Vote For The Paws – Less Than a Week Left to Vote

There’s only a week and a half left to vote for the animals in your community to be recognized in Berks County Living’s Best of Berks.
Now is your time to VOTE for the animals. Simply write us in for the following categories…
#24 – Best (Local) Non-Profit EventHumane Pennsylvania’s Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest
#26 – Best Pet Friendly BusinessHumane Pennsylvania/Humane Society of Berks County
#33 – Best Veterinary PracticeHumane Veterinary Hospital
Added perk, you can vote on your computer and on your smart phone.After you’ve submitted your votes, be sure to share this fun contest withall of your friends and family.
The submission deadline is September 6, 2019

2nd Friday in West Reading Features Music by Be and Dean’s Way dedication on the Cherry Street Mural Corridor

Strolling the Avenue is always a pleasure, especially on 2nd Fridays! Friday, September 13th participating shops are open late so you have time to shop, stroll and dine your way through West Reading. Live music at the 6th Avenue stage by Be from 6-8pm!

This month a Cherry Street Mural Corridor Stroll will be held from 5-6:30pm from 4th to 7th Avenues. A guided mural tour will begin at 5:30pm behind Benchwarmers Coffee at 4th Avenue and Cherry Street.

A Dean’s Way Dedication will be held at 6th Avenue and Cherry Street at 6pm.

The Cherry Street Mural Corridor is a collection of public art created over the past 6 years. During this time, individual artists and hundreds of community volunteers have worked together with property owners to create this unique outdoor gallery. The West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation has been the driving force for both the organizational and financial support of the Mural Corridor.

In 2018 the Cherry Street Mural Corridor was recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center as tops in Pennsylvania for Public Space Improvements. Come tour the many murals, meet the artists and participate in some other fun activities on Cherry Street.

This past year we lost the driving force behind the West Reading Elm Street Program, it’s director Dean Rohrbach. To honor Dean’s memory the Mural Corridor has been renamed Dean’s Way.

Here’s some of the activities you may find on the Stroll…

• Mural artists on hand to answer questions about how murals are made and other considerations when making public art.

• Photo displays to show work in progress and photos of people working on our projects.

• Friday the 13th photo opp with Simon, the famous black mural cat.

• Scavenger Hunt at the West Reading Is… Mural (600 Block of Cherry Street).

• Artists “live painting” on Penn Avenue and Cherry Street.

Fleetwood graduate presents research at annual symposium

Taylor Nattress of Blandon presented research at the 11th annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium at Elizabethtown College.

Students from Susquehanna University were joined at the symposium by peers from Moravian, Goucher, Elizabethtown and Juniata colleges. The symposium featured oral and poster presentations on a variety of research, in such areas as physics, biochemistry, biology, ecology, environmental science, mathematics, history, economics and computer science.

Nattress’s research, conducted with Dr. Michael Parra, concerned the role of histones in eukaryotic cells.

Nattress is a biochemistry major in the class of 2021. A graduate of Fleetwood High School, she is the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Nattress.

Fall 2019 History Talks with Bob Wood resume Sept. 22 at Studio B, Boyertown

Local historian, former public school English teacher, writer, presenter, potter, and fine art painter, Bob Wood announced his Fall schedule of informal discussions of local history at Studio B Art Gallery on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Wood has published 4 books of local history that he offers for sale. He is a popular presenter among groups dedicated to preserving local history; his articles appear in assorted publications.

Wood serves as Gallery Adjunct at Studio B. In addition to hosting his popular history talks, his varied roles include funding support of exhibits of emerging artists along with his own artwork and the artwork of his wife Sandy Wood—longtime Boyertown Area School District art instructor; assistance in staging exhibits of local artists at local businesses; facilitating poetry readings and book signings; and participation in community events.

Sept. 22: Cannons: New Findings about Casting Cannons for the Revolutionary War at Warwick, Reading, and Hopewell Furnaces.

Sept. 29: Shorts: There are many topics of local 18th & 19th century life that are interesting, yet too short for an hour-long discussion. Speaker’s choice and attendees’ choice.

