Phoenixville Local

Lower Frederick Fire Co. slates Steak Night fundraiser |Jul 24, 2014

Area residents will be able to sink their teeth into a juicy T-bone steak and help a local fire company buy a new fire truck, all at the same time next Saturday.

Limerick Fire Company’s kids camp successful |Jul 24, 2014

LIMERICK — After walking away from a controlled fire he just put out with a fire extinguisher, Brody, looking at his hands through wire-rimmed glasses, explained how he did it.

Lower Pottsgrove man jailed for illegally possessing firearm while hunting in Limerick |Jul 24, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Lower Pottsgrove man who once served jail time for stabbing a Limerick teen has been sent back to jail for illegally possessing a firearm during an alleged hunting excursion in Limerick.

US Army Field Band to play free concert at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge |Jul 24, 2014

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is celebrating its 65th anniversary in grand style.

Stipend increases approved for head custodians in Phoenixville |Jul 23, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Four head custodians in the Phoenixville Area School District received an increase to the stipends they receive for the number of hours they work each pay period.

Phoenixville schools may outsource some IT positions |Jul 23, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — The Phoenixville Area School District is considering outsourcing some of its IT help to a firm in Virginia.

Kiddie Academy of Royersford receives national awards from parent company |Jul 22, 2014

Caroline Klein, franchise owner of Kiddie Academy of Royersford, recently received awards from the parent company, Kiddie Academy, during their annual national conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Phoenixville school district files for ‘immediate’ possession of Meadow Brook |Jul 22, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Citing a lack of cooperation from a pair of owners of the Meadow Brook Golf Club, the Phoenixville Area School Board voted Monday to take “immediate” possession of the property.

CCLS is ‘flipping out’ over new digital magazine distribution, Flipster |Jul 22, 2014

The Chester County Library System (CCLS) welcomes Flipster to the list of electronic services it provides to patrons. Flipster is a digital magazine distribution service where customers can access magazine from a variety of publishers through a web browser using their Chester County library card number.

Searching for a long-lost friend from Denmark |Jul 22, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to you from Denmark on behalf of my 82-year-old mother, Kirsten Laigaard.

Think About It: The Meaning of Tears |Jul 22, 2014

“Tears have always been easier to shed than to explain.”

Beth Chaim Reform Congregation welcomes new rabbi |Jul 22, 2014

Rabbi Michelle Denker Pearlman became the new rabbi of Beth Chaim Reform Congregation in Malvern July 1. She takes over from Rabbi Aileen Hollander, who has served as the congregation’s rabbi since 2002.

Schwenksville High Class of ‘64 plans 50th reunion |Jul 22, 2014

Plans have begun and invitations have been mailed for a 50-year reunion of the Schwenksville High School Class of 1964.

Fire crews rescue woman via boat in Phoenixville |Jul 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Crews from several area fire departments helped evacuate a person suffering from an undetermined medical event from the banks of the Schuylkill River Saturday night on the borough’s north end.

Organizations teaming to create interpreter program in Phoenixville |Jul 21, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Between the pain, fear and urgency of the situation, anyone having a medical emergency finds themselves in a stressful situation.

Police Reports: Pedestrian struck, groom’s iPhone stolen |Jul 21, 2014

Pedestrian struck near bridge PERKIOMEN TWP. — A 17-year-old Collegeville girl was walking on the sidewalk of the Route 113 bridge over the Perkiomen Creek when she was hit around 12:55 p.m. July 8.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Jams, Jellies and Jell-O |Jul 21, 2014

JELL-O – Is one of the most familiar food names around. Prior to the early 1900s, preparation of gelatin was a somewhat time-consuming and difficult task.

Montgomery, Chester county planning commissions meet to discuss issues |Jul 21, 2014

The Montgomery County Planning Commission shared ideas and planning issues with Chester County’s planning commission at a meeting earlier this month, marking the first time in years the two authorities have met with each other to bounce around ideas.

John James Audubon Center in Lower Providence holds bird banding demonstration |Jul 21, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE — If you have ever been walking alone near a forested area and felt like eyes were watching you, it could have been a well-camouflaged Eastern screech owl cloaked in the colors of the forest.

Lower Providence Fire Department rescues two entrapped after crash at Egypt Road and Casselberry Drive |Jul 21, 2014

LOWER PROVIDENCE — Lower Providence Fire Department cut the door off of a car on Egypt Road Sunday after a two-vehicle crash entrapped two subjects in one vehicle.

(Updated) Owners of Phoenixville’s Molly Maguire’s file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy |Jul 21, 2014

The owners of the Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant chain have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Callers pretend to be IRS in scam |Jul 18, 2014

LIMERICK — Police are warning township residents of a phone scam in which the perpetrators act as if they are with the IRS.

Schuylkill Twp man attacks UPS driver |Jul 18, 2014

SCHUYLKILL TWP — For an unknown reason, a man allegedly attacked a UPS driver who had been traveling behind him on his way to deliver a package.

PHOTOS: Area children meet Montgomery the bald eagle at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park |Jul 18, 2014

Children came to meet Montgomery the bald eagle at the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park & Wildlife Center July 11. While they were there, they learned about the diet and habitat of bald eagles and participated in arts and crafts.

PHOTOS: Uncle B’s, Fenice Creolo host inaugural Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil event |Jul 18, 2014

Neighboring eateries Uncle B’s BBQ Shack and Fenice Creolo teamed up to host their inaugural Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil last Sunday, July 13, outside of the restaurants at Village of Eland shopping center in Phoenixville.

