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Phoenixville fire engine goes pink to support cancer |May 27, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Earlier this month, Phoenixville Fire Department found a unique way to show its enormous support of the fight against cancer.

Massage therapist at a West Goshen spa faces prison sentence |May 27, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Victims of a massage therapist who sexually assaulted women during sessions at a West Goshen spa spoke at the man’s sentencing hearing Thursday, telling the judge in the case not only how it felt to have been violated during their sessions but also of the anger they feel toward the spa itself.

Phoenixville board OKs $87.3M budget, 1 percent tax hike |May 27, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Financial uncertainty in Harrisburg has forced school officials in Phoenixville to cover their bases this coming school year. Having just come off the nine-month-long state budget impasse, district officials say they have no idea how much revenue the state will send during the 2016-17 school year, forcing them to make conservative predictions and increase taxes.

48 residents of Philadelphia region become US citizens at naturalization ceremony |May 26, 2016

UPPER MERION >> America, the land of opportunity, became a reality Thursday for 48 candidates who became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Valley Forge National Historical Park theater.

Steel City in Phoenixville quietly closes its doors |May 26, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire. That appears to be true when news leaked of one area business’ decision to close its doors.

|May 25, 2016

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BHHS Fox & Roach, REALTORS® president named one of ‘5 Women Changing the Face of Real Estate’ |May 25, 2016

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® President Joan Docktor was named, by Guard Llama, as one of “5 Women Changing the Face of Real Estate.” Guard Llama profiled five women who success reputation and unique approach to their work have made them examples for everyone, especially women working in the industry.

Member of Kimberton Fire Company accused of stealing $37K |May 25, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A lifetime member of Kimberton Fire Company has been arrested for allegedly stealing $37,000.

Eight Phoenixville first responders honored for service |May 24, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Eight first responders in Phoenixville are being honored this week for their efforts in helping to save the life of a resident having a heart attack.

Bill Cosby ordered to trial in Montgomery County for alleged sexual assault |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Actor Bill Cosby showed no emotion as testimony revealed the sometimes sordid details regarding a woman’s allegations that the entertainment icon sexually assaulted her after giving her blue pills and wine more than a decade ago.

Phoenixville resident opens Edward Jones financial office in King of Prussia |May 24, 2016

UPPER MERION >> At some point during his Wall Street career, Salvatore Alfano decided to ditch the daily grind of “merger Mondays” and “fallen angels” for the gratifying world of social work.

Phoenixville assistant superintendent signs 3 year, $155,000 contract |May 24, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Area School District announced its new assistant superintendent during last Thursday’s school board meeting. LeRoy Whitehead, a principal in the West Chester Area School District, has been tapped for the position.

Attorneys react to Bill Cosby preliminary hearing decision |May 24, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> As the charges against Bill Cosby move forward to trial, one of the women who has accused him of sexual assault will get her day in court.

Photos: Montgomery County Community College 2016 commencement |May 23, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Montgomery County Community College held its 49th commencement Thursday at the main campus in Blue Bell.

Phoenixville Dogwood Parade delights crowd |May 23, 2016

Phoenixville >> Hundreds came out to enjoy the Dogwood Parade on Saturday, marking the end of the weeklong Dogwood Festival. The popular annual event celebrated its 63rd year as community members lined the streets to enjoy dozens of local groups that participated in the parade.

Ignition locks law lauded by families of DUI victims in Pennsylvania |May 23, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Advocates are pleased that a “strong” bill will be sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature to extend Pennsylvania’s ignition locks to drivers convicted of their first DUI.

Fitness has no age when it comes to staying healthy as you get older |May 20, 2016

Age is nothing but a number when it comes to fitness and health. There are plenty of ways for people to stay active as they get older.

Spring-Ford teacher wins $63,000 in prizes on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ |May 19, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> When we last spoke to Melanie Bowen about her experience as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune,” she was sworn to secrecy about the outcome.

Limerick board approves surplus budget |May 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> Limerick Township is in the black for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect it to stay that way for too long.

Royersford water pipes to be replaced |May 19, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Pennsylvania American Water announced Monday the start of construction in the borough to install new water main to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection.

Steel River’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a noteworthy production |May 19, 2016

With its moving story and memorable music, “Fiddler on the Roof” has been captivating audiences for decades and Steel River Playhouse’s current production continues that tradition.

Phoenixville school officials make another push for $3M construction grant |May 19, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> With the state’s nine-month-long budget impasse behind them, school officials in Phoenixville say they’re not done fighting for a grant that could potentially save taxpayers up to $3 million.

Pennsylvania American Water kicks off pipeline upgrade for Royersford system |May 18, 2016

Pennsylvania American Water announced on May 16 the start of construction in Royersford Borough to install new water main to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection.

Area middle school students receive athletic awards |May 18, 2016

Nearly 75 percent of all Middle School students participate in one or more sports at Devon Prep. The Athletic Department recently honored those students at the annual Middle School Sports Banquet held in the school’s athletic facility.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 22 |May 18, 2016

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Artist Susan Melrath one stop on Chester County Studio Tour |May 18, 2016

Oxford native Susan Melrath used to live in Seattle, where folks found her open-to-interpretation paintings accessible.

