December 9, 2015
Mayor Michael Speck asked the Phoenixville Borough Council again Tuesday night for something that has been on the Police Department's wish list for more than five months: a drone. Speck and the police failed to get their wish as council members voted, 5-3, to deny the department's request for a drone. Borough police received a donation in July to buy one, but council members expressed doubts about the need for it and apprehension over potential liabilities and privacy concerns.
November 1, 2015 |
If you just looked at the boxscore, Brandon McIlwain's numbers Friday night might lead you to believe he's an elite running back for Council Rock North. However, you'd be slightly mistaken. The senior quarterback, a South Carolina recruit, rushed for five touchdowns and threw for another to lead the visiting Indians to a 41-31 win over Quakertown in a Suburban One Continental game. "We knew [Quakertown] was a very fundamentally sound team," Council Rock North coach Adam Collachi said.
October 15, 2015 |
Its team is called the Phantoms, but thanks to a comeback victory Tuesday afternoon, Phoenixville's girls' soccer team is still alive. Gabrielle Perrotto scored two goals in three minutes in the second half and the visiting Phantoms rallied to top Pope John Paul II, 3-1, in Pioneer Athletic Conference play. Leeza Galli added a goal an assist. Kayla Mesaros scored in the first half to give Pope John Paul a 1-0 lead at the break. A loss would likely have knocked Phoenixville, ranked 28th in the District 1 power rankings, from the 28-team district tournament.
October 4, 2015 |
Before each game, Erik Enters scrawls on a card and puts it in his pocket. Patting down his blue jeans Friday beneath a white tent, which sheltered him from a ceaseless downpour, the Perkiomen Valley field hockey coach couldn't find the card. But he knew what he'd written. Score early. "In a game like this, they can call it at halftime, so I knew we had to score quick," Enters said after Perkiomen Valley topped host Phoenixville, 4-2, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference game.
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.
July 28, 2015 |
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.
July 22, 2015 |
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.
May 12, 2015 |
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.
April 24, 2015 |
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.
April 12, 2015 |
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.