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2 new prosecutors installed in Montgomery County DA’s Office |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> During a brief ceremony attended by colleagues, friends and family, two new law enforcement officials took their oaths of office on Friday to join the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has August trial date for alleged perjury charge |Feb 5, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s trial on perjury-related charges will get under way with jury selection on Aug. 8, a judge ruled on Friday.

Royersford woman to appear in Super Bowl commercial |Feb 4, 2016

Royersford >> If you keep your eyes glued to the commercials during the Super Bowl this Sunday, you’re likely to see Tanya Young’s smiling face starring in a special one for the NFL.

PCHF currently accepting Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship applications |Feb 4, 2016

Applications for the Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship are currently being accepted by The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. Since 1995, this program has awarded more than 100 scholarships to high school graduates who are pursuing careers within the healthcare professions within the greater Phoenixville region.

Phoenix Community Calendar Feb. 7 |Feb 4, 2016

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

Devon Prep students inducted into National Junior Honor Society |Feb 4, 2016

Fourteen Devon Prep Middle School students were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an evening ceremony in Calasanctius Hall. Among the new inductees are two eighth graders and 12 seventh graders.

PAHS Marching Band to host 2nd annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser |Feb 4, 2016

The Phoenixville High School Marching Band is hosting their second annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Sunday, March 13. Last year, they raised more than $3,000 with this unique, one-day fundraising program, and this year their goal is to beat that number.

Phoenixville grad competes for the crown at Miss Philadelphia 2016 |Feb 4, 2016

Winning the crown and the prized title “Miss Philadelphia 2016” is a challenge that Carrie Hytha, 2013 Phoenixville High School Graduate, is fully prepared to take on. On Feb. 27, 18 talented and intelligent young ladies will be judged by participating in private interviews and a dazzling on-stage competition at the Mandell Theater on Drexel University’s Philadelphia campus.

First Niagara provides $20,000 to local program addressing poverty |Feb 4, 2016

On Jan. 28, First Niagara provided a $20,000 grant to Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities to support their Understanding Poverty to Plan and Persevere (UP3). Through interfaith cooperation, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities addresses the basic needs of persons within the greater Pottstown community, while assisting with their spiritual and social needs.

Bill Cosby loses bid to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby showed no reaction as a judge rejected his claim that he had a promise from a former district attorney that he would never be prosecuted for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of a woman at his Cheltenham mansion.

Judge rejects Cosby request to disqualify D.A. Kevin Steele from case |Feb 4, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled Wednesday that District Attorney Kevin Steele will not be disqualified from the Bill Cosby prosecution, and a preliminary hearing date has been set for March 8.

Montgomery County Chief Public Defender joins effort to teach yoga in prisons |Feb 4, 2016

Dean Beer, Chief Public Defender of Montgomery County, has joined the board of Transformation Yoga Project, which teaches yoga to prisoners as a treatment option for those with a history of violence, emotional disorders or addiction.

Schwenksville Elementary students, parents explore Hour of Code |Feb 4, 2016

Schwenksville Elementary students and parents were recently invited to explore Hour of Code activities in the school’s computer lab. Mr. Walt Silver, Technology Integration Teacher, coordinated the evening event for students and parents to have a hands-on opportunity to explore technologies used by our school, such as Lego WeDo Robotics, Makey Makeys, Ozobot Robots, Green Screen app and coding activities in the computer lab.

Montgomery County judge denies Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss sex assault charges |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has denied a request made by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to dismiss sexual assault charges.

Fifth graders create STEM fun with catapults |Feb 3, 2016

Fifth graders at Schwenksville Elementary recently worked on a fun STEM activity. Using wooden craft sticks, rubber bands and the creative ingenuity of trial and error, the students created catapults to see which could hoist a marshmallow the farthest.

Elementary musicians put on winter concert |Feb 3, 2016

Schwenksville Elementary School recently held their winter concert, which highlighted the musical talents of the students. This year’s concert was proudly presented by Mrs. Dawn Krown (Band Director), Mr.

Chester County judge’s order in ‘teen-lifer’ cases disputed |Feb 3, 2016

west chester >> A Common Please Court judge has issued orders in three of the “teen lifer” cases in Chester County that appear on their face to give the men an avenue towards winning their freedom from state prison.

Bill Cosby hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse is the biggest show in town |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The three rings of the circus at the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday were Bill Cosby, Bruce L. Castor Jr. and the news media.

Ex Montgomery County DA Castor: ‘Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted, ever’ |Feb 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Appearing confident in his 2005 decision to not prosecute entertainer Bill Cosby for alleged sexual assault, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. testified Tuesday there were evidentiary problems with the case.

Spring-Ford committee to review transportation policy |Feb 3, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> After nearly a year’s worth of public complaints claiming the district transportation policy needs an overhaul, school officials say they are willing to take a hard look at ways to make changes.

Taste for craft spirits rising across Philadelphia region |Feb 3, 2016

A sweet fragrance permeates the room as you walk into the Manatawny Still Works, as the art of distilling craft spirits is underway right before your eyes. Four rows of large, aging wooden barrels rest stacked on top of each other toward the back of the room, behind a wooden bar and small seating area.

Limerick Police Chief Albany appointed ‘chief emeritus’ |Feb 3, 2016

Limerick >> Big changes are coming to the Limerick Township Police Department this year, including a year-long changing of the guard.

LIVE: Bill Cosby in the Montgomery County Courthouse |Feb 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Digital First Media’s Kaitlyn Foti (@kaitlynfoti) and Carl Hessler (@MontcoCourtNews) are in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown as pretrial motions begin in the Bill Cosby sex abuse trial.

PHOTOS: Bill Cosby arrives at Montgomery County Courthouse for hearing |Feb 2, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Bill Cosby has arrived at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown for his pre-trial hearing on sexual abuse charges.

