Planning meeting this Tuesday for repair/clean-up day set for Oct. 25th

Brought to you by The Hill School and Evan Brandt’s Digital Notebook

Residents and business owners of the Borough of Pottstown have the opportunity to share suggestions and requests for targeted neighborhood property repairs and general “clean-up” needs during a community conversation to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in the Ricketts Center, 640 Beech St., Pottstown.

During this gathering, representatives from the Borough, the Pottstown School District, and The Hill School will begin planning a collaborative volunteer project that will involve teams of personnel and students from these three entities on Friday, Oct. 25.

The Project is focusing on the core redevelopment area bounded by High Street, north to Beech Street, then from Hanover Street east to Edgewood Street.

Dubbed the Pottstown CARES Project — with CARES representing Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability — this endeavor will utilize the efforts of The Hill School’s students, faculty, and staff; a dedicated group of Pottstown School District students and teachers; and a crew of Borough maintenance professionals.

Pottstown residents are encouraged to attend the meeting Tuesday evening to help organizers plan how to make a tangible impact on the borough on Oct. 25, both in terms of improved aesthetics and, ideally, heightened and sustainable Pottstown community spirit and commitment.

Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, please contact Assistant Borough Manager Erika Weekley at 610-970-6515 or eweekley@pottstown.org.

Montco Commissioners Give-and-Take with Pottstown Residents

This past Monday night Montgomery County Commissioners and the higher-ups in several County agencies were on hand at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown to talk about what they’ve done since taking office and to answer questions and hear residents’ concerns.

Evan Brandt’s article in yesterday’s Mercury provides a nice summary. Public employee pensions, the state of Route 422, the potential for gerrymandering, the ongoing challenges of revitalization, the concentration of social services and the people they serve, and the effects of the concentration of housing vouchers in Pottstown were all up for discussion. The Commissioners were well-prepared and promised to provide follow-up information to numerous citizens.

One of the brightest moments of the meeting came when Shanae Roberts, the President of the West Campus student body announced the figures for the amount of community service provided by the College over the past four years. It was encouraging to see a young person at the meeting, participating in the give-and-take of democracy! Ms. Roberts reported the following:

Between 2008-2012, MCCC has reached out to the community with 3,695 volunteers putting in more than 33,700 hours with 117 partnering opportunities. This amounted to over $100,529 in monetary donations. In 2012 the College had the highest number of volunteers to date with over 918 volunteers contributing 15,500 hours of service to 28 partner organizations, including the Norristown Police Athletic League, Olivet Boys and Girls Club, Miller Keystone & American Red Cross Blood Drives, and Project Linues. An estimated $38,300 in monetary donations was raised.

Not only is the West Campus proving to be an important revitalization partner as it rehabilitates and re-uses historic buildings in town, but there is also a strong culture of developing and sustaining connections in the community. Thanks to MCCC for hosting this meeting, which had a very strong turnout, perhaps an indication of a new core constituency that believes in a better Pottstown and is impatient for change.

MOSAIC looking for part-time Garden Manager

MOSAIC Community Land Trust in Pottstown is looking for a part-time manager for their community garden(s). See details below.  This is a GREAT position if you love working outdoors, working with people, and sharing your interest in healthy living with the larger community!

The deadline for applying is February 15, 2013.

Job Title: Community Garden Manager
Reports To: President of MOSAIC Community Land Trust and Garden Committee

Position Summary:
Working under the direction of Mosaic’s Community Garden Committee (Committee), the Manager will work with community members and community groups to organize and coordinate the operation of one and potentially two community gardens. The Manager will be responsible for the following:

 Ensure that the gardens are kept clean and pristine, and all garden beds are fully utilized
 Ensure that all gardeners are in good standing (rules and regulations from the operating manual are followed)
 Collect plot fees and develop policy for assignment of plots
 Facilitate new gardener orientations, work projects, and general garden meetings;
 Coordinate gardening education programs
 Provide mediation within the community garden group(s), if needed;
 Act as a liaison between community garden group(s) and the Committee;
 Collaborate with the Committee and the community gardeners to update the Community Garden Manual
 Manage construction projects and volunteer garden staff at the garden
 Provide regular communication to the gardeners, volunteers, community and garden committee;
 Take on other project-related duties as they arise.

Qualifications
• Strong commitment to community empowerment, social justice, and community food security
• Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities
• Experience in urban gardening/ farming
• Negotiation and problem solving skills
• Ability and desire to work outside
• Ability to work within a budget creatively
• Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and insurance; and a reliable vehicle

Hours
10-30 hours/week, flexible schedule with willingness to work evenings and weekends. This is a one year contract position. Contract extension will be partially based on available funding.
Salary and benefits
This is a half time position with no benefits. Salary from $12,000 to $15,000 depending on qualifications.
To Apply:
Interested persons should send a resume, three professional references, and cover letter including qualifications for this position to: David Jackson, Mosaic CLT President, at itsdl2u@yahoo.com or by mail to the address below by
February 15, 2013. For further information please see the Mosaic CLT website: www.pottstownclt.wordpress.com

Historic House Tours set for this Sunday afternoon in Pottstown

I don’t know how my mom and I are going to get to all these houses on Sunday, but we’re going to do our darnedest to make it happen.

The Historic Pottstown Neighborhood Association presents its Historic Pottstown by Candlelight tour tomorrow, December 9th from 1-6 pm. This tour has been organized in a big way, once again, by Sue & Bill Krause, some of Pottstown’s long-standing, extraordinary volunteers.

Tickets/brochures can be purchased ahead of time TODAY for $12 at Carter’s Locksmith Shop, 127 N. Hanover St., or Pottstown Florist at 300 High St. Otherwise, it will cost you $13 on the day of the tour TOMORROW and then you can only purchase a ticket at Carter’s.

