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Hero Fund poised for changing of guard

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh poses with John “J.D.” DiBuonaventuro and his K-9 partner, Leo

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. ...

 

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 ...

 

Proposed PRD changes in Chadds Ford

During a hearing on a proposed new ordinance for planned residential developments in the township, Chadds Ford Supervisors' Vice Chairman Samantha Reiner said, "A PRD is like trying to park a blimp in a bicycle space." Reiner explained after the meeting that PRDs have grown out of the original intent. “With the possible exception of Ringfield, what we’ve seen over ...

 

Royal Farms decision delayed

It will now be June before Concord Township Council releases its decision on the Royal Farms conditional use hearing. The decision was expected last night, but the township and applicant agreed to an extension. Concord held the hearing April 18, and state law requires a decision within 45 calendar days after the close of the hearing. That 45-day period would end June ...