Callers pretend to be IRS in scam |Jul 18, 2014

LIMERICK — Police are warning township residents of a phone scam in which the perpetrators act as if they are with the IRS.

Schuylkill Twp man attacks UPS driver |Jul 18, 2014

SCHUYLKILL TWP — For an unknown reason, a man allegedly attacked a UPS driver who had been traveling behind him on his way to deliver a package.

PHOTOS: Area children meet Montgomery the bald eagle at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park |Jul 18, 2014

Children came to meet Montgomery the bald eagle at the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park & Wildlife Center July 11. While they were there, they learned about the diet and habitat of bald eagles and participated in arts and crafts.

PHOTOS: Uncle B’s, Fenice Creolo host inaugural Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil event |Jul 18, 2014

Neighboring eateries Uncle B’s BBQ Shack and Fenice Creolo teamed up to host their inaugural Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil last Sunday, July 13, outside of the restaurants at Village of Eland shopping center in Phoenixville.

Playoffs set for VFCC summer league |Jul 18, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - The 2014 regular season of the Valley Forge Christian College Men’s Basketball Summer League, sponsored by Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Valley Forge and Miller Flooring Company, drew to a close on July 17 with Sherwin-Williams going undefeated and earning a number one seed for the playoffs with a 7-0 record.

Rothman Institute brings orthopaedic expertise to Limerick |Jul 18, 2014

Orthopaedic patients have a new option for care in the Spring-Ford area. Rothman Institute opened a new 15,000-square foot facility in Limerick in mid-April, just steps from Physicians Care Surgical Hospital.

West Nile virus detected in Chesco and Montco |Jul 18, 2014

West Nile virus has been detected in mosquito samples collected in both Chester and Montgomery county this year.

Business groups back Ryan Costello in Pa.’s 6th Congressional District |Jul 17, 2014

DOWNINGTOWN — The local, state and national chambers of commerce gathered Tuesday to announce their united support for 6th Congressional District candidate Ryan Costello.

Phoenixville council gets grant for river wall, rejects streetscape bids |Jul 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough council got good news and bad news at last week’s meeting regarding some projects around town.

Phoenixville contemplating adding lights to some parks |Jul 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Council decided last week to pursue a grant which would potentially put lights on athletic fields in borough parks.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Icy cold treats help keep the summer cool |Jul 17, 2014

ICED TEA – Can trace its conception back to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. As a gimmick, a tea plantation owner was going to hand out sample cups of hot tea. But, that summer was so hot, fair goers did not want to consume a hot drink.

Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. launches recruitment campaign to prepare for fair |Jul 17, 2014

Rides, games of chance, food concessions, raffles, bake goods sales, log sawing and livestock competitions — it takes a lot of manpower for Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. to mount its annual summer fair.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Cleaning tips to protect your valuables |Jul 17, 2014

I met a client during an in-home appraisal evaluation session who had raised six sons in a house with a pristine, fragile and very valuable collection of antique glassware. Her ability to have boys share a house with fragile stemware prompted me to share my tips for protecting your valuables.

Think About It: Stop and Smell the Roses |Jul 16, 2014

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”

At RSVP, tutors don’t just go to classrooms |Jul 16, 2014

How many students can a tutor help? In the case of Clarence Rader – probably more than a thousand!

Here’s one fix for our imperfect marketplace: paid leave |Jul 16, 2014

As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again:

Debt forces college grads to move back home |Jul 16, 2014

Brian Mahoney, 24, of Collegeville, has had to bounce around from job to job while his bachelor’s degree collects dust. It’s the only thing he can do to get his life going while he lives at home with his parents and tries to get a handle on his out-of-control student loans.

Improving chemical safety: A baby step in the right direction |Jul 16, 2014

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals.

Artists to create mural at Collegeville’s Power House |Jul 16, 2014

Their six original murals include the ones they’ve created for the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Norriton Fire Engine Company 61 and Meadowood Senior Living community.

Limerick man arrested second time for exposing himself |Jul 16, 2014

LIMERICK — A man who previously pleaded guilty to exposing himself in public parks has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to two young girls.

On stage this summer in the Phoenixville area |Jul 16, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Methacton Community Theatre will present its summer musical “Oliver!,” July 18 through July 26 in Collegeville. The popular show, with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.

Colonial Theatre to host Jewish short film series |Jul 16, 2014

Retreat from the summer heat and delight in the Summer Shorts Film Series presented by The Kehillah of Chester County at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. The series, which will feature the screenings of contemporary Jewish short films from around the world followed by lively discussions, will be presented on consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.

Allied Wire & Cable named ‘Business of the Year’ by Main Line Chamber |Jul 15, 2014

The Mainline Chamber of Commerce has honored Allied Wire & Cable with the 2014 “Business of the Year” award during its annual Celebration of Business Leadership luncheon on June 26.

Local Sports Notices for July 20 |Jul 15, 2014

SPORTS PROGRAMS The Phoenixville Borough Recreation Department will oversee a number of summer camps: The PAPA Basketball League June 15-Aug. 17, the Total Soccer Camps (ages 3-5 and 6-12) June 30-July 3 at Reeves Park, the Impact Basketball Camp (ages 6-12) July 14-18 at Reservoir Park, Tri Golf (ages 8-12) July 14-17 at Reeves Park and the Total Sports Camps (ages 3-5and 6-12) July 21-25 at Reeves Park.

