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Archived: 2020 Reported Elsewhere

This archive page, a curation of articles published during 2020, was intended to give readers of The Post a broader picture of local news that its staff could not or did not cover. Click on any headline to read a story at its source.

Dec. 30, 2020

Pa. task force takes aim at deadly disease affecting deer
A statewide task force is taking aim at a deadly disease affecting Pennsylvania’s deer population. CWD, or chronic wasting disease, is a neurological disease that afflicts only deer. (KYW NewsRadio)

Dec. 29, 2020

Pottstown NAACP Calls For Youth Art Inspired By MLK Jr.
‘Be The Dream’ is the theme of a youth arts competition sponsored by Pottstown’s NAACP, as a call goes out for entries by Jan. 26. (Patch)

Dec. 28, 2020

Pottstown company creates unique toys
Call it Santa’s Workshop for alternative toys. Bootleg Bonanza, Alternative Toy Gallery in downtown Pottstown is a special shop that gives insight into the creative process. (WFMZ-TV)

Dec. 26, 2020

Pottstown Working Hard to Feed Hungry Families
The Operation Holiday program, Bethel Community Church, and Pottstown Borough Council members and borough fire companies all are involved in efforts to ensure local families receive needed food. (Digital Notebook)

Dec. 23, 2020

Pottstown covering West Pottsgrove as West End Fire Company struggles
West End Fire Company has tax problems with the IRS, is behind on payments due the township, and will be a subject of negotiations with Pottstown Borough on formalizing provision of mutual aid in case of fires, West Pottsgrove Township Manager Scott Hutt said. (The Mercury)

Lawsuit shines spotlight on COVID-19 deaths at Southeastern Veterans Center
Relatives of five residents at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City who died of COVID-19 have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for what they charge was negligence and civil rights violations. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Dec. 22, 2020

No Tax Hike in $2.8M West Pottsgrove Budget
Property taxes won’t be going up in West Pottsgrove Township in 2021. Monday night, township commissioners unanimously adopted a $2,864,446.60 budget for the coming year. (Digital Notebook)

Dec. 20, 2020

Chester County braces for sale or closure of Tower Health’s Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals
Tower, just three years after paying $423 million for Brandywine, Jennersville, Phoenixville, plus Pottstown and Chestnut Hill Hospitals, is considering selling them to recover from huge losses. (Inquirer)

PAID Spotlights Businesses Adapting to COVID-19
Rising from the ashes of the coronavirus pandemic are business models at Pottstown area companies that have adapted by making both small to large changes. (Digital Notebook)

Montgomery County approves 5% tax increase for 2021
Montgomery County property owners will pay about $29 more in real estate taxes next year. The county board of commissioners approved Thursday a 5% tax increase. The county also assesses a tax to support Montgomery County Community College; it did not go up. (WFMZ-TV)

Dec. 18, 2020

Pottstown Light Displays to Rival Clark W. Griswold
There is something noble about over-the-top efforts to decorate outside at Christmas, and something that seems to stir families on to greater and greater measures. It’s happening now in Pottstown!

Winter storm results in crashes, calls for service across county
A midweek winter storm brought snowy conditions Wednesday into Thursday that resulted in more than a thousand 911 calls, hundreds of traffic-related incidents and dozens were left without power across Montgomery County. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Dec. 17, 2020

Parents outraged after N-word appeared in Montco online classroom more than a dozen times
Methacton School District officials are investigating how a racial slur was typed more than a dozen times in the chat of a seventh-grade classroom. (KYW NewsRadio)

Univest Financial opens first banking office in Berks
Univest Bank, which already operates branches in Collegeville, Schwenksville, Skippack, and Harleysville, now has a presence in neighboring Berks County. (WFMZ-TV)

Dec. 16, 2020

Council OKs 2.9% Tax Hike, Tents for Restaurants
Pottstown Borough Council made it official Monday night and adopted the $49 million budget for 2021 that raises property taxes by 2.9 percent. For a residential property assessed at $85,000 the annual increase from the tax hike will add up to $32.48 more per year. (Digital Notebook)

Limerick Diner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
The entity behind the Montgomery County neighborhood eatery Limerick Diner has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The diner remains open, and plans to “make a go at reorganization.” (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Dec. 15, 2020

County issues ‘Code Blue’ cold weather warning in preparation for snowstorm
Montgomery County commissioners, on the advice of the county Department of Public Safety, declared a “Code Blue” cold weather emergency based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Dec. 14, 2020

Winter Storm Watch issued for Wednesday with ‘significant snowfall’ possible
Don’t let warm weekend temperatures fool you: it’s still December. Despite 60s temperatures Sunday, meteorologists are tracking a pair of storms that will bring a one-two punch of winter weather. (FOX29-TV)

Artists in Phoenixville transform utility boxes into works of art
In Phoenixville, a beautification project to transform ordinary utility boxes on borough streets is under way. Its Beautification Advisory Commission issued its first call-to-artists for the project in 2017. Since then, Chester County artists have painted 13 mechanical boxes. (Daily Local News)

Upper Salford connector trail plans moving forward
Work on another connection to the regional trails system is expected to come next year. The 1.3 mile planned trail will be between Upper Salford Park and the Perkiomen Trail, with the connection taking place at the Spring Mountain Adventures parking lot, Upper Salford township supervisors reported.

Dec. 13, 2020

St. Al’s School OK’d as Warm Shelter for Homeless
Pottstown Borough Council has approved an emergency application to use the former St. Aloysius School on North Hanover Street into a ‘warming center” for the borough’s homeless through April 30. (Digital Notebook)

Dec. 10, 2020

Man charged with homicide by vehicle for Collegeville car crash that killed his girlfriend
A North Wales man is facing criminal charges for a car crash in Collegeville that killed his longtime girlfriend. Investigators say 62-year-old John Rufe was legally drunk and speeding. (KYW NewsRadio)

Some local Pa. judges enjoy light workloads as taxpayers pay millions for salaries, pensions, health care
A yearlong investigation by PennLive and Spotlight PA found huge variations in how much time each judge spends in the courtroom. Many also work second jobs as lawyers, business owners. (Spotlight PA)

Dec. 9, 2020

After 1-Day Delay, Spring-Ford Returns to Class
One day after postponing the rest of the Spring Ford School Area District’s return to partial in-person instruction, the administration reversed course again, re-instating the initiative for Tuesday classes. (Digital Notebook)

Pa. Attorney General reaches agreement with New Hanover over police racism allegations
A year-long inquiry by the Pennsylvania Attorney General into allegations of racism in the township police department has ended with an agreement. The township “has committed to improving its standards for hiring police leadership and police behavior.” (Mercury)

Dec. 8, 2020

Toll Brothers: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot
Toll Brothers, the luxury home seller that has built housing communities in Colleveille and Phoenixville, on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $199.3 million. The results beat Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

Pa. hunger-relief program expects record venison donations from deer hunters
Deer hunting season is underway in Pennsylvania, and a statewide organization is helping hunters donate meat to people experiencing food insecurity. (KYW NewsRadio)

Dec. 6, 2020

Santa Challenges Pottstown for Food Drive
Pottstown borough councilors and its mayor are asking constituents to “step up to the (dinner) plate” and help to provide non-perishable foods for those challenged to feed their families and themselves. (Digital Notebook)

Dec. 5, 2020

Upper Providence man faces trial on child porn charges
An Upper Providence man faces a trial in Montgomery County Court on charges he allegedly possessed images of child pornography, which included toddlers or infants, on his cellphone. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Perkiomen Valley Schools Calls For Social Media Civility
Perkiomen Valley’s school district is calling on its community to set a good example of online behavior. (Patch)

Dec. 4, 2020

Trial ordered for woman accused of stealing $43K from West Pottsgrove fire company
An Upper Providence woman must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that she allegedly embezzled more than $43,000 from the West End Fire Company in West Pottsgrove, while she was serving as the volunteer treasurer, and used the money to pay for vacations and personal expenses. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc., which operates a store in Pottstown, on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $45.2 million. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

Montgomery County commissioners hold first 2021 budget hearing
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners held its first of two hearings on the 2021 budget Thursday The plan would raise property taxes 5 percent, and leave unchanged the tax that supports Montgomery County Community College. (WFMZ-TV)

Accused Montgomery County gun trafficker held for trial
A Philadelphia man has been held for trial on charges he operated a gun trafficking organization in Montgomery County, in which he allegedly purchased 36 firearms in less than three months and illegally transferred them to others as part of a straw purchase scheme. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Dec. 2, 2020

Tornado touches down in Montco, National Weather Service confirms
The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a tornado touched down in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, during the strong storms that moved through the Philadelphia region on Monday. (KYW NewsRadio)

Cosby’s sex assault conviction goes before high-level court
Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. (Associated Press)

Dec. 1, 2020

3-Year Pact Gives Phoenixville Teachers 2.5% Raises
The Phoenixville School Board voted 7-1 Monday night to approve an early bird contract with the teachers union that will provide raises of 2.5 percent in each of the pact’s three years. (Digital Notebook)

Norristown teen faces trial in adult court for alleged leadership role in gun trafficking network
A Norristown teenager will stand trial as an adult for his alleged role as one of the ringleaders of a gun trafficking network. Prosecutors claim it illegally obtained and sold 44 firearms using a straw purchase scheme and operated in Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Nov. 30, 2020

One dead after shooting in Montgomery County, DA announces homicide investigation
A woman has died after a shooting Saturday night in Lansdale, according to police. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Lansdale Borough Police Chief Michael Trail have announced an investigation into the homicide. (WFMZ-TV)

Key question in Cosby appeal: Does defendant’s past matter?
In hearing a Tuesday appeal of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in Montgomery County, U.S. Supreme Court justices appear eager to clear up the law on one of the murkiest questions plaguing criminal trials: When should a jury hear about someone’s past? (Associated Press)

Nov. 29, 2020

Votes Due Monday on Phoenixiville Teacher Pact
The Phoenixville Area School District (PASD) and the Phoenixville Area Education Association (PAEA, PASD’s teacher association) have announced reaching a tentative three-year contract. (Digital Notebook)

Nov. 28, 2020

COVID Cancels Historic House Tour, But Calendar Sales Will Raise Money for GoFourth! Fireworks
Because 2020 is the year that keeps on taking, the historic holiday house tour in Pottstown is canceled this year. But you still get a taste of Pottstown’s historic architecture while helping to help raise funds for the GoFourth! Festival next July.

