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June 7, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it cited Heraeus Materials Technology L.L.C. for exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead and silver metal, among other violations, at the company's West Conshohocken facility. OSHA initiated an inspection in December 2011 after being alerted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health of a possible exposure. Proposed penalties total $45,265, OSHA said. Based in Hanau, Germany, Heraeus produces conductive pastes at the West Conshohocken facility containing precious and other metals that are used to make circuit boards.
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March 29, 1990 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
Casting aside all modesty, West Conshohocken is joining the ranks of communities proud to blow their own horn. It's been done in New Jersey; Virginia, too. Now, West Conshohocken is gearing up for a massive marketing campaign that will spread the word near and far about the advantages of living and working in West Conshohocken. With $60,000 it expects in a state grant, West Conshohocken will begin to "correct" the misperception that it is still an old mill town without much to offer corporate heavyweights that are looking to locate in the Philadelphia suburbs, according to John F. Nugent 3d, a development consultant who submitted West Conshohocken's application for the money.
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August 13, 2010 | By Robert Moran and Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Montgomery County man trying to fight a house fire with a garden hose Thursday morning was flown to Temple University Hospital with burns on his back and arm, police said. Jason Freas, 27, was dragged out of his corner twin house on Front Street in West Conshohocken after the blaze was reported at 7:15 a.m., said Michael J. Sinclair, the borough's police chief. About that time, retired Conshohocken Fire Chief Robert Phipps happened to be driving by when he saw flames in the rear of the second floor.
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September 19, 1987 | By Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer John S. Trinsey Jr. has never taken no for an answer, and he says he won't start now. He unveiled his latest scheme this week: to buy the entire borough of West Conshohocken and create a new borough, the "corporate capital of the world. " Trinsey's vision of what he calls a "supermunicipality" has already sparked responses - almost all negative - from residents and borough officials. Yet he says he is forging ahead with plans to buy each of the 540 houses and 25 businesses in the square-mile borough, and replace them with 16 office buildings each 40 to 60 stories high, and townhouses, condominiums and apartments.
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December 6, 1987 | By Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the best of times and the worst of times for West Conshohocken. After 16 months of waiting, the small borough nestled along the Schuylkill again was linked with its big brother Conshohocken with the opening of the Matsonford Bridge 10 days ago. For the working-class community, the bridge - coupled with the multi- million-dollar commercial developments cropping up near the span - means progress and prosperity. But the revelry of the bridge opening and the anticipation of brighter economic times were overshadowed Monday when word quickly spread through the community that tragedy had struck one of its families.
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August 16, 1990 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
Senior citizens in West Conshohocken may be able to move out of houses they can no longer care for, but remain in the borough if plans for government- funded apartments are approved. The concept is in the very early stages, but borough and county officials say it is one they want to pursue. "I look at this as a real strong community issue," said Borough Council President Joseph Brigandi. "Some of our older people are trapped in their homes. It's the lowest rent they'll find, but they can't keep (their homes)
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August 2, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
There will be no ribbon-cutting ceremony, not even a speech, Wednesday afternoon when the state Department of Transportation plans to reopen Route 23 in West Conshohocken and Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County. Sometime before 5, crews will simply take down the barriers, letting the 15,500 daily drivers who have coped with yearlong detours stream through. "We don't want to keep it closed one minute more than we have to," said PennDot spokesman Eugene J. Blaum. The reopening is not being ballyhooed because the botheration is not over.
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November 1, 1992 | By Karen McAllister, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Whiskey Joe's bar in West Conshohocken invited the band Mass Confusion to perform last weekend, the night lived up to the band's name. By night's end, sinks and toilets had been ripped from the walls of the men's room, glass was broken and bar patrons had been dispersed by officers from six area police departments. After the incident early last Sunday, two people were charged with summary offenses and the bar manager was criticizing the response. "The police overreacted," said Michael McMullen, manager of the bar at 144 Moorehead Ave. "There was never a fight.
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January 6, 1994 | By Paul J. Lim, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The state Department of Community Affairs has announced a $110,000 grant to fund ongoing activities in the enterprise zone shared by Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. The gift is the latest in a series of grants that the state has awarded for the zone, which covers all of West Conshohocken and Conshohocken between Second Avenue and the Schuylkill. In April, the state awarded $1.5 million to help redevelop the riverfront commercial area. "We really do count on this money to help the zone out," said Borough Manager Charles Jacien.