Local teens and kids to perform ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2014

Travel with us to a quaint French village where Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, yearns for something more than her provincial life. Come see “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” as presented by Firebird Theatre.

Perkiomen Valley School Board member resigns |Jul 15, 2014

PERKIOMEN — Andrea Galambos will not return to the Perkiomen Valley School Board for the 2014-15 school year.

Upper Providence Police investigating burglaries |Jul 15, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Township Police are looking for burglars who target homes when they are unoccupied throughout the township.

Firebird Theatre to present ‘Shrek: The Musical’ |Jul 15, 2014

Once upon a time, there was an animated film about a lovable ogre named Shrek and a beautiful princess named Fiona... And now, that story comes to life on the stage in “Shrek: The Musical!”

Holy Cross eighth graders graduate |Jul 15, 2014

On June 11, 78 students from Holy Cross Regional Catholic School were awarded diplomas following liturgy. Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Patrick Sweeney and Father Peter DiMaria. Many of the graduates were recognized for their academic achievements and service to their parishes and communities.

Case dismissed against teen charged as adult in alleged stabbing incident |Jul 15, 2014

SKIPPACK — The criminal case against a teen charged as an adult for allegedly stabbing his mother’s boyfriend was dismissed by a judge Monday morning after the purported victim took the stand in a district courtroom packed with the defendant’s friends and family but refused to testify in detail about the incident.

Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in Skippack homes |Jul 15, 2014

SKIPPACK — More than 100 residents who were displaced from their homes on North Gorski Lane and surrounding streets after a gas leak Sunday night were allowed to return to their residences Monday morning as county authorities and local firefighters continued to investigate the leak’s source.

Limerick man pleads guilty to receiving stolen funds from Ryerss horse farm |Jul 15, 2014

WEST CHESTER – Sometime in 2010, Jared B. Harrison started cashing checks written to him from the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines - checks for hay, checks for feed, as referenced in the their notations.

Quarter Midget racing results |Jul 15, 2014

The Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club held its regular weekly show of racing at Phoenix Raceway.

Recreation team tennis continues season |Jul 15, 2014

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Ursinus professor studying volunteer firefighters’ hearts |Jul 14, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building.

Upper Providence residents complain about traffic, flooding concerns |Jul 14, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Traffic and flooding problems were brought to the attention of township supervisors at a recent meeting.

Playoffs approach in VFCC summer league |Jul 14, 2014

After taking a week off for the holiday break, the teams entered the second to last week of regular season play in the 2014 season of the Valley Forge Christian College Men’s Basketball Summer League.

Meter tamperer generates probation for defrauding PECO of $346k |Jul 14, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Philadelphia man who tampered with utility meters to reduce some account holders’ monthly PECO electrical bills, to the tune of nearly $350,000, has generated some court supervision in connection with the five-county theft scheme.

UPDATED: Gas leak forces Skippack homes to be evacuated |Jul 14, 2014

More than 10 homes were evacuated on North Gorski Lane in Skippack on Sunday evening as a result of a reported gas leak.

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Pottstown PAL Spartans named league co-champs |Jul 14, 2014

The Pottstown PAL Spartans were named co-champions of the ECTB Championships on July 13 in Allentown.

Spring City ends Phoenixville season |Jul 14, 2014

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Auto Racing: Smith wins third feature of year |Jul 14, 2014

WILLIAMS GROVE Stevie Smith won his third feature of the year on July 11, besting Brian Montieth in the Outlaw warmup race. Smith started fourth and Montieth started ninth. Lucas Wolfe drove from sixth starting spot to finish third, followed by Ryan Smith and Gerard McIntyre Jr.

PHOTOS: Sci-Fi, Horror fans pack Phoenixville for biggest BlobFest yet |Jul 12, 2014

Much like the monster that is its namesake, BlobFest just keeps growing.

Just 1 violation found at BBQ joint where employee burned |Jul 11, 2014

LIMERICK — An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the restaurant where a female employee was seriously burned in May turned up just one violation.

Man jailed for crash stemming from cancelled date with prostitute |Jul 11, 2014

WEST CHESTER — Note to criminals: Always remember to check the tank before driving to the scene of the crime.

Phoenixville businesses get into the spirit of BlobFest |Jul 11, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — The Colonial Theatre’s annual BlobFest brings thousands of visitors to Phoenixville for a weekend of science fiction and screenings of the 1958 cult classic.

Royersford man convicted of assault applies for Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court |Jul 11, 2014

COURTHOUSE — A Royersford man who was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for choking his pregnant girlfriend in June 2013 had his sentencing hearing deferred to give him a chance to apply for Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court.

Theater News in Brief: ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘Oliver!’ coming to Collegeville |Jul 10, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Methacton Community Theatre will present its summer musical “Oliver!,” July 18 through July 26 in Collegeville. The popular show, with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.

Animal Medical Center in Trappe to splash, bake for charity |Jul 10, 2014

TRAPPE — Splish, splash, Fido’s taking a bath — and all for a good cause.