Road report for June 3 through June 8

PennDOT has announced the following weather-dependent road projects that could affect drivers in the greater Chadds Ford area from June 3 through June 8. Motorists are urged to allow extra time traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • The road widening of Route 1 continues. The southbound lanes of Route 1 will be impacted by the lane widening…

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Academic Achievement May 31

• Luke Sullivan of Chadds Ford has earned Semester Honors for the Spring 2024 semester at Edgewood College. Full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average for the semester are eligible for this honor. • Jack Nielsen of Chadds Ford was named to the East Stroudsburg University’s Spring 2024 Dean's List. Students eligible for the Dean's List are those who have attained a 3.50…

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Op-ed: Will Airbnbs change Chadds Ford?

In response to Francena Chalfant’s request for a zoning variance for the Airbnb she’s been operating illegally for seven years, I offer the following thoughts. 1) According to Pennsylvania’s Municipal Planning Code, a zoning variance cannot be granted unless the resident proves a “unique hardship” that is directly tied to the physical circumstances or conditions of the property (e.g., size, shape, location, topography, etc.) and…

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Chadds Ford in brief May 29

• Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night approved a massage therapy application for the Willowdale Holistic Center in Olde Ridge Village. PJ Hendrix, the center’s owner, had applied previously to get permission to have a massage therapist, but the therapist’s paperwork hadn’t yet been completed. • Supervisors made two appointments during the work session. They appointed Larry Smith to be the alternate on the Zoning…

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Around Town May 30

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The Delaware County Symphony will perform a free concert at Rose Tree Park on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m.

• The next performance of the Delaware County Symphony will be a free concert in Rose Tree Park on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. That night is the opening for the Rose Tree Summer Festival with a concert that includes orchestral favorites bursting with excitement. The symphony will be performing extracts from Carmen and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, alongside popular marches, and some special surprises.…

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Zoning hearing for historic property

Will Francena Chalfant be allowed to use her home on Ridge Road as an Airbnb short-term rental? She’ll have to wait until the Chadds Ford Township Zoning Hearing Board meets next to find out. Chalfant has been using her family home at 126 Ridge Road as an Airbnb rental since 2016 but the township zoning code does not specifically allow for such short-term rentals beyond…

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Police Log May 29: Sobriety checkpoint, thefts, harassment

Pennsylvania State Police Avondale Barracks • Troopers from the Avondale barracks will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint at an undisclosed location this coming weekend, May 31 through June 2. • Police said they arrested a 78-year-old woman from Kennett Square for shoplifting at the East Marlborough Township Walmart on May 9. The report gave no details on what was stolen, nor did it mention the…

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Allegation of lies and misconduct at UCF

Story is updated below. Birmingham Township’s Chad Williams has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education against Unionville-Chadds Ford District Superintendent John Sanville. He said Sanville has refused to address his concerns about what Williams calls an illegal survey conducted at the high school, and he went so far as to call Sanville a liar on a radio talk show. Williams was reacting…

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Memorial Day traditions in photos

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Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 1 of Chadds Ford bring in the colors ar Brandywine Baptist Church..

The rain held off allowing for morning Memorial Day traditions of a ceremony at Brandywine Baptist Church and a parade in Kennett Square. Visitors to the traditional ceremony at Brandywine Baptist Chadds Ford saw the colors brought in by Boy Scouts troops with Troop 31v of Chadds Ford leading the way, a military gun salute to the fallen, and heard a brief speech about the…

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Adopt-a-Pet May 27

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Georgie Meet Georgie, a 2-year-old boy overflowing with boundless canine energy and an infectious zest for life. His personality is a delightful blend of sweet and goofy, with a dash of curiosity that makes every day an adventure. His playful antics are sure to bring laughter to any home.…

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