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Ballot controversy in Concord

UPDATE: See below While voters in Chadds Ford Township will have a new polling place for the November election, Democrats in Concord Township are calling foul-play for their voting. The township has reportedly disallowed the use of ballot drop off boxes at polling places this year. Township resident and activist Ken Hemphill said, "We're in the middle of a ...

 
 

Concord gets ‘clean audit’

Concord Township supervisors Tuesday night heard from Township Manager Amanda Serock that the township is in good financial shape. Serock gave a brief rundown on the latest audit. “It was a clean audit; no findings,” she said. Giving a summary of the audit report from the firm Leitzell & Economides, she said the township’s long-term debt is $12.1 million with ...

 

County setting housing plan

Delaware County has released a new plan that examines housing in the county and outlines a path towards quality housing for all Delaware County residents. The plan is currently available for public review and comment, and we invite input from the community. The Delaware County Planning Department recently completed its draft Delaware County Housing Plan. This ...

 

Concord in brief

Concord Township Council established formal rules for the new dog park Tuesday night, and they also canceled and modified some events for the rest of the summer. • Council canceled the annual Senior Expo that had been scheduled for October and changed Community Day from an all-day affair to only an evening concert followed by fireworks. The concert begins at 6 p.m. ...

 

Dog park opens amid controversy

Not everyone is happy about Concord Township’s new dog park. “This is a nice enough dog park for small dogs,” said Maureen Hewitt, one of a group of township residents who want to keep open the old park on Bethel Road, “but it’s right on Smithbridge Road, a busy part of Smithbridge. The dog park we’ve had for 20 years is incredible. It has huge paddocks. You’re ...

 

Concord opens pickleball courts

It took a few years, but pickleball payers in Concord Township now have a home of their own. The six courts in the Concord municipal complex at 43 S. Thornton Road officially opened on July 15, much to the delight of Betty Alcorn of the Garnet Valley Gherkins Pickleball Club. Club members — more than 400 on the email list — had been playing at the Brandywine Youth ...

 

Celebrating 100 years

There was a party out in front of the Ivy Creek Retirement Living facility in Concord Township Thursday. The party was for Catherine Paradiso, who turned 100 years old. Her secret to her long life? “Working hard. That’s what I did the most,” she said. She learned how to sew at an early age and spent her working life outside the home as a seamstress, according to the ...

 

Council reopens meetings, warns bars

Delaware County Council issued two press releases Thursday, one announcing the resumption of in-person council meetings and the other reminding bars and restaurants that patrons must wear masks and abide by social distancing requirements. The reminder to bars and restaurants cites the increase in COVID-19 cases in young people who socialize in those establishments. ...

 

What it means to be green

Chester County Commissioners, in a press release today, said the county is ready to go green. That word came in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of today saying the five-county Philadelphia region will enter the green phase on June 26. “[T]he county is fully prepared to further relax restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release said. ...

 

Outdoor dining draws praise

It might not be the same as dancing in the street, but diners and restaurateurs are happy about dining al fresco. Restaurants in the region opened up for outdoor dining two weeks ago after counties moved from the red to yellow phase in Gov. Wolf's color scheme for getting the state back to normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yvonne and Michael Kelley, of ...

 

Criminal justice reform in DelCo

Delaware County Council and the Office of the District Attorney yesterday announced the formation of a countywide Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform, to be chaired by District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer. “For too long, distrust has been allowed to exist between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve,” said Stollsteimer. “It is ...