Phoenixville Local

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Kwanzaa — First Fruit, and a Happy New Year |Dec 22, 2014

Kwanzaa is not considered a religious holiday. The word Kwanzaa means “first fruit,” and it’s a celebration of the bounty of the earth.

Spring City native uses passion for scuba and outdoors to help students |Dec 22, 2014

BUCKTOWN >> How does a school district deal with truancy and behavior issues when the students simply have no interest in traditional education? Challenge them!

PHOTO: Phoenixville holds kindergarten holiday musical, Santa visits borough |Dec 22, 2014

Last weekend was full of holiday cheer.

Holy Cross awarded $3,100 grant for new gym equipment |Dec 22, 2014

In 2014, the Grant committee of Holy Cross Regional Catholic school applied for and was awarded $3100 from Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (PAHWF) for the purchase of new gym equipment.

Holy Cross students perform Christmas pageant |Dec 22, 2014

The second, third and fourth graders of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School performed the Christmas pageant this year on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Christmas spirit runs high during Linfield’s Rudolph Run |Dec 19, 2014

LINFIELD >> Participants dressed up in all sorts of holiday attire Saturday morning to begin the Rudolph Run in Linfield. The run began at 10 a.m. at Bengal Paper and ran along the Schuylkill River to Main Street.

Pennsylvania House, low income housing for Phoenixville, closed for code violations |Dec 19, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> The Pennsylvania House Hotel on Phoenixville’s North side, a boarding house for low income members of the community, was suddenly closed down last week after being deemed uninhabitable.

Black Rock VFC purchases new TAC truck, hopes for faster response times |Dec 19, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> What’s small, quick, and comes in handy when there’s a fire emergency in Upper Providence Township?

Tour of Duty |Dec 19, 2014

Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck, Lt. Thomas Sjostrom and Sgt. Brian Marshall gave Congressman-elect Ryan Costello a tour of the Phoenixville Police Station during a visit earlier this month.

Sen. Andy Dinniman’s beloved poodle, Henry, dies |Dec 19, 2014

WEST WHITELAND >> Henry, the beloved French poodle that accompanied state Sen. Andy Dinniman to virtually all of his engagements in the county, has died.

Upper Providence OKs $14.1M budget for 2015 |Dec 19, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> By a 2-0 vote, the township supervisors adopted the 2015 budget of $14.1 million with no tax changes at their Dec. 15 meeting.

Montgomery County commissioners pass 2015 budget with no tax-hike |Dec 19, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners unanimously passed a $371.1 million budget for 2015 Thursday that does not increase county taxes.

Crash in Limerick leaves 12-year-old girl trapped in back of SUV |Dec 19, 2014

LIMERICK >> Police responded to a crash Saturday morning on Limerick Center Road that left a young girl trapped inside an SUV.

With Pennsylvania House shut down, housing for the needy is desperately needed |Dec 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania House could be a proud Phoenixville landmark. Located on High Street in what is referred to as “the North Side,” it has slowly morphed from a boarding house offering inexpensive rooms to those in need, to the kind of place that is barely inhabitable.

Think About It: A Cup of Christmas Tea |Dec 18, 2014

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

ABC to XYZ in Foods: All Aboard the Christmas Train |Dec 18, 2014

It is during this time of the year that I recall Christmas train trips with my Krestzmama (Godmother), when Rose Beregi and I went to Philadelphia. We would walk to the train station as soon as school let out.

Montco coroner says Stone did not die from stab wounds |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman said on Wednesday the 35-year-old Iraq war veteran who killed his ex-wife and five of her family members did not die from self-inflicted stab wounds.

Calendar of Events |Dec 18, 2014

Ongoing Christmas Village: Visit the Christmas Village at Westridge Estates, 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville. See over 150 lighted porcelain houses in a late-19th Century setting, including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England countryside and seaport and Alpine village.

Pets of the Week |Dec 18, 2014

Julie (dog) Julie is a very sweet 3-year-old beagle. She loves exploring outside, going wherever her nose takes her, and she is good with children and other dogs. Julie is a great cuddler, house- and crate-trained and up-to-date on her shots.

Pa. Philharmonic to bring ‘Disney Fantasia Live’ to PASD’s new auditorium |Dec 18, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville Area School District is getting set to host a special performance of “Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert” when the Pennsylvania Philharmonic comes to town on Jan.

Kagel named head of Chester County emergency services |Dec 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday named a protege of the late director of the Department of Emergency Services, Ed Atkins, to succeed his mentor.

No tax hike in 2015 Chester County budget |Dec 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Chester County Commissioners on Monday approved a $522 million 2015 budget that decreases overall spending and keeps property tax rates the same, while still providing what the commissioners said was a high quality of government services to residents, from courts to parks and in between.

Lower Frederick man convicted of possessing child porn |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A Lower Frederick man potentially faces jail time after he was convicted of possessing child pornography on his home computer.

Military News |Dec 18, 2014

Christopher Kasker, a 1992 Phoenixville Area High School graduate, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Nov. 3.

Ex-boxer ‘The Gladiator’ admits to scuffle with Lower Providence police |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A professional boxer who appeared in arenas as “The Gladiator” stood in a legal arena on Tuesday addressing charges he used his skills out of the ring during a scuffle with Lower Providence police.

No public comments on proposed $371M Montgomery County budget |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners set two different times on Thursday for the public to make comments about the proposed 2015 budget, and no one came.

