From homeless 10-year-old to well-heeled lawyer

Neither an empty seat nor a dry eye was to be found as Nikki Johnson-Huston told her story today to a Chester County organization committed to making a difference. The event was an antidote for the images of riots, hopelessness, and frustration on every TV station in the past week. Johnson-Huston told of being homeless at the age of 9. Her mother had lost her…

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Roadwork for week of May 3

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 May 3 through May 10. The department recommends that motorists allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Patching is scheduled on Route 52 in East Marlborough, Pennsbury, Pocopson, and Birmingham townships. Lane restrictions will be…

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Jennie Gioffredi of Landenberg

Jennie Gioffredi, 100, of Landenberg, died Thursday, April 30, at her residence. She was the wife Archemedi “Arkie” Gioffredi who died in 1983, and with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. Born in Enterprise, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Eurosia Ori Bertogli. She was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church. Jennie was a homemaker. She…

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Rita Imelda Algeo of West Chester

Rita Imelda Algeo, (Gmeiner), 82, of West Chester, died April 29. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Ambrose and Cecilia (Ficchi) Gmeiner, both deceased. She was the beloved wife of the late Hugh J. Algeo; loving mother of Judith Algeo (Frank Cervone) of Hartsville, Theresa Breen (James) of West Chester, Hugh J. ALgeo III of Warminster, Rita Bianchini (Michael) of New Market, Md.,…

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Trooper’s family endures pain to spare others

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The Iwaniecs – Debby, second from left; Ken, third from left; and Acacia Houck, right – pose with Philadelphia Police Officers Dominick Cole (left) and Mike Perillo, the latest officers to receive portable breath-testing devices from the Trooper Iwaniec Foundation.

By the end of the presentation, most of the audience members found their eyes welling up; some struggled to resist the emotion while others wept openly. At the podium, tears also streamed down the face of Debby Iwaniec, the third member of her family to speak during a powerful program that focused on the death of her only son seven years ago. Kenton E. Iwaniec…

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Public invited to be inundated with arts at WCU

Three years ago, a West Chester University (WCU) student hosted the first Arts Day by the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), an event that has become a tradition. This weekend, the university will host the Third Annual Arts Weekend, inviting students, friends, alumni, and community members to experience music, dance, theatre and art. The diverse schedule begins on Friday, May 1, at 7:30…

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