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CHARLESTOWN - Phoenixville Marian Youth Club (PMYC) began its 59th season of operation with two Little Brothers football games Sept. 14 at Charlestown Park.

This season's program is dedicated to Gert Dawson, former longtime head of the refreshment stand and treasurer of the organization.

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<![CDATA[Police ID man electrocuted after apparent attempt to steal copper wiring]]> UPPER MERION - Police have identified 41-year-old Marc A. Tuoni of Norristown as the man who was electrocuted in an apparent attempt to steal copper wiring from a 4,100-volt electrical junction box on the front lawn of Kennedy Supplee Mansion in Valley Forge Park Saturday morning.

Tuoni was discovered by police shortly after 4 a.

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<![CDATA[Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds open house for Children's Discovery Room]]>

PERKIOMEN TWP. - A 3-foot-tall caterpillar was found counting yellow, mellow fishbugs at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's Children's Discovery Room Open House Monday.

Dressed in costumes of mice, caterpillars and other furry creatures, children ages 3 to 6 experienced the full gamut of educational experiences offered by the conservancy's environmental education department.

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<![CDATA[Police blotter]]> CHARLESTON - An unknown suspect broke into a township residence by forcing in a window and stole $1,500 worth of property between midnight on Aug. 29 and 6 a.m. Sept. 2.

According to police, an Apple Mac Book Pro, serial number CPWL6FH2DTY3, worth approximately $1,100, and a Panasonic Camcorder, serial number F2TX00490, worth approximately $400 was stolen from a residence on the 100 block of Jeffords Court.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:05:49 -0400 2014-09-16T14:05:49-04:00 2014-09-16T14:05:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Nation's political divide examined in Ursinus College forum]]>

COLLEGEVILLE - No American needs a degree in political science to know that politics in this country is polarized at nearly every level.

The more important questions are "Why?" and "What do we do about it?"

And here's where a recent forum at Ursinus College proved helpful - no degree required.

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<![CDATA[Planning commission report shows increased housing construction in Montgomery County]]>

NORRISTOWN - More housing units were built in Montgomery County in 2013 than in the previous two years, according to a report released Wednesday by the county planning commission.

In 2013, 1,441 homes, including single-family detached homes, single-family attached homes (row homes, town houses) and multi-family units (apartments) were built in the county.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:03:33 -0400 2014-09-16T14:03:33-04:00 2014-09-16T14:03:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Chesco makes 200 generators available to towns to keep traffic signals working]]>

In natural emergencies, sometimes it's what you didn't think about beforehand that you miss the most.

For municipalities in Chester County, that can mean the loss of power to essential systems like traffic signals at busy intersections. Significant safety concerns can arise when there are no red or free lights to direct traffic.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:54 -0400 2014-09-16T14:02:54-04:00 2014-09-16T14:02:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford eyes eliminating per capita tax]]>

LIMERICK - The Spring-Ford Area School Board continues to mull becoming the latest school district to eliminate the per capita tax for district revenue.

The board finance committee last week met with Ryan Wall, Julie Mullin and Sharon Romer, the tax collectors of Limerick, Upper Providence and Royersford, respectively, to gain more information about the costs and benefits of the tax, a $10 levy on each qualified district resident.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:14 -0400 2014-09-16T14:01:14-04:00 2014-09-16T14:01:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Breathalyzer tests administered to students at Phoenixville football game]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Students heading into the Phoenixville-Owen J. Roberts football game Friday night at Washington Field were breathalyzed to check for under-age drinking.

"For many years, the Phoenixville Area School District has breathalyzed students prior to attendance at extracurricular activities," said Phoenixville Superintendent Alan Fegley.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:58:51 -0400 2014-09-16T13:58:51-04:00 2014-09-16T13:58:53-04:00
<![CDATA[OJR School Board rejects coach nepotism policy]]>

SOUTH COVENTRY - The Owen J. Roberts School Board's legislative and policy committee rejected two draft policies regarding parents serving as district coaches or paid club advisers when their own children are on the team or club.

At a committee-of-the-whole meeting Monday night, the committee debated both policies, but opted instead to follow an administrative recommendation to handle all issues regarding parents as coaches or advisers on a case-by-case basis.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:30:10 -0400 2014-09-12T01:30:10-04:00 2014-09-12T01:30:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Limerick, developer at odds on sewer lateral compensation]]>

LIMERICK - A dispute over compensation arose between the township and a developer after he struck rock while digging sewer laterals for his new development off Fruitville Road and asked for more money.

Rick Moscariello entered into a deal with Limerick in which he would be paid $1,297 toward the installation of each sewer lateral for his new development in the area of Fruitville Road near Faust Lane, according to Township Manager Dan Kerr.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:29:52 -0400 2014-09-12T01:29:52-04:00 2014-09-12T01:29:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Harpeth Rising to finally make local debut]]>

Harpeth Rising was scheduled to make their debut at Chaplin's on Feb. 13. But a snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow throughout the area resulted in the oft-touring band's first snow-related cancellation in its five-year history.

"That had never happened to us before," said Jordana Greenberg during a recent telephone interview.

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<![CDATA[Lane of Route 422 West to be closed Saturday]]>

LOWER PROVIDENCE - One lane of Route 422 West will be closed between the Route 23 and Oaks interchanges for road resurfacing. The closure will be in effect from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Motorists are advised to give themselves more time if traveling through the area.

The work will be performed by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintenance employees.

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<![CDATA[Three Skippack businesses cited for serving alcohol to minors]]> SKIPPACK - The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited three establishments for allegedly serving alcohol to minors.

The Still Bar & Grill at 3509 Skippack Pike, Basta Pasta at 4052 Skippack Pike and Skippack Beverage (Tapovan Inc.) at 1120 Bridge Road were cited on June 19 for serving alcohol to a minor.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:05:17 -0400 2014-09-12T01:05:17-04:00 2014-09-12T01:05:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Berks man who exchanged nude images with Limerick boy faces court supervision]]>

NORRISTOWN - A Berks County man, one of six men accused of having inappropriate contact with a Limerick boy, has admitted that he exchanged nude images with the boy via electronic devices linked to an adult social media site.

Glenn Kriczky, 59, of the 800 block of Colonial Drive, Birdsboro, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of a minor in connection with incidents that occurred between May and October 2013.

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