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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 ...

 
 

Plea possible in Moore case

Kennett Township residents who joined the virtual supervisors’ meeting Wednesday night heard several updates relating to the former township manager who allegedly embezzled more than $3.2 million. The Chester County District Attorney’s office could begin plea talks with Lisa Moore later this year, according to current Manager Eden Ratliff. Moore faces criminal ...

 

Kennett recoups $1 million

The Kennett Township manager announced Wednesday that the township has recovered roughly one-third of the money allegedly embezzled by Lisa Moore. In a press release issued about an hour and a half before the virtual supervisors’ meeting was scheduled to start, current township Manager Eden Ratliff said the township was paid $1 million from a surety bond that ...

 

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. ...

 

Pennsbury to Oxford trail considered

Chester County Commissioners are scheduling a public meeting for a proposed trail plan that would connect Pennsbury Township with Oxford. Commissioners last year accepted a grant award to perform a study that would examine the feasibility of developing a multi-use trail to serve the communities in southern Chester County. On Tuesday, July 14, the Chester County ...

 

Birmingham continues virtual meetings

Birmingham Township will continue holding virtual meetings at least through July. That was the word coming out of the Board of Supervisors' July 6 meeting conducted via Zoom. Township solicitor Kristin Camp told the board that while some other municipalities are having in-person meetings, they have been in townships with outdoor areas where people can gather safely. ...

 

Kennett Twp. to refinance open space loan

Kennett Township, through an independent financial advisor, will be pursuing proposals for a $6 million, 15-year loan that would refinance its current open space loan, offer a lower interest rate, and add new funds that could be used for future land acquisition. The supervisors, at their virtual meeting Wednesday, agreed to work with PFM Financial Advisors as the ...

 

Good Neighbor ordinance considered in CF

Chadds Ford Township supervisors have been talking about a property maintenance ordinance for a while and it appears that the possibility is moving forward. The proposed Good Neighbor/Property Maintenance Code is now posted on the township website for public review. According to the text of the proposed ordinance, the intention is to establish a property maintenance ...

 

Lenape Road Bridge reopened

PennDOT has reopened the Route 52/Lenape Road Bridge. The bridge over the Brandywine Creek in Birmingham Township was opened on June 30. The span, between Pocopson Road and Creek Road, had been closed and detoured since August 2019 for the rehabilitation of the structure. Creek Road between Riverbend Lane and Country Club Road was later closed in November. Both roads ...