Phoenixville Local

PHOTO: Four alumni honored at TCHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony |Feb 27, 2015

David Hoffman (Electronics Class of 1973), Kristen Hunsinger (Animal Science Class of 2007), Nancy Custer-Strauss (Advanced Office Practice Class of 1974) and Jeff Lawrence (Automotive Technology Class of 1991) were inducted into the 15th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame at the Chester County Technical College High School last Thursday Night, Feb.

Spring-Ford students, Philly artist ‘Bring the Outside in’ at ninth grade cafeteria |Feb 27, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Local ninth grade students are leaving a lasting impression on their school walls, and it is not getting them in trouble.

Pack 119 Cub Scouts battle for the lead at annual Pinewood Derby |Feb 27, 2015

Phoenixville Cub Scout Pack 119 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Scouts watched intently as the wooden racers they spent weeks crafting with their parents, raced down the track, with finishes often separated by mere seconds.

Phoenixville Area Middle School students prepare to present ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ |Feb 27, 2015

Phoenixville Area Middle School students are getting into their roles in preparation for their production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” March 5-7 at 7 p.m.

Walkway to Valley Forge: Construction proceeds in frigid temperatures |Feb 27, 2015

Workers braved the cold as they continued work on the Sullivan’s Bridge project near Valley Forge National Historical Park Thursday.

UVF alum among Time magazine Person of the Year honorees for Ebola epidemic work |Feb 27, 2015

CHARLESTOWN >> A former University of Valley Forge student was recently named as one of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” honorees for her work in Africa with Ebola victims.

Chesco Housing Authority aims to find homes for 100 vets in 100 days |Feb 27, 2015

The Chester County Housing Authority has launched a new campaign for finding at least 100 veterans suitable homes in the next 100 days.

‘The Art of Science’ exhibit opens at Franklin Commons |Feb 27, 2015

The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons will hold a unique exhibition themed “The Art of Science,” beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., which will run until April 10.

Think About It: Addicted to Snow |Feb 27, 2015

“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”

Bridgeport man accused of attempted child sex assault; nabbed in Internet sting |Feb 27, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A 37-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged with attempted child sexual assault after he was nabbed by detectives conducting an undercover sting operation targeting alleged Internet predators.

Parties endorse candidates for Chester County primaries |Feb 26, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> The two major political parties in Chester County endorsed slates of candidates to run for countywide offices in the May primary, but they may find that at least one open seat will see a primary fight.

Calendar of Events |Feb 26, 2015

Ongoing Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Bacon and bread, the “B” staples of life |Feb 26, 2015

Bacon >> once considered a breakfast meat, has gone big time. This pork product can be smoked, grilled, baked and fried, and the list goes on. It is up to the cook preparing it. Healthier than pork bacon, turkey, tofu and other meats can be processed to a similar product.

Spring-Ford Area School Board approves $10K donation to SNAP post-prom party |Feb 26, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Parents of Spring-Ford Area High School students can rest easy knowing their son or daughter will be safe after prom this year.

2 Pottstown-area women admit roles in bad check scheme at Limerick bank |Feb 26, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown woman and a Douglass (Mont.) woman, two of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, face probation for participating in the scheme.

Chesco Pops presents ‘Requiem’ Sunday in Phoenixville |Feb 26, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Chester County Pops Orchestra will take the stage Sunday to perform one of the most beloved pieces of choral music written in the past 30 years.

St. John’s to present Susquehanna University Choir concert in Phoenixville |Feb 26, 2015

Beloved composers Bach and Mendelssohn will be complimented by music of composers that are actively writing today when the Susquehanna University Choir comes to Phoenixville March 8.

PHOTOS: PVMS East students perform high-flying stunts in ‘Mary Poppins’ |Feb 26, 2015

PERKIOMEN >> Perk Valley Middle School East’s high-flying production of the musical “Mary Poppins” is set to open Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The students practiced performing with the flying equipment provided by theater stunt equipment company Flying by Foy this week during dress rehearsals.

Valve leak shuts down Limerick nuclear plant |Feb 26, 2015

LIMERICK >> One of the two reactors at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station shut down abruptly before 10 p.m. Monday night due to a problem with a steam valve, officials said.

Kimberton pot grower gets county prison sentence |Feb 26, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> In hindsight, Marc Ferrara would probably agree that he should have just tipped the fellow who helped him out.

Royersford man arrested in National Penn Bank robbery |Feb 26, 2015

ROYERSFORD >> Police have announced the name of the man who was arrested Tuesday in the robbery of a Royersford bank.

Six firefighters hurt battling $1M Charlestown blaze |Feb 26, 2015

CHARLESTOWN >> Six firefighters were injured Sunday night while battling a 2-alarm house fire in the first block of Highland Hills Road.

Phoenixville Kiwanis seek applicants for Youth Service Award |Feb 26, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is seeking applicants for their Youth Service Award. This award, which has a value of $1,000, is presented annually to an organization which has furthered the educational, financial or physical advancement of youth under the age of 18 within the Phoenixville area.

Pets of the Week |Feb 25, 2015

Bertie and Whimsey (cats) We are Bertie and Whimsey and are looking for a kind, loving family to help us. Our dear owner recently traveled to the U.K. for a visit home when she took ill and is now unable to return to the U.

Montgomery County commissioners pass resolution seeking 911 funding reform |Feb 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners passed a resolution Thursday showing solidarity with other counties seeking reform for the state’s 911 funding system.

