Thursday, May 16, 2013
The final vote on the budget will occur in June.
At least one Souderton Area School Board member didn’t like the 1.14 percent tax increase, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the district’s proposed final budget for the 2013-14 school year from passing Wednesday. The Reporter published that the school board voted 8-1 to approve the proposed final budget with the tax increase. Donna Scheuren was the dissenting vote. The school board preliminary planned to pass a 2 percent tax hike, according to the article. A vote on the final budget will occur in June. Read more at this link.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Reliance Crossings boasts 56 garden apartments in 10 buildings, according to a report.
A 56-unit apartment development called Reliance Crossing received preliminary approval from Souderton Borough Council this week, reports The Souderton Independent. The 4-acre development site is at Reliance Road and Second Street. Proposed in the development are 10 three-story-tall buildings housing a total of 56 garden apartments, according to the article. Plans also show 96 parking spaces in the site and 13 spaces on Second Street. Read more at this link.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The arts and music venue opened in the old PEAK Center location on West Main Street in Lansdale in April. It is owned by Rocky Dean and Cathy Griffo, owners of The Attic secondhand store on the same block.
While Lansdale Borough works toward reviving a former arts center at 311 W. Main St., an arts and music revival is already underway next door at the former PEAK Center location. The Griffo family has pressed play on the Lansdale Music Factory at 315 W. Main St. and, so far, what it offers is music to the public's ears. A stroll through the doors at Lansdale Music Factory—located between 311 W. Main St. and the Dresher Arcade—shows off everything for the local music fan: an agenda of upcoming concerts, a room stuffed with vinyl and CDs, and a stage with cafe. Even the hallway leading from the lobby to the theater is lined with vinyl. Unfortunately, the vintage 1983 Atari "Star Wars" arcade coin-op in the back is not working right now. …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The 23rd Annual Victim Services Candlelight Vigil was held on Tuesday at the Plymouth Township building, honoring fallen Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox, his colleagues and homicide victims. Spencer Kauffman, grandfather of Skylar, spoke that night.
Hundreds of family members and friends of homicide victims filled the seats of the Plymouth Township auditorium during Tuesday night's Victim Services of Montgomery County Candlelight Vigil, while law enforcement officials lined the perimeter of the room, many in honor of fallen Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox. More than 200 people attended the 23rd vigil, organized “in loving memory of all the fallen officers and victims of homicide in Montgomery County,” according to the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc. Skylar Kauffman’s grandfather, Spencer, spoke about things he loved to do with his only grandchild – taking her to dance class, going to the mall, playing house – before she was brutally killed in 2011 in her…
Monday, April 22, 2013
It's not Ghostbusters' Ecto-1, but it'll do.
There was no Gozer, or Vigo, or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at County Line Plaza in Hilltown Township, on the border with Souderton Borough, Saturday afternoon. There was no Venkman, Egon, Winston or Ray—or Slimer—either. There was, however, a tribute to that famous Ghostbusters vehicle. While it wasn't the Ecto-1 (a Futura Ambulance/Hearse Combination mounted on a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Professional chassis), it'll do. This VW Golf has been converted into the best Ecto-1 that it can be by RadioShack employee Tara Krause. Krause also kind of resembles Ghostbusters secretary Janine Melnitz with her black-framed glasses and red hair. What do you think of Krause's dedication to a favorite film? Have you seen the Ecto-2 around town? Follow …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Souderton Area High School's SAVE group held an electronics recycling event Saturday at Indian Valley Middle School.
Souderton Area High School's SAVE service club—Students Against Violating the Earth—collected everything from clothing, books, old tires and car batteries to humidifiers, air conditioners, and scrap metal Saturday at Indian Valley Middle School. Oh, and tons and tons of electronics. The spring recycling event was another way that SAVE is having students promote the preservation of the environment and raise funds at the same time. Donations were accepted at the event. Students pay $15 in annual dues to belong to SAVE. The club is overseen by teachers Ken Hamilton and Ian Burley. Check out our photo gallery for some moments captured in the lens.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Souderton Borough Council viewed a conceptual plan for the redevelopment of the old school property. Phase One calls for a restaurant and 24 condos on the current parking lot.
Thursday, April 18
Hotel, restaurants, day care center, boutiques, condos—the concepts for the old Souderton Area High School property still have details to be ironed out. According to The Reporter, Souderton Borough Council saw concept plans for development of the 44-acre parcel, owned by Turnerville Estates, who has agreed to buy it for $6.9 million. At the meeting, TH Properties principal Tim Hendricks asked council if the borough is “headed down the right track.” Borough Manager Mike Coll said it was just a “preliminary vision.” Souderton Borough has already approved a variance for 24 condominiums and a restaurant on the parking lot property at School Lane and East Broad Street. This development would be the first phase. The school closed in 2009. Read …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Dennis Alesna, 31, allegedly vandalized the bookstore at Montgomery County Community College after items were refused for a refund.
Whitpain Township Police said a Souderton man allegedly pushed over a gift card rack and grabbed an employee at Montgomery County Community College's bookstore when he was refused a refund. Polcie said Dennis Alesna, 31, of the unit block of West Walnut Street, allegedly caused a disturbance around 12:52 p.m. Monday. Police were called to the bookstore, where they were told Alesna returned three items for a refund, police said. When two of the items were refused a refund, Alesna allegedly became enraged, grabbed his books and pushed over a circular gift card rack as he left the store, police said. About 10 minutes later, Alesna returned and continued to argue, police said. He then allegedly grabbed one of the employees, police said. The …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Montgomery County Health Department inspections for businesses such as Tex Mex Connection, Henning's Market, Caruso Brick Oven Trattoria, Earl Bowl and Indian Valley Country Club
The Montgomery County Health Department in January and February conducted inspections of food-service establishments in the North Penn and Indian Valley 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. North Wales Borough Lower Salford Township Souderton Borough Franconia Township Click here to read the January health inspection reports from Lansdale Borough. Click here for the health inspection reports from Montgomery Township. Click here for the health inspections reports for Upper Gwynedd, Towamencin and Hatfield. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter | Follow us on Facebook | Follow us @LansdalePatch| Follow us on Instagram | Check out our …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Andre Leon Wilson, 38, of Lower Providence, was released on his own recognizance, and faces felony theft and felony receiving stolen property charges. Wilson is accused of stealing a drunk bus from Hattrick's Bar in Hatfield Borough on Jan. 27
A Lower Providence man, accused of stealing the drunk bus from Hattrick's Bar in Hatfield Borough, was released on his own recognizance following a preliminary hearing in Souderton District Court Thursday, but still faces two felony charges at county arraignment on April 10. Andre Leon Wilson, 38, of the 4000 block of Cardin Place, faces charges of felony theft, felony receiving stolen property, misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle, and misdemeanor DUI, and driving with a suspended or revoked license, after police said he allegedly stole a van used by the bar for designated driving services. Wilson waived all but one charge to county arraignment, according to court records. A summary offense of driving without headlights at night was …