Rothman Institute brings orthopaedic expertise to Limerick |Jul 18, 2014

Orthopaedic patients have a new option for care in the Spring-Ford area. Rothman Institute opened a new 15,000-square foot facility in Limerick in mid-April, just steps from Physicians Care Surgical Hospital.

Undercover Phoenixville Police bust up 2 cocaine dealers |Jul 18, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Two alleged cocaine dealers were arrested after undercover operations conducated by the Phoenixville Police.

Business groups back Ryan Costello in Pa.’s 6th Congressional District |Jul 17, 2014

DOWNINGTOWN — The local, state and national chambers of commerce gathered Tuesday to announce their united support for 6th Congressional District candidate Ryan Costello.

Phoenixville council gets grant for river wall, rejects streetscape bids |Jul 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Borough council got good news and bad news at last week’s meeting regarding some projects around town.

Phoenixville contemplating adding lights to some parks |Jul 17, 2014

PHOENIXVILLE — Council decided last week to pursue a grant which would potentially put lights on athletic fields in borough parks.

ABC to XYZ in Foods: Icy cold treats help keep the summer cool |Jul 17, 2014

ICED TEA – Can trace its conception back to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. As a gimmick, a tea plantation owner was going to hand out sample cups of hot tea. But, that summer was so hot, fair goers did not want to consume a hot drink.

Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. launches recruitment campaign to prepare for fair |Jul 17, 2014

Rides, games of chance, food concessions, raffles, bake goods sales, log sawing and livestock competitions — it takes a lot of manpower for Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. to mount its annual summer fair.

Think About It: Stop and Smell the Roses |Jul 16, 2014

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”

At RSVP, tutors don’t just go to classrooms |Jul 16, 2014

How many students can a tutor help? In the case of Clarence Rader – probably more than a thousand!

Debt forces college grads to move back home |Jul 16, 2014

Brian Mahoney, 24, of Collegeville, has had to bounce around from job to job while his bachelor’s degree collects dust. It’s the only thing he can do to get his life going while he lives at home with his parents and tries to get a handle on his out-of-control student loans.

Artists to create mural at Collegeville’s Power House |Jul 16, 2014

Their six original murals include the ones they’ve created for the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Norriton Fire Engine Company 61 and Meadowood Senior Living community.

Limerick man arrested second time for exposing himself |Jul 16, 2014

LIMERICK — A man who previously pleaded guilty to exposing himself in public parks has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to two young girls.

On stage this summer in the Phoenixville area |Jul 16, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Methacton Community Theatre will present its summer musical “Oliver!,” July 18 through July 26 in Collegeville. The popular show, with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.

Colonial Theatre to host Jewish short film series |Jul 16, 2014

Retreat from the summer heat and delight in the Summer Shorts Film Series presented by The Kehillah of Chester County at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. The series, which will feature the screenings of contemporary Jewish short films from around the world followed by lively discussions, will be presented on consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.

Allied Wire & Cable named ‘Business of the Year’ by Main Line Chamber |Jul 15, 2014

The Mainline Chamber of Commerce has honored Allied Wire & Cable with the 2014 “Business of the Year” award during its annual Celebration of Business Leadership luncheon on June 26.

Local teens and kids to perform ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ in Phoenixville |Jul 15, 2014

Travel with us to a quaint French village where Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, yearns for something more than her provincial life. Come see “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” as presented by Firebird Theatre.

Perkiomen Valley School Board member resigns |Jul 15, 2014

PERKIOMEN — Andrea Galambos will not return to the Perkiomen Valley School Board for the 2014-15 school year.

Upper Providence Police investigating burglaries |Jul 15, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Township Police are looking for burglars who target homes when they are unoccupied throughout the township.

Firebird Theatre to present ‘Shrek: The Musical’ |Jul 15, 2014

Once upon a time, there was an animated film about a lovable ogre named Shrek and a beautiful princess named Fiona... And now, that story comes to life on the stage in “Shrek: The Musical!”

Holy Cross eighth graders graduate |Jul 15, 2014

On June 11, 78 students from Holy Cross Regional Catholic School were awarded diplomas following liturgy. Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Patrick Sweeney and Father Peter DiMaria. Many of the graduates were recognized for their academic achievements and service to their parishes and communities.

Case dismissed against teen charged as adult in alleged stabbing incident |Jul 15, 2014

SKIPPACK — The criminal case against a teen charged as an adult for allegedly stabbing his mother’s boyfriend was dismissed by a judge Monday morning after the purported victim took the stand in a district courtroom packed with the defendant’s friends and family but refused to testify in detail about the incident.

Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in Skippack homes |Jul 15, 2014

SKIPPACK — More than 100 residents who were displaced from their homes on North Gorski Lane and surrounding streets after a gas leak Sunday night were allowed to return to their residences Monday morning as county authorities and local firefighters continued to investigate the leak’s source.

Limerick man pleads guilty to receiving stolen funds from Ryerss horse farm |Jul 15, 2014

WEST CHESTER – Sometime in 2010, Jared B. Harrison started cashing checks written to him from the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines - checks for hay, checks for feed, as referenced in the their notations.

Ursinus professor studying volunteer firefighters’ hearts |Jul 14, 2014

COLLEGEVILLE — Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building.

Upper Providence residents complain about traffic, flooding concerns |Jul 14, 2014

UPPER PROVIDENCE — Traffic and flooding problems were brought to the attention of township supervisors at a recent meeting.