November 1, 2015 |
A bubbling feud in the Montgomery County Republican Committee has burst to a full boil just days before the election, with county commissioner candidate Joe Gale accusing party leaders of sabotaging his campaign. State Rep. Mike Vereb, chairman of the county party, said Gale is "flat-out lying" and stepping on the party to boost his own antiestablishment brand. The volleys reflect the intra-party tension that has grown in recent months as Gale ran his "outsider" campaign. The GOP once had intended to run a joint ticket of two veteran township commissioners, Steve Tolbert Jr. of West Norriton and Scott Zelov of Lower Merion, in hope of wresting a majority back from the Democrats who control county government.
October 3, 2015 |
It was all about the shots Thursday morning as Montgomery County commissioners posed for the cameras while getting their influenza vaccinations during a public meeting. Public health officials have ramped up their flu-shot campaigns in recent years, seeking to boost community immunity to a virus that kills tens of thousands each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Montgomery County took a decidedly public, and humorous, tack in announcing its flu-shot clinics this year, having Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh - a doctor - administer the injections to her fellow board members.
July 6, 2015 |
'I've known this day was coming for months," Karen A. Stout lamented about packing up her office. "I don't know why I didn't do it earlier. " It was fitting that Stout, who is leaving the Montgomery County Community College presidency to lead a national advocacy group, left the tangible things for last. She had already wrapped up countless other loose ends - pilot projects, graduation rates, budgets, curricula, groundbreakings - that will remain visible on the campuses long after she's gone.
March 5, 2015 |
After years of flat or declining funding, Pennsylvania's state universities and community colleges were thrilled to see Gov. Wolf propose significant increases Tuesday. But there are strings attached to the governor's budget proposal: Wolf asked the colleges to freeze tuition for next year. "And I expect them to answer that call," Wolf said during his address. Under Wolf's proposal, the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education would receive an increase of $45.3 million, 11 percent, in funding for 2015-16, raising the total allocation to $458 million.
February 19, 2015 |
The longtime president of Montgomery County Community College is leaving to take on a national role in shaping community colleges, the school announced Tuesday night. Karen A. Stout, 54, who has led the college for 14 years, has been named president and CEO of Achieving the Dream Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to developing policies and practices that improve student success and broaden access to community college. She will take on the new post, which touches 200 community colleges and nearly four million students in 35 states, in July.
February 10, 2015 |
Anthony Caso has 15 years of experience in law enforcement, but no college degree. At 42, the East Norriton Township detective noticed that younger, better-educated officers were joining the force and his contemporaries were going back to school. Jean Cahill, 50, of Brookhaven, likes working with breast cancer patients at Delaware County Memorial Hospital as a licensed practical nurse, but where she wants to go requires a nursing degree. Mher Vartanian, 20, of Lansdale, dug "Disney College" in Orlando, where he learned management and communication skills, but hated to lose time toward his associate's degree.
November 21, 2014 |
Montgomery County's commissioners on Thursday presented a $371 million budget proposal for 2015 that would slightly cut expenditures while expanding services and holding the line on taxes. While overall spending would decline 2.5 percent, most of that comes from cuts at Parkhouse, the county nursing facility privatized early this year. The budget calls for an additional $1 million to the human services department, $818,000 more to Montgomery County Community College, and seven new adult-probation officers.
April 22, 2014 |
Alison R. Byerly saw on Twitter that a group of Lafayette College alums planned to gather at a Boston sports bar to watch the basketball team take on Bucknell. She had already been named president of the selective liberal arts college in Easton but was a few months away from taking the helm. Byerly, an English scholar, decided to show up unannounced. "I said, 'Hi, I'm Alison Byerly, the new president,' and I sat down and had a couple beers with them," she said. Then she tweeted about the meeting.
November 20, 2013 |
Authorities have arrested two Hazleton, Pa., men in an early morning robbery this month at a Blue Bell restaurant and bar. The incident led to Montgomery County Community College's being shut down for part of that day as police chased the suspects on college property. Tyrice E. Griffin, 41, and Juan Carlos Garcia, 20, were charged with eight counts of robbery and other offenses each, said Whitpain Township police and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. About 1:30 a.m. Nov. 4, police went to the Whitpain Tavern on DeKalb Pike after being alerted of a robbery in progress.