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Chester County Coroner rules shooting death in Schuylkill a homicide |May 5, 2016

SCHUYLKILL >> The Chester County Coroner’s Office released a report Wednesday following the shooting in Schuylkill late Monday night, declaring the death of a 40-year-old woman a homicide.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 8 |May 5, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |May 5, 2016

Phoebe (dog) Phoebe is a three year old Shih Tzu/Poodle mix who is a very fun, playful girl and loves to be with people. She enjoys going for walks, playing with other dogs and, of course, cuddling.

Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville students awarded for Schuylkill River protection efforts |May 5, 2016

Two area schools are getting a well deserved pat on the back for their efforts in helping to protect the environment. Students from Perkiomen Valley High School’s Key Club and Phoenixville Area Middle School’s Envirothon and Environmental Awareness Club each received the Schuylkill Scholastic Drinking Water Award for their help with outdoor service projects designed to protect the Schuylkill River and local drinking water.

University of Valley Forge commencement ceremony honors graduates |May 5, 2016

The University of Valley Forge conferred its 77th class, the Class of 2016, on April 29.

Sights and sounds of Civil War come to Pennypacker Mills June 4-5 |May 5, 2016

The sights and sounds of a Civil War battle will resound through the Perkiomen Valley on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as Pennypacker Mills hosts its free Civil War Event.

Phoenixville author shares Biblical wisdom on how to fight in spiritual warfare |May 5, 2016

This past week marked the nationwide release of The Spiritual Warfare Methods of Jesus and His Apostles, a revealing new Christian book by Phoenixville author Joshua A. Alexander.

Interim president announced for University of Valley Forge |May 5, 2016

The University of Valley Forge Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Byron Klaus accepted the position of interim president of the University of Valley Forge, effective July 1, 2016. Klaus will follow legacy-leader Dr.

Devon Prep students attain national recognition in German and Spanish |May 5, 2016

Thirty-Five area Devon Prep students recently attained national recognition for excellent performances on the National German Examinations and the National Spanish Examinations (NSE). They earned gold, silver and bronze medals or honorable mention.

Rick Sheppard earns Seniors Real Estate Specialists® designation |May 5, 2016

John Ohler, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Achievers, Inc, of Collegeville and Pottstown, is pleased to announce that Rick Sheppard, of the Collegeville office, recently earned his Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES® designation.

William J. Gallagher, Esq. elected president of Legal Aid of Southeastern PA |May 5, 2016

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. is pleased to announce that partner William J. Gallagher has been elected president of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP), a “non-profit Pennsylvania corporation committed to delivering high quality civil legal services to low income people, victims of domestic abuse and the elderly living in Chester, Delaware, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

University of Valley Forge names interim president |May 4, 2016

Charlestown >> The University of Valley Forge Board of Trustees announced Monday that Byron Klaus accepted the position of interim president of the school, effective July 1. Klaus will follow legacy-leader Don Meyer and assist the search for the next president.

Bill Cosby takes appeal to state Supreme Court in alleged sex assault case |May 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt his upcoming preliminary hearing on alleged sexual assault charges and to review a county judge’s pretrial ruling in the case.

1 dead, 1 hospitalized after shooting in Schuylkill Township |May 3, 2016

SCHUYLKILL >> Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan confirmed Tuesday that a shooting occurred Monday night in the 300 block of Buckwalter Road near Phoenixville, leaving one dead and another in the hospital.

Two Montgomery County women ready to spin on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ |May 3, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> It’s not as easy as it looks on TV to spin the big wheel on“Wheel of Fortune.”

Montgomery County prosecutors call AG Kane’s claim of vindictive prosecution ‘frivolous’ |May 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County prosecutors maintain embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s claim that she is the victim of “selective and vindictive prosecution” is frivolous and not a basis on which to dismiss the alleged perjury charges she’s facing.

Chester County Student Forum lobbying for more sleep |May 2, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN >> Matthew Daniels and Chris Arencibia are among a group of Chester County students who may be well on their way to helping tackle a nationwide problem. Across the country, millions of teens are not getting the recommended amount of sleep they need, due in large part to the early start times at their schools.

Center City Jazz Festival features six hours of live music April 30 |Apr 29, 2016

International Jazz Day is April 30, so it’s fitting that musicians with various jazz styles will be performing 1 to 7 p.m. April 30 for the Center City Jazz Festival in Philadelphia.

Royersford native recognized at Averett University’s Honors Recognition Program |Apr 28, 2016

Adeline Bova of Royersford was recognized during Averett University’s Honors Recognition Program on Sunday, April 3 at the University’s Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center.

St. John’s presents 26th annual ‘Choir & Friends’ concert |Apr 28, 2016

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville, presents the 26th annual St. John’s Choir & Friends concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.

Trump’s tweet about Downingtown causes controversy |Apr 28, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN >> Shortly after he left his controversial rally in West Chester Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted an image of the old Sonoco paper mill in Downingtown, causing more controversy on his way out of the area.

Author and educator Paul Breon presents educational program on history of etiquette |Apr 28, 2016

Visit Pennypacker Mills on Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. for a presentation by local author and educator, Paul Breon, on “Yesterday’s Rules of Behavior Redefined for Today’s Families.

Brooke Elementary to dedicate completed mosaic project |Apr 28, 2016

Art students and staff at Brooke Elementary School, Royersford, recently completed a hand made ceramic mosaic for their school. The students have been working with their art teacher, Mrs. Susan Witts, and professional Philadelphia-based mosaic artist Jessica Gorlin Liddell.

Certified Financial Planner joins Hoover Financial Advisors |Apr 28, 2016

Hoover Financial Advisors, PC (HFA) recently added Edward (Ted) Braun, CFP® to its growing staff. Braun is a financial planner with outstanding credentials. His appointment was announced by Pete Hoover, CFP®, founder of the firm.