Nov. 27, 2020

Light The Night Display Brightening Spring City and Royersford
Spring City Borough and the Woman’s Club of Royersford have teamed up to “Light the Night in the Twin Boroughs” on Dec. 12 in a cheerful community event for the holidays. (Patch)

Montgomery County leaders react to passing of Frank Bartle
Legislators and Montgomery County leaders reacted with sorrow this week to the death of Frank Bartle, former county Republican chairman who served as a solicitor for numerous municipalities and a mentor to many in politics. (Montgomery Media)

Nov. 25, 2020

Despite Deficit, N. Coventry Taxes Won’t Rise in 2021
Despite a projected deficit of nearly $75,000, the draft 2021 budget North Coventry Supervisors voted unanimously to advertise Monday night will not raise taxes if it remains unchanged. (Digital Notebook)

Dick’s Sporting Goods Reports 3Q Earnings
The retailer, which operates stores in Pottstown and Collegeville, on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $177.2 million. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

Manatawny Still Works raises the bar
A new podcast series, Key Change, talks about how PA businesses and community leaders connect with their customers and their communities. It opens with an interview of Derek Menaldino, co-owner of Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown. (Keystone Edge)

Nov. 24, 2020

Draft Spring-Ford Budget Shows $7.5M Deficit
Spring-Ford schools kicked off the 2021-2022 budget process Monday with a broad brush look at a $182.3 million spending plan for the coming year, about $10.2 million more in spending than the current year. (Digital Notebook)

Schwenksville property owners facing 22% tax hike
Hammered by the “double whammy” of flooding and the economic impact of the coronavirus, borough property owners are facing a 22-percent tax hike in the proposed 2021 budget. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Nov. 23, 2020

Montgomery County Community College to host interactive winter online open house Dec. 5
From the safety and comforts of home, prospective Montgomery County Community College students and their families will have a chance to discover and interact with all that the college has to offer. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Nov. 22, 2020

Basket Bingo at The Hill Helps Cemetery Fund
Edgewood Cemetery was the ultimate winner of a raffle put together by Hill School students eager to give back to Pottstown. They raised $927, enough to kick off the cemetery’s spring mowing season. (Digital Notebook)

Nov. 20, 2020

Pottstown Prepares for January Return to Class
As COVID-19 cases rise and the Montgomery County Department of Health as closed all schools to close for two weeks, the Pottstown School Board began plotting a path toward partial re-opening. (Digital Notebook)

Montgomery County’s preliminary 2021 budget raises taxes 5%
Montgomery County homeowners will pay an average of $29 more next year in county property taxes if the 2021 general fund budget presented Thursday is approved. (WFMZ-TV)

Nov. 19, 2020

Crews Battle House Fire In Pottstown
(Video) Crews battled a house fire in Pottstown, Montgomery County on Thursday morning. Chopper 3 was over the 300 block of Chestnut Street, where the call came in just before 5 a.m. (CBS3-TV)

Behind Valley Forge Casino’s $181M Bets, PA Sees Record October
FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino took $181 million in wagers in October, helping the state to its highest ever online sports gambling revenue. (Patch)

Pottstown man draws jail on drug charges
A judge sentenced a Pottstown man to a period in jail and some probation after the man admitted to illegal drug activity in the borough. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Pa. Liquor Control Board: Start holiday shopping now
The state Liquor Control Board, which operates Fine Wine and Spirits Shoppes in Pottstown, Gilbertsville, Douglassville, Royersford, Phoenixville, Schwenksville, Collegeville, and Pennsburg is asking people to do their holiday shopping earlier this year, given the current circumstances. (KYW NewsRadio)

Local church, Boyertown business keep holiday memories alive
An annual Gingerbread House Making Class scheduled for Nov. 22 by the Peppermint Stick in Boyertown will be held at 242 Community Church, giving the event plenty of room for social distancing. (BCTV)

Nov. 18, 2020

No Tax Hike in $22M Limerick Budget for 2021
For the fifth consecutive year, no property tax hike is proposed in 2021 in the Limerick Township budget. Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously (chairman Thomas Neafcy was absent) to advertise the $22.2 million budget.

Boston Market Opens In Gilbertsville
Boston Market’s new location at 1111 E. Philadelphia Ave. in Gilbertsville held a grand opening Monday. Its specialty is rotisserie cooking, and the store joins more than 300 others nationwide. (Patch)

Pennsylvania lawmakers aim to fill virus-inflicted deficit
Pennsylvania’s state Legislature is working this week to assemble a spending plan to carry state government through the rest of the fiscal year and fill, at least for the moment, a multibillion-dollar deficit brought on by the economic impact of the coronavirus. (Associated Press)

Nov. 17, 2020

‘Open Our Schools’: Montco Parents Organize Several More Protests
A group of parent protesters calling for Montgomery County to reverse its decision to close schools to in-person instruction for two weeks has planned several more demonstrations this week to protest the decision. (Patch)

PNC to buy US unit of Spain’s BBVA bank for $11.6 billion
PNC Financial Services Group Inc., which operates PNC bank branches in Pottstown, Royersford, Collegeville and Phoenixville, said Monday it is buying the U.S. subsidiary of Spain’s BBVA bank for $11.6 billion in cash. (Associated Press)

Nov. 16, 2020

Reports of Downed Limbs Throughout Area After Fast-Moving Storms
A line of storms brought gusts of wind measuring 60 mph to the Philadelphia area Sunday evening, leaving downed limbs and scattered power outages in their wake. (NBC10-TV)

Nov. 15, 2020

No Tax Hike in $12M New Hanover Budget, Again
For the 15th consecutive year, New Hanover township’s annual budget of about $12 million will not raise taxes. (Digital Notebook)

Phoenixville Colonial Theatre GoFundMe to raise operating funds
Coronavirus has put Phoenixville’s historic Colonial Theatre in a position it has never been in before, and it is asking for helpto raise money to meet its financial obligations through the end of the year. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Nov. 14, 2020

Pottstown Schools Eye Hiring Permanent Substitutes to Fill Gaps Due to Coronavirus-Driven Shortage
Even though Pottstown Schools have remained virtual since March, teachers still get sick and substitutes are still needed. The school board is trying to plan for future substitute needs. (Digital Notebook)

Gale opposes more funds for Human Services Center contract in downtown Norristown
Despite repeated objections from Commissioner Joe Gale, Montgomery County Commissioners recently authorized more than $180,000 for a revised contract amendment with PA CareerLink in the Human Services Center in downtown Norristown. (Mercury)

Nov. 12, 2020

Tower Health considers selling Philadelphia-area hospitals
The nonprofit went into massive debt to expand and then COVID-19 hit. With huge losses in the past two years weighing heavily on its operations, Tower Health is considering selling its Philadelphia-area hospitals. (Inquirer)

Montgomery County authorities crush gun trafficking operation
Montgomery County’s Violent Crime Unit crushed a Philadelphia man’s gun trafficking operation, during which he purchased 36 firearms in eight counties in less than three months and illegally transferred them to others as part of a straw purchase scheme. (Mercury)

Ring Video Doorbells Recalled Due to ‘Fire and Burn Hazards’
A recall notice released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the second generation of the Ring Video Doorbell, model number 5UM5E5, is being recalled because the “video doorbell’s battery can overheat when the incorrect screws are used for installation.” (NBC-10)

Nov. 10, 2020

Pottstown Borough to advertise $49 million municipal budget
The Borough of Pottstown will advertise its proposed 2021 budget, but officials said they will continue to work towards decreasing it to try and prevent a potential tax increase. (WFMZ-TV)

Nov. 6, 2020

Tax Hike at 3.5% in $49M Pottstown Budget Draft
The staff at Pottstown Borough Hall has managed to reduce the deficit in the general fund of next year’s proposed budget by $71,370. However, the proposed $49.3 million budget for 2021 still calls for a tax hike of 3.5 percent. (Digital Notebook)

Nov. 3, 2020

Weis Snapshot Shows Successful 3Q Earnings
Weis Markets Inc., which operates stores in Gilbertsville and Pennsburg, reported third-quarter net income Monday of $31.3 million. Weis’ stock has risen 13% since the beginning of the year. (Associated Press)

Nov. 2, 2020

Survey shows muted satisfaction with Pottstown’s online learning
Nine weeks into an all-virtual education program, the majority of families who responded to a Pottstown School District survey give the effort passing marks. (Mercury)

Montgomery County debuts first online sheriff’s sale in PA
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says its recently conducted, first-ever online sheriff’s sale of Pennsylvania foreclosed real estate was considered a success. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Nov. 1, 2020

Lower Pottsgrove entrepreneur launches YouTube channel to keep bands, music relevant
Joann DeFrancisco is passionate about live music. Several years ago, she turned her love of music into a career, founding 513 Entertainment — a full service Montgomery County-based entertainment agency with a focus on music. (Mercury)

Boyertown-area homeowners invited to join Holiday Light Tour
For a second year, Richard A. Zuber Real Estate is inviting homeowners within a 10-mile radius of Boyertown to add to decorate their homes and registering to be part of the Holiday Light Tour. (Berks-Mont News)

Berman Museum of Art Earns AAM Reaccreditation
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College has been reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction earned by a very select number of museums in the United States. (Ursinus News)

National Dog Show returns to Oaks without spectators
The pandemic won’t stop the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show from going on this year, but there will be some significant changes — chiefly, no spectators will be allowed. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Fall hikes for beginners offer opportunities to explore Montgomery County
If the extent of your outdoor exercise is a walk to the backyard or down the block, Montgomery County planners have an idea: take a short weekend hike on one of four trails for beginners. (KYW NewsRadio)

Oct. 30, 2020

Former Upper Pottsgrove man sentenced for sexual assault of teenage boy
A former Upper Pottsgrove man faces several years of court supervision after a judge convicted him of charges he sexually assaulted an underage boy in the township. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Oct. 29, 2020

Pa. schools need an additional $4.6 billion to close education gaps, new analysis finds
Pennsylvania’s public school children are being shortchanged by $4.6 billion, and those like Pottstown and elsewhere – in the poorest school districts – are owed the most, according to a new analysis commissioned by advocates seeking to overhaul the state’s education funding system. (Spotlight PA)

Teachers at Pottsgrove Middle School Try to Connect With Students During the Virtual School Year
At Pottsgrove Middle School in Pottstown, teachers moved quickly to adjust to an all-online school year after the local school board announced its decision in August to go fully online. (Philadelphia Neighborhoods)

Police: Man shot in the neck in Pottstown
Police are investigating a shooting Tuesday evening in the 100 block of North Franklin Street. A 37-year-old Pottstown man, whose name is not being released, was shot once in the neck in the 100 block of North Franklin Street. (Mercury)

Police Stepping Up DUI Enforcement During Halloween Weekend
The Douglass (Berks) Police Department, along with other local law enforcement agencies in the Berks County DUI Taskforce, will be increasing DUI enforcement over the Halloween weekend. (Berks Weekly)

Oaks Expo Center Cancels Events After Noise Complaints
The Oaks Expo Center has cancelled concert events through November after noise complaints about a long and blaring concert heard Sunday in around Phoenixville, Schuylkill and Upper Providence townships. (Patch)

Oct. 28, 2020

Boyertown man sentenced for fatally stabbing girlfriend
A Boyertown man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend during an argument at his home in April, and could spend up to three decades behind bars. (WFMZ-TV)

Friday deadline to register for annual Phoenixville Bed Races
Organizers of the Third Annual Phoenixville Bed Races event won’t let COVID-19 stop them. They’re planning virtual bed races that continue to raise money for Phoenixville organizations that serve the community’s homeless and at-risk individuals. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Seven-time DUI offender gets 2-7 years behind bars
A Bechtelsville man arrested on his seventh DUI in February after driving the wrong way on the Media Bypass was sentenced to two to seven years in a state prison Friday under a negotiated guilty plea. (Reading Eagle)

