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Phoenixville Firebird Festival

December 8th, 2012

Phoenixville Firebird Festival 2012

Phoenixville Firebird Festival 2012

December 8th, 3:30 – 8:00pm

Phoenixville, PA — Every year in downtown Phoenixville they build a giant wooden bird and then set it on fire. The belly of the bird is filled with local artisans pottery creations. As the bird burns, the belly becomes a kiln.

The Phoenix holds an exalted place in the myths of many of the great world cultures.

The Egyptians called it the Bennu and depicted it as a heron with brilliant plumage and a feathered crest on its head. The Greeks called it by the name we use today; Phoenix, which means red, the color most associated with fire and with the sun, and described it as resembling something between an eagle and a peacock. Both the Egyptians and the Greeks believed that this fabulous bird lived in Heilopolis, The City of the Sun, and that at the end of its very long life – 500 to 1500 years – it builds its own pyre from incense and precious woods and is consumed in sacred fire. Out of the ashes springs the new phoenix thus symbolizing resurrection and renewal.

Council Rock Basketball Association

December 7th, 2012

Council Rock Basketball
P.O. Box 550
Richboro, PA 18954

CRBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q: When does the season start and end? A: It varies slightly by grade, but generally, intramural practices begin in Mid-November, games begin the first weekend in December, and the league ends in Mid-March. (Travel is different and varies considerably by age group.)
  • Q: Where and when are the intramural games played?  They are played in the school gyms of the Council Rock School District. The following table shows the most likely game day by age group.
Age Group  Game Day
2nd Grade Sunday
Boys 3rd Saturday
Boys 4th Saturday
Boys 5th Saturday
Boys 6th Saturday
Boys 7th Sunday
Boys 8th Saturday
Boys 9th Saturday
Boys 10th Saturday plus some weeknights
Boys 11th-12th Sunday plus some weeknights
Girls 3rd-4th Sunday
Girls 5th-6th Saturday
Girls 7th-8th Sunday
Girls HS Saturday
  • Q: When is practice? My daughter has religious instruction class and cannot attend on Wednesdays.  A: Practice nights are a single weeknight, and they vary by team. You can designate one (and only one) weeknight when your son/daughter will be unable to practice.
  • Q: I signed my son/daughter for travel. What happens if he/she isn’t selected?  In that case, she/he will be assigned to an intramural team, and your travel payment will be refunded (if payment was made on-line) or shredded (if by check).
  • Q: I need to withdraw my child from the league. I told the coach before the first game, but now you say I cannot get a refund. Why? When players withdraw once the teams have been formed, it creates huge problems for us as a league. While it may be unavoidable at times, it is fundamentally unfair to the coach and the other players on the team. Our main goal is to make sure that teams are balanced in terms of numbers of players as well as skills. When players withdraw after we draft or form the teams, it means that (1) a spot that could have been given to another player has not been filled because we closed down registration once our maximum number for that age group was reached; (2) the competitive balance of the teams has been affected; and, (3) we have probably incurred costs for credit card processing and registration site fees. Also, gym fees and referee fees are not reduced just because that team has one fewer player.
  • Q: When completing the online registration, it charges you $280 for travel. Is that correct?  A: The overall fee for the kids who play travel is $280. The uniform alone is over $80, and we are generally playing in more than one league now, which has higher league fees than Suburban or NESAC alone. Last year we had to go back and assess an additional fee to break even. If the player is not selected for travel and plays intramural, the travel premium is refunded.
  • Q: What is your policy on “student coaches?”  A: We encourage players who have come up through the CRBA system to “give back” to the program by volunteering their time. As a general rule, coaches must be in at least tenth grade, be active participants in our program (as players), and they should be willing to coach in an age group at least four years younger than their own. The approval of the board is necessary, and is given on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the program. Students wishing to volunteer should download this form and mail it to us at CRBA, PO Box 550, Richboro, PA 18954.
  • Q: My son is in second grade and last year he absolutely destroyed all of the other first graders on my driveway court. I think he will be very bored at the lack of a challenge in your second grade program. Do you have an “under 40 pound” travel team? I want to establish a proper foundation for his inevitable NBA career. A: Okay, take a deep breath. We have never heard a second grader complain about the lack of a challenge when he is one of the better players in his league, as a matter of fact, most of them enjoy it. It’s the parents who fret about the lack of expert competition. We would strongly encourage you to let him enjoy 2nd and 3rd grade instructional play and then, if he is still a “superstar,” he can try out for travel at the start of the 4th grade year.
  • Q: My son is in sixth grade, and he is very talented. I would like him to play on a seventh grade intramural team. Can this be arranged? A: In terms of your son “playing up” into the next higher grade, we used to allow that and it was not a success. We believe that our players have more fun if they play with kids from their own grade. We have found that it pays to recognize that this is a social, as well as athletic, experience. If he is especially talented, he might want to try out for travel. The travel program is the one area in which we allow players to “play up,” so a sixth grader is permitted to try out for our seventh grade travel team.

