Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Part Three of a Four-Part Series: How budget cuts may impact the housing authority.
As Democrats point fingers to the Republicans and Republicans point fingers at the Democrats, the one thing not happening in Congress is the stoppage of sequester. As it stands, the impact of the changes will begin as early as midnight on Thursday. But how will this change impact those in Montgomery County? Another hard-hit department may be that of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Joel Johnson, executive director of the Montgomery County Housing Authority knows this fact all too well. Funded through the U.S. Department HUD, his department’s funding is in jeopardy with the fiscal year only half over. “We receive four monies from four pots,” said Johnson. “Depending on Congressional allocation, the amounts vary.” Two types of funding, …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Part Two of a Four-Part Series: How budget cuts may impact local senior citizens.
Another 24 hours is lost, and Congress has yet to agree on a plan that would stop sequestration. The automated budget cuts will deliver a hit to Montgomery County programs, including those designed to assist area senior citizens. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, House Speaker John Boehner said the cuts would be a product of Obama's "failed leadership." "Most Americans are just hearing about this Washington creation for the first time: the sequester," Boehner writes in his column. "What they might not realize from Mr. Obama's statements is that it is a product of the president's own failed leadership. There is nothing wrong with cutting spending that much -- we should be cutting even more -- but the sequester is an ugly and dangerous …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The First in a Four-Part Series:
Many of the county's programs will be hit by the federal government's potential budget cuts.
Congress is on the clock. If changes are not made by Thursday at midnight, those across the nation will be affected by sequestration. The automated budget cuts will deliver a hit to Montgomery County programs, affecting many in the area. "Unless Congress acts by March 1, a series of automatic cuts — called the sequester — will take effect that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform," said a release from the White House. The president has laid out his own plan for cutting the budget, but said that he is challenged in Congress. "Unfortunately, many Republicans in Congress refuse to ask the wealthy to pay a little more by …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Rough weather ahead for Montco.
It might be a good Friday night to stay in. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), at approximately 3:38 p.m. Friday, there is a Freezing Rain Advisory in affect for Montgomery County and surrounding areas. From 10 p.m. Friday evening to 8 a.m. Saturday morning, area residents are warned for icy and freezing conditions. A previously issued "Winter Weather Advisory" was cancelled. The advisory warns of trace ice accumulations as a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain or rain may become all freezing rain overnight. "Icing wil create hazardous conditions on roadways and sidewalks overnight into Saturday morning," said the advisory. Temperatures are slated to stay in the low 30s through the evening. The NWS warns that the weather …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Code Blue Cold Weather Declaration has been extended from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, through 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
Editor's note: the following information was provided by the Montgomery County Health Department. Norristown, PA (February 19, 2013) - The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have decided to extend the Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service. The Code Blue Declaration has been extended for Montgomery County for the period beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 until 9 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013. A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. A Code Blue is called when…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Two politicians from the county may face-off in a race for the state's seat.
Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, but with phrases like "80 percent sure" and "pragmatism and practicality" being floated around, it is possible that Montgomery County may be home to a hot race in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor's race. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor has not put a percentage on his desire to enter the race, but has said he is keeping a close eye on the current governor, Tom Corbett's actions in the second half of his term. "I'm not going to run just to make a splash. I want Pennsylvania to go down the right path," Castor said in an interview with Pennsylvania Cable Network, covered by Patch in January. "I want Pennsylvania to be a conservative state, but with pragmatism and practicality. I don't see …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The following 11 suspects are wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for Warrants in Child Support cases.
Do any of these faces look familiar to you? If so, you could assist the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. These 11 suspects are wanted on warrants extending from child support cases. They are each named (see the photo caption), along with their date of birth, last known town of residence and amount owed in back support. Those with information on these wanted individuals can submit an E-TIP (by clicking on the blue link) or call the Warrants Unit at 610-278-3340. Far more than just 11 are wanted in the county for similar warrants. The full list of those with outstanding Domestic Relations Bench Warrants can be found on the Sheriff's Office website here. You can also view the county's most wanted criminal warrants by clicking here. If you…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Prudential Fox & Roach compared statistics for 2012 to the three previous years.
Home sales in 2012 increased in Lower Merion and Narberth as well as in Montgomery County and southeastern Pennsylvania, according to a report from the real estate company Prudential Fox & Roach. The company's statistics show the following: The township saw 765 home sales last year, up 22 percent from the 627 sales in 2011. The figure also represented a 33 percent increase over the 574 sales of 2009. The median sale price ticked up, too, from $470,000 in 2011 to $497,000 in 2012. The borough had 55 sales in 2012, up 25 percent from 2011's 44 sales. Both figures still are well short of the 102 sales seen in 2009. Narberth's median home sale price increased year to year from $355,000 to $380,000. After two years of declines, MontCo saw a …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Winter conditions and freezing temperatures are expected through to next week in our area.
According to a release issued by Montgomery County, the Code Blue severe weather warning issued last week will continue through 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. A Code Blue indicates a combination of air temperature and wind chill is anticipated to be 20ºF or less. Friday's forecast for Lower Merion indicates that snow is likely, with a low of 21ºF. For more information and general cold weather information, check the Montgomery County Health Department website.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
A gallery of the county's most wanted criminals as released by the Sheriff's Department.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department has released information on the nine most wanted criminals in the county. The gallery shows photographs, along with the last known address of each individual and what crimes they are wanted for in the caption. Residents can submit an "e-tip" via this link or call 610-278-3340 to report any information about the whereabouts of any of the nine wanted persons. Those wanted for Domestic Relations active warrants can be found at this link. Anyone with additional questions, concerns or suggestions can contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's office at email@example.com.