Phoenixville Local

AT THE TABLE WITH: Teresa O’Neill Haag |Mar 22, 2018

Teresa O’Neill Haag coming to Phoenixville was a true gift to the community.

spay and save: A homeless cat replaced by a puppy |Mar 22, 2018

“MIMI”(aka “Monster Mash”) is a grey/white female spayed, approximately 1-1/2 years, put out on the streets of North Philly with bowls and litter box when her owners acquired a puppy.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Moyer |Mar 14, 2018

Richard Moyer was an entrepreneur before there was such a word.

Spay and Save: “T.L.”, a lonesome cat who needs a lap to sit on |Mar 8, 2018

“T.L.” (Tiger Lilly) is a true calico (white/orange/black) spayed female. Even though I’m 6 to 7-years-old, I am homeless because my daddy got very sick and was found unconscious.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Carole Pepe |Mar 8, 2018

If you are lucky enough to be a Facebook friend of Carole Pepe, you will receive an inspirational or uplifting post from her each day. Inspirational and uplifting best describe Carole’s life.

spay and save: Page needs a committed home |Mar 1, 2018

Page is a Russian blue type petite female spayed. She would prefer to be the only cat in the household but would adjust given the proper time and introduction. About 1 to 2-years-old, she is loving and precious.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Kim Howard |Mar 1, 2018

Facebook has its advantages and its disadvantages. A good advantage is that it connected me with Kim Howard. Kim and I have been “friends” for quite some time. We seem to like and share many of the same posts.

Spay and Save: Little Dipper is out of this world |Feb 25, 2018

“Little Dipper” is a sweet “cat-olescent” 3 to 4-month-old, brown tabby female spayed. Found in King of Prussia colony, she is loving and sweet given time for introduction.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Beth Burckley |Feb 22, 2018

Beth Burckley hails from the Cherry Hill/Collingswood, N.J., area. It was there that she met Brian Howell, an Alabama native. The couple moved to Phoenixville after Beth spent a year commuting to the area for work.

Spay and Save: This grey tabby loves to cuddle |Feb 18, 2018

Krissy is a female, spayed, 1 to 2 years, grey tabby found starving in Roxborough. She is loving and vocal, loves people and is good with both cats and dogs. Please give her a forever home where she will never be on the streets again.

AT THE TABLE WITH: John Sakos |Feb 15, 2018

John Sakos lights up the room when he enters. He overflows with a joy for life and food.

Chester County veterans invited to free breakfast |Feb 12, 2018

Coatesville >> All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend the annual free breakfast hosted by Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Spay and Save: Cats who need a forever home |Feb 11, 2018

Sasha is a sweet soul, loves to be petted and probably should be the only kitty of the house. She loves to play. Give her a sunny window sill to nap in and she is good to go. She was found homeless and hungry in King of Prussia and was lucky to find a wonderful foster home.

Transportation issues topic of Feb. 15 meting in Phoenixville |Feb 9, 2018

Phoenixville >> The Chester County Planning Commission is inviting residents in the Phoenixville region to attend a meeting to learn about and comment on a draft plan that will address transportation issues and opportunities.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Judy Serdy Gelinas |Feb 8, 2018

Judy Serdy Gelinas grew up on a farm in close-knit Hungarian family. She was the youngest of four Serdy children — three boys then Judy who must have been the family princess.

All Chester County vets invited to free breakfast on Feb. 8 |Feb 2, 2018

Coatesville >> All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend the annual free breakfast, hosted by Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Mary Jane Mitchell |Feb 1, 2018

Why do people bond and get drawn together? It is hard to tell.

Spay and Save: Mimi has had a tough go of it |Jan 26, 2018

Mimi is a gray and white female, one to two years of age and spayed. She was rescued from the streets of North Philadelphia. Her owner put her outside with her bowls and litter box when a new puppy was brought home.

AT THE TABLE WITH: BP Miller |Jan 25, 2018

BP (which stands for Brian Paul) Miller is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist.

Spay and Save: “Thumper” saved from the streets |Jan 24, 2018

Thumper is a gorgeous, long-haired orange/white male approximately four months. He is neutered, vaccinated and ready only for the most committed home that will care for him all of his 10 to 15-year life.

Ambler’s Lucky Well owner hopes to hire people experiencing homelessness |Jan 23, 2018

AMBLER >> If Chad Rosenthal, the owner of barbecue joint The Lucky Well, has anything to say about it, his restaurant will soon represent a lot more than Memphis-style comfort food. It will be a symbol of philanthropy.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Gary Russell |Jan 18, 2018

Gary Russell comes from Pittsburgh, Pa. After college, he served four years in the U.S. Army. He served in Korea and then with the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C., as a paratrooper. Gary made 38 jumps in his time there.

Schools opening late after overnight snow |Jan 17, 2018

Here are the schools that have announced late openings and closings today:

Rafferty to seek fifth term in Pa. Senate |Jan 17, 2018

State Sen. John Rafferty Jr. announced Wednesday he will seek re-election to a fifth term representing the 44th Senatorial District in Harrisburg.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Jose De Los Santos |Jan 11, 2018

In 2001, at the age of 13, Jose came to the United States from the Dominican Republic. He joined his family living in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the middle child of three children in his immediate family.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Sam Traten |Jan 4, 2018

Prior to meeting for this interview, I had the opportunity to read Sam Traten’s memoir, “Ex Post Facto.” One thing that seem to run through the memoir is his quest for knowledge and himself.

