Archive for September, 2010

Siren songs and economic reality

The chorus was the same for virtually everyone who spoke at the Sept. 20 Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board meeting. The teachers in the district are wonderful; they’re all the most professional and dedicated there are. Even those opposing the teachers’ association for a major raise praise them. But let’s put things into perspective, without the hype or siren song ...

 
 

Residents, board members and teachers cross words

Words were pointed but civil during the Sept. 20 Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board meeting with board member Jeff Leiser rebuffing allegations that the board has been acting in bad faith. Members of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Association have challenged the board’s representation of the contract proposals made by both sides. The teachers are currently ...

 

Calvary Chapel finds its new home in Chadds Ford

It’s been a long and winding road for Calvary Chapel. While it’s normally a 15-20 minute drive from Media to Chadds Ford, it took seven years for the church to make the trip and open its doors for worship. Pastor Bob Guaglione, in January 2003, walked the grounds of a property along Brandywine Drive in Chadds Ford Township and wanted to bring his church there. The ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet

Bella is a 4 year old spayed female domestic short hair dilute tortie that is available for adoption through the Chester County SPCA. She came to the shelter in July because her owner was moving and could not take her along. She has lived with dogs, young children and other cats and enjoys all of their company. Bella is front declawed and loves attention and is more ...

 

Birmingham residents object to trail extension

The Sept. 20, Birmingham Township Board of Supervisors meeting audience included many resident from Meetinghouse Road who objected to extending the existing Birmingham Hill walking trail to include the lower half of Meetinghouse. Many Meetinghouse Road residents vigorously objected to Birmingham Township’s Recreation, Parks and Open Space Committeerecent survey ...

 

Bits & Pieces for Sept. 23

• Pennsbury Township is holding a “Picnic in the Park” 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Held in the township park, the event features live music, food, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, raffle prizes and games for the kids. The cost is $5 per car. Bring your own food or buy food from vendors. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26. •Seasonal flu vaccines, mist and injections ...

 

Free Your Space: Duck and cover

Have you ever had the experience of reaching up to retrieve a scarf from the coat closet shelf only to pull down more than what you had bargained for? Or perhaps, searching for a sunhat and having to pull everything off the shelf to find it farther back where it landed the last time it was blindly tossed? Finally, ever look for just the right shopping bag amidst the ...

 

Police log for Sept. 23

• A three-vehicle, domino effect accident resulted in a Unionville-Chadds Ford School District bus filled with high school and middle school students being rear-ended near Chadds Ford Elementary School about 7:14 a.m. on Sept. 20. No students were injured, police said, nor were there any injuries to other parties in the crash. According to the police, the bus was ...

 

Wilson Hamilton “Tiny”Michael of Avondale

Wilson Hamilton “Tiny”Michael, 74, of Avondale, died Saturday, Sept. 18. He was the husband of Melissa Combs Michael, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Creston NC, he was a son of the late John Henry and Maggie (Tari) Michael. Wilson worked for NVF Company in Yorklyn Del, retiring in 2000. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved reading. Survivors ...

 

Choosing the right tea for the party

There are many choices: oolong, black, green and more. Tea parties, however, get bizarre and more complicated when speaking politically. The tea party movement has made the 2010 elections, at least the Republican primary elections, much more interesting than usual. Consider that Delaware’s incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Castle lost to tea party-backed challenger ...

 

Trompe l’oeil exhibit runs through Nov. 11 at BRM

The art form may be old, but the exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum is fresh and new. The exhibit is entitled Reality Check: Contemporary American Trompe l'Oeiland it features the work of 22 contemporary American artists. To those artists, the form is both challenging and fun. “There is that fun novelty to trompe l'oeil. There’s the challenge and the play with ...