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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 ...

 

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 ...

 

No surprises, few voters in primary

There were few contested races in Tuesday's primary and in some cases, fewer voters. Chester County Voters' Services reported a total turnout of 14 percent of voters. There was no such reporting on Delaware County's website. The one contested race in the area was for district judge in District 15-3-04 out of Kennett Square. There were five candidates running and all ...

 

Fighting gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

A group fighting gerrymandering in Pennsylvania has found some champions in Harrisburg. The group is Fair Districts PA, and one of the champions is state Rep. Eric Roe, R-158, of East Marlborough. Roe addressed a Fair Districts PA meeting at Unionville High School Thursday night. He spoke about HB 722, a bill he introduced with state Rep. Steve Samuelson, a Democrat ...

 

Board honing school budget

Property owners in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District will know in six weeks what they'll be paying in school property taxes for the next school year. But before that happens, school board directors must settle on a proposed final budget. That will happen next week, on May 15. During the board's May 8 work session, directors reviewed three possible proposed ...

 

Prepping for the primary

The 2017 primary election in Pennsylvania is a week away and local elections on the township level, as well as elections for school board and district judge are drawing the most attention. The race with the most candidates is for district judge in the Kennett Square area. There are five candidates seeking the nomination for judge in District 15-03-04. They are David ...

 

ChesCo Commissioners endorse Circuit Trails

The Chester County Commissioners this week signed a resolution endorsing the completion of the Circuit Trails network, a connected system of multi-purpose trails located in the greater Philadelphia area that, when complete, will comprise more than 750 miles of trails in the region. Chester County is the first of the nine counties in the region to formally endorse the ...

 

Pocopson to review Barnard House proposals

At least three of the 19 companies who submitted proposals for the Barnard House feasibility study will have a chance to be interviewed by the Pocopson Township supervisors.  The proposals specify renovations needed for re-purposing the building for use by the township and Kennett Underground Railroad. Each of the supervisors will pick her top five proposals and send ...

 

Earth Day 2017 – Spring Mix

The 2017 Earth Day Music event supports two local treasures, Anson B. Nixon Park and The Garage. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 and will be held at the Garage Community and Youth Center, 115 South Union Street in Kennett Square. The event begins at 4, ends at 10 p.m. and will provide hours of local music by the following seven bands. Local ...