Philadelphia region school delays and closings announced for Jan. 5 |Jan 4, 2018

Some school districts in the Philadelphia region have announced delays and closings for Friday, Jan. 5. The following list (in alphabetical order by county) will be updated as delays are announced.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Karen Johns |Dec 27, 2017

You can feel the love and love of life as soon as you step into the Second Avenue home of Jim and Karen Johns. The first time that they saw this home was when they were checking it out for a relative to purchase.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Phoenixville’s Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus |Dec 21, 2017

It was the Christmas of 1969 when 18-year-old Tom Mitchell was asked to be a stand-in Santa Claus for the Royersford Jaycees. Just two times as Santa, he was hooked for a lifetime and became the real deal.

GOP tax bill draws protesters to Rep. Costello’s office |Dec 18, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> As part of two different demonstrations, diverse groups of protesters met Monday outside U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department copes with deputy’s family tragedy |Dec 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An outpouring of support for Deputy Bryan Lukens and his family continues to flood the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in the aftermath of the early Wednesday morning fire at their Schwenksville home that claimed the lives of his sons, 11-year-old Bryan Lukens Jr.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Cameron Peters |Dec 14, 2017

Cameron Peters Floral Design may be a new business on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, opening Memorial Day weekend 2017, but Cameron has had a huge impact on the town.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Rabbi Jeff Sultar |Dec 6, 2017

Rabbi Jeff Sultar came to Phoenixville in the spring of 2016 to attend to the spiritual needs of Congregation B’nai Jacob. The congregation was formed over 100 years ago in a small building in the downtown.

Upper Providence man admits exposing himself to female shopper |Dec 6, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man faces court supervision after he admitted to exposing his genitals to a woman on the parking lot of a township shopping center.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Dave Gautreau |Nov 30, 2017

Finally found out how to pronounce Dave Gautreau’s last name — “Go trow.”

After losing election, Perk Valley school board president resigns, applies for vacant board seat |Nov 30, 2017

PERKIOMEN >> A new member was appointed to the Perkiomen Valley School Board Tuesday night — but not before the board president, who was rejected by the voters and said he would not apply for the post, nonetheless resigned at his last meeting and asked to be appointed to fill the vacancy.

Philadelphia region revs up for Thanksgiving travel |Nov 21, 2017

Nothing says economic security like jammed roads around Thanksgiving.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Mark Pinto |Nov 17, 2017

Mark Pinto is a familiar site to patrons of the Phoenixville Public Library. He has been with the library for 20 years, now as the director of adult services.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Nate Kubasko |Nov 15, 2017

Nate Kubasko is the youngest person I ever featured in one of my interviews. He is 11 going on 42. No matter his age, he is very accomplished.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Barbara Burns McCann |Nov 9, 2017

Barbara Burns McCann is my oldest friend in terms of length of time. We met in Sunday School when we were about 4 or so at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Church Street in Phoenixville. Between church, parties and school, we bonded and were in the same graduating class at Phoenixville Area High School.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Patricia Jones Nogar |Nov 2, 2017

In today’s over relaxed way of living, may I introduce Patricia Jones Nogar. Pat’s is a lifestyle expert, sharing her grace and the best way to enjoy life.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item community calendar: Week of Oct. 29 |Oct 26, 2017

Event submissions: Send to a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

AT THE TABLE WITH: C. Donald Howard |Oct 26, 2017

At 6 weeks old, baby Donny Howard and his family moved into the house next to us. For over 45 years, the Howards and our family shared a common wall. The Howards were the most Irish-Catholic family I have ever known, even with George Howard not being Irish and a Baptist to boot.

Barto native pens book on history of scrapple |Oct 24, 2017

“For a long time, anytime I had the opportunity to write about Pennsylvania Dutch culture and the food of my culture – I would,” said Amy Strauss, food and drink writer. Her first book, “Pennsylvania Scrapple: A Delectable History” hit bookshelves on Monday, Oct.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Ryan Conroy |Oct 19, 2017

Ryan Conroy was born in Phoenixville after his parents moved from Royersford to his great-grandparents’ house on High Street. He graduated from the Phoenixville Area High School in 2000. He belongs to the new millennium of “go-getters.

Elysian Camerata makes a second home in Ambler |Oct 18, 2017

True music lovers will brave any obstacle to hear a favorite piece — except, perhaps, the Schuylkill River.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Nancy McGuigan |Oct 12, 2017

Nancy McGuigan’s smile lights up the world, as do her genuine grace and insight.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Russell Mitman |Oct 10, 2017

His full title is the Rev. Dr. J. Russell Mitman — but to his parishioners he is just “Pastor.” He came to Parkside United Church of Christ in Phoenixville, PA in 2011 to fill in until a new minister was found for the church.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Devaney |Oct 10, 2017

If you don’t recognize the name, he is also known as “Gump”; he is a popular icon in Phoenixville.

Lettiere to become 10th president at Immaculata University |Oct 4, 2017

Malvern >> On Friday, Oct. 27, the first lay president of Immaculata University, Barbara Lettiere will become the 10th president to lead Immaculata University. She is a 1972 Immaculata graduate.