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Phoenixville Police ask public for help in locating missing Berks girl |Aug 18, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Police say they are on the lookout for a 15-year-old from Berks County who was seen in the area.

Sheriff’s office ‘going to the dogs’ on Cruise Night |Aug 18, 2017

West ChesteR >> If you tell Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh that her office has gone to the dogs, she might not totally disagree.

Friends, family pray for justice as suspect in fatal Chesco road rage case waives hearing |Aug 18, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> In a brief proceeding Thursday that had been anticipated since his arrest last month on charges that he shot and killed a beloved recent Rustin High School graduate in an apparent “road rage” incident, suspect David Desper waived his preliminary hearing.

No one hits Powerball; jackpot soars to $510 million |Aug 18, 2017

Brace yourself for a serious dose of Powerball mania!

WCU Planetarium hosting free public eclipse party |Aug 18, 2017

West Chester >> On Monday, August 21, a swath of North America will experience a total eclipse of the sun, the first eclipse to cross the entire United States since 1918. Karen Schwarz, director of West Chester University’s Mather Planetarium, will host a free, public viewing party on the University’s Academic Quad from 1 to 4 p.

THE TABLE: Sardinia — island off the Italian mainland |Aug 17, 2017

Located south of the French island of Corsica, the Italian island of Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Cagliari is the capital and the largest city on the island. The island is divided into four provinces.

Waffatopia in Conshohocken to celebrate National Waffle Day with multiple events |Aug 17, 2017

CONSHOHOCKEN >> You can bet that whoever said a waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap never sank his teeth into an authentic Liege-style waffle from Waffatopia.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Vacation, tides, and the rhythms of life |Aug 17, 2017

I just got back from our annual family vacation on the coast of Maine. There is something about the quantity and the quality of all the blue and green — the ocean and the forests — that keeps calling us back.

Downingtown West graduate awards 2 students with scholarships |Aug 17, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> For the third consecutive year, Downingtown West High School graduate Steven Tribuno financially helped two recent graduates at his alma mater to help further their education this fall semester.

Lifetime Fitness, King of Prussia, partially closes as sinkhole is investigated |Aug 17, 2017

TREDYFFRIN >> Indoor paddle board yoga and other activities at a swanky new fitness club in King of Prussia will be on hold for the moment as an investigation into a possible sinkhole continues.

Doubleclicks’ ‘Love Problems’ is a leap forward |Aug 17, 2017

Happiness has not spoiled the Doubleclicks. Singing sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Turner, who return to Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville Aug. 26, have both married since their previous appearance there last year.

Trappe woman admits embezzling $283K from Lower Gwynedd businesses |Aug 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Trappe woman has a decade of court supervision in her future and will have a monthly restitution bill after she admitted to embezzling more than $283,000 from two Lower Gwynedd businesses, owned by a relative, for which she worked.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 20 |Aug 17, 2017

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

BEST BETS: Next week’s concert highlights bring Jonny Lang, Miknna and others to our region |Aug 17, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Solidarity Run at Norristown Farm Park supports county Victim Services Center |Aug 17, 2017

EAST NORRITON >> Linda VanOcker doesn’t know the name of the 19-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted at Norristown Farm Park Aug. 1.

Backlash over Facebook post haunts Chesco sheriff |Aug 17, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Events in Charlottesville, Virginia caught up with Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh over the weekend, leading to a storm of criticism against her and some calls for her resignation from her office.

Staff Picks: Best sushi restaurants in the Philly suburbs for crazy rolls |Aug 16, 2017

If you’re looking for the freshest sushi with top-notch, crazy rolls, there’s no need to travel to the city when the Philadelphia suburbs have an incredible line-up of sushi restaurants ready to satiate your raw craving.

New class of honorees for Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame examples of powerhouse vocals, soulful vibes |Aug 16, 2017

Spanning the 1930s to the present, this year’s honorees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame include a notable number of women.

Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxell announces 5K to “end gender-based violence” |Aug 16, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell announced the “Mayors 5k to End Gender-Based Violence” set for October, which is Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Natural Lands plans two local outdoor music events |Aug 16, 2017

Media>> Natural Lands is hosting a pair of outdoor music events at two of their Chester County nature preserves this September.

OJR teacher charged in sex assault case used ‘burner’ cellphone to talk with student |Aug 16, 2017

SOUTH COVENTRY >> Melissa Sue Bonkoski thought with a little cleverness she could avoid detection.

Six Flags sets world record fon National Roller Coaster Day |Aug 16, 2017

Six Flags Great Adventure celebrated National Roller Coaster Day by setting a new record, and it involves pajamas.

Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton bring high-powered blues to Sellersville Theater |Aug 16, 2017

Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton, two of the hottest young blues artists today, will be sharing the night at Sellersville Theater. They will each perform with their own bands.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From PAW Patrol to food trucks to community festivals and more — lots to enjoy |Aug 16, 2017

Take off American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: Celebrate World Helicopter Day noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester. Every day thousands of people rely on helicopters for rescue, disaster relief, transport, firefighting, medical transfers, power line maintenance, tourism, agriculture and many other roles.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ a chilling, compelling drama in harsh setting |Aug 16, 2017

One can argue that in the tales penned by Taylor Sheridan, the setting is a character, one almost as important as the protagonist.

