Hearing continued for Gables

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The house on the corner of Brintons Bridge Road and Route 1 next to The Gables could become a B&B.

Pennsbury Township opened a conditional use hearing Wednesday night for the owners of the Gables Restaurant to possibly have a bed and breakfast. The B&B would use two adjacent structures next to the restaurant. Those two structures are a stone house and a carriage house at 1301 Brinton’s Bridge Road, on the corner of Brinton’s Bridge and Route 1. The stone house — the former…

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UCF OKs travel, facility upgrades

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Patton Middle School students will get a chance to visit Rome and Pompeii in June of 2025. (Image from EF Educational Tours.)

As anticipated from last week’s work session, Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors approved a middle school trip to Europe and some facility upgrades. The approvals came during the Feb. 20 regular school board meeting. The proposed European trip will have students visiting Rome and Pompeii in June of 2025. The requested dates are June 17-24, but there is a flexible travel window of June 14-27.…

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Primitive style, real emotion

Ask artists why they paint, and they’ll likely say it’s in their soul. Jerry Dowling is no exception to that, but his soul draws from two different continents. Hence the title of his new book, “The Brandywine Valley’s Irish Artist.” It’s who he is. Dowling grew up in the Brandywine Valley, Kennett Township to be exact, but he’s called the Chadds Ford area his home…

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UCF board weighs spending

There were no voting items during the three-hour-long Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board work session Monday night, but directors did discuss several issues scheduled for a vote later on. Those issues include a proposed middle school trip to Rome and Pompeii. That trip is tentatively planned for eight days in June of 2025 through EF Tours. According to the presentation, all adults traveling with the group…

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Conservancy holds flood study meeting

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Flooding in Wilmington on Sept. 1, 2021. “What we do upstream impacts downstream,” according to Brandywine Conservancy Director of Community Services for the conservancy Grant DeCosta. Emergency services couldn’t get from one side of the city to the other. He called that situation “unacceptable.”

The Brandywine Conservancy and the city of Wilmington joined forces to give area residents an update on the flood study prompted by Hurricane Ida. Director of Community Services for the conservancy Grant DeCosta was joined by Wilmington’s Assistant Water Division Director Bryan Lennon. DeCosta said Ida was “the catalyst” for the study but that the study won’t be finished until this summer. He said the…

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Board honors Murphy

It was a short and somber Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night as the board paid tribute to former Supervisor Frank Murphy, who died last week. There was a moment of silence in his honor, followed by township solicitor Mike Maddren reading a formal statement. He read, in part: "The Township's accomplishments under Frank's leadership are too many to list here.  Frank was most proud…

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Local AME Church restored

On Saturday afternoon, Concord Township held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the old Spring Valley African Methodist Episcopal Church on Spring Valley Road. The township bought the property in 2014 for its historic significance with the idea to restore and move it, but then some historic reality came into the mix. For roughly 100 years — from 1880 into the early 1980s — the Spring Valley…

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Frank Murphy, CF supervisor dies

(This post had been accidentally removed for as yet unknown reasons. It's now reposted.) Frank Murphy, Chadds Ford Township supervisor since 2014 has died. Word came via text from fellow supervisor Samantha Reiner. Murphy had been battling cancer for the last three years. He is survived by his wife Anna-Marie and two daughters, Natalie and Juliana. Murphy had two degrees, one in engineering and another…

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