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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, ...

 

‘Shop with Sheriff’ elicits mix of smiles, tears

With flashing lights and wailing sirens, the law-enforcement caravan followed a lead motorcycle driven by a deputy sheriff decked out as a reindeer; it also included Mrs. Claus in a prison van as it pulled up to the Walmart in East Marlborough Township on Saturday morning, Dec. 3. Such unconventional touches added a twist to the “Third Annual Shop with the Sheriff, ...

 

Award reinforces legacy of child advocacy

When the prosecutor tried to speak to the young child about the abuse she had suffered, the girl quickly crawled under a table. Undaunted, the assistant district attorney followed suit, ultimately gaining her trust. Peggy Gusz, executive director of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., (CVC) said that image represented one of her earliest memories of ...

 

PennDOT: Holiday crashes dip; DUI arrests rise

Although Thanksgiving holiday crashes handled by state police decreased this year, DUI arrests saw an increase from 2015. The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 931 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27. The total represented a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to the 1,013 crashes investigated during the ...

 

Pocopson Township to hold line on taxes

Pocopson Township residents will not see their taxes increase in 2017. The supervisors adopted a 2017 budget at their Nov. 28 meeting that keeps tax rates at 2.2 mills and projects an overall fund balance of $1.97 million by the end of 2017. (A mill is $1 for every $100 of assessed valuation.) The budget also keeps the earned-income and net-profit tax at half a ...