Delaware Valley Wellness Network

December 6th, 2012

General Contractors And Home Improvements

December 5th, 2012

Endless Mountain Fieldstone Supply
Staley Electric Supply
Knock on Wood Construction – Decks in the Lehigh Valley
Brandywine Woodworks
Chimney Waterproofing and Repairs by McNamara
McNamara Masonry Restoration
Advertise Bathroom Remodeling – Bathtub and Tile Reglazing, Kitchen Refinishing
Anthony Corrado Homes, Inc.
GBR Construction – General Contractors and Construction Management
Sweetwater Deck, Inc. – Knoxville, TN
Basement Egress Systems – Southeastern PA
Pavescaper – Hardscaping, Landscaping and Paving Contractors
Rolling Ridge Deck Company – Deck Builders in Colorado
Decks-R-Us Elite, LLC – Deck Builders Lehigh Valley PA
Advertise Construction – Philadelphia Residential and Commercial General Contractors
Sawdust, LTD – Decks and Pergolas Tulsa OK
Deck Designs – Colorado Deck Builders

Commercial Clearwater Company – Swimming Pool Water Quality Control
Back To Nature – Decks, Porches, Patios
Advertise Real Estate in Montgomery County

Greater Philadelphia Real Estate Guide

December 4th, 2012


Occupy Philadelphia Events for the Week

December 1st, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Occupy Philly movement posts their calender for November 2 – 9, 2012:

Sunday December 2nd, 3pm – Strike Debt Philly! Meeting – Wooden Shoe Books – 704 South St – Strike Debt Philly is a local chapter of a growing movement to confront and resist all forms of debt. For more information on Strike Debt and to download a copy of the Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual, visit: You can join our email list at and our Facebook page at Please join us at one of our weekly meetings, and be on the lookout for upcoming teach-ins, debtors assemblies and other street actions!

Please join us for our second, monthly Interfaith Working Group support group and potluck supper in West Philly (191434) from 6-8 PM. Contact Amy at for full details. Please bring some good, simple vegetarian food to share. We will be meeting regularly on the first Sunday of the month to share a simple meal, to share whats on our hearts, as well as any projects we are doing. Prayers, songs and short scripture readings may also be shared as the spirit moves. We remain open to the possibility that projects may arise in the future that we may all want to collaborate on.

Monday December 3rd, 6:30pm – Friends Center – 1501 Cherry St – Movie Mondays hosted by the Envision Peace Museum. Movies will the first Monday of Each month from October – December. The last film in the series will the short film “The Story of Stuff”, followed by the feature film “Affluenza”. This feature length documentary explores the high social costs of materialism and overconsumption

It’s on! The DEBATE is on! Mon., 12/3, 6 pm Temple University Gladfelter Hall (11th & Berks), Room 107. Free Admission to a debate between Dr. Anthony Monteiro and Attorney Michael Coard on the topics of “President Obama: Sell-Out, Savior, Neither, or Both?” and “Real Social Change: Through Revolution or Reform?” Check out the Radio Courtroom show on Wednesday AND Sunday at noon on WURD 900-AM for details. (Sponsored by ATAC 215-552-8751)

Tuesday, December 4th: Tools and Analytics for Understanding Usage of Your Website – As 2012 comes to a close, why not take stock of who’s visiting your website, and learn to track — and respond to — your website usage in 2013? Our next Philly Net Tuesday will focus on helping you do just that. We’ll gather at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, on Net Tuesday, December 4. Join us for light refreshments and networking at 6:00P, and the program will begin at 6:20. Can’t make it to downtown Philly? Watch the live Internet stream at, and share your comments and questions via Twitter with the hashtag #phlnet2. Your website and Google are the first stop your stakeholders make to find out about, contribute to, or get involved with your organization or cause. Learn how to understand what drives visitors to your website, what keeps them there, how much you’re drawing from social media, and what inspires them to transform their involvement from “passive bystander” to volunteer, donor, or outspoken advocate.
Nathan Gasser and Andrew Sather will lead a discussion and hands-on demonstration of Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools — two free, complimentary services that help organizations learn more about their visitors, boost their online visibility, and gain insights about how they can improve the user experience. We’ll dig into what both tools have to offer your nonprofit, how you can start using them right away, and what to do with the data once you’ve collected it. (We’ll also touch upon some tools from non-Google sources.) This session will respond to the needs of the group. Whether you’re coming from a marketing/outreach angle or a technical perspective, and whether you’ve never heard of these tools before or have been using them for years. Important: We’re looking for websites for special attention. If you have a website with Google Analytics installed for more than a year, we want your help (and to help you!). We’re seeking a volunteer willing to open up their Google Analytics account to the crowd and to our presenters during Net Tuesday. We’ll analyze how visitors use your site and suggest ideas to improve usability, accomplish your online goals, and get to know your users a little better. If interested, please fill in this form. RSVP’s via Meetup or Facebook are appreciated for planning purposes, but not required. Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

Thursday December 6th, 7pm – Wooden Shoe Books – 704 South St – At its core, Spit and Passion is about the transformative moment when music crashes into a stifling adolescent bedroom and saves you. Suddenly, you belong. At twelve years old, Cristy C. Road is struggling to balance tradition in a Cuban Catholic family with her newfound queer identity, and begins a chronic obsession with the punk band Green Day. In this stunning graphic biography, Road renders the clash between her rich inner world of fantasy and the numbing suburban conformity she is surrounded by. She finds solace in the closet—where she lets her deep excitement about punk rock foment, and finds in that angst and euphoria a path to self-acceptance. -Cristy C. Road is a young Cuban American artist and writer from Miami; she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has reached cult status for work that captures the beauty of the imperfect.

