Grumpy’s and PHS Culinary Arts students to unveil new sandwich today!

Stop by Grumpy’s Hand-Carved Sandwich Shop at 137 East High Street anytime after 11 am TODAY, when the festivities will get underway to unveil a new sandwich created by the Pottstown High School winners of the Chopped competition.

The winning team of Hannah Irvin and Alyssa Vanish, shown here with Sheila and Gene Dugan, will be on hand with their classmates to celebrate and promote the culinary arts program at the high school.

Wednesday is still veggie day at Grumpy’s! Here’s the menu for today:

SOUPS: fava bean soup / chicken orzo
SANDWICH: roasted pepper and fresh mozzerella wrap
THE IRVANISH SPECIAL: Presented today for the first time!
SIDES: freeken salad, blackeyepeas with barley salad

Come out and meet the talented students of PHS Culinary Arts!



New dining & music venue to open in Pottstown

Courtesy of West End Alley
Courtesy of West End Alley

There’s a new kid in town…

West End Alley, a new dining and music venue at 107 East High Street, will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, April 27th! Business partners Ed Wysocki and Hattie Eckman invite the community to come out for a fantastic evening of live music, a DJ and a gourmet buffet. Doors open at 5pm. This event is open to the public and tickets ($20) will be sold at the door. Check out their Facebook page here.

West End Alley is a newly renovated event venue in the heart of Pottstown, across from Borough Hall. They offer full catering and affordable elegance both on and off premises. No event is too big or too small. Consider celebrating your special event, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or just a gathering of friends. DJ or live music available. The possibilities are endless.

Spring Concerts set at The Hill School

The Hill School will host its Spring Instrumental Concert on Friday, April 26 and the Spring Vocal Concert on Friday, May 3.

Both concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the Center For The Arts at 860 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

The Spring Instrumental Concert will feature performances by The Hill School Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

The Spring Vocal Concert will feature the Chorus, Chamber Choir, and Hilltones and Hilltrebles, the select all-male and all-female a cappella groups.

SCORE offers small business workshops


“How to Start and Operate a Small Business”
April 2013 and May 2013

How to Start and Operate a Small Business”Workshop sponsored by Victory Bank
Workshop Dates:Session I –   Monday, April 22 – 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Legal, Tax and Accounting considerations in

setting up a new business

Session II –  Monday, April 29 – 7:00 to 9:30 PM

The Business Plan and The Business Loan Representatives from the Victory Bank to help you in loan applications

Session III – Monday, May 6 – 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Marketing and sources of Market information

Session IV – Monday, May 13 – 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Its All About Profit – What are the results that you want to achieve in running your business

Instructors: Scott Cass;  Ralph Clemmer; Donald Havas; Laurie Kercher (Victory Bank); Jeff Kofsky; David Megay, Esq; Scott Rakowski, CPA and Carolyn Wiker – to speak on Sources of Information in Session I. 

Cost: Each workshop will cost $25. A manual for business plans cost $20. Special price of $100 is offered for the 4 courses plus the manual

Location:  All Workshops to be held at the Home Office of Pottstown SCORE, 244 East High Street, Suite 102, Pottstown, PA 19464, Easy access to the rear of old New York Plaza Building – 244 East High St. Free parking is available.  Registration begins at 6:45 PM each evening

 How to sign up:

      1.  Online at

Click on workshops in left column. Registration is located at bottom of screen

2.  Call office and leave a message at 610-327-2673

3.  Download brochure on internet at and drop off at office

Hurry and sign up today!

SCORE – What is it??
SCORE is an nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow, and succeed nationwide. It provides counseling on small business start-up procedures and on problems in existing small
businesses. Its services are confidential and FREE.
Pottstown SCORE is located at 244 East High Street, Suite 102 and covers the Tri-County area for counseling and educational workshops. We have many counselors who are experts in Business planning, Business strategies, Sales, Marketing, Management advice, computer technology advice, banking, finance, insurance and communications. 

SCORE meetings:What You Need to Know
The local SCORE meets the first Monday of each month at the SCORE office.  If you would like to help others in business you may call our office at 610-326-2673 to volunteer as a counselor.

Spaghetti dinner & jazz at Goodwill tonight

Pottstown School’s Music Association presents…

Jazz & Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Goodwill Fire Station
714 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

Adults: $8.00 each
Child (Under 10): $5.00 each
Child under 5 free

Music provided by
Elementary, Middle, and High School Jazz Bands

Proceeds benefit all music students.

Questions? Contact Debi Schiery 610-505-3077

Get discounted tickets to BECKY SHAW at Steel River TONIGHT!


After 28 events since October 2010, the Positively Pottstown Happy Hour is taking a break!

Wanna get happy one more time with your Pottstown peeps?

Meet at Steel River Playhouse on Friday, April 19th from 5-7 pm

for food by Grumpy’s, Company Cakes and The Milkman Lunch Co. and Cake Shoppe, fun, complimentary refreshments and networking, all for the same low suggested donation of $5.

Get $3 off tickets to the drama BECKY SHAW, on April 19th only!

Show begins at 8 pm! BECKY SHAW is a brisk, scathingly funny, and contemporary look at dating, marriage and the foibles of relationships. Now, that sounds like fun!

