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Fingerprint left on wine bottle leads to Skippack burglar |Jul 21, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> When he left his fingerprints on a wine bottle in the home he was burglarizing, a Skippack Township man left a calling card that led state police right to his doorstep.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: WWE Battle Royal, Beer for a Cause, Moth Maddness and more |Jul 20, 2017

Check out our top picks for fun things to do this week in the Philadephia region.

Phoenixville officials upset by school completion delay |Jul 20, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Construction of the Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School is just days away from completion, but officials said they are not happy the process has taken over two months longer to finish than originally planned.

Spring-Ford Area School District to rename TV studio after late educator Steve Bonetz |Jul 19, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> After the unexpected passing of the man who was instrumental in building Spring-Ford’s television production brand, the school community has found a fitting tribute to his legacy.

Proposed Pa. Medicaid changes alarm advocates for the disabled |Jul 18, 2017

For 15 minutes a day a few times a week, Jake Carr goes to Seasons Pizza in Aston and folds pizza boxes with an aide.

Chester County advocate says human trafficking bills deserve support |Jul 18, 2017

A Chester County advocate for human trafficking protections applauded the votes on bills supported by local lawmakers in Washington, D.C., this week as important safeguards in the fight against sex and labor industry abuses.

Chester County Day Tour Oct. 7 features 25 stunning houses |Jul 18, 2017

West Chester>>The 2017 Chester County Day Tour scheduled Oct. 7 features the best of traditional and modern architecture in the northwest quadrant of Chester County.

Chester County Fund for Women and Girls announces new hires |Jul 18, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls announced the hiring of two seasoned professionals to its growing staff.

Teen arrested after strong arm robbery in Lower Providence |Jul 18, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> A 55-year-old is recovering from injuries after a 17-year-old boy allegedly assaulted him and stole his bike while the teen escaped from St. Gabriel’s Hall in Audubon Sunday evening.

East Whiteland officials pull support for $1 million development grant |Jul 17, 2017

East Whiteland>>On July 13, the East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors voted to withdraw previous support given for a state grant that would advance a partial remediation plan and residential development of the Bishop Tube site, a highly contaminated, 13 acre site located in the town.

‘The Blob’ takes over Phoenixville for the weekend |Jul 17, 2017

PHOENXIVILLE >> Sixty years after screen icon Steve McQueen saved an entire town from being eaten alive by a giant, red, gelatinous monster, Blobfest oozed into Phoenixville again. Events ran all weekend long to celebrate Phoenixville’s part in the legendary cult film, “The Blob.

Dinniman calls for halt to all Mariner East 2 pipeline construction |Jul 17, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, called upon the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to halt horizontal directional drilling associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline following reports of water quality issues in proximity to the pipeline route in Uwchlan and West Whiteland townships.

Funds pour in for Brandywine Valley SPCA following fire; injured cat dies |Jul 17, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Brandywine Valley SPCA has started a fundraising effort to rebuild their New Castle location following Sunday’s car crash and fire which killed Latoya Cooper, the driver of a car which hit the building as well a number of cats at the Brandywine Valley SPCA New Castle Campus on 600 South Street in New Castle.

Pottstown Half Marathon returns for third yar |Jul 17, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The Pottstown Half Marathon returned Saturday for its third year and runners were giving it their all.

Marijuana extract gives ‘Hope’ to girl with seizures |Jul 17, 2017

It’s 4 a.m. and you’re standing by helplessly while your six-week old is having seizures — it’s every parent’s nightmare.

Chester County man loses 100 pounds and gets fit |Jul 17, 2017

LONDON GROVE >> Ian Harding grew up as an overweight child. He endured some levels of bullying when he was young and admitted that he never wanted to run unless he was being pushed to do so.

Sunoco stops drilling until water issues are resolved |Jul 14, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> After hearing assurances from Sunoco and the township that their drinking water had tested safe, about 160 concerned residents at Thursday’s special meeting on water learned that Mariner East 2 Pipeline drilling had stopped until all water issues are resolved, according to Jeff Shields of the Sunoco public relations department.

Man charged in sucker-punch incident now charged with flight |Jul 14, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday a criminal complaint against Barry Baker Jr. for flight to avoid apprehension after he allegedly led law enforcement on a two-week manhunt.

Cost of Bill Cosby trial in Montgomery County climbs to more than $200K |Jul 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Comedian Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial, which ended in a mistrial last month, cost Montgomery County taxpayers more than $200,000, the bulk of which went toward juror expenses and overtime for court personnel.

Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show coming to Glenmoore |Jul 13, 2017

Glenmoore>> Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show, at the intersection of routes 401 and 100 in Glenmoore, Chester County, reinvents itself yet again over Labor Day weekend (September 2-4, 2017) from 8 a.

Chesco sees ‘WRAP’ initiative recognized by national organization |Jul 13, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County’s innovative “trauma-based” program for female offenders has drawn accolades from two national organizations for its approach to keeping women out of the revolving door of incarceration.

Collegeville woman punished for taping Bill Cosby trial |Jul 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Collegeville woman says her only goal was to have a video “go viral” when she recorded a portion of Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial and posted it to a popular social media site.

Phoenixville resident’s journey lands her with Stars & Stripes jersey |Jul 13, 2017

Phoenixville resident Dana Walton has never been afraid of hard work.

Police investigate crashed car found off Route 422 in Limerick |Jul 13, 2017

LIMERICK >> A vehicle that appears to have crashed along Route 422 was discovered Wednesday, but there were no signs of a driver or passengers.

Upper Providence man faces prison for canal drowning deaths |Jul 13, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man is on his way to state prison after he admitted to engaging in reckless conduct that caused the deaths of two passengers in a vehicle he was operating when it ended up overturned in a township canal.

