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  • Berks County Living: Inside the Salt Lounge: Coming July 2018
  • Berks County Living: 2018’s FACES of Berks: Coming July 2018
  • Berks County Living: Hidden Gems – Berks County’s Libraries: Coming August 2018
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Berks County Living

  • “44 Ideas for Foolproof Family Fun”: Rain or shine Berks County offers dozens of activities that are fun for the whole family. Originally published in the May 2018 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Washing Away Winter: Making Spring Cleaning Easy!” It’s that time of year again! Get tips for wiping away winter in no time using natural cleaning agents that are good for your health, home, and wallet. Originally published in the April 2018 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “4 Ways to Mix Up your Fitness Routine “: When your treadmill is starting to feel like a hamster wheel, check of one of these unique options to stay fit and motivated. Originally published in the March 2018 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “West Reading, Born from Wyomissing”: In this final History Buff Installation we explore the fiery beginnings of Berks County’s cultural district, West Reading. Originally published in the December 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “CAUSES of Berks”: The first-ever Causes of Berks section of Berks County Living will introduce you to a handful of nonprofit organizations that are lending a helping hand in the community. Originally published in the November 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Meet These Seniors in your Neighborhood”: Our community would not be the same without the incredible influence of Berks’ active seniors. Meet a few of your neighbors in this article! Originally published in the October 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Bucket List”: Who says you need to leave home to fill a bucket list? Check out this list of not-to-miss opportunities right in Berks! Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Birdsboro: Iron-Clad”: This small local borough has an iron-clad claim to fame. Originally published int he September 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “52 Classes to Take in Berks”: Get ready for back to school with a compilation of exciting local classes for brushing up your professional, artistic, or athletic skills – one for each week of the year! Originally published in the August 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Faces of Berks”: Representing the FACES of professionals in many businesses, practices and services in the Berks County community. Find out why each is so well known in the second-annual FACES of Berks segment of Berks County Living. Originally published in the July 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Leesport Borough”: The small borough of Leesport was formed thanks to one local man who recognized an opportunity when the railroad came to town. Originally published in the June 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “3 Generations Strong: The Redner’s Family”: What was once a small, local supermarket has become a community keystone that has improved countless residents in just three generations. Learn more about the Redner family! Originally published in the May 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Keeping the Giving Going”: Together we can. The Bryant Johnson Community Fund is dedicated to that idea, that together the people of the City of Reading can unite to create a better community for future generations. Originally published in the April 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “The Borough of Kutztown”: Kutztown celebrates its history each year with an annual folk festival, now learn a little more about how this small borough came to be. Originally published in the March 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “On a Mission”: Meet a few Berks residents who travel far and wide on a mission to provide aid. Originally published in the February 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Foundation Restoring Hope for Families”: The Restoring Hope Foundation is constructing solutions to address the challenges of deserving residents in Berks. Originally published in the February 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “After the Wedding: The Dress”: You found the perfect dress, and you looked picture perfect on your wedding day. But after the big day, what do you do with your perfect gown? Originally published in the January 2017 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “A Festival of Trees in Boyertown”: This season, get in the holiday spirit by surrounding yourself with more than 50 beautifully decorated trees for a good cause. Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Berks County Living
  • “The Borough of Fleetwood”: Find out how a handful of log cabins became home of the the world’s most in-demand custom cars in this installation of Berks County Living’s History Buff. Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “50 Years of Giving”: It’s a Gift! has come a long way in it’s 50 years of business, from a craft consignment shop to Berks’ Best Place to Buy a Gift, learn about the history and mission of this incredible local store. Originally published in the November 2016 issues of Berks County Living.
  • “Timeless Love Stories”: Meet 3 local couples who have achieved what every married couple aspires to: to reach their golden years together, still as in love as the day they met. Originally published in the October 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Bringing Business to You”: What has 4 wheels and brings tasty eats, party favorites, and more right to your door? One of Berks County’s many mobile businesses! Originally published in the September 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Back to School at Bethany”: Bethany Children’s Home is giving local youth a second chance at a bright future. Originally published in the August 2016 issue of Berks County Living. 
