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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a verdict likely to challenge Pennsylvania's law defining a "weapon of mass destruction," a Philadelphia jury Thursday found a Germantown artist guilty of that crime in a May incident in which he blew off most of his right hand with a homemade explosive. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 21/2 hours before returning the verdict against Douglas Ferrin, 55. Ferrin, who spent about six months in prison for blowing up the toilet in a Phoenixville bar in 2011, did not appear to react to the verdict.
NEWS
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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