Oct. 27, 2020

New Hanover Supervisors Delay Vote on Quarry Plan
New Hanover Township supervisors held off voting on the Gibraltar Rock Quarry final site plan approval Monday. Their solicitor suggested it would be fair to give the quarry time to decide whether or not they want to submit a revised plan addressing issues raised by township consultants. (Digital Notebook)

Pennsburg man wanted for drug trafficking in Montgomery County found in hidden Berks trailer
A former Pennsburg man wanted on drug-trafficking charges was found living in a trailer hidden on a residential property in a remote area of eastern Berks County. State police said he had a large quantity of methamphetamine. (Reading Eagle)

Knoll Inc. reported third-quarter profit Monday of $7 million
The East Greenville PA furniture manufacturer said it had net income of 11 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 23 cents per share. (Associated Press)

Did you hear it? Drive-in concert in Oaks, Pa. disturbs nearby towns
A drive-in concert hosted Sunday by the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. caused quite the stir. Those who attended were all for the loud bass-pumping music and light show. People who live in surrounding neighborhoods also heard the show … whether they wanted to or not. (6ABC-TV)

Technology keeps the screams going at Pennhurst Asylum despite the pandemic
Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City has been deemed one of the most haunted places on Earth and at Halloween, it gets even scarier. The pandemic has created challenges but the team behind the annual haunt has adapted. (6ABC-TV)

$500K Chesco grant will help Phoenixville street upgrade
The borough has been awarded funding from Chester County in the amount of $500,000, to be used for the next phase of the downtown streetscapes revitalization project. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Navy Closes Fall Campaign with Tight 2-1 Loss at Virginia Tech
Mattie Gallagher of Gilbertsville PA helped propel the Navy women’s soccer team effort Saturday (Oct. 24, 2020) against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Gallagher made eight saves in her first start at goalkeeper. (Navy)

Oct. 26, 2020

Woman charged with DUI after crashing truck into retirement community homes
A woman is facing DUI charges after crashing a truck Saturday night into multiple homes at the Buchert Ridge Community in Lower Pottsgrove Township. (WFMZ-TV)

Oct. 24, 2020

J.P. Mascaro contributes to 96 area schools
Waste hauler J.P. Mascaro & Sons said it contributed $825,000 to support educational efforts at 96 qualifying elementary and secondary schools in Montgomery and five other regional counties. Amounts given to each school were not disclosed. (Mercury)

Court green lights Hershey’s $350 million plan for six free childhood centers around Pennsylvania
Each center will enroll 150 children, between birth and five years old. Once completed, the six centers are expected to cost about $55 million a year to operate. (Spotlight PA)

Oct. 23, 2020

$5M PECO Upgrade Will Take Out 39 Pottstown Street Trees
PECO has begun a $5 million upgrade to electrical infrastructure in Pottstown Borough that will require the removal of 39 street trees. (Digital Notebook)

Chick-fil-A sauces to be sold in stores, including Walmart, for good cause
The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, with stores in Limerick and Royersford, announced Thursday its signature condiments will be sold by some retailers starting mid-November. Royalties will be donated to a scholarship fund for Chick-fil-A employees. (6ABC-TV)

Oct. 21, 2020

Montgomery County among counties leading Pa. in new PFA filings in 2019
Court statistics show more than 39,000 new petitions for protection from abuse orders were filed statewide in 2019. Montgomery, Berks and Delaware counties were among the 10 counties leading in the number of filings. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Oct. 20, 2020

Draft Upper Pottsgrove Budget Won’t Raise Taxes
The $3.6 million budget the Upper Pottsgrove Township Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to advertise does not raise taxes in 2021. It is still early in the year so the budget could change and the final budget is not traditionally adopted until December. (Digital Notebook)

SCI-Phoenix inmate group teams up with Philly nonprofit on ‘bucks for bullets’ buy-back program
A Philadelphia nonprofit is teaming up with a Graterford support organization, developed for and by men in prison, on a new weapons buy-back effort kicking off later this week. (KYW NewsRadio)

Oct. 19, 2020

New Hanover planners reject final quarry site plan
New Hanover Township’s planning commission has unanimously rejected final site plan approval for the the first phase of the proposed Gibraltar Rock Quarry off Route 73. It’s the second setback this year for the project. (Mercury)

Pennsburg woman’s caring legacy inspires project of comfort and hope
Sarah Ott Carlin was a passionate advocate for children and vulnerable members of her community. That legacy will continue in a project inspired by her desire to help others; one her loved ones say she’d embrace. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Oct. 18, 2020

Eight-Vehicle Accident Saturday Shuts Down Westbound 422
An eight-vehicle accident on westbound U.S. 422 near Royersford crippled travel Saturday afternoon and left two travelers with minor injuries. (Patch)

Phoenixville Gets $500K Grant for Street Upgrades
The Borough of Phoenixville has been awarded grant funds from the Chester County Department of Community Development in the amount of $500,000. (Digital Notebook)

Oct. 15, 2020

Commissioner objects to Montgomery County center renovation costs
The $400 million cost to renovate Montgomery County’s government center is “out of control,” says Commissioner Joseph Gale. He’s the only Republican on the board, and has raised the issue before.

Pottsgrove powers past Upper Merion in football season opener
Pottsgrove returned to the field Thursday night, as the Falcons at home relied upon their tried-but-true formula of running the football and playing stifling defense, beating Upper Merion.

Oct. 15, 2020

$1.4M Sewer Project Set for Grosstown Road
Drivers who regularly use Grosstown Road in West Pottsgrove may want to start looking for alternatives. About a half mile of the road between Berks Street and Roberts Drive will be torn up soon for a major sewer project. (Digital Notebook)

Boil water advisory lifted for customers in Montgomery County
A boil water advisory has been lifted for Pennsylvania American Water customers in Perkiomen Township and several other municipalities within the company’s Norristown water system. (6ABC-TV)

Faculty cuts and university integrations loom, as enrollment declines at Pennsylvania state universities
If approved the integrations, allowed under a new state law, would reduce the 14-university system to 10 and become the most significant change in its 37-year history. (Inquirer)

Perkiomen Valley knocks unbeaten Boyertown for first place tie atop PAC
The PAC’s top two girls volleyball teams, Boyertown and Perkiomen Valley, played what will likely be the closest thing to a league championship game Wednesday at Boyertown. PV won, 3-1. (PA Prep Live)

Oct. 14, 2020

Kaiser’s goalkeeping greatness leads Pottsgrove to 2-0 win over Boyertown
The Pottsgrove boys soccer team is used to bossing the Frontier Division of the Pioneer Athletic Conference. It went Tuesday into Boyertown and came away with a 2-0 win over the defending PAC champs. (PA Prep Live)

Oct. 13, 2020

Women’s Soccer Drops Road Tilt at Pitt, 4-1
Gilbertsville resident and Boyertown High grad Mattie Gallagher made her Navy women’s college soccer debut Sunday, with both offensive and defensive action in a late portion of its game against Pitt.

Oct. 12, 2020

Skelton to retire as Limerick police chief in 2023
Police Chief Brian Skelton has announced his pending retirement. But everyone has plenty of time to plan his going-away party. It won’t be effective until August 2023. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Protesters drive through Montgomery County with Black Lives Matter message
Protesters with the Community For Change Day of Rally and Car Parade drove Sunday through four Montgomery County towns with messages encouraging people to vote, and Black Lives Matter slogans. (6ABC-TV)

Oct. 10, 2020

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks to Welcome National Dog Show, No Spectators
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show will take place on Nov. 15-16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, with no spectators and under Montgomery County health guidance. (Montco Today)

Haunted car wash lifts Halloween spirits in Gilbertsville
Adam’s Royal Car Wash in Gilbertsville is washing away the idea that Halloween is canceled this year. Heimer is turning his business into a haunted attraction, with spooky soap suds for the whole family. (WFMZ-TV)

Ursinus College campus police say intruder entered unlocked female dorm rooms
In Collegeville, Ursinus College campus police have beefed up security after Sunday and Monday incidents of an intruder entering unlocked female dorm rooms. (WFMZ-TV)

Oct. 9, 2020

Draft Pottstown Budget Calls for 3.5% Tax Increase
The first draft of the $47.8 million 2021 Pottstown Borough budget was unveiled Wednesday. It calls for a 3.5 percent tax hike, raising the annual tax bill by $28.12 for a home assessed at $85,000. (Digital Notebook)

Collegeville Entrepreneurs Open First PA StretchLab Site
StretchLab, an assisted stretching franchise, recently opened its first Pennsylvania location at 222 E. Main St., Collegeville. It introduces the health and wellness benefits of muscle stretching. (Patch)

Oct. 7, 2020

Spring-Ford School District sets plan for in-person classes
The Spring-Ford School District is pressing ahead with plans to return students to the classroom by Nov. 12. Last week, the board unanimously adopted the plan for students in grades kindergarten through 6th and Monday night, the plan for grades 7-12 was adopted by a vote of 7-2. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Oct. 6, 2020

Council: Don’t Let COVID Fear Stop Health Care
Don’t let fear of coronavirus keep you from seeking medical care if you feel like you might be having a stroke or a heart attack. That’s the message the Pottstown-based TriCounty Health Council emphasizes in a new campaign to save lives. (Digital Notebook)

St. Gabriel’s, School For At-Risk Youth, To Shut Down
A Montgomery County school for at-risk youth which has served the community for more than a century is shutting down. Its closure reflects the changing nature of care and education for juvenile delinquents. (Patch)

KOP Rail Project Could Be Slashed Due To Coronavirus Impacts
COVID-19 may have struck the finishing blow to the latest effort to expand public transportation and passenger rail in Montgomery County. (Patch)

Toomey confirms he won’t run for another Senate term or governor
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania will not seek reelection in 2022 and plans to leave public service, he confirmed, a surprise move for the fiercely anti-tax and anti-regulation lawmaker. (Associated Press)

Oct. 5, 2020

Montgomery County OKs $16M more for justice center project
Additions to two existing contracts totaling more than $16 million, for work related to the Montgomery County Justice Center project in Norristown, have been authorized by the county Board of Commissioners. (Mercury)

Patel Named to Education Foundation Board
Kenil Patel, Pottstown High School class of 2017, has been elected to a three-year term to the board of directions of the Foundation for Pottstown Education. (Digital Notebook)

Studio B, Boyertown Hosts Jennifer Frecon Smith in an “Art Inspires Music” Recital
Studio B in Boyertown said Jennifer Frecon Smith will feature her own original compositions in an Oct. 16 performance inspired by the artwork of member artists currently on exhibit at the studio. (BCTV)

Toomey won’t run for Senate again, or governor, source says
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, a fiercely anti-tax and anti-regulation lawmaker, will not seek re-election in 2022, according to a person with direct knowledge of Toomey’s plans. (Associated Press)

