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School board sets budget, taxes up

Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors approved the district's 2017-2018 budget during their June 19 meeting. The budget does include a tax increase for property owners. Appropriations for the next academic year are $84.9 million with real estate taxes for property owners in the Chester County portion of the district levied at 28.42 mills. Property taxes in ...

 
 

School board to vote on budget

It’s down to the wire for Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Directors to decide on a budget for the next school year. A vote on the spending plan is set for next week. The board set the budget to be considered during its June 12 work session. Under the proposed budget, expected revenue is $84,918,161, while anticipated expenditures total $84,932,572. Real estate ...

 

Delco Senior Games begin Monday

Delaware County senior athletes will have the chance to showcase their athletic skills in the Delaware County Senior Games, set for June 12-23 at venues throughout the county. More than 650 athletes will compete for medals in a variety of Olympic-style sports such as golf, bowling, table tennis, horseshoes, pickleball and track & field. This year’s theme is “Age ...

 

New PRD ordinance in Chadds Ford

Despite objections and some suggestions from residents, Chadds Ford Township supervisors last night voted 3-0 to enact a new ordinance for planned residential developments. The new ordinance increases the minimum acreage required for a PRD. That increase calls for changing the requirements for a PRD-1 from 50 acres to 100 acres, and a road may not bisect the ...

 

Concord OKs Royal Farms

Concord Township Council last night unanimously approved the conditional use and land development for Royal Farms. Lou Colagreco, the attorney for the applicant, said work would likely begin sometime in 2018 after his client gets the necessary permits from PennDOT. Royal Farms wants to construct a 4,166 square foot store on the 1.4-acre lot in the split on Route 202 ...

 

Traffic study indicates more vehicles

A recent traffic count conducted on behalf of Chadds Ford Township shows a modest increase in anticipated traffic through the intersection of Route 202 and Ridge Road. According to township engineer Mike Schneider, the count performed this April shows an anticipated 5 percent increase compared to a study done in 2014 by the Pettinaro Co. Schneider gave the ...

 

Hero Fund poised for changing of guard

On Aug. 5, 2010, James “Jay” Raffetto, a young Navy Corpsman from Chester County, experienced the unfathomable while serving in Afghanistan: A blast from an improvised explosive device destroyed both of his legs above the knee, his left arm above the elbow, and three fingers on his right hand. Today, after countless surgeries and intensive rehabilitation, the 2000 ...

 

$90 million revitalized garden to open

Longwood Gardens announced its Main Fountain Garden will make its grand return on May 27, following a two-year, $90 million revitalization. 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 ...

 

Murphy: ‘I’m not signing it’

Chadds Ford Township Supervisors' Chairman Frank Murphy continues to hold fast to a position he took months ago. He won't sign off on highway improvements proposed by the Pettinaro Co. as part of a commercial development in Concord Township. "I'm not signing it," Murphy told residents who attended an informational meeting Monday night. At issue is a commercial ...

 

Pettinaro sues over Ridge Road condition

As anticipated, the Pettinaro Co. has filed a suit against Concord Township because Concord's council declined to remove a condition of a development plan that was approved in 2008. The plan calls for a commercial development — the Shops at Ridge Road — on the empty 25-acre lot at Ridge Road and Route 202 across from Glen Eagle Shopping Center and Olde Ridge Village. ...

 

Pennsbury considers Fair District’s request

Pennsbury Township supervisors are considering a request from Fair Districts PA to support that group's efforts to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. But, they want to re-word a proposed resolution. Carol Catanese, a Pennsbury resident and member of Fair Districts presented the supervisors with a proposed resolution during the board's May 17 meeting. The resolution ...