Phoenixville Local

Letter to the Editor: Legislation needed to keep fighting human trafficking |May 24, 2016

Legislation needed to keep fighting human trafficking

Photos: Montgomery County Community College 2016 commencement |May 23, 2016

WHITPAIN >> Montgomery County Community College held its 49th commencement Thursday at the main campus in Blue Bell.

Phoenixville Dogwood Parade delights crowd |May 23, 2016

Phoenixville >> Hundreds came out to enjoy the Dogwood Parade on Saturday, marking the end of the weeklong Dogwood Festival. The popular annual event celebrated its 63rd year as community members lined the streets to enjoy dozens of local groups that participated in the parade.

Spring-Ford teacher wins $63,000 in prizes on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ |May 19, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> When we last spoke to Melanie Bowen about her experience as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune,” she was sworn to secrecy about the outcome.

Limerick board approves surplus budget |May 19, 2016

LIMERICK >> Limerick Township is in the black for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect it to stay that way for too long.

Royersford water pipes to be replaced |May 19, 2016

ROYERSFORD >> Pennsylvania American Water announced Monday the start of construction in the borough to install new water main to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection.

Artist Susan Melrath one stop on Chester County Studio Tour |May 18, 2016

Oxford native Susan Melrath used to live in Seattle, where folks found her open-to-interpretation paintings accessible.

Phoenixville’s Siobhan Bedford pursuing creative passion |May 18, 2016

You know you’re almost there when you see the funeral homes and St. Ann Catholic Church in Phoenixville.

All Around Philly Suburbs: Your local morning briefing |May 17, 2016

Welcome to the first All Around Philly Suburbs morning news briefing. Below is all of this morning’s most important stories. See something we missed? Email digital manager Andy Stettler at astettler@21st-centurymedia.

TMACC to host 6th Annual Bike to Work Challenge on Chester Valley trail this Friday |May 11, 2016

May is National Bike Month, and the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) knows all about celebrating it the right way.

Chester County Coroner rules shooting death in Schuylkill a homicide |May 5, 2016

SCHUYLKILL >> The Chester County Coroner’s Office released a report Wednesday following the shooting in Schuylkill late Monday night, declaring the death of a 40-year-old woman a homicide.

REPLAY: What’s happening around town on Primary Election Day |Apr 26, 2016

We were out and about all day checking on voters and what’s happening during this Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. Here is what it looked like

Cosby faces May 24 preliminary hearing for alleged sex assault |Apr 26, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> One day after a state court threw out Bill Cosby’s appeal of a judge’s pretrial ruling, officials on Tuesday set a May preliminary hearing date for the entertainer who his accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Cheltenham home more than a decade ago.

Crafting digital marketing that gets results: Answers to questions from local decision makers |Apr 25, 2016

Second in a series of articles by AdTaxi Networks experts who will be participating in this year’s Philly Tech Week 2016.

Live Blog Replay: Bill Clinton, Gabby Giffords rally in Montgomery County |Apr 23, 2016

President Bill Clinton will host a get out the vote event with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly at Wissahickon Middle School today at 3:15 p.m. and you can follow live right here.

Trump to hold Monday rally at West Chester University |Apr 23, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Donald Trump will hold a rally on the campus of West Chester University on Monday, according to officials at the school. It is expected to be the Republican presidential candidate’s first such foray into the suburban Philadelphia region ahead of Tuesday’s Primary Election.

West Chester firefighter, student saves four people from burning home |Apr 22, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> Daniel “DJ” Matthews was walking home from the Fame Fire Company in West Chester around 4:30 a.m. on March 6 when he heard smoke alarms going off nearby.

LIVE at 7:30 p.m.: Bernie Sanders to make appearance in Montgomery County on April 21 |Apr 21, 2016

OAKS >> Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be making a campaign appearance in Montgomery County today at a rally in Oaks.

Live Blog Replay: Doors open at 2016 Greater Philadelphia Comic Con |Apr 21, 2016

Nerds assemble! The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, an annual weekend of pop-culture paradise, returns April 22 to 24, and we will be there blogging live to capture a full slate of artists and writers, cosplay contests, and various popular television and film actors.