Oct. 2, 2020

New Hanover Building Plan Splits Offices, Police
New Hanover supervisors made their choice Thursday. They selected one of four options for a major construction and renovation project for new township offices and a new home for the police department. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown votes to resume fall sports
The school board, in an unofficial vote, approved the return of activities and extra-curricular athletics 7-2, setting in motion the chance to get on the playing field for Trojan student-athletes. (PA Prep Live)

Home damaged by fire in Limerick Township
The Limerick Fire Department was dispatched Thursday morning to a residential fire at 52 Wensel Cir. Plumes of thick black smoke could be seen high in the sky as the fire spread to the roof of the home. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

How Pa. state troopers seize big money from drivers, many of whom are never charged
Pennsylvania, like other states, allows law enforcement to seize property and keep it even if someone is acquitted of a crime or not charged. Legal experts say the practice is a form of “highway robbery.” (Spotlight PA)

Oct. 1, 2020

Royersford Non-Profit ‘Fostering Hope’ For Montco Kids
A pair of foster mothers, both of whom live in Royersford, have worked the last two years forming a non-profit that would support foster care children and families. (Patch)

10 Hidden Hot Rod Garages of the Super Rich
A HOT ROD magazine review of “10 muscle car and hot rod collections that show an amazing dedication … to building and preserving some of the most prized cars” includes a garage in the Pottstown area. (Hot Rod)

Former cop sues New Hanover, police chief, judge for events leading up to election loss
A former township police officer who ran unsuccessfully for district judge is suing New Hanover Township, its manager, police chief and his opponent, charging them with damaging his reputation and costing him the election. He’s seeking lost wages and damages. (The Mercury)

P.F. Chang’s Collegeville Files Layoff Notice For 150 Employees
The Collegeville P.F. Chang’s restaurant may lay off a significant chunk of its staff, at least temporarily. The company said COVID-19 and itrs health restrictions had a negative impact on business. (Patch)

Outlooks favor mild winter for Philly region, but at least it should snow this season
A long-range forecast specialist at AccuWeather said snow would likely come early and late in the season, what he called a “bookend winter.” (Inquirer)

Sept. 30, 2020

Group Of Spring-Ford School District Parents Call For End To All-Virtual Learning
Some Spring-Ford School District parents are calling for an end to all-virtual instruction. They demonstrated outside of the high school before the school board meeting Monday night. (CBS3-TV)

Montgomery County Free Hazardous Waste Disposal Is This Weekend
The next in a series of free hazardous waste recycling events will be held Saturday (Oct. 3), at Boyertown Middle School East, 2020 Big Rd., Gilbertsville, officials have announced. (Patch)

Sept. 29, 2020

North Coventry Talks Trails, Open Space and Paint
North Coventry supervisors approved a design contract Monday for two phases of a trail plan to connect Kenilworth Park with the soon-to-be-extended Schuylkill River Trail from Parker Ford to Pottstown. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown man jailed in straw purchase scheme
A Pottstown man faces some time behind bars after he admitted to conspiring with several others in the illegal sale or transfer of a firearm during an alleged straw purchase scheme. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Muralist captures the Ursinus experience on landmark smokestack
Brooklyn artist Katie Merz is transforming the Ursinus smokestack – outside its Collegeville facilities building – into a dynamic mural that tells students’ stories through unique iconography. It will become a permanent fixture on the campus. (ArtDaily)

Artist Dave Blazek of Phoenixville takes top cartoon award
For a second consecutive year, artist and humorist Dave Blazek, a Phoenixville resident, has won the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Best Newspaper Panel Cartoon.

Major hospital chain in King of Prussia says computer networks offline
King of Prussia-based Universal Health Services, a major hospital chain operating in the U.S. and Britain, says its computer networks were knocked offline Monday by an unspecified “security issue.” (6ABC-TV)

Sept. 28, 2020

Night vision, infrared approved for hunting furbearers
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved the use of night vision and infrared (thermal) optics in the hunting of furbearers, animals traditionally trapped or hunted for their pelts. (Associated Press)

Sept. 27, 2020

Ex-Montgomery County law enforcers educate first responders about substance use disorder
A former Montgomery County narcotics detective and a prosecutor, who spent years together fighting the opioid epidemic are training first responders in substance use disorder and the tools to fight it. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 26, 2020

243 Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Limerick
Medical device manufacturer Globus Medical is expanding into Montgomery County, adding 243 jobs as it moves into vacant space in Limerick Township. (Patch)

Montco DA: Officials uncover gun trafficking organization in southeastern Pa.
Officials in Montgomery County say 14 people involved in an alleged gun trafficking organization in southeastern Pennsylvania have been charged. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 24, 2020

Man Used Pickup Truck to Assault Officers, Police Say
State police on patrol Wednesday in Upper Hanover said they arrested a Schwenksville man, not identified by name, whom they allege intentionally rammed a trooper’s vehicle and injured him. (Saucon Source)

Community Health & Dental Care Celebrates Expansion to Barto
Community Health & Dental Care will observe the grand opening Saturday (Sept. 26, 2020) of its fourth health center location, at 1315 Route 100 North in Barto PA. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. (Community Health and Dental)

4 Philadelphia-area counties rank among nation’s healthiest communities, according to U.S. News
Montgomery County ranked 140th on a U.S. News and World Report 2020 list of the the healthiest communities in the United States, as analyzed on several health-based factors. (Philadelphia Business Journal).

Sept. 22, 2020

1950’s Memories of Sanatoga Speedway
Bill Brunner, president emeritus of the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society, remembers virus-free summers of decades ago, spent amid the excitement and roar of the fabled Sanatoga Speedway. (Spring-Ford Area Historical Society Blog)

Trial starts in Phoenixville Dunkin’ Donut shooting death
It’s been almost three years since a Phoenixville Area High School student was fatally shot during a marijuana deal gone bad outside a Dunkin’ Donuts in the borough. On Monday, two of the men involved in the homicide went on trial for the murder. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 21, 2020

As pandemic rolls on, library funding is endangered
State aid to public libraries is currently funded for only 5 months. It could be a challenge to get added money for libraries in Pottstown and elsewhere this year, their leaders report. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Montco DA files response to Cosby’s appeal of sex assault conviction
According to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, Bill Cosby’s attorneys are grasping for straws and ignoring evidence of the case in their latest appeal of Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. (KYW NewsRadio)

Open House Highlights Upgrades at Ellis Woods Park
An open house to celebrate the opening of a user-friendlier Ellis Woods Park, 855 Ellis Woods Rd., East Coventry, will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12 to 5 p.m. (Digital Notebook)

Sept. 18, 2020

Parents Call for Sports’ Return to Pottstown Schools
Although it appeared nowhere on last night’s agenda, people interested in reinstating athletics in Pottstown Schools managed to make it the top subject of discussion during the school board meeting. (Digital Notebook)

8 candidates make their case for single open Phoenixville School Board seat
Eight candidates for an open seat on the Phoenixville Area School Board were publicly interviewed online Wednesday night by the eight remaining board members. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Upper Providence man admits role in meth trafficking ring
An Upper Providence man identified in court papers as one of the “main targets” during an investigation of a drug trafficking organization in the Pottstown region has admitted to his role in the operation and awaits his fate from a judge. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 17, 2020

Fire heavily damages Amity Township building
About 75 firefighters battled the blaze at the site, which houses a fabrication shop and some offices. (The Mercury)

King of Prussia Mall, Lehigh Valley Mall to close on Thanksgiving
Several local malls owned by Simon Properties, including the Lehigh Valley Mall and the King of Prussia Mall, will be closed this Thanksgiving. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 16, 2020

Valley Forge Park sees big uptick in crowds since reopening
Valley Forge National Historic Park is seeing near-record public use since reopening a few months ago after a period of shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. (KYW NewsRadio)

Berks coroner seeks Pottstown man’s next of kin
The Berks County coroner’s office is seeking public help in locating relatives of John Ford, 71, of Pottstown, who died of natural causes Sept. 4 at Reading Hospital. (WFMZ-TV)

Phoenixville School Board interviewing for open seat
The Phoenixville Area School Board will meet tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 16, to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy created with the recent resignation of board member Lori Broker. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 15, 2020

North Coventry police event raises money for fire department
North Coventry Township police department annually host a Fallen Heroes car show. This year’s event proceeds are going to the NorCo Fire Company, which has fallen on hard financial times. (WFMZ-TV)

Upper Providence man to face trial on child porn charges
An Upper Providence man must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that he allegedly possessed child pornography on his home computer, including images of an infant being sexually assaulted. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Legal advocates line up on both sides of Bill Cosby’s appeal
Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. (Associated Press)

Sept. 14, 2020

Upper Providence poised to form human relations commission
Upper Providence Township supervisors will vote Sept. 21 on an ordinance that will create Upper Providence’s first-ever Human Relations Commission. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Sept. 13, 2020

Wolf says he plans to veto bill adding more district control over school sports
Legislation aimed at giving districts more say in school sports is now on the governor’s desk, but he plans to veto it. (KYW NewsRadio)

Hill School basketball star Dorsey delivers powerful message for racial equality
Gabe Dorsey delivered a powerful and moving speech Sept. 4 to the Hill community on life as a Black American, his experience with racial profiling, and feelings of fear and judgement the Black community faces. (PA Prep Live)

New SEPTA plan considers post-pandemic future
SEPTA has just released a COVID-19 recovery plan the transit agency hopes will generate public confidence and an eventual return of riders. (KYW NewsRadio)

Sept. 11, 2020

Doggie Treat Food Truck Launches In Royersford Sept. 12
Jill Schadler of Royersford thinks food trucks should be for dogs, too. Expect to see her huge blue dog treat truck around town. Called “Off The Leash,” it debuts in Royersford neighborhoods Saturday. (Patch)

Reading vs. Pottstown in community clean-up competition
The competition is heating up as people in Reading and Pottstown get ready to battle it out on Saturday to see which community can pick up the most trash. (WFMZ-TV)

$650K Grant Will Aid Phoenixville Sewer Upgrade
Phoenixville will receive a $650,000 Pennsylvania H20 Grant for its high-tech wastewater treatment plant upgrade, state Sen. Andrew Dinniman announced. (Digital Notebook)

Sept. 10, 2020

Storm Damage Becomes Something to Laugh About
Pottstown borough council unanimously granted permission for the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department to hold a fund-raising BYOB comedy night Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park. (Digital Notebook)

Authorities: Woman lies about needing cancer treatment in Australia
Federal authorities say a woman formerly from Harleysville received more than $11,000 in donations after saying, falsely, that she had brain cancer and needed to go to Australia to get treated. (WFMZ-TV)

East Greenville Mayor to Resign
East Greenville Mayor Keith Gerhart announced his intent to resign earlier this week. He told the public he was moving to a municipality in eastern Berks County. (Town and Country)

Sept. 8, 2020

At Ursinus College, all students are tested for the coronavirus every week
The testing is one measure that Ursinus, which for years has thrived on close faculty-student interaction and classroom community building, has taken to allow for as normal a semester as possible. (The Inquirer)