Friday December 7th, 7pm – Wooden Shoe Books – 704 South St – How do we develop and evaluate effective tactics and sound strategies? Effective tactics are essential to any organizing effort. As part of sound strategies, they make goals attainable. During this presentation, we’ll explore how effectics tactics and sound strategies are formed systematically. We’ll also explore the importance of context in forming theories and plans. The presentation will conclude with the introduction of a project that is likely to change the way organizing is done in Philly and perhaps beyond. Presented by local autonomist organizer Lucid Strike.

Events listed here include Occupy Philly related events as well as other social justice events. For more updates be sure to check the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page at Your support is greatly appreciated!

Homeless Memorial Day In Philly

November 30th, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
4:30pm until 5:30pm

Municipal Services Building / City Hall
1401 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

A day to remember homeless friends that have died in 2012.

FaceBook Event: Homeless Memorial Day

Scheme to Steal Public Assistance Benefits

November 29th, 2012

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — Agents from the Attorney General’s Public Corruption Unit have arrested a former employee from a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) office in Philadelphia who is accused of orchestrating a scheme to steal more than $330,000 in public assistance payments.

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Kyshima D. Montgomery, 23, of 2934 North Judson St., Philadelphia.

Kelly said that evidence and testimony concerning the theft of state welfare benefits was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the charges that were filed today. Kelly also noted this is an active and ongoing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated.

“This is a disturbing scheme to corrupt the public assistance system for personal gain by diverting massive amounts of taxpayer funds from their intended purpose, aiding Pennsylvania residents who are struggling to feed and support their families,” Kelly said.

According to the grand jury, Montgomery used her position as a clerk at the DPW’s Philadelphia County West District Office to place tens-of-thousands of dollars in additional cash benefits into the accounts of numerous friends, associates and other individuals, without proper authorization.

Kelly said that most of the extra payments were in the form of “One Time Issuances,” which are intended to assist recipients with additional expenses, such as job training, books or fees. Montgomery allegedly transferred these additional funds into the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts of the targeted individuals, allowing the money to be withdrawn with an EBT card, which functions much like a bank debit card.

The grand jury found that Montgomery withdrew the majority of the extra funds for her own use before turning the EBT cards over to the other participants in this scheme. Many of the co-conspirators understood they were receiving additional benefits, often improperly – typically several hundred dollars in extra funds – but most were not aware that Montgomery was allegedly using their accounts to funnel thousands of dollars to herself.

Kelly said that between December 2010 and May 2011, Montgomery allegedly made $235,648 in unauthorized payments to various EBT accounts, much of which was withdrawn as cash using various ATM’s and bank branches in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Montgomery is accused of transferring an additional $104,310 to other EBT accounts, but those funds were frozen by the Department of Public Welfare before the money could be withdrawn.

Montgomery is charged with 17 counts of theft by deception, one count of criminal attempted theft by deception, 18 counts of criminal use of a communications facility, 18 counts of unlawful use of a computer and 14 counts of criminal conspiracy, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Montgomery is also charged with one count of theft by deception and one count of criminal conspiracy, both first-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines.

Montgomery will be prosecuted in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas by Senior Deputy Attorney General E. Marc Costanzo of the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section.

Kelly noted this arrest involving the theft of DPW benefits in Philadelphia comes only weeks after agents from the Attorney General’s Office arrested two former caseworkers from Delaware County who were charged with stealing nearly $300,000 in a similar public assistance fraud scheme.

Kelly thanked the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General for their cooperation and assistance with these continuing investigations.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Operation Blowout

November 28th, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Attorney General Linda Kelly, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler held a news conference at the Attorney General’s Philadelphia office, 7801 Essington Ave.

The purpose of the news conference was to announce a series of arrests in “Operation Blowout,” a joint investigation that identified 27 individuals allegedly linked to a $3.5 million methamphetamine trafficking organization that stretched from the Philadelphia and suburban counties into the Lehigh Valley, and as far north as Tioga and Lycoming counties, in north-central Pennsylvania.

Seized drugs, weapons, cash and other items, along with photos of the defendants, was on display at the news conference.

Keeping Tax Revenues Local — Bucks County Bank

November 28th, 2012

Bucks County, Pennsylvania
December 5, 7:00-9:00pm
Keeping Tax Revenues Local — Bucks County Bank

The David Library, located on the River Road in Washington Crossing just north of Route 532 seats about 125 people; those interested are asked to reserve a seat by calling Christina Civelito at 215/946-1945, or by sending an email to .