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Intrigue, but no local surprises in primary

A sign telling voters to form a single line at Birmingham Friends Meeting wasn’t really needed because turnout was so light yesterday morning.

There’s an old sarcastic remark that goes: “What if you gave a party and nobody showed up?” The question for Tuesday’s primary election, at least early on, would have been: “What if you held an election and nobody showed up to vote?” Voter turnout yesterday started light and only slightly picked up through the day. Even in Concord Township with a contested GOP ...

 
 

Canine ‘wedding’ benefitting PAWS

There is a certain link between humans and their animals that benefits both. Sometimes that relationship goes well beyond the routine. One such relationship is leading to a “wedding” between Frangelica Meloni and Shaggydog Stark. Frangelica Meloni is the four-legged daughter of Chadds Ford’s Kathryn Meloni. Frangelica has been a therapy dog for the past several years ...

 

School board eyes budget vote

With a month to go before the final vote, Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors Monday night approved a proposed final budget of more than $90 million for the 2019-202 academic year. The final vote is expected on June 17. Taxes are scheduled to increase. Director John Murphy, the vice chairman of the board’s Finance Committee said the millage rate for Chester ...

 

Westtown, Toll face off again over Crebilly Farm

No decision was issued today in an appeal hearing on Toll Brothers' application to develop Crebilly Farm, a historic 300-plus-acre tract that abuts Routes 202 and 926 in Westtown Township. A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel sitting in Pittsburgh  heard arguments from Gregg Adelman, one of Toll’s attorneys, and Patrick McKenna, the Westtown Township solicitor. ...

 

Grant approved for open space preservation

The Chester County Commissioners marked Earth Day today with the announcement of $3.8 million in open space preservation grants.  The grants, approved unanimously at the County’s public meeting earlier this month, are made available through the Conservancy and Municipal Grant Programs. This commitment of County funds will help leverage an additional $5.7 million of ...

 

Good morning, m’am

I'm so happy to be back in India again for the 11th time. This is my home away from home where I feel a passion and purpose in the work done here. There is so much going on here each and every day. I start each morning, sitting on the balcony, drinking coffee (brought from the US, as this is still Nescafé country). It is peaceful and calm, looking out over the wheat ...

 

No vote on marijuana dispensary

Hearings on two proposed zoning amendments that would allow for medical marijuana facilities in Concord Township didn’t go very far Tuesday night. The major action taken by township council — aside from answering some questions from the public — was to authorize that the hearings be re-advertised. The amendments, if approved, would make room for a medical marijuana ...

 

Birmingham in brief

• Birmingham Township supervisors awarded the township’s 2019 road program to Innovative Construction Services. ICS was the lowest bidder of seven. The contract calls for spending $204,000. • The township also hired a new part-time police officer. William Behrndt will be paid $19 per hour during training. • The board made two other appointments Monday night. Christy ...

 

Wintry mix precipitation predicted

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ has issued the following weather statement for a wintry mix precipitation on Tuesday and gusty winds with snow showers/snow squalls are possible in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday: Chester County Forecasted Conditions: Precipitation may begin as a wintry mix before changing to rain on Tuesday Rain is expected to ...

 

School board gets an earful

Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors got an earful from residents during the board’s first meeting of the year, a meeting that lasted nearly four hours. The residents told the board they don’t like how the district has been handling the long-range facilities plan. Superintendent of Schools John Sanville said, “The process has been open and transparent,” ...

 

School district appeals right-to-know decision

In the opinion of Chadds Ford resident Mark Stookey, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board is trying to emasculate Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. School board directors Monday night voted to appeal a decision of the Office of Open Records that partially upheld a right-to-know request Stookey filed this past summer. That request was for documents pertaining to a ...