Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville holds fundraiser for memorial garden |May 21, 2015

Phoenixville >> A local high school baseball team recently hosted a special game and raised more than $1,000 for an important cause.

What’s happening in Philly area entertainment? |May 21, 2015

The latest in local high school sports |May 21, 2015

Dogwood Parade and festival bring out the best of Phoenixville |May 18, 2015

Phoenixville >> Thousands came out to enjoy Phoenixville’s annual Dogwood Parade last Saturday, May 16, which marked the last day of the weeklong Dogwood Festival. Community members lined the streets of the parade route and watched as more than 90 groups participated this year.

Spring-Ford teachers honored by students |May 17, 2015

Spring is typically when graduating seniors receive accolades. But for the 10th year, Spring-Ford Area School District seniors applauded the teachers, counselors and administrators who have made an impact on their lives at the 10th annual Senior Impact Awards.

Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville to hold annual Patriotic Celebration May 22 |May 17, 2015

Phoenixville >> The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville invites the community to attend its 23rd annual Patriotic Celebration on Friday, May 22, in Reeves Park beginning at 9:30 a.m.

THINK ABOUT IT: Trust your crazy ideas |May 17, 2015

“It’s easy to come up with big ideas. Just think of something that everyone agrees would be ‘wonderful’ if it were only ‘possible’ – and then set out to make it possible.

ABC TO XYZ IN FOODS: Discovering the difference between jambalaya and gumbo |May 17, 2015

Jambalaya and Gumbo are often mistaken for each other. Both originated in the Cajun and Creole school of cooking. Jambalaya is sort of a cousin to paella as it made with many of the same ingredients.

Pets of the Week |May 17, 2015

Blaise and Bonnie (cats) Blaise and Bonnie are dear little things who came in together and have been together for 8 years. Very friendly young seniors. Bonnie is a nice, pretty girl, a short-haired calico (black/tan/orange.

After 3,500 games, Phillies security guard calls it a career |May 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> After 45 years of working security detail for the Philadelphia Phillies, Tony Valerio, 87, of Ridley Township, decided to finally retire.

Last Genuardi’s supermarket slated to close |May 16, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> When the sign soon comes down at the last remaining Genuardi’s market, in Audubon, the name once synonymous with a local family-run empire will disappear from the landscape forever.

Tax liens filed against Phoenixville school board candidate’s failed business |May 15, 2015

Phoenixville >> A failed business, in which Phoenixville School Board candidate Lisa Longo was one of five investors, has tax liens filed against it in Chester County courts, records show.

6 seek 5 open seats on Perkiomen Valley School Board |May 15, 2015

No matter who wins, there will be at least one new member of the Perkiomen Valley School Board when the swearing-in ceremony occurs in December.

‘Mad Max’ has met his match in ‘Fury Road’ with Charlize Theron |May 14, 2015

When Charlize Theron first heard about “Mad Max: Fury Road,” she admits she was skeptical. The film, a 12-years-in-the planning reboot of the successful series starring Mel Gibson, did not sound like the kind of project which would offer a meaty role for its female lead.

NEW ON DVD - Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning performance saves ‘Still Alice’ |May 14, 2015

Can a great performance redeem a so-so movie? In the case of “Still Alice” (2014, Sony, PG-13, $30), the answer is a resounding yes. Oscar winner Julianne Moore does such a superb job portraying a linguistics professor affected with early-onset Alzheimer’s that you can understand what her character is going through every step of the way.

Phoenixville Area High School inducts Wall of Fame members |May 14, 2015

Phoenixville Area High School recently welcomed two new members to its Wall of Fame.

Harrowing assault draws state prison term |May 14, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Phoenixville area man with a history of domestic violence towards his girlfriend pleaded guilty just before his trial on assault charges was about to begin.

Phoenixville Borough Council hires law firm; councilwoman angry at spending choices |May 14, 2015

Phoenixville >> Two hotly debated issues lead Phoenixville Borough Council member Jennifer Mayo to say council should be ashamed of itself Tuesday night.

Election 2015: Eight candidates vie for five Phoenixville School Board seats |May 14, 2015

There’s two separate elections taking place on May 19. One for Democrats and one for Republicans. In Phoenixville, eight candidates are vying for five open seats on the school board.

Four Spring-Ford Area School Board candidates vie for Region 1 seats |May 14, 2015

With the May 19 primary election approaching, four candidates are vying for two open seats in Region 1 of the Spring-Ford Area School Board, which covers Upper Providence.

Two vie for Region 3 seat on Spring-Ford Area School Board |May 14, 2015

With the May 19 primary election approaching, two candidates are vying for one open seat in Region 3 of the Spring-Ford Area School Board. Incumbent Mark Dehnert faces challenger Christina Melton. While both candidates are cross-filed in both the Republican and Democratic primary ballot, their political party is included in the profile below.

University of Valley Forge graduates first class since name change |May 14, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The University of Valley Forge held its 76th annual Baccalaureate and Commencement services for the graduating class of 2015 last Friday

Four Region 2 candidates vie for seats on Spring-Ford Area School Board |May 14, 2015

With the May 19 primary election approaching, four candidates are vying for two open seats in Region 2 of the Spring-Ford Area School Board.

Montgomery County Health Department to offer vaccination clinics in June |May 10, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County Health Department will be conducting low cost rabies immunization clinics on Saturdays in June.

Goat race crowns newest champion in Pottstown |May 10, 2015

Pottstown >> After accidently crowning the wrong winner in last year’s event, the organizers behind this year’s Sly Fox Bock Fest Goat Race were taking no chances.