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August 13, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Tandigm Health said Thursday that 65 primary care physicians in a group affilated with St. Mary Medical Center, in Langhorne, had joined its network, bringing the Tandigm total to 440. Tandigm, based in West Conshohocken, is a joint venture of affiliates of Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners. Its goal is to help primary doctors coordinate patient care in a bid to improve quality and reduce costs. hbrubaker@phillynews.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker  
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June 28, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Remember Y2K? Banks and governments worried the date-time software conversion at the start of the millennium would blow out the global computer network. After spending extra on upgrades - and driving survivalists to stockpile dried food and bottled water - the world moved forward, mostly unscathed. That's about what Hank Smith, boss at $6.5-billion-asset Haverford Trust Co. expects of "Brexit," Friday's vote by English voters to leave the European Union. (Their Scottish and Northern Irish partners in the United Kingdom voted to stay, raising the prospect of a U.K. breakup.)
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June 21, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Few aging towns in the region - perhaps the nation - have undergone a transformation akin to that of West Conshohocken, where housing developments and McMansions have changed the tiny borough. But since 1888, one constant in the Montgomery County borough has been the humble stone building with the red door on Bullock Street: St. Gertrude's Catholic Church. Although the church has been shut for two years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the borough have joined forces to ensure that the West Conshohocken institution will survive.
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May 24, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Arthur William Gerold, 92, costumer to a variety of performers, from Oscar winners to elephants, died on Friday, May 13, at Neshaminy Manor in Doylestown from complications of old age. Born in West New York, N.J., Mr. Gerold became the first general manager of the Lambertville Music Circus in the 1950s. In 1955, he joined the Van Horn Costume Co. of Philadelphia, one of the oldest theatrical costume providers in the world. Mr. Gerold went on to buy Van Horn in 1962 after it merged with the Brooks Uniform Co. The business moved to New York City, and he remained owner until 1981.
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May 17, 2016
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation , a nonprofit that uses hockey to help teach inner-city boys and girls how to succeed in the game of life, has named Paul Holmgren, president of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Paul Troy , a partner at the law firm of Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer L.L.P., to its board. Timothy J. Abell , president of Firstrust Bank , Conshohocken, has joined its board of directors. In 2007, Abell became the first nonfamily member named president of the bank.
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May 7, 2016
A motorist traveling on the Blue Route fired a gun at another man's car Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County, according to State Police. Shortly before 3 p.m., a man fired one shot at the victim's car, striking the front passenger door, while both vehicles were traveling north on Instate 476 in West Conshohocken. The target, described only as a 26-year-old man, was not hurt. Cpl. William Slayton told reporters that investigators believed the shooting was sparked by road rage.
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April 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Orthopedic-care provider Rothman Institute and Carlino Commercial Development have purchased an 88,000-square-foot office building at 510 Township Line Rd. in Blue Bell, where they plan $4.3 million in upgrades, the two said in a release on Thursday. The announcement follows the March 16 purchase of the property by a partnership sharing a West Conshohocken address with Carlino for $4.6 million, according to records filed with Montgomery County. Rothman and Carlino plan a "complete redevelopment" of the building, with the addition of a shared conference room, a fitness center, a WiFi lounge and other new amenities, according to the release.
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April 12, 2016
West Conshohocken police on Monday said that a 22-year-old man found unresponsive Sunday in a home on the 200 block of Moorehead Avenue died of a possible drug overdose. The victim, whose name was not released, was identified by police as a Cabrini College student. On Sunday, police found the victim on a couch in the living room. They immediately performed CPR, police said in a statement, and administered Naloxone, which is used to treat drug overdoses in emergencies. Police said the student remained unresponsive even after two ambulance companies arrived and tried to revive him as well.
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January 23, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Walter Fontanella, 83, and the love of his life, Tomasina Fontanella, 85, died 10 days apart after a happy 58-year marriage. The couple lived in Havertown for many years. Mr. Fontanella had long been ill with cancer when he died Saturday, Jan. 16, at Vitas Hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Fontanella's death in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was unexpected, the family said. It was perhaps fitting that they should exit almost together, since they were inseparable in life; they indulged in opera, art, and travel, and in their latter years took classes together at Villanova University.
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January 14, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
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.
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