  • “Taking Student Studies Outdoors”: The Teachers in the Parks Program takes the classroom outside where kids want to spend their summer – at parks, playgrounds and pools. Originally published in the August 2016 issue of of Berks County Living.
  • “FACES of Berks”: Meet the Faces of Berks County in the newest People section of Berks County Living! Originally published in the July 2016 issue.
  • “History Buff: Wernersville”: Did you know this sleepy little town was once a resort destination? Learn more in this History Buff installment. Originally published in the June 2016 issue of Berks County Living. 
  • “Mommy-to-be Pampering”: Every expecting mother deserves a little (or a lot of) pampering. Learn how one local spa can help! Originally published in the May 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Foundation Grants Wishes for Outdoor Experiences”: The One Wish Foundation is changing the lives of children and vets throughout Berks County through the power of fresh air. Learn more and spread the word! Originally published in the May 2016 Issue of Berks County Living.
  • “10 Tips for Tidying Up this Spring”: Spring cleaning should be good for you, your home, and the environment! Follow these 10 simple eco-friendly spring cleaning tips to clean up the cobwebs and environment! Originally published in the April 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “History Buff: Sinking Spring”: Learn about Berks County’s disappearing spring and how the watering hole became a bustling town in the latest History Buff installment. Originally published in the March 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Hop on the Easter Bunny Train”: Join Peter Cottontail in welcoming spring on a train ride through the Secret Valley on the Colebrookdale Railroad. Originally published in the March 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Who is the Cookie Doctor?”: Dr. Peter Pugilese has dedicated his life to science, family, and making women feel more confident. Read more about this extraordinary man and his accomplishments, and pick up his book today! Originally published in the February 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Murphy Jewelers Celebrates 100 Years”: Four generations of the Murphy family has been selling quality jewelry in the area for 100 years! Originally published in the January 2016 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “History Buff: Wyomissing”: One of Berks County’s most upscale residential communities and its shopping hub is located in an area once built for industry. Originally published in the December 2015 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Fun Fitness Programs for Seniors”: You’re only as old as you feel! Make the most of your golden years by staying social and in shape with these great local fitness programs. Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “History in Hamburg”: Learn how one small farming community became a central hub for all business between Philadelphia and Harrisburg almost overnight in this installment of the Berks County Living History Buff series. Originally published in the September 2015 issue.
  • “Clover Hill Celebrates 30 Years”: A local family winery celebrates 30 years and shares their favorite wines in this Berks County Living Spotlight. Originally published in the September 2015 issue.
  • “A Look into Oley”: The historical roots of Oley and the surrounding valley run much deeper than those of the crops that now grow there. This History Buff feature looks into those roots. Originally published in the June 2015 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “2015 Summer Camp Guide”: This year’s summer camp guide is divided by interest and highlights the various summer academic and sports programs, as well as summer camps, available to the campers in Berks County! Originally published in the May 2015 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Berks Christmas Tree Farms Aplenty”: Tips for buying a live Christmas tree and a guide to all the tree farms in the county! Originally published in the December 2014 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Putting Berks Youth in Action”: There is a group of local students who donate their time to help the children of Berks County. Berks Youth in Action has raised thousands of dollars for different causes throughout the county, and they don’t plan to stop any time soon! Published in the August 2014 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “2014 Summer Camp Guide”: A compilation of all the local summer camps in Berks County, what activities your children can participate in there and what they will learn! Published in the May 2014 issue of Berks County Living. Read it online!
  • “A Twist on Fun”: A preview of the 1st annual Reading Pretzel Festival and Beer Tasting, being held on September 28, 2013 at First Energy Stadium, published in the September 2013 issue of Berks County Living.
  • “Make Time For Tea”: Article highlighting Geri Segarra’s GGS Hat & Gloves Tea Room in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Berks County Living.

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Healthcare Publications:

Chesapeake Physician: “Credit Reporting Changes Affect Practice’s Bottom Line” An overview of the various regulatory changes within the credit reporting industry that could have an affect on medical organizations’ bottom line. Originally published in the January/February 2016 issue.

