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October 2016

Students taking care of Pottstown

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 The Hill School freshman, Michael Eze, age 15, Coatesville, dumps mulch in the garden at the Mosaic Community Garden on Chestnut Street in Pottstown. The annual Pottstown CARES day was held on Friday and included volunteers from The Hill School, Pottstown High School and Montgomery County Community College. Pottstown CARES, 615 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, 10/28/2016, Special to the Reading Eagle, Sandi Yanisko

The Hill School freshman, Michael Eze, age 15, Coatesville, dumps mulch in the garden at the Mosaic Community Garden on Chestnut Street in Pottstown. The annual Pottstown CARES day was held on Friday and included volunteers from The Hill School, Pottstown High School and Montgomery County Community College. Pottstown CARES, 615 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, 10/28/2016, Special to the Reading Eagle, Sandi Yanisko

 

 

 

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:01 AM

Hundreds of volunteers took to the streets of Pottstown on Friday to help beautify the town they call home.

The Fourth annual Pottstown CARES fall cleanup drew about 700 volunteers from The Hill School, Pottstown School District, Montgomery County Community College and other entities to work on a variety of projects.A person couldn’t take more than a few steps in the downtown Friday morning without seeing a host of volunteers in orange vests raking leaves and doing other chores.

 
All 522 Hill School students, in addition to faculty and staff members, participated in the cleanup.”This is my town, this is my home,” said Dave Wolters, a Hill School teacher who was collecting leaves near Chestnut and Warren streets. “So many people know about the Hill, but they don’t know us.””It’s nice to help clean up the city we’re in, whether it’s the whole year or just the school year,” added Sophia Manganiello, a junior at The Hill School who was cleaning up the area outside borough hall at High and York streets.
 
“It’s fun to be out here and help make it look a little better.”In addition to the leaf raking, volunteers also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to renovate a house at 430 Walnut St., repainted the borough’s Bike Share racks on High Street and trimmed bushes outside the YWCA on King Street.While the idea of raking leaves on a cool Friday morning might not be the most exciting activity for high school students, the Hill students seemed to embrace the task.
 
“I think they’re enthusiastic, and they understand why they’re doing this,” said Cathy Skitko, a Hill School spokeswoman.She noted that student leaders helped get the point across to students regarding the importance of the work they were doing. They estimated that 700 volunteers working one day have the same impact one borough employee would have working every day for a year.”People that age are big on volunteerism, so it’s not hard to get them going,” added Wolters.
 
 
“It really isn’t.”Manganiello said that after students began to see the effect their work had on the community and hear the appreciation from residents, the effort was something they could more easily invest in.”I think the first year everyone was hesitant about it,” she said. “After that, we don’t mind doing it.”The Pottstown CARES program began in 2013. CARES stands for community, awareness, responsibility, empowerment, and sustainability. This year, the group was joined by representatives from the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce and others from Lowe’s, which contributed tools or the cleanup.
 
 
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Pottstown’s Marvin Pearson gets surprise of his life at Ellen Show

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Pottstown High School’s Marvin Pearson has defied the odds all his life.
Now his story is getting national exposure.
Pearson, blind since the age of 10, was a featured guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday afternoon, and received a surprise of a lifetime from the host.
The Pottstown native was given $10,000 toward his future education at either Temple University or Kutztown University and will be flown to New Orleans as a VIP Guest of the New Orleans Saints, where he’ll get to meet childhood icon and quarterback Drew Brees.
The visibly excited Pearson has caught onto the national media spotlight after he scored his first-ever varsity touchdown in the Trojans’ 48-8 loss to Pottsgrove three weeks ago. Since then, Pearson has been featured on Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” program, WFMZ-69 News and CBS3 Eyewitness News.
Pearson started going blind in second grade and fully lost his vision nearly two years later. He is also deaf, but wears a high-powered cochlear implant. He attended the Overbrook School for the Blind the past three years before he was given an opportunity to attend his home school his senior year.
He took it. Now he continues to make memories.

 

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10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Move To This One New Jersey City

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10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Move To This One New Jersey City

There are so many amazing cities in New Jersey that singling one out seems almost impossible, but the statistics speak for themselves. Of course, there are some towns that are better for families (Boonton, Chatham), some that are ideal for millennials (Hoboken, Montclair) and others which are havens for foodies (Cape May, Jersey City), but Cherry Hill (population 71,045) has something for everyone. Here are 10 reasons to pack your bags and move to Cherry Hill, New Jersey:

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North Coventry Mall in Pottstown

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North Coventry Mall in Pottstown face-lift plans

NORTH COVENTRY >> Coventry Mall developers came before the North Coventry Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to discuss ideas for the building’s face-lift.

Officials from Pennmark Management Co. of Plymouth Meeting presented a plan calling for the installation of a new entrance to the 49-year-old mall and a new department store, which would create the building’s fourth anchor.

The new department store, according to illustrations presented at Tuesday’s public meeting obtained by Digital First Media, show a Gabe’s department store will open where the Sears department store once stood. It’s unclear what other retailers will open between Gabe’s and the TGI Fridays restaurant.

Gabe’s would rent half of the 120,000-square-foot Sears store space but there would not be a direct connection to the mall from the store, according to Township Manager Kevin Hennessey. Instead, part of that store would be demolished to create a new outside entrance that creates a more visually appealing aesthetic.

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“What they’re looking to do is just reconfigure that area slightly — put in a courtyard with a fountain, make the entrance appealing,” he said. “And also reverse some of the stores between the Sears and TGI Fridays. Today it’s a stark wall with metal back doors to enter the facilities. There would be windows, canopies and an entrance from the courtyard.”

Pennmark officials gave the presentation in order to schedule a meeting with township staff so that both sides can review the specific plans together. The goal is to determine how much work can be done on the mall by obtaining building and demolition permits and what may require going through the land development process.

“It’s always helpful when you can sit down and discuss something on both sides and get feedback from both sides as to how to proceed,” Hennessey said. “We’re trying to expedite the process for them but they certainly still have to dot their i’s and cross their t’s.”

The consensus from the board was very favorable, he added.

“We’re very glad they are as interested in trying to revitalize the mall as they are,” Hennessey said. “The mall has been a main commercial area for the township for years. It has come on some harder times with new developments in the area but we do think it can be a very viable shopping area in the future.”

Pennmark purchased the mall in April to breathe some life into the building, which in recent years has experienced a loss of retailers and shoppers.

Pennmark CEO Donald Cafiero said previously the company’s primary goal was to increase the number of people who come to Coventry Mall and to fill vacancies with retailers, restaurants and other businesses that fit the mall and the needs of the community.

Pennmark purchased the mall from U.S. Bank National Association, which had acquired the property at auction in 2013 for $49.5 million.

“When you have a property that has gone through a bankruptcy it starts a negative series of events. We’re here to stop the negative and start the turnaround process,” he said.

 

 

 

Business editor Donna Rovins contributed to this report.

http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20161012/north-coventry-supervisors-review-coventry-mall-face-lift-plans

 

 

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