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Evan Brandt


Pottstown, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Evan:

Hearing on Pottstown homeless warming center pushed to March

“In the meantime, representatives of the borough, St. Paul’s and Pottstown Beacon of Hope will be meeting to discuss the borough concerns about the temporary warming center and other issues i… → Read More

Former Pottstown Mercury building is put up for sale

“We hope that we have advanced the hotel project far enough along to enable a focused buyer to take it across the finish line,” said April Mullock Barkasi, founder and CEO of Cedarville… → Read More

Two apply for Owen J. Roberts School Board vacancy

The two candidates will be interviewed publicly on Monday, Feb. 13. → Read More

OJR restricting bathroom use at the high school

“Apparently we’re seeing lots of disruptions in the classroom, kids asking to use the bathroom just as the teacher is trying to set up the day’s lesson.” → Read More

Methacton parents ask school board to pull books from libraries

“These are coming from national groups. You can watch them happen in waves across the country.” → Read More

Sen. Casey, Rep. Dean urge ATF to give update on Pottstown blast probe

"As recently as January 20, 2023, a local report quoted one resident as saying she was “terrified” and “afraid we are going to blow up” after recently smelling gas outside her home nearly every day for the past two weeks," the letter to ATF Director Steven M. Dettelbach reads. → Read More

New trail will connect Upper Pottsgrove park and housing development

The trail will shadow the driveway from North Hanover Street up the hill to the school and will make a convenient passage to safely get from the school to Hollenbach Park which has athletic fields used by the district, according to Pottsgrove Superintendent David Finnerty. → Read More

Unified bocce teams bring together Montgomery County high school athletes [Video]

Bocce is now a varsity sport in several schools, and a sport with a special twist. The Pottsgrove Bocce Falcons recently took to the court against the North Penn Bocce Knights. → Read More

Houlahan holds fourth ‘State of the Sixth’ in Phoenixville

Houlahan said she is a fan of pragmatism and she will work with any Republican, and has, to get things accomplished. → Read More

Police confirm investigation of locker room incident at OJR High School

“It’s not a teacher, it’s a student teacher, and there have been no arrests at this time,” said Trooper James T. Grothey. → Read More

Upper Frederick Supervisor resigns in wake of state ethics violation

A consent agreement reached between the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission and Tray requires him to reimburse the township $5,000, → Read More

Pottsgrove School board awards raises to 16 administrators

“Administrators who had not served at least 90 days in their role were not awarded raises.” → Read More

Crowd protests plans to use open space for Upper Pottsgrove township building

"My mind has been consumed with this issue for several weeks," Vice Chairwoman Cathy Paretti said at the end of the meeting. She said the August vote on the resolution to pursue the project at that site, which she opposed at the time, was premature "because we had done no outreach or communicated our plans to the public." → Read More

Local heroes honored by NAACP at Martin Luther King service in Pottstown

Honored were firefighter Mark Gibson, YWCA Tri-County Area CEO Stacey Woodland, Pottstown Pharmacy owner Nick Chigurupati and the Rev. Carter Lester and the Rev. Kerry Pidcock-Lester, who retired this summer after 28 years as co-pastors of First Presbyterian Church. → Read More

Pottstown's first King service focuses on economic injustice

“We have an epidemic we must address called homelessness,” → Read More

New Hanover Township wins latest Gibraltar Rock quarry appeal

"It is urgent now more than ever that a quarry never be built, as it would pump water from the ground, which is contaminated by about 20 different chemicals, some which are known carcinogens, into our environment," said Chris Mullaney. → Read More

Friel resigns from Owen J. Roberts School Board, replacement to be chosen in February

A replacement will be selected to serve the remainder of Friel’s term, which runs through December 2023. Applications are being accepted until Jan. 27. → Read More

Pottstown School District gets $440,000 grant to plant 550 more trees

The grants are made possible through more than $8 million in American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, money appropriated to the Keystone Tree Fund in Pennsylvania’s 2022-23 budget. They were announced by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn whose department decided which entities would receive the federal funds. → Read More

Railroad moves homeless camped near their tracks in Pottstown

Railroad moves homeless camped near their tracks in Pottstown → Read More

Pottstown trash fees jump 10% in 2023

The $7.89 quarterly increase — or a hike of $31.56 per year — will bring the quarterly charge for trash, recycling and yard waste collection and disposal from $78.87 in 2022 to $86.76 for 2023. → Read More