Meduit Innovation Lab Blog: 

All articles and graphics on the Meduit Innovation Lab blog from January 2018 through June 2017 are my work. 

RMP Insights Blog: 

All articles and graphics on the RMP Insights blog are my work. I managed this blog from January 2016 through December 2017.

AR Logix, Inc. Medical Revenue Cycle Management Blog:

All articles and graphics on the AR Logix blog from August 2014 through December 2016 were my work. This blog has since been decommissioned as a result of the acquisition by Receivables Management Partners (RMP) and Meduit. As originally published the blog included the following:

  • “3 Trends Emerging Thanks to the Rising Cost of Care”: Healthcare organizations are making changes to nearly every aspect of their business to combat the rising cost of care, and new trends are emerging across the industry as a result. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on July 7, 2016.
  • “How to Communicate with Every Patient Effectively”: Personality types can influence communication style. This article explores the four main personality types, how to identify them, and how to communicate effectively with each one. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on June 9, 2016.
  • “The Status Quo is Killing Your Patient Engagement”: In the new culture of consumerism in healthcare, practices cannot afford to provide a poor patient experience. This article looks at the status quo of engaging with patients, and why it may no longer work. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on May 12, 2016.
  • “Insurance 101: Learn How to Help Your Patients”: Learning the basics is key to becoming a valuable resource to your patients. Read the article and download the free training materials here! Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on April 28, 2016.
  • “Implementing a New EMR? Don’t Survive…Thrive!”: Implementing a new medical record system can turn a healthcare organization upside. Follow these tips for keeping staff engaged and confident throughout the process. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on February 25, 2016.
  • “The Final 501(r) Deadline is Here: Are you ready?” The IRS’s final regulations on charitable hospital organizations under the Affordable Care Act are enforceable after December 29, 2015. Article and Final Regulations slide deck originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on December 3, 2015.
  • “How do you improve patient satisfaction? Make the shift.”: With costs rising, patients are beginning to shop for providers. They will pick the practice that gives them the best experience. This video blog provides tips to help practices provide that experience by making the shift from volume to value. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on August 6, 2015.
  • “Bankruptcy & Patient Collections ebook”: With so many regulations surrounding bankruptcy it can be difficult to know how to work with a patient going through one. I answer FAQs and provide best practices for healthcare organizations to employ when working with patients in this situation. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on July 23, 2015.
  • “The Missing Link in the Healthcare Revenue Cycle”: Adding one step to the receivables cycle can prevent assets from collecting dust, can increase profits and decrease overhead, and can help prevent compliance issues. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on July 9, 2015.
  • “FICO Updates its Credit Scoring Model…Again”: FICO has made another update to its current credit scoring model, and has created a new one to score consumers without sufficient credit history to generate a traditional score. This article breaks down the new changes and includes a guide to the many credit reporting changes made in Q1 of 2015. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on April 21, 2015.
  • “Stressful Patient Call? Have a SODA!”: International customer service management consultant Barbara Burke coined the acronym “SODA” to help representatives reevaluate their thought process when handling patient calls. This article highlights the steps. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on April 9, 2015.
  • “3 Reasons Staff Training Will Benefit Your Practice: A Complete Resource Guide”: This is a great older piece of evergreen content that I updated and built into a staff training resource guide. Patient Account Representatives are key to a healthcare organization’s revenue cycle and ongoing training can improve collections. This guide can help get them started! Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on February 19, 2015.
  • “Co-Pay vs. Candy Crush”: According to a new debt study by the CFPB, half of the past due medical bills on credit reports are less than $200. Medical providers must collect early to avoid competing with bills their patients feel are more important, like their cell phone bill. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on February 5, 2015.
  • “New Technology, Better Results”: AR Logix has a new technology partner in LiveVox, Inc. The new call center cloud technology will improve the patient experience and customer satisfaction and will guaranty compliance with the ever-changing regulations in the healthcare industry. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on January 26, 2015.
  • “Stop Trying to Collect Money from your Patients”: This article explores the importance of patient experience in collecting money by looking at three questions every patient asks themselves when they walk into a medical practice. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on January 22, 2015.
  • “Your Favorite AR Logix Moments in 2014”: I compiled the most popular and engaging content from 2014 in one list for our clients and social followers. This article was an experiment in HTML embedding that went pretty well! Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on December 18, 2014.
  • “A Proven Solution to Increasing Operating Costs”: Hospitals are experiencing a significant increase in operating costs, and margins are shrinking. Building a good relationship with a third-party vendor is the proven solution. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on November 18, 2014.
  • “Problems Solved: 3 Issues Plaguing Healthcare Providers & Their Solutions”: This three-part blog series discusses various issues suffered by healthcare providers today and possible solutions. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog from October 29-31, 2014. Read online: Article 1    Article 2    Article 3
  • “What is FICO 9?”: Fair Issac Corp. has announced its newest scoring model will bring big pages for medical debt. Originally published on the ARLogix.com blog on October 16, 2014.

