Phoenixville Local

PHOTOS: PCEF’s annual dinner raises thousands for Phoenixville schools |Mar 6, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) hosted its annual fundraiser gala on Friday night at RiverCrest Golf Club. Hundreds of community members attended the popular event to support educational programs for students within the Phoenixville Area School District.

Phoenixville Borough Council interviews 6 solicitor candidates |Mar 6, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Sleet and freezing rain couldn’t stop Phoenixville Borough Council from conducting its search for a new solicitor.

Medical emergency leads to crash on Route 422 in Limerick |Mar 6, 2015

LIMERICK >> A medical emergency led to a crash on Route 422 at Evergreen Road Tuesday night amid icy road conditions.

Rep Hackett among House Republicans seeking to end Gov. Wolf’s death penalty moratorium |Mar 6, 2015

Nearly three weeks after Gov. Tom Wolf suspended state executions, House Republicans, including a representative from Delaware County, are seeking to reverse the death penalty moratorium.

Philadelphia region investigators probe burglaries targeting Asian business owners |Mar 6, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Investigators in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties are looking into a burglary ring targeting Asian-owned businesses, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the West Goshen Township Police Department.

The Big Dig: Late-winter snow blankets region |Mar 6, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents across the region didn’t let a little thing like snow get them down, even if they grumbled a bit because of it.

Spring City police find growing operation during assault call |Mar 6, 2015

SPRING CITY >> Police uncovered a marijuana growing operation Wednesday after responding to a call regarding an assault.

The Clinic in Phoenixville surpasses technology fundraising goal |Mar 6, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Facing the virtual dark ages, The Clinic was in big trouble.

Prosecutors fight bail reduction request of accused Lower Pottsgrove arsonist |Mar 6, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Arguing a Lower Pottsgrove woman is a danger to the community after she allegedly torched and destroyed the home of her neighbor, a Limerick detective, prosecutors are fighting her request for reduced bail.

Groups seek volunteers to monitor health of local streams |Mar 5, 2015

A consortium of local conservation and watershed organizations announces the second session of the Schuylkill Water Stewards volunteer training program, starting in spring 2015. The inaugural training program was conducted last fall, with 20 volunteers successfully trained and mobilized to help monitor and protect water quality in the French, Hay and Pickering Creek Watersheds.

Calendar of Events |Mar 5, 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.

Methacton Community Theatre presents ‘Mother Truckers’ |Mar 5, 2015

Breaker One Nine. Breaker One Nine. This is “Mother Truckers” comin’ atcha on Friday, March 6 at the Center Square Golf Club in Worcester. This entertaining original comedy by local playwrights, Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway, is presented by Methacton Community Theater in partnership with the Center Square Golf Club in their continuing efforts to bring the dining plus live performance experience to the Montgomery County area.

Think About It: You Know You are Old If... |Mar 4, 2015

One of hardest things to understand is what it means to be old. I am beginning to realize what Bernard Baruch meant when he said, “To me, old age is always ten years older than I am.”

Suspect sought in downtown convenience store robbery |Mar 3, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> Police are still looking for the man who robbed the Save More Discount Store on the 200 block of Bridge Street last week.

Collegeville vet honored by DOD for support of returning Army Reservist |Mar 3, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced that Collegeville Army veteran Earl “Buddy” Grater was honored with a ‘Patriot Award’ for supporting an Army Reservist that he hired to work with him at Thermoseal Industries, LLC.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Chicken and Cranberry |Mar 2, 2015

Chickens >> What do you know about them other than going to the market to buy what you need? The chicken family — hens, roosters and their eggs — originally ran wild. They were domesticated way back when from Asian descent.

Exelon nuke plant seeks more Schuylkill River water during heat waves |Mar 2, 2015

LIMERICK >> The Delaware River Basin Commission is considering a request by Exelon for permission to increase the amount of water the Limerick nuclear plant can withdraw from the Schuylkill River on hot summer days.

Townhome project approved for former greenhouse site in Upper Providence |Mar 2, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The supervisors recently approved tentative plans slated to transform an inactive commercial greenhouse property into a Gambone housing development.

Pets of the Week |Mar 2, 2015

Dougie (dog) Dougie is a sweet beagle, about 25 pounds, whose favorite things are belly rubs, sleeping and snacks. Dougie has an adorable tail that wags enthusiastically in response to any attention from women.

Upper Providence rejects 52-home project on Black Rock Road |Mar 2, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The township supervisors have denied the Freeland/Black Rock Associates preliminary subdivision plan due to technical deficiencies.

Dinniman tells seniors he backs property tax elimination |Mar 2, 2015

OXFORD >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th, of West Whiteland was largely “preaching to the choir” at the Oxford Senior Center on Thursday when he described his efforts to eliminate property taxes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.