Archive for May 11th, 2011

School board straw poll keeps taxes below Act 1 limits

The May 9 Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board work session included a polling of school directors support for the amount of next year’s school tax increase. Six school board directors support a .99 percent Chester County tax increase (4.61 percent Delaware County school tax increase) which is less than the Act I potential ceiling. Those directors who signaled support ...

 
 

Act in Faith helps those in need

Imagine losing your job, facing eviction, or watching your debt mount because you are unable to pay your bills. For some in our community, one setback can be the first step into a downward spiral. Having support during a tough time in life can be the first step toward getting someone back on his or her feet. While there is an abundance of existing social services in ...

 

Debating the role of government in education

The frustration and anger over Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget that contains $1.1 billion less for education is caused not because Mr. Corbett is a skinflint who hates kids, but because of the nature of the public school system and the dependence on the state and federal government. Indeed, it may be said that dependence on any level of government for ...

 

Camillo (Junior) Pedicone, formerly of Toughkenamon

Camillo (Junior) Pedicone, 79, of Mt. Hope, Ontario, Canada, formerly of Toughkenamon, died Dec. 15, in Bradenton, Fla. He was the husband of Mary Ann Pedicone, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Camillo Pedicone, Sr. and and Concetta DiStefano Pedicone. He was a graduate of Kennett High School. He worked at ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet May 12

Sparks is a young adult neutered male pit bull that is currently available for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. He was found as a stray on April 15, and brought to the Chester County SPCA to find his new forever home. Sparks is a very loving dog who loves to give kisses and enjoys riding in the car. He seems to know some basic behaviors but will need some ...

 

Art show for 7-year-old

An art opening in Chadds Ford is not unusual. When the opening is for a 7-year-old, that’s a different story. The opening in question was at the Barn House Coffee and Tea on May 6 for Noor JontryMasterson, a home-schooled youngster from Chadds Ford Township. Noor’s work, both computer drawn and hand drawn in pen and ink, is based on her fascination with mythology, ...

 

Students release fry for shad repopulation

Most fish stories are about the big one that got away. Others are about the little ones that are set free with the hope that they come back as big ones. That’s pretty much the situation with shad, the Brandywine Conservancy’s desire to increase the shad population in the Brandywine and the local school kids who are helping. Students from three Unionville-Chadds Ford ...

 

PTO reps rip governor’s budget proposal

Representatives from the PTOs of 12 school districts gave nine state legislators an earful over Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed state budget that eliminates an estimated $1.1 billion dollars from education for next year. While state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-West Chester, agreed with the criticism levied against the governor, several representatives said the budget is not ...

 

Police log May 12: Smash and grab in Chadds Ford

• A pair of smash and grab burglars hit the Old Wooden Market and Deli in Chadds Ford Township during the early morning hours of May 9, but failed to get any money, according to deli owner Bill Bondarchuk. The action of the two men was caught on surveillance tape. Suspects broke in through a window, ignored an ATM machine, a self-serve lottery machine, all the ...

 

Bits & Pieces May 12

• The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 1 (Baltimore Pike) at Route 52 in Kennett Township, Chester County, from Monday through Friday (May 16-20) for electrical conduit installation. Route 1 (Baltimore Pike) will be restricted weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 20. • Concord ...

 

Bill protects identity of 9-1-1 callers

In an attempt to protect the privacy of individuals who call 9-1-1, Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) has introduced legislation to protect the identity of callers to the state’s emergency phone lines. “As a former police officer and detective, I am aware of the necessity of protecting the privacy of crime victims and witnesses who could be placed in danger if their ...