Archive for August, 2011

Freedom by Jury

Little is made of the date Sept. 5. This year it’s Labor Day, but most people are unaware of the date’s historic significance beyond this particular coincidence. It was on that date in 1670 that a group of jurors in London made manifest their power to invalidate an unjust law. We can draw a direct link between several of our First Amendment guarantees to jurors ...

 
 

New school year begins with new school superintendent

The new school year might have begun a day later than planned because of Hurricane Irene, but optimism is high. There is a tentative contract agreement with teachers and a new superintendent for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. While the district awaits a vote by teachers on the proposed contract — possibly next week — the new superintendent has nothing ...

 

New book explores industrial revolution in Chester County

Gene Pisasale is a man who dots his i’s and crosses his t’s. He also plays connect the dots. Those dots are historical facts and the connections are flights of his own imagination. Pisasale is a local author of historical fiction taking today’s readers through a treasure hunt of yesterdays. His latest effort is “Abandoned Address, The Secret of Frick’s Lock.” His ...

 

Bits & Pieces Sept. 1

• Hurricane Irene blew through the region causing less damage than anticipated, though several thousand homes in Chadds Ford, Birmingham, Pennsbury and Concord townships lost power over the weekend and into Monday morning. Some places were still without power Wednesday. Several trees came down on Heyburn and Creek Roads in Chadds Ford Township, and at least one came ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Sept. 1

Winona is a spayed female domestic short hair adult cat that is currently available for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. She was brought to the shelter as a stray in May. Winona had been on her finder’s property having kittens for a few years before they decided to bring her here for a better life. Winona is a very sweet cat who loves attention and is a well ...

 

Police log Sept. 1

• The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District sent out an e-mail on Aug. 31 reporting there was an incident that morning on school grounds with a former student who, the release said, was trespassing. East Marlborough police were called and the responding officer subdued the individual, the message said. No injuries were reported. • State police from Troop K, Media, ...

 

Mind Matters: Goodnight, Irene

Just because you’re eating ice cream in the sunshine doesn’t mean the hurricane didn’t wreak its wrath. And just because a person sits outside and looks homeless yet holding a cell phone should not be judged negatively (think of it, if he’s lucky, perhaps he keeps it charged in the car, that has become his sole possession and abode). It is easy to judge others ...

 

Tentative teachers’ settlement

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District made the following announcement late Friday: "After multiple marathon bargaining sessions over the last two weeks, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of School Directors and the representatives of the Unionville Chadds Ford Education Association are pleased to announce a tentative agreement after 18 months of ...

 

Little dresses a big deal at Maris Grove

Sewing remains a big deal for a group of women at Maris Grove retirement home, this time for a charitable cause. A group of 30 or so women are turning pillowcases, drapes and other fabrics into clothing for the organization Little Dresses for Africa. As the name implies, the garments — both dresses and britches — go to orphanages in African countries, but also go to ...

 

Barrar legislation ensures Medal of Honor recipients memorialized

With the most recent Pennsylvania Medal of Honor recipient recently memorialized in the Soldiers’ Grove Tides of War Memorial Garden, state Rep. Stephen E. Barrar, R-160, of Boothwyn, reiterated the need to devise a plan for the future use of the grounds as an honorarium for MOH recipients, as space is dwindling. “Soldiers’ Grove was established by law in 1987 to ...

 

CF Girls Scouts earn silver awards

Three Chadds Ford Girl Scouts have completed requirements for the Silver Award, the highest award in the Cadette group. Ninth-graders Jessica Oehler and Annie Dempsey designed and built sensory stations for an equestrian trail, while Katie Dempsey created a mobile book library for a middle school in North Philadelphia. Jessica and Annie will be attending Unionville ...