July 18, 2016 |
The state Turnpike Commission has agreed to provide $66 million over the next eight years to help fund one of Montgomery County's largest transportation projects: expanding highway access through an interchange that could benefit Norristown. The interchange will give drivers access to the cashless tolls on and off both the Valley Forge and Norristown exits, two of the busiest in the state. The full project, part of the Lafayette Street Extension approved in 2014, has a price tag of $100 million.
February 12, 2016
IF YOU think growing up a short Pakistani Jewish kid on the Main Line might be a challenge, try running for a supposedly open congressional seat in Bucks County. This isn't an endorsement, because I don't do endorsements in suburban primaries. This is about Dean Malik, a lawyer who served two overseas tours in the Marines, who was raised Jewish by a Jewish mother from the Bronx and a Muslim father from Pakistan. He is raising his four children - two boys and two girls, ages 6 to 15 - Catholic, the faith of his wife, Jessica, also a former Marine.
January 14, 2016 |
State Rep. Mike Vereb, the former Montgomery County GOP chairman and current leader of a bipartisan commission on school-finance reform, will not seek reelection this year. "Harrisburg certainly has become like the Bickersons on steroids," Vereb said Tuesday. He will leave office at the end of his term, after a decade serving his northern Montgomery County district. "I felt proud to be a part of it, but . . . you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'Wow, it's time, isn't it?' " Vereb, 49, resigned as county chairman soon after the November election, in which Democrats swept the countywide races.
December 19, 2015 |
Montgomery County commissioners voted Thursday to begin design on a $200-million-plus addition to the county courthouse and renovation of court and office buildings in Norristown. Construction would be completed over the next decade, officials said, to address structural and security problems. It would also focus the county's campus on Norristown's Main Street and Hancock Square, a park outside the courthouse. Norristown officials praised the plan, and said it could attract additional visitors and economic development to the county seat.
October 10, 2015 |
After years of haggling to try to cut their losses on a failed redevelopment project, Montgomery County and Norristown officials believe they have extracted the best deal they can out of the bankrupt developer. They lent the project more than $25 million. They'll get back $800,000. It's a far cry from the optimism and fanfare of 2007, when developer Charles Gallub proposed a movie studio and shopping center to revive Logan Square and spark new investment in the long-struggling municipality.
August 6, 2015 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Every few years, a case shakes Centre County to its core and reverberates across the state: The still-unsolved disappearance of District Attorney Ray Gricar in 2005. The 2012 trial of Jerry Sandusky for child molestation at Pennsylvania State University. Now, it's a web of allegations including forgery by the current district attorney, improper relationships among judges and prosecutors, and conspiracy by the county's top elected officials. Battle lines have been drawn for nearly a year, and a grand jury report Friday clearing District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller of forgery has done little to ease tensions in the county seat of Bellefonte.
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.