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VIDEO: Jaguar cubs at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown learn to play |Feb 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The jaguar cubs at Elmwood Park Zoo are one month old today, and the zoo is celebrating by introducing them to toys.

Ursinus College science center project underway, Berks firm awarded construction contract |Feb 24, 2017

COLLEGEVILLE >> Construction is moving forward on the new Innovation and Discovery Center at Ursinus College.

Phoenixville man’s laptop battery explodes, causing fire damage |Feb 24, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville man is thankful to still have his home after he says the battery inside his laptop exploded, causing a fire to erupt in his kitchen.

PHOTOS: Residents makes most of unseasonably warm February |Feb 24, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> The temperatures might be abnormal for February but you won’t hear anyone around here complaining.

Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville joins nationwide screening of ‘1984’ |Feb 23, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Art house movie theaters across the country, and right here in the borough, will hold a screening of the film “1984” in an effort to initiate a community conversation during the current politically charged environment.

Methacton School Board votes to close Audubon Elementary School |Feb 23, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The Methacton School Board voted 6-3 Tuesday to close Audubon Elementary School, effective July 1, during a meeting at Arcola Intermediate School attended by several hundred concerned residents and school staff.

Limerick site eyed by potential medical marijuana manufacturer |Feb 23, 2017

LIMERICK >> One of the first legalized medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania could set up shop in the township, so long as state and local officials give the green light.

Lane restrictions scheduled in Montgomery County for utility construction |Feb 23, 2017

UPPER MERION >> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that lane restrictions are scheduled on Plank Road, Meyers Road, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Route 29 (Gravel Pike) in Perkiomen and Skippack townships for utility construction.

Limerick detective helps apprehend suspect in Detroit triple homicide |Feb 23, 2017

LIMERICK >> There’s a lot to be said for intuition, especially when it comes to police work.

Realities of Montgomery County opioid epidemic discussed during intensive panel |Feb 23, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> At a town hall discussion Tuesday night local organizers punched up the volume on the grim reports we’ve been hearing for more than a year on the national opioid epidemic.

Woman testifies in WCU frat rape trial |Feb 23, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> She was so excited that her “on-again, off-again” boyfriend had invited her to a “Date Night” party at the West Chester University fraternity that he was pledging for that she called her mother and told her, then went shopping with her for a new black dress to wear that night.

Calling event a ‘political stunt,’ Costello won’t attend town hall in Phoenixville |Feb 23, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> U.S. Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., said he won’t attend a town hall meeting at Phoenixville Area High School this weekend — an event that has become controversial.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

Meehan votes against seeking Trump tax returns |Feb 22, 2017

WASHINGTON >> U.S. Rep Pat Meehan, R-7th Dist., was among 20 Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee who rebuffed an attempt by Democrats to get a look at President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Phoenixville council OKs festivals despite opposition |Feb 22, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> It appears two big community events will still be held despite some opposition from a few downtown business owners and residents.

Wild and Scenic Film Fest slated for Feb. 23-24 |Feb 22, 2017

The 10th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by Trail Creek Outfitters, is set for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 & 24 at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester.

Assisted living units OK’d at former Collegeville Inn in Lower Providence |Feb 21, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors has granted conditional use approval for an assisted living facility at the former Collegeville Inn site on Ridge Pike.

Chesco coroner lists 2016 overdose deaths |Feb 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The list looks endless, although it runs only for three spreadsheet pages.

County detective catches thieves, even on his day off |Feb 21, 2017

EAST WHITELAND >> Chester County Detective Lt. Michael McGinnis was on his day off shopping at Home Depot in East Whiteland when store employees ran past, chasing a number of men who had taken power tools without paying.

Pottstown’s ‘Trojan Men’ aid national tour to fight cancer with TV appearance |Feb 21, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In a not-so-unique “twist,” Pottstown High School’s Trojan Man mascot is gaining a reputation as a real childhood cancer fighter.

Phoenixville School Board delays waiving fee for town hall at school |Feb 21, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Conflicting information over whether a proposed town hall meeting at Phoenixville Area High School would be political in nature forced officials to hold off on granting a request to waive the fee associated with using the space.

Valley Forge National Historical Park celebrates George Washington’s birthday |Feb 21, 2017

UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge National Historical Park celebrated George Washington’s birthday Monday at the Park Theater. Martha Washington, portrayed by Carol Spacht, presented General Washington, portrayed by John Lopes, with a special cake created by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College.

Trial begins for man accused of raping coed in West Chester University frat house |Feb 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Common Pleas Court for the trial of a Gettysburg man who is accused of raping a West Chester University student during a party at a fraternity house last spring.

‘WRAP’ initiative aims to help women offenders |Feb 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The woman sitting across from Jennifer Lopez was on a one-way road heading toward state prison.

Counting Crows ... and other birds |Feb 20, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> For folks who are hooked on birding, there is never an off-season; they do it all year. And for those same bird watchers, the enthusiasm for looking skyward frequently expands to keeping lists, holding meetings, taking trips and buying expensive equipment.

Building a better robot: Students compete in robotics tournament |Feb 20, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Robots took over Spring-Ford High School, and they weren’t leaving without a fight.

Upper Merion board OKs liquor license, new stun guns police |Feb 20, 2017

UPPER MERION >> A “charismatic vibe draws you in and holds you close” is what Eddie V’s says of the atmosphere patrons can expect to encounter while enjoying themselves at one of its “elegant fine-dining” steak and seafood restaurants.

