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December 31, 1989 | By Donald J. Norton, Special to The Inquirer
Time. It can move slowly or at a sudden pace. But whatever its speed, its product is always change. In Chester County, time has brought a gaggle of changes. In the decade past, residents who measured their tenure in generations were supplanted by transients, whose presence has altered the texture of this once rural county. The vast estates and farms are fewer now. In their place are cul-de-sacs, townhouses and colonials, convenience stores and roadside berms. The arrival of these 50,000 new residents also has prompted considerable talk about preservation: How much?
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August 29, 1997 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
He worked seven days a week at his pizza shop to support a wife and two children. He was happy to go home to his tidy suburban home, where he spent evenings doing yardwork and playing with the kids, neighbors say. Konstatinos Boulias, 53, lived a simple life - a life cut short yesterday by an assassin who is at large. Boulias closed his pizza shop, the K&G Pizzeria in the Five Points Shopping Center in West Goshen Township, Chester County, at around 11 p.m. as usual Wednesday, tidied up and went home to his sleeping family.
SPORTS
June 21, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Justin Frame, Mike Gatlos and Vince Belnome smacked home runs yesterday as the Chester County all-stars thumped Delaware South, 27-8, in the Carpenter Cup Classic at Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium. Drew Constable knocked in four runs for the winners, who advanced to tomorrow's semifinal at Citizens Bank Park. In the other quarterfinal, Burlington County edged the Suburban One National/Bicentennial League stars, 7-6. Dan Hayduc went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs for Burlington County.
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November 30, 1986 | Special to The Inquirer / ART WILKINSON
Among those warming up to the colder weather are the fur trappers of Chester County. With winter come thicker and more profitable pelts. Trapping is not big business in the county, and growing smaller with the suburban sprawl, but about 300 licensed trappers depend on it for a livelihood or do it for sport. To some, like John Conner, it recalls a simpler time. As for those opposed to the killing, Wayne Buckley says animals were created for the use of humankind. "It says so right in the Bible.
NEWS
January 19, 1991 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawsuits filed in Philadelphia by 273 workers and neighbors of a PCB- contaminated rail yard in Paoli should be tried in Chester County, where the polluted yard is located and the courts are less backlogged, a state panel of judges has ruled. Lawyers for the rail workers and residents said yesterday that they wanted the cases heard in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and intended to appeal the Jan. 11 Commonwealth Court ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. They have until Feb. 11 to do so. One of those lawyers, Arnold Cohen, said that the cases involve "issues that are more urban-oriented than rural-oriented" and that he expected a Philadelphia jury to be "more like" his working-class clients.
NEWS
September 7, 2011
A 45-year-old man was hit and killed by a pickup truck this morning as he crossed a busy Chester County thoroughfare, said police. Gerald Bernstein, who lived at the Golf Club Apartments complex in West Goshen Township, was attempting to cross West Chester Pike near the complex at 6:20 a.m. against the light when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the pickup, who is not being identified, stopped and was extremely distraught, police said.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County officials and business leaders Tuesday unveiled a 10-year economic development plan - which the county says is unprecedented in scope - that calls for a balance of growth and preservation. The so-called VISTA 2025 initiative includes more than "180 strategies" to guide short- and long-term spending and development projects. The county has had business plans in the past, but officials say this represents the first comprehensive economic-development strategy, which was formed through a partnership of public and private groups.
NEWS
September 21, 1993 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If covered bridges conjure up notions of the romantic kind, you're in good company. In the 19th century, when most of the covered bridges in this country were built, young lovers would steal away for a quick smooch. That is why they became known as "kissing bridges. " Why the bridges were covered has been a popular topic for debate, but most believe it was done to extend the life of the bridge and deck and reduce maintenance. Pennsylvania used to have about 1,500 covered bridges - more than Vermont, the so-called covered-bridge state - but now, due to arson or neglect, only about 200 remain.
SPORTS
June 7, 1991 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Coatesville's Keith Minker, the Carpenter Cup is his last stand. "I don't have a college yet, and I'm hoping someone will see me here," said the senior, after going 3 for 4, with three RBIs and two runs scored, as Chester County pounded Mercer County, 9-1, in last night's opening round of the Carpenter Cup at the Vet. Minker's stock got an additional boost because he was at first base instead of catching. "It's a whole new experience for me," said Minker. "I never played at the Vet and never played in that position.
NEWS
November 18, 2011
Chester County, consistently ranked as one of the state's most affluent areas, has maintained its AAA bond rating from three sources, the county commissioners announced Thursday. Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings, and Moody's Investors Service all reaffirmed the county's strong economic base and moderate debt levels, according to a county news release. - Kathleen Brady Shea
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May 21, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writers
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland ousted Chester Mayor John Linder on Tuesday night in one of the region's most heated primary battles. With nearly all of the precincts reporting, Kirkland had outpolled his Democratic rival by better than 2-1, ensuring that the Delaware County city will have a new leader next year. Kirkland will face former Mayor Wendell Butler, a Republican, in November's election. Linder's relationship with the five-member City Council had grown contentious in recent months, leading the Democratic Party to instead back Kirkland, a 12-term state representative.
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April 29, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
RAY BONINA couldn't even walk on a beach in Mexico without someone calling out, "Hey, Ray!" And probably adding, "Remember me?" "To Ray, strangers were simply friends he had not yet met," his family said. In fact, it was kind of a family joke that Ray Bonina couldn't go anywhere without running into someone he knew, from that beach in Mexico to a street in New York City or a restaurant in Chicago. "Hey, Ray, remember me?" Raymond Joseph Bonina, retired president of the Garrett Buchanan Paper Co., passionate ice-hockey fan, active alumnus of St. Joseph's University and devoted family man, died Saturday.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writers
Congress will pass a bill to pump billions of dollars into transportation improvements this year, federal legislators promised Thursday at a Center City rally. "It's now the federal government's turn to make sure we step up," said Rep. Bill Shuster (R., Pa.), chair of the House transportation and infrastructure committee. Congress is reviewing an Obama administration proposal to raise $478 billion through six years for transit needs, from highways and trains to ports and bridges.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Kristen A. Graham, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when a small airplane crashed in a field near the Brandywine Airport in Chester County. Authorities said the plane, a Piper PA28 Cherokee, crashed about 1:34 p.m. in West Goshen Township, less than two miles from the airport. Emergency crews at the crash site said the plane was in flames. The victims, both men, were not identified. The fixed-wing, single-engine plane had just taken off from the airport and crossed over Route 202 before crashing near the 1000 block of Saunders Lane, police said.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first blush, Upani Consultants of Chester County appeared to be a group of ambitious workers, mostly from India, who came to the United States on specialty visas to be employed as quality-assurance analysts and software engineers in information technology. But in fact, according to the guilty plea by Sudhakar Majety in federal court in Philadelphia late last year, the company he created a decade ago in Phoenixville ultimately exploited the H-1B "specialty occupation" visa program by using shell companies and sham contracts to give the impression that Upani needed staff.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ilon Silverman holds the slice of bread in both hands, looking down as if he were reading it. He closes his eyes and chews. "There's not a word to describe it," he finally says. A pause. "There's probably many words. " The elusive, nuanced flavor of pain au levain - naturally leavened bread - is the reason Silverman wakes up every day. It is 9 a.m. Wednesday. He has been at the small bakery in Avondale's new natural-foods market since 3:45. Clad in a houndstooth cap and flour-stained apron, Silverman talks almost religiously about his bread, calling it "intoxicating," "zen," and "earthy.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
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