Hearing set for Thursday in Chester County road rage homicide |Aug 16, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> Attention will turn once again on Thursday to West Goshen — the quiet suburban township of modest ranch homes, stately ice hockey rinks, and flashy home shopping network studios — for news surrounding a tragic homicide, as the preliminary hearing for a Delaware County man accused in the shooting death of a local teenager in an apparent road rage case is scheduled to get underway.

LOCAL MUSIC: Royersford rock band Rofo Audio involves local businesses in their music videos |Aug 16, 2017

Power trio Rofo Audio are like unofficial ambassadors for the Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce.

FOOD: Zounds, me hearties! It’s National Rum Day |Aug 16, 2017

Forget “yo-ho-ho.” When the women behind Full Spirited Flavours need rum, they don’t buy a bottle. They import 55-gallon drums.

Hearing continued for OJR teacher charged with sexual assault |Aug 16, 2017

SOUTH COVENTRY >> A preliminary hearing involving charges related to an Owen J. Roberts teacher have been continued until September.

MOVIE REVIEW: Action-comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ largely wastes Jackson-Reynolds pairing |Aug 16, 2017

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is evidence that it takes more than an appealing pair of leading men to make the dynamite go boom.

EAT & DRINK: Phoenixville’s TASTE, Sand Castle Winery host Vegan Winemakers Dinner |Aug 16, 2017

TASTE, the new vegan restaurant from Sand Castle Winery, will host a winemakers dinner at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 31. Executive Chef Theo Charitos will pair a six course vegan menu with select wines from Sand Castle Winery.

TASTE-OFF: Trader Joe’s best — and worst — chocolate cookies |Aug 15, 2017

Cookies are a magical food — especially when they’re studded with chocolate chips or chunks. They’re an instant pick-me-up and all-around great snack. You can make them at home, of course, but another option is to leave the measuring and mixing to Trader Joe’s.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

Alleged fraudulent expenses fueled luxury lifestyle for QVC exec |Aug 15, 2017

Wise employees know how to “stretch” their company purchases to meet expenses — looking for discounts on websites, forgoing lunch to be able to afford a nice dinner on the town, putting off elective costs to be able to meet the monthly bills.

CD REVIEW: With ‘potent’ new CD out, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer play World Cafe Live |Aug 15, 2017

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer Not Dark Yet

THE YANKEE CHEF: Step out of the box with this berries and cake treat |Aug 15, 2017

Want something a little out of the ordinary? This “communal” summertime dessert is perfect as is or have some real vanilla bean ice cream for your friends and family to scoop right on top of this fantastic dessert.

PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL: Graham Nash enjoying being a solo artist |Aug 15, 2017

A member of either The Hollies; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; or Crosby & Nash for most of his musical career, Graham Nash is finally getting some alone time.

Variety Club students learn job skills with Einstein Montgomery Farmer’s Market |Aug 15, 2017

EAST NORRITON >> Who doesn’t love a pop up farmer’s market?

Bill Cosby seeks more time to find new lawyer for sex assault trial |Aug 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby has asked a judge for more time to find a new lawyer for his sex assault trial as another member of his legal team requests to withdraw from the case, according to court papers.

Rally in wake of Charlottesville set for 8 p.m. tonight in Phoenixville |Aug 15, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> An anti-hate rally is being planned for the corner of Bridge and Main streets Friday and it being co-organized by a liberal and a Republican official.

Pa Prep Live’s Search for the No. 1 Student Section |Aug 15, 2017

Do you think your school has what it takes to be crowned the No. 1 student section in Southeastern Pa.? Well, prove it! Pa Prep Live is hosting the first-ever Battle of the Student Sections to determine which school will boast bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Chester County officials distributing potassium iodide tablets |Aug 15, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> As part of Chester County’s ongoing emergency preparedness efforts, the Chester County Health Department is making available free potassium iodide tablets for people who live within a 10-mile radius of the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday, Aug.

Steel River presents ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ |Aug 15, 2017

“Legally Blonde Jr.” is coming to Steel River Playhouse Aug. 25 – 27. This hit show follows the adventures of a sorority girl named Elle Woods — a Gemini with a double Capricorn moon — who tries to win her ex-boyfriend back by earning a Harvard law degree.

‘Vigil for Charlottesville’ planned in Pottstown |Aug 15, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, organizations in Pottstown are banding together to hold a “Vigil for Charlottesville” on Thursday.

TRENDING: Safely celebrating the upcoming Great American Eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

It’s not going to be your average Monday.

What you need to know driving in a solar eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

Drivers are familiar with the many hazards they regularly face on the regions’s roads: snow in the winter, wet leaves in the fall, sun glare during rush hours.

Phoenixville sees rising enrollments as new school prepares to open |Aug 14, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> As school officials prepare to open the new Manavon Elementary School/Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center for the new school year, they are also keeping any eye on enrollments.

Business reps say tax hikes to balance Pa. budget will hurt |Aug 14, 2017

As state officials hash out a revenue plan for the state budget, some business officials say proposed tax hikes could hurt utilities and drive growth and opportunity elsewhere.

New law tightens protections for dogs in Pa. |Aug 14, 2017

The Humane Society of the United States, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, as well as state and local rescues have warned for years of the dangers of the chronic chaining or tethering of dogs.

Cops: Ex-East Whiteland man faces charges for sex with 12-year-olds |Aug 14, 2017

A former East Whiteland man is incarcerated in Chester County Prison today awaiting a preliminary hearing later this month on charges that he had sex with two 12-year-old girls, an incident that allegedly began at his 21st birthday party.