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July 27, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of a Coatesville family seeking to learn how their son's heart disappeared after his death in Greece two years ago will have to find answers outside of a courtroom, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell tossed out the family's claims against Greece and an Athens hospital, saying they had not met the high burden required to sue a foreign government in U.S. courts. In a ruling Thursday, the judge did, however, clear the way for the parents of Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup to pursue a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress against the U.S. government, which the family says withheld information about his incomplete remains.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday. The mosquito was trapped on June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the tenth county in the state to find mosquitos carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state. Two mosquitos have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan Borough and one in Chadds Ford Township, officials there said.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County residents and local and state officials gathered Thursday in West Goshen to discuss how best to keep fighting Sunoco's plans to go around local zoning laws for its Mariner East pipeline project. The project includes a pumping station near a residential area in the township. The Chester County Community Coalition, which calls itself a grassroots movement to keep people informed about local issues, organized the meeting of about 70 people at the township building to share information and continue to gather public opposition to the project.
NEWS
June 28, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven-year-old Ryan Dougherty, who has Down syndrome, looks forward all year to summer camp at a Chester County farm. There he has learned to overcome his fear of animals and improve his social skills. But people at the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, where children with special needs help care for the animals, say it could close Aug. 31 if Pocopson Township does not give it more time to raise money to meet zoning requirements. "I don't know how I would break that to him," said Ryan's mother, Danielle.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth time in the last nine months, the troubled Chester County SPCA is looking for a new executive director. Russell "Wolf" Harper, cofounder of Justice Rescue, on Wednesday announced that he was out as interim executive director of the agency, which takes in about 5,000 stray animals a year from Chester and Delaware Counties. Pat Biswanger, board president, said that Harper's 90-day contract was nearing its end, but she would not say why the board terminated the contract before it expired.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester County piano teacher accused last week of sexually assaulting three students was charged Wednesday with showing nude pictures to three others, prosecutors said. Mike Noone, first assistant district attorney, said the parents of the three other children - all boys - contacted officials after seeing news coverage of Anton Fomin's arrest. Fomin, 44, of East Pikeland Township, was charged last Thursday with sexually assaulting three 6-year-olds, one boy and two girls, he taught at the Malvern School of Music.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pilot of a hot-air balloon died Sunday morning when he fell out during a landing in an East Pikeland Township field and was crushed under the basket, police said. The basket was carrying 10 passengers. Jeffrey Hooten, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., fell when he reached out of the balloon's basket to pull a rope that would deflate the balloon around 7:20 a.m. Sunday, said East Pikeland Police Chief James Franciscus. The Federal Aviation Administration said Hooten fell when the balloon bounced after it struck the ground, according to preliminary findings.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The proposed veterans housing project at the historic Whitehall Inn in East Vincent Township suffered another setback Thursday when it was denied for a second year in a row the state tax credits it needs to become a reality. Mission First Housing Group, a Philadelphia-based developer, was hoping to get low-income housing tax credits that would make up more than 80 percent of the $9.63 million it needs. Thirty-five of the 48 units would be reserved for veterans. The developer, Chester County officials, and community groups that support the project had been confident it would go forward this year.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
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