Fountains scheduled to reopen

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Fountains at Longwood Gardens scheduled to reopen for Summer Spectacular

The crown jewel of the most significant fountain collection in North America, Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden rivals the magnificent fountains of Europe with its beauty and ingenious application of leading-edge technologies and design. The Garden will premiere with a Summer of Spectacle delighting visitors with incredible fountain shows, fireworks, tours and programs to jump start a season of celebration. “The revitalization of our iconic Main…

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Chesco officials tout benefits of Smart911

Chester County officials are applauding the debut of Smart911,  a new emergency preparedness program. Robert J. Kagel, Chester County’s director of the Department of Emergency Services, introduced the free service at the Chester County Commissioners’ Sunshine meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Smart911 allows individuals and families to create a safety profile online that provides key information to Chester County’s 911 Center. Chester County is the first…

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Residents skeptical about traffic study

Chadds Ford Township’s municipal building was packed to standing room only with residents wanting stop or modify a development plan in Concord Township. At issue is a 20-plus acre parcel at Ridge Road and Route 202 where the Petinarro company was approved in 2009 to build a commercial development — The Shops at Ridge Road. The property abuts Chadds Ford Township. As part of Concord’s…

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Art Watch: Playing games

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Twister installation by Darren McManus

First Friday is always exciting as it heralds in new art shows for the month and usually entertains us with fun, free, and friendly artist receptions that involve food, wine and lots of lively conversation. The most unusual new art show by far, very far, is the "Twister" exhibition opening at The Art Trust on West Market  Street in West Chester. In Kennett Square, Mala…

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Chesco child-abuse reports continue upsurge

Child-abuse reports are continuing an upsurge in Chester County that dates back to 2015, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. “With the change in Pennsylvania laws regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse after the [Jerry] Sandusky case, we expected to see an increase in child- abuse reports,” Hogan said in a press release.  “This spike mirrors increases across the Commonwealth.  More cases are being…

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Letter: Better plan needed for Crebilly

Crebilly Farm is an historic landmark in Chester County and part of the Brandywine Battlefield. She is one of the last three large, open spaces left in Westtown Township and is currently threatened by mass development. Located North and South between West Pleasant Grove Road and Route 926 and East and West between Route 202 and South New Street, her breathtaking, 322 acres of rolling hills,…

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Horn takes the reins of YMCA annual campaign

As a board member for the last six years, Jim Horn knows the how deeply Chester County benefits from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, so accepting the role as this year’s fundraising campaign chair came without question. He’s eager to share the Y’s story from an even larger platform and his voice will begin to amplify during the kickoff of the Y’s annual campaign at…

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Op/Ed: It’s all in the planning

Chester County is widely known as a beautiful and happy corner of Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, we are considered the fourth happiest county in America. Ours is one of the best counties in which to live, work, and raise a family, and it falls upon our local government to maintain the high quality of life that our residents are accustomed to. As chair…

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Sanville gets 15 percent pay increase

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville now has a new contract, which includes a 15.4 percent pay increase. The pay raise jumps Sanville’s salary from $214,000 per year to $255,000. The new five-year contract makes Sanville the second highest paid superintendent in Chester County, among districts with only one high school. Sanville was still under his old contract, but the board voted to void…

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Graduation advances county K-9 program

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Chester County Deputy Sheriff Paul Bryant (from left); SEPTA Officer Jason Walters and his partner, Jase; Chester County Sheriff Carolyn 'Bunny' Welsh; SEPTA Officer Richard Donaldson and Quest; Lt. Harry McKinney; SEPTA Officer Derrick Gordon and Lars; and Deputy Sheriff Brian Bolt assemble for the graduation.

A graduation held special significance last month for the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. For starters, the ceremony heralded the graduates of the county’s first-ever K-9 patrol and narcotics training course. Previously, K-9 teams traveled to Ohio to receive certification. Additionally, the ceremony included three SEPTA K-9 teams, marking the start of a welcome partnership that’s likely to continue. “This is a very special day for…

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