 

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The Barrister:

  • “Lawyer, Judge & Principled Politician, but Builder of the Bar’s Home may be his Greatest Legacy” : A feature article chronicling the life and career of Robert Grey Bushong, published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Berks Barrister. Read the issue online now! Or, check out my post!
  • “From Sleeping on Floors to Sleeping on Beds in a Modern Facility, But No Need for Shelter Would be Best”: A feature article highlighting Berks Women in Crisis, Berks County’s leading women’s shelter, and the legal team that supports it, published in the Summer 2013 issue of The Berks Barrister. See the post!
  • “Who was Baer?”: Building Is Tribute To Prominent Berks Attorney Who Once Battled Clarence Darrow”: Article on the life and law of George Frederick Baer, a prominent lawyer from Pennsylvania famous for his showdown with Clarence Darrow during the Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902. Originally published in the Spring 2013 Issue of The Berks Barrister, on May 23, 2013. See the post!

Financial Publications:

  • ArkFinancial.com: Composed all web copy, optimized through keyword research. Originally published November 2015.
  • Mark-Tan.com: “Charitable Investments: How to Grow Your Portfolio While Making a Difference,” graphics and tables by Flackable. Originally published August 2015. Read it online!
  • IRIS.xyz: “Financial Advisors: Social Media is Waiting for You, New Clients Will Not,” originally published May 28, 2015. Read it online! 
  • Employee Benefit News Online: “Swarm of Litigation Rocks 401(k) Space,” originally published March 27, 2015. Read it online! 
  • Employee Benefit News Online: “DOL Primed to Expand 401(k) Oversight through Tibble v. Edison,” originally published February 23, 2015. Read it online!

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Channel 69 News, WFMZ.com:

