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Phoenixville teacher surprised with teaching award by Eagles’ Brian Westbrook |Mar 22, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Dedication and hard work are two things to be admired, especially when it comes to education.

Spring-Ford officials squabble over expansion price ahead of town hall |Mar 22, 2017

ROYERSFORD >> Just days before they’re set to hold a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed $10 million high school expansion project, Spring-Ford Area School Board members were still squabbling over the estimated price tag.

Chesco DA, DEA chief named to head Regional Drug Strike Force |Mar 22, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has been named chairman of the region’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program’s Executive Board. Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Philadelphia Division, has been named vice chairman of HIDTA.

Pottstown woman admits embezzling $1M from furniture business |Mar 22, 2017

Philadelphia >> A Pottstown woman faces over four decades in prison after she pleaded guilty to embezzling her company, the United States Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Area GOP Reps voting to roll back restrictions aiming to keep guns out of hands of the mentally ill |Mar 22, 2017

WASHINGTON >> A rule adopted by the Obama administration last year aimed at restricting gun purchases by veterans deemed to be mentally incompetent to manage their benefits took an important step toward being rolled back last week with the help of votes from three area Republican Congressmen.

Boyertown student sues school district over same-sex locker room |Mar 22, 2017

BOYERTOWN >> A high school student and his parents have sued the Boyertown Area School District claiming the district’s new transgender policy violated his right to privacy.

Snow may fizzle, but economic costs are high |Mar 22, 2017

If April showers bring May flowers, what do March snowstorms bring?

Soup’s on! Celebrate spring with five fresh recipes |Mar 22, 2017

After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ­­‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.

In taped testimony East Norriton man, now deceased, tells jury neighbor assaulted him |Mar 22, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Three weeks before he died, a 96-year-old East Norriton man provided sworn testimony that his neighbor assaulted him on the driveway of his home as he went outside to retrieve his morning newspaper.

Chester County home sales take a dip |Mar 21, 2017

Home sales in Chester County saw declines in February in both the numbers sold and their selling prices, a report released Friday found.

Police in Chester County investigate identity theft, discover skimming device at gas station |Mar 21, 2017

CALN >> While filling your gas tank can cost you a lot, so can a skimming device, which was discovered on a gas pump at one gas station in the township.

$11 million awarded in verdict against Devereux |Mar 21, 2017

A Common Pleas Court jury’s verdict last week in Philadelphia against the Devereux Foundation could reverberate in the matter surrounding the home invasion case involving an East Brandywine woman.

Phoenixville council OKs affordable units |Mar 21, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A controversial housing project aimed at helping those less fortunate is moving forward after officials gave it the rubber stamp.

PHOTOS: Crowds line up for free water ice at Rita’s on first day of spring |Mar 21, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Crowds lined up at Rita’s Italian Ice, 411 Schuylkill Rd., for a refreshing — and free — first day of spring treat. Getting a free water ice on the first day of spring from Rita’s has become a tradition for many area families.

Upper Providence man jailed for indecent assault of underage girl |Mar 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man has state prison time and more than two decades of court supervision in his future for having indecent contact with a girl who was under the age of 13.

Sailor from Downingtown participated in NASA’s SnowEx |Mar 20, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS >> Lt. Kyle Smith, a sailor from Dowingtown, recently participated in NASA’s ground and airborne snow mission exercise to investigate snow and water availability.

Costello says some cuts “unacceptable” |Mar 20, 2017

One of Chester County’s three congressmen is speaking out against some of the proposed cuts in national spending suggested by the Trump administration’s $1.15 trillion budget.

Montgomery County moves forward on $281M campus project |Mar 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An estimated $281 million county campus redevelopment project over a decade in the making is moving forward.

Phoenixville swears in new police chief, two officers |Mar 20, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> It was a changing of the guard for the Phoenixville Police Department as a leader officially took the helm and it added to new officers.

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown wants you to vote to name their jaguar cubs |Mar 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo has narrowed down the name suggestions for their recently-born jaguar cubs, and now it’s your turn to vote for the top contenders.

Wawa announces hiring spree |Mar 17, 2017

Wawa hopes you “gottahavvawawa” – paycheck.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Does beer belong in the garden? |Mar 17, 2017

I didn’t even know that such a thing as “leftover beer” existed or that it might be considered a dilemma. So I was surprised at a recent family gathering when the talk turned to the topic of excess brew and what to do with it.

Chimney fire severely damages home in Upper Frederick |Mar 17, 2017

UPPER FREDERICK >> Firefighters responded to a large fire early Thursday morning that severely damaged a home.

Perkiomen thief says ‘he doesn’t think straight when he needs drugs’ |Mar 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A Perkiomen man who told authorities “he doesn’t think straight when he needs drugs,” is headed to state prison for breaking into vehicles to steal items to support his drug habit.

FILM TALK: Allentown-born Amanda Seyfried talks finding love on set, expecting her first child |Mar 17, 2017

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried came away from “The Last Word” with more than a starring role in a crowd-pleasing comedy. She also found a fiancé.

