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The Colonial Theater's 15th annual BlobFest opened in Phoenixville Friday night with a screening of the movie, followed by the annual run-out from the theater to commemorate the famous scene from the movie. The fun continued Saturday with the street fair, fire extinguisher parade, costume contest and more.

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:44:25 -0400 2014-07-12T21:44:25-04:00 2014-07-13T18:07:04-04:00 MEDIACENTER
<![CDATA[Royersford man convicted of assault applies for Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court]]>

COURTHOUSE - A Royersford man who was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday for choking his pregnant girlfriend in June 2013 had his sentencing hearing deferred to give him a chance to apply for Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court.

Judge Garrett Page continued sentencing for David Peck, 34, to give him until 12 p.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:39:11 -0400 2014-07-11T10:39:11-04:00 2014-07-11T10:39:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Just 1 violation found at BBQ joint where employee burned]]>

LIMERICK - An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the restaurant where a female employee was seriously burned in May turned up just one violation.

Citation documents acquired by Digital First Media showed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inquiry into Dickie's Barbecue Pit off of Lewis Road in Limerick showed that the only violation involved not giving employees enough information or training for using certain cleaning chemicals.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:30:38 -0400 2014-07-11T10:30:38-04:00 2014-07-11T10:30:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Man jailed for crash stemming from cancelled date with prostitute]]>

WEST CHESTER - Note to criminals: Always remember to check the tank before driving to the scene of the crime.

That lesson was hard-learned by a Philadelphia man who was apprehended by police after the car he used to violently smash into an East Pikeland man's vehicle after the victim cancelled a date with a prostitute was found by police stalled outside of Phoenixville.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:28:03 -0400 2014-07-11T10:28:03-04:00 2014-07-11T10:28:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania State Police release traffic incident report for Fourth of July weekend]]> SKIPPACK - Pennsylvania State Police Troop K released its traffic enforcement incidents for Independence Day weekend Wednesday.

Troop K serves Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The report shows that between July 3 and July 6, troopers investigated 78 vehicle crashes in which 14 people were injured.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:44:57 -0400 2014-07-10T15:44:57-04:00 2014-07-10T15:44:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Animal Medical Center in Trappe to splash, bake for charity]]> TRAPPE - Splish, splash, Fido's taking a bath - and all for a good cause.

Looking to have some good clean fun with your furry best friend on Sunday?

Take him or her for the rub-a-dub-dub treatment at Animal Medical Center and pick up a homemade baked goodie for yourself while you're at it.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:41:06 -0400 2014-07-10T15:41:06-04:00 2014-07-10T15:41:06-04:00 TOUT
<![CDATA[(Updated) Sly Fox goat race move revealed at Pottstown meeting]]>

(Updated 3:30 p.m.) POTTSTOWN - If Jixxer hopes to repeat as Sly Fox Goat Race champion or Spartacus wins legitimately, that may have to be done in Pottstown, not East Pikeland, next year.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:02:04 -0400 2014-07-10T13:02:04-04:00 2014-07-10T15:35:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Upper Providence Police Department promotes two officers]]> By LESLIE LIGHTON-HUMPHREYS

21st Century Media News Service

UPPER PROVIDENCE - After promoting seven of his staff during the first half of 2014, Police Chief Mark Toomey promoted two additional officers during an oath ceremony at the July 7 township supervisors meeting.

Sixteen-year township veteran Cpl.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:30:32 -0400 2014-07-10T14:30:32-04:00 2014-07-10T14:30:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Theater News in Brief: 'Fiddler on the Roof,' 'Oliver!' coming to Collegeville]]> 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." Evening shows are July 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:49:35 -0400 2014-07-10T00:49:35-04:00 2014-07-10T00:49:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Chester County Commissioners approve $2.9M in Community Revitalization grants]]>

WEST CHESTER - On July 9, the Chester County Commissioners approved $2.9 million in Community Revitalization Program grants.

"Over the years, CRP grants have helped to improve communities across Chester County, focusing on urban areas," said Commissioners' Chair Ryan Costello. "In addition to improving the public health and safety of our community, these funds have encouraged more commercial and residential growth, and have spurred significant increases in taxable assessments in the urban centers.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:55:59 -0400 2014-07-09T17:55:59-04:00 2014-07-09T17:56:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville's Firebird Festival returning to Friendship Field]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - The Firebird Festival received borough council approval to take place Dec. 6 at Friendship Field, but that followed discussion on potentially holding it in another spot.

During Tuesday's night's council meeting, council members Shai Perednik and Jon Ichter Jr. expressed their belief that ERROR: Object template PhotoGalleryThumbnailsForRSS is missing! <![CDATA[Limerick considering expanding yard waste drop-off]]>

LIMERICK - In light of the severe weather the township's citizens have endured this year, officials are considering extending opportunities for yard waste disposal which might also make the municipality some money.

Currently, the township offers a no-charge, once-a-month drop-off for yard waste but some residents have said that is not convenient enough for them, especially with the rough winter and heavy thunderstorms that have already occurred this year.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:42:52 -0400 2014-07-09T17:42:52-04:00 2014-07-09T17:42:56-04:00
<![CDATA[UPDATED: Thousands without power in Montgomery, Chester counties]]>

After a summer storm ripped through the region Tuesday night, more than 30,000 people in the PECO coverage area are still without power.

As of 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, company representative Romona Riscoe Benson said there were approximately "27,800 customers in Chester County without power.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:01:47 -0400 2014-07-09T14:01:47-04:00 2014-07-09T17:41:50-04:00 MEDIACENTER
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Temple basketball coach visits Spring-Ford camp]]> Temple men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy spoke to campers at Ed Sharr's Definitely Sports basketball camp at Spring-Ford School District's Seventh Grade Center. More than 80 children participated in this year's camp.

Dunphy has coached the Temple Owls men's basketball team since April 2006, where he led the team to the Atlantic 10 tournament championship three times.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:01:39 -0400 2014-07-09T14:01:39-04:00 2014-07-09T14:01:46-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville school officials 'pleased' with judge's ruling]]>

PHOENIXVILLE - Officials in the Phoenixville Area School District are ready to move forward with their new school project after receiving a copy of a Chester County judge's decision rejecting objections made by the owners of Meadow Brook Golf Club.

At the end of last month, Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody decided against the CY Group, which owns 50 percent of the golf club which was slated to be acquired by the school district after