  • “Cumru police plan community outreach”: The Cumru Township Police Department is planning a public police forum to foster better relations with the community in light of recent national events. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 20, 2016.
  • “Reading says no to municipal IDs”: The city has issued a formal statement denying the proposed ordinance presented by Make the Road PA advocates for provision of municipal IDs by the city. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 27, 2016.
  • “Reading City Council dissolves RAWA”: After more than two years of discussion and conflict, the Reading City Council and the Scott administration vote unanimously to dissolve the city’s water authority. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 14, 2016.
  • “Muhlenberg Twp. Giant to begin selling beer”: A local Giant Food Store was granted permission to apply for a liquor license for a new restaurant being installed as part of a current remodel. The restaurant and takeout beer shop are expected to open in spring. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 16, 2016.
  • “Reading City Council appoints District 6 representative”: Amid a crowd of residents disputing the process of appointing a representative for their district, the Reading City Council appointed a member to the last remaining seat at its first meeting of the year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 11, 2016.
  • “Reading renews Downtown Improvement District”: Reading City Council voted unanimous, but “with reservations” to renew the DID for an additional 5 years. Council is hoping to see more diversity and immersion in the city from the group’s board in the coming years. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 10, 2015.
  • “Reading grants relief to local convent:” Reading City Council overturned the Reading HARB board’s decision, approving the use of vinyl replacement windows at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, locating in the city’s historic district. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 26, 2015.
  • “Reading mayoral candidates face off for last time before election:” Coverage of the final mayoral candidate forum before the November 3 Municipal Election, sponsored by the NAACP. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 22, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council appointments called into question”: A local resident raised his concerns over council’s internal appointments to seats vacated in the wake of former council president Francis Acosta’s resignation. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 12, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg School District is ‘No Place for Hate'”: The students of C.E. Cole Elementary celebrated International Day of Peace in a unique way this year. , Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 7, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council applauds local events”: The City Council doesn’t want to hear that residents have nothing to do. Council members celebrated the success of several events last weekend and highlighted more to come at its regular meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 28, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg considers tax forgiveness program”: As revitalization efforts along the 5th Street Highway continue, Muhlenberg Township is considering a tax forgiveness program for those residents who will experience a tax hike. This and more local news from the regular board meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 21, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council celebrates recovery”: The council celebrated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Awareness Month at its meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 14, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg School District confident in face of delayed funding”: PA legislators are more than 2 months late in agreeing on an education budget, but one local school district is confident going into the school year without state funding. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 2, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council appoints new leadership in wake of Acosta scandal”: Reading City Council appointed new leadership following former-president Francis Acosta’s resignation and guilty plea in federal bribery charges. Originally published at WFMZ.com on August 10, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council addresses paychecks, pavements and parks”: The council addressed citizen concerns over pending ordinances making changes to management severance packages, pass an ordinance to help in the fight against unsightly meters and honor local parks and rec efforts at its meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 27, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg Township takes control of new cell towers”: The Board of Commissioners passed the first ordinance in the county to control the installation of new cell towers and antennas. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 20, 2015. Read it online!
  • “City Council takes first action against dangerous, unsightly gas meters”: Reading City Council has taken the first step in combating residents’ ongoing issues with UGI and gas meter installations in front of their homes. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 13, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Berks group using art to educate about storm drain pollution”: The Berks Conservancy and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary have taken their clean water initiatives to the streets, literally! Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 1, 2015. Read it online!
  • “City of Reading  celebrates elderly residents”: Reading City Council and the Mayor issued a proclamation for the first Elderly Appreciation Day. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 22, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg Township gets a disc golf course”: Local student Skylar Radka is constructing Muhlenberg’s only disc golf course at Laurel Lane Park as an Eagle Scout project. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 15, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “City Council commits to beatifying Reading”: Reading City Council is taking several initiatives throughout the area to beatify its streets for residents and visitors. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 8, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council to address utility meter issue in the city”: City Council is drafting legislation to prevent utility meters from being moved outside of residents’ homes where they are causing accidents, eye sores. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 26, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Fleetwood PD worth higher taxes to Richmond Township residents”: Richmond Township residents came out to show their support for the Fleetwood Police Department following the Board of Commissioners’ announcement it was considering cutting the police force to save money for road repairs. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 18, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Bushong Dam to be demolished and replaced with Confluence Park”: Reading City Council voted unanimously to have the historic Bushong Dam demolished. A new park will be constructed in its place. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 11, 2015. Read it online!
