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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.
https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/southeastern-pa/more-people-going-to-visit

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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