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 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:20:58 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Longtime firefighter laid to rest]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Hundreds of friends, family and emergency services personnel from all over Chester County gathered Wednesday to mourn the sudden passing of emergency services veteran Brian Gallagher.

Gallagher, 59, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 28. He spent his entire life working in emergency services, working as a dispatcher for the fire board.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford Area School Board updates volunteer policy]]> Royersford >> Volunteers in the Spring-Ford Area School District may find it easier to help out at events, thanks to a change to district policy.

In a 7-1 vote, the Spring-Ford Area School Board updated its policy allowing certain volunteers to be excused from undergoing an Act 114 FBI criminal clearance report (finger printing).

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford School Board to study bus route safety]]> Royersford >> Facing mounting pressure from parents, the Spring-Ford Area School Board has agreed to take a closer look at its transportation policy.

The board announced an ad-hoc committee, composed of board members from each region, to review the various bus routes and cross walks in the district, to determine if there are safety issues to students.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:32:04 -0400 20150902143017 2015-09-02T08:32:04-04:00 2015-09-02T14:30:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Fire Department says good-bye to Deputy Chief Brian Gallagher]]> Members of the Phoenixville Fire Department, Station 65, along with members of the surrounding fire companies said their final good-byes today to Deputy Chief Brian M. Gallagher, who died suddenly Aug. 28.

Brian joined the Phoenixville Fire Department in 1976. Through the years, Brian took on several roles including Lieutenant, Training Officer, lead chef for dinners and cookouts, and overseeing Phoenixville Fire Department Junior Program.

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<![CDATA[THE TABLE: Fabulous Foods of Finland]]> Other than my general interest of all kinds of foods, I never gave much thought to the foods of Finland. But, things changed a little after I had DNA testing by It did not come as a surprise that my ethnicity was 85 percent Eastern European, as my background (I thought) was only Hungarian and Slovak.

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<![CDATA[Forge Theatre announces opening of "Rehearsal for Murder"; auditions for "Opus" also upcoming]]> Forge Theatre, located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville, has announced the opening of their play "Rehearsal for Murder" for Sept. 11. The play will be performed on Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 20 and 25-27.

In "Rehearsal for Murder," a playwright is devastated by the suicide of his fiancée, a famous actress, after her Broadway debut in his play.

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<![CDATA[The Spinal Column: Can you save a spine with a back pack?]]> Ahhh... School is just about here. In my office I am hearing all sorts of emotional reactions. Me? How am I feeling? I am feeling determined. I am determined that this year we will help families become aware of the fact that back packs can cause damage to your child's spine. I recently read that more than 10,000 children nationally suffer from back pack related injuries!

I know that I am a chiropractor, so I am really focused on things having to do with the spine and nervous system, but as a parent, I find that a startling number.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Community Calendar Sept. 6]]> Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue,, 610-933-3013 x132

"The RMS Lusitania, What We Know and Don't Know": Free lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Historian Roger Arthur will speak. 100 years after the World War I sinking of the Lusitania, Arthur discusses Germany's justification for the attack, the loss of American lives and America's response to the sinking.

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<![CDATA[North Coventry man guilty in child sex abuse case]]> WEST CHESTER >> A Chester County Court jury has found a North Coventry man guilty on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl over a period of years at homes in the township as well as in Norristown.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about four hours Monday before finding Robert Stephen Fleming guilty on multiple counts of felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, and related offenses.

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<![CDATA[Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz to be displayed at Berman Museum; exhibition commemorates heroic 9/11 recovery efforts]]> On display at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College from Friday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz takes viewers back to the traumatic days, weeks and months that followed the harrowing events of September 11, 2001.

Immediately after the terrorist attacks, the Ground Zero site in New York City was designated an active crime scene and closed off to reporters and photojournalists.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:03:20 -0400 20150901150320 2015-09-01T15:03:20-04:00 2015-09-01T15:03:20-04:00
<![CDATA[LGBTea Dances, Phoenixville YMCA to host inaugural LGBTQA Health Fair]]> "Fall" into health on Oct. 18 when LGBTea Dances is sponsoring its First Annual Phoenixville YMCA LGBTQA Health Fair. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Phoenixville YMCA, located at 400 East Pothouse Road, Phoenixville.

The Health Fair will be offered free to the LGBTQA and allied community.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: An evening with dear friends]]> "A friendship that can end never really began." - Publius Syrus

When you get together with old friends, time stops. That happened when Larry and Jerilyn, Roger and Ann, Wes and Cheryl and Evie and I met at the Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville, Minnesota for dinner.

It all started a few weeks earlier when Jerilyn sent me an email asking us if we might be in Minnesota sometime in July to visit our family.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:02:53 -0400 20150901140253 2015-09-01T14:02:53-04:00 2015-09-01T14:02:53-04:00
<![CDATA[THE TABLE: An All-American Labor Day brunch, plus an iced coffee hack that packs an extra caffeine punch]]> Welcome to THE TABLE. Each week we will take a look at foods and backgrounds of different cultures, heritages, states and regions and what they have to offer.

With Labor Day just around the corner, I have for you a brunch to celebrate a laid back time with family and friends. A brunch usually starts late in the morning and can be served until whenever you want.

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<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Scooter (dog)

Scooter is a two-year-old pit bull/boxer mix. He is a very sweet, energetic boy who thinks he is a lap dog. Scooter is good with all sizes of dogs and loves to play ball. He can't wait to join his forever home.

Please visit our website at to see all the dogs we have available for adoption, call 610-269-9714 or email spayandsavedogs@comcast.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:35:11 -0400 20150901133511 2015-09-01T13:35:11-04:00 2015-09-01T13:35:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques: Dumpster or No Dumpster, Back to School Edition]]> Dumpster or No Dumpster™ is now a familiar game that many play during my TV appearances, at my antiques appraisal events and via social media on After developing the game, I play it with folks as a fun way to help guide them through the process of figuring out what to trash and what's worth cash!

When faced with the decision about which items to pitch from a pile of school stuff, which items would you toss? Get ready to choose.

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