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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.
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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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June 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Emergency Management Director Ed Atkins, who led the department for 17 years, died Monday, according to the county. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called Atkins "a great man" who always treated Red Cross volunteers with dignity and respect. "Every single day he committed himself to making Chester County a better place to live, and ensuring that the citizens of Chester County were safe," Hughes said in a video posted by the Red Cross.
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June 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Chicago is suing two Chester County drug companies that it claims orchestrated a deceptive marketing campaign to hide the dangers of painkillers, contributing to a national opioid-addiction crisis. The marketing tactics used by Malvern-based Endo Health Solutions and Frazer-based Cephalon were so successful that over two decades, opioids went from being rarely used to the most prescribed type of drug, the suit alleges. "Their deceptive messages tainted virtually every source doctors could rely on for information and prevented them from making informed treatment decisions," says the suit, filed Monday in an Illinois state court.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The truck driver who hit a Chester County covered bridge in April is facing felony charges because, police said, after he struck the bridge, he kept going, taking out much of the canopy on his way through. Antoine Branham, 37, of Erial, was charged Monday with criminal mischief and risking a catastrophe, both felonies because of the amount of damage, said Cpl. Ben Martin of the East Pikeland Township police. "He's a truck driver," Martin said. "He's in a truck that is 13½ feet high.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County, seeking to enhance its reputation as a business destination, can already boast of being home to two well-known companies. "People know Vanguard," County Commissioner Ryan Costello said of the financial giant. "People know QVC," he said of the popular TV shopping network. Now, local officials are looking for Victory Brewing Co. to boost the county's image, too. "It's a story of local success we can all be proud of," Guy Ciarrocchi, president of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, said of Victory, which opened its first brewery in Downingtown in 1996.
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May 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dale Gravett, director of Chester County's Housing Authority, was sure that a plan to build affordable apartments for homeless veterans would get the state funding last year that it needed to become a reality. But it fell short. Now, Gravett, other county officials, and the Philadelphia developer behind the project in East Vincent Township are waiting anxiously to find out whether this year will be different. On June 12, Mission First Housing Group will know whether it will get low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that would make up more than 80 percent of the roughly $9.63 million it needs to go forward with the project, a 48-unit development that would incorporate and refurbish the historic Whitehall Inn on Schuylkill Road.
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May 22, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Missing: One flashing speed-radar sign from a Chester County road. Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police say one of their Safepace 100 Speed Radar signs has been stolen. The sign, which has a digital display showing the speeds of passing cars, was last seen on a sign post at the intersection of Barker Drive and High Meadow Lane between April 22 and April 30. The signs are not cheap, costing over $2,100, said Lt. William Cahill. Police don't have any suspects but they have checked Craigslist, local pawn shops, worked with other police departments, and even contacted the manufacturer to see if anyone tried to get the sign repaired.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The calls for ambulances kept coming and coming. People in Parkesburg, where Raymond Stackhouse lives, needed help. But the former chief of the Parkesburg Fire Company often had no volunteers to send. So the emergency passed to someone else. "It made us feel like we were failing the community," Stackhouse said. That was the spark that started the four-year process of forming the Keystone Valley Fire Department, a joining of the nearby fire companies of Parkesburg, Pomeroy, and Atglen.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER An East Bradford Township man is suing the Chester County SPCA and the District Attorney's Office, alleging that two shelter staff members falsely represented themselves as authorized humane officers during a raid at his house in which more than 20 of his animals were confiscated. Larry Woodward of Bridge Road contends that his rights were violated when SPCA officials Christina Cain Pelosi and Craig Baxter, along with two police officers, came to his home April 22 with a search warrant.
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