Get tix at the Happy Hour or online at

Type in Positively Pottstown for the Promotion Code.

 RSVP this minute to!

Happiness abounds at Steel River Playhouse

Hill School’s Erik Mortenson publishes award-winning poetry chapbook

Because April is “National Poetry Month,” Hill’s own  published, award-winning  poet Erik Mortenson is celebrating by sharing a poem a day with The Hill community, something he did last year and is continuing this year.

Courtesy of The Hill School
Courtesy of The Hill School

Erik recently published an award-winning chapbook, The Fifteenth Station (Accents Publishing.) All proceeds from the book will go toward supporting Rwandan women and children with HIV/AIDS.

The Hill’s website describes Erik’s poetry project and the inspiration for it in more detail here, but here are some snippets to whet your literary appetite:

“Mortenson has published a chapbook of poems that share the wrenching sadness, isolation, and physical suffering experienced by an impoverished young African woman with AIDS. The structure for the 15 poems, collectively titled The Fifteenth Station, mirrors the 14 Stations of the Cross that appear in Roman Catholic churches to commemorate the final hours of Jesus Christ.

“Mortenson – who writes as E.K. Mortenson – began conducting extensive research for this project in 2009, delving into religious imagery, medical reports from the World Health Service, and cultural background, all of which he synthesized into poems written in several different voices, primarily that of the woman with AIDS. Each poem (or “station”) advances and flows into the next….

“Late last summer, when The Fifteenth Station won the Judge’s Choice award in the Accents 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest, Mortenson donated his modest prize money to Partners in Health and pledged to also donate every penny of his chapbook sales profits. To his delight, his publisher, Accents Publishing, has agreed to match his prize money and contribute 50 percent of its own profits from the chapbook sales to Partners in Health.

“‘In the small poetry press world — where presses operate on, at best, a shoestring budget — this is virtually unheard of,’ Mortenson says. ‘This is a most gracious gift.’

“Furthermore, Zachary Lehman, Headmaster of The Hill School, promised to match Mortenson’s prize money on behalf of the School. His offer ties in well with the theme established for students for The Hill’s 2012-13 school year, “What can I do?”

“‘Although the contributions themselves are small, I am hoping to create a groundswell of concern,” Mortenson says. “The book is $5. That’s like, what? A large cup of coffee at Starbuck’s? Now half of that money will go to women and children who need it most.'”

Congratulations to Erik for getting his work published and using his poetry to educate and inspire compassion for others!

MOSAIC Community Garden opens for 2013 season

The MOSAIC Community Land Trust will host its first “work and play day” of the season on Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 12 at the garden, located at 423 Chestnut St.

The day is geared toward those who would like to have a plot to grow their own fresh vegetables.

The event will include a brief information session about what community gardens are about, as well as take applications for raised bed garden plots for the 2013 season.

There will be a wide range of free seeds and seedlings for garden plot owns to dig in and plant that day.

Plot owners pay a small annual fee to lease their plot and actively cultivate it throughout the entire growing season.

Individuals, families, community organizations, youth groups and local restaurants are all welcome to apply for a plot.

A second work and play day is also scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. if you can’t make the first.

Applications for a plot can also be found at the group’s web site: and can be mailed to MOSAIC Community Land Trust, 10 S. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

For more information, call Laura Washington, garden manager, at 484-300-2410 or e-mail her at

ArtFusion presents 7th annual Fashion Plates fundraiser next Saturday

Our seventh annual Fashion Plates fundraiser is almost here. Please join us on Saturday, April 20 at Brookside Country Club from 6-9pm.
All proceeds benefit non-profit FP7ArtFusion 19464 and help us live our mission of making the arts accessible to everyone in our community. Fashion Plates also serves a vital purpose in helping us keep our doors open, raising funds to meet our day to day expenses.This year’s theme is Fashion Notes, and the event will be an amazing fusion of food, historical fashion and live music.

  • Live music from jazz musician Adam Price   
  • Multimedia fashion event with vintage costumes
  • Edible Art silent auction

Tickets are $70 per person, or two for $120. Your ticket includes a fabulous dinner and yummy dessert, a chance to win fun door prizes and a great night of live music and fashion.

Click here to purchase
an individual ticket

Click here to purchase
two for $120.

ArtFusion 19464  254 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464

A huge thank you to our sponsors!
Heartland Abstract
S&H Interiorscapes
Dolan & Mayerson, PC  *  Judy Memberg, Genesis Housing

Final Curtain for Positively Pottstown Happy Hour!

After 28 events since October 2010, the Positively Pottstown Happy Hour is taking a break!

Wanna get happy one more time with your Pottstown peeps?

Meet at Steel River Playhouse on Friday, April 19th from 5-7 pm

for food, fun, complimentary refreshments and networking, all for same low suggested donation of $5.

Get $3 off tickets to the drama BECKY SHAW, on April 17th only!

Show begins at 8 pm! Becky Shaw is a brisk, scathingly funny, and contemporary look at dating, marriage and the foibles of relationships. Now, that sounds like fun!

Get tix at the Happy Hour or online at Type in Positively Pottstown for the Promotion Code.

 RSVP now to!

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