Stahley sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> Determining a Skippack teenager continues to pose a danger to society, a judge has sentenced him to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole, for fatally stabbing his girlfriend.

‘Fun-loving, kind-hearted’ girl recalled through tears by emotional family and friends |Dec 18, 2014

NORRISTOWN >> A grieving Jennifer Siller will never forget the final moments she shared with her teenage daughter, Julianne.

Brothers receive ‘A Hero’s Welcome’ |Dec 18, 2014

ROYERSFORD >> U.S. Army Spc4 Ryan Klick and Sgt. Bradley Klick were given “A Hero’s Welcome” in Royersford Saturday afternoon. The brothers returned home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Congress: Gerlach last-ditch effort to pass conservation tax break falls short |Dec 17, 2014

WASHINGTON >> Despite winning a majority of votes in the House of Representatives, the last-ditch effort by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach to make permanent a federal tax break for donating land for conservation fell just 13 votes shy of passage Thursday.

Volunteers plan charity gingerbread auction |Dec 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> ’Tis the season of giving, sharing and baking. On Sunday, Dec. 21, combine all three at Phoenixville’s charity Gingerbread House Silent Auction following “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Colonial Theatre.

Democratic leaders balk at Kichline’s appointment |Dec 17, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Democratic leaders are taking issue with the recent appointment of Michelle Kichline as county commissioner, calling it a contradiction and requesting she step aside when the term ends.

Kichline sworn in as new Chester County commissioner |Dec 17, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> When you are an office holder in a place as old as Chester County (332 years and counting), the numbers pile up, as Michelle Haris Kichline’s swearing in as the new Republican county commissioner on Tuesday demonstrates.

Manhunt on for Pennsburg man suspected in Montgomery County shooting rampage |Dec 16, 2014

MONTGOMERY COUNTY >> A Pennsburg man who authorities said went on a killing spree early Monday morning, slaying his ex-wife and five of her family members in three Montgomery County communities, remained at large as of press time Monday night after SWAT teams surrounded two residences where he was thought to be holed up and a police manhunt intensified as the day progressed.

Bradley Stone, suspected killer of 6, found dead |Dec 16, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE >> The manhunt for suspected mass murderer Bradley Stone has ended with his apparent suicide.

From ashes of firebird vandalism, Phoenixville provides example to other communities |Dec 13, 2014

Last Saturday, I woke up to a phone call at 7:30 in the morning from photographer and Phoenixville area staple Barry Taglieber.

Chaplin’s to host ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ short film fest |Dec 13, 2014

SPRING CITY >> Chaplin’s Music Café is hosting an event that will feature short films that have a horror/thriller twist on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The Loft at Landis Creek Golf Club to host Brunch with Santa |Dec 12, 2014

The Loft at Landis Creek Golf Club (formerly Limerick Golf Club) has announced that it will host Brunch with Santa, Sunday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 12 and under.

Mayor vetoes vote to dissolve rec board, final vote scheduled for Dec. 23 |Dec 12, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Mayor Michael Speck vetoed a vote by borough council to dissolve the Recreation Board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

SEI holds inaugural women’s conference |Dec 11, 2014

OAKS >> SEI Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West, Jr., speaks to an audience at SEI’s inaugural Women’s Network Leadership Summit at the company’s headquarters Dec. 3, designed to help women grow personally and make an impact professionally.

Schwenksville Elementary collects supplies to stock local pantry |Dec 11, 2014

SCHWENKSVILLE >> Thanks to the generosity of staff, students and families, Schwenksville Elementary was able to collect and deliver over 30 boxes and bags of food, hats/gloves and basic care items to the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry! The volunteers at the pantry were very thankful to receive the donations.

Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge to host Caroling at the Carillon |Dec 11, 2014

Washington Memorial National Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge will host Caroling at the Carillon, a Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along, on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by Doug Gefvert playing the 58-bell carillon.

Casino revives Valley Forge Music Fair |Dec 11, 2014

UPPER MERION >> So you thought you said farewell to the fair nearly 20 years ago?

O’Grady’s to host fundraiser for Phoenixville firefighter battling brain cancer |Dec 11, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE >> Dale Sims and his wife, Barbara, met by accident.

Pets of the Week |Dec 11, 2014

Julie (dog) Julie is a very sweet 3-year-old beagle. She loves exploring outside, going wherever her nose takes her, and she is good with children and other dogs. Julie is a great cuddler, house- and crate-trained and up-to-date on her shots.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Community Realty strengthens Pennsylvania presence |Dec 11, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate today announced the addition of Community Realty to its franchise network. At the helm of the newly formed brokerage are co-owners John Colarusso, Phoenixville entrepreneur, and leading Phoenixville real estate sales professional, Jennifer Daywalt.

Calendar of Events |Dec 11, 2014

Ongoing Christmas Village: Visit the Christmas Village at Westridge Estates, 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville. See over 150 lighted porcelain houses in a late-19th Century setting, including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England countryside and seaport and Alpine village.

Think About It: The Good Old Days |Dec 10, 2014

“We get so soon old and so late smart.”

DIY Fame: Phoenixville should invest in its burgeoning music scene |Dec 10, 2014

I’ve been hanging around Phoenixville for over 10 years and living here for a month, and if there’s one thing that defines the town, it’s music.

Zogby: Time for Wolf to end the ‘blame game’ and govern |Dec 10, 2014

No amount of feigned astonishment at a pending $1.9 billion budget deficit will erase the fact that this situation has existed for years and will only worsen without needed reforms.