Phoenixville Local

AT THE TABLE WITH: Laura Vernola Simpson |Apr 19, 2018

Laura Vernola grew up in Northport, N.Y. Along with her mother and sister, she moved to New Mexico when she was 14 years old.

spay and save; If you believe then it must be Karma |Apr 15, 2018

Karma is a tabbico tuxedo 12-month old female. This pretty girl likes it when her foster mom picks her up. Karma purrs, she loves to play, comes right up to you and rubs on legs. She’s happy to be indoors.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Joan Beregi |Apr 12, 2018

Joan Beregi is a strong woman who gathers her strength from battling a seizure condition her entire adult life.

Bill Cosby lawyers seek removal of a juror in last minute court filing |Apr 6, 2018

NORRISTOWN >> A day after Bill Cosby’s jury was seated for his sexual assault retrial, his lawyers are trying to get one male juror removed, claiming he “may hold a fixed opinion” about the case, according to court papers.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Mark Szilagyi Jr. |Apr 5, 2018

Mark Szilagyi Jr. is one of your “local good neighbor pharmacists” at the Gateway Pharmacy. Over the years, he was my mom’s pharmacist via the telephone. We spoke often; as the Gateway delivers, we seldom saw each other.

Distracted driving citations grow significantly over 5 years in Pa. |Apr 4, 2018

Distracted driving has become a more serious concern for Pennsylvania law enforcement over the past several years as the number of citations related to the problem continues to climb.

Spay and Save: Jazzy has purrsonality plus |Apr 1, 2018

Jazzy is white with grey markings, female spayed and approximately 3-years-old. She is absolutely wonderful with people and would love to be the only pet in your life. Can you make the long term commitment to give her a forever home?

Chester County seniors offered free wellness exams for pets |Mar 30, 2018

phoenixville >> The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation will be hosting a Share the Love event on Saturday, April 28, at the Phoenixville Area Senior Center, 153 Church St.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Lou Beccaria |Mar 30, 2018

It has been a 46-year journey for a young boy from the blue-collar neighborhood of Tioga in Philadelphia to being the president and CEO of Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. He is Lou Beccaria.

Vehicle strikes Rapps Dam Road Bridge in East Pikeland |Mar 29, 2018

EAST PIKELAND >> The Rapps Dam Road Bridge has been closed after it was damaged in an accident Thursday morning.

Phoenixville Area School District educator receives teaching award |Mar 29, 2018

PHOENIXVILLE >> A Phoenixville Area School District teacher has been given the Citadel Heart of Learning Award after being nominated by his peers and students.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Teresa O’Neill Haag |Mar 22, 2018

Teresa O’Neill Haag coming to Phoenixville was a true gift to the community.

spay and save: A homeless cat replaced by a puppy |Mar 22, 2018

“MIMI”(aka “Monster Mash”) is a grey/white female spayed, approximately 1-1/2 years, put out on the streets of North Philly with bowls and litter box when her owners acquired a puppy.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Moyer |Mar 14, 2018

Richard Moyer was an entrepreneur before there was such a word.

Spay and Save: “T.L.”, a lonesome cat who needs a lap to sit on |Mar 8, 2018

“T.L.” (Tiger Lilly) is a true calico (white/orange/black) spayed female. Even though I’m 6 to 7-years-old, I am homeless because my daddy got very sick and was found unconscious.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Carole Pepe |Mar 8, 2018

If you are lucky enough to be a Facebook friend of Carole Pepe, you will receive an inspirational or uplifting post from her each day. Inspirational and uplifting best describe Carole’s life.

spay and save: Page needs a committed home |Mar 1, 2018

Page is a Russian blue type petite female spayed. She would prefer to be the only cat in the household but would adjust given the proper time and introduction. About 1 to 2-years-old, she is loving and precious.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Kim Howard |Mar 1, 2018

Facebook has its advantages and its disadvantages. A good advantage is that it connected me with Kim Howard. Kim and I have been “friends” for quite some time. We seem to like and share many of the same posts.

Spay and Save: Little Dipper is out of this world |Feb 25, 2018

“Little Dipper” is a sweet “cat-olescent” 3 to 4-month-old, brown tabby female spayed. Found in King of Prussia colony, she is loving and sweet given time for introduction.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Beth Burckley |Feb 22, 2018

Beth Burckley hails from the Cherry Hill/Collingswood, N.J., area. It was there that she met Brian Howell, an Alabama native. The couple moved to Phoenixville after Beth spent a year commuting to the area for work.

Spay and Save: This grey tabby loves to cuddle |Feb 18, 2018

Krissy is a female, spayed, 1 to 2 years, grey tabby found starving in Roxborough. She is loving and vocal, loves people and is good with both cats and dogs. Please give her a forever home where she will never be on the streets again.

AT THE TABLE WITH: John Sakos |Feb 15, 2018

John Sakos lights up the room when he enters. He overflows with a joy for life and food.

Chester County veterans invited to free breakfast |Feb 12, 2018

Coatesville >> All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend the annual free breakfast hosted by Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Spay and Save: Cats who need a forever home |Feb 11, 2018

Sasha is a sweet soul, loves to be petted and probably should be the only kitty of the house. She loves to play. Give her a sunny window sill to nap in and she is good to go. She was found homeless and hungry in King of Prussia and was lucky to find a wonderful foster home.