Oct. 13: Small Presentation Fraktur (frok-tur). Filled with a combination of color, whimsy, piety, and design, small presentation frakturs provide a window into the soul of early settlers.

Oct. 27: The Owl’s Mirror—an evolution of certain folk stories.

Nov. 3: Daniel Royer’s Diaries— An interesting and complete record of 19th century local village life.

Nov. 10: Keeping Warm in the Old Days—A talk centered on stoves, fireplaces, and firewood.

Northampton Community College announces incoming 2019 students

Northampton Community College is excited to welcome new and returning students to campus for the fall 2019 semester.

  • Victoria Aten of Reading
  • Tania Ayala of Blandon
  • Nathan Bender of Hamburg
  • Joanna Bogdan of West Lawn
  • Qaunie Brown of Reading
  • Kayla Callahan of Sinking Springs
  • Joelly Camacho of Reading
  • Marisol Chavoya of Temple
  • Jayonna Crawley of Reading
  • Elizabeth Cruz of Reading
  • Lindsey Cullen of Wernersville
  • Dorothy Davidheiser of Leesport
  • Anthony DeShong of Shoemakersville
  • Joshua Esterly of Bowers
  • Isabelle Farrell of Shoemakersville
  • Rosa Fernandez-Mena of Reading
  • Jamal Flowers of Reading
  • Collin Foster of Reading
  • Bryan Franco of Reading
  • Armani Fuller of Reading
  • Madison Gasser of Birdsboro
  • Colin Gehringer of Reading
  • Jacob Geske of Hamburg
  • Griseira Gonzalez of Reading
  • Brittany Gust of Oley
  • Debra Hancock of Leesport
  • Taylor Harbaugh of Reading
  • Brandi Houck of Douglassville
  • Annerys Ibes Rivera of Reading
  • Michael Jackson of West Lawn
  • Abigail James of Birdsboro
  • Joann Juin of Blandon
  • Hayley Kochel of Reading
  • Megan Krick of Hamburg
  • Lauryn Lienhard of Sinking Spring
  • Isaiah Livingston of Shillington
  • Olivia Longenecker of Womelsdorf
  • Ericka Lutz of Leesport
  • Natalie Macbeth of Hamburg
  • Kelly McEllroy of Fleetwood
  • Cecilia McGough of Temple
  • Christina Moore of Mohrsville
  • Allana Mutter of Bally
  • Alise Newman of Fleetwood
  • Julissa Pioquinto of Reading
  • Shelby Ralston of Fleetwood
  • Damien Rasool of Reading
  • Amy Robinson of Oley
  • Maribel Rodriguez of Reading
  • Madison Rutt of West Lawn
  • Josseline Sarceno Garcia of Hamburg
  • Hannah Seltzer of Reading
  • Abigail Sihler of Douglassville
  • Tyler Small of Reading
  • Eden Smith of Reading
  • William Smith of Blandon
  • Brian Sorensen of Leesport
  • Matthew Stevens of Birdsboro
  • Chelsea Stevenson of Fleetwood
  • Lynda Tafoya of Reading
  • Nicole Thomas of Reading
  • Armando Torres of Blandon
  • Kaitlin Valentine of Fleetwood
  • Nicole Velasquez of Reading
  • Christopher Velazquez of Reading
  • Nikaury Villar of Reading
  • Alliah Wallace of Reading
  • Mi’Kai Washington of Reading
  • Kimberly Wentzel of Fleetwood
  • Heather Wicke of Fleetwood
  • Zryan Williams-Shave of Reading
  • Cynthia Winger of Douglassville

New and returning students arrived the week of Aug. 26 for the start of the fall 2019 semester.

They will be among more than 9,400 students studying over 100 majors and programs at NCC locations in Bethlehem Township, Monroe County, Southside Bethlehem and Easton.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Aug. 16, 2019

  • Police arrested a 17-year-old Kutztown resident for purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Fair, 225 N. Whiteoak St.

