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Award reinforces legacy of child advocacy

Allie Pless (from left), Karyn Pless and Will Pless display the the John J. Crane Allied Professional Award.

Allie Pless (from left), Karyn Pless and Will Pless display the the John J. Crane Allied Professional Award.

When the prosecutor tried to speak to the young child about the abuse she had suffered, the girl quickly crawled under a table. Undaunted, the assistant district attorney followed suit, ultimately gaining her trust. Peggy Gusz, executive director of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., (CVC) said that image represented one of her earliest memories of ...

 
 

Council names new DelCo emergency director

Delaware County Council formally announced a new emergency services director during its weekly meeting on Nov. 30. Veteran career firefighter and homeland security professional Timothy Boyce will take over as director of emergency services and emergency management, replacing Edwin Truitt who retired after 40 years of dedicated service to the county. Boyce, whose ...

 

Development gets preliminary approval

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday gave preliminary approval for Wonderland Farms, a proposed planned residential development along Oakland Road. The vote was 2-0 with Supervisor Noelle Barbone abstaining. The development — proposed by Harrier LLC, a Grace Family development company — calls for 22 new single-family homes on the west side of Oakland Road and ...

 

PennDOT: Holiday crashes dip; DUI arrests rise

Although Thanksgiving holiday crashes handled by state police decreased this year, DUI arrests saw an increase from 2015. The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 931 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27. The total represented a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to the 1,013 crashes investigated during the ...

 

Pocopson Township to hold line on taxes

Pocopson Township residents will not see their taxes increase in 2017. The supervisors adopted a 2017 budget at their Nov. 28 meeting that keeps tax rates at 2.2 mills and projects an overall fund balance of $1.97 million by the end of 2017. (A mill is $1 for every $100 of assessed valuation.) The budget also keeps the earned-income and net-profit tax at half a ...

 

Donations sought to save Beaver Valley

Colleen Morrone, vice chairman of Delaware County Council, addresses a group of reporters during a press conference at Pends Woods Winery on the preservation Beaver Valley.

It’s time for those who want to keep Beaver Valley green to step up with some green. That was word from Concord Township Supervisors’ Chairman Dominic Pileggi during a press conference at Penns Woods Winery. The session was a formal announcement regarding the preservation of 240 acres along Beaver Valley, property currently owned by Woodlawn Trustees. Eastern States ...

 

PennDOT offers tips to improve holiday travel

With increased traffic expected for the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period, PennDOT and Pennsylvania State Police outlined measures they will take and tools available to drivers to make holiday travel as safe and smooth as possible. Thanksgiving travelers are encouraged to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com, which allows users to see how ...

 

U.S. Attorney for Eastern District to step down

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has announced his resignation, effective midnight on Dec. 23. U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger has served in the position since May 6, 2010, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “It has been the highest honor and most fulfilling duty of my legal career to have served as the United ...

 

Conservation agreement saves Beaver Valley

It’s going to be a happy Thanksgiving for some area conservationists: Bulldozers won’t be tearing up the fields along Beaver Valley Road in Concord Township to make way for new homes because a conservation agreement has been reached that will keep the valley from development. Full details are not yet available, but the Beaver Valley Preservation Alliance and Save the ...

 

Passion pervades planners’ Crebilly meeting

A schematic from Toll Brothers for Crebilly Farm shows a proposed layout of 319 homes.

A crowd of more than 250 packed the auditorium of Stetson Middle School primarily to express spirited opposition to Toll Brothers’ development plans for Crebilly Farm, a scenic 330-acre property that saw action during the Revolutionary War. The meeting of the Westtown Township Planning Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 16, began with the Pledge of Allegiance. However, ...

 

Pennsbury ponders $1.8 million budget

Pennsbury Township supervisors are gearing up to vote on the township’s 2017 budget. For consideration is a balanced budget that anticipates $1.8 million in revenue and spending with no property tax increase. On the revenue side of the ledger, the township is looking at $275,000 coming in from real estate taxes. The tax rate of 1.49 mills will remain steady. (A mill ...