Firefighters rescue dog trapped under concrete; Community policing is supported by the state; Phillies outscore Dodgers again
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Montgomery County trails are becoming increasingly popular, especially the Schuylkill River Trail. But with who ? An August 2020 study by the Montgomery Planning Commission found that the demographics of people using the trail do not always match the demographics of communities through which a trail passes. According to the study “Montgomery County Trail Access, Diversity and Awareness.”
The West Chester Fire Department responded to an unusual call Thursday night. A dog owner reported that his 2.5-year-old Jack Russell mix broke free from his pursuit of a groundhog under old concrete slabs in a wooded area of the 600 block of Tower Lane in the township from East Bradford. “Miss Chloe” had been pretty well wedged under the concrete slabs when the WCFD volunteers arrived, said West Chester Police and Fire Services Public Information Officer Dave March.
State Police lend a helping hand to Chester’s ‘Safe Streets’ initiative
Pennsylvania State Police troopers are helping the city bolster officer numbers in support of a “Safe Streets” initiative that Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer says is bringing the cops on the streets to better connect with the community. “We know from our own experience, as well as decades of research in cities across the country, that community policing makes a difference,” Stollsteimer said in a statement. “Putting officers out on the streets, out of their patrol cars, builds trust and is key to both preventing and solving crime. This office has been supporting the Chester Police Department by funding these details of ‘Operation Safe Streets’ for over a year. We are extremely grateful that the Pennsylvania State Police, at the request of (Chester City catcher Michael) Doweary, has agreed to partner with us by joining Operation Safe Streets and deploying soldiers to help to our community policing efforts in the city of Chester.
The Rolli family (Megan, Mike and one-year-old son Patrick), from West Norriton, have teamed up with Today is a Good Day to assemble and deliver care packages to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU ) from Einstein Medical Center Montgomery on May 12. Patrick was a patient in Einstein Montgomery’s NICU for seven days after his birth last year. While in NICU, the Rollis received a care package and support from Today is a Good Day and decided to pay for it by raising funds in honor of Patrick’s first birthday, so that they can donate Care Packages to other NICU families.
Harper, Phillies keep rolling with 8-3 win over Dodgers
Dodger Stadium has always been one of Bryce Harper’s favorite ballparks. The two-time NL MVP made his major league debut here in 2012 and he loves it too because he can see his family and friends commuting from Las Vegas. In the first three games of a weekend series, the Philadelphia Phillies slugger gave his family members and Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff a run they won’t soon forget . Harper homered for the third straight game Saturday night and finished with three hits in an 8-3 victory. It was part of a play-off in which the Phillies went deep four times and hit .500 (17-17) for the first time since April 13.
Union squanders lead, man advantage tied with Red Bulls
In terms of atmosphere and intensity, the clash of the two teams that entered the Eastern Conference first and second on Saturday lived up to the bill. Football, not so much, although that has become a given when the complementary styles of Union and New York Red Bulls go head-to-head. Daniel Gazdag put Union ahead two minutes into the second half, and they were close to continuing when Dylan Nealis received a second yellow card in the 55th minute. But a 65th-minute goal from Luquin earned the Red Bulls a 1-1 tie at Subaru Park on Saturday night.
McCaffery: It’s time for Sixers to freshen up with Joel Embiid selling cries
Joel Embiid is 28 and poised to be a ninth-year pro with unreliable knees, a few compromised orbital bones, a back that’s been bothering him since college, and a lot to talk about. He was the center who embraced the sellout that he was set to be the next Hakeem Olajuwon when he was just 20 years old. He was the early-career bully who enjoyed tormenting opposing centers, and in particular Andre Drummond, saying he had significant real estate in his head.
The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board celebrated tourism in Montgomery County this week with its sixth annual travel rally. A jazz band performs as part of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board’s annual Travel Rally on May 9. The agency announced a Montco Jazz Fest in September. The event, held Monday, May 9 at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, featured live music, costumed performers, a hot air balloon and adoptable animals, as the agency described the new and recurring. The annual event took place during National Travel and Tourism Week which this year was themed “The Future of Travel”. This theme was timely, as the travel and tourism industry continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.