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$3.3M in tax credits aid affordable housing in Chester, Montgomery, Berks |Jul 22, 2016

More than $3.3 million in state-administered federal tax credits will help plans for the construction of 155 low-income housing units in three projects, one each in Phoenixville, Gibraltar and Upper Pottsgrove.

Limerick board opposes Ridge Pike restaurant sign |Jul 22, 2016

LIMERICK >> Officials in Limerick Township are worried one restaurant’s new sign application is so bad, it could ruin the appearance of the Ridge Pike corridor.

Democratic National Convention brings boon to hotels in region |Jul 22, 2016

Thousands of visitors will begin arriving in the region this weekend for the Democratic National Convention being held July 25-28 in Philadelphia. An estimated 6,000 delegates and alternates will participate in convention week activities, and thousands more are expected to join the festivities.

Devon Prep Upper School athletes honored at Sports Banquet |Jul 21, 2016

Devon Prep Upper School student athletes were recently honored at an annual Sports Banquet held at the Desmond Hotel. Coaches and their assistants were available to talk about their teams, review their season and hand out awards.

Devon Prep names new Admissions Director |Jul 21, 2016

Mr. Kevin J. Mulholland, of Media, has been named the new Admissions Director at Devon Preparatory School. Mulholland, a Class of 2002 alumnus, succeeds Mr. Patrick Kane, of Springfield, who now serves as the school’s Director of External Operations and is responsible for large gift donations.

Spring City author weaves gripping tale of international mystery, crime in new novel |Jul 21, 2016

Author Thomas W. Becker, of Spring City, announces the nationwide release of his new novel, Terror in the Streets: A Novel of Mystery and Intrigue.

Don’t miss coverage of the Democratic National Convention starting Sunday |Jul 21, 2016

Once again, the eyes of the world will be focused on our area as Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention starting Monday. History will be made when Hillary Clinton accepts the official nomination for president.

Independence Blue Cross ‘Blue Crew’ lends a hand by beautifying Medal of Honor Grove |Jul 21, 2016

On Thursday, July 14, in the spirit of civic engagement and community service inspired by the upcoming 2016 Democratic National Convention, more than 60 Independence Blue Cross associates participated in a day-long service project at the Medal of Honor Grove in Phoenixville.

THE TABLE: Idaho & its capital, Boise |Jul 21, 2016

It seems the state of Idaho was named after a steamship named Idaho, which navigated on the Columbia River. Originally this name was suggested by lobbyist George M. Willing, derived from the Shoshone language, which was never authenticated as he later claimed he made it up.

Devon Horse Show and County Fair donates remaining food to PACS |Jul 21, 2016

Janet Heaton, with Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors in Wayne, and Joseph Scott McArdle, with Keller Williams Realty in Audubon, each longtime chairman of the Devon Horse Show and County Fair, were on hand to deliver the remaining food items that were not utilized during this year’s event.

Tolls on Pennsylvania Turnpike going up 6 percent for 2017 |Jul 20, 2016

HARRISBURG >> The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Tuesday approved a 6 percent toll increase for both E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2017.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 24 |Jul 20, 2016

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

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown to host a second ‘Pokemon Go’ event |Jul 20, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo hosted a “Pokémon Go” event on Tuesday, July 19, but due to the hours of the event — noon to 4:30 p.m. — many Pokémon trainers weren’t able to attend.

Firebird Theatre presents ‘Hairspray’ live on stage |Jul 20, 2016

We can’t stop the beat! Come see this fabulous performance of “Hairspray” the Broadway musical, complete with live orchestra! In this Tony-winning show, set in 1962, Baltimore teens are dancing and singing while trying to integrate a local TV show.

Phoenixville resident begins Peace Corps service in Botswana |Jul 20, 2016

Maryanne Hayde, 25, of Phoenixville, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Botswana on July 30 to begin training as a health volunteer. Hayde will live and work in a community to strengthen the implementation of life skills education and assist students in local schools to adopt healthy behaviors.

$3K worth of Wawa coffee stolen by coffee caper |Jul 20, 2016

WEST GOSHEN >> Police announced Wednesday they are searching for a Wawa coffee caper, a woman who has allegedly stolen over $3,000 worth of coffee bags to date.

Enrollment now open for 2016 Phoenixville Community Health Leadership Academy |Jul 20, 2016

For the 14th year in a row, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation has funded a program called the Community Health Leadership Academy, which helps to identify, train and empower Phoenixville regional citizens for leadership roles that promote the community’s health and advance the quality of life.

Facetime Theatre summer stage to perform Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ |Jul 20, 2016

Facetime Theatre’s summer stage program will be one of the first in the area to perform Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from July 21 through July 23 in the beautiful Lenfest Theatre at Ursinus College in Collegeville.

RECAP: ‘Pokemon Go’ at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown |Jul 19, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown held a “Pokémon Go” event from noon to 4:30 p.m. The zoo put a lure on each PokéStop located at the zoo throughout the event to give guests the chance to catch a lot of Pokémon.

Phoenixville Borough Council requests halt on stalled parkway project |Jul 18, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A project over a decade in the making designed to alleviate traffic along the French Creek appears to have hit a dead end.

Royersford Police cite driver for playing Pokemon Go |Jul 18, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Don’t Pokemon and drive. That’s the message Royersford Police says it wants drivers to remember as the department has already busted someone for playing the popular smart phone game behind the wheel.

Phoenixville school district to close Rt. 29 for construction |Jul 17, 2016

SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> The Phoenixville Area School District will close Route 29 (State Road) between Pothouse Road and Campbell Lane in Schuylkill Township beginning Wednesday, July 20, for road widening and storm water installation, PennDOT announced.

Truck driver found dead beneath load of pipes in Limerick |Jul 15, 2016

LIMERICK >> A man was pronounced dead following an accident in which a load of pipes fell on top of him.

