Phoenixville Local

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.

Calendar of Events |Feb 5, 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.

Rep. Quigley opens district office in Royersford |Feb 5, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Rep. Tom Quigley , R-146th Dist., has opened his new district office on Lewis Road and invites residents to stop in for assistance with state issues.

New Officers elected at Black Rock Fire Co. |Feb 5, 2015

Black Rock Volunteer Fire Co. in Upper Providence Township has elected two new officers for 2015: James Daywalt (right), chief, and James Callahan, deputy chief.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Mardis Gras, a celebration with a rich history |Feb 5, 2015

Many times we only think we know about something or some event, such as Mardi Gras. Most of us envision parades, getting drunk and parties, all ending at midnight of Ash Wednesday.

Limerick neighbors express concern over potential blasting; builders respond |Feb 5, 2015

LIMERICK >> More than 20 residents attended Tuesday’s Limerick Township Board of Supervisors to show solidarity against a proposed blasting project at a new development near their homes.

Dinniman, Kampf honored at inaugural UVF Leadership Award Day |Feb 5, 2015

University of Valley Forge welcomed State Sen. Andy Dinniman and State Rep. Warren Kampf to the Phoenixville campus for the University of Valley Forge Leadership Award Day on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

Community Cinema brings special presentation of ‘American Denial’ to Colonial |Feb 4, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WHYY, is offering an advance screening of “American Denial,” a film by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers and Kelly Thomson.

Think About It: The Prophetic Fire of Ida B. Wells |Feb 4, 2015

“None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.”

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department offers quarterly newsletter |Feb 4, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department will be giving residents of the county an inside look at the office in a new quarterly newsletter, Sheriff’s Roundup.

Perkiomen man faces jail time for heroin delivery in Collegeville |Feb 4, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Perkiomen man faces some jail time after he admitted to taking part in a scheme to deliver heroin to someone via a mailbox in Collegeville.

VIDEO: Runners trek up a snow mountain to qualify for national championships |Feb 4, 2015

SCHWENKSVILLE >> The mountain was high enough and the temperature cold enough, but icy conditions didn’t stop 30 runners from snowshoeing on the frozen ground Saturday morning.

The Clinic begins fundraising campaign for new computer server |Feb 4, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> They’re not sure how or when it happened, but when officials at The Clinic got into work Thursday morning, they faced a pretty major headache, and it wasn’t coming from a client.

Bomb squad called to Limerick nuclear plant, no bomb found |Feb 4, 2015

LIMERICK >> The Montgomery County Bomb Squad was called to Limerick Generating Station Saturday afternoon after an unscheduled delivery truck tested positive for explosives.

Cops: Collegeville man charged with rape of 12-year-old girl |Feb 4, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Police have charged a 19-year-old Collegeville man for allegedly having sex multiple times with a 12-year-old girl.

Pets of the Week |Feb 4, 2015

Benji (dog) Benji is a 6-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who is extremely calm and pretty lazy. He loves to go for walks, but he is just as happy lying beside you under a blanket. Benji attaches himself easily to people and would do better in an all-female home.

Former Lower Merion commissioner seeks GOP nomination for county commissioner’s seat |Feb 4, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Philadelphia prosecutor who served two terms as a commissioner in Lower Merion Township is seeking the Montgomery County Republican Party’s endorsement to run for Montgomery County commissioner.

DA, sheriff seek help identifying Montgomery County Courthouse bomb threat suspect |Feb 4, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in a bomb threat that was called in to the Montgomery County Court House last Thursday.

Schwenksville Elementary students ‘launch’ a science project |Feb 3, 2015

Schwenksville Elementary fifth graders participated in a unique STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity recently. Students worked in small groups to make a basic catapult and launch miniature marshmallows.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Preparing for Punxsutawney Phil’s Prognostication |Feb 2, 2015

On Monday, Feb. 2, in western Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil is getting ready to make his yearly appearance.

Phoenixville Federal holds annual Celebration of Giving event |Jan 30, 2015

Courtesy of Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust

North Coventry woman admits role in theft scheme at Limerick bank |Jan 30, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A North Coventry woman, one of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, has admitted to participating in the scheme.

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh sworn in as Montgomery County Commissioner |Jan 30, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A day after being unanimously voted into the office of county commissioner by Montgomery County’s 22 judges on the Court of Common Pleas, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh was sworn into office in the commissioners’ boardroom on Thursday morning.

Upper Providence, developer spar over trailers, delay in site work |Jan 30, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Future property improvements within an Oaks multi-use site hinges on township receipt of requested paperwork related to an incomplete approved land development project.

Limerick couple uses snowmen to announce pregnancy on Facebook |Jan 30, 2015

LIMERICK >>Nikki and Jason Arnold began their romance on Facebook, so perhaps it’s only natural that they should announce a pending addition to their family there as well.

Royersford man arrested at Wawa in Pottstown with heroin, marijuana |Jan 30, 2015

POTTSTOWN >> A Royersford man has been charged after police allegedly found heroin and marijuana in his wallet and pants pocket.

Former Phoenixville PAL boxer gives back through college grant-writing class |Jan 30, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Owen Logue, a senior at Immaculata University, is giving back to the Phoenixville Police Athletic League (PAL), a non-profit organization that he was first involved with as a teenager.

Norristown Area school board approves move to Pioneer Athletic Conference |Jan 30, 2015

WEST NORRITON >> The Norristown Area School District athletic programs will be making the switch to the Pioneer Athletic Conference after all.

Yellow Springs Farm’s Cloud Nine cheese wins big at PA Farm Show |Jan 30, 2015

WEST PIKELAND >> A locally-made goat cheese recently took top honors at the inaugural Pennsylvania Farm Show cheese competition, held in Harrisburg in January.

Royersford speed-eating champion heads to Wing Bowl 23 |Jan 30, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> It didn’t take very long for Bob Shoudt to show his fellow chicken-wing eating competitors why he’s currently ranked eighth in the world in speed eating.

Pets of the Week |Jan 29, 2015

Elsa (cat) Elsa is an all-black domestic short hair who is a sweet and active fur-ball! She is approximately 6 months old, spayed, and loves other pets and children.

Merger of 2 Montco ‘complementary’ banks called off |Jan 29, 2015

LIMERICK >> It looks like The Victory Bank of Limerick and Huntingdon Valley Bank will not be merging after all.

Bomb threat at Montgomery County Courthouse under investigation |Jan 29, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> An investigation is underway to find out who called in two bomb threats on Thursday morning that led to the evacuation of the county courthouse.

Calendar of Events |Jan 29, 2015

Ongoing Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School.

Route 422 restrictions at Route 363 Interchange in Montco for overhead bridge construction |Jan 29, 2015

KING OF PRUSSIA >> Daytime lane closures will be in place next week on Route 422 at the Route 363 (Trooper Road) Interchange in West Norriton and Lower Providence townships for overhead bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Ex-troop leader for Upper Providence Scouts accused of $10K theft |Jan 29, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Lansdale woman who led Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops based in Upper Providence faces charges she allegedly has “stolen from children” to the tune of more than $10,000.

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to take Leslie Richards’ spot on Montgomery County Board of Commissioners |Jan 29, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Judges of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Springfield Township Democrat Dr. Valerie Arkoosh to fill the vacant spot left by Leslie Richards on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Think About It: Before I Go Blind |Jan 29, 2015

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Valley Forge National Historical Park looks to rent commercial space in historic buildings |Jan 28, 2015

UPPER MERION >> How would you feel about heading over to Valley Forge National Historical Park for a double shot cappuccino and a blueberry scone — in a quaint café setting where memories fairly resonate off the walls?