New school year, new principal, new focus at CFES

Chadds Ford Elementary Principal Shawn Dutkiewicz — on his first day as principal — greets students in the first day of school. He said the kids would be taught to be resilient.

It’s a new school year and the students at Chadds Ford Elementary School have a new principal with a new focus. Shawn Dutkiewicz, coming off six years as principal at Pennell Elementary School in the Penn-Delco School District, greeted students as they came off the buses at CFES for the first day of school on [...]


Burchfield connects like Wyeth


For Brandywine Museum of Art Director Tom Padon, there’s a strong similarity between the work of Andrew Wyeth and that of Charles E. Burchfield. Padon said the new Burchfield exhibit, running now through Nov. 16 at the museum, is part of an initiative. “We’re looking at a broader scope of American art and tracing back [...]

Judge denied petition citing wrong election

Judge James Proud ruled against the petition by Concord First because the petitioners waited too long to request the ballot question. Concord First is the citizens’ group that wants voters in Concord Township to decide whether or not the township should change its status from township of the second class to township of the first [...]

State police looking for missing Elwyn resident

Pennsylvania State Police from the  Media barracks are attempting to locate 46-year-old Frank Joseph Lavin, a resident of Elwyn but also a member of their Life Sharing Program and stays with a care provider in Middletown Township. Lavin is mentally challenged, though able to function relatively normal, according to his caretakers, and this was the [...]

Woman missing for five years


About 4 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2009, guests partying at the home of a former Philadelphia 76er were the last people to see a Chester County nurse and mother before she vanished, leaving a chilling dearth of clues. The inexplicable disappearance of Toni Lee Sharpless, 34, prompted numerous searches from Philadelphia to Sharpless’ West Brandywine [...]

Around Town Aug. 28

The staff at Chadds Ford Elementary School take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge o Aug. 26.

The staff at Chadds Ford Elementary School take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge o Aug. 26.

• YMCA of the Brandywine Valley and YMCA of the Upper Main Line branches will be hosting free family fun open houses during the first week of September. Take this opportunity to discover what is new at the Y for you and your family. Free events, demonstrations and programs will be held during the open [...]

Adopt-a-Pet: Kenny


I’m a big fellow with an even bigger heart. Hello, my name is Kenny and I’m a neutered male mastiff mix. I love spending time with my human friends whether it’s going on a long walk or relaxing outside enjoying the nice warm weather. I’m known to be a mellow boy and polite to every [...]

Photo of the Week: Bright Mornng

Early Morning

Blues, greens and yellows — with a little red — pop in the early morning along Creek Road.

Police Log Aug. 28: Burglary in Chadds Ford; fatal accident still under investigation; fake IRS scam

• State policed are investigating a burglary on Ridge road in Chadds Ford Township. A report said someone entered a home in the 100 block of Ridge Road without permission and stole sneakers, a video game console and stereo equipment. The burglary happened sometime between 11 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 7 p.m. on Aug. [...]

Residents learn about Oakland Road development

Residents of Chadds Ford and Birmingham townships had the chance to learn more about a possible residential development along Oakland Road during an informational meeting in Chadds Ford. Keith Klaver, supervisors’ chairman in Chadds Ford, said he wanted residents to have an understanding of what might be happening and to hear their opinions on the [...]

Free Your Space: Help them help themselves


The school year is upon us and parents everywhere are trembling with both joy and fear. Joy both for the chance to regain what little control they can in their homes and for the long anticipated silence that will resound through their daytime household. Fear for the onslaught of school meetings they will have to [...]

Mind Matters: Befriending yourself

We can learn a lot about ourselves when we connect and relate to others. However, we sometimes need to be alone so we can connect and relate to ourselves, and learn from this, our most primary relationship. Synchronistically, the theme of befriending kept popping up in conversations — yes, with others — today. One person [...]

Red pandas create stir at Brandywine Zoo


Red pandas have created a spike in attendance at the Brandywine Zoo. Indigenous to such areas as the Himalayas, the red pands, also known as fire foxes, debuted at the Brandywine Zoo in June. They have, according to zoo Director Gene Peacock, helped attendance to thrive. There were 3,000 more visitors in July of 2014 [...]

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