Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Constellation NewEnergy Inc. to help courthouse reduce uses of water, electric and gas.
Every house could use ways to "go green," including a Courthouse. The Montgomery County Commissioners agreed, and recently voted to hire one local business to help make their "house" get more ecofriendly. Constellation NewEnergy Inc., based in Fort Washington, was awarded a contract recently via an unanimous vote, to help the Montgomery County Courthouse go green by reducing uses of water, electric and gas, according to a WFMZ post. The courthouse currently spends more than $600,000 per year on energy. "Ultimately, we will realize significant savings right away," said Commissioner Chairman Joshua Shapiro told WFMZ. "As time goes on, our dollar savings will grow as we pay off the project." For the full story on the new contract and changes…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Area high school, college or grad students are sought to assist at the County level.
The Montgomery County Commissioners' Office recently announced that it is currently accepting applications for a summer internship program. "Upper level high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students are invited to apply," said Jessica Willingham, Press Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator for Montgomery County Commissioners' Office. Internship opportunities are available to work and gain experience within the County's Commissioner’s Office. Interested candidates should submit resumes via e-mail to Turea Hutson at firstname.lastname@example.org, according to Willingham. Candidates may also visit the County Commissioners' Office website and scroll to the bottom of the page for internship information and an application. For …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Take your nutrition to a new level by remembering one, simple color tip.
Friday, March 15
Information courtesy of Montgomery County Office of Communications, Montgomery County Commissioners March begins the season of green. Spring is coming, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are in order, and Earth Day is just around the corner. The color green is synonymous with a time of renewal and vital energy. If there’s one color that Americans can strive to have more of on their plates, it’s green. March is also National Nutrition Month, an opportunity to take notice of the benefits of healthy eating. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 25 percent of adults consume the recommended daily allowance of vegetables (three or more servings per day). Leafy green vegetables are the most lacking of all. Leafy green …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Montgomery County Commissioners announced Wednesday an overhaul of the county's website, complete with new functionality and features.
Visitors to Montgomery County's website earlier this week (including this Patch editor) were treated to a surprise when we discovered the county's once drab and somewhat outdated portal had been given a facelift. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro, Leslie Richards and Bruce Castor invited the media up to One Montgomery Plaza on Wednesday to get a primer on the new changes and what it means for the county and its residents. "It's far more interactive, much more user friendly, and eliminates the use of paper in many different ways," said Commissioner Chair Shapiro. "We're excited about this unveiling today." The site, said Shapiro, puts residents in a position to interact with the county government in a way they never have been …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Montgomery County Commissioners approved an application for $185,000 in federal grant funds for the program.
Montgomery County Commissioners are seeking a grant to fund a 12-month pilot program for the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to help inmates find gainful employment after being released. According to a press release from Montgomery County, 62 percent of inmates in Montgomery County return to prison. “The recidivism rate, while better than the national average, is too high,” said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “And we need to do something about it.” This week, the commissioners approved the application for a $185,000 federal grant that would supplement $270,00 in state workforce development funds. The program will include job readiness, classroom instruction, individual career counseling, …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The County has declared that winter conditions may pose serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.
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Tuesday, January 1
UPDATE: [1/2/13; 2:35 p.m.] The Montgomery County Commissioners are extending the Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency declared earlier this week for Montgomery County. The Code Blue declaration is now in effect starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 until 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. --- Original story: The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service. The Code Blue Declaration has been issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2. A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The commissioners will discuss budget matters and Hurricane Sandy-related clean up efforts.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners will meet again today at 10 a.m. in the 8th-floor board room at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown. While nothing on the agenda is Norristown specific, there's quite of bit of business affecting all county residents on the commissioners' plate, including a discussion of the quarterly budget and the 2013 budget process. The commissioners will also be declaring a state of emergency, according to the agenda, presumably in response to the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in our region this week. You can download the full agenda for today's meeting in our PDF section. Just in time for the election, Montgomery County is reviving its campaign sign recycling program. According to a …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Commissioners hold a press conference to inform residents on what to expect, how to prepare and stay safe, and services provided by the county during the storm.
Montgomery County Commissioners held a press conference Sunday at the Washington Fire Co. in Conshohocken to inform residents on what to expect from the storm, what they should be doing to prepare and how to stay safe, and resources available from county government. "We are not weather forecasters, but we know that Hurricane Sandy will be a severe storm," said Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, who was joined by Vice Chair Leslie Richards, as well as county and local safety officials. What to Expect According to Shapiro, the county's most recent reports call for sustained winds of 45 to 65 miles per hour, Sunday through Tuesday; accumulation of four to eight inches of rain, which will increase in certain …
Monday, October 22, 2012
In anticipation of tonight's final debate, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards spoke in support of their party's candidate, President Barack Obama, today in Norristown.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will square off tonight in the third and final presidential debate, this time on foreign policy. The rhetoric is expected to be heated, and most polls have the candidates in a dead heat following their earlier sparring matches. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards took to the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse to vocie support their party's standard bearing, President Obama. The commissioners told those in attendance that when it comes to foreign policy, the president has the experience and the record needed to lead our country for the next four years. "We are electing a commander-in-chief, someone who will keep America safe," Shapiro said. "All Mitt …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Shapiro: 'Troubled' by Corbett Administration's 'inappropriate' comment
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
To the editor: Earlier this year, Pennsylvania passed a new law requiring voters to show an ID in order to vote. While at first blush, this may sound sensible to some, it will likely have the effect of suppressing the rights of certain voters who do not meet the new strict standards. In Montgomery County alone, according to a report from the commonwealth, over 49,000 people either do not have the necessary identification to be able to vote or there is some question about their ID card. While my opposition to this new law is well-documented (I voted against it when I served in the State House), as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners I took an oath to uphold all of the laws of the commonwealth —even those I disagree with. …