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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.

SEVEN IN SEVEN: Gozu thunders into city; Pop Evil, Japandroids and others have local dates |Feb 15, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Phoenixville, OJR school districts to share in state money for construction projects |Feb 15, 2017

State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th Dist., announced Tuesday that Chester County school districts will receive more than $13.2 million in total state funding for reimbursements for major construction projects.

PA Young Republicans elect new leadership |Feb 15, 2017

HERSHEY >> The Pennsylvania Young Republicans elected a new chairman, Rick Loughery of Chester County, to lead the organization with new energy and a new path forward at its annual convention in Hershey Feb.

Facebook ‘friend’ gets prison time for assault |Feb 14, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> A Downingtown man who met a teenage girl on Facebook and later sexually assaulted her when they met face to face for the first time pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the encounter on Monday.

2 injured in car accident in West Caln |Feb 14, 2017

WEST CALN >> Two people were injured after their car hit a tree and caught on fire, according to firefighters.

Cirillo takes the stand in defense of rape charges against him |Feb 14, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Vincent Cirillo Jr. took the stand Monday during his trial on rape charges to tell his version of events on the night that he is accused of having sex with his client while she was unconscious.

Spring-Ford to host town hall meeting on $10M high school expansion |Feb 14, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> In an effort to dispel any rumors circulating about the proposed $10 million high school expansion project, the Spring-Ford Area School District wants the community to come together next month and talk about the official plan as it stands today.

Grab a tissue, this sweet engagement video will make your Valentine’s Day |Feb 14, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> When Nahder Zomorrodian met Ashley Ruggiero, he knew that she was the woman with whom he would spend the rest of his life.

New owners at White Manor start upgrades |Feb 14, 2017

WILLISTOWN >> The new owners of White Manor Country Club have started making good on their promise to sink $1.5 million into the property.

WCU receives $500,000 scholarship for 25 students to attend |Feb 13, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> You have to get in the game to have a chance to win.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Slice of Carnival/Mardi Gras with New Orleans Suspects and Bonerama at Ardmore Music Hall |Feb 13, 2017

Yeah, Fat Tuesday isn’t till Feb. 28, but Mardi Gras time in New Orleans has officially been underway since approximately Feb. 10.

Hundreds take the plunge in icy waters |Feb 13, 2017

POCOPSON >> Not many people would shed their clothes, put on a swimming suit and plunge into 39-degree water in the middle of winter.

Collections nearly triple at county drug boxes |Feb 13, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The amount of legal prescription drugs that Chester County residents have taken from their medicine chests and dropped off at area police stations, county offices, and Paoli Hospital rose almost 200 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to figures released Friday.

Humor writing workshop set for Lower Providence Library |Feb 13, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE>>You won’t need a library card to check out the laughs when Lower Providence Community Library hosts a three-day humor writing workshop, but you will need to check in with your inner Mark Twain.

Retail icon Albert Boscov dies at 87 after battle with cancer |Feb 11, 2017

Reading >> Albert Boscov, the legendary Pennsylvania retailer who ran the largest family-owned department store chain in the country for more than 65 years, died Friday at age 87.

Collegeville man charged with homicide by vehicle in Upper Providence crash |Feb 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Collegeville man has been charged with homicide be vehicle and DUI in connection with a Christmas Eve crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman.

Tredyffrin-Easttown wins the MathCounts competition for the third year, advancing to the state competition |Feb 10, 2017

EAST WHITELAND >> The Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School team won the Chester County MathCounts competition for the third consecutive year.

WCU students want wage hike, tuition freeze |Feb 10, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Students at West Chester University are joining with others across the state to demand a raise in minimum wage for them and other campus workers, as well as for a five-year tuition freeze.

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown posts new photos of adorable jaguar cubs |Feb 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo has shared new photos on their Facebook page of the jaguar cubs who were born Tuesday, Jan.

Chesco pols split on Pa. abortion bill |Feb 10, 2017

HARRISBURG >> After an emotionally charged and graphic debate, the state Senate approved legislation that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to ban abortions at 20 weeks and restrict how the vast majority of second-trimester abortions are performed.

Downingtown’s Armor Alley project gets state funding |Feb 10, 2017

DOWNINGTOWN >> A project to beautify the borough that started in 2014 received new funding for a second phase, the Downingtown Main Street Association announced Thursday.

Philadelphia area schools announce delays due to icing |Feb 10, 2017

School districts across the region have begun announcing delays for Friday morning due to icing. A listing of delays is below and alphabetical by county, with colleges, universities.

STORM GUIDE: Snow tapering off, speed restrictions lifted on roads, more might be coming |Feb 9, 2017

There are a lot of wet and soggy roads out there so far this morning, but a winter storm is still bearing down on the area and promising to cause a lot of problems this morning.

Montgomery County jurors get a snow day as courthouse closes |Feb 9, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Thursday’s snowstorm marked the first time Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairwoman Val Arkoosh had to make the decision about closing county offices for inclement weather.

Grieving family says verdict brought ‘Justice 4 Timmy’ |Feb 9, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> They waited more than four years for “Justice 4 Timmy” and when it came in the form of a jury’s verdict, their tears flowed and they could no longer control their emotions – relief was mixed with sadness about the boy they lost.

Spring-Ford’s #ParentCamp benefits students, teachers and parents |Feb 9, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Community members in the Spring-Ford Area School District came together recently to discuss strategies that benefit student learning, teaching and parenting.

7 new sheriff’s deputies complete Chester County training program |Feb 9, 2017

Following an eight-week training regimen that ended last week, seven new deputy sheriffs will be assuming duties throughout Chester County, and Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh couldn’t be prouder.

Perkiomen man guilty of vehicular homicide in Lower Pottsgrove teen’s death |Feb 9, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Perkiomen man showed no emotion as a jury convicted him of vehicular homicide for fatally striking a teenage pedestrian while driving recklessly in Lower Pottsgrove.

What does your block look like? Tweet photos and info using #delcosnow |Feb 9, 2017

We finally have the first snowstorm of the winter falling outside of our windows. It promises to be a mess all morning. Help everybody out by Tweeting photos and conditions using #delcosnow. You can check above for updates.

UPDATE: School districts across Philadelphia region closings due to storm |Feb 8, 2017

School districts across the region have begun announcing delays for Thursday morning with a winter storm on the horizon. A listing of delays is below and alphabetical by county, with colleges, universities, private and parochial school delays at the bottom.

Alleged victim testifies in ex-Norristown lawyer’s rape trial |Feb 8, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Testimony began Tuesday in the trial against Vincent Cirillo Jr., an attorney accused of raping one of his clients while she was unconscious.

School districts voice opposition to property tax elimination |Feb 8, 2017

SOUDERTON >> Proposed state legislation to do away with school property taxes has “laudable objectives,” including helping senior citizens and others on a fixed income, according to Wissahickon School District Superintendent James Crisfield.

Police ID victims of fatal Route 422 crash |Feb 8, 2017

WEST POTTSGROVE >> Officials have identified the two people killed Saturday morning in the crash on Route 422 as a resident of Stroudsburg and of East Elmhurst, N.Y.