Lawmakers want better protections for hospitals; The Schuylkill River takes center stage; The Hot Phillies can’t fall apart

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Lawmakers introduce bills to reform hospital closure process

Following the closures of hospitals in Brandywine and Jennersville this year, two Chester County lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the hospital closure process. Lawmakers gathered on the grounds of the former Brandywine Hospital on Friday for a press conference hosted by State Rep. Dan Williams. Williams said his legislation would require state Department of Health approval for future hospital closures, as well as introducing price transparency requirements.

Cleanup and Community Day bring attention to the Schuylkill River

If the Schuylkill River Corridor is to become the recreational resource that it can be in Reading, there must be more opportunities for people to enjoy it, according to the town’s sustainability officer, Bethany Ayers Fisher. That was the focus of Saturday’s Riverzilla Community Day, a combination cleanup and family event at Riverfront Park that drew about 40 volunteers to remove litter from the shoreline and allowed visitors free kayaking and biking.

Radnor’s lawyer finally gets trial date for allegations he stole $400,000 in settlement funds

A Delaware County personal injury attorney who says he has no recollection of allegedly stealing more than $400,000 in settlement funds supposed to be paid to his clients is due to stand trial in January. Visiting Berks County Judge Steven Lieberman gave a Jan. 9 trial date on Friday after denying defendant Gregory G. Stagliano a fourth motion for a jurisdictional hearing. Lieberman is overseeing the case as Stagliano has an ongoing civil case against the county and numerous court officers.

Lansdale Parks Committee Approves Earlier Skatepark Hours

If you are a user of Lansdale’s brand new skatepark, you will now have the option of using it early in the morning. The council’s parks and recreation committee voted Wednesday night to extend the hours of the skate park, particularly in the summer. “Currently, the hours for the skatepark are 8:00 a.m. until dusk. All other park facilities are open from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of the pools,” said Courtney Meehan, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Man sentenced for buying firearms for arms smuggling ring

A Philadelphia man has been found guilty of accepting responsibility and agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors in a gun smuggling case and has been sentenced to jail for purchasing multiple firearms for a gun smuggling ring. Counties Using Straw Purchase Programs. Demetrius Lo Huggins Jr., 23, of the 6300 block of North Beechwood Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Friday to 22 months and 8 days already served because of his role in organizing the arms trade . Huggins previously pleaded guilty to charges of corrupt organizations, trafficking in the proceeds of illegal activity, illegal sale or transfer of firearms, material misrepresentation and conspiracy to engage in the transfer. illegal firearms in connection with incidents that occurred between March and August 2020.


Philadelphia Phillies wide receiver JT Realmuto and relief pitcher Corey Knebel celebrate after the team’s 11-5 win in a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

McCaffery: This year the Phillies have the feel of a team in no danger of falling apart

The Phillies started August as they often have in recent years. They were just close enough to a playoff spot to keep the cynicism to a minimum. That’s where they were last year, when they carried Bryce Harper’s MVP charge to first place in an NL East that they would ultimately lose by 6.5 games. That’s where they were in 2019, second at the start of the month but fourth and 16 games from the finish line.


Good read: Black Sabbath and Van Halen.  (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Good read: Black Sabbath and Van Halen. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Late Summer Musical Readings That Are Great for the Soul

It’s the last full month of summer and it’s hotter than ever. Heading to shore or sitting by the pool has become the best way to beat the heat, and there’s no better way to keep busy while catching some sun than stepping out on a book. As the season draws to a close, chances are you’ve gone through your summer reading list and are on the hunt for the next epic novel to dive into while the sun is still shining.

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