  • “A night of recognition at Reading City Council”: The City Council issued proclamations and recognitions aplenty at it’s meeting on Monday, April 27. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 27, 2015. Read it online!
  • “A night of restructuring at the Muhlenberg Township Commissioners meeting”: The board approved rezoning a residential area of the township and appointed a new Township Manager. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 20, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Cumru Twp. Residents seek help from City Council over Police Shooting Range”: Cumru Township residents attending the Reading City Council meeting to seek assistance with their ongoing issues with the Reading Police Shooting Range. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 14, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading Celebrates Greek Independence Day, Officials also welcome Spring with new construction projects”: City Council issued a proclamation celebrating Greek Independence Day. It also discussed new construction projects coming in time for the warmer weather. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 24, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Township doing spring cleaning”: Muhlenberg Township is beginning a new clean water initiative. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 16, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg School District’s big budget plans”: The Muhlenberg School District is right on budget this year, but hopes for new state funding to bring back essential personnel without raising taxes. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 11, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Daniel Boone Area School District tables decision on full-day kindergarten, school closing”: The DBASD, facing nearly $90 in debt, is considering closing one of the local elementary schools to cut costs. The school board, however, is not ready to make the decision and has tabled the vote, along with that to bring back full-day kindergarten, until further notice. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 9, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council addresses poor road conditions”: The Reading City Council addresses the deteriorating state of city streets and the overlapping bridge construction and closures to come. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 23, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Council passes resolution, has heated debate over PLA for sewer project”: In a heated meeting Reading City passed a resolution opening bidding to all interested contractors after the Mayor sent out an RFP for PLA contracts. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 18, 2015. Read it online!
  • “DEP to clean up more battery casings, contamination in Ruscombmanor Twp.”: The DEP held a hearing in Ruscombmanor Township to discuss the clean up efforts to remove lead contamination from the soil in a local residential area. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 10, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Exeter School District Curriculum Committee gets a math lesson, discusses new courses”: Fourth grade math students attended the Curriculum Committee meeting to show the skills they are learning under the new math program at Exeter School District. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 4, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading votes to repeal local gun laws”: In accordance with changes to state statutes, the Reading City Council voted to repeal all gun laws in the local City Code. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 26, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Landlords fight fees, code enforcements in Muhlenberg Township”: Local landlords attended the Muhlenberg Township Board of Commissioners meeting to contest new fees and code requirements. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 19, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading Fire Department members receive Awards for Exemplary Response”: The Reading City Council presented awards to various members of the local fire department for their actions in an October 2013 fire that saved the life of a local woman. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 12, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Exeter Township appoints 2015 Board”: The Exeter Township Board of Supervisors appointed their 2015 leaders. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 5, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Mt. Penn Borough seeks funds from City of Reading for Aulenbach Cemetary”: A representative from the Mt. Penn Borough presented the financial state of the Aulenbach Cemetery to the city council and requested assistance in keeping the historical site afloat. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 22, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Approves 2015 Budget”: The Muhlenberg Board of Commissioners unanimously approved their 2015 budget and is preparing to move into their new building at the end of the year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 15, 2014. Read it online! 
  • “Health Board, Environmental Advisory Council support Fluoride in Water”: Two local government councils attended a Reading City Council meeting to show their support for fluoride in the city’s water supply. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 8, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading School District Board of Directors elects new leaders”: The Reading School Board elected new leaders for the School Board and the School District Board of Trustees for the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 1, 2014. Read in online!
  • “Reading approves 2015 budget, Act 47 amendment”: The Reading City Council approved the city’s finances for the coming year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 24, 2014. Read it online!
  • “ALDI, Walgreens OK’d for Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg”: The Muhlenberg Board of Commissioners approved the plans for a new ALDI supermarket and Walgreens at the old Unclaimed Freight location on Fifth Street Highway. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 17, 2014. Read it online! 
  • “Local Union Reps Support Public Labor Agreement in Reading”: In response to the local business opposition to a public labor agreement, union representatives attended the Reading City Council meeting to show their support. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 10, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Schools Receive Clean Bill of Financial Health”: The Muhlenberg School District’s financial rating has improved over the last year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 5, 2014. Read it online!
