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 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:47:28 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Valley Forge celebrates papal visit with Family Day]]> VALLEY FORGE >> Pope Francis is coming to Montgomery County, and the news has been heralded in with fanfare and plans for a Valley Forge Family Day during his stay.

"With the world's spotlight on our region and Pope Francis expected to stay in Montgomery County, Pa., during his visit, this is a great time for our region to shine," said Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro in a press release.

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<![CDATA[70-year-old guilty in DUI crash]]> WEST CHESTER >> A 70-year-old West Goshen man faces the possibility of serving a state prison sentence after having been convicted last week of a drunk driving crash that severely injured a bicyclist.

Common Pleas Judge Patrick Carmody on Wednesday, at the end of a non-jury trial that spanned two days in May and July, found Richard Robinson guilty of aggravated assault while driving under the influence of alcohol for the 2014 crash on Hannum Avenue at the western end of West Chester.

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<![CDATA[New law deals with campus violence]]> Students attending college or university in Chester County for the first time this fall, or who are returning there for another semester, will have new protections against campus sexual assault or domestic violence.

Last week, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act went into effect.

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<![CDATA[Congressmen get tour of train safety system test facility]]> MALVERN >> Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., last week joined members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation for a briefing and tour of SEPTA's Positive Train Control (PTC) test facility in Malvern.

At the briefing, SEPTA Deputy GM Jeff Knueppel gave members of Congress a demonstration of PTC and how the system can slow or even stop a train if it goes over a speed limit.

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<![CDATA[The 'blob' is back in Phoenixville]]> Phoenixville's annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film "The Blob." The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.

Filmed locally in the borough of Phoenixville as well as Chester Springs, "The Blob" starred future screen icon Steve McQueen as he tries to save a town from an ever-growing monster threatening to devour all of humanity.

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0400 20150702100238 2015-07-05T02:00:00-04:00 2015-07-02T10:02:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Scholars: Area students are making the grade]]> The Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program has awarded seven scholarships to local high school graduates pursuing health-related careers. These scholarships are funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Phoenixville Hospital Thrift Shop, Phoenixville Hospital Medical Staff, and the Phoenixville Hospital.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: How one tweet changed a life]]> "We are masters of unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out." -- Winston Churchill

Whenever I say that computers amaze me, Evie reminds me how that remark reveals my age. Nevertheless, computers do amaze me.

But even more than computers, the internet really, really, really amazes me.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Potato chips -- plain or fancy -- are a popular snack]]> POTATO CHIPS >> are one of the most popular food snacks around the world - if not number one. One story goes like this . . . in 1853 the chef at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs New York preparing potatoes for a disgruntle customer came upon frying thin slices of potatoes until crispy. The diner was Cornelius Vanderbilt who started to tell all his wealthy and not so wealthy friends about them.

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<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Anna "the miracle cat"

Sweet, loving, domestic short hair, grey/silver tabby with cream, only about 1 year old. Found by Spay and Save volunteers after being attacked by a dog on West Philly streets and not receiving treatment for a week. She had a huge incision which required 42 stitches but somehow, some way, managed to survive.

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<![CDATA[Preliminary public transportation details for Pope's visit to Philadelphia released]]> PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept. 26 to 27, 2015.

"At this point, we are about three months away from hosting the largest event in this City's history," said Mayor Nutter.

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<![CDATA[Canal Day tradition held at Lock 60]]> Mont Clare >> The 32-year-old Canal Day tradition was held again last weekend at Schuylkill Canal Park, featuring fun for all ages.

A Civil War Camp and Sly Fox beer garden were among the new features this year. There was plenty for kids to enjoy, and the ever-popular Joust after the lock opening for adults.

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<![CDATA[GIRLS TRACK: Serratore seals marvelous Methacton career with PIAA medal, earns Mercury All-Area Athlete of the Year honors]]> FAIRVIEW VILLAGE >> As her final high school track and field season was winding down, Nicolette Serratore couldn't keep her mind off the one thing still missing from her résumé.

The Methacton multi-event standout had never medaled at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

In her last chance, Serratore was determined to fill that void.

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<![CDATA[Route 23 bridge to reopen by November at the latest]]> Phoenixville >> The Route 23 bridge will reopen late November, if not sooner, thanks to a new deal reached Tuesday.

PennDOT announced that contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. agreed to finish work on the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) bridge no later than Nov. 26. The new contract offers a daily incentive of $3,000 a day for every day the contractor finishes before that date.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville physics team headed to Thailand thanks to alumni, community]]> Phoenixville >> It wasn't enough that the students on the Phoenixville Area High School physics team had to prepare for almost a year for an upcoming competition in Asia. They also had to raise tens of thousands of dollars on their own to get there.

Luckily for the them, the school's alumni were among the many community organizations that had their backs.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests]]> Phoenixville >> Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District recently sent a message to lawmakers in Harrisburg -- ease up on testing.

In a resolution approved during Thursday night's meeting, the school board called on legislators to minimize the amount of mandated standardized testing and the use of standardized testing for teacher and school evaluations.

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