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August 21, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
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.
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December 15, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 22, 2003 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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September 14, 1989 | By Nancy Phillips, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 27, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 2, 1998 | By John Manasso, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 10, 1986 | By Chris Morkides, Special to The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
December 28, 2012 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 27, 1988 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 20, 2000 | By Christopher Merrill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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August 21, 2015
ANYONE who thinks that Philadelphia's beer scene ends at the Schuylkill River needs to take Regional Rail to Norristown, hop onto the Rt. 99 bus for an hour or so, get off in Phoenixville, curse SEPTA and start walking. This once-stinky Chester County town has transformed its dinky downtown alongside an abandoned steel mill into a lively restaurant and nightlife destination. In just three blocks along its main shopping corridor, Bridge Street, there are two brewpubs, a pair of winery outlets and a distillery.
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July 28, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stacked on trays in the cramped rear of Gail Warner's shop, enticing pillows of sugar gleam with a fresh chocolate coating. Warner proudly pulls out a tray of marshmallows. It's a warm Thursday in July, and she has just finished hand-dipping a batch of 50. She predicts that they will be gone by the weekend. Already known by locals for her chocolate, Warner, who owns Bridge Street Chocolates in Phoenixville, is drawing customers from across Chester County and farther with the new marshmallows.
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July 22, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Babcock says she is excited to meet her new neighbors, and she's not real fussy about whom they might be. Babcock co-owns Woodward Landscape Supply Co., whose next-door neighbor for nearly three years has been the abandoned Water World Park in East Pikeland Township. That 22-acre parcel, where weeds have sprouted around barren pools, soon could be sprouting new life. The property is to be auctioned next week. "We don't really care what it's used for, as long as it's not dirty, noisy, and loud," Babcock said.
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May 12, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
  After Phoenixville police arrested a woman for public drunkenness almost two years ago, she claimed an officer at the station inappropriately grabbed her. So officers watched the videotape from an overhead camera in the station and determined she was lying. When they told her about the video evidence, she backed off the claim. Now, the department hopes adding body cameras will similarly keep civilians and officers accountable. Body-camera video can balance the civilian cellphone videos that have become more prevalent in controversial cases involving police, Chief William Mossman said.
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April 24, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haley Streeper singled home Shannon Beattie with two outs in the top of the seventh Wednesday to send Perkiomen Valley to a 3-2 win over Pottsgrove in a Pioneer Athletic Conference softball game. Beattie doubled home Noelle McCullough earlier in the inning to tie it. Elsewhere in the Pioneer, Sophia Cinti went 4 for 4 with six RBIs and two runs to power Spring-Ford past Phoenixville, 16-6, at home. Becca Faust had three hits and four runs. Kelly Knapp went had three hits, three RBIs and two runs for Phoenixville.
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April 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling him "brilliant," "tortured," and "dangerous to us all," a Philadelphia judge sentenced a Germantown artist Friday to 11/2 to 3 years in prison for the explosion in May that blew off most of the man's right hand. Douglas Ferrin insisted he had learned his lesson in the 4 a.m. explosion May 7, 2014, at his home on West Queen Lane near Greene Street. "When I look at my hand, I feel a genuine dislike for fireworks," said Ferrin, 55. "I hate myself for having lit that fuse.
SPORTS
April 4, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maddie Abbot has retired 42 batters this season. And 31 of them walked away without even putting a ball into play. The Villa Maria junior with the infamous rise ball struck out 16 on Thursday, and tossed her second consecutive shutout, as the visiting Hurricanes topped Phoenixville, 2-0, in a nonleague softball game. Briana Wright went 3 for 4 with a solo home run to boost the Hurricanes. Abbot also struck out 15 Monday in Villa Maria's season-opening win over Merion Mercy.
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March 18, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The headline on the real estate listing read "Million Dollar View," and to Donna Moetsch, the description was right on the money. She bought the home on Meadowbrook Lane, just outside Phoenixville, 15 years ago, and eased into an idyllic suburban lifestyle - hopping into her cart and crossing a narrow road to play golf as many as five times a week at the neighboring Meadow Brook Golf Course. Today, the Chester County homeowner isn't attacking the greens, but joining with her neighbors in what may be a last-ditch stand to scale back the Phoenixville Area School District's plan to build six playing fields on the now-closed golf course.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2015 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For her new album, Gretchen Peters ended up going where, in her estimation, none of her female songwriting peers really had. Blackbirds is a set that unflinchingly confronts aging, and it's haunted by loss and death. "You're not supposed to specifically talk about aging, ever," the 57-year-old songwriter's songwriter says over the phone from her Nashville home. "You're either not supposed to talk about it and try to look as young as you can, or go away. That's the message that women, especially in the entertainment business, get. "I've done my best work, I think, by going to the places that scare me a little bit, and that was definitely one of them.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
New allegations have surfaced against a suspended Chester County Catholic priest facing federal child-pornography charges, this time involving three parishioners who say he molested them in the 1990s. The latest accusations, including one from a female who said he forced her to perform oral sex in a Phoenixville church confessional booth, were revealed Tuesday as prosecutors sought to keep the Rev. Mark Haynes behind bars until his trial. So far, Haynes, formerly assigned to SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, has not been charged with sexual abuse.
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