Fire destroys garage in East Pikeland |Feb 2, 2016

EAST PIKELAND >> A garage attached to a home in the unit block of Miller Road was destroyed Tuesday morning by fire.

Runners accomplish a cold feat at Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race |Feb 1, 2016

UPPER SALFORD >> Crunch, crunch, crunch was the repetitious sound about 60 pairs of feet made as they shuffled up a snow covered mountain for the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race.

Phoenixville Area School District pays $155K for road expansions |Feb 1, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> It cost Phoenixville Area School District taxpayers $155,000 to obtain a strip of land to allow for the expansion of Pothouse Road through eminent domain and purchase land for the expansion of State Road, Right-to-Know requests revealed.

Philly man gets jail time, restrictions for indecent assault charges |Feb 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia man was told to stay away from pornography, alcohol and marijuana when he was sentenced for charges stemming from the indecent assault of an 8-year-old girl in Lower Salford.

Gun used to threaten in East Pikeland dog fight argument |Feb 1, 2016

East Pikeland >> A Royersford man is behind bars for threatening someone with a gun, after their dogs got into a fight.

Chester County man draws jail for pot deal in Salford |Feb 1, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Chester County man has been sentenced to jail time for trafficking marijuana in Montgomery County.

McCaffery: For Openers, Phils’ gloves will be mightier than their bats |Jan 30, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> From the manager to the general manager to the personnel development director to the players themselves, the Phillies expect a volatile couple of months in Clearwater.

Paint a healthy picture with Healthy Selfie Contest |Jan 30, 2016

Keep health in the picture even after the hype of New Year’s resolutions through a photo contest which awards winners $50 in gift cards to local businesses.

Police seek information on Wednesday shooting in Coatesville |Jan 30, 2016

COATESVILLE >> Police responded to reports of shots fired on the 500 block of Walnut Street in the area of Virginia Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Local lawyers: Legal hurdles likely in Cosby case |Jan 29, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Prosecutors and defense lawyers alike face multiple legal hurdles as Bill Cosby’s alleged sex assault case winds its way through Montgomery County Court, according to some well-known, local lawyers.

Barry Blog – Phoenixville vs. Spring-Ford |Jan 29, 2016

Barry Blog – Phoenixville vs. Spring-Ford

Survey wants Chester County businesses to vent — really |Jan 28, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County businesses are being asked to do something many don’t get the chance to do very often: vent.

Phoenixville woman wins Big Event contest sponsored by Mercury, Phoenix Item & Reporter |Jan 28, 2016

Pottstown >> Every year, hundreds of readers vie to be the winner of the annual Big Event, sponsored by The Mercury and The Phoenix Item and Reporter. The contest gives readers the chance to win a prize if they can find the correct number of Big Event logos hidden throughout the special section.

PMMC expands cancer care with addition of CyberKnife |Jan 28, 2016

Pottstown >> Cancer patients in the tri-county region have a new state-of-the-art option for treating their cancer — and they can take advantage of it without traveling to Philadelphia or New York.

Early-morning fire damages Phoenixville home |Jan 28, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> Multiple fire departments responded to a fire in Phoenixville early Thursday morning.

Spring-Ford board OKs $150M preliminary budget, blames state impasse for woes |Jan 28, 2016

Royersford >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board blamed the budget impasse in Harrisburg for causing its financial headache as it tries to prepare a 2016-17 budget.

422 west to close this morning for road repair |Jan 28, 2016

PennDOT announced Thursday morning that they will be shutting down part of Route 422 at 11 a.m. today for pavement repair.

Phoenixville Area School District pays $155K for road expansions |Jan 28, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> It cost school district taxpayers $155,000 to obtain a strip of land to allow for the expansion of Pothouse Road through eminent domain and purchase land for the expansion of State Road, two Right to Know requests filed by The Mercury revealed.

Chester County Democratic Committee endorses Mike Parrish over Lindy Li |Jan 28, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democratic Committee members bucked a growing movement of support for a millennial candidate who has attracted national attention for the 6th Congressional District seat by endorsing a Malvern business executive and former military officer for the position.

Covered Wagon Inn in Tredyffrin is target of proposed development |Jan 27, 2016

TREDYFFRIN >> The township’s planning commission last week received a preliminary land development application to build a new CVS Pharmacy and demolish a historic building constructed in the 1700s.

Holy Cross robotics teams qualify to compete at championship tournament |Jan 27, 2016

The Young Innovators Fair was recently held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. More than 100 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities were featured for children in kindergarten through high school.

Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week |Jan 27, 2016

Kahlua (dog) Kahlua is a small and sweet four-year-old Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher weighing about seven pounds. She enjoys being by your side and following you through your daily routine.

Allied Wire & Cable donates more than $18,000 |Jan 27, 2016

Allied Wire & Cable hosts a charity week each year where a percentage of sales are donated to charitable organizations. This year was the electrical distributor’s 10th annual charity week, which was held from Dec.

LGBTea Dances to host ‘For the Love of Art’ fundraiser event |Jan 27, 2016

LGBTea Dances’ For the Love of Art fundraiser event will take place on Feb. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Franklin Commons Gallery in Phoenixville. This inaugural event brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) artists, musicians, photographers, authors and other creative types from around Chester County.

First Niagara donates $15,000 to Brandywine Health Foundation |Jan 27, 2016

On Jan. 20, First Niagara Bank presented a $15,000 check to the Brandywine Health Foundation for the 2016 Strawberry Festival Committee.

Hundreds volunteer for PVSD Day of Service |Jan 27, 2016

Hoping to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of Perkiomen Valley School District students served others as part of PV’s fourth annual Day of Service event held on Jan.