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NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCHUYLKILL TWP. A judge is still weighing whether the Phoenixville Area School District can seize a golf course by eminent domain, but that has not stopped the district from moving ahead with plans to build an elementary school there. Last week, the school board bought a house at an intersection that will need to be upgraded if the school is built, drawing criticism from the club's owners. "It's putting the cart before the horse," said Bruce Campbell, whose family owns the Meadow Brook Golf Club on State Road in Schuylkill Township.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the heels of a teacher contract that took three years to negotiate, the Phoenixville Area School District and its teachers' union reached a new agreement ahead of schedule on Thursday. "Given our history, it's a very big deal," said Keith Black, district director of human resources and labor and employment counsel. The parties began negotiating the contract that was passed Thursday in November, two months after ratifying a contract that they started negotiating in January 2010.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIXVILLE As crews from the Phoenixville Fire Department battled a chimney fire spreading inside a home early Thursday, another crisis unfolded in their midst. A team member collapsed. And he wasn't breathing. "The other firefighters that were with him immediately stopped and attended to him, realized the severity of what was going on, and were able to drag him to another room that was away from the fire," said Deputy Chief David Meadows, who now knows that his teammate was going into cardiac arrest.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Philadelphia Orchestra presents the interactive music program "Sound All Around," for ages 3 to 5, at the Academy of Music on Saturday and Monday. The interactive program introduces audience members to the viola. Assistant principal viola Kerri Ryan and master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will guide kids on a learning musical journey. Kids can hear stories along with music and sing while pretending to play the string instrument. They can get a close look at the viola, nurturing their fascination and curiosity.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIXVILLE Joseph Anthony "JoJo" Cusumano had been crossing off the days until Christmas on his calendar. "There's no more days left," the 4-year-old announced as he rearranged the couple of gifts already under the tree in the living room Tuesday morning. His mother, Diane Rhoads, looked over at the nearly 7-foot-tall Christmas tree, every inch of which was decorated with tinsel, candy canes, and ornaments, some of them handmade. "This is the first actual Christmas tree we've been able to have in a long time," she said.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A special education teacher at Phoenixville Area Middle School has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. State police arrested Kenneth Ford Hamilton Jr. on Sunday after a six-week investigation, they said. Hamilton, 58, of Phoenixville, was arraigned before District Judge Harry Farmer and held on $250,000 bail. In a statement released Monday, the school district said officials learned of the arrest through news reports. "At this time, the district has not received any official notification from authorities regarding those charges," the statement said.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIXVILLE Growing up in Montgomery County, Liam Nevins loved adventure. He ran around with toy guns, built tree forts, and once commandeered a golf cart with his sister, Raven Henin. As a high school student in Bucks County, Nevins enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program. As a Special Forces Green Beret, Nevins sometimes navigated the rugged terrain of Afghanistan on dirt bikes with a smile, which is why his sisters called him "Bond," after the fictional secret agent.
SPORTS
November 1, 2013 | By Paul Tierney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villa Joseph Marie coach Rich Finneyfrock clapped and smiled after his team defeated Phoenixville, 2-1, Wednesday night at Council Rock North to win its third consecutive PIAA District 1 Class AA girls' soccer title. But as the postgame ceremonies concluded and Finneyfrock had a chance to talk to his team, it became apparent that he was unimpressed with the Jems' victory. "I wasn't happy with the effort at all," Finneyfrock said. "And the girls weren't happy with the effort. " They know when they play well.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there In early January 2006, Stephanie, an animator who had recently begun writing screenplays, opened the networking section of Myspace. In theory, she was looking for another writer interested in critiquing each other's work. The more boxes she checked off in the site's search engine - within 10 miles of Philadelphia, must not smoke, must also be allergic to pets, only a social drinker - the clearer it became she was looking for romance. Up popped Matt's profile. The headline, "Lathe'd!"
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