Pocopson gets update on byways, roundabout

The rejection of a development’s offer of dedication, the selection of a new engineering firm, a roundabout update, and the approval of a conservation plan were among the actions taken by the Pocopson Township supervisors at their meeting on Monday night. The supervisors unanimously rejected the proposed dedication for the Preserve at Chadds Ford, a Toll Brothers development of single-family homes on Corinne Road. “We…

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Bumpy start for gov’t study commission

It was a bumpy beginning for Concord Township’s new Government Study Commission. There was flak regarding a court brief filed in the commission’s name before the commission was actually empaneled and uncertainty on how to handle public comment periods. The entire atmosphere surrounding the commission and its reason for being has been controversial. The seven-member commission — which is scheduled to sit for 18 months…

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Rotary honors first responders

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Bill Bertolet, in the blue shirt, presents Mel Drukin with a plaque in recognition of Drukin's years of administering The Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary's Strive Scholarship program.

The Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary honored its selections of Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year during its annual holiday lunch on Dec. 17. The group also recognized two of its own. Det. Sgt. Ben Ash, of the Bethel Township Police Department, is the 2014 Police Officer of the Year. Firefighter of the Year is James Pierce, a volunteer with the Bethel Fire Co. A firefighter…

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Adopt-a-Pet: Smarty

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Meet Smarty. She is our longest cat resident, and is 3 years young. Smarty is a grey & white domestic short-haired beauty, that likes to relax on a warm, comfy lap. Smarty is good with other cats, but pretty much keeps to herself. She is a calm lady, so a quiet home would be the best place for her to thrive. Smarty is a special girl who just hasn't been able…

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Police Log Dec. 18: Indecent assault, theft, DUIs, accidents

 • A Newtown Square man was arraigned on indecent assault charges with bail set at $250,000. According to a police report, James A. Strafford, 21, was charged with 10 counts of indecent assault, one count of corruption of minors, one count of unlawful contact with a minor, 10 counts of indecent exposure and 10 counts of open lewdness. The incidents took place during an 18-month…

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Around Town Dec. 18

• Santa Claus will be visiting Pocopson and Pennsbury Townships this weekend. Longwood Fire Co. will be escorting the big guy beginning at 9 a.m. on both days. Santa will be in Pocopson Saturday, Dec. 20, and in Pennsbury on Sunday, Dec. 21. No definitive schedule is available, but one of Santa’s elves at Longwood said they’d be visiting all the major developments. • Registration for…

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Taxing fun in Concord

Some taxes in Concord Township are holding steady, but others not. The good news for residents is that their township property taxes are not increasing next year. Supervisors passed Concord’s 2015 budget during a special meeting on Dec. 16. The board anticipates revenues and expenses to be $4.225 million. Property taxes will hold steady at 0.944 mills. A mill is a tax of $1 for…

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Boost Your Business: What’s your blurb?

We’ve all heard about the “blurb.” It’s that short phrase you use to describe what you do for a living. Often it’s the first and, maybe if handled incorrectly, the last, contact you’ll have when meeting a potential client. It’s more important than your name when introducing yourself. When it comes to creating a blurb to describe what you do, think benefits. Most people are…

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UCF weighs balancing act for enrollment

The “big reveal,” as the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District superintendent called it, came before Tuesday night’s school board session on redistricting; on Monday, the district announced that it would not be needed in the 2015-2016 school year. The absence of an imminent threat might help explain the sparse attendance for what could have been a hot-button issue. Subtracting administrators and committee members from the audience…

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