What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Chamber & Foundations Celebrate Orion

The Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce led a ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize the new office and growth of Orion Communities, a non-profit that serves the most vulnerable neighbors in the greater Phoenixville area.

Participating in the ribbon cutting event were two Chester County foundations that have been instrumental in Orion’s growth.

The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation provided a technology grant to update office technology as well as help with the implementation of a new web-based data management system.

The Chester County Community Foundation awarded Orion a ‘capacity building’ grant for several items including marketing materials, Orion’s first Annual Report and improvements to the physical office due to the dramatic increase in clients in the preceding year.

Orion Communities believes everyone is entitled to life’s basic essentials of shelter, food, clothing, transportation and medical services. With the support of generous donors and volunteers, Orion is able to increase their impact in serving those experiencing hardships in the community.


Left to right: Keith Burress, Orion Board VP; Beth Briglia, Chester County Community Foundation VP; Jessica Capistrant - Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce President/CEO; Ken George, Orion Board President; Rebeca Romain, Orion Board Past President; Lou Beccaria, PhD, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation President/CEO; Kris Keller, Orion Executive Director; Jim Kovaleski, President Phoenixville Borough Council

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Phoenixville Food Festival Returns This Weekend

On Saturday, May 7, the Phoenixville Food Festival returns to downtown Phoenixville. From 12-6pm, over 30 food trucks will line Bridge Street serving up everything from doughnuts and cupcakes to Caribbean American Soul Food and Egyptian cuisine. In addition, the Colonial Theatre will be showing movie shorts throughout.

For more information, including info on shuttle bus services, please visit phoenixvillefoodfestival.com.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pothouse Road to Close in Schuylkill Township for Road Widening and Sewer Installation

From the PA Department of Transportation:

Pothouse Road is scheduled to close between Meadowbrook Lane and Route 29 (State Road) in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, starting Friday, April 15, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, for road widening and sewer installation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM through Monday, May 16.

During construction, Pothouse Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 29 (State Road/Main Street), Route 23 (Nutt Road) and Bridge Street. Truck traffic will be detoured over Route 29 (State Road/Main Street), Route 23 (Nutt Road) and Route 113 (Kimberton Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area. The construction schedule is contingent on the weather.

The Phoenixville Area School District will perform the work under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Collaborative Art Show to open at Franklin Commons on January 30th

On January 30th, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 the Art Gallery at Franklin Commons will host an opening reception for its exhibition RADIUS. The show invites 9 art organizations from the region to showcase their artists and their communities. The participating organizations are: ArtFusion, ARTsisters, MCGOPA (Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists) Phoenix Village Art Center, Pottstown Area Artist Guild, Greater Norristown Art League, Studio B Boyertown, Whitemarsh Art Center and Artists' Equity.

The event is free and open to the public. Each organization will have a dedicated space in the gallery for their artists work, and each organization will present briefly on the history of their organization, their current impact on their communities, and opportunities in each organization. There will be live music, and food.

Don't miss this first ever collaborative show!

* The snow date for this exhibition is February 6th

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gateway Pharmacy hosting their All Day Madness Event tomorrow

Gateway Pharamacy will be hosting their All Day Madness Event tomorrow, December 11th. The event, their biggest sale of the year, will be held from 8am-10pm and will feature great sales on gift and holiday merchandise, extra special deals like $5 "Grab Bag" Stockings and also a visit from Santa from 12-7pm and Olaf from 4-7pm!

For more information, visit their webstie at thegatewaypharmacy.com or on Facebook.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club to Honor Its Founder, Alex Gojkovich, With Field Dedication on October 24th

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) will unveil a memorial dedicating its field complex in Charlestown Park to its club founder and longtime coach, Alex Gojkovich, Sr. The ceremony will take place at PASC's fields at 12:30 PM on Saturday, October 24. The fields are located at Beulah Heights St & Southwest Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Current and former PASC players, coaches, and club members – and everyone in the local soccer and sports' community – are invited to attend and honor Mr. Gojkovich and share remembrances of the man once called "Mr. Soccer of Phoenixville."

Gojkovich, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, had a storied history with the beautiful game. His club soccer career in his native Yugoslavia was halted when he went to serve in World War II. After spending time in a POW labor camp in Germany, Gojkovich went on to stay in West Germany and play professionally for Club Bayern in Munich.

Ultimately, Gojkovich preferred playing soccer for fun rather than money. In 1952, he landed in the United States, as he did not want to return to Communist Yugoslavia. A search for work brought him to Phoenixville Steel, where he found employment and a place to raise his family. What he didn't find was his favorite sport, so he set out to bring soccer to the area.

In 1964, Phoenixville Marian Youth Club started a soccer program, which Alex joined as a coach, placing his 8-year old son, Alex, Jr., on a team. Seeking wider opportunities for local soccer players, Gojkovich led the charge to form Phoenixville Area Soccer Club, which fielded its first teams in the Inter County League in 1969.

In 1971, PASC was using the Northern Chester County Technical School's (now TCHS) fields, and in 1982, work began on the current PASC fields on the grounds of Valley Forge Christian College (now University of Valley Forge).

"In reality, this is a re-dedication of these fields to Mr. Gojkovich," says Andre Calilhanna, current board president of PASC. "In 1982, as they were breaking ground for our current complex, the fields were named for Alex – he was already legendary in the area for his contributions to youth soccer."

Indeed, Alex Gojkovich received recognition with a "Service to Youth" award by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) and a service award from the YMCA. Alex was considered for placement in the Phoenixville Area High School Hall of Fame for his role in bringing soccer to the high school in 1979. Mr. Gojkovich died on February 6, 2014.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

9th Annual PACS Empty Bowls Event To Be Held November 6th

Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) will host its 9th Annual Empty Bowls hunger awareness event and fundraiser on Friday, November 6 from 4:30 to 8:30 at Technical College High School (formerly CAT-Pickering).

Come join us for a simple meal of soup and bread as we acknowledge hunger in our midst and raise awareness and funds to feed our neighbors and make a difference in our community.

Tickets are $20 and include a pottery bowl for you to keep. Please visit their event page for more information and to order tickets.