Montgomery County DA, police announce creation of website for victims to find stolen jewelry |Mar 17, 2017

Victims from Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties are being asked to search a website for stolen jewelry, coins and precious metals – all evidence recovered as a result of arrests from a burglary ring.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Have you heard of ‘Graeme of Thrones’? |Mar 16, 2017

Bring the beat back Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.

Group seeks support to tackle Pa. gerrymandering |Mar 16, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> In an effort to combat what it calls “voter suppression” and change what it claims is a rigged election system, an advocacy group was recently in Pottstown looking to generate support.

Brandywine Flight School’s new owner takes new pilots under his wing |Mar 16, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> Be passionate about your work and every day is a dream. That is the philosophy adopted by Stephen Richards, who a year ago retired from his job and took ownership of Brandywine Flight School.

West Pottsgrove man jailed for illegal gun sale to gang member |Mar 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A West Pottsgrove man, described by authorities as an associate of a Pottstown gang member, is headed to state prison for the illegal transfer of a firearm to that gang member.

DA: Ex-pastor to plead guilty in rape case |Mar 16, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The former pastor at a Uwchlan megachurch intends to enter a guilty plea to criminal charges brought in the case of a teenager he allegedly raped and impregnated, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Cause of Lower Providence fire undetermined but not suspicious in nature |Mar 16, 2017

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> Fire investigators say the cause of an afternoon blaze that tore through a home in the first block of Level Road Sunday remains undetermined, but is not suspicious, according to a press release issued by the township.

Phoenixville adopts anti-discrimination law to protect LGBT residents |Mar 16, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> A new ordinance in the borough is being hailed as an important victory for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the fight against discrimination.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of March 12 |Mar 15, 2017

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

Storm cuts Red Cross blood supply short, donations needed |Mar 15, 2017

The American Red Cross is calling for all eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give to help offset the weather-related shortfall in donations.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Bring Me the Horizon at the leading edge of metal |Mar 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.

‘Church of Broken Pieces’ one of two street photography installations at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia |Mar 15, 2017

Street photographer and Philadelphia resident Shawn Theodore’s handle on Instagram is _xst (exist), where he has 62,000 followers.

Guilty plea in shooting that injured Coatesville teen |Mar 15, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The brother of a reputed violent street gang leader from Coatesville has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an open-air shootout in the city that inadvertently left a teenager wounded.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get dinner done in a snap with quick ‘risotto’ |Mar 15, 2017

Serve up some Cheesy No-Rice Risotto ... which just so happens to be gluten free I might add.

FOOD: Enjoy the sweet luck o’ the Irish |Mar 15, 2017

At Bridge Street Chocolates in Phoenixville, a leprechaun and a shamrock garland decorate the store, tempting candy lovers to indulge in a sweet St. Patrick’s Day treat: the Irish potato.

Stella fails to deliver snowmageddon; sleet, ice more of a concern |Mar 15, 2017

That blizzard of 2017 we all heard about never fully materialized.

Sears Outlet set to open in Phoenixville |Mar 15, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. will open a new store Thursday in the Phoenixville Plaza Shopping Center on Nutt Road.

Go back in time at Constitution Center with ‘American Spirits’ |Mar 15, 2017

Two of the U.S. Constitution’s Amendments are about alcohol — one to ban it and one to undo the ban.

Norristown council candidates miss financial statement filing deadline |Mar 15, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Two members of Municipal Council filed their state ethics commission statements of financial interest with the municipality two days after the filing deadline of March 7.

Jurors from Pittsburgh area to decide Bill Cosby’s fate |Mar 14, 2017

HARRISBURG >> Entertainer Bill Cosby’s fate will be in the hands of jurors from Allegheny County when he stands trial this summer for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004, according to a state court decision.

LIVE: Get updates and photos from your neighborhood as snow hammers the area |Mar 14, 2017

Here we go again. There’s supposed to be some snow today. Well, a lot of snow. Here’s your best place to find conditions around the county. Tweet your photos and updated using #ChescoSnow and follow along.

Pittsburgh jury to weigh Bill Cosby’s fate |Mar 14, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby and his lawyers may have gotten exactly what they wanted - the chance to select jurors from the Pittsburgh area for the actor’s upcoming trial on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004.

State, local agencies prepare for blizzard |Mar 14, 2017

Ahead of a Nor’easter expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow across the tri-county area, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency and deployed members of the National Guard to help in the response, while state and local officials braced for the storm.

PECO prepared for major winter storm |Mar 14, 2017

With more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and high winds forecasted to hit the region during the next 48 hours, PECO is ready. More than 3,000 employees and contractors are prepared to respond to customer needs, repair potential storm damage, and safely restore service as quickly as possible.

After volunteer shortage, Gable returns as Kimberton fire chief |Mar 13, 2017

KIMBERTON >> Things haven’t changed much since Douglas Gable served his first tour of duty as chief of Kimberton Fire Co. Today, five years later, Gable has returned as chief and faces the same challenge: a shortage of volunteers.