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Signing books on Wyeth

Helen Sipala first met Andy Wyeth one morning when she and her late husband George woke up to find a stranger on their Chadds Ford property painting. That meeting led to a 20-year friendship and a book of memoirs. Sipala was on hand at Barbara Moore Fine Art Gallery in The Barn Shops signing copies of her book, "Beyond the MARRIAGE Bed: My Years as Friend, Model ...

 
 

Chadds Ford in Brief

• During the May 5 Board of Supervisors’ meeting, the board approved awarding the 2021 Road Program to Innovative Construction Services. The contract is under budget at $98,277. Township engineer Mike Schneider said there were four bidders, with Innovative coming in with the lowest bid. The work will cover Heyburn Road, from Route 1 to Keepsake, Dogwood Hill Lane ...

 

Soybeans not shops, for now

There's been no official word from Pettinaro Company, but the proposed shopping center at Route 202 and Ridge Road remains on hold. Work on the 22-plus acre property was delayed when it was determined that wetlands were part of the site, but now the property will be farmed, at least temporarily. Passersby and merchants in Olde Ridge Village have seen activity in ...

 

Med pot ordinance moves forward

Chadds Ford Planning Commission members Wednesday night voted to send a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance to the supervisors for a full hearing. Commission members also voted to recommend approval for a Mercedes-Benz dealership. Both votes were unanimous. According to township and Planning Commission solicitor Mike Maddren, case law and the Constitution require ...

 

Plans to improve Rts. 1 and 202

Chadds Ford Township engineer Mike Schneider was clear: "It's still in the concept design stage." That concept, which still needs full approval, engineering, and some land acquisition, is a PennDOT plan to improve the intersection of Routes 1 and 202. Schneider, of Pennoni Engineering, gave a brief presentation on the plan during the April 7 Board of Supervisors' ...

 

Big bucks for open space

Chadds Ford Township supervisors last week authorized the distribution of more than $2 million to preserve 71 acres along Oakland Road. The bulk of the money has come from grants and a small portion from the township's open space fund. The area is at 6 Oakland Road, previously approved for a planned residential development, but that fell through. The site will now be ...

 

Chadds Ford marijuana ordinance ‘close’

In the words of Chadds Ford Township Planning Commission Chairman Craig Huffman, a medical marijuana ordinance is “close” to becoming a reality in Chadds Ford. “Basically, it sounds like we’re very close. We just need to figure out the distance from residential property,” Huffman said after an hour-long conversation on the ordinance during the March 24 commission ...

 

A playground for Chadds Ford

A public playground is one step closer to becoming a reality in Chadds Ford Township. Supervisors awarded a $187,913 contract to the playground company Kompan for equipment and installation during their March 3 meeting. The vote for approval came after a 10-minute presentation by resident Michael Pessagno of the Open Space Committee. According to the presentation, ...

 

Henderson wants a gated community

People waiting for the completion of the Hillman Drive extension — the final leg of the loop road system around the intersection of Routes 1 and 202 — may have to wait a while longer. John Coyle, the senior vice president and general counsel for The Henderson Group, told Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night that the project needs money, and that might not ...

 

Fire on Atwater Road

UPDATE BELOW Firefighters from three companies responded to a barn fire on Atwater Road on Wednesday night, March 3. Details were not available, but initial reports at the scene are that no one was injured, though the barn was destroyed. The fire started sometime before 8 p.m. Responding fire companies included units from Concordville, Longwood, and West Chester. ...

 

Planning marijuana ordinances

Medical marijuana dispensaries won't be opening up in Chadds Ford Township anytime soon, but they eventually will, and one is already considering coming to town. So, the township Planning Commission is now preparing ordinances to control where they may open and how they must operate. Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, and the state requires municipalities to ...