Archive for May 4th, 2011

School district dealing with financial headaches

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District’s May 2 public hearing featured a presentation of the challenging status of the 2011–2012 school year budget by Robert Cochran, U-C-Ford director of business and operations. While school tax revenues continue to lag behind budget projections, school district employee health and PSERS pension costs continue to spiral. A 53 ...

 
 

Adopt-a-Pet May 5

Oreo is a 7-year-old spayed female black and white domestic short hair cat that is currently available for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. Oreo came to the shelter on Feb. 4, because her owner was moving to Germany and could not afford to take her along. She is a very sweet cat who loves attention. Oreo also enjoys playing with her toys or would be just as happy ...

 

School board candidates meet the public

Corrine Sweeney’s decision not to seek re-election to Unionville Chadds Ford School District Region A School Board of Directors election has resulted in two East Marlborough Township residents vying for her school board seat. The two candidates are Victor DuPuis and Rob MacPherson. On April 28, the Chester County League of Women Voters and the U-CFSD PTO sponsored a ...

 

Know Your Finances:Build an investment portfolio not a casino

Stocks may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they surely have a strong following these days. And well they should when you consider the alternatives: barely there income from bonds, nosebleed commodity prices, and real estate that’s often not so easy to invest in. Stocks of good companies give investors an ownership stake in well-run companies that produce cash-flow, ...

 

Shea wins silver in regional science fair

Months of after school science research pay off in prizes for Meghan Shea. A sophomore at Unionville High School, Shea won a silver medal at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. One of her prizes is an all-expense paid trip to the 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif. to compete against 1500 students from 65 countries. Her project ...

 

Barrar announces movement on Cancer Presumption Bill for firefighters

State Rep. Stephen E. Barrar, R-160, of Boothwyn, announced that the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, of which he is chairman, unanimously reported legislation that would designate cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters. “All of our Pennsylvania firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our communities, homes, ...

 

Pileggi hosting Senior Expo May 12

State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, will host a Senior Expo on Thursday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Clay Room, 423 Dalmation Street in Kennett Square. “Seniors can get in touch directly with local organizations and government agencies providing useful information and services at the Senior Expo,” said Pileggi. “And I always ...

 

Will death bring change?

It’s understandable that people should feel a sense of relief with the death of Osama bin Laden. Yet, his legacy, what the U.S. government did after 9/11, must also be put to a final rest. The country must also accept some other facts: Our own foreign policy gave bin Laden the impetus to attack us in 2001 and it also helped establish the Taliban and make bin Laden a ...

 

Police log May 5

• Police are continuing their search for the man who robbed the TD Bank at Route 202 and Beaver Valley Road in Concord Township on April 25. The suspect is described as having a dark complexion, of either Asian or Middle Eastern descent, about 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He fled west along Beaver Valley Road and into the Johnson Farm ...

 

Bits & Pieces for May 5

• The May Concord Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting has been rescheduled for May 10 due to the lack of a quorum for a May 3 meeting. The 7 p.m. meeting will include a hearing on the proposed Solar Energy Ordinance, according to Township Manager Robert Willert. • Chuck McGroarty, of Comfort Home & Hearth, a new member of the Chadds Ford Business Association, ...

 

Mind Matters: Mother’s Day reflections

Co-optation has always been the way of capitalism. And so it goes for Mother’s Day, which actually had its American origins with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation for Peace in 1870. Not meant to be a florist’s dream or a restaurateur’s nightmare, Mother’s Day for Julia Ward Howe was a response to the horrible carnage of the Civil War. She called upon ...