  • “More Local Businesses Oppose a Public Labor Agreement in Reading”: Local business owners attended the City Council meeting to oppose a possible public labor agreement in the city. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 27, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Commissioners Shocked by Office Renovation Costs”: The Muhlenberg Township Commissioners are battling excessive change orders in the renovations for their new office. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 20, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council overrides Mayor for Third Time in RAWA Dispute”: The mayor and city council for the City of Reading are at odds again in the ongoing RAWA dispute. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 13, 2014. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg Schools are Making the Grade”: The results of the year’s School Performance Profiles have been published and 3 out of 4 Muhlenberg School District schools scored above the state benchmark. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 1, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading Mayor Refuses to Sign Water Lease, Council to Litigate”: The RAWA issues between Reading City Council and the Mayor continue. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 22, 2014. Read it online!
  • “New Fire Chief, Police Captain Named in Reading”: Reading City Council promoted two new safety leaders for the city at tonight’s City Council meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 22, 2014. Read it online!
  •  “School Year off to a Smooth Start in Muhlenberg School District”: The Muhlenberg School District Committee of the Whole meeting was business as usual this week. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 3, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto for 2nd Time in RAWA Discussions”: The Reading City Council and RAWA have come to a new lease agreement after months of discussion. This article was featured on the front page of WFMZ.com on August 25, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Final Recommendations for the Municipality of Antietam Valley”: The Consolidation Committee reviewed the final recommendations to be included in the charter for the proposed Municipality of Antietam Valley at its meeting tonight. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 21, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council commends Park Authorities for Rec Initiatives”: The Reading City Council offered a formal commendation to the Reading Recreation Commission for its work in beautifying the area and its participation in National Recreation Month. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 14, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Brake the Cycle of Poverty” with Friend Inc.’s Benefit Bike Ride” :The Maxatawny Board of Supervisors’ unanimously voted to support the local multi-service agency’s benefit ride on August 9, 2014. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 10, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council Resolves not to sell City Water System”: In an effort to appease the unhappy citizens of Reading, the City Council has adopted a resolution that it will not sell the city water system in the wake of the dissolution of RAWA. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 23, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Maxatawny Young Cyclists are already Winners”: The Young Medalists Junior Cycling Team appealed to the Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors to reconsider approving the 25th annual Nicole Reinhart Memorial Bike Race. The young cyclists’ appeals changed the board members’ minds and township has voted to support the race on July 26, 2014. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 14, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Residents flood city council meeting over dissolution of water authority”: Residents of the City of Reading are in an uproar of the decision to dissolve the public water authority. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 29, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Business as usual for Maxatawny Township Supervisors”: Local controversy surrounding pending litigation and allegations of leaked information are put on hold at Wednesday’s meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 9, 14. Read it online!
  • “Maxatawny Supervisors do not approve of Nicole Reinhart Memorial Bike Race”: Local township does not approve of 24 year old race tradition due to safety issues. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 19, 14. Read it online!
  • “Lower Alsace Township and Mount Penn Borough: Merger?”: Two local area organizations and discussing merging into one, larger municipality. Over the next months a series of meetings will be held to address all aspects of the potential merger as well as public concerns before putting the issue to a vote in August, and inclusion on the November 2014 ballot for public approval. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 24, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Commissioners are community library’s greatest supporters”: Coverage of the Muhlenberg Township Commissioners’ meeting and the commendation received my the Muhlenberg Community Library. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 17, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Raylon Corporation Celebrates 60 Years with City Commendation”: Coverage of the Reading City Council meeting and the recognition of a local business. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 10, 2014. Read it online!
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Reading Snow Removal”: Coverage of the Reading City Council meeting and residents’ issues arising from the last few storms. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 24, 2014. Read it online!
  • 5th Street Revitalization Project Visionary, but Costly”: Coverage of the Muhlenberg Township Supervisors’ meeting and the final presentation of the 5th Street Revitalization Study online at WFMZ.com, originally published February 19, 2014. Read it online!

The Reading Eagle:

  • “Magic of Mohnton needs repairs”: Coverage of Mohnton’s Borough Counsel meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published June 14, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Board approves waivers for apartment plans”: Coverage of the Bern Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published June 6, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Board OKs tax relief for homes, farmsteads”: Coverage of the Kutztown Area School District’s Special Board meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 31, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Board decides shed can’t stay where it is”: Coverage of Lower Heidelberg Township’s Zoning Hearing Board meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 16, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Summer expenses, bandshell fee approved”: Coverage of Mohnton’s Borough Council meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 9, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Council looking to cut electric bills”: Coverage of Wernersville’s Borough Council meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 4, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Congregation awaits township decision on plan”: Coverage of Spring Township’s April 10, 2013 Zoning Hearing Board meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published April 12, 2013. Read it online!

Guest blog spots:

  • “Moose Use the Portage Trails Too”: A narrative highlighting my closest encounter with Algonquin Park’s largest inhabitant on Algonquin Outfitter’s guest blog on AlgonquinOutfitters.com.

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