Perkiomen Valley turf project nears completion
Perkiomen Valley School District is undertaking projects to install turf surfaces on two playing field at the high school campus. The football field at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium is well under way and looking to be ready for fall events. (PA Prep Live)

Wawa launches ‘Free Shortis for A Year’ contest to counter coin shortage
Pennsylvania’s beloved convenience store chain launched a new initiative to combat its shortage of coins resulting from the pandemic. Wawa’s new “Free Shortis for A Year” sweepstakes runs to Oct. 1., as a way to increase available coins at stores. (Philly Voice)

Sept. 6, 2020

Man rescued from vehicle after crashing into tree
Emergency crews in Lower Pottsgrove Township rescued a man Friday night who was trapped in a car after the vehicle slammed into a tree in the 100 block of North Keim Street. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 5, 2020

New Hanover Mulls Multi-Million-Dollar Building Options
New Hanover Township supervisors are mulling four options for the township building and police station. Currently, township administration and police share the same 6,150 square-foot building. (Digital Notebook)

Regional trails expecting heavy crowds as the summer winds down
Labor Day weekend means a lot of people will be heading outdoors to enjoy the last unofficial days of summer. Trail use is expected to be up, and trail managers want to set out some guidelines. (KYW NewsRadio)

Study: Commuter rail/trackless tram combo best way to fight Route 422 congestion
The best way to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 422 is a combination of commuter rail and a system of “trackless trams” to act as a feeder system to the rail stations, a recently released study concluded. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Sept. 4, 2020

Spring-Ford computers on back order as online learning begins
The Spring-Ford Area School District has ordered an additional 1,500 Chromebooks to meet the remote learning needs of 2,000 families, but its supplier indicates they won’t arrive until January or February at the earliest. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Spring City Gets Big Grant For ‘Game Changing’ Parking Downtown
Chester County designated $550K to help Spring City create a downtown parking lot with amenities for those with disabilities. (Patch)

Pioneer Athletic Conference sports ‘full steam ahead’ as plan takes shape
The Pioneer Athletic Conference’s plan to play continues to take shape for the fall. League leadership met Tuesday to further establish the outlook of the fall sports season delayed and affected by the pandemic. (PA Prep Live)

After Pandemic Sideline and Zoom Practices, Boyertown Boys Hockey Wins Championship
Practicing via Zoom during the coronavirus shutdown, the Boyertown Ice Hockey Club was able to stay sharp and win a championship once play resumed. Now, they have a message for the Philadelphia Flyers. (NBC10-TV)

118-year-old bronze bell removed after discovery of leak in church tower
The 118-year-old bronze bell was removed by crane Thursday morning from the tower of St Mark’s Lutheran Church on Main Street in Pennsburg. (WFMZ-TV)

Son-in-law accused of stealing from family business
A 36-year-old man, facing hundreds of felony counts, is accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from Firely Pediatric and Home Care Services in Harleysville. The business is owned by his in-laws. (WFMZ-TV)

Pa. inspector general reviewing legality of some state police traffic stops, searches
The state’s Inspector General is conducting a review of whether Pennsylvania State Police troopers are following the law when initiating traffic stops and then searching vehicles, following a request from Gov. Tom Wolf.

Sept. 3, 2020

Denied by district, Spring-Ford seniors holding tailgate in Limerick park
Denied the opportunity to hold a traditional “senior tailgate” at Spring-Ford High on the Sept. 8 first day of school, seniors are taking their party to Limerick Community Park. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Spring-Ford furloughs 42 workers as schools will be closed for online learning
The Spring-Ford Area School Board followed in the footsteps of other area school districts and voted 5-4 Monday to furlough 42 workers, most of whom are in district food services. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Pottstown man charged after car, trailer hit speed limit sign
A Pottstown man was charged with drunken driving after a witness reported his car struck a speed limit sign Tuesday evening near the Dry Brooks Boat Launch of Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township. (Reading Eagle)

200-300 Phoenixville Families Need Internet For Online School
Not every family in Phoenixville Area School District has had an internet connection because of the cost, but the community is coming together to get all students connected. (Patch)

Sept. 2, 2020

Pottstown Principal Recognized For Service To His Community
Matthew Moyer, principal of the Pottstown School District’s Rupert Elementary School, has been named the Pennsylvania National Distinguished Principal. (Patch)

Perkiomen man sentenced on drug and DUI charges
A former Perkiomen man will be under court supervision for one year after he admitted to possessing and to driving under the influence of controlled substances in connection with two incidents in the township and Pottstown. (Times Herald)

Pine Forge ends summer with Ches-Mont Senior Babe Ruth title
Gavin Troutman picked an excellent time to go “yard” for Pine Forge in the Ches-Mont Senior Babe Ruth League playoff championship. His solo home run gave the Indians their margin of victory, 13-12, over Kennett. (The Mercury)

Sept. 1, 2020

Upper Pottsgrove Zoners Deny Senior Housing Bid
The Upper Pottsgrove Zoning Board has denied an attempt by the developer seeking to build 143 age-restricted homes on 49 acres off Kummerer Road to allow more such homes on a different parcel. (Digital Notebook)

Schwenksville Native Sets Appalachian Trail Speed Record
Liz Anjos, raised in Schwenksville and now a resident of Portland OR, set a new “fastest known time” for women running the trail in the northbound direction, and the second-fastest-ever time for a woman overall. (Patch)

Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale settles lawsuit over social media censorship
Constituents who sued Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph C. Gale for blocking their access to his social media sites agreed to a court settlement in which Gale must restore their access and stop blocking their comments. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Police release name of driver who fled Amity Township accident
Orin Toomer, 24, of Stowe was the driver of a vehicle who fled the scene of an accident Saturday morning in Amity Township and was later injured in his attempt to escape, township police said. (Reading Eagle)

A month later, many Ashwood Apartments fire victims still without homes
One month to the day after the Ashwood Apartments in North Coventry were destroyed by a massive fire, many of the 100 people made homeless by the blaze have not yet found new permanent housing. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Cyclist Hospitalized In Schwenksville Hit And Run, Suspect Sought
A 61-year-old man, a long-time Schwenksville resident, was seriously injured after being struck by a driver who then fled the scene, state troopers reported. (Patch)

Aug. 31, 2020

Stowe man hospitalized after jumping in front of two vehicles
A 24-year-old man from Stowe, who was not identified by police, is in the hospital after he fled an accident Saturday morning and jumped in front of two vehicles in Amity Township. (Reading Eagle)

Phoenixville Hospital recognized for Healthy Baby program
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recognized Phoenixville Hospital with an achievement award for its Healthy Baby Program: Improving Access and Care for Underserved Pregnant Women. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 30, 2020

Pottstown Faces Clean-up Challenge from Reading
Hobart’s Run has been challenged to engage all of Pottstown in a “clean-up competition,” with the gauntlet thrown down by Reading, Pa.’s grassroots South of Penn Task Force. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 29, 2020

Survey: Colebrookdale Railroad #2 for scenic train rides
The non-profit Colebrookdale Railroad, which runs passenger trains on a Civil War-era line from Boyertown to Pottstown, provides the second-best scenic ride in North America, a USA Today survey claims. (WFMZ-TV)

Green Lane woman admits to $688K theft from Hatfield employer
A Green Lane woman admitted to stealing nearly $700,000 from a Hatfield company where she worked as a bookkeeper and has placed her fate in the hands of a judge. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 28, 2020

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc., which operates a store in Pottstown, on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $99.4 million. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations.

Volunteers in Pottstown mark 100 years since women got the right to vote
People in Pottstown on Wednesday were celebrating the Constitution and marking 100 years since women were granted the right to vote. (WFMZ-TV)

Fire causes heavy smoke damage in Pottstown home
A fire that broke out Wednesday at a home on Evans Street in Pottstown caused heavy smoke damage. (WFMZ-TV)

Aug. 27, 2020

West End Fire Company treasurer accused of stealing $43,000
An Upper Providence woman is accused of embezzling more than $43,000 from the West End Fire Company in West Pottsgrove while serving as its volunteer treasurer. She allegedly used the money for personal expenses. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Accused Pottstown wife killer won’t face death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder
A 69-year-old Pottstown man will not face the death penalty if he is convicted of allegations he intentionally killed his wife by strangling her with an electrical cord. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Foot Golf in Schwenksville a new activity for families
Rolling Turf Golf Course in Schwenksville has added Foot Golf, a new activity to help families keep busy and enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic. (FOX29-TV)

Dick’s Sporting Goods Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., which operates stores in Pottstown and Collegeville, on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $276.8 million. It surpassed Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

Aug. 25, 2020

North Coventry Eyes Townhomes Plan on Route 100
Artisan Development, the same developer who has proposed age-restricted housing in East Vincent and Upper Pottsgrove townships, has made a proposal for a townhouse project in North Coventry. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown man jailed for domestic violence
A Pottstown man was sent to jail after he was involved in two domestic-related incidents, one at his residence and another at a borough motel, during which he assaulted and choked a woman. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 24, 2020

Celebrate 100 Years of 19th Amendment at Wednesday Photo in Smith Family Plaza
One hundred years after final approval of the 19th Amendment the public is invited Wednesday to Smith Family Plaza in the 100 block of High Street, for a “drop-in photo shoot” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 23, 2020

Pottstown protest joins national effort to ‘Save the Post Office’
The fight for full funding of the U.S. Postal Service took to High Street Saturday in front of the Pottstown Post Office. A group of about 20 protesters carried signs supporting one of America’s oldest federal institutions. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Aug. 21, 2020

GoFundMe Sites Nearing $35K After Teen’s Tragic Death
Two GoFundMe pages are reaching their combined goals of $35,000 to help the family of Spring-Ford grad Louis Carbajal with expenses related to a car crash the morning of Aug. 10 in North Coventry Township. (Patch)

Governor Declares Ashwood Apartment Fire A Disaster
The July 31 fire that destroyed the Ashwood Apartments and left 45 households displaced has been designated a disaster, making its victims eligible for low-interest federal loans. (Patch)

Wawa Officially Pilots Extensive Dinner Menu With Pasta, Burgers and More
Wawa has rolled out an official widespread test run of an extensive dinner menu after months of development, the latest move to grow market share against national fast-food giants. (NBC10-TV)

Aug. 20, 2020

Carbajal leaves a memorable legacy despite a life cut short
Louie Carbajal impacted countless lives around the Spring-Ford and adjoining communities in the course of his life … a life tragically and sadly cut short Monday, even as it was moving into another phase.

