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EAST NORRITON — Florence Serafine celebrated her 100th Birthday on Feb. 27, 2021, highlighted with a Drive-By Birthday Parade at her East Norriton home of over 60 years. East Norriton police led the flow of vehicles and township supervisors graciously presented her with a Certificate of Special Recognition. Family and friends enthusiastically joined in the 'social distancing' fun.

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NORRISTOWN — An Upper Perk police officer was justified in “the use of deadly force” when a Pennsburg man charged at him while brandishing a sword, Montgomery County’s top law enforcement official has ruled in the investigation of the fatal officer-involved shooting.

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UPPER MERION — Upper Merion police responded Saturday evening to reports of shots fired in the lower level of the King of Prussia Plaza. An investigation found that one person was injured in the shooting that was determined to be accidental.

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A Triceratops with a 1,000-pound head and three massive horns, a 15-foot-tall Wooly Mammoth, a 3,000 pound T-rex with a threatening jaw and a 98-foot long Alamosaurus with a 20-foot long tail will be the newest residents at the Philadelphia Zoo. These animatronic dinosaurs will be part of a major new exhibit opening on March 29.

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On Sunday, February 21, 2021, the Upper Merion Township Library in King of Prussia released a special Awards Ceremony video on their website honoring all of the young authors who entered their 46th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. Click here to see the video. The contest was open to all students in Kindergarten through grade 8. Book submissions were received from many different public and private schools in the area. Winners were chosen by a diverse and experienced panel of literary judges from the community. All winning books are bound, cataloged and included in the permanent Children’s Collection at the Upper Merion Township Library.

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NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County residents who don’t have the internet or technical skills to navigate the county’s online COVID-19 vaccination site can now pre-register for a vaccine appointment by telephone thanks to a network of volunteers.

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NORRISTOWN — As the risk of community spread of the coronavirus appears to be shrinking in Montgomery County, officials reported on Tuesday that more than 100 individuals tested positive for the virus and three more people died from the virus.

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HARRISBURG — Montgomery County and six neighboring counties recorded decreases in coronavirus positivity rates and several inched closer to the recommended threshold for suppressing the virus, according to the latest data compiled by state health officials.

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NORRISTOWN — While Montgomery County’s Violent Crime Unit and its local law enforcement partners continue to crack down on gun trafficking networks and straw purchases, the county’s top prosecutor also is looking to gun shop operators and legislators to help with the fight.

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EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Gardens has announced a $250 million expansion project that will include a new 32,000-square-foot glasshouse West Conservatory, a 3,800-square-foot, custom-built cascade garden, a new bonsai courtyard, a waterlily court, a new public restaurant and private event space, a new administration building, and a transformation of its century-old Orchard House.

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NORRISTOWN — Elmwood Park Zoo is excited to announce its new "Dog Friendly" series of select dates and events that will allow guests to bring their pet dogs with them to the zoo.

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NORRISTOWN — A Plymouth Township man accused of illegally purchasing guns for a multi-county gun trafficking network used a selfie video to disparage a slain township police officer, according to court documents and prosecutors.

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Wawa is making a hamburger and fries available chain-wide at 920 convenience store locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The offering follows months of market testing at locations within the chain’s geographic footprint.

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NORRISTOWN — As Montgomery County officials announced the temporary closure of first dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to low supply and inclement weather, they also reported 175 daily new positive cases of the virus and 13 additional virus-related deaths on Wednesday.

NORRISTOWN — The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have extended the “Code Blue” Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

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NORRISTOWN — Effects of a statewide shortage of the second doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have begun materializing in Pennsylvania’s third most populous county.

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WHITEMARSH -- Late last year, “The Queen’s Gambit” triggered widespread interest in the game of chess. The moody Netflix mini-series, adapted from Walter Tevis’ eponymous novel, sent chess-related sales skyrocketing. Participation in online chess games and audiences for tournaments boomed. The show’s impact reportedly surpassed the interest triggered by Bobby Fischer’s world chess championship win in 1972 and propelled actress Anya Taylor-Joy – who played protagonist Beth Harmon – to international fame.

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NORRISTOWN — A program designed to teach social and emotional learning skills for children in Montgomery County appears to be paying lasting dividends to build a strong foundation to set themselves up for success later in life.

LIMERICK — Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics and many other Christian denominations. The faithful traditionally receive ashes on their forehead in the shape of a cross. While some churches sprinkled ashes on top of parishioners because of COVID-19 concerns, others used the traditional method, but with a cotton swab instead of direct contact. St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School Principal distributed ashes to the students on Ash Wednesday. The students usually attend a Mass for the ceremony but due to COVID, it was done in the individual classrooms.