Friday, March 29, 2013
For some it's a holiday, but for state troopers, it is a time to gear up safety enforcement.
As many prepare for a long holiday weekend, the state's troopers are gearing up to keep the communities of Montgomery County safe. The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) have announced that the 2013 Easter holiday enforcement period will run from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. "During this time, extra efforts will be made to ensure citizens can safely travel along the Commonwealth’s highways given the increased volume of traffic associated with the holiday," said PSP media contact, Cpl. Gerard B. McShea. The Easter enforcement period can be a dangerous time in the area. In 2012, during the three-day Easter holiday enforcement period, the Pennsylvania State Police in Troop K, which covers highways in Philadelphia, Delaware and …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Health inspection reports done in December for East Norriton and West Norriton.
Wednesday, January 16
The Montgomery County Health Department in November conducted inspections of food-service establishments in the East and West Norriton area. Click each facility's name to see its Patch directory listing and click the date of its inspection to read the health department's report.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The "Aggressive Enforcement Unit" is a new partnership between police, county sheriff and detective departments, state troopers and the narcotics enforcement team.
Norristown Patch readers this past weekend reported seeing increased police presence and even noting the participation of Pennsylvania State Troopers and what appear to be undercover units in a number of recent police responses in Norristown. According to Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono, the show of force is all part of a new effort he has been working on with other county and state authorities. "[We] call it the 'Aggressive Enforcement Unit,'" said Chief Bono. Bono noted that the task force is made possible with "tremendous cooperation" from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, Montgomery County Sheriff Eileen Whalon Behr, the Montgomery County Detectives Unit, The Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), Pennsylvania State …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
E-ZPass trips will cost 2% more, cash trips 10% more.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced Friday, July 20, that it had approved toll increases for 2013. Starting Sunday, Jan. 6, drivers will see a 10% increase if paying cash, or 2% if paying through an E-ZPass account. The new rates are projected to bring in 3% more revenue and nudge drivers toward the E-ZPass system. Drivers paying electronically with E-ZPass will pay 25% less than those who pay in cash, up from 17% in 2012, and the annual fee will drop from $6 to $3 for noncommercial customers. "Implementing this toll increase generates the needed revenue to satisfy our annual transportation-funding obligation of $450 million to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while at the same time helping to boost enrollment in E-ZPass…
Monday, July 16, 2012
HB 2552 proposes that new revenue generated by the Valley Forge Casino and Resort be distributed to local parks and heritage sites and non-profits.
On Monday, July 16, the Montgomery County Commissioners, along with state Representatives Marcy Toepel (R-147), Mike Vereb (R-150) and Todd Stephens (R-151), held a press conference to reveal new legislation that would redistribute casino revenue from the county’s share assessment. If House Bill 2552 is passed, the casino would give 2% of its gross revenue back to the community – 75% of that will be going to maintenance and refurbishment services of parks and heritage sites, while the final 25% would be split evenly between local nonprofits Laurel House and Mission Kids. "An estimated $1.2 million will be generated. $900,000 to the parks and heritage sites, and $150,000 each to Mission Kids and Laurel House," explained Toepel. Currently, …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Shapiro, Richards join business and non-profit leaders in call to restore health and human services funding to state budget.
Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards joined State Representative Matt Bradford (D-70th) and non-profit and business representatives on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown on Thursday to denounce cuts to health and human services in the proposed Pennsylvania state budget for 2012-13. Referencing the recent controversy over Governor Tom Corbett's statement that Pennsylvania women who didn't want to see a pre-abortion ultrasound should "close their eyes," Shapiro claimed that Corbett had "closed his eyes" to the plight of "the most vulnerable [people] in Pennsylvania." "We're here to say to Governor Corbett and our friends in the legislature, open your eyes to the reality of what a 20 …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Over 2000 new trees will be planted in Norristown this year.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
From the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Just in time for spring, over 2,000 new trees will be planted in Norristown, thanks to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). To celebrate, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at MLK Park at East Oak Street between Arch and Violet streets on Monday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Join Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards, Norristown Municipal Councilwoman Linda Christian and representatives from PENNVEST and PHS. Norristown is one of five communities in our area to receive new trees as part of a program funded by a grant from PENNVEST, an independent state agency that provides funding for drinking water programs, storm water …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Division of Water Quality Management is hoping to better track possible drought conditions in our area.
The Montgomery County Health Department recently released the first findings from its groundwater-monitoring program. The program began in the summer of 2005 after a significant drought in the previous year made the health department realize they did not have enough information on groundwater in the county, said Kyle Schmeck, director of Water Quality Management. “The health department felt we didn’t have enough data, locally, to determine whether we, as a county, were experiencing low water resources,” Schmeck said. According to Schmeck, the program now monitors 19 wells in the county. He said none of the wells are being used and are not influenced by any major withdrawals that could affect the figures. Some of the towns in the program …