BHHS Fox & Roach, REALTORS® honors Collegeville Sales Associates |May 18, 2016

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach, REALTORS® recently honored Sales Associates from the Collegeville Office with a Leading Edge Society Award for their excellent sales performance for 2015, placing them in the top seven percent of agents in the national BHHS network.

Five Devon Prep students named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists; two students awarded scholarships |May 18, 2016

Five Devon Prep Seniors, 10 percent of the class, were recognized as Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program and two were awarded scholarships. Grant McKnight of Wayne, Holden Barnes of West Chester, Shyamal Patel of Norristown, Alexandru Damian of Norristown and Brian Damerau of West Chester were named National Merit Finalists.

Phoenixville’s Siobhan Bedford pursuing creative passion |May 18, 2016

You know you’re almost there when you see the funeral homes and St. Ann Catholic Church in Phoenixville.

Spring-Ford board eyes $150M budget, 2 percent tax hike |May 18, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Blaming the effects of Harrisburg’s nine-month-long budget impasse and a number of related financial challenges in the future, Spring-Ford Area School District officials are calling for a property tax increase.

New unit at Phoenixville Hospital will ease ER stay for seniors |May 17, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Hospital is getting ready to open a new emergency room/observation wing geared for a very specific audience — senior citizens.

All Around Philly Suburbs: Your local morning briefing |May 17, 2016

Welcome to the first All Around Philly Suburbs morning news briefing. Below is all of this morning’s most important stories. See something we missed? Email digital manager Andy Stettler at astettler@21st-centurymedia.

Court rules against Limerick nuclear plant relicensing challenge |May 17, 2016

LIMERICK >> A federal appeals court has ruled against the national environmental group that sought to intervene in the relicensing of the Exelon Nuclear Limerick Generating Station by arguing more measures need to be taken to deal with possible accidents.

Pa. approves $662,000 to improve area traffic problems |May 16, 2016

PennDOT will distribute more than $17 million in state funding to help projects aimed at alleviating traffic across the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday.

Phoenixville Area School Board OKs 3-year teacher contract |May 16, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> For the first time in six years, teachers in the Phoenixville Area School District will head into summer vacation knowing they are under contract once school starts up again next fall.

Limerick barbecue celebrates first responders at Heritage Field |May 16, 2016

LIMERICK >> Grilled burgers and hot dogs were the perfect way to say thank you to the men and women who save lives for a living.

Dogwood Festival tradition continues in Phoenixville |May 13, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Phoenixville Jaycees are getting set to host the annual Phoenixville Dogwood Festival set to run May 16 through May 21. The popular community event features a fair in Reeves Park that will run all week long, as well as the Dogwood Parade on Saturday.

Upper Providence man faces jail for indecent contact with underage girl |May 13, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man has jail in his future after he admitted to having indecent contact with a 9-year-old girl.

Phoenixville neighbors argue with church over fencing |May 13, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> For nearly 60 years, Joseph J. Natale and his neighbor, Virginia Vinson, enjoyed an amicable relationship living next to the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Dayton Street.

UPDATE: Bomb threat evacuates Phoenixville High School |May 12, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> A student was arrested Thursday morning after Phoenixville Area High School was evacuated for a reported bomb threat.

PV Art and Food Truck Festival slated for May 21 outside PVHS |May 12, 2016

Art, music, food and activities for children will all be a part of the fun at the first annual PV Art and Food Truck Festival to be held on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Campus Drive.

Pennypacker Mills hosts the Athletics Base Ball Club of the 1860s |May 12, 2016

Be part of the excitement at historic Pennypacker Mills on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. when the site hosts a free vintage base ball game with the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia versus the Brandywine Base Ball Club.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |May 12, 2016

Arie (dog) Arie is a very sweet three year old Chihuahua/Min Pin little girl weighing seven pounds. Arie is shy but warms up to one person at a time and likes to cuddle on their lap. Arie is in a foster home with other dogs but would be more comfortable with dogs closer to her own size.

Phoenix Community Calendar May 15 |May 12, 2016

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TMACC to host 6th Annual Bike to Work Challenge on Chester Valley trail this Friday |May 11, 2016

May is National Bike Month, and the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) knows all about celebrating it the right way.

Chesco DA: This was a savage, selfish, and cowardly murder |May 11, 2016

SCHUYLKILL >> District Attorney Tom Hogan identified the alleged shooter from the May 2 domestic dispute which left one person dead and another hospitalized.

Home care provider admits stealing $20K from Lower Providence woman |May 11, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia woman is headed to jail after she stole more than $20,000 from the bank accounts and estate of a Lower Providence woman for whom she once provided care.

Phoenixville Borough Council approves hiring 30th police officer |May 11, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Just three months after its 29th police officer took the oath of office, the police department learned it will soon add yet another patrolman to the force.

OSHA puts developer on notice about rubble pile in Limerick |May 10, 2016

LIMERICK >> A large pile of rubble at the corner of Lightcap and Evergreen roads may have become the focus of a federal investigation.

Events planned in a variety of sporting activities |May 10, 2016

FIELD HOCKEY The Phoenixville Marian Youth Club will conduct registration for its 2016 program Thursday, June 2 and 9 (6-7;30 p.m.); Saturday, June 4 (9-10:30 a.m.); and Tuesday, June 7 (6-7:30 p.