cream," and "Pizza," but law enforcement officials said they were nothing but "thugs" connected to two homegrown, violent street gangs, intent on dominance, that terrorized a community for months. On Thursday, officials announced the arrests of 34 people connected with the gangs Straight Cash Money Gang and Brothas From Anotha, which operated in Pottstown, Montgomery County, and whose tentacles reached into Berks County and Philadelphia.
June 22, 1994 |
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.
August 21, 1988 |
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.
September 11, 2001 |
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.
December 13, 1989 |
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.
August 2, 2011 |
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.
June 18, 2013
WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - Police are still searching for two prisoners who escaped from a correctional facility in Berks County over the weekend, officials said yesterday. Authorities say the men left the Wernersville Community Correction Center, about 10 miles west of Reading, about 4:45 p.m. Saturday after someone pulled a fire alarm to create a distraction. Now, police are searching for the pair, identified as 26-year-old Shaun Patrick Kubacki and 25-year-old Oscar Tim Robinson. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.