Posts Tagged ‘Norristown’

Reindeer at Elmwood Park Zoo

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The reindeer are at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, PA:

Elmwood Park Zoo

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Elmwood Park Zoo is located at 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401. The zoo is home to hundreds of animals from around the world. On Sunday afternoons from Noon until 4PM the coffee shop, Jus Java, offers free live musical performances.

The eagles at the Elmwood Zoo are in rehabilitation for injuries, such as, a broken wing. Here they are at feeding time:

Department of Environmental Protection

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The DEP office for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia is located in Norristown, Montgomery County, PA.

DEP Southeast Regional Office
2 E. Main Street Norristown, PA 19401-4915.
Phone: 484 250-5900 (24 hours/day)

PA DEP Emergency Response Program
The Department of Environmental Protection’s mission during emergencies and disasters is to respond quickly and professionally to any incident which adversely affects the health and safety or the environment of the citizens of the Commonwealth. First on-scene is usually the Environmental Emergency Response Team whose members are highly trained, experienced emergency first responders.

Emergency Response Contact Numbers In Your Area
DEP maintains 24 hr. phone lines in each Region which are monitored 24/7/365 for dispatching response personnel to emergency and incidents within DEP purview.

Junior Naturalist Camp (aka Camp Salamander)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Junior Naturalist Camp, aka Camp Salamander, sponsored by Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites, will be held at Lorimer Park July 13th through the 17th and at Norristown Farm Park July 20th through the 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm daily.

The camp is conducted by environmental education staff for children who have completed 3rd through 6th grade (9-12 years of age). Registration forms are available for pick up at either park or online at The cost for the camp is $50.00 for the week. Payment must accompany the registration form. Forms must be mailed to Norristown Farm Park (2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown, PA 19403), or hand-delivered to either park office.

Montgomery County Services Guide

Friday, January 10th, 2014

NORRISTOWN, PA — Community Connections is an innovative approach to provide services to people who need them most, where they need them most—in their community. Community Connections offices are one-stop service centers in an initial four locations around Montgomery County—Willow Grove, Pottstown, Lansdale and Norristown. Community Connections will build a stronger partnership between government, community organizations and families to foster better service and care.

Montgomery County 2013 – 2014 Human Services Block Grant Plan Draft

To provide feedback, comments, or suggestions email Laurie O’Connor at

Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities Day Services Guide

Notice of Meetings to Residents of Montgomery County

Community Organization Information Release

Welcome To Montgomery County, PA

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

NORRISTOWN, PA / Message from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Montgomery County, PA website – your gateway to both a responsive, transparent and reform-minded government, and to one of the most diverse, historic, beautiful and economically-vibrant counties in America.

Montgomery County is the third largest county in Pennsylvania, the second wealthiest county in the Commonwealth and the 51st wealthiest in the United States. With just under 800,000 people living in its 487 square miles, Montgomery County is home to scores of major employers in pharmaceuticals, banking, manufacturing, healthcare and education.

The Montgomery County government and the services it provides to its residents is a reflection of the county itself – large, diversified, sophisticated and efficient. With a $409 million budget and close to 3,000 employees, Montgomery County provides a wide range of services serving social needs, business development, employee training, recreational opportunities, public safety, court services and roads and bridges.

The county’s newly formed Department of Commerce provides a one-stop opportunity for businesses looking to relocate to or expand in Montgomery County. It also includes a progressive employee training component dedicated to ensuring that county businesses have the trained, reliable employees they need to prosper.

The county also provides and coordinates social services in innovative and efficient ways through several departments including the Office of Children and Youth, Developmental Disabilities, Aging and Adult Services, and Parkhouse, our skilled nursing facility and assisted care center. Beginning in 2013, many of these services will be delivered with the help of a ground-breaking approach in which so-called “navicates” help clients find the specific services they need for themselves or loved ones.

Montgomery County also maintains 75 miles of roads and 133 bridges; has developed over 60 miles of multi-use trails throughout the county; and cares for seven county parks and five historic sites.

Montgomery County also boasts an award-winning Department of Public Safety, which includes the only internationally accredited emergency dispatch center (911) in Pennsylvania. The dispatch center handles 770,000 calls a year; it handles 1,900 dispatches a day; and, over one million radio transmissions a week.

The county government provides many other services to its residents, and the county, itself, is home to a wide range of recreational, cultural and artistic outlets. It is served by an excellent public transportation system and its proximity to Philadelphia adds a great deal more to the quality of life in Montgomery County.

