Roadwork for Dec. 1 -Dec. 7

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 Dec. 1 to Dec. 7. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Motorists should expect lane restrictions on Price Street, between S. Bradford Avenue…

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Public meeting on U-CFSD planning

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District will hold a community conversation on its Long-Range Facilities Plan on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. During the meeting, the district will present an overview of the Long-Range Facilities Plan, after which attendees will break out into small groups to discuss different aspects of the plan. Finally, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions…

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Grace DeFeo of Glen Mills

Grace DeFeo, 87, of Glen Mills, formerly of Ocean City, N.J., died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. She was the wife of Frank DeFeo who died in 2013, and with whom she shared 57 year of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Camillo Verratti and the late Anna Bianchi Verratti. She was an underwriter at the Aetna…

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Victor Castaneda Velazquez of Avondale

Victor Castaneda Velazquez, 54, of Avondale, died Monday, Nov. 26, at Christiana  Hospital. He was the husband of Irene Ayllon Mendiola. Born in Almoloya De Alquisiras, Mexico, he was the son of Elpidia Velaquez of Mexico and the late Rafael Castaneda. He was a maintenance worker at South Mill Mushrooms in Kennett Square. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son Miguel…

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Welsh not seeking reelection

 After nearly two decades, the first female sheriff elected in Chester County has announced that she will retire from the Sheriff’s Office and therefore won’t be seeking re-election. Her term ends in early 2020. Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the longest-serving sheriff in county history, said she plans to pursue one of several opportunities that have surfaced. “Sometimes God leads you down a path…

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Around Town Nov. 29

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Santa with Longwood Fire Company

• Candlelight Christmas is this Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, from 1-6 p.m. This event highlights the society's historic buildings, decorated with symbols of the season. Visit our three 18th century houses along with our visitor center, adorned with symbols of the season. Admission is $15 per person or $10 CFHS members. Tickets are available online or at the visitor center. • The…

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Mixed Media: Holiday traditions

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'A Longwood Christmas' lights the sky through January 6

Welcome back from wherever Thanksgiving took you for the last week. For me, I ventured to Charleston, South Carolina to visit family and enjoy the temperate weather, brightly colored colonial buildings, and the smell of salty sea air. It was a lovely respite, but I welcome the return to the Brandywine Valley and our beautiful holiday traditions. Perhaps you’ll be entertaining out of towners in…

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New director at Uptown!

The Board of Directors of Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester is pleased to welcome Catherine Friedman as the next executive director. "We were overwhelmed with the quality of the candidates from our nationwide search,” said founding board member Tom McEvoy, “and very pleased that our top choice lives right here in our own backyard. Catherine's experience as an executive director, her background…

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Christmas in Miniature turns 37

It was 37 years ago when Barbara Moore, the director of the old Chadds Ford Gallery implemented Christmas in Miniature. The idea, she explained, was to make it more affordable for people to start collecting high quality, professional art. The gallery left Chadds Ford more than a year ago but Christmas in Miniature remains, now in Moore’s own gallery, Barbara Moore Fine Art, in the…

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Chiropractor busted writing illegal scripts

Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced the arrest of Marc Steven Persson, 40, who is charged with writing fraudulent prescriptions for addictive painkillers, such as Percocet and Oxycodone, to his chiropractor patients. The announcement comes at the conclusion of an undercover investigation by members of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Drug Task Force including Detectives Shawn McGee, Sean Brydges, and Gerald Scanlon, and Lieutenant John…

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