Your smartphone soon may be able to tell if you’re drunk
Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh say smartphones soon may be able to warn people when they’ve had too much to drink at the bar. (Philly Voice)

Aug. 19, 2020

Hospital Developers Ask for Height Limit to be Lifted
A hearing involving a proposed hospital at the corner of Route 100 and Grosser Road drew a crowd and questions Tuesday. The hearing was unusual in that it was held outside in order to accommodate the crowd. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 18, 2020

Pottstown, Western Center get state grants to help with reopening costs
The Pottstown School District and Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center are the recipients of state grants aimed at helping them resume operations during the coronavirus epidemic. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Pottstown man sentenced on burglary charge
A Pottstown man will be under court supervision for several years after he admitted to being involved in a burglary at a borough residence, apparently while on the hunt for copper wiring and pipes. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Aug. 17, 2020

Cruise Night Turns Into Classic Car Cruise In Boyertown
Classic cars rumbled Sunday through the streets of Boyertown in a newly created event: Bumpers, Brakes, and Bears. To keep the community safe during the pandemic, drivers were encouraged to travel in a loop around the borough. (Berks Weekly)

Aug. 15, 2020

Pa. private, charter schools worry bus cuts will strand students
Pennsylvania school districts that plan to start the year off virtually are facing a potentially thorny issue: What to do about bus transportation for students of private and charter schools. (FOX29-TV)

Vigil honors in Harleysville 5-year-old Eliza Talal, who died in flood
On Friday at Fischer Park in Harleysville, Disney tunes were played to honor 5-year-old Eliza Talal, whose tragic death happened as Tropical Storm Isaias flooded the area. (6ABC-TV)

Aug. 14, 2020

Creek Road To Be Closed In Douglass (Berks) For Isaias Cleanup
Police in Douglass Township have announced that Creek Road will close next week due to clean up work stemming from Hurricane Isaias. (Berks Weekly)

Aug. 13, 2020

Communities supporting well-known wrestlers, others involved in serious car crash
The Owen J. Roberts and Spring-Ford communities are rallying support around four recent high-school graduates, including two notables in wrestling, seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday. (PA Prep Live)

Christian schools in Berks, Montgomery counties merge
After five years of partnering on things like performing arts and professional development, West-Mont Christian Academy in Pottstown and Berks Christian School will create a Christian school district. (WFMZ-TV)

Penn State Will Require Students Returning To Campus To Sign COVID-19 Liability Form
Penn State will require students to sign a liability agreement and assume all risks of COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. (CBS3-TV)

AMC announces new reopening plan after facing mask policy backlash
After pushing back its reopening due to its mask policy, AMC Theaters said it will open doors to more than 100 theaters Aug. 20 and plans to have about two-thirds of theaters open no later than Sept. 3. (6ABC-TV)

Woman dies days after crash in Pennsburg
An East Greenville woman has died from head injuries sustained in a crash last week in Pennsburg, the Lehigh County coroner’s office said. (WFMZ-TV)

Aug. 11, 2020

North Coventry Recognizes Ashwood Fire Heroes
Monday was a time for recognizing heroes of the July 30 fire at Ashwood Apartments. North Coventry Township supervisors provided the platform for recognition by the public, and families of the rescued. (Digital Notebook)

Aug. 10, 2020

DEP issues ‘Code Orange’ for Montco, Bucks
The PA Department of Environmental Protection issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action alert on “unhealthy pollution levels” for Monday in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties. (WFMZ-TV)

Aug. 9, 2020

Roofing company installs new roof for area veteran and first responder
A Lower Pottsgrove veteran and first responder won a new roof for his home from a Malvern roofing company as part of a giveaway for veterans. He says it couldn’t have come at a better time. (The Mercury)

Hobart’s Run Expands West to Washington Street
The Hobart’s Run neighborhood improvement initiative will expand its western boundary to formally increase and enhance direct engagement with and support of area residents, businesses, and nonprofits. (Digital Notebook)

Pottstown’s opt out of fall sports leaves Trojans deflated
“The kids are devastated,” Pottstown High football head coach Jeff Delaney said. For Brandy Scherer, the cancellation of fall sports was a second blow to her coaching career this calendar year. (PA Prep Live)

Aug. 7, 2020

Pottstown council to consider canceling future car shows
Amid claims too many people attend events downtown without following pandemic protocols, borough council will be asked to vote Monday on rescinding permits for downtown car shows. (The Mercury)

Weather Experts Predict Up To 25 Storms As Hurricane Season Starts
Federal weather officials say the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a record start. So they have revised the hurricane forecast. (CBS3-TV)

CubeSmart: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
CubeSmart, which operates self-storage facilities in Phoenixville and King of Prussia, said it had funds from operations of $79.9 million, or 41 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street estimates. (Associated Press)

Aug. 6, 2020: Enduring Tropical Storm Isaias

Police help farmer rescue sheep in West Pottsgrove
West Pottsgrove Township police officers helped a farmer make a different kind of water rescue Tuesday, as they joined him to save his sheep when the Manatawny Creek spilled over its banks. (WFMZ-TV)

Montco Declares Disaster Emergency; 1 Person Remains Missing
Emergency responders performed 134 water rescues in Montgomery County, saving residents from flooded homes and stranded vehicles. (Patch)

Isaias delivers at least 5 tornadoes to region, including MontCo
At least five tornadoes spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the Philadelphia region on Tuesday, including one on Heebner Road in Worcester Township. (KYW NewsRadio)

Aug. 5, 2020: Enduring Tropical Storm Isaias

Rough day and night in Pottstown as rising water overtakes roadways and Memorial Park
Memorial Park in Pottstown was looking more like a lake late Tuesday. All four ball fields were underwater and most bleachers submerged. Porta Potties could be seen floating in the high water. (FOX29-TV)

Perkiomen Creek in Graterford reached record flooding levels
Tropical Storm Isaias caused historical flooding in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The Perkiomen Creek in Graterford reached 19.14 feet, breaking the 1935 old record-high crest of 18.3′. (6ABC-TV)

Bridge Closed Between Chesco and Montco
The Phoenixville Office of Emergency Management at noon Tuesday reported a bridge was closed temporarily between Mont Clare and Phoenixville, in order to allow water to recede. (Patch)

Aug. 4, 2020

Berks ‘Santa Claus’ donates $8K to fire-displaced family
He found a single mother of three children who had just lost everything in Thursday’s North Coventry apartment fire. His non-profit organization has already raised more than $8,000 for them, and is still accepting donations. (WFMZ-TV)

Weis: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Weis Markets Inc., which operates stores in Gilbertsville and Pennsburg, on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $41.5 million. (Associated Press)

Tax collections in Pa. rebound on pent-up shopper demand
Without additional federal aid, however, the state will probably have to make serious budget cuts or significantly increase borrowing to make ends meet. (PA Post)

Aug. 3, 2020

Coach talks about helping to save Boyertown teen who went into cardiac arrest
“That’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like that. It was completely surreal. It just felt like I was outside my body when I was working on him. All I was thinking was don’t let this kid die. (Reading Eagle)

Tropical Storm Watch issued as Hurricane Isaias approaches
As Hurricane Isaias approaches our region, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for most areas in southeast Pennsylvania, beginning Monday night through Tuesday. (FOX29-TV)

Aug. 1, 2020

North Coventry Township Community Creates ‘Pop-Up Walmart’ Of Donations
The community immediately came together after the massive apartment fire in North Coventry left about 100 people homeless. Volunteers stopped accepting donations Friday afternoon. There’s no more space. (CBS3-TV)

Survivor and local officials discuss Ashwood Apartments fire
“The first responders on the scene were heroic,” North Coventry Township Manager Erica Batdorf said. “They got right in quickly, they responded to the call to action.” (WFMZ-TV)

Customers Bancorp Gains in 2Q Earnings Snapshot
Customers Bancorp Inc., which operates branches in Kimberton and Phoenixville, on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $19.1 million. (Associated Press)

July 29, 2020

Boyertown School Board OKs Hybrid Return by 7-2
Boyertown’s school board, with a 7-2 vote Tuesday night, approved the “scaffolding” plan for a part-time return to school that had originally been proposed by the administration. (Digital Notebook)

Body of missing boater found in lake at French Creek
Crews searching for a missing boater at French Creek State Park have recovered the man’s body from Hopewell Lake, according to the Berks County coroner’s office. (WFMZ-TV)

Boscov’s to keep its stores closed this Thanksgiving
Boscov’s is taking one tradition off the table this Thanksgiving. The Berks County-based retailer announced Tuesday that it will keep all of its stores closed on Thanksgiving Day. (WFMZ-TV)

July 28, 2020

Search continues for missing boater at French Creek State Park
Crews spent Sunday night and most of Monday searching for a 26-year-old man who went missing when four people on a boat ended up in the Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park. (WFMZ-TV)

July 27, 2020

Boyertown backs off full reopening, final vote is July 28
The Boyertown school board backed off its stated preference for a full, in-person return to school. Changing reopening plans at this date would be impossible and less safe, its superintendent noted. (The Mercury)

Hospital nurses, community dismayed by Tower decision to close maternity ward
“We are just so devastated,” one nurse said. “We serve an at-risk community. We provide prenatal care. We embrace girls who are addicted to opioids. We take care of their babies.” (Reading Eagle)

Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville offers new, private ‘screening room’ experience
The popular Bridge Street movie house has opened up a 60-seat venue called the Berry Theatre in its basement for private parties of up to a dozen people to watch a film. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 25, 2020

Accused Pottstown killer wants cellphone video suppressed from trial
A Pottstown man accused of the April 2019 slaying of another borough man maintains a cellphone video depicting him is unduly prejudicial, and prosecutors should be prevented from presenting it to a jury. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

July 24, 2020

Knoll Inc. 2Q Earnings Snapshot Shows Loss
Knoll Inc., the East Greenville furniture maker, on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $9.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. (Associated Press)

State grants help businesses, schools move to cleaner fuel vehicles
UPS in Montgomery County has won $300,000 to help upgrade its diesel tractors to those fueled by compressed natural gas. CNG vehicles last longer, provide better air quality, and pollute less. (PA Post)

July 22, 2020

Perkiomen man accused of fatally beating girlfriend won’t face death penalty
A Perkiomen man will not face the death penalty if he’s convicted of charges he intentionally killed his girlfriend during an argument and then used his cellphone to record her injured and lifeless body. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

Upper Perk Board Approves Band Health Plan, Talks About Reopening Process for Schools
The Upper Perkiomen School Board said “yes” to a return to classroom study at its July 13 meeting, although it was acknowledged more planning must take place as the 2020-21 school year approaches. (Saucon Source)

Turnpike: Toll hike, 45% non-EZ pass surcharge coming
Pennsylvania Turnpike officials announced another toll increase — 6% beginning next year — as well as a 45% surcharge for non-EZ-Pass users whose tolls are billed by mail based on their license plates. (Associated Press)

Limerick Supervisor Calls Others Racist re: Joe Gale
Given how last month’s Limerick meeting devolved into a shouting match over masks and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, the possibility of more news Tuesday was not to be taken lightly. (Digital Notebook)

July 21, 2020

Plane Makes Emergency Landing On U.S. Route 422 West
A plane made an emergency landing on 422 West near Daniel Boone Road in Exeter Township late Monday night, causing the abrupt closure of the highway. No injuries were reported. (Berks Weekly)

Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor is reviewing allegations of racism by police
A former New Hanover Township police officer described the department’s work environment as racist and toxic. (The Inquirer)

Hot weather strains power grid; company that runs it says its ready
It’s been a tricky year to forecast energy usage because of the pandemic, but the company that runs the power grid for the Mid-Atlantic region said peak demand during high temperatures is what it planned for. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 20, 2020

Extreme heat across the region provides dangers for elderly, as well as pets
An excessive heat warning is in effect through Monday evening, and the dangerous heat and humidity present a serious health risk for the elderly and your pets. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 19, 2020

DINING OUT IS IN AGAIN – Many outside tables were filled Saturday morning (July 18, 2020) beneath the covered walkway fronting Grace’s Cafe at Trappe Center, 130 W. Main St., Trappe. Grace’s serves breakfast and lunch. State regulations intended to protect against the spread of coronavirus has caused many restaurant owners to find new ways to accommodate patrons in other than enclosed settings.

