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Municipalities in Delaware County will see a change when they open up their solid waste bills this month, and that’s related to the county only having four years of trash-holding capacity left and the need to prepare for the future. Delaware County Solid Waste Authority Chairman Mario Civera explained the need for the $20-a-ton rate hike in a letter sent to all 49 municipalities last August. “In order for the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority (DCSWA) to continue to serve the residents of Delaware County by disposing of the municipal trash generated in the county, it has become necessary once again to upgrade our facilities and to expand our landfill,” Civera wrote about the authority looking to expand the Rolling Hills landfill in Berks County to handle 10 years’ worth of trash.
The victim of a two-vehicle crash Thursday involving an SUV and a truck has died of his injuries, according to authorities. The Berks County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 89-year-old Donald Rightnour of Pottstown. The coroner’s office said Saturday that the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. According to previous reports, the victim was flown by medical helicopter to a trauma center following the crash.
Ever since she was a child, photographer Kelly O’Keefe has been intrigued by a photograph that still hangs in her mother’s house. The photo is of her grandmother, taken when she was a young woman with golden curls, seated with a toddler on her lap. The toddler is O’Keefe’s mother, a smiling blond-haired, blue-eyed cherub with a dimpled chin and a pink dress.
The diverse heritage that built Pope John Paul II High School is always on the minds of those running the nearly 10-year-old product of a wide-reaching merger. More than ever, they’re aware of the importance of engaging with the alumni from the legacy schools that fused into Pope John Paul II and they’re gradually reaching out to all of them. Next up, graduates of the former Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown are invited to reconnect with fellow graduates, share memories over hors d’oeuvres and drinks and be included in a major surprise announcement at Pope John Paul II High School’s Legacy Atrium, 181 Rittenhouse Road, Royersford, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
The Lansdale Police are investigating a stabbing on South Broad Street Friday night. According to the police, “On Friday January 25, 2019, at approximately 7:30 PM, LPD responded to a report of a stabbing outside of the M Building of the Broadmore Apartment Complex , 639 South Broad Street, in Lansdale. Upon arrival officers met with a 45 year-old male who told the officers he was stabbed in the back as he entered his apartment building.”
Collin Gillespie is becoming more comfortable with his role as a starter with each passing game. That fact has not eluded Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, whose Pirates (12-7, 3-4 Big East) take on No. 18 Villanova Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center (2:30 p.m., FOX29). “You can sit there and talk about (Phil) Booth and (Eric) Paschall all day long, but I think Collin Gillespie has fallen into his role really well,” Willard said. “I don’t think he’s trying to do too much. I don’t think he’s trying to create plays that he doesn’t need to create, and if they get an offensive rebound he’s always in the right spot to get a three.”
If Nikola Jokic was fired up over his one-game suspension, it was hard to tell. “He came back and did what we expect him to do,” coach Michael Malone said after Jokic’s seventh triple-double of the season led the Denver Nuggets past the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 126-100 Saturday night. “He was a huge part of our attack and made the right play time and time again,” Malone said after watching Jokic score 32 points, pull down 18 rebounds and dish out 10 assists. “He’s proven why he’s an All-NBA type player. Thank goodness he’s in a Nuggets uniform.”
When Steve Donahue broke practice Friday afternoon at the Palestra, the Penn coach had one last assignment for his Quakers. One by one, they filed past the guest sitting in the bleachers, extending their hands for introductions and asking for stories about the person who’d encouraged them to walk over. “That wasn’t by accident,” Skip Werley was saying Saturday. “They all asked what coach was like, so it was interesting.”
Although his Italian could use some work, there’s no mistaking the Italian heritage of the host of Travel Channel’s show “Booze Traveler” because of the way he talks with his hands. On Jan. 14 Jack Maxwell — who also acted in the TV shows “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Lost,” “24” and “Without a Trace” — visited the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College in Towamencin, and talked about his culturally immersive globetrotting adventures on “Booze Traveler.” There was the time he hung out with Maasai warriors and won the privilege of getting live cow’s blood mixed in with his gourd of honey wine. “I left there beaming … because it was an honor,” the South Boston native said, explaining that cows were a limited resource there. “It just fascinated me; not just because they were different, just reaching them and them reaching me.”