New manager in Kennett Twp.

Kennett Township has a new township manager. Alison S. Dobbins, 44, officially begins April 22. Her new responsibilities will also include acting as township secretary and right-to-know officer. She was introduced and formally voted in at the April 17 supervisors’ meeting and told those in attendance that she deeply believes in municipalities' impact on the community. “I believe work at the municipal level is most…

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Gables gets B&B

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The stone house is approved for a B&B.

Pennsbury Township Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval to the Gables Restaurant for a bed and breakfast operation in two buildings on its adjacent property. The restaurant will also be changing its name in time. Approval came after Wednesday night after two sessions of a conditional use hearing. Township solicitor Tom Oeste read a list of 29 conditions that Gables’ owners Ann Kolenik and Alfredo…

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Chadds Ford in brief

• Chadds Ford Township Board of Supervisors Wednesday night held a hearing and approved an updated SALDO (subdivision and land development) ordinance. According to Supervisors’ Vice Chair Timotha Trigg, the amended ordinance repeals and replaces Chapter 110 of the original SALDO dated 1985. Township solicitor Mike Maddren said it was simply “a restatement of our entire SALDO.” Mike Schneider, the township engineer, said the 71-page…

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Concord in brief

Lee Weersing, president of the Concordville Fire and Protective Association gave Concord Township Council an update on the number of calls Concordville has responded to so far this year. He said there have been 40 fire calls in Concord Township during March, out of 78 in all the municipalities the fire company covers. That’s out of 297 calls for the year to date. But there…

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CF supports land purchase

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night voted to contribute $250,000 to the North American Land Trust’s grant application to buy 1597 Baltimore Pike. Supervisors’ Chairman Samantha Reiner said the money would come from Open Space funds, something the Open Space Committee approved. The property is the former home of N.C. Wyeth and, most recently, the Camp family. The Camps sold the property to developer Wayne…

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Kennett native makes Olympic team

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Justin Best, a native of Kennett Square, has made the U.S. Olympics Rowing Team. (Courtesy image)

 Kennett Square native and member of the Newport Rowing Club Justin Best is now on the United States Olympic Rowing Team for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. This marks Best's second consecutive Olympic appearance, following his silver medal win in the men's four at the 2023 World Rowing Championships and his performance in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A graduate of Drexel University, Best has had…

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Library planning fundraiser

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The Kennett Library is planning a Starlight Soirée for May 3.

The Kennett Library which opened last year is planning a May 3 fundraiser from 6-9:30 p.m. The Starlight Soirée will celebrate the new library and the first annual fundraising event for innovative programming and operations. Chris Manna, the executive director of Kennett Library, said in a press release, “The first fundraising soirée in the new library is our way of showing the community our vision…

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Ida, an ‘800-year storm’

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Brandywine Conservancy’s Director Of Community Services Grant DeCosta addresses Chadds Ford Township residents during a presentation of the flood study project spawned by the effects of Hurricane Ida.

The Brandywine Conservancy and its partners are taking their flood study meetings on the road. The first stop was in Chadds Ford Township this week. Grant DeCosta, the conservancy’s director of community services, conducted the session as he did a larger meeting at the conservancy last month. This week’s meeting focused on reminding Chadds Ford residents what the conservancy and its partners are doing to…

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Tavern wants more parking

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Owners of The Chadds Ford Tavern are looking to add more parking for patrons.

It’s only in the sketch plan phase, but the Chadds Ford Tavern could get more parking if the plan moves forward to fruition. The idea presented to the township Planning Commission Wednesday night is for the restaurant to buy the 22-acre parcel just east of the tavern, and use that for more parking, stormwater management, and a new home for restaurateur Phil Ferro and his…

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An award for Concord

Concord Township won a Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society award for Excellence in Recreation and Parks for its Race for the Watershed event held last summer. Steve Jacobs, Concord’s Parks and Recreation director, said the event, which included a rubber duck race, raised $10,000 for the Newlin Grist Mill for water monitoring equipment. “[the PRPS] looks for outstanding programming and special events…We submitted [the Race…

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Birmingham in brief

Birmingham Township supervisors made short work of a light agenda Monday night. The board voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with West Goshen Township for shared police software. Solicitor Kristin Camp said the software will allow for the various police agencies to share reports more readily. Supervisors also awarded a contract of more than $391,000 to Innovative Construction Services of Folcroft for the 2024…

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