Phoenixville Local

RSVP’s Protégé Mentoring Program Creates Special Bonds |Feb 16, 2015

Few things are more reassuring in life than a friend who has a genuine interest in your wellbeing — someone whom you can trust, someone who has your best interests at heart and someone who will help you in any way they can.

The Forge Theatre brightens winter with Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot in the Park’ |Feb 16, 2015

The Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave. in Phoenixville, offers up a little bit of springtime with their next production, Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park.”

Photos: Boy Scouts attend annual Pilgrimage and Encampment at Valley Forge |Feb 16, 2015

UPPER MERION >> Boys Scouts from around the region descended on Valley Forge National Historical Park this weekend for the 103rd annual Pilgrimage and Encampment.

Royersford’s Project Outreach officially recognized as public non-profit |Feb 16, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Royersford’s Project Outreach has received some good news that its directors say will help the organization to help the community more than it does now.

Phoenixville School Board calls on community to support physics team fundraiser |Feb 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> As the Phoenixville Area High School physics team prepares for its competition in Thailand this summer, officials are focused on making sure the team can afford to make the trip without costing the district an arm and a leg.

Phoenixville High School physics students gear up for international competition in Thailand |Feb 16, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Between the piles of loose wiring, boxes of Goldfish crackers, laptop computers, lasers and high-tech equipment, some of Phoenixville Area High School’s best and brightest science students are preparing for the biggest fight of their young lives on the world stage.

Phoenixville’s Nicotine Anonymous celebrates 28 years Ash Wednesday |Feb 16, 2015

Founded on Feb. 18, 1987, the Phoenixville Group of Nicotine Anonymous began. Ironically, the date of the first meeting was Ash Wednesday, with no pun intended.

Shoemakersville native serves aboard USS Fitzgerald |Feb 16, 2015

A 2006 Spring-Ford High School graduate and Shoemakersville native is serving aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), living and working at the Navy’s forward-deployed base south of Tokyo.

Chester County Democrats delighted with DNC selection |Feb 13, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democrats reacted with delighted anticipation to the news Thursday that the Democratic National Committee had selected neighboring Philadelphia as the site of the party’s 2016 convention, at which a presidential nominee will be chosen.

Coventry Mall thief escapes 2 police departments with high-speed chases |Feb 13, 2015

LIMERICK >> A high-speed chase that ranged over two counties and three townships ended Wednesday with one-car crash, one near-miss, the discovery of an abandoned car, but no driver.

Rep. Kampf hosts grand opening of new Oaks office |Feb 13, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> State Rep. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester) will hold a grand opening on Thursday of his new district office at 1501 Egypt Road in Oaks.

Montgomery County officials react to announcement that 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philly |Feb 13, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> With the Democratic National Committee’s Thursday morning announcement that Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, local lawmakers hailed the move as both a political and economic boon to the region.

Sen. Dinniman works with Chester County SPCA to open ‘Henry’s Cupboard’ |Feb 13, 2015

WEST GOSHEN >> State Sen. Andrew Dinniman, his family and the Chester County SPCA held the grand opening on Thursday, of Henry’s Cupboard, a pet-food pantry to assist area income-eligible pet owners.

PHOTO: Work continues on King of Prussia Mall expansion |Feb 13, 2015

Workers connect pieces of the steel framing together as construction progresses on the King of Prussia Mall’s expansion project in Upper Merion Thursday Feb. 12, 2015. In 2016, a simple outdoor catwalk that has kept The Plaza and The Court on mutually beneficial speaking terms for four decades will melt away, and the malls will merge into one megalopolis of a shopping destination called the King of Prussia Mall.

Black Rock VFC beef and beverage to raise funds for Sims family |Feb 12, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Dale Sims had a lot of friends.

Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I |Feb 12, 2015

“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”

Police arrest Collegeville man for drug sales in Upper Providence |Feb 12, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A Collegeville man has been charged after the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and Upper Providence Police conducted a lengthy investigation into an alleged cocaine trafficking operation.

Phoenixville council waives $126K permit fee for Colonial Theatre expansion |Feb 12, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Does waiving a large fee to help a beloved community organization set a problematic precedent for Phoenxiville Borough Council?

PHOTOS: East Pikeland recognizes officers for efforts in 2014, area nurses for saving a life |Feb 12, 2015

EAST PIKELAND >> At the Feb. 3 Board of Supervisors meeting, East Pikeland officials recognized several officers for the work they did in 2014.

Spring-Ford students prepare to ‘Rock the Runway’ at prom/spring fashion show |Feb 12, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Music Association is hosting a new and exciting fundraiser next weekend. The “Rock the Runway” Prom Preview Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, Feb.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Food and everyday tips, shortcuts & more |Feb 12, 2015

We will start over for the second time going through the alphabet of foods that was so well received the first time through. So watch for the “A” next week. I hope you try ideas from today’s column!

Black Rock VFC purchases rescue engine for growing number of accident calls |Feb 12, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> In 15 years, Upper Providence Township has grown substantially. So, too, have demands on members of the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company.

Trappe man convicted of armed robbery at Limerick Kohl’s |Feb 12, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Trappe man showed no emotion as a Montgomery County jury convicted him of the armed robbery of a jewelry counter clerk at the Kohl’s store in Limerick.

Cupid’s Cranium 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk to be held in Royersford on Valentines Day |Feb 12, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Nine local Chick-fil-A restaurants have partnered with At Least Kids Foundation to sponsor Cupid’s Cranium 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Calendar of Events |Feb 12, 2015

Ongoing Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26.

