May 17, 2015 |
When John Linder captured the mayor's seat in Chester in 2011, he stood among the city's unified Democratic council - the first in more than a century - and vowed to change a community burdened by problems. Together, the five-member council planned to tackle Chester's climbing homicide rate, its failing schools, and the $5 million debt that qualified the Delaware County city as "financially distressed. " Then came the intra-party fighting. Now, on the cusp of another mayoral election, Linder stands apart from the council.
May 16, 2015 |
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
May 15, 2015 |
Chester E. Smith, 90, of Chestnut Hill, a family physician for more than 50 years, died Friday, May 1, at home of complications from leukemia. In 1959, Dr. Smith opened a home office on East Willow Grove Avenue in Chestnut Hill. He continued seeing patients as a solo practitioner well into his 80s. When his patients could not get to his medical office, he made house calls or visited them in assisted-living facilities. "He was one of a dying breed of doctors," his family said in a tribute.
May 4, 2015 |
Chester J. Minarcik Jr. wanted to be a Presbyterian minister and a physician. "He wanted to be passionate about both," said son Drew. "But he felt it would be harder to take time off from a medical career" to pursue his ministerial studies. So he graduated first from a seminary and then from a medical school. "He was tremendously giving of himself," his son said. On Friday, April 24, Dr. Minarcik, 68, of Moorestown, director of Child Neurology Services of Southern New Jersey there since 1992, died of a heart infection at home.
May 3, 2015 |
Jason Scott McClay would help out a customer he knew couldn't afford a purchase. He had a great sense of humor, and was described as the ultimate teammate and the glue that held his family together. A huge hockey fan, the manager of a Rite-Aid store in Chester once treated a coworker to a Flyers game. That coworker, Tariq Mahmud, 25, would later engineer the botched robbery that led to McClay's murder. On Friday, Mahmud, 25, who had called McClay his friend, and two codefendants were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
April 29, 2015 |
A correctional officer at the Chester County Prison was arrested Monday on charges from alleged collusion with inmates and civilians in a long-term drug-smuggling scheme, the county district attorney said. Officer Douglas Keck, 45, of Pottstown, was repeatedly paid to obtain heroin and prescription drugs from friends of inmates and deliver them to former inmate Ray Gibase, 36, who distributed them inside the prison, officials said Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Gibase, a fugitive from a halfway house.
April 20, 2015 |
Standing in front of about 100 people - black, white, Latino, Indian, male, female, young, old - Lisa Croft talked about the elephant in the room. "It's not just there to sit and look pretty," she said. "Sometimes we need courageous people to . . . say what that elephant is. " That was the essence of the discussion at the daylong "Courageous Conversation" at West Chester University on Saturday. The diverse crowd talked about "implicit" biases: ingrained beliefs that can influence behavior, often subconsciously.
April 10, 2015 |
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
April 9, 2015 |
Terence Farrell, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, sent a text message to the county's 911 center that read: "Help! I'm trapped. " He said he was hiding from burglars in his home. Farrell sent the fake message Tuesday to test a new system that will allow residents in Chester County who are not able to call 911 in an emergency to text for help. Chester County became the first in the five-county Pennsylvania region to allow residents to text for help when it launched its Text-to-911 system Tuesday.
April 9, 2015 |
Universal Pasteurization Co. L.L.C., a Lincoln, Neb., provider of cold-storage and outsourced food-processing services, will spend $10.8 million to open a facility in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Gov. Wolf said Tuesday. Pennsylvania economic-development officials offered the company incentives including $102,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $22,950 Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania grant to train its staff, which is expected to number at least 51. Universal Pasteurization specializes in high-pressure processing, a cold pasteurization technique in which foods already in their final packages, such as lunch meats, fresh-cut fruits, and deli salads, are subjected to high water pressure to extend shelf life.