Group of Good Samaritans save man from heart attack in East Pikeland |Feb 23, 2015

EAST PIKELAND >> “I should be dead. I really should be. If it hadn’t been for some remarkable circumstances...”

Phoenixville residents question New Early Learning Center and Elementary School plans |Feb 23, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents got an in-depth look at the New Early Learning Center and Elementary School Thursday night.

Spring City man admits to drug-fueled Limerick crash that injured other driver |Feb 23, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A Spring City man has admitted he was driving under the influence of drugs at the time he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Limerick that seriously injured the other driver.

Ex-Collegeville insurance agent charged with fleecing elderly clients |Feb 23, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> A former Collegeville insurance agent has been arrested by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and accused of fleecing elderly clients of more than $200,000 through “a criminal scheme known as churning.

Education Foundation adds ‘Wine Pull,’ exciting new auction items to annual gala |Feb 20, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> It’s that time of year again when you can have a nice dinner, bid on some fancy prizes and support Phoenixville schools, all at the same time.

Calendar of Events |Feb 19, 2015

Ongoing Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience: Register now for Facetime Theatre’s Summer Experience for students entering first through fourth grades, running June 15-19 & June 22-26.

Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker recognized for veterans ID program |Feb 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Becker has been recognized yet again for her work helping veterans in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County judge says appointing special prosecutor in attorney general case was legal |Feb 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge William Carpenter filed an opinion with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday saying that he was within his rights to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and evidence collected against her should not be suppressed.

Abington man sentenced to federal prison for gambling organization |Feb 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The Montgomery County man who ran a nationwide sports gambling organization and hid the cash in his backyard in Abington was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison on Tuesday, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office.

PHOTOS: Ash Wednesday starts the Lenten season |Feb 19, 2015

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians. In Phoenixville, Rev. Koshy Matthews and Rev. Dennis Coleman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church distributed ashes at the corner of Bridge and Main streets at noon on Wednesday.

DUI crash defendant in court, community members set meeting |Feb 19, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas Court judge on Wednesday increased bail for the man charged with the deaths of two Downingtown-area teenagers in an alleged drunk driving crash over the weekend, and accepted his withdrawal from the county’s Drug Court program.

Spring-Ford Area School Board OKs $146M preliminary budget, 4% tax increase |Feb 19, 2015

LIMERICK >> Get ready for a possible tax hike in the Spring-Ford Area School District.

Ex-Perkiomen man accused in fatal crash also faces trial for witness intimidation |Feb 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> A former Perkiomen man already awaiting trial on charges of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of a 16-year-old Lower Pottsgrove boy and for illegal gun possession now faces trial on additional charges for allegedly intimidating a witness while free on bail.

Phoenixville man charged with assault after argument in local bar |Feb 19, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville man is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a man outside of a local bar on Tuesday night.

Phoenixville man arrested after allegedly burglarizing shoe repair shop |Feb 19, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Police have arrested a Phoenixville man after they responded to a report of a burglary of a business at the Village at Eland Downe.

Norristown Area School District officially accepted into the Pioneer Athletic League |Feb 19, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Following a unanimous vote from the principals in the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC), the Norristown Area School District has been accepted and will begin transitioning its middle school and high school freshmen teams for the 2015-2016 school year.

Police apprehend suspect in two-county, high-speed chase |Feb 19, 2015

NORTH COVENTRY >> Police have made an arrest following a theft from the Coventry Mall that escalated into a high-speed chase through three townships over two counties.

Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I |Feb 18, 2015

Last week I shared six “Thoughts on Leadership - Part I.” Today I would like to share six more.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Amish sweets and avocado treats |Feb 18, 2015

The Amish population in the U.S. numbers around 290,090 living in 30 states. The three states that have the largest Amish communities are Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

PVMS East to present ‘Mary Poppins’ with help of flying theater company |Feb 18, 2015

After soaring their way through “Peter Pan” two years ago, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East students are again ready to take flight, this time with a musical production of “Mary Poppins” that will feature upside-down tap-dancing and singing, much like the beloved Disney movie.

Schuylkill Valley Sports will close Audubon store to open another in Oaks |Feb 18, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> It’s a time of bittersweet renewal for Schuylkill Valley Sports (SVS), as the nearly 45-year-old chain closes its original Audubon store to follow the path of former neighbor Wawa to the burgeoning Oaks Shopping Center down the road.

Pets of the Week |Feb 18, 2015

Barkley (dog) Barkley is a 5-year-old male Plott Hound Mix. Barkley is about 40 pounds and would make a great walking or jogging partner. He is house trained and crate trained. Barkley would do best in an adult-only home and would prefer to be the only dog.

Upper Providence, developer at odds over escrow account |Feb 17, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The township supervisors will not release a cash escrow, as requested by a developer, until the special circumstances appeal is discussed with township consultants.

Chester County siblings killed in crash, driver arrested for DUI |Feb 17, 2015

UWCHLAN >> Two Downingtown siblings died Saturday in a car crash, and the driver of the other vehicle involved was charged with vehicular homicide, according to police.

PHOTOS: Valley Forge National Historical Park celebrates George Washington’s birthday |Feb 17, 2015

The park celebrated Washington’s 283rd birthday Monday with cupcakes and samples of Martha Washington’s “Great Cake” recipe. Mrs. Washington, members of the Continental Army and park visitors joined in singing “Happy Birthday” during the general’s celebration on President’s Day.