July 24, 2013
Berk Wiper International L.L.C., which cuts disposable wiping cloths to particular sizes, is moving from Lansdale to Boyertown, Berks County, with the help of $1.96 million, 15-year, low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Gov. Corbett announced Monday. Berk has promised to add 29 jobs and retain 28 existing employees as part of the deal. Berk plans to buy a 275,600-square-foot facility in Boyertown Borough, investing a total of $3.28 million, including renovations.
June 24, 2013 |
HAZEN, Ark. - Arkansas State Police say two Pennsylvania children were killed and three other people were injured yesterday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas. A state police report says 8-year-old Karen Espinoza and 10-year-old Alex Espinoza died in the crash near Hazen just before 1:30 a.m. yesterday. Both were from Reading, Berks County. The report says the two were passengers in a vehicle that was westbound on I-40 when it went off the roadway and overturned several times.
June 19, 2013 |
It began with Mike Shawaryn firing 90-m.p.h. fastballs and ended with Bryan Dobzanski firing 92-m.p.h. fastballs. Power pitching carried Tri-Cape to a 9-8 victory over Berks County on Tuesday in the first round of the 28th annual Carpenter Cup Classic at Richie Ashburn Field in FDR Park. Two other games scheduled for Tuesday were postponed to Thursday because of rain. "We feel like we have three lights-out pitchers," said Tri-Cape manager D.J. Gore, referring to Shawaryn, Dobzanski, and John Murphy.
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.
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.