West Pottsgrove police officers distribute free frozen treats
The next heat wave may not have hit yet, but West Pottsgrove Township police helped people cool off Thursday night, handing out free water ice in several neighborhoods. (WFMZ-TV)

July 15, 2020

OJR School Board Picks DeFoor to Replace Minor
It took two days and hours of interviews, but the Owen J. Roberts School Board settled Tuesday on a former member as a replacement for former board president Karel Minor, who resigned last month. (Digital Notebook)

Phoenixville mayor: Passenger rail plans chug along, even if slowed by COVID-19
Phoenixville’s mayor said grassroots efforts to restore passenger rail service to the community are still on track despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (KYW NewsRadio)

With bipartisan and union support, law creates statewide police misconduct database
The measure, signed Tuesday, requires police departments in Pennsylvania to submit records of why an officer left their employ, and to consult the database before hiring any applicants. (The Inquirer)

July 14, 2020

Motorcyclist injured in Montgomery County wreck
Authorities are investigating a car-motorcycle accident that occurred Sunday at about 7 p.m. near East High and Beech streets in Pottstown. They cyclist was seriously injured. (WFMZ-TV video)

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man
Activists against police brutality expressed outrage and demanded accountability Monday after video emerged of an officer placing his knee on a man’s head and neck area outside an Allentown hospital. (Associated Press)

July 12, 2020

The Last Reporter in Town Had One Big Question for His Rich Boss
His newspaper has withered under a hedge fund. His industry was in turmoil even before a pandemic. But the Pottstown Mercury’s Evan Brandt won’t stop chronicling his town. (The New York Times)

Phoenixville’s historic Colonial Theatre reopens, with new COVID-19 guidelines
The historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville staged a “soft opening” under Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. It’s hoping word will spread about the return of a theater experience. (KYW NewsRadio)

Wawa asks customers to use card or exact change amid nationwide coin shortage
A nationwide coin shortage has Wawa asking customers to pay with exact change, if they’re using cash. They’re also encouraging customers to pay with credit, debit, or the Wawa mobile app. (WFMZ-TV)

Montco officials say change is coming soon to county’s bail system
Montgomery County officials are rolling out a plan they say has been years in the making, which they say is designed to ensure anyone arrested and charged with a crime is treated fairly. (KYW NewsRadio)

July 10, 2020

Council Looks to $700K Grant For New Street Lights
Pottstown borough council is expected to vote Monday to approve applying for a grant to replace 1,821 mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium street lights that have lit borough streets since the 1960s. (Digital Notebook)

July 9, 2020

Fireworks Excesses Pushing Council to Seek Change
If you’re one of those people who has been setting off fireworks in Pottstown for a month, at all hours of the day and night, borough council is not too happy with you. (Digital Notebook)

Wegmans Announces Permanent Closure Of All 12 ‘Pub’ Restaurants
Wegmans has announced it’s closing all 12 of its “Pub” restaurants for good. There are several locations in our area, including in King of Prussia, as well as other parts of Pennsylvania, NY and VA. (CBS3-TV)

Coronavirus-impacted Bed, Bath & Beyond to close over 200 stores
Bed, Bath & Beyond will close more than 200 stores over the next two years as part of a restructuring effort due to the coronavirus pandemic. (FOX29-TV)

July 8, 2020

New roof for US Army veteran in Lower Pottsgrove
A Lower Pottsgrove veteran who spent most of his life giving back to his country and community received a nice surprise on Tuesday: a new roof over his head. (6ABC-TV)

Loss of Waltz Fireworks Masks Big Money for FD
The pandemic-driven decision to skip this year’s fireworks display by Waltz’s Golf Farm denied the Limerick Fire Department of an annual source of revenue. Lisa Waltz found a solution to that problem. (Digital Notebook)

North Coventry police K-9 named in honor of fallen trooper
A special K-9 is helping keep Chester County safe. Kedra is named in honor of trooper David Kedra, who was killed in a training accident at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus back in 2014. (WFMZ-TV)

July 4, 2020

Serious injuries in a blink: Hand surgeon warns against trend toward fireworks at home
If you feel tempted to light your own fireworks, a local hand surgeon urges you to think twice and think about the dangers. (WPVI-TV)

July 3, 2020

American Cornhole Championships To Be Held In Oaks
There are $55,000 in cash payouts for the American Cornhole League Championships, Friday through Sunday, July 3-5. No spectators are allowed, but the tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN. (Patch)

Upper Perkiomen Considers Three Scenarios for Opening School
“We’re not going to hit everyone’s comfort zone,” its superintendent said during a June 25 school board workshop meeting held on Zoom. We’ll navigate these waters together. We need the entire community to participate.” (Town and Country)

Wolf signs bill to reform professional licensing rules
Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday relaxed more requirements for professional licenses, signing a law that prevents the state from denying a professional license to someone because of a felony on their record. (Associated Press)

Promising year for PA budget ends with a $3.2 billion thud
Pennsylvania closed its fiscal year Tuesday with a $3.2 billion shortfall, with revenues falling 9% below official estimates. The state continues to grapple with the economic damage caused by the pandemic. (PA Post)

July 1, 2020

Pottstown Community Arts Hosts Protest Art Show
Pottstown Community Arts helped create four temporary art displays throughout Pottstown, featuring Peace and Equality-themed protest signs carried during the peaceful June 8 protest down High Street.

Montco commissioner accused of violating the First Amendment by blocking opposing users on social media
A federal lawsuit accuses Montgomery County commissioner Joe Gale of violating the First Amendment by blocking people from his social media accounts and deleting their comments. (KYW Newsradio)

June 30, 2020

Health, dental care practice to open location near Bally
Community Health and Dental Care, with three locations in Pottstown, said it’s preparing to open its first location in Berks County, on Route 100 in Washington Township. (WFMZ-TV)

Douglassville man killed in single-vehicle accident
A Douglassville man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed about 2:30 a.m. on Centre Road in Union Township. (Reading Eagle)

June 29, 2020

#MakeItMontco designed to stimulate travel, tourism in Montgomery County
With recent surveys showing people want to stay closer to home for summer vacations, a Montgomery County tourism group is rolling out the welcome mat. (KYW Newsradio)

Pennsylvania’s nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it
The experience of this month’s Pennsylvania primary election, coupled with Trump’s increasingly frequent false claims about mail voting, point to a troubling possibility in November. (The Inquirer)

June 27, 2020

Amid national call for police reform, Montgomery County township ends probe into racism
A member of Congress is among those now calling for an outside probe into accusations of racial intimidation and bullying against New Hanover Township Police Chief Kevin McKeon. The case has been referred to the state attorney general’s office. (The Inquirer)

June 26, 2020

Online school plus summer break can mean months of learning loss for students
Summer slide is the tendency for kids to lose some of their academic gains over the summer. And it’s expected to be worse this year because of remote learning. (KYW Newsradio)

Valley Forge Casino Resort to reopen Friday
Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia is set to resume operations on Friday with numerous health and safety protocols in place. Both guests and employees will undergo temperature checks on arrival. (Philly Voice)

Pottstown man held for trial for allegedly killing wife by strangulation
A Pottstown man was ordered to stand trial for allegedly using an electrical cord to strangle and kill his wife as she sat in a recliner in the living room of their borough residence after an argument. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 25, 2020

Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo prosecutions
In a decision that could test the legal framework of #MeToo cases, Pennsylvania’s highest court will review the decision to let five other accusers testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in 2018. (Associated Press)

June 24, 2020

$125M Boyertown School Budget Raises Taxes 3.2%
The Boyertown School Board voted 7-2 Tuesday night to adopt a $124.9 million school budget that raises taxes by 3.2 percent, the maximum allowed by the state’s Act 1 index. The millage will be raised to 28.2 mills as a result of the vote. (Digital Notebook)

June 23, 2020

No Racism found in Probe of North Hanover Police
A $30,000, 11-month investigation into allegations of racist behavior and language by the chief and sergeant of the New Hanover Police Department reportedly found no evidence to confirm any of the claims. (Digital Notebook)

June 22, 2020

Science education standards could get rewrite
A group of educators from across Pennsylvania aims to overhaul some of the country’s oldest standards for science education, while avoiding a protracted political dispute over climate change and evolution. (Associated Press)

Top Pa. GOP lawmaker fast-tracking gambling expansion that benefits campaign donor
As state lawmakers prepare to leave Harrisburg for a summer of campaigning leading up to the November elections, a rush is on to expand next frontier of expanded gambling known as video-gaming terminals. (PA Post)

June 19, 2020

Rallies for and against Joe Gale converge at Montgomery County courthouse
Clergy members and demonstrators for racial justice marched to the Montgomery County Courthouse to call for the resignation of county Commissioner Joseph C. Gale. A block away, pro-life activists showed their support for him. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

Welcome the Summer Solstice Saturday
The first day of summer officially begins Saturday (June 20) around noon. It will be the longest day of the year, at 15 hours and 3 minutes. (Night Sky Notebook)

June 18, 2020

Montgomery County offices will close Friday to observe Juneteenth
Montgomery County offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth, a day honoring the end of slavery in the United States. (WFMZ-TV)

June 17, 2020

Limerick Supervisors Meeting Becomes Shout-Fest
Limerick Township’s municipal building on West Ridge Pike (Photo by The Post Publications)

Limerick Supervisors Meeting Becomes Shout-Fest
There was a whole of shouting going on during Tuesday night’s Limerick Supervisor’s meeting. Chairman Thomas Neafcy crossed swords with fellow supervisor Patrick Morroney and several audience members on a variety of subjects. (Digital Notebook)

Joe Gale Compares Himself To Trump, Denounces Impeachment Inquiry
His comments Tuesday came as hundreds gathered at Montgomery County Courthouse to organize support for a PA Senate resolution to impeach Gale. (Patch)

West Pottsgrove man draws prison for using dating app to harass Upper Merion couple
A West Pottsgrove man is on his way to prison after he posed as a young female in online dating apps and sent dozens of men to the residence of an unsuspecting couple he never met. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 13, 2020

Pottstown Police: Shooting of two brothers in Bright Hope likely related
Police believe a shooting in the Bright Hope community just after midnight Friday may be related to a previous shooting there on May 15. (The Mercury)

Phoenixville Seeking $3M Grant For Passenger Train Station Land
Phoenixville has applied for a $3 million grant to purchase land to develop a train station and parking area as part of the proposal to return SEPTA passenger rail service to the area. (Patch)