DETAILS: There is a trolley to take you around to most of these buildings. When you get your ticket, you can get the full scoop. Note that there is a Victorian Tea held by the Doe Club at the Elks Lodge #814 at 61 E. High Street from noon-2pm only. Refreshments and lavatories are at Zion’s United Church of Christ at 100 N. Hanover St. (built in 1796). There will be a Live Nativity on the lawn next to Emmanuel Lutheran from 2:30-4:30, weather permitting.

Twenty – 20! – buildings are on this year’s tour. I’ve scanned part of the brochure (see below) so you can check out the buildings and descriptions here. (See above. You MUST have a ticket/brochure to enter any of these buildings tomorrow afternoon!) There are plenty of newcomers… just a few… the Alumni Chapel and Memorial Hall at the Hill School; The Highland House, recently purchased by Wyndcroft School; the former Dr. Porter house at 344 E. High Street; a home on Queen Street in the East End with original woodwork and hardwood floors, representing the beauty of so much of Pottstown’s brick twin housing stock and many, many more. And if that’s not enough, don’t forget about Pottstgrove Manor, the historic home of the founder of our dear town, John Potts…

According to the estimable Evan Brandt in this Mercury article, “From 2 to 8 p.m., Pottsgrove Manor’s annual “Twelfth Night” tours, which continue until Jan. 6, will be transformed into a “Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight” tour at the historic residence, 100 King St.

A donation of $2 is suggested for this event.

For this one-night-only event, costumed interpreters will portray colonial guests of John Potts, the ironmaster who founded Pottstown and built his mansion in 1752.

As visitors make their way through the house, they will hear the strains of music played on historical instruments, see English country dancing, catch a whiff of the delicious smells in the kitchen as historical cook, Deborah Peterson, prepares a colonial feast, play traditional tavern games, and enjoy the beauty of the mansion lit by candlelight and bedecked with greenery.

Next door to the mansion, in the Miller’s House, young visitors can make free colonial crafts to take home, and complimentary seasonal refreshments of hot spiced cider and cookies will be served.

Outside in the manor’s courtyard, visitors will be able to warm themselves by a bonfire (weather permitting) and enjoy historic carols sung by the Colonial Revelers singing group between 2 and 4 p.m.

Visitors are asked to park at the Carousel at Pottstown building, 30 West King Street; a shuttle will transport visitors to and from Pottsgrove Manor throughout the event. Handicapped parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.”

 

Pottsown’s Hanover Square opens new model home this weekend!

Stop by Hanover Square this Saturday, November 17th for a ribbon-cutting

and to see their new model home from 11 am-6 pm.

Hanover Square is at the corner of S. Hanover Street and South Street.

This is a GREAT housing option for those who want a well-priced, new home in Pottstown – within walking distance of the community college, Steel River Playhouse, ArtFusion 19464, and lots of great restaurants!

And mark your calendar now for the next Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour at Hanover Square’s Model Home on THURSDAY, December 13 from 5-7 pm.

Let’s continue to welcome Cornell Homes to the neighborhood!

Mark calendar now for 30th Annual South End Reunion

The 30th Annual South End Reunion will take place September 9, 2012 at Ringing Rocks Park Pavilion from 2-6 pm, rain or shine.

This year’s buffet will be provided by “Floss’s Kitchen,” directly from Holy Trinity Club in the South End (of Pottstown.) The buffet will be served beginning at 3:30 pm, and I bet it will include traditional Slovak fare like pierogies smothered in butter and onions… yum! The cost is $10 per person and includes the catered meal and drinks. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

If you’d like to volunteer, there are lots of opportunities. You could bring a dessert, help serve the meal or clean up later.

To order your tickets, send your name, address, phone number, and number attending with a check for the appropriate amount to:

Stanley Yuros
1155 South Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

Please reply by Friday, Aug. 31st!

LointerHOME offers modern Victorian office space in downtown Pottstown

If you’ve been admiring LointerHOME’s residential renovations in Pottstown over the past year, wait until you see what they’re offering in the way of office space. Not only have they restored the charm of the Victorian era  to 424 King Street, but they have tricked it out with features that any new or expanding business expects in a state-of-the-art office building.

Features like:

  • 12 private offices, including 2 executive offices
  • All new systems including
    • Brand new 4 zone gas-fed hydronic heating system and boiler
    • 200 amp electrical service
    • pre-wired for DSL
    • pre-wired with cat 5e in each space
  • New roof
  • 2 full conference rooms
  • 3 floors
  • Full reception with separate waiting area
  • Kitchenette
  • 2 elegant bathrooms
  • 1500 gallon fountain on street side
  • 8 parking spaces in rear of structure
  • partial central air
  • Available fully furnished

Even better, LointerHOME is offering this space for just $158,000 or for lease at $1,500/month. They are also able to negotiate a lease-purchase arrangement if that is what works for you and your business.

“This would be a perfect home for an active, everyday business,” said Amanda DeSeta, principal at LointerHOME. “I hope we can find the company that will have people coming and going all the time.”

424 King Street is in the traditional town neighborhood (TTN) zone of Pottstown. It is one block north of High Street, between Franklin and Washington Streets. It sits right next door to another LointerHOME residential renovation, now occupied.

You can see more photos at the LointerHOME website and get more details by contacting info@lointerhome.com. And, perhaps best of all, you can experience this space for yourself at the next Positively Pottstown Happy Hour – a Red-White-and-Blue Independence Day Bash – to be held at 424 King Street on Friday, July 6th from 5-7 pm. RSVP to positivelypottstown@gmail.com.

 

 

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