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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!"
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three years of talks, the Phoenixville Area School District and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement that they hope to formalize by Sept. 30. Officials from both groups declined to discuss terms of their one-year agreement. The district's head of operations, Stan Johnson, said he believed Phoenixville's contract standoff was among the longest ever in Chester County, and both sides said they were relieved it was over. "It's an accomplishment on the part of both sides - to go through that long list of items and work toward resolving what were in some cases some pretty deep opinions and positions," he said.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there was ever any question about the celebrity cachet of the amorphous red mass that devoured Chester County residents in the 1958 sci-fi classic The Blob, then the Phoenixville Dogwood Festival parade should leave no doubt. Former Gov. Ed Rendell was scheduled to be the grand marshal in 2003. He canceled at the last minute. So, the Blob stepped in. The two gallons of red silicone that terrified millions was carried in a can by owners Wes and Judi Shank as the Delaware County couple rode down the street in a convertible.
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