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Some things I’d like to see in the NHL

The NHL has been bold enough to put instant replay on its goals and innovative enough to make replay decisions both speedily and fairly.

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Berks officials: Critic of emergency-communications plan is wrong, wrong, wrong

If the county’s efforts are a boondoggle, at least we are in familiar company. Lancaster, Schuylkill, Montgomery, and Chester counties have all signed contracts with vendors to replace or upgrade their existing systems with P25 compliant platforms.

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GoggleWorks exhibit in Reading features historic black baseball players

An exhibit in the GoggleWorks arts center in Reading features art by Ed Terrell depicting black baseball players.

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Berks County commissioner: Emergency-radio system has been thoroughly researched

Two studies recommended the system. The winning bidder guarantees the system fully.

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Man from Reading, England, shares news from a much older city

It's the 500th anniversary of morris dancing in Reading’s namesake in the original Berkshire. Men dance with bells starting on May 1, a tradition that originated with exotic courtly entertainment in the 1400s.

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Wilson High School team places first at annual Worldquest competition; next stop is D.C.

For 11 years, the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading has sponsored and conducted the annual World Quest Competition for Berks County’s high school students.

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Reading entrepreneur hosts fashion show on Fifth Street

Marsha Rhoden and company gave a pretty good fashion show this past Saturday evening, Dec. 22, at the former Obama headquarters on Fifth Street in Reading.

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Reading author shares message: Love is more important than religion

On Saturday, Dec. 22, before the Christmas holiday, there was a wonderful event in Reading where a friend of mine, David Nazario, read an excerpt from his upcoming book, "I'm David, Christianity is Goliath: Why Love is More Important than Religion."

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Event raises $2,500 for tennis program at five Reading elementary schools

'Seeing the kids swarm on the court with enthusiasm and respect for the game was a great holiday gift for all of the COR coaches and myself'

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Baseball group will maintain some Berks County fields

I am excited to announce a new project that Berkshire Baseball has been undertaking since early this year.

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White House thanks Reading man for gift of handmade walking cane

About four months ago, I thought to myself, "I should send the current president one of my conversation canes."

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Author shoots racy video trailer in Berks County to promote her writing

'Princess Dancer' is a fantasy story, and we wanted to try some new techniques to capture the surrealistic feeling.

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Cumru Township man publishes book full of photos of area public restrooms

“This book is like a car crash. You'll look, despite what you fear you might see."

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Berks County agency remembers victims, marks progress to mark World AIDS Day

On Thursday, Nov. 29, the staff, board and supporters of Co-County Wellness Services “Raised a Glass in Remembrance” of the nearly 600 Berks and Schuylkill County residents who have lost their lives to AIDS since the start of the epidemic.

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More than 600 hear about Earth-based spirituality at Berks County joint worship

The annual gathering of eight central-Pennsylvania Unitarian Universalist congregations had the Conrad Weiser High School auditorium rocking for Earth justice on Sunday, Nov. 18.

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Love of fine music and fashion combine at ‘Symphony of Style’ in Reading

Volunteers explain the fun they have at the annual fundraiser for the Reading orchestra.

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Three Berks County small-business owners received ‘Profits for Passion’ awards

Profits for Passion has selected three winners from among 38 small-business owners nominated by the community who have made a philanthropic impact on nonprofits in the Berks County community.

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In close election, young people count

At 19 years young, I have finally achieved the right to vote in the presidential election.

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Political experts visit Alvernia, help students understand media and politics

Election years in the past have had mixed results when it comes to the population that includes 18-25 year olds. College students and members of the workforce in this age group can be a major voting group or can be one of the demographics that have low turn-out rates.

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Wyomissing real-estate firm donates $3,500 to Cheer for a Cure

Jack Fry, RE/MAX of Reading’s broker/owner, presented the Daniel Boone cheer squad with a check for $3,500 on Thursday, Nov. 1, to support Cheer for a Cure, a county-wide initiative among Berks school districts to raise money for Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County.

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38 Berks County small-business philanthropists will be recognized at banquet

The Profits for Passion Award, in its first year, received nominations of 38 small-business owners who have made a philanthropic impact on nonprofits in the Berks community and around the world.

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Ouch, politics makes my head hurt

This nagging pain in my head started around Jan. 3, when the Republican primaries fired up in the Iowa caucuses.

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Televised Octoberfest auction is a fun way to support BCTV

Nonprofits find all kinds of ways to financially support the good works they bring to our community.

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Alvernia graduate student seeks to inspire Reading with glowing art project

Eleven blocks around Reading will get a surprise at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, Oct. 19.

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BCTV program focuses on ‘new urbanism’ and how it could help Reading

Tom Comitta, principal of Thomas Comitta Associates Inc., a town planning and landscape architecture firm with offices in West Chester and Lancaster, is a national leader in the new urbanist design movement and a charter member of the Congress for New Urbanism.

