Phoenixville Local

Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson |Sep 18, 2014

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Nation’s political divide examined in Ursinus College forum |Sep 16, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — No American needs a degree in political science to know that politics in this country is polarized at nearly every level.

Police blotter |Sep 16, 2014

CHARLESTON — An unknown suspect broke into a township residence by forcing in a window and stole $1,500 worth of property between midnight on Aug. 29 and 6 a.m. Sept. 2.

Breathalyzer tests administered to students at Phoenixville football game |Sep 16, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Students heading into the Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game Friday night at Washington Field were breathalyzed to check for under-age drinking.

Spring-Ford eyes eliminating per capita tax |Sep 16, 2014

LIMERICK – The Spring-Ford Area School Board continues to mull becoming the latest school district to eliminate the per capita tax for district revenue.

Chesco makes 200 generators available to towns to keep traffic signals working |Sep 16, 2014

In natural emergencies, sometimes it’s what you didn’t think about beforehand that you miss the most.

Planning commission report shows increased housing construction in Montgomery County |Sep 16, 2014

NORRISTOWN — More housing units were built in Montgomery County in 2013 than in the previous two years, according to a report released Wednesday by the county planning commission.

Police ID man electrocuted after apparent attempt to steal copper wiring |Sep 16, 2014

UPPER MERION — Police have identified 41-year-old Marc A. Tuoni of Norristown as the man who was electrocuted in an apparent attempt to steal copper wiring from a 4,100-volt electrical junction box on the front lawn of Kennedy Supplee Mansion in Valley Forge Park Saturday morning.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds open house for Children’s Discovery Room |Sep 16, 2014

PERKIOMEN TWP. — A 3-foot-tall caterpillar was found counting yellow, mellow fishbugs at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s Children’s Discovery Room Open House Monday.

Lane of Route 422 West to be closed Saturday |Sep 12, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE — One lane of Route 422 West will be closed between the Route 23 and Oaks interchanges for road resurfacing. The closure will be in effect from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Berks man who exchanged nude images with Limerick boy faces court supervision |Sep 12, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Berks County man, one of six men accused of having inappropriate contact with a Limerick boy, has admitted that he exchanged nude images with the boy via electronic devices linked to an adult social media site.

Three Skippack businesses cited for serving alcohol to minors |Sep 12, 2014

SKIPPACK — The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited three establishments for allegedly serving alcohol to minors.

Harpeth Rising to finally make local debut |Sep 12, 2014

Harpeth Rising was scheduled to make their debut at Chaplin’s on Feb. 13. But a snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow throughout the area resulted in the oft-touring band’s first snow-related cancellation in its five-year history.

Limerick, developer at odds on sewer lateral compensation |Sep 12, 2014

LIMERICK — A dispute over compensation arose between the township and a developer after he struck rock while digging sewer laterals for his new development off Fruitville Road and asked for more money.

Royersford police arrest driveway sealer scammers |Sep 12, 2014

ROYERSFORD — Police arrested three people in connection with a driveway sealing scam they allegedly used to rip off an elderly borough resident.

Motorcycle ride will benefit Justice4PAKids to raise awareness of child sexual abuse |Sep 12, 2014

MALVERN — When Justice4PAKids co-founder Bob Riley wanted to organize a fundraiser for his new organization with a distinct mission, he wanted to raise money in a unique way. So the motorcycle enthusiast started the event Motorcycle Ride4PAKids.

Phoenixville Public Library renovations begin |Sep 12, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Work to replace the heating and cooling unit at the Phoenixville Public Library began Wednesday and will result in some closures as work becomes more intensive beginning at the end of the month.

Survey: Residents say Chesco a great place to live and work |Sep 12, 2014

WEST CHESTER — Chester County is viewed as an overwhelmingly favorable place to live and work, according to a survey sponsored by business and county government.

VIDEO: Lancaster filmmaker releases documentary short on Firebird Festival |Sep 11, 2014

Firebird Festival, the popular community celebration honoring Phoenixville each December, is the subject of a new short film by Lancaster-based filmmaker Josh Hankins.

Schuylkill River Heritage Area to host bike ride through national parks |Sep 11, 2014

POTTSTOWN — The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting Pedaling Through Our National Parks, the third event in their Bike Trail Series, on Sept. 20 and 21.

Kimberton Lions host 16th annual 5k run/walk |Sep 11, 2014

The Kimberton Area Lions Club will host their 16th Annual 5K Run/Walk- Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Kimberton Fire House Fairgrounds.

Pa. Turnpike to close Route 29 interchange overnight Saturday |Sep 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced today that the Route 29 All-Electronic Interchange (Exit #320, E-ZPass only) on I-76 between Downingtown (Exit #312) and Valley Forge (Exit #326) will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic from 10 p.

Think About it: Watching Trees Grow |Sep 11, 2014

“There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

Wet weather fails to wash out Phoenixville’s fifth annual Blues Fest |Sep 10, 2014

Music fans from throughout the area came to Reeves Park on Saturday, Sept. 6, for Phoenixville’s fifth annual Blues Festival. Despite scattered showers throughout the day, more than 5,000 people enjoyed the all-day jam featuring dozens of musicians.

Montco to use grant for alternative-fuel vehicles |Sep 9, 2014

NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County has been awarded a grant to help offset the cost to get new vehicles to add to its fleet. The only catch is the new vehicles won’t run on regular gas.

NRC gives Limerick nuke plant top rating for 1st half of 2014 |Sep 9, 2014

LIMERICK — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rated Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station in the highest performance category for the first half of the year.

Perkiomen Valley School Board ratifies new teacher contract |Sep 9, 2014

PERKIOMEN — Roughly a year after the last contract for district teachers expired, the Perkiomen Valley School Board officially ratified a new one at its meeting Monday night.