Wawa introduces Wi-Fi by Comcast |Apr 28, 2016

People who visit the more than 700 Wawa stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia now have access to free WiFi, thanks to a new collaboration between the company and Comcast.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 1 |Apr 28, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to ldillon@berksmontnews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Spring-Ford district reviews modernized learning plans |Apr 27, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> In an effort to engage students and create a modernized learning environment, the Spring-Ford Area School District is doubling down on the use of technology inside the classroom.

Cosby faces May 24 preliminary hearing for alleged sex assault |Apr 26, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> One day after a state court threw out Bill Cosby’s appeal of a judge’s pretrial ruling, officials on Tuesday set a May preliminary hearing date for the entertainer who his accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Cheltenham home more than a decade ago.

REPLAY: What’s happening around town on Primary Election Day |Apr 26, 2016

We were out and about all day checking on voters and what’s happening during this Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. Here is what it looked like

Prosecutors oppose Pennsylvania AG Kane’s appeal to state court |Apr 25, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County prosecutors oppose embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane taking an appeal of a county judge’s pretrial rulings to a state court.

Phoenixville board OKs $450,000 in changes at new school site |Apr 25, 2016

Phoenixville >> Taxpayers will foot a $450,000 bill for construction changes needed at the Early Learning Center and Elementary School site.

National Pretzel Day is April 26; watch how Philly Pretzel Factory makes their pretzels |Apr 25, 2016

National Pretzel Day is just around the corner — Tuesday, April 26 to be exact — and we got a behind the scenes look at how the Philly Pretzel Factory makes their soft pretzels to celebrate the event.

State court quashes Cosby’s appeal; opens door for preliminary hearing |Apr 25, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby’s preliminary hearing on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in his Montgomery County home can move forward now that a state court has quashed Cosby’s appeal of a county judge’s pretrial ruling in the case.

New bills to help volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania |Apr 25, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing retention and recruitment of volunteer firefighters recently introduced to the state Senate will, legislators hope, help revitalize sagging volunteerism in Pennsylvania’s fire departments.

Crafting digital marketing that gets results: Answers to questions from local decision makers |Apr 25, 2016

Second in a series of articles by AdTaxi Networks experts who will be participating in this year’s Philly Tech Week 2016.

Body language, awards the focus at annual TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce event |Apr 25, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The body language was clear Thursday at the end of speaker Janine Driver’s presentation at the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce dinner: Everyone was on their feet.

People sprint and shop at Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick |Apr 25, 2016

LIMERICK >> A 5K race at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets allowed people to run and window shop at the same time.

Live Blog Replay: Bill Clinton, Gabby Giffords rally in Montgomery County |Apr 23, 2016

President Bill Clinton will host a get out the vote event with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly at Wissahickon Middle School today at 3:15 p.m. and you can follow live right here.

Trump to hold Monday rally at West Chester University |Apr 23, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Donald Trump will hold a rally on the campus of West Chester University on Monday, according to officials at the school. It is expected to be the Republican presidential candidate’s first such foray into the suburban Philadelphia region ahead of Tuesday’s Primary Election.

West Chester firefighter, student saves four people from burning home |Apr 22, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Daniel “DJ” Matthews was walking home from the Fame Fire Company in West Chester around 4:30 a.m. on March 6 when he heard smoke alarms going off nearby.

Krupp seeks lesser sentence for torching neighbor’s home |Apr 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Pottsgrove woman dubbed “the neighbor from hell” by a judge who sent her to prison for torching her neighbor’s home says her sentence was excessive and based too much on the impact to the victim.

LIVE: Celebration for Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider being held at Wells Fargo Center |Apr 21, 2016

A celebration of the life of Ed Snider, founder, owner and chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers today at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.

When Doves Cry: 5 number 1 hits by Prince everyone should hear |Apr 21, 2016

Pop musician Prince died Thursday but his music will live on.

Teacher’s aide at Conestoga High School allegedly had sexual relationship with student |Apr 21, 2016

A former teacher’s aide and coach at Conestoga High School was arrested for allegedly having sex with one of her students, police announced Thursday.

Male porn star with HIV jailed for sexual contact with Limerick boy |Apr 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Saying his conduct went “beyond all bounds of human decency,” a judge sent a male porn star to state prison for having unprotected sexual contact with a teenage Limerick boy while failing to disclose he was HIV positive.

Phoenixville community shines at annual awards dinner |Apr 21, 2016

On Wednesday, March 30, the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce gathered together some of the community’s leading lights to celebrate the winners of the various Chamber annual awards, including Outstanding Citizen.

Horse pelted with paintballs finds new friend in Chester County |Apr 21, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Lily, the 20-year-old horse pelted 130 times by paintballs has found a mate.

Malvern Prep honors fathers and sons at 70th annual banquet; Phoenixville resident wins student loyalty award |Apr 21, 2016

The annual Father-Son Banquet, now celebrating its 70th year, is Malvern Prep’s longest running tradition. On Monday, April 11, the school paid tribute to two outstanding members of the community who best embody the values that Malvern holds dear and welcomed a past parent and NFL Network analyst who shared some inspiring words with those who gathered for the event in the O’Neill Sports Center.

Spring-Ford graduate receives prestigious scholarship |Apr 21, 2016

On April 19, the Insurance Society of Philadelphia (ISOP) announced Paul Gretzer as the recipient of a $5,500 scholarship from the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2001 to commemorate ISOP’s centennial.

University of Valley Forge hosts 14th Community Service Day |Apr 21, 2016

Spring at the University of Valley Forge means more than sunny weather, water ice outings and final class assignments. Spring means another opportunity to be good neighbors and care for the surrounding Phoenixville community.