Phoenixville Local

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.

Planning ahead helps retailers weather the storm |Jan 28, 2016

More than 500. That’s how many truckloads of shovels, generators and snow blowers Home Depot moved to hundreds of stores that were in the path of winter storm Jonas over the weekend. That statistic doesn’t include other winter items, like ice melt.

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.

School closings, delays announced for Chester County schools on Tuesday |Jan 25, 2016

While snow clean-up continued across Chester County Monday, schools have announced closings and delays for Tuesday’s start.

Spring City United Methodist Church to close after 170 years |Jan 22, 2016

Spring City >> When its doors opened in 1845, Spring City United Methodist Church was a large, vibrant congregation of more than 800 members. For decades the church dutifully served its community.

Chester County under a winter storm warning; townships declare snow emergencies |Jan 22, 2016

Eastern Chester County is in a Blizzard Warning from 7 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held in Phoenixville |Jan 22, 2016

The 17th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Bethel Baptist Church in Phoenixville on Monday evening.

Blizzard Watch issued for Philadelphia region, New Jersey |Jan 21, 2016

Spring-Ford board debates nixing federal lunch program |Jan 21, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> While most would agree providing a healthy menu for students purchasing lunch is important, some school district officials say the strict federal regulations are “an abysmal failure” and have made it difficult to even provide a program at all.

Spring-Ford officials blame state impasse for budget woes |Jan 21, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Officials in the Spring-Ford Area School District say they’re still not sure how they intend to balance the proposed 2016-17 preliminary budget, thanks to Harrisburg’s failure to pass a budget of its own.

Upper Providence man draws probation for indecent exposure |Jan 21, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to exposing himself to others in his neighborhood.

Philly Home & Garden Show debuts in Oaks |Jan 21, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >>Without the magnet of home improvement stars drawing crowds on Sunday, the Philly Home and Garden show still wound down its three-day stay at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks in rousing fashion, with hundreds of vendors taking the spotlight.

Perkiomen Valley School District holds Martin Luther King Jr. day of service |Jan 21, 2016

Collegeville >> While many enjoyed a day off from work or school Monday, students in the Perkiomen Valley School District took the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to heart as they participated in a “day on” of service.

Two pets die in Perkiomen Township house fire; cause under investigation |Jan 21, 2016

PERKIOMEN >> Flames tore through a Perkiomen Township home Thursday morning, killing at least two pets and destroying the residence. Three people escaped the blaze without serious injury, although one resident was taken to Einstein Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation and a burn on his side.

Preview: What do low gas prices mean for the Philadelphia region? |Jan 15, 2016

WEST NORRITON, Pa. >> It’s not exactly 1973 again, but gas prices are currently at their lowest in seven years.

Einstein Healthcare Network celebrates 150 years of compassionate care |Jan 13, 2016

PHILADELPHIA >> Einstein Healthcare Network marks its 150th anniversary in 2016 with a year of events, including an anniversary bash with a performance by legendary singer Diana Ross and hosted by award-winning stage and screen actor, Jason Alexander; a series of talks given by medical experts; a “Born at Einstein” social media campaign; a time capsule burial; and more.

No injuries reported in Limerick barn fire |Dec 30, 2015

LIMERICK >> Several fire departments responded to a barn fire amid rainy weather Tuesday.

Ferman reflects on career as Montco D.A. |Dec 30, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> As she strode confidently through her outer office during one of her last days there, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman glanced at the wall of fame that houses photos of all the county’s district attorneys.

East Coventry Township begins work on 1.4 mile trail |Dec 30, 2015

East Coventry >> Work has begun recently on a new public hiking and equestrian trail that will help connect several acres of open space in the township.

Limerick police chief to retire at end of 2016 |Dec 23, 2015

Limerick >> After nearly four decades as a police officer, Limerick Township police Chief William Albany will be stepping down from his post at the end of next year.

Upper Providence supervisors OK 2016 budget |Dec 23, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> During the last supervisors’ meeting of the year, the board approved a $25 million spending plan for 2016 and said goodbye to one of its own.

Limerick man admits to filming minors in the bathroom |Dec 23, 2015

Philadelphia >> A Limerick man is facing up to 580 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to federal child pornography charges.

Upper Providence officials fret about high costs under Obamacare |Dec 17, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Rising health care costs under Obamacare have township officials exploring major changes to the coverage they provide for employees.

Project Outreach Christmas in Spring City to provide gifts for area children |Dec 17, 2015

Upper Providence OKs self-storage facility, 1,300 new parking spaces at GSK |Dec 17, 2015

Upper Providence >> The seventh time was a charm for a proposed self-storage facility near Trappe.