Aug. 20, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a vehicle after it was reported that the driver side door was keyed while the vehicle was parked at a residence in the 400 block of College Boulevard.

Aug. 21, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a window after it was reported that a window at the rear of a residence in the 100 block of W. Walnut Street was broken.

Aug. 22, 2019

  • Police arrested Austin Crowley, 20, of Ephrata, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Constitution Boulevard.
  • Police arrested Chase Santiago, 30, of Reading, for indirect criminal contempt following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Highland Avenue.

KU to Celebrate Unity Day Aug. 29

Kutztown University will celebrate Unity Day at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, on Schaeffer Lawn. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, along with university leaders, representatives from the student body, the community and other campus officials will give remarks celebrating KU’s diversity and multicultural makeup.

The event will take place during the university’s annual Community Link Fair, which brings together local businesses with the campus community.

KU’s freshman class represents a large increase in cultural diversity on the KU campus with 24% of the students being diverse. Kutztown had an 11% diversity rate among its student body as a whole in 2009 and is now, as of July 17, at 21% in 2019.

Daniel Bach of Sinking Spring receives white coat during Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s ceremony for MD Class of 2023

Daniel Bach of Sinking Spring was welcomed to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2023 during GCSOM’s 11th annual White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 2.

The Class of 2023’s future doctors participated in the ceremony, held in common with virtually every other medical school in the nation, designed to welcome new medical students into the profession. Students recited an oath acknowledging their responsibilities as future physicians and their obligations to future patients. Then they were cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession. White coats were provided by The Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.

At the ceremony, GCSOM’s president and dean, Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., reminded the students that despite the pace of change and the wonders of new technology, “What needs to remain constant through, or even despite, all of this is your relationship with the patient. Many things in our brave new world of modern medicine conspire to separate you from them . . . this is where oaths come in.” Dr. Scheinman urged the Class of 2023 to return to their White Coat ceremony oath throughout their education and their careers as a means to keep “your relationship with the patient central to your identity as a physician.”

F. Dennis Dawgert, M.D. presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the well-respected physician and educator from Luzerne County. Dr. Dawgert is a professor of pediatrics at GCSOM. He has been instrumental in educating Geisinger Commonwealth students and the community about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their long-term connection to and influence upon many common and chronic health problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure and addiction, that hamper quality of life and shorten life expectancy. ACEs are also linked to increases in learning disabilities, incarceration and other psychosocial issues.

A reception immediately followed in the lobby of GCSOM’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street, Scranton.

Performing arts series showcases Berks County artists

Alvernia sets dates for 2019-20 Performing Arts Series

Alvernia University’s 2019-20 Performing Arts Series features professionally recognized artists with ties to the City of Reading and Greater Berks County community.

“Alvernia has a longstanding commitment to providing a dynamic environment for students and community members to experience arts and cultural events,” said Alvernia Artist in Residence and Managing Director of the Performing Arts Series Jessica Warchal-King. “We are excited for the opportunity to celebrate and showcase our local artists with this season’s events.”

This season features The Wheatland Chorale (Sep. 27), JCWK Dance Lab (Nov. 21), and Jill Haley (Feb. 4). In addition, Alvernia has extended its partnership with the Berks Jazz Fest in presenting Germaine Ingram and The Red Rose Collective (March 11).

All performances will be held in Francis Hall Theatre on Alvernia’s main campus in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Ticket information for Alvernia University’s Arts & Culture Series is available at Alvernia.educommunity/arts-culture or by calling 610-796-8417. Discover more community events at

Wilkes University Welcomes Honors Program Class of 2023

Wilkes University welcomes 52 students into the honors programs newest class.

Caitlin Bower of Blandon is one of 52 students who are joining the program in the 2019-20 academic year. Bower is a Medical Lab. Sciences major. Bower also is part of the first-year class entering Wilkes.

Megan Makovsky of Fleetwood is one of 52 students who are joining the program in the 2019-20 academic year. Makovsky is a Pharmacy major. Makovsky also is part of the first-year class entering Wilkes.