Tom Minick – Greater Reading Young Professionals

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Greater Reading Young Professionals president Tom Minick sat down with us recently to talk about what the group is up to.

“The state of Pennsylvania has a real issue with brain drain – people graduating from college and moving off to other states. We want to try to keep them here,” he said.

People in a variety of age groups and professions attend the organization’s events, Tom said.

Check out their website at http://www.greaterreadingyp.org/ for info about how to join.

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Teen Challenge – Treatment Philosophy and Reading, PA Expansion Plans

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In this segment, we continue our conversation with director Rev. J. Jaime Santiago and intake director Joel Jakubowski of Teen Challenge, a global non-profit drug recovery and prevention organization with local headquarters in Rehrersburg, PA. They share about the organization’s recovery philosophy and their plans to expand part of the operation to Reading, PA.

In an earlier segment, they talked about Teen Challenge’s history and mission.

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Brittany Tranquillo – Greater Reading Chamber Winter Picnic

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Berks.TV took a break Tuesday night to visit the Greater Reading Chamber Winter Picnic, a standing favorite of the business community and a welcome diversion from the winter blues.

This year’s theme was “A Festival of Holidays Around the World.” We caught up with the Chamber’s Brittany Tranquillo at the picnic, who very modestly passed credit for the success of the event to her colleagues. Take a little credit, Brittany!

We’ll have more from the picnic in coming days.

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Nan Morrissey – Art Plus Gallery – West Reading

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Nan Morrissey of Art Plus Gallery in West Reading, PA talks about the history of the cooperative gallery, the kinds of work she exhibits, and what’s unique about their West Reading location.

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West Reading Farmers’ Market – Tim Bock of Wills Valley Farm Products

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Since early this past spring, the Penn Avenue sidewalk in West Reading, PA has played home to a Sunday-morning farmers’ market. We visited the market recently and spoke with Tim Bock of Wills Valley Farm Products, an organic farm north of Kutztown. We took home some of their organic grape jelly and butternut squash. Delicious! We think it’s great that the farmers’ market has made it possible for more people to have access to local, sustainably-grown, organic products like these.

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West Reading Infrastructure – Foundation for the Revitalization

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We continue to explore the West Reading, PA revitalization in this interview with Sam Loth, Executive Director of the West Reading Main Street Program.

Sam talks about the origins of the West Reading Main Street Foundation and its role in managing the borough’s Penn Avenue central business district, starting with the five-year project involving streetscape, safety, traffic, storm water, and related initiatives.

Look for a future segment examining these initiatives in greater depth.

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West Reading – Catalyst for Greater Reading Revitalization

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We’re pleased to launch our in-depth series on West Reading with this segment highlighting the role of West Reading in the larger Greater Reading revitalization. We recently met with Jon Scott, President and CEO of the Berks Economic Partnership, to get his thoughts on the subject.

“The community has a totally different look and feel than it did just eight years ago. It’s really renaissancing and become a catalyst for this whole corridor concept, ” he said. “It’s proof positive that great things can indeed happen.”

Join us over the next few weeks to hear from many others involved in making West Reading what it is today.

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West Reading, PA – Upcoming In-depth Video Series on Berks.TV

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Curious to hear how West Reading, PA came to be the bustling place it is today? Starting next week, we’ll be featuring people who are making it happen. You’ll hear firsthand from the insiders, artists, and entrepreneurs at the heart of the continuing transformation. We’ve been visiting borough offices, sidewalk cafes, galleries, and storefronts to learn about the challenges, opportunities, and rewards ourselves, and we’ve created a video series you’re sure to enjoy. Our thanks in advance go out to the many who’ve spent time with us on camera over the past few weeks to make this series a reality, and to the sponsors who helped plan and support it.

Greater Reading, PA – The People and the Movement

We hear a lot these days about the idea of a Greater Reading, PA. Whether you think labeling the region “Greater Reading” is a good idea or not, it’s hard to deny there are changes afoot. This month, we’ll go in-depth with stories about West Reading, the newly revitalized borough that’s being mentioned as part of a “Greater Reading Corridor.” In the meantime, we wanted to highlight a few of the stories we’ve already published that seem to capture the essense of the new Greater Reading. There are many more coming. Stay tuned, and feel free to share your thoughts below.

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Jon Scott, Berks Economic Partnership, On Drawing New Business to Greater Reading, PA

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Tito Rivera and the Hip-Hop Culture Foundation in Reading, PA

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Governor Ed Rendell: More Opportunities Coming for Latinos in Greater Reading, PA

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RiverPlace’s Bob Behling on RiverPlace Projects – Using the Power of the Schuylkill River to Unite the Communities of Greater Reading, PA

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Know of something going on that you think represents the spirit of Greater Reading? How would you sum up how things are going? We’d love to hear from you. Please email us: editor@berks.tv or leave a comment below.

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