GUIDE: How does ‘Pokemon Go’ work? |Jul 15, 2016

At this point you’ve probably heard of “Pokémon Go,” but you might not be sure how it works. If you’re interested in playing the game that’s sweeping the nation but need some insight, check out the helpful guide below.

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown to host Pokemon Go event |Jul 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo is hosting a Pokémon Go event on Tuesday, July 19 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Royersford woman admits she obtained prescription painkillers by fraud |Jul 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Royersford woman has admitted to using a prescription issued to a disabled woman she cared for to fraudulently obtain painkillers for herself.

Trappe man sent to jail for role in Skippack burglary |Jul 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Trappe man is headed to jail for his role in two crimes that occurred in Skippack.

Phoenixville Police Chief Mossman leaving after 25 years to take East Coventry post |Jul 14, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> After a quarter-century of protecting and serving the community, Phoenixville Police Chief William Mossman is stepping down from his post.

2 teens on Perkiomen trail struck by SUV |Jul 14, 2016

PERKIOMEN >> Two teenage boys were hospitalized Sunday evening after being struck by an SUV while riding their bikes along the Perkiomen trail.

RE/MAX Achievers, Inc. welcomes new agent to real estate family |Jul 14, 2016

John Ohler, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Achievers real estate, welcomes Kim Welch to the RE/MAX real estate family of red, white and blue.

Local student Valentino Badalamenti, Malvern Prep, receives national honor |Jul 14, 2016

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced on June 22 that student Valentino G. Badalamenti, of Phoenixville, and a student at Malvern Preparatory School, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization.

Pennypacker Mills announces History Adventures Week Aug. 16-19 |Jul 14, 2016

With horses, supply wagons and cannons, General Washington and his 8,000 troops arrived at the Pennypacker farm to encamp in the fall of 1777. How did Governor Pennypacker’s ancestors respond to such a huge invasion of their farm? Find out the answers to these questions and more at History Adventures Week at Pennypacker Mills.

Officials urge caution with ‘Pokemon Go’ game |Jul 14, 2016

It appears trying to “catch em all” can land you in the hospital or worse. For the past week, the enormously popular augmented reality mobile video game app “Pokemon Go” has swept the world by storm, as millions of people have downloaded the free game onto their smart phones.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 17 |Jul 13, 2016

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

VIDEO: Experts share tips for DIY sushi success |Jul 13, 2016

Craving crunchy shrimp or California rolls? Have a taste for spicy tuna? Make your own with help from sushi experts like Tai Ha.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy offers exciting summer events |Jul 13, 2016

Summer is the perfect time of year for individuals, families and communities to experience something new, get in touch with nature and have fun! The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is hosting a variety of events that appeal to community members of all ages.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 13, 2016

Buddy (dog) Buddy is an older boy but is young at heart. His elderly owner just passed away but Buddy has adjusted well in his foster home with three other dogs. He loves being petted and all the attention he is receiving from his foster mom.

Upper Providence OKs 2 liquor license transfers to new township eateries |Jul 12, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> During back-to-back public hearings held on July 5, the supervisors unanimously approved the intermunicipal transfer of two liquor licenses from existing county establishments to new planned township eateries.

Montgomery County moves forward with justice center, moving adult probation |Jul 11, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County is moving forward on the decade-long county campus renovation and construction plan, with a few new projects added in.

VIDEO: The best simple grilled cheese |Jul 11, 2016

Do you like or love grilled cheese but don’t care for the fancy recipes all over the internet? Check out this recipe that differs from the original just a little bit with different kinds of cheese.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Phoenixville Blobfest brings out the best of Sci-Fi |Jul 9, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE>> Phoenixville celebrated its 17th annual Blobfest as thousands of people came to the Colonial Theatre to enjoy three days of honoring the cult classic film “The Blob.”

Limerick intersection reconstruction begins next week |Jul 7, 2016

LIMERICK >> Drivers in Limerick Township should get ready for a new road closure construction project set to begin next week.

Schuylkill Township roadway to close for month; school district may receive $325K grant |Jul 7, 2016

SCHUYLKILL TWP. >> A section of Route 29 is set to close for more than a month as part of the incoming Early Learning Center and Elementary School construction project. Meanwhile, long-awaited state grant money may be coming to help pay for it.

Find out where the #septatrouble is during today’s commute |Jul 6, 2016

While the morning commute Tuesday on the SEPTA regional rail seemed to go pretty smooth, the evening commute was a mess. How will it go today? Check out the trouble right here and Tweet it out using #septatrouble.

Phoenix Community Calendar July 10 |Jul 6, 2016

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

University of Valley Forge receives active NCAA Division III status |Jul 6, 2016

On Friday, June 24, the University of Valley Forge received news that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Membership Committee granted the University of Valley Forge active NCAA Division III status, effective Sept.

Pennypacker Mills hosts a Grand Celebration of summer |Jul 6, 2016

Bring the entire family to Pennypacker Mills on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to experience the heritage and charm of a Victorian summer celebration. Enjoy a day of activities and events. Check out juggler-magician Al Angello.

University of Valley Forge welcomes interim president |Jul 6, 2016

The University of Valley Forge officially welcomes Byron Klaus, D. Min., as interim president, effective July 1. Klaus follows Don Meyer, Ph.D., who transitions to president emeritus after serving and leading the University of Valley Forge for more than 19 years.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jul 6, 2016

Charlie (dog) Charlie is a four year old Jack Russell terrier who has not had an easy life. He was hit by a car at 18 months and lost the sight in his right eye and now needs a new home because his owner passed away.

KPInterface in Limerick assists small businesses with their IT needs |Jul 5, 2016

Limerick >> “Good is the enemy of Great.”