Exton Square Mall shakes off loss of ‘Mallrats’ sequel |Feb 20, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> Cut. The Exton Square Mall is taking in stride news that it won’t be featured in movie theaters anytime soon.

Photos of kids outdoors with pets can win prizes |Feb 20, 2017

This past weekend was a welcome break from the cold with warm temperatures and sunny skies. These conditions are perfect for getting the kids outside to shake off the cobwebs of winter. It’s not only kids who get cabin fever, our four-legged pet friends could probably use from fresh air as well, so enter YOUR CHILD in the FREE Fit Kids Contest and his or her photo could be in the newspaper.

50 Chester County students to compete in spelling bee |Feb 20, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> The Chester County Intermediate unit announced that 50 students are advancing to the 2017 Chester County Spelling Bee on Wednesday.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Feb. 19 |Feb 19, 2017

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

Perkiomen Valley Middle School East to present ‘Seussical Jr.’ |Feb 19, 2017

Perkiomen Valley Middle School East students will take audience members on a fantastical journey to the Jungle of Nool and Whoville as they perform “Seussical Jr.” in the Spahr Auditorium Feb.

spay & save: Jingles Jester wants a new home after a tough life on the streets of Philly |Feb 19, 2017

Jingles Jester is a neutered, 3-year-old male domestic short-hair, mostly white w/ beautiful black and brown markings. What a loving boy! Jingles Jester is ready for a new home after being on the streets of North Philly for two years.

Upper Merion police asking for public’s help to find Costco jewelry thief |Feb 17, 2017

UPPER MERION >> Upper Merion Township Police Department has released a surveillance image of a suspect involved in a burglary at the Costco Wholesale at 201 Allendale Road.

Tourism officials tout sport complex proposal for Montgomery County |Feb 17, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE>> “Build it and they will come” was the burning imperative that Valley Forge Sports conveyed to a diverse crowd of developers, sports executives and hospitality industry folks at Oaks Center Ice Thursday.

Phoenixville anti-discrimination ordinance faces criticism |Feb 17, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Borough council faced criticism for its decision to schedule a public hearing on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance, which looks to protect residents from discrimination based on, among other things, their sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status.

Medical pot farm proposed for West Pottsgrove |Feb 17, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> A proposal to construct a 100,000-square-foot indoor medical marijuana growing facility on the site of the former Stanley G. Flagg Brass plant in Stowe will not be opposed by the township commissioners.

Methaction School District to hold public meeting regarding possible school closures |Feb 17, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> A public meeting regarding the possible closure of Audubon Elementary School and/or Arrowhead Elementary School will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., according to a letter from Methacton School District Superintendent Dr.

Relay For Life of Phoenixville hosting annual Survivor Dinner in March |Feb 17, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> In 1985, one doctor’s determination to circle a high school track for 24 straight hours, totaling 83 grueling miles, raised $27,000. Dr. Gordy Klatt’s vision, now known as the Relay For Life, is the American Cancer Society’s volunteer driven, community event.

Phoenixville council names new police chief, hires 2 officers |Feb 16, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> After a nearly six-month search for the next leader of the Phoenixville Police Department, officials settled on a man who’s been there all along.

Local fifth-grader wins chess championship |Feb 16, 2017

Karthik Murugan, a fifth-grader from Pickering Valley Elementary School, Chester County took home the big prize in Ninth Annual 2017 Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships in Baltimore in early February.

Army Reservist surprises his kids at North Coventry Elementary |Feb 16, 2017

Steven Randolph found just last week that he could come home after being away in eight different countries for the past 11 months with the Army Reserve 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion working on Operation Hair of the Dog.

Jewelry thief rappels into King of Prussia Costco |Feb 16, 2017

UPPER MERION >> Authorities are investigating a brazen jewel heist at a Costco in King of Prussia Feb. 6 in which the suspect reportedly rappelled from the ceiling of the big box retailer to the storeroom floor.

Police: Victim of accused Norristown preschool teacher was a child in his care |Feb 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A former preschool teacher facing numerous child sex assault charges is accused of victimizing a 3-year-old girl entrusted to his care, according to a criminal complaint filed in Montgomery County District Court Feb.

Classic Malvern: Borough part of program the promotes area towns |Feb 16, 2017

MALVERN >> Classic. That’s what the borough now is as it joins others in the area that are part of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Classic Towns of Great Philadelphia program.

Code Blue issued for Montgomery County through Friday |Feb 15, 2017

Norristown >> The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Hotel tax increase requested in Chesco |Feb 15, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The Chinese are coming to Chester County, and the Brandywine Valley’s tourism organization wants to be prepared for them.

Early learning teacher faces child sex assault charges in Norristown |Feb 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School’s Early Learning Center Program is facing charges of involvement in deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault and related offenses stemming from an incident that occurred Feb.

Chesco commissioners practice CPR for American Heart Month |Feb 15, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> There was disco music and laughter at the Chester County commissioners meeting Tuesday as the three officials got hands-on training on a trio of rubberized dolls to the amusement of those in the board room.

Montgomery County child poverty, health, education discussed at roundtable |Feb 15, 2017

WHITPAIN >> It wasn’t until 2015 that the percentage of Montgomery County children living in poverty dropped back down to below the 2008 pre-recession level, Public Citizens for Children & Youth reported in its October 2016 “Left Out: The Status of Children in Montgomery County.