RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:41:07 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Robbery suspect turns self in after leaving photo ID at the scene]]> UPPER DARBY >> If the allegations against Fred Jones are substantiated in a court of law, he probably should consider another line of work.

"Mr. Fred Jones-good news-we found your wallet. Bad news-you dropped it at robbery scene. Please turn yourself in," tweeted @UDPolice on Thursday. The account published another tweet early Saturday morning saying that Jones had turned himself in.

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 08:08:15 -0400 2015-04-04T08:08:15-04:00 2015-04-04T08:08:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Pa. state trooper pleads not guilty in death of fellow Trooper David Kedra]]> NORRISTOWN >> The state trooper man accused of recklessly using a firearm that led to the death of a fellow trooper waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Wednesday effectively entering a plea of not guilty.

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:31:54 -0400 2015-04-03T22:31:54-04:00 2015-04-03T22:31:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Casino Resort partners with Alzheimer's Association]]> UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge Casino Resort has gone purple.

On Wednesday, the official color of the fight against Alzheimer's disease was vibrantly displayed in floating balloons, as well as on the ties of the men and in the attire of the women who gathered to help announce the casino resort's innovative partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

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<![CDATA[Newspaper carrier 'jumps through the fire' to save Spring City woman from blaze]]> SPRING CITY >> A resident on the 500 block of East Vincent Avenue survived a house fire Thursday morning and she has a heroic neighbor to thank.

Wayne Benfield, a Spring City resident and independently contracted carrier for The Mercury and The Phoenix Reporter & Item, woke to news that his neighbor's house was on fire.

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:06:46 -0400 2015-04-03T22:06:46-04:00 2015-04-03T22:06:46-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford students best North Penn in annual magnetic rail contest]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Cutting edge technology is an important component in one Spring-Ford Area School District classroom this year.

The Spring-Ford seventh-graders took part in the fourth annual Maglev Train competition on Monday. Students were divided into teams of six to eight students and asked to design their own Maglev Train in their technology education class.

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:36:37 -0400 2015-04-03T20:36:37-04:00 2015-04-03T20:36:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Fundraiser fosters next generation of artists in Phoenixville]]> Phoenixville >> Artists of all ages gathered in the borough Sunday afternoon to foster artists of the next generation.

Phoenixville's BYOB & Paint hosted the Art Rocks fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m., which raised over $5,000 for the children's summer program at the Phoenix Village Arts Center.

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<![CDATA[Charter school bill rejects $136M in savings, could raise property taxes]]> Students and taxpayers have much at stake as charter school reform is debated in Harrisburg. Unfortunately, a bill House Republicans passed recently (H.B. 530) would not deliver for our kids or taxpayers. That's why it passed on party lines, without enough votes to survive a potential veto from new Democratic Gov.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:46:03 -0400 2015-04-02T18:46:03-04:00 2015-04-02T18:46:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Construction entrance to ELC site should be moved]]> After considerable research and "digging" yesterday, I discovered some troubling information that was not shared with the surrounding residents relating to the first construction step of the Early Learning Center project. Unfortunately, lack of transparency continues.

As Phoenixville Area School District officials are obviously aware, the designated Pothouse Road construction entrance to the former Meadow Brook Golf Club property is less than 170 ft.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:27:19 -0400 2015-04-02T18:27:19-04:00 2015-04-02T18:27:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Cadets graduate from MCCC Municipal Police Academy, raise $3K for Angel Trust Fund]]> Montgomery County Community College's Municipal Police Academy Class 1404 graduated 31 cadets on March 25 during a ceremony held at the College's Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The cadets took on a special project during their 22-week program at the academy: raising funds for the Chester County Angel Trust through DNB First Wealth Management to help 6-year-old abuse victim Ryan McMillian rebuild his life.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:22:19 -0400 2015-04-02T17:22:19-04:00 2015-04-02T17:22:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Summer Afield Program: Calling all fourth to sixth graders! Do you like to investigate your world? Explore streams? Make observations and discoveries? Work on experiments? Make new friends? Have Fun? Then you'll want to join Summer Afield and make this a summer to remember! Summer Afield is a week-long, half-day program for students who have finished fourth through sixth grade.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:05:20 -0400 2015-04-02T13:05:20-04:00 2015-04-02T13:05:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville community prepares to honor residents for giving back]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> It's that time of year again when the community honors those who give back to it while remembering the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Phoenixville's 21st annual Community Prayer Breakfast will be held Saturday, April 11, at Phoenixville Area Middle School at 8 a.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:53:57 -0400 2015-04-02T12:53:57-04:00 2015-04-02T12:53:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Pa. Gov. Wolf names Shapiro chairman of commission on crime and delinquency]]> NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County commissioners' Chairman Josh Shapiro has been tapped by Gov. Tom Wolf to chair the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning.

"I am proud to announce Josh Shapiro as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and am confident in his ability to improve communities through his new position," Wolf said in the press release.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:38:14 -0400 2015-04-02T10:38:14-04:00 2015-04-02T10:38:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Perkiomen Valley High School to present 'Xanadu' April 9-12]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> The musical "Xanadu" will roll into Perkiomen Valley High School from April 9 to 12, featuring a fun mix of skating, '80s tunes and Greek gods and goddesses in a performance that emphasizes the importance of following one's dreams.

Performances will begin with a free 1 p.m. matinee for senior citizens on Thursday, April 9.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0400 2015-04-02T02:00:00-04:00 2015-04-02T10:35:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Ferman to review special prosecutor's report on AG]]> NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman will carefully consider the allegations against Attorney General Kathleen Kane and review a special prosecutor's report before further pursuing a criminal investigation, according to an emailed statement sent out Wednesday morning.

"As with every matter considered by the district attorney's office, this referral made to the district attorney from a non-law enforcement outside entity will be carefully and thoroughly reviewed in a manner that reflects the district attorney's commitment to fairness, integrity and justice," she wrote in the statement.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:29:05 -0400 2015-04-02T10:29:05-04:00 2015-04-02T10:29:05-04:00
<![CDATA[Ursinus professor tackles firefighter heart health]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> Inside the Wellness Center at Ursinus College, junior Keenan Jones is quickly losing his breath on a steeply-inclined treadmill.

The 20-year-old defensive end on the school's football team looks like he's deep into the fourth quarter game with every step he takes. He's got his helmet on, his shoulder pads and jersey, both of which are drenched in sweat; and he's wearing his padded shorts and sneakers.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:15:28 -0400 2015-04-02T10:15:28-04:00 2015-04-02T10:15:28-04:00