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Birmingham ready for bridge closure

Birmingham Township police are prepped and ready for the upcoming closure of the Route 926 bridge between Birmingham and Pocopson. Work to replace the bridge is scheduled to begin next Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 a.m., and Police Chief Thomas Nelling told Birmingham supervisors during their Feb. 6 meeting that his department plans extra patrols in the area, especially near ...

 
 

Crowded field for district judge race

There are now six candidates in the race for district judge in the Kennett Square area. Attorney and East Marlborough Township resident Al Iacocca has announced his bid for the seat vacated when Judge Daniel Maisano retired from the bench last year. District Court 15-3-04 serves the residents of Birmingham, East Marlborough, Kennett, Newlin, Pennsbury, and Pocopson ...

 

Chesco child-abuse reports continue upsurge

Child-abuse reports are continuing an upsurge in Chester County that dates back to 2015, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. “With the change in Pennsylvania laws regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse after the [Jerry] Sandusky case, we expected to see an increase in child- abuse reports,” Hogan said in a press release.  “This spike mirrors ...

 

Sanville gets 15 percent pay increase

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Superintendent John Sanville now has a new contract, which includes a 15.4 percent pay increase. The pay raise jumps Sanville’s salary from $214,000 per year to $255,000. The new five-year contract makes Sanville the second highest paid superintendent in Chester County, among districts with only one high school. Sanville was ...

 

School board looks for new member

The formal process is underway to replace Michael Rock on the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board. Rock resigned from the board earlier this month, citing a lack of diversity and tolerance toward minorities in the district. Board members publicly interviewed four people during their Jan. 23 meeting. Those four included Scott Bosch, Robert Smith, Lisa Tascione and Tom ...

 

Donze announces candidacy for district judge

The field of candidates seeking to fill the district judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Daniel Maisano has now grown to three. East Marlborough resident and attorney Jane Donze has officially announced her candidacy. She joins Lorraine Ramunno, of Pennsbury, and Sean Rafferty, of Pocopson, in a bid for District Court 15-3-04 that serves Birmingham, ...

 

Ramunno running for judge

Pennsbury Township resident Lorraine Ramunno has announced her candidacy for district judge. She now joins Pocopson resident Sean Rafferty in seeking the position formerly held by retired Magisterial District Judge Daniel Maisano. That court district covers Kennett Square and Kennett Township, Newlin, East Marlborough, Pennsbury, Pocopson and Birmingham townships. ...

 

Rock quits school board, cites lack of diversity

Citing the lack of a diversity plan, among related issues, Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Director Michael Rock has resigned from the board. Rock’s resignation came during his comments at the beginning of the Jan. 9 work session. “I remain stunned and dumbfounded by our continuing unwillingness to honor the heart-felt requests from several of our minority ...

 

Pocopson leadership stays the same

There will be no leadership changes for Pocopson Township’s Board of Supervisors. At its reorganization meeting Tuesday, Ricki Stumpo was named chairwoman and Elaine DiMonte was named vice-chairwoman. Alice J. Balsama is the third supervisor. Other township appointments and committee members were approved on Tuesday, as were meeting dates for 2017. The supervisors, ...

 

Democrats plan inauguration day protest 

Kennet Area Democrats are planning a yard sign protest for Jan. 20, the inauguration day for President-elect Donald Trump. The protest will feature lawn signs saying ”Hate Has No Home Here” in five languages. According to Wayne Braffman, vice chairman of the Kennett Area Democrats, the protest is designed  to remind people of the need to be  “vigilant and vocal”  ...

 

Pocopson accepts dedication of Tilden Circle

The Pocopson Supervisors closed out 2016 by accepting dedication of a road in a subdivision and discussing several park projects. The supervisors’ Chairman Ricki Stumpo also congratulated fellow supervisors Elaine DiMonte and Alice Balsama on their first full year with the board. “You’ve brought intelligence, tact and wit to these meetings,” Stumpo said of DiMonte, ...