August 21, 2014 |
Hello there "This is never going to work," Danielle told herself, taking in Matt's collar-length hair and deep green eyes. They had e-met on Match.com two weeks earlier. A picture of Danielle dressed in a blue dragon Halloween costume caught Lancaster native Matt's attention; her refreshingly well-written profile led the Susquehanna International Group software engineer, who earned his degree in management science and information systems from Pennsylvania State University, to say hello.
December 15, 2014 |
Hello there Michael had only recently moved to Baltimore to teach high school band when his colleague the choir teacher suggested he drop in on the voice lesson she was giving. Her student, Paul, had moved to town nearly a decade before to become a postal inspector. When he wasn't investigating mail fraud, Paul performed in community theater - hence the voice lessons. Michael showed up, and the choir teacher did a little acting of her own, suggesting, as though the thought had just occurred to her, that Paul show Michael around town.
October 22, 2003 |
Phoenixville lost a Pioneer Athletic Conference field hockey game last week to St. Pius X, a team with a sub-.500 record. Phantoms coach John Tornetta didn't want a repeat of that yesterday against visiting Jenkintown in the opening round of the PIAA District 1 Class AA playoffs. Fifth-seeded Phoenixville was facing the 12th-seeded Drakes, a young team that had finished the regular season 5-9-2. The coach had a warning. "I told my players you can't relax like we did against St. Pius just because it's a game you should win," Tornetta said after watching the Phantoms overcome a sluggish start to post a 3-0 victory over Jenkintown.
September 14, 1989 |
When Geri Aspras decided to move her natural-foods store from Long Beach, Calif., to Pennsylvania four years ago, she scoured the western suburbs for the right spot. She drove through the Main Line and into the Chester County countryside, looking at quaint downtown shops with prestigious addresses. But she chose to set up shop in Phoenixville, a fading steel town on the Schuylkill. It was an unlikely choice, but Aspras thought the place had potential. "I just sort of came into Phoenixville and said, 'Ooh, this is a nice little town, and it looks like it's about ready to bust wide open,' " she said in a recent interview.
October 27, 2014 |
The Conestoga girls' soccer team inched closer to the District 1 Class AAA final on Saturday, carried in large part by one of its sophomores. Katelyn Perz received a pass from Hannah Morgan and sent it just past the outstretched fingers of a jumping Phoenixville goalkeeper for the decisive goal in a 2-1 upset at Washington Field in Phoenixville. "We worked as a team, and I couldn't be any happier," Perz said. "We've had our ups and downs, and inconsistency throughout the season. But we knew we could win if we kept hope in one another.
January 2, 1998 |
George Rocco, Phoenixville boys' basketball coach, knows he is going to have many difficult games this season, like tomorrow night's at Pottsgrove, so his approach has been to try to have fun. Currently riding a 9-1 start (6-1 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference), the Phantoms have made life fun for Rocco thus far. They are tied with Spring-Ford and St. Pius X atop the league, with Lansdale Catholic (5-2) and Pottsgrove (4-3) not far behind. Rocco thinks any of those teams can finish in one of the league's top four spots and earn a league-playoff berth.
April 10, 1986 |
Murray Liddick was off to a rocky start in his first year as Great Valley tennis coach. The Patriots had dropped a tough 4-3 decision to West Chester East Thursday and were on the wrong end of a 1-3 record. So, as coaches are wont to do, Liddick called a team meeting. The Patriots responded with a 4-3 triumph over perennial Ches-Mont League power Phoenixville Tuesday. "I was a little upset, and I wanted to know how we could change things," Liddick said. "This is my first year as coach.
December 28, 2012 |
Lisa Mirarchi had been working with teammate Molly Namiotka on a behind-the-back bounce pass. On Thursday night, with her team leading by almost 20 points and a minute to go in the third quarter, she thought she had the ideal opportunity to try it. Both members of the Villa Maria Academy basketball team executed it perfectly. "I just went for it, and hoped for the best," Mirarchi said. The play, which stemmed from a Mirarchi steal and led to a layup for Namiotka, summed up the game for both players in a 57-38 victory over Phoenixville.
October 27, 1988 |
Perhaps it's appropriate that the rebirth of Phoenixville's football team coincides with the rebirth of the borough. Gone are the old steel mill and blast furnances. New homes, new businesses and expansive business parks are thriving. SEPTA is proposing to reopen a rail line to link Phoenixville with King of Prussia, Norristown and Center City. And the Chester County Historical Society has designated more than 1,000 buildings in the borough as historic, helping to ensure that as Phoenixville moves into the future, its roots from the past will remain firmly planted.
September 20, 2000 |
Poised to assume the chairmanship of the Borough Council, John Messina, owner of the pharmaceutical research firm GrandView Medical Research Inc., has overcome what may be the worst label one can have in Phoenixville political circles - outsider. For much of the borough's history, being from Phoenixville meant you were union, you were steel-town, you were family. However, when the borough's largest employer, the steel mill, closed in 1987 (a year before Messina's arrival), the town went through an identity crisis.