Rabbinic Reflections: Fragile bravery

“It’s okay to be scared. You can only be brave if you are scared first.” These words rolled easily off my tongue in counseling a kindergartener as she contemplated going down the pole on the playground. The stakes were low, she wanted to be brave, and I knew the words to be true. What I didn’t realize is how important bravery might be in this historical moment. On ...

 

Former supervisor stole campaign signs

A former Kennett Township supervisor faces misdemeanor charges for stealing election campaign signs. A criminal complaint against Michael E. Elling, 87, was filed Oct. 10. According to an affidavit for probable cause, Elling was photographed taking signs belonging to the Richard Leff election campaign. Leff replaced Elling on the Board of Supervisors in 2013, ...

Mind Matters: Addressing teen suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15 to 24. “Beneath the Surface: A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out When You or a Friend Is in Crisis,” by Kristi Hugstad, offers a prescriptive for averting teen suicide. After her husband completed suicide, Hugstad wanted to find effective ways to help others on the same path. While the highest ...

Roadwork for Oct. 12-Oct. 18

PennDOT has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect residents in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of Oct. 12-Oct. 18. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Pole replacement will cause lane restrictions on Route ...

Around Town Oct. 10

• Mt. Cuba Center is offering a half-day Fall Gardening Saturday this Saturday, Oct. 12. There will be three sessions running consecutively from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topics include putting your garden to bed, bulletproofing perennials and solving the dilemma of a shady garden. The price for each is $11.67 but $35 for all three. Go here for more information. • ...

Chester County Day Opens with a Historical Flourish

A cool morning warmed when the Radnor Hunt set loose fox, hounds and horseback riders for a rousing hunt. The fox hunt kicked off the 79th Chester County Day on October 5. The Women’s Auxiliary holds this annual event to benefit Chester County Hospital. Ticket-holders had a choice of twenty-four historic stops focused on southeastern Chester County. “It’s the ...

East meets west at Longwood Gardens

Guests snapped pictures on their cellphones, servers carrying trays with exotic hors d’oevres slipped through groups of excitedly chatting people, refreshment bars were at every turn, gourmet chefs at buffet stations served a variety of unique dishes, and heads swiveled in all directions looking at breathtaking floral displays. The event was the cocktail reception of ...

Police Log Oct. 9

• State police from the Media barracks said Nicholas Van Horn, 18, of Glen Mills, was cited after a one-vehicle accident in Concord Township on Sept. 15. A report said Van Horn lost control of the Ford F-150 he was driving after turning onto Station Road from Conchester Road. He struck a boulder, then another one before hitting a mailbox. There were no injuries, ...

Traffic advisory for Route 1

PECO Energy is planning a single lane closure on northbound U.S. 1 between Orchard Avenue and Ladbroke Lane in East Marlborough Township, Chester County on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for road restoration, PennDOT announced today. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and ...

Kennett wants input on budget

Kennett Township supervisors will soon begin the budget process, and the new township manager wants to hear from residents about what they think the priorities should be. “The budget is a statement of the priorities of the township,” Eden Ratliff said at the Oct. 2 supervisors’ meeting, his first official one as township manager. “The priorities of the township ...

Toll offers new plan for Crebilly

***UPDATE: The Oct. 14 hearing date has been canceled. The first hearing before the supervisors will be in November. End Update.*** Toll Bros. has presented another plan to Westtown Township for the development of Crebilly Farm, and it isn’t much different than the one the township denied almost two years ago. And the plan comes even while Toll and the township are ...