Friday, August 24, 2012
Who has the best pizza in town? How about the best landscaping? Here are your picks for Hatboro-Horsham's Readers' Choice.
Friday, August 24, 2012
All this summer you've nominated and voted for your favorite local businesses in categories ranging from Best Burger and Best Nursery School to Best Landscaper and Best Mechanic. We've tallied all the poll votes and now it's time to announce the winners. See below for our complete list of Readers' Choice winners. Best Pub Winner: Iron Abbey Best Special Occasion Destination Winner: Blair Mill Inn Best Bakery Winner: Lochel's Bakery Best Pizza Winner: Joe's Pizza Best Landscaper Winner: Clark's Precision Landscaping Best Diner Winner: Red Lion Diner Best Sandwich Winner: Silvio's Deli Best Chinese Takeout Winner: Wing Lee Cuisine Best Bagel Winner: Bagel & Bread House Best Coffee Winner: Bryn and Dane's Best Burger …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Besides your couch, tell us the best place to catch athletes going for the gold.
For those of us unable to be in London Friday for the opening ceremony - or subsequent sports competitions - of the 30th Olympics, we must resign ourselves to watching the various sporting events from a television. And, while some may prefer to take in the games at home, via the couch, in the comforts of a pair of sweats, others undoubtedly choose to watch and cheer amid captive audiences in sports bar-esque atmospheres. The Summer Olympics only happen once every four years, after all. So, it deserves to be enjoyed in crowded venues with built-in cheering sections. Tell us in the comments section below where's the best place in Hatboro or Horsham to watch the Summer Olympics.
Monday, April 23, 2012
A fact sheet for Tuesday's primary.
April 24 is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. There are many candidates to consider in this election – not just president, but also for U.S. senator, state attorney general, state auditor general and state treasurer. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to locate your local polling place. In Pennsylvania, primary elections are held on a closed basis – this means you must be registered as a Republican to cast a vote for the Republican candidate, or as a Democrat to vote for the Democratic candidate. For example, you could not vote in the Republican primary if you are registered as an Independent. ***Click here to learn about the importance of Primary Elections. In order to vote in Tuesday's Primary Election, you must be …
Monday, January 2, 2012
With the new year comes a clean slate for many people, making it the perfect time for resolutions.
The new year marks a new beginning for many people, who look to make a positive change in their lives with resolutions. Millions of Americans look to January 1 as a jumping off point to lose weight, pay off debt or quit smoking, which are among the most popular resolutions. Whether they follow through with the resolution or not, many people feel that the first of the year is the perfect time to make that change. According to USA.gov, some of the most popular resolutions year after year include eating healthier, saving money, getting fit, getting organized and quitting smoking. Did you resolve to do something differently in 2012? Take the poll below and let Patch know what changes you plan to implement in your new year.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Horsham Township Council adopted its $13.5 million budget Wednesday night.
The Horsham Township Council, as promised last month, on Wednesday approved a 2012 spending plan that keeps taxes flat. The $13.5 million budget maintains the current 1 mill tax rate, meaning the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $178,128 would pay $178.13 in real estate taxes. Township Manager Bill Walker said the township will carry roughly $1.7 million into next year to cover the first few months of the year until taxes start being paid in April. Whatever is left of that money, he said, would be transferred to the capital reserve - a fund that in recent years, covered a new police station, the Horsham Township Library and upgrades at the fire department. The governing body also approved reappropriating unexpended funds…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Moody's backtracks and reissues 'negative' outlook on county's bond rating; incoming board may be legally unable to revisit 2012 budget.
The heads of Montgomery County's various departments queued up Tuesday before the county's Board of Commissioners to plead their respective budget cases as the county works to close a $44 million budget shortfall. The discussions took place as the county learned that Moody's Investor Service erred last week in calling the outlook on the county's Aaa bond rating "stable." Moody's retains a "negative" outlook for the county's ability to maintain its top-shelf creditworthiness. The pressure on the current board was ratcheted up further by county solicitor James Maza, who said state law may prevent the incoming Board of Commissioners from revisiting the budget in January, even if it wants to. Maza presented the commissioners with a written …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The governing body intends to maintain the current 1 mill tax rate.
Figuring in additional expenses related to a new contract for the Horsham Township Police is the last hurdle to finalizing the municipality’s roughly $13.5 million spending plan, an official said. The police department’s contract expired in December 2010 and officials, unable to come to a resolution, sought out arbitration. A hearing was held in June and Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker said the township is waiting on a written decision, which will be binding. “It can take some time. Upper Moreland had a hearing in February and a got a decision on Nov. 14,” Walker said. “I’m hoping we get it before we have to approve the budget in case we have to make adjustments.” The township council is slated to consider adoption of the budget – …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The council is trying to balance its 2012 budget, which now has a projected $225,000 deficit.
The “suspension” of Hatboro’s D.A.R.E. program, fewer streetlights and a reduction in street sweeping were among the items the borough council approved Monday as it reigns in a $225,000 budget shortfall. And while officials imply a tax increase could be inevitable, council members are combing through the roughly $4 million spending plan to see what reductions could help limit what is now projected to be a 13 percent tax boost. At that rate, officials said the owner of a home assessed at the borough average of $125,000 would pay roughly $100 more in taxes. While officials have more work to do before a balanced budget can be adopted by the Dec. 31 deadline, progress is being made as evidenced in the approximate $60,000 in cuts made during …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Tax hike looms as axe hangs over county health department, community college funding
"We're not talking about cutting dessert here. We're talking about cutting meals." Those were the words of Montgomery County Financial Director James Maza, as he briefed the county commissioners on what would need to occur in order to overcome a $44 million budget shortfall going into next year. Joined by county CFO Randy Schaible and other finance department leaders, Maza presented the commissioners with ten possible options to help balance next year's budget, including the elimination of appropriation funding to the library, community college and mass transit, as well as the elimination of certain county departments including the parks and recreation deparment, the planning commission, the health department and courthouse security. "We …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hatboro officials asked department heads to eliminate 'non-essential' programs to help close a 2012 budget deficit.
As Hatboro officials work to close a more than $350,000 budget shortfall, the council on Monday night heard proposed cuts from department heads totaling $42,000. Among the potential cuts was Hatboro’s D.A.R.E. program, which provides drug prevention and awareness to school-aged kids. Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said the police department has taught D.A.R.E. for 20 years, along with Horsham Township Police Department and he Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department to offer educational programs to Hatboro-Horsham School District children. “Right now it’s just conceptual,” Gardner said of the possible cut, adding that he hopes the borough's involvement in the program can continue. “DARE was previously at least partially funded by a state…