Rabbinic Reflections: The light of complexity

There is much more to Hanukkah than we normally talk about. From the origin story to the early celebrations and from there to the historical challenges of celebrating and to the themes that emanate today, Hanukkah was never just one thing. In typical Jewish fashion, Hanukkah has always been about at least two truths. That these truths have coexisted in Jewish consciousness and practice is…

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Brandywine Art Guide: Christkindlmarkt in West Chester

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Henisee Pottery

The Christkindlmarkt is a centuries-old tradition that has spread from its origins in what is now Germany throughout the world. A few years ago, the Chester County Art Association brought this holiday outdoor market to their grounds in West Chester. It was the perfect way to celebrate local art and artisans in a safe way, with visitors strolling from tent to tent in the chilly…

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End of an era for Hank’s Place

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Hank's Place in Chadds Ford is demolished.

More than 70 years of Chadds Ford history came crumbling down Friday morning. Demolition crews took down Hank’s Place —“Where hungry people eat, and friendly people meet.” (See video below.) Hank’s Place at Route 1 and Creek Road has seen three different owners and withstood multiple floods over the years, but it couldn’t take what happened on Sept. 1, 2021. That’s when Hurricane Ida flooded…

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CF budget passage delayed

While Birmingham and Concord townships passed their respective budgets this week, Chadds Ford Township supervisors punted. The Dec. 6 meeting had the budget on the agenda, but a prolonged and sometimes testy conversation caused the Board of Supervisors to continue the meeting until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The budget must be passed by Dec. 31. That prolonged conversation began with resident Mark Stookey…

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Around Town Dec. 7

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Santa wishes Concord Township residents a Merry Christmas as an elf (emulating Will Ferrell’s character of Buddy in the movie “Elf”) looks on.

• West Chester University’s 102nd annual Holiday Concert, a winter tradition, is this Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the 1200-seat Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street, West Chester. Professor and Associate Director of Choirs Ryan Kelly directs. Tickets are $14 here or by phoning 610-436-2266. This concert will not be available to view by livestream. • The…

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Road Report for Dec. 9 through Dec. 15

PennDOT has announced the following weather-dependent road projects that could affect drivers in the greater Chadds Ford area from Dec. 9 through Dec. 15. Motorists are urged to allow extra time traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Utility work will cause lane closures on Baltimore Pike between Schoolhouse Lane and Ladbroke Road in West Marlborough Township through…

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Fire tax up in Concord

Concord Township residents will see a slight increase in their tax bills for 2024 even though the township property tax rate will remain the same. The increase is due to a hike in the fire tax, going from 0.044 mils to 0.697 mils. (A mil is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 in assessed property value. Council President Dominic Pileggi explained the reason for…

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Police Log Dec. 6: DUIs, theft, speed

Pennsylvania State Police Media Barracks • Police are investigating thefts from two cars in Concord Township. Credit cards were stolen in the Oct. 22 thefts. The incidents happened at 2:33 p.m. in the 1100 block of Baltimore Pike. • Police said they arrested Andrew Martin, 39, of Havre De Grace, Md. for shoplifting at the Rally House store in Concord Township on Nov. 28. Martin…

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Taxes steady in Birmingham

Birmingham Township supervisors passed the 2024 budget Monday night and local property tax rates will remain at 1.6 mils. That millage rate has held steady since 2010. (A mil is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.) Anticipated revenues for 2024 are $2.8 million, which includes a carryover of $1.48 million. Expenses for next year are expected to be $2.4 million.…

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Adopt-a-Pet Dec. 4

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Aslan Wow, Aslan is a handsome 2-year-old boy looking for a forever family to give him all the love he deserves. Come on over today to meet him. Please bring all family members and any dogs living in the home when you come to visit. You can name your…

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