PHOTOS: Royersford takes to the streets to party |Sep 9, 2014

ROYERSFORD — The fourth annual Community Day and Classic Car Show on Sept. 6 was a success as the community gathered on Main Street from Third to Seventh avenues to enjoy what Royersford has to offer.

Upper Providence program gives an assist to volunteer firefighters |Sep 8, 2014

Upper Providence — Flames and smoke leaped from the engine compartment of a 2008 grey Chevrolet Silverado parked on the parking lot of an apartment complex on Meadowview Lane in Upper Providence Township shortly after noon on a recent Friday.

Upper Providence OKs plans for Goddard Day School |Sep 8, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — The township supervisors recently approved three additional sets of building plans, paving the way for construction of a Goddard Day School at 200 Springhouse Drive.

Man nearly strikes Limerick police car, arrested for fake license |Sep 8, 2014

LIMERICK — Township police arrested a man for allegedly running a red light, nearly striking a police car, then providing a fake license to the officer who stopped him.

Md. man charged with stealing from Limerick outlets |Sep 8, 2014

LIMERICK — Township police charged a man for allegedly stealing Converse sneakers from a store at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.

Montco sheriff warns residents against telephone scam (video) |Sep 8, 2014

NORRISTOWN — One Montgomery County couple has been bilked out of $600 in a new phone scam where the callers pretend to be deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and tell victims if they do not pay, a warrant will be issued for their arrest.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Cooking and baking made easy with quinoa and quick breads |Sep 8, 2014

QUICK BREADS – Are just like their name suggests. Quick breads use baking powder and/or a combination of baking soda as a leavening agent, which requires no time for the batter to rise, whereas yeast bread takes a long time to rise and needs to rest between the risings.

Ursinus College president Bobby Fong dies at 64 |Sep 8, 2014

(Updated 2:15 p.m.) COLLEGEVILLE — The son of Chinese immigrants, the importance of learning was never lost on Bobby Fong.

Limerick Generating Station employees kick off United Way Campaign |Sep 6, 2014

LIMERICK — Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station kicked off its four-week United Way campaign Friday with an outdoor employee event. Last year, the nuclear plant’s employees pledged $137,000 to the United Way to support the work of area agencies.

PHOTOS: Castor reads to local preschoolers at Pre-K for PA event |Sep 5, 2014

Upper Providence — Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor visited Play & Learn Providence Pointe Friday to show his support for Pre-K for PA.

Cops: ‘No foul play’ in death of Royersford woman found in Marsh Creek State Park |Sep 5, 2014

UPPER UWCHLAN — State police on Friday announced that “no indications of foul play” were found as investigators continue to probe the death of a 35-year-old Royersford woman found at Marsh Creek State Park.

Royersford woman found dead in Marsh Creek lake |Sep 4, 2014

UPPER UWCHLAN — An investigation is underway after the body of a Royersford woman was recovered from the lake at Marsh Creek State Park during a late-night search Wednesday.

Royersford police still looking for gunpoint robbery suspects |Sep 4, 2014

ROYERSFORD — Borough police are still searching for a pair of men who allegedly robbed a person early last month at gunpoint.

Collegeville shooting death ruled suicide |Sep 4, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — A fatal shooting on Second Avenue in Collegeville over the weekend was officially ruled a suicide by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

PHOTOS: Italian mosaics now grace Limerick church |Sep 4, 2014

LIMERICK — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish unveiled two stone mosaics created in Ortisei, Italy, on Saturday. The mosaics were donated by an anonymous benefactor and unveiled by Bishop Daniel Thomas in one of his last appearances before reassignment to Toledo, Ohio.

Montco commissioners award construction contract for Arcola Road Bridge |Sep 4, 2014

NORRISTOWN — The Montgomery County commissioners awarded a contract to a Worcester construction firm to begin demolition on the closed Arcola Road Bridge that connects Upper and Lower Providence.

Valley Forge Christian College to become university |Sep 4, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Chester County will soon be host to another university.

Lower Frederick Regional Ambulance to merge with Plymouth Community Ambulance |Sep 4, 2014

LIMERICK — At the end of the township supervisors’ meeting Tuesday night, the president of Lower Frederick Regional Ambulance’s trustees announced the company’s intention to merge with another ambulance service in the near future.

FIELD HOCKEY: Spring-Ford’s Vagnoni victim of PIAA gender ruling |Sep 4, 2014

After earning Mercury All-Area honorable mention honors in 2013, Spring-Ford field hockey goalkeeper Dante Vagnoni was poised to replicate the same success in 2014.

Beth Chaim presents ‘Sweet Beginnings’ lecture and gourmet chocolate reception |Sep 4, 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Beth Chaim Reform Congregation of Malvern invites the community to participate in “Sweet Beginnings,” an evening of learning and gourmet chocolate tasting as we explore Jews on the Chocolate Trail to welcome and celebrate the sweet beginning of Rabbi Michelle Pearlman’s spiritual leadership at Beth Chaim.

Phoenixville native named Best Overall New Cadet at West Point |Sep 4, 2014

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that Cadet Shawna Moore, of Phoenixville, has been named the Best Overall New Cadet Class of 2018 by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Sen.

Phoenixville Federal CEO honored for life of service to the borough |Sep 3, 2014

Phoenixville — Richard Kunsch doesn’t have to leave Phoenixville to work, play or enjoy the lifestyle he cherishes the most.

Montco man admits viewing child porn in his van |Sep 3, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A man caught by police viewing child porn in the cargo area of his van parked along a Lower Providence road last year potentially faces a trip to jail.