Archive for February, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Privatizing liquor is a positive step

The State House of Representatives took an important step last week in the effort to get government out of the liquor business. Pennsylvania is one of just two states in the nation with full control over the wholesale and retail sale of wine and spirits. This outdated and inefficient system is costing Pennsylvania an estimated $313 million from Pennsylvanians ...

 
 

Crozer, Phila. Union team for poster contest

The Crozer-Keystone Health System and the Philadelphia Union have teamed up once again for their 2nd Annual Delaware County poster contest to showcase local students’ artistic skills. Through the Philadelphia Union’s Kicks for Kids program, 13 students and their families could win a total of 50 tickets for the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) vs. Philadelphia ...

 

Roadwork for week of March 1

PennDOT has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect residents in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of March 1 through March 8. The department recommends that motorists allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Motorists on Route 926 in both directions in Birmingham, Westtown, ...

 

Free training prepares residents for disaster

Learn to help yourself and others in the event of a disaster: The Chester County Department of Emergency Services has scheduled a free, four-week Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course beginning April 9 at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus in South Coatesville. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them ...

 

Letter to the Editor: Toomey bill protects kids

Last year, news broke that the Coatesville Area School District had hired multiple convicted felons and entrusted the safety and care of children to such criminals. For example, Victor Ford’s convictions for multiple state and federal felonies did not stop him from being hired as a special education classroom aide and coach. One year into his employment, Ford was ...

 

U-CF cautions over measles

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has issued the following advisory regarding measles: The recent cases of measles around the nation have created concern in our own community. At this time, there have been no cases in U-CFSD or Chester County. However we want to share information about the policies and procedures for vaccinations and what will happen if ...

 

Pennsbury toasts the end of a controversy

With a closing chant of “PVA, PVA, we are glad you went away,” more than a dozen Pennsbury Township activists cheered the end of more than a decade of controversy. The group met at the township building for a light lunch on Feb. 26 in honor of the township buying — for $4.8 million — 23 acres of land that had previously been slated for a hotly contested development, ...

 

Facebook circa 1800

How did early Pennsylvania German settlers record the stories of their lives? If you think the answer is a two syllable word beginning with the letter F, you are right. Fraktur is a font and a decorative form of storytelling. “A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life” exhibit of folk art opens this weekend at Winterthur. The objects in the ...

 

Film and Longwood ‘Pulling Out All the Stops’

Benjamin Sheen, the winner of the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, gets ready to perform at the premiere of the 'Pulling Out All the Stops' documentary.

The masterminds behind the 2013 debut of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition – as well as the documentary that chronicles it – may have been channeling the gardens’ founder, Pierre S. du Pont. “Nothing here happens by chance,” Nathan Hayward III, who heads Longwood’s board of trustees, told the audience at the documentary’s premiere. It’s aptly ...

 

Man accused of unlawful contact at Kennett Y

A former Kennett High football player who set school records in 2009 was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 24, for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor he met at the Kennett YMCA, state police said in a press release. Tyrone A. Rochester, 23, of Kennett Square, an employee at the Y, is accused of establishing a relationship with the victim, who is now 15, and using Facebook ...

 

Remembering Mike Dipietro

When a Kennett Square resident turned 100 in November 2013, an outpouring of birthday wishes came from around the world, even from the White House. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Michele “Mike” DiPietro, a congenial, good-humored man who charmed everyone he met, passed away at the age of 101 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Despite his centenarian status, those who ...