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Police: Curb aggressive driving or risk ticket

Law-enforcement officials want area drivers to park their aggression before getting behind the wheel – and to know that failing to do so is more likely right now to generate a traffic ticket. For the next few weeks, police departments across the state will be targeting aggressive-related behavior such as driving too fast for conditions, […]


Week to focus on plight of homeless

On any given night in Chester County, 684 people experience homelessness, 70,000 people have inadequate food, and 13,000 children go to bed hungry, a county news release said. Each year, the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held just before Thanksgiving to bring awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness in the United States. This year, Chester […]


No howling at ‘Howl-o-Ween’ party

Col. Popcorn attends the Howl-o-Ween party in drag as Marilyn Monroe

What do you get when you have a dozen or so dogs, a couple of cats and a pig? Throw in a business that will send people texts from their dogs and an animal whisperer and you get the annual Howl-o-Ween party at GiggyBites in Olde Ridge Village in Chadds Ford. In addition to a […]


Hoffman, Barrar point fingers

***UPDATED 5:08 p.m.*** Whitney Hoffman said state Rep. Stephen Barrar is too intimidated to debate her in public. Barrar responded by saying Hoffman’s comment reflects “phony outrage.” Hoffman is challenging Barrar in next week’s election while Barrar is the incumbent Republican vying for a 10th term as representative for the 160th Legislative District. In a […]


Trail grant brings tears of joy

The Harvey Run Trail will extend from Ring Road at the Chadds Ford Township municipal building driveway to the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

When Deb Reardon heard the news, tears came to her eyes. Reardon chairs the Chadds Ford Open Space Committee, and the news was that the group had finally been awarded a grant for a footbridge to be installed over wetlands as part of the long-sought-after Harvey Run Trail. “We’ve been trying to get this going […]


Chesco commissioners propose no tax hike

The Chester County Commissioners unveiled the preliminary 2015 county budget that holds the line on taxes. Presenting the preliminary budget to the commissioners at their Sunshine meeting, Chester County Chief Operating Officer Mark Rupsis said the budget represents a successful effort to “produce results while also reducing the size of government,” a county news release said. […]


Priest accused of disseminating child porn

*** STORY UPDATED  at 4:10 p.m. *** A Catholic priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township was charged on Thursday, Oct. 23, with multiple felony counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the prosecution of Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, […]


The Carve, and carvers, cometh


When words such as awesome, fun, creative and talented are bandied about in Chadds Ford during late October, the conversation is almost always about The Great Pumpkin Carve. This year was no exception. With 76 pumpkins waiting for the skilled scalpel — or penknife, saw or chisel —almost as many carvers marched into the “Pumpkin […]


Two face charges after Malvern Prep lockdown

Two men are being charged with carrying a firearm at Malvern Preparatory School, following an incident that prompted a lockdown, District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a press release. Jibri M. Richardson, 22, of Ardmore, and Michael F. O’Brien, 59, of Glen Mills, were observed by a school employee at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, […]


Civic group honors Karl Kuerner

Father and son Karl Kuerner Jr., left, and Karl J. Kuerner III, provide commentary during a slide show presentation regarding the Kuerner Farm, Andy Wyeth and art. The younger Kuerner said his painting of his father entitled “Unloading Straw” is “the ultimate portrait of my father.”

The names Wyeth and Kuerner are deeply rooted in Chadds Ford culture. Indeed, artist Andrew Wyeth used the Kuerner Farm as a backdrop, and its owners as models, in numerous paintings. The farm represents a family legacy, and when Karl Kuerner Jr. — the son of the man Wyeth befriended in the early part of […]


Preservation awards bestowed in West Chester

The West Chester Downtown Foundation hosted its fourth annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Chester County Historical Society, an opportunity to recognize and honor projects both large and small that help highlight and preserve West Chester’s historic character.  The Bricks and Mortar Awards recognize construction projects of exceptional quality that […]