Uwchlan residents discuss Mariner East 2 pipeline, water contamination |Jul 13, 2017

UWCHLAN >> Although she uses public water, which has tested as safe, Katie Gustafson of Village Walk in Uwchlan Township had second thoughts about taking a second sip of tap water.

Duck Donuts opens its doors in King of Prussia |Jul 13, 2017

UPPER MERION >> Even before Duck Donuts took King of Prussia by storm last Saturday, folks were clamoring to succumb to the rounds of sticky, pillowy perfection the growing chain is famous for.

Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, added to National Register of Historic Place |Jul 13, 2017

UPPER MERION>>Being midway through a multimillion-dollar window restoration didn’t prevent the Washington Memorial Chapel from receiving some overdue recognition from a prestigious organization recently.

Phoenixville Borough Council cuts tax abatement short following growth |Jul 13, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A borough ordinance designed to help spur new growth and development through a tax abatement has been cut short, borough council decided Tuesday night. Officials say the ordinance did its job and is no longer needed.

Sunoco offers free hookups for West Whiteland residents after well contamination |Jul 12, 2017

Sunoco has agreed to pay for public water hookups for West Whiteland residents impacted by contamination of private water wells, which occurred while Sunoco was drilling the Mariner East 2 Pipeline.

Sikorsky celebrates sale to South Korean Coast Guard |Jul 12, 2017

SADSBURY >> Sikorsky’s Coatesville area assembly plant recently celebrated the delivery of a second S-92 helicopter in three years to the South Korean Coast Guard.

Alleged sucker-punch accomplice waives hearing |Jul 12, 2017

UWCHLAN >> The fiancée of the man accused of throwing a sucker punch at a disabled man in West Chester on Tuesday appeared at District Court and waived her preliminary hearing on charges she helped him avoid capture during a two-week run from law enforcement authorities.

Phoenixville officials OK $25,000 grant application for all abilities playground |Jul 12, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Borough Council has backed a community project aimed at helping children with disabilities, but some officials are concerned about being on the hook for the price tag.

Philadelphia couple charged with drug sales at Kind of Prussia Mall |Jul 12, 2017

UPPER MERION >> A Philadelphia couple has been arrested and charged with multiple drug violations following an operation conducted by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Hearing in ‘road rage’ death postponed |Jul 12, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> A preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to hold a Delaware County man for trial in Common Pleas Court on charges that he shot and killed a West Chester high school student in an apparent road rage incident has been postponed.

Cosmo DiNardo named a ‘person of interest’ in disappearance of 4 men; no bodies recovered yet |Jul 11, 2017

SOLEBURY TWP. >> Cosmo DiNardo has been identified by authorities as a “person of interest” in the disappearance of four men.

Downingtown police respond to 2 shootings on same night |Jul 11, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> Police responded to two shootings Sunday night, one of which injured one person; the shootings are believed to be related incidents.

Style gets an ‘Encore’ in Audubon at new second-hand clothing store |Jul 11, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> First comes the encore, then comes the standing ovation.

Pottstown Bike Race pedals back into town on Sunday |Jul 11, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Cyclists from across the region will descend on the borough Sunday for the return of the Pottstown Bike Race.

Suspect in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Norristown charged, identified |Jul 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The man who was shot and killed early Sunday morning near DeKalb and Lafayette streets has been identified, and authorities say he identified his killer — who was still at the scene when police arrived — before he died.

Montgomery County conducting county-wide bicycling survey |Jul 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County officials are peddling pedalling and want the public’s help in getting the word out.

After 30 years, Upper Merion Camera Club still going strong |Jul 10, 2017

UPPER MERION >> In 1986 two local amateur photographers — Dick Zielinski and Gail Davenport — got together to form a camera club. That club, the Upper Merion Camera Club, which not only is still surviving but also thriving, is celebrating 30 years of photography, fun, and education.

Trooper native directs Norristown-area cast in a New York musical |Jul 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN>>When Christen Mandracchia was chosen to direct “Dorian Gray: The Musical” for the New York Musical Festival — running July 12, 13, and 14 at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row in New York — she made sure her Norristown roots were showing.

Montgomery County commissioners move Norristown traffic project forward |Jul 10, 2017

Norristown >> The Montgomery County commissioners took a step forward in the next phase of a major Norristown roads project, approved a new police booking center and touted a life-saving app at their July 6 meeting.

Land acquisition in Royersford’s former industrial district first step in revitalization project |Jul 10, 2017

Royersford >> The Riverfront at Royersford LLC recently acquired a six-acre section of land in the former industrial district of Royersford,

Ursinus gets biochemistry grant from National Science foundation |Jul 10, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE >> U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., visited Ursinus College on July 6 to announce a National Science Foundation grant.

Local lawmakers call on Sunoco to halt pipeline drilling until aquifer issues resolved |Jul 10, 2017

West Whiteland >> Two local lawmakers are calling on Sunoco Logistics to halt construction of the Mariner II pipeline project in Chester County, and one has introduced legislation for creation of a board to oversee communication of pipeline activity to residents.

Route 23 ramp to Route 422 scheduled to close next week |Jul 10, 2017

PennDOT has announced that the ramp from Route 23 to Route 422 will close beginning Monday.

Bird-watching program shines a light on urban ecology at Riverfront Park, Norristown |Jul 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A solitary mallard paddled upstream on the Schuylkill near Riverfront Park Saturday afternoon. It beat slowly against the current, but with a kind of stoic persistence, it kept moving until it was out of sight behind the trees.

PulsePoint Respond app helps save Limerick man’s life |Jul 7, 2017

LIMERICK >> A 56-year-old man received CPR during a cardiac arrest in Limerick Township on July 1, along with the application of an automated external defibrillation, during a call that triggered the county’s new PulsePoint Respond mobile application.