Transportation issues topic of Feb. 15 meting in Phoenixville |Feb 9, 2018

Phoenixville >> The Chester County Planning Commission is inviting residents in the Phoenixville region to attend a meeting to learn about and comment on a draft plan that will address transportation issues and opportunities.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Judy Serdy Gelinas |Feb 8, 2018

Judy Serdy Gelinas grew up on a farm in close-knit Hungarian family. She was the youngest of four Serdy children — three boys then Judy who must have been the family princess.

All Chester County vets invited to free breakfast on Feb. 8 |Feb 2, 2018

Coatesville >> All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend the annual free breakfast, hosted by Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Mary Jane Mitchell |Feb 1, 2018

Why do people bond and get drawn together? It is hard to tell.

Spay and Save: Mimi has had a tough go of it |Jan 26, 2018

Mimi is a gray and white female, one to two years of age and spayed. She was rescued from the streets of North Philadelphia. Her owner put her outside with her bowls and litter box when a new puppy was brought home.

AT THE TABLE WITH: BP Miller |Jan 25, 2018

BP (which stands for Brian Paul) Miller is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist.

Spay and Save: “Thumper” saved from the streets |Jan 24, 2018

Thumper is a gorgeous, long-haired orange/white male approximately four months. He is neutered, vaccinated and ready only for the most committed home that will care for him all of his 10 to 15-year life.

Ambler’s Lucky Well owner hopes to hire people experiencing homelessness |Jan 23, 2018

AMBLER >> If Chad Rosenthal, the owner of barbecue joint The Lucky Well, has anything to say about it, his restaurant will soon represent a lot more than Memphis-style comfort food. It will be a symbol of philanthropy.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Gary Russell |Jan 18, 2018

Gary Russell comes from Pittsburgh, Pa. After college, he served four years in the U.S. Army. He served in Korea and then with the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C., as a paratrooper. Gary made 38 jumps in his time there.

Schools opening late after overnight snow |Jan 17, 2018

Here are the schools that have announced late openings and closings today:

Rafferty to seek fifth term in Pa. Senate |Jan 17, 2018

State Sen. John Rafferty Jr. announced Wednesday he will seek re-election to a fifth term representing the 44th Senatorial District in Harrisburg.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Jose De Los Santos |Jan 11, 2018

In 2001, at the age of 13, Jose came to the United States from the Dominican Republic. He joined his family living in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the middle child of three children in his immediate family.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Sam Traten |Jan 4, 2018

Prior to meeting for this interview, I had the opportunity to read Sam Traten’s memoir, “Ex Post Facto.” One thing that seem to run through the memoir is his quest for knowledge and himself.

Philadelphia region school delays and closings announced for Jan. 5 |Jan 4, 2018

Some school districts in the Philadelphia region have announced delays and closings for Friday, Jan. 5. The following list (in alphabetical order by county) will be updated as delays are announced.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Karen Johns |Dec 27, 2017

You can feel the love and love of life as soon as you step into the Second Avenue home of Jim and Karen Johns. The first time that they saw this home was when they were checking it out for a relative to purchase.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Phoenixville’s Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus |Dec 21, 2017

It was the Christmas of 1969 when 18-year-old Tom Mitchell was asked to be a stand-in Santa Claus for the Royersford Jaycees. Just two times as Santa, he was hooked for a lifetime and became the real deal.

GOP tax bill draws protesters to Rep. Costello’s office |Dec 18, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> As part of two different demonstrations, diverse groups of protesters met Monday outside U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department copes with deputy’s family tragedy |Dec 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An outpouring of support for Deputy Bryan Lukens and his family continues to flood the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in the aftermath of the early Wednesday morning fire at their Schwenksville home that claimed the lives of his sons, 11-year-old Bryan Lukens Jr.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Cameron Peters |Dec 14, 2017

Cameron Peters Floral Design may be a new business on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, opening Memorial Day weekend 2017, but Cameron has had a huge impact on the town.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Rabbi Jeff Sultar |Dec 6, 2017

Rabbi Jeff Sultar came to Phoenixville in the spring of 2016 to attend to the spiritual needs of Congregation B’nai Jacob. The congregation was formed over 100 years ago in a small building in the downtown.

Upper Providence man admits exposing himself to female shopper |Dec 6, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> An Upper Providence man faces court supervision after he admitted to exposing his genitals to a woman on the parking lot of a township shopping center.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Dave Gautreau |Nov 30, 2017

Finally found out how to pronounce Dave Gautreau’s last name — “Go trow.”

After losing election, Perk Valley school board president resigns, applies for vacant board seat |Nov 30, 2017

PERKIOMEN >> A new member was appointed to the Perkiomen Valley School Board Tuesday night — but not before the board president, who was rejected by the voters and said he would not apply for the post, nonetheless resigned at his last meeting and asked to be appointed to fill the vacancy.

Philadelphia region revs up for Thanksgiving travel |Nov 21, 2017

Nothing says economic security like jammed roads around Thanksgiving.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Mark Pinto |Nov 17, 2017

Mark Pinto is a familiar site to patrons of the Phoenixville Public Library. He has been with the library for 20 years, now as the director of adult services.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Nate Kubasko |Nov 15, 2017

Nate Kubasko is the youngest person I ever featured in one of my interviews. He is 11 going on 42. No matter his age, he is very accomplished.