Phoenixville foodies come out to annual Food Festival |May 10, 2015

Phoenixville foodies came out as the annual Food Festival lined Bridge Street Saturday, May 2.

Limerick Police Department celebrates 50 years |May 10, 2015

Limerick >> For half a century, the Limerick Township Police Department has kept a watchful eye to make sure residents continue to stay safe. To honor the department and celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary, and to commemorate National Police Week, the township’s board of supervisors recognized each of the department’s 26 police officers, with their family members in attendance May 5.

Schuylkill Valley Sports offers insurance for NFL jerseys |May 10, 2015

How many times has this happened to you? You pick up an NFL jersey for your favorite player, then that player gets traded or cut from the roster — leaving you stuck with a jersey you may no longer want.

Linfield Road Bridge to close May 11 for 6 months |May 10, 2015

Get ready to deal with another Schuylkill River bridge closing.

Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center budget debated |May 10, 2015

Limerick >> As Jack Harris stood before the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee May 4, he struggled to keep his anger in check. He’d just learned that his $30,000 position as the school resource officer will likely be cut next year.

$80M budget for Phoenixville’s Early Learning Center reviewed |May 10, 2015

Phoenixville >> The Phoenixville Area School Board got a closer look at the books of its new school April 28.

ABC TO XYZ IN FOODS: Mother’s Day recalls kitchen memories |May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone; even if you are not a mother, everyone has one. It is a day set aside to honor one’s mother or mother figure. When I was a kid, it did “take a village.

THINK ABOUT IT: Two Great Musicians: Crosby and Jackson |May 10, 2015

I grew up singing the old hymns. I loved them then and I still love them today. Just hearing the melodies of some of them instantly transports me to places and times long past. Some keep reminding me of times of great victory and others bring back some of the darkest seasons of my life.

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School students go on bowling social in Limerick |May 10, 2015

The Home and School Association of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School in Collegeville hosted the sixth-grade social at Limerick Bowl, Ridge Pike, Limerick. Kids enjoyed unlimited bowling, delicious snacks and interactive arcade games on Friday night, April 17.

Pets of the Week |May 10, 2015

Crook (cat) “Crook” is a DSH black with a patch of white on his chest. He is approximately one year old (At of the end of Jan. 2015). He is very playful and loving. He almost died at birth.

Phoenixville High School hosts Relay for Life |May 10, 2015

Relay for Life Walkers make their way along the track during the Relay for Life held at Phoenixville High School.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Instant Coffee and Imitation Foods |Apr 29, 2015

Instant Coffee >> was introduced in the United States during the Civil War. What was called a “coffee block” was made of processed coffee and hot water that were combined together for drinking on the battlefield.

Madison Denson crowned Phoenixville’s 2015 Dogwood Queen |Apr 29, 2015

As April comes to a close and May begins, Phoenixville gets Dogwood Fever. Last Saturday, April 25, Madison Denson was named the 2015 Dogwood Queen during the Dogwood Pageant at Barkley Elementary. She will carry on the duties of the Dogwood Queen through the festival and beyond throughout the year.

Perk Valley sophomore plans Haiti mission with Royersford church |Apr 29, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Building dreams for others, is what a Perkiomen Valley sophomore is going to do this summer.

Waddle down to Collegeville for the third annual Rubber Ducky Regatta |Apr 29, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> On your mark! Get set! Float!

Calendar of Events |Apr 29, 2015

Ongoing Skippack Spring Fest: Skippack Spring Fest, sponsored by Henning’s Market, is back again Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). This year’s Spring Fest will bring delicious food, an array of vendors and fun for the whole family.

Think About It: The Copy Machine Study |Apr 29, 2015

As we were growing up, I think all of us heard the words “just because.” To our questions of why we should eat our vegetables or take a nap or study math, the answer all too often was simply “just because.

From the Editor’s Desk: Farewell Phoenixville, or rather, see you around |Apr 29, 2015

It’s with mixed emotions that I write this final column and put one more issue of The Phoenix Reporter & Item to bed.

Valley Forge Road bridge closing creates traffic nightmare scenario |Apr 29, 2015

We all knew it was coming. The past few months, especially, were filled with confused looks, furrowed brows and general disdain at the mere mention of Valley Forge Bridge closing on Route 23 in Schuylkill Township.

Pets of the Week |Apr 29, 2015

Scooter (dog) Scooter is a handsome 1- to 2-year-old male mastiff/pit mix. He is a sweet boy who loves attention and likes running in the snow. Scooter needs some leash training but would make an excellent walking partner.

CBS 3 meteorologist Kate Bilo discusses journey from Phoenixville to the Philly forecast |Apr 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Phoenixville native Kate Bilo likes to say she came into weather forecasting through the back door.

PHOTOS: With murals complete, Bluebird Distilling is almost ready to open |Apr 29, 2015

Bluebird Distilling owner Jared Akins is hoping for a summer opening for the distillery on the corner of Starr and Bridge streets. Now that the murals on the walls are complete, it’s well on its way.

Citadel partners with RSVP of Montgomery County |Apr 28, 2015

On April 10, Citadel presented RSVP with a check in the amount of $7,500 to support the nonprofit’s volunteer programs, benefiting the community’s most vulnerable populations living within Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

Two Lower Providence roads to remain closed for clean-up after deadly truck crash |Apr 27, 2015

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> One person is dead after a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck collided in the 700 block of South Park Avenue Monday morning.

Motorcycle crash in Lower Frederick leaves one man dead |Apr 24, 2015

LOWER FREDERICK >> A motorcycle accident on Zieglerville Road Friday has left one man dead.