Pottstown man sent to prison for role in tri-county burglary spree |Apr 20, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A former Pottstown man who once was one of Montgomery County’s most wanted fugitives is headed to state prison after he admitted to participating in a serial burglary ring that targeted homes in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.

LIVE at 1 p.m.: Follow the Villanova Wildcats’ parade in Philadelphia |Apr 7, 2016

If you can’t make it to Philadelphia today for the NCAA Champion the Villanova Wildcats’s victory parade at 1 p.m., no problem, you can follow our coverage right here.

Gov. Tom Wolf visits Montgomery County for Government that Works tour stop |Apr 7, 2016

ABINGTON >> Gov. Tom Wolf wants to ban all gifts to state legislators — gifts, dinners, tickets, the whole gamut —as part of an effort to restore the public’s trust in government.

LIVE at tipoff: Philly coaches will chat live during NCAA tournament - Villanova vs. Oklahoma |Mar 31, 2016

As the Villanova Wildcats tip off agianst the Oklahoma Sooners beginning at 6:00 p.m., high school coaches and Villanova alumi from around the Philly suburbs are planning to chat live during the game right here and you can join the conversation.

Apartment fire in Phoenixville displaces two families |Mar 28, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE >> An apartment building fire displaced at least two families on Monday.

Phoenix Community Calendar March 27 |Mar 24, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green smoothies |Mar 15, 2016

Don’t just wear green this St. Patrick’s Day, drink it. Start the day off right with a green smoothie. How’s that for top o’ the morning?

FOLLOW LIVE: All the inside, outside and dirt from the #Oscars |Feb 28, 2016

We will have reporters inside and outside while the Oscars are going on Sunday night in Hollywood, but that won’t stop you from joining in. Use #Oscars or #Oscars2016 on Twitter to play along with the likes of host Chris Rock, former host Ellen DeGeneres and all the rest during the movies biggest night of the year.

Upper Providence official to retire |Feb 25, 2016

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> After serving the township for 26 years, Assistant Township Manager C. Lee Milligan will retire on March 4.

Tornado Watch in effect for Philadelphia region until 11 p.m. |Feb 24, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the Philadelphia region until 11 p.m.

LIVE: Are you auditioning for The Voice in Philly? Use #PhillyOpenCall to tell everybody what it’s like |Feb 19, 2016

‘The Voice’ is in Philadelphia this weekend for open tryouts at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Are you there? How is it going? Use #PhillyOpenCall on Twitter to let everybody know.

Bring your appetite to the Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Most visitors may not be expecting to bring their appetites along to the Philadelphia Flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Delco designers recreate national parks |Feb 18, 2016

SWARTHMORE >> As soon as you see Michael Petrie’s home in Swarthmore, you know an artist lives there.

After 40 years, Kremp Florist in Jenkintown remains Philadelphia Flower Show staple |Feb 18, 2016

After a remarkable 40 years with the Philadelphia Flower Show, family owned Kremp Florist is not only one of the longest running vendors at the nine-day event — it’s one of the only vendors that actually sells cut flowers.

Butterflies, model rail lines, art entice visitors to Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Live butterflies, a garden railway and the fanciful “make and take” exhibit are special feature exhibits designed to delight the young at heart at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March.

‘Big Timber Lodge’ to welcome attendees to Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Horticulturists and artists alike are pretty excited about this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Philadelphia Flower Show has bouquet of special guests coming |Feb 18, 2016

It’s no secret that painstaking time and effort goes into making sure the submissions at the Philadelphia Flower Show are among the most beautiful and elaborate in the world. That’s why for people like Tim Farrell, judging each one takes a team of people with years of experience and an eye for perfection.

Hoedown, International Women’s Day among new events at Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

There is always more to the Philadelphia Flower Show than flowers — as if the beautiful landscapes and displays are not sufficient — and this year’s March 5 to 13 show adds some new special events to the array of extras.

King of Prussia appearance by Def Leppard drummer coincides with concert tour schedule |Feb 11, 2016

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen famously lost his left arm after a car accident on New Year’s Eve 1984.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.