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NORRISTOWN — The relationships Machiell DeCicco-Scannapieco formed through her years at Holy Saviour Grade School and Bishop Kenrick High School didn’t vary all that much from the norm. As girls, she and her friends enjoyed slumber parties and dabbled in talk about boys. As teenagers, they hung out at the mall and discussions about boys became more serious. Approaching senior year, they anticipated the day they’d meet each other’s husbands and children. Through all their “girl talks,” not once did anyone say, “When we reach our 50s, one of you will recommend a cancer hospital and totally change my life.”

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POTTSTOWN — The auto industry has changed significantly in the last 100 years. What hasn’t changed is the contribution made by the Dana Inc. Pottstown plant and its employees.

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UPPER DUBLIN — Residents across Montgomery County who believe they have been affected by PFAS groundwater contamination from local military bases received some good news this week.

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UPPER MERION — In his 20 years of teaching at Upper Merion Area High School, Choir Director Brian Horoho has never taught a student as musically accomplished as Joe Galfi.

PennDOT announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Oct. 12, through Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

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NORRISTOWN — A man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and driving over her with his vehicle, crushing her to death in Whitemarsh, wants to prevent a jury from hearing an alleged incriminating statement he gave to detectives, claiming it was improperly obtained.

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LOWER FREDERICK — The ghost of a rejected zoning overlay district that would have allowed increased housing density in exchange for sewer improvements loomed over a supervisors meeting Tuesday as a proposal asking for something very similar faced lengthy questioning.

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Chances are you have grown accustomed to robots and automation in your day-to-day life, from the googly-eyed bot roaming the aisles of local grocery stores to the automated answering service that greets you when you call your bank. For the sake of efficiency and convenience, most of us have automated more and more of our daily lives.

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PHILADELPHIA — A Montgomery County lawyer was charged by federal authorities with mail fraud in connection with alleged incidents that occurred while he worked for a Philadelphia law firm.

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PHILADELPHIA — Three Chinese nationals were indicted for allegedly conspiring with a former Montgomery County deputy sheriff to import and distribute opioid drugs, characterized as “poison, misery and death,” in the Philadelphia region and beyond.

The Souderton Art Jam attracted hundreds of artists and art fans to Wile Avenue in Souderton on Saturday. A new feature this year was the "Souderton Headlines" project sponsored by the Business Improvement District. Eight Souderton Independent newspaper vending boxes were painted by different artists and will be placed as permanent displays in downtown Souderton. 

NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County has issued a report detailing the feedback received from poll workers, voters, the public, and employees on their experience with the new voting system first used in the May primary election and the actions being taken to address their concerns.

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NORRISTOWN — To coincide with the International Conference on the American Revolution being held in Philadelphia, this October the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library has three exciting opportunities for the public to learn more about the American Revolution.

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LANSDALE — Several residents have sounded off to the North Penn School Board about plans to renovate and rehabilitate Crawford Stadium and several other district schools.

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Norristown — The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services announced it is partnering with Advocates Against Hunger, Lower Providence Presbyterian Church, and the Montgomery County Foundation Inc., to bring the Montgomery County Interfaith Coalition Conference on Oct. 10, to Lower Providence Presbyterian Church, 3050 Ridge Pike, Eagleville, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Over the years, the culinary students at Central Montco Technical High School in Plymouth have prepared and hosted international buffets, thematic gourmet dinners and decadent bake sales. The school’s student-run restaurant is a favorite with savvy local foodies (and bargain-hunters). But as the 2019-20 academic year begins, CMTHS’s aspiring chefs are hoping to expand their off-campus presence via an energized catering service helmed by Chef-Instructor Randy D’Angelo.