Valley Forge Military College professor recalls service with ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle |Feb 11, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The late Chris Kyle is lauded as the deadliest SEAL sniper in military history.

Trappe company wants donation to set example for small businesses |Feb 11, 2015

WEST NORRITON >> Every small business can come up with a few bucks to donate to charity if it digs deep enough.

State police corporal faces charges in shooting death of State Trooper David Kedra |Feb 11, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The district attorney’s office Tuesday announced charges against a state trooper accused of accidently shooting and killing another state trooper during a firearms training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in September 2014.

Upper Providence to pay for manhole covers as part of Egypt Road paving |Feb 11, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Township supervisors approved a resolution authorizing the execution of a PennDOT letter of agreement to pay $19,355 for manholes as part of the state’s plans to resurface Egypt Road.

Marriott Residence Inn a step closer to opening 111-suite facility in Upper Providence |Feb 11, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A national chain is one step closer to opening a proposed 111-suite Marriott Residence Inn off Route 422.

Phoenixville Police arrest man with marijuana, 27 bags of cocaine |Feb 11, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Police arrested a Philadelphia man on Feb. 7 after he allegedly lied to police about his identity and was found in possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Videotape adds drama in trial for armed robbery at Limerick Kohl’s jewelry counter |Feb 11, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County jurors appeared riveted Wednesday as they viewed surveillance videotape depicting a man’s armed robbery of the jewelry counter at the Kohl’s department store in Limerick.

Pa. Supreme Court suspends Kerns’ law license |Feb 10, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The attorney who was once headed the Montgomery County Republican Committee will have his law license temporarily suspended, the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced Monday.

PHOTOS: Spring Valley YMCA holds first Frozen Winter Carnival |Feb 9, 2015

Cold weather couldn’t keep Limerick area residents away from the Spring Valley YMCA Jan. 25 when the Y held its first Frozen Winter Carnival.

Pets of the Week |Feb 9, 2015

Angel (cat) Angel is a black and white spayed female domestic short hair rescued from the streets of Norristown. She is approximately 4 to 5 years old. She is good with other pets once she gets to know them.

Dinniman family, CCSPCA announces opening of Henry’s Cupboard |Feb 9, 2015

WEST GOSHEN >> State Sen. Andrew Dinniman, his family and the Chester County SPCA announced the formation of Henry’s Cupboard, a pet-food pantry to assist area income-eligible pet-owners.

Montgomey County officials: Suspected measles scare not measles |Feb 9, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Residents in Montgomery County can breathe a sigh of relief — a suspected case of measles in the county has been ruled not a case of measles, according to the Montgomery County Department of Health.

Montco GOP leaders recommend candidates for D.A., judge |Feb 9, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Lawyers from all corners of Montgomery County have been recommended by leaders of the Montgomery County Republican Committee as the party’s candidates for district attorney as well as four judicial posts.

Democrat Arkoosh votes herself in as Montco commissioners’ vice chairwoman |Feb 9, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Voting for herself, newcomer Valerie Arkoosh was elected by a 2-1 vote on Thursday to serve as vice chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

The House, new shelter for homeless women, opens in Phoenixville |Feb 9, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> To help combat the plight of homelessness in the community, a new homeless shelter has recently formed in the borough of Phoenixville.

Chester County receives a $1.5 million grant for a program to end homelessness |Feb 9, 2015

Chester County received $1.5 million in Continuum of Care grants from the United States Government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development to support the initiatives of Chester County’s Decade to Doorways program.

Phoenixville woman goes through crawlspace to hide from cops |Feb 9, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Some criminal offenders will go to great lengths to avoid getting pinched by the police. For Wynne Hays, that length was the distance between her home and her next door neighbor’s.

New Chesco SAT scores posted |Feb 9, 2015

The state Department of Education, in admitting it erred in the numbers it reported early last week for average SAT scores for Pennsylvania public high schools, has reposted the figures that detail students’ scores in the national standardized test used by many as a barometer of academic performance.

Firefighters dispatched to Linfield Industrial Park |Feb 9, 2015

LIMERICK >> A fire was reported Sunday evening in an abandoned building in the Linfield Industrial Park in Limerick. Fire officials were not immediately available to comment on the extent of the fire.

Montgomery County hires new head of commerce department |Feb 9, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County Salary Board has approved the hiring of a new director of the county’s commerce department.

Three charged in alleged burglary, arson scheme that damaged Pottstown home |Feb 6, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Three accused burglars used an Internet website and cellphone GPS programs to identify the residential targets of their crimes, according to authorities.

Phoenixville School Board OKs $86.5M prelim budget with 3.7% tax hike |Feb 6, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Have the checkbook handy — early projections show a tax hike in the Phoenixville Area School District may be coming.

Man charged with vandalism spree in Schwenksville, Collegeville, Perkiomenville |Feb 6, 2015

SCHWENKSVILLE >> A man is facing charges after allegedly causing damage to 20 different properties in Schwenksville, Collegeville and Perkiomenville.

Collegeville family raises assistance dogs for people with disabilities |Feb 5, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A Collegeville family has found a way to do something they enjoy while helping others.

Phoenixville staple Emmett Gruici turns 90 |Feb 5, 2015

Phoenixville community figure and historian Emmett Gruici celebrated his 90th with friends and Family at St. John’s Lutheran Church Friday night. Mr. Gruici was honored with Special Presentations on his special day.