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Berks candidate disputes Facebook claim, explains his opposition to property-tax-elimination bills

'It is unfortunate that instead of debating the issues, you have chosen to make silly accusations by stating I’m “owned” by teachers.'

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Reading Eagle's article on black baseball exhibit was revision of history

“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud,” was the sound of a refrain that was heard throughout America during the late 1960s and early 70s.

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Albright College football team is poised to redeem disappointing last season

The Albright College Football program has sped out to a quick 3-0 start, looking for redemption after a disappointing end to the last two seasons.

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Wilson High School will host 14 marching bands in competition

Ah yes, the stirring cadence of a drum line followed by full-bodied horns, woodwinds, and the vibrant choreography of color guard … that’s the stuff … especially on an early autumn evening.

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Dispute in West Reading leads to questions about how police protect women

Reports that police did not make an arrest when a protection-from-abuse order was violated have shined the light on the challenges that victims of domestic violence face in planning for their safety.

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Great music, the best brews, hot rods are featured at West Reading’s Fall Fest on Saturday

It’s the perfect season to stroll Penn Avenue in West Reading!

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Berks County students build portable house to show off its ‘green’ design

Berks Career and Technology Center students have designed and built a tiny, portable house to showcase efficient home construction and sustainable-energy systems.

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Volunteers fuel the fire at The Hay Creek Festival

New this year is a charcoal-barn demonstration. There are also vintage engines and tractors, early American crafts such as spinning and blacksmithing, a Civil War encampment, a craft and antique market, live entertainment and plenty of food.

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Hispanic art is celebrated at GoggleWorks center in Reading

The Hispanic community of artists, here in Reading and Berks County, welcomes the entire community to share in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 each year.

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Wernersville woman recalls building airplanes during WWII

The one thing that amazed me was how girls my age cursed. I wanted to be like them at first. I cursed once in awhile, but felt so bad, so I stopped doing it.

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Penn Street Posse is looking for giant Christmas tree for downtown Reading

Now that the medians in the 400 and 500 blocks of Penn Street are bursting with summer color (our thanks to all the volunteer planters, financial contributors, and especially Riverview Tree and Landscaping!), the Penn Street Posse is setting its sights on the holiday season.

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Penn Street planters in Reading get mulch, flowers and other plants

Volunteers spent a day making the downtown Reading's median strip in the 400 and 500 blocks of Penn Street prettier.

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Reading community group will plant linden trees on North Fifth Street

And city officials tell the organization how hard it is to close down derelict properties.

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Traveling show from Berks County is at center of (family-friendly) train robbery

The action breaks out as members of the troupe from near Leesport start robbing travelers on a pleasure trip in Lancaster County.

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Berks Opera Workshop presents ‘Susannah’

Berks Opera Workshop and the Fall Festival of the Arts collaborate again, with a production of “Susannah.”

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Mount Penn-area theater group will stage first show – Godspell

Antietam Community Theatre is set to stage their first show, Godspell, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m.

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Wilson Summer Theater’s ‘Blood Brothers’ explores fate, superstition

Recent Wilson grads direct the action and the music in a play about twins separated at birth.

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Fegely's general store in Maxatawny seemed to have everything

The country store of small towns and hamlets rendered a great variety of services not otherwise available to the farming community.

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Penn State Berks interview leads to surprising look at life in West Africa

A young woman from Cameroon describes getting beaten at school, walking many hours a day, and being subject to breast-ironing, a common procedure designed to delay sexual maturity.

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Former Reading Hospital health center in Reading gets federal boost

The center qualifies for an annual $650,000 grant and immediate federal status, two key ingredients that will help it quickly offer greater access to primary and preventive health care.

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Farm children found fun without video screens

They made their own stilts, skis, and igloos and looked for a mysterious small animal called an elbedritsch in an era when kids seemed to spend more time outside, and maybe had better imaginations.

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Berks Salsa Fest includes student performances, dance lessons and first scholarship award

Kylah Freeman gets the scholarship. She'll attend Albright College in the fall to major in fashion design.

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Flower boxes bring beauty to streets around the GoggleWorks in Reading

Steve Weber built four flower boxes in the woodshop of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, in Reading.

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Neighbors are worried about shooting practice in Centre Township

Our concerns as a community are for the safety of our families, most of all our children. The current orientation of the gun range points at the back of my house, on Butter Lane, Bern Township.

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She has lots of memories of her one-room school house near Kutztown

The Eagle Point School, run lovingly but firmly by Mrs. Sadie Kutz, had 30 students in grades one through eight, and a 'seat of dishonor.'

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Video by community reporters

A Soldier's Second Act

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Hector Ruiz, go-getter

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