June 4, 2013 |
A Latin phrase adorns Norristown's official seal. Fervet opus - "the work boils. " And it once did. Norristown's mighty industrial base and status as the seat of Montgomery County government helped muscle the area to prosperity. That was decades ago. As nearby county seats faced many of the same challenges and evolved into communities bubbling with energy, Norristown flailed. "Everybody wants to see the county seat improve," said Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards.
May 26, 2013 |
We were on our way across country in 2008, planning to stop at Fallingwater, the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright design, and were looking for a place to stay the night. We ended up near the turnpike outside Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., but finding a hotel room was difficult. Large blocks of rooms in motels and hotels had been booked by drilling-company executives and their employees, and not only did we have to search for a room, getting into even a chain restaurant for dinner wasn't easy.
December 17, 2012
Chuck Ulmann, who has lived a few minutes outside the borough proper for the last 42 years, has kindly agreed to provide as comprehensive a tour of West Chester as six hours allows. Ulmann, who worked in the pharmaceuticals industry from college through retirement, is not only well-versed in West Chester's architectural history but has, over the years, shepherded groups through the borough's streets and alleys, showing them the highlights. In the first hour of the tour, Ulmann proves that just about every style of housing from the early 19th century to 2012 is represented in West Chester.
February 21, 2012 |
ALLENTOWN - Paul Sorvino might finally be over his trouble with The Trouble with Cali . With $500,000 in taxpayer funding, the first-time director and Goodfellas star shot the independent film in northeastern Pennsylvania six years ago. But the project ran short of cash, and Scranton politicians demanded to know what he did with their investment. Sorvino, in turn, was stunned and hurt that anyone would question his integrity. He's hoping all that's in the past now that his project is about to get its first screening, Tuesday at Arizona's Sedona Film Festival.
October 28, 2011 |
In Delaware County, where Republicans have had a 32-year lock on county government, the question this year is whether Democrats can loosen that stranglehold. Up for grabs are three out of five County Council seats, the office of district attorney, and five Court of Common Pleas judgeships. Though it has held sway in Delaware County for decades, the GOP has seen its base slip dramatically over time, from 78 percent of registered voters in 1970 to 45 percent this year, just two percentage points ahead of the Democrats.
April 27, 2011 |
Far from Center City or Off-Broadway or any of the places where you'd most expect it, an experiment in the avant-garde is under way in gritty, workaday Norristown. There in the county seat not necessarily known for its edgy cultural offerings, theatergoers are being exposed to full frontal nudity. Everyone involved concedes that while that sort of thing wouldn't rate a mention in New York, for Norristown, it is different. "You don't expect to see this in Norristown," said Erin Reilly, artistic director of Theatre Horizon, the fledgling company staging the play.
March 31, 2011 |
People often think of Chicago as the heart of the country, New York the cultural hub, Washington the seat of all things political. But the one true center? Plato, Mo., population 109. As of last week, with an official announcement by the federal government, little Plato claimed the mantle of what the Census Bureau calls the Mean Center of Population. Imagine the United States as a flat, floating plane, and that each of its 308 million inhabitants weighed exactly the same. The mean center is the point at which that flat plane, loaded with people, would be perfectly balanced if placed atop a stick.
May 28, 2010 |
It was one of those resolutions in the middle of a half-empty Montgomery County commissioners meeting that might normally have passed without notice: A county health administrator on Thursday asked the commissioners to authorize using $161,000 in federal grants to educate and assist pregnant women at a Norristown hospital. The initiative was a decade old, and has never cost the county any money. As he has before, Commission Chairman James Matthews voted for the program.
May 28, 2010 |
It was one of those resolutions in the middle of a half-empty Montgomery County commissioners meeting that might normally have passed without notice: A county health administrator on Thursday asked the commissioners to authorize using $161,000 in federal grants to educate and assist pregnant women at a Norristown hospital. The initiative was a decade old, and has never cost the county any money. As he has before, Commission Chairman James Matthews voted for the program. But he did so only after launching into an inquiry that seemed less about aid to a small group of women than the county's future.
January 13, 2010 |
Why is state Rep. Mario Civera really refusing to leave Harrisburg? It's not for the nightlife, or those scenic drives along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In part, it's pure politics, the Upper Darby Republican acknowledged yesterday. Civera, who was elected in November to Delaware County Council, initially indicated that he would resign from the House upon taking the county seat. Last week, Civera was sworn-in to Council, but he decided to temporarily continue serving in Harrisburg, saying he needed to assist with the casino table-game legislation and budget issues as minority chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.