Pennsburg man admits embezzling $2.7 million from Lancaster employer
A Pennsburg man admitted to embezzling nearly $3 million from his former employer in Lancaster during a scheme that federal prosecutors said abused “his trusted position.” (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 12, 2020

PA Lawmakers Attempt To Impeach Commissioner Joe Gale
A state lawmaker announced plans Wednesday to attempt to impeach Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, after he refused to resign for his remarks about recent protests and racial injustice. (Patch)

Colebrookdale Railroad receives national award for innovation
The achievement award from the National Association of Counties recognizes the county’s efforts to prevent the loss of the freight line. (The Mercury)

Owen J. Roberts school board president resigns over Facebook post
Karel Minor, the president of the Owen J. Roberts School Board, has announced his immediate resignation on Facebook in the wake of reaction to a racially charged joke he made there. (Reading Eagle)

EPA helping convert Mercury building into ’boutique hotel’
The federal government is going to help cover the cost of converting the former Mercury newspaper building into a “boutique hotel. (The Mercury)

Projected first-year enrollment down at Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities
A total of 17,277 students paid deposits to attend the universities, compared to 17,583 last year, a decline of 1.7 percent. Some other universities in the region have reported declines, too. (The Inquirer)

June 10, 2020

Gilbertsville-area man injured in downtown Boyertown accident
The accident happened about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on East Philadelphia Avenue, or Route 73, part of the borough’s central business district. (Reading Eagle)

Pottstown man sent to prison for raping teenage girl
A Pottstown man faces up to two decades in prison for raping and strangling a teenage girl during a violent assault at a borough residence. The girl was 15 and the accused was 27 at the time. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 9, 2020

Pottstown Council Supports Elks Club Liquor License
Pottstown Borough Council on Monday endorsed the transfer of a club liquor license to the Montgomery Elks Club No. 1271 at 605 Walnut St. Now the application moves to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. (Digital Notebook)

Legislators commandeer House to demand action on policing
Black Democrats in the Pennsylvania House preempted Monday’s business to call for changes to policing, displaying a Black Lives Matter banner and commandeering the podium for about 90 minutes. (Associated Press)

June 8, 2020

Thousands March in Pottstown for Racial Justice
Pottstown hosted yet another peaceful rally for racial justice Sunday, expanding exponentially on the number of people who showed up to call for equal treatment under the law for all Americans. (Digital Notebook)

Protesters converge on Montco official Joe Gale’s home for calling BLM a ‘hate’ group
More than 100 protesters gathered in the road in front of Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale’s home in Plymouth Meeting. He was believed to be at the Jersey Shore. They vowed to return. (The Inquirer)

Police executives, officer union leaders support ‘red flag’ reforms
Leaders of police departments and officers’ unions in Pennsylvania said they support legislative changes designed to make it harder for law enforcers with past disciplinary problems to get new jobs in the field. (PA Post)

All SEPTA riders now required to wear face coverings
Starting Monday, all SEPTA riders across the entire transit system will be required to wear face masks in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (Philly Voice)

Citadel Country Spirit USA postponed to 2021
Chester County’s own country music festival will not return to the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds this year, with officials citing health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

June 7, 2020

Phoenixville man jailed for stealing from charity for victims of fatal Schwenksville fire
A Phoenixville man was sent to jail for what a judge called “cunning” acts, keeping money raised for a charity assisting a Montgomery County deputy sheriff whose children died in a December 2017 fire in Schwenksville, and fleecing a local nonprofit group. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)

CVS Health continues expansion of local COVID-19 testing locations
The CVS Pharmacy on West Schuylkill Road in Pottstown is among 36 in southeastern PA and southern NJ that on Friday began offering self-swab coronavirus testing. (Philly Voice)

June 5, 2020

Boscov’s to reopen five Southeastern Pennsylvania stores on Saturday
Boscov’s plans to reopen five of its Southeastern PA locations, including Pottstown, this Saturday with reduced shopping hours, special hours for elderly customers, and health and safety requirements. (Philly Voice)

June 4, 2020

Council Joins Chorus Wednesday, Calling on Gale to Resign
Pottstown Council offered a full-throated condemnation of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale’s comments about protests and violence that followed the death of George Floyd, and joined the call for his resignation. (Digital Notebook)

Montgomery County commissioner facing calls to resign after statement on protests in Philadelphia
US Rep. Madeleine Dean is calling for Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale’s resignation after he called the Black Lives Matter movement is a radical left-wing hate group. (WFMZ-TV)

Gun rights rally outside Pa. Capitol postponed over safety concerns
A gun rights rally scheduled to take place in Harrisburg on Monday has been indefinitely postponed after a credible threat was made, one of the organizers said. (PA Post)

June 1, 2020

Region’s power grid operator ready to meet summer demand
When temperatures rise, residents and business owners want to be sure their air conditioners will work when needed. The operator of the country’s largest electric grid says it has enough power to meet anticipated peak summer demand (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item).

Edgewood Cemetery Fundraiser Will Really Grab Ya
A new Hobart’s Run neighborhood improvement initiative is designed to be a win-win to affect ongoing revitalization efforts: trash on the streets, and maintenance of the Historic Edgewood Cemetery.

May 29, 2020

Only One Intersection Fix Comes Out of Traffic Study
Nearly a year after a study of 18 troubled intersections in the greater Pottstown area was completed, the number of intersections likely to be upgraded is one. (Digital Notebook)

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
The company that owns Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $33.5 million, better than Wall Street expectations. (Associated Press)

May 26, 2020

PHS Early College Grads Have 3.48 Average GPA
Fifteen Pottstown High School seniors were recognized at the May 21 school board meeting for successfully completing the Dual Enrollment, Early College Program. (Digital Notebook)

Pennsburg Council cancels meeting on proposed resolution to potentially reopen businesses
Officials in the borough of Pennsburg appear to be backing away from a proposal to defy Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders. A Tuesday meeting to consider the plan has been canceled. (WFMZ-TV)

Senior Spotlight: Schiffman brings resilient presence to Perkiomen Valley
Zach Schiffman’s resilience to become a key ingredient in Perkiomen Valley boys’ lacrosse, as he worked back from an injury and will continue in the sport even after losing his senior season to the pandemic. (PA Prep Live)

May 25, 2020

Moyer named Pennsylvania’s top principal for 2020
Rupert Elementary School Principal Matthew Moyer has been named Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Principal for 2020 by the Pennsylvania Principal’s Association.

More people going to visit state parks amid pandemic
While stores, entertainment centers, and recreation activities were canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, attendance at state parks increased.

May 22, 2020

$65.7M Pottstown School Budget Won’t Raise Taxes
The Pottstown School Board backed away from the idea of a tax hike in the midst of a public health and economic crisis, voting unanimously for a 2020-’21 preliminary budget that does not raise taxes. (Digital Notebook)

Turnpike Memorial Day traffic expected to plunge, but dangers remain
Although the state Turnpike Commission projects Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic will be about half of last year’s totals, officials warn there is no safety in lower numbers. (Reading Eagle)

Senior Spotlight: Spring-Ford’s Della Guardia ends shortened career as one of Rams’ best
This year senior Ashley Della Guardia will leave Spring-Ford as one of the best to ever play first base for Spring-Ford softball head coach Tim Hughes during the past 24 years. (PA Prep Live)

May 20, 2020

Add Latex Gloves to the List of Things Being Flushed
Pottstown Borough Authority was prepared to spend up to $1 million to install a new screening system at its plant, to keep unwanted items like latex gloves out of treatment equipment. It came just in time. (Digital Notebook)

May 19, 2020

Montco sent out thousands of Pa. absentee ballots with flawed instructions
The mail ballots Montgomery County sent to thousands of voters came with clear instructions for how to fill them out. But those instructions were wrong. (The Inquirer)

Senior Spotlight: Spring-Ford standout student, athlete Terrizzi readies for RPI
Blake Terrizzi will take his academic acumen to a higher level following graduation from Spring-Ford. He has committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study engineering and continue his athletic pursuits. (PA Prep Live)

Stowe man surrenders in sex assault of Berks teen
A Stowe resident is now in custody on charges filed against him in connection with the sexual assault of a Berks County teenager. He surrendered Monday morning to detectives. (WFMZ-TV)

Argument led to shooting in Pottstown, police say
Investigators believe the man injured in a Friday night shooting in Pottstown was involved in an argument with another man at the time. Authorities did not release further information. (WFMZ-TV)

May 18, 2020

Deadline to register to vote in June 2 primary is imminent
Monday (today, May 18, 2020) is the deadline to register to vote in the June 2 primary. The deadline was extended by two weeks last October when Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law legislation making the change. (PA Post)

Senior Spotlight: Boyertown’s Elwell contributes to success on and off the track and field
Emma Elwell will be in position to pursue more big things when her time at Boyertown is finished. She is headed to Millersville University in the fall with the unique status of being a three-sport athlete. (PA Prep Live)

Keep An Eye Out Thursday for Comet ‘F8 Swan’
The comet known as F8 Swan is making its way across the northern sky during mid-May, according to local astronomer Peter Detterline. It should be bright enough to see with binoculars. (Night Sky Notebook)

May 16, 2020

Sly Fox Brewing’s annual goat races to become virtual event
Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s annual Bock Fest and Goat Races traditionally takes place in May at the Pottstown tasting room. The event will still go on Sunday at 2 p.m., but the fun will be live-streamed on Facebook. (Philly Voice)

July 4th Fest Moved to Labor Day, Parade Canceled
Pottstown GoFourth! organizers are rescheduling the fourth annual family fun and fireworks festival to Labor Day Weekend. This year’s July 4th Parade sponsored by the Pottstown Rotary Club has been cancelled. (Digital Notebook)

Senior Spotlight: Smythe made short stint at Pottsgrove count
After competing against Pottsgrove for three years, it didn’t take senior Messiah Smythe long to become a big part of the Falcons’ athletic program and school community. (PA Prep Live)

Man shot in Pottstown, police say
A man is hospitalized after being shot near the intersection of Boone Court and West King Street in Pottstown, Friday shortly after 8 p.m., police said. (WFMZ-TV)

May 15, 2020

State troopers shot, killed runaway emu that was loose on Route 422
A runaway emu that somehow made its way to Route 422 between the Royersford and Sanatoga exits Wednesday afternoon was shot and killed, Pennsylvania State Police troopers say. (KYW Newsradio)

May 14, 2020

An emu on Route 422 causes temporary traffic backups
There were a lot of double takes along Route 422 near the Royersford exit Wednesday around 2 p.m. when an escaped emu was seen running on the median, causing backups in both directions. (KYW Newsradio)

May 12, 2020

Tax Collector’s Death Means Post Must be Filled
The passing of Roy Reifsnyder last week has left a hole not only in the hearts of many Pottstownians, but also in the role of tax collector. (Digital Notebook)

Taxpayers foot bill to supply legislators, army of aides
A review of invoices and more than 6,000 pages of spending line items by the state’s legislative branch last year found lawmakers often use latitude to decide what to buy and from whom. (Associated Press)

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