Please use this website to familiarize yourself with Montgomery County.

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Montgomery County 2014 Budget

Monday, November 25th, 2013

NORRISTOWN, PA — The Montgomery County Commissioners unveiled a proposed 2014 budget that does not raise taxes, makes critical investments in human services, infrastructure, public safety and its county workforce. It returns the county reserve fund to recommended levels, lowers the county debt service, makes a payment to the pension fund, continues the process of making county government more effective and efficient and reduces overall spending.

Deer Hunt at the Norristown Farm Park

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails and Historic Sites will conduct a one day,
controlled, antlerless deer hunt at the Norristown Farm Park on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm.

This year’s hunt is a continuation of a wildlife management program that began in 2005. The goal of the program was, and is, to contain a burgeoning deer population, thus allowing the park’s varied habitat to regenerate for the benefit of both the park’s resident and transient wildlife. In 2005 the park’s deer herd was estimated at 300-500 animals. Since the inception of the hunt nearly eight years ago, significant strides have been made toward reducing the number of deer/vehicle accidents on the roadways surrounding the park. The park’s varied ecosystems have begun to regenerate and damage to neighboring, private landscapes and agricultural commodities has decreased slightly. In addition, the program seeks to control the spread of Lyme disease-carrying ticks and limit the potential for animal starvation resulting from diminished and/or inadequate winter food supplies.

The herd is currently estimated to contain some 150-200 animals. While much improved, the number of deer on the property remains well above that which the land can adequately support.

Norristown Art League

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

GNAL, the Greater Norristown Art League, had its Biannual Photography show on March 15-17, 2013. 70 photos were submitted and the jurors selected 11 for awards.

Emergency Radio System

Sunday, January 6th, 2013
Norristown, PA  – The Montgomery County Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into a $29.974 million contract with Motorola Solutions, Inc. to replace the county’s emergency radio system.  The commissioners additionally agreed to a $9.882 million contract with Motorola for a 10-year maintenance contract for the system.
As recently as 2011, the previous county administration was using estimates of $100 million and up for the cost of the infrastructure and radio portion of the project.  The $29.9 million figure includes $23.85 million for infrastructure equipment and installation of necessary microwave relays and the necessary software to upgrade 3,400 currently owned subscriber radio units.  This would include the installation of 10 new radio towers throughout Montgomery County to eliminate dead zones and generally improve communications throughout the system.
The remainder of the $29.9 million ($6.124 million) would be used for the purchase of 1,800 additional radio units.
The commissioners took the action at their public meeting on Thursday, and then were joined by police chiefs, fire chiefs, EMS personnel and other first responders and law enforcement officials from throughout the county at a press conference announcing the contract.
“Our fundamental responsibilities as commissioners are to protect the safety and well-being our residents and to further protect the fiscal well-being of the county and make sure that taxpayer dollars are well-spent,” said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the commissioners.  “Today we accomplished both.  Under this contract, we are able to do more than was originally anticipated and we were able to do it for 70 percent less than the previous board said it would cost.”
Commissioner Bruce Castor, who was designated to lead the effort to identify what was needed for the upgrade and how to do it, praised the working committees he put together made up of police, fire, EMS, other public safety entities and municipal officials for their hard work.
“This was a long time coming,” said Castor, who voted against the attempt by the previous administration to address the situation.  “Commissioners Shapiro and Richards placed their trust in me to lead this effort, and with the help of our excellent county staff and the stakeholders on the committee we have arrived at this wonderful day.”
Commissioner Leslie Richards was equally ebullient about the contract.  “A year ago I was a supervisor in Whitemarsh Township faced with the daunting amount of money the previous administration said this would cost,” she said.  “I felt like the necessary homework had not been done and local municipalities were being asked to make major commitments without that homework being finished.  Today, I feel the total opposite of frustration.”
Speaking for the chiefs of police, Chief Mark Toomey praised the commissioners “for pushing this difficult rock up the hill.  Our infrastructure is at a critical point, and I thank the commissioners for having the courage to bring this to fruition.”
Motorola is expected to begin work on the upgrades early in 2013 after the contracts are finalized.
“This is a great day for the taxpayers of Montgomery County and an even better day for the first responders of Montgomery County,” Shapiro said.
Press Conference
From Left: Commissioners Castor, Shapiro, and Richards were joined by police chiefs, fire chiefs, EMS personnel and other first responders and law enforcement officials from throughout the county at a press conference announcing the contract.