Limerick board OKs tax increase |Dec 17, 2015

Limerick >> Suggesting the township does a poor job communicating its needs to residents, a few members of the public were not happy to see a tax hike approved at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Spring-Ford School Board member to seek state House seat |Dec 17, 2015

Limerick >> After witnessing partisan gridlock in Harrisburg, including a six-month overdue budget and unresolved challenges such as property tax reform, Spring-Ford Area School Board Vice President Joe Ciresi threw his hat into the race this week for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 146th legislative district.

Schuylkill Township Army veteran receives a hero’s welcome |Dec 17, 2015

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Hingley gets a kiss from his wife, Pat. The couple was treated A Hero’s Welcome by the Schuylkill Township Police Department and the Warriors’ Watch Riders as family and neighbors welcomed Hingley home with yellow bows on the mailboxes along the street after a year’s deployment in Kuwait.

Three arrested in Limerick with over 100 fraudulent cards |Dec 17, 2015

LIMERICK >> Limerick police arrested three men from Reading Dec. 13 for their alleged involvement in the purchases of several items using a fake credit card.

Phoenixville woman competes on ‘Jeopardy!’ |Dec 11, 2015

Shannon Lee, an architectural design associate from Phoenixville, pictured here with host Alex Trebek, was one of the contestants on “Jeopardy!” on Thursday. She finished in second place.

Reorganized Spring-Ford Board names new leadership |Dec 11, 2015

Royersford >> The Spring-Ford Area School Board just saw a shake up of its leadership.

Phoenixville council rejects plan for 22 townhouses |Dec 11, 2015

Phoenixville >> A heavily-panned proposed development has been shot down, but not without a few moments of drama first.

Beacons restored to one of two Limerick nuke plant towers |Dec 11, 2015

LIMERICK >> At least one of the giant cooling towers at the Limerick nuclear plant is now visible to aviators at night.

Phoenixville Borough Council rejects police drone request |Dec 11, 2015

Phoenixville >> Phoenixville will remain a no-fly zone this Christmas.

Santa returns for pet photos at Animal Medical Center in Trappe |Dec 3, 2015

TRAPPE >> Yes, Rover and Snowball, there is a Santa Claus — and you can meet him on Saturday.

Schuylkill Valley Sports opens new store at Upland Square Shopping Center |Dec 3, 2015

West Pottsgrove >> Just in time for the kick-off of the holiday season, Schuylkill Valley Sports has opened its newest location.

Phoenixville boutiques make vintage accessible |Dec 3, 2015

PHOENIXVILLE >> As downtown Phoenixville continues to grow, a colorful influx of trendy businesses have settled in — offering a wide array of vintage clothes, unique gifts and antique furniture for a great price.

Second annual Limerick Turkey Bowl feeds 500 for holiday |Dec 3, 2015

LIMERICK >> Limerick Bowl and Crossroads Presbyterian Church were rolling out fun and food this Thanksgiving.

Longtime North Coventry Township Supervisor E. Kent High dies at 89 |Dec 3, 2015

North Coventry >> A pillar in the township for nearly five decades is gone.

Body identified in North Coventry barn fire |Dec 3, 2015

North Coventry >> The Chester County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the body of a man found in a barn fire last week.

Collegeville House Tour brings a traditional Christmas to life |Dec 3, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Collegeville.

Ben Carson slips in and out of Chesco for private fundraiser |Dec 3, 2015

TREDYFFRIN >> Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson quietly slipped in and out of Berwyn Monday night for a political fundraiser.

Holy Cross students get stronger one step at a time with rock wall |Dec 3, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE >> Whether it’s side to side or up and down; teachers are encouraging students to literally climb the walls during school.

Limerick eyes slight tax hike to pay for capital projects |Dec 3, 2015

Limerick >> Residents in Limerick Township should prepare for a tax hike next year.

Chester County updates schools on new emergency system |Dec 3, 2015

EAST CALN >> Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline, and Chester County Director of Emergency Services Bobby Kagel met with Chester County schools superintendents last week to update them on the progress and capabilities of the new emergency radio system being installed throughout the county.

Warning lights on Limerick nuke plant towers out for days |Nov 27, 2015

LIMERICK >> The blinking aviation warning lights atop the two massive cooling towers at the Limerick nuclear plant have been out of operation for two weeks and there is no information about when they will be back on.

Three new prosecutors join Chester County DA’s office |Nov 27, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> Three new prosecutors have been added to the staff of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, filling vacancies created by recent departures from the office.

Upper Providence to demolish apartment building to improve congested intersection |Nov 27, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> With the eminent domain acquisition of a Mont Clare apartment building, the township has paved the way to improving a congested traffic intersection.

Concerns raised about pedestrian crosswalk safety on Egypt Road |Nov 27, 2015

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A resident asked the township supervisors to look into safety issues at a pedestrian crosswalk on Egypt Road.