January 6, 2016
WEST CHESTER Chester County switched over to its updated $42.1 million emergency radio system on Monday. The county's more than 5,000 first responders will use the new system, which expands radio coverage to more than 99 percent of the county. Nearly 40 percent of portable radio calls among first responders did not go through using the former analog system, which was installed in the late 1990s. In February 2013, the county commissioners signed a contract with Harris Corp., which will be responsible for maintaining the system that it sold to the county.
December 31, 1989 |
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?
August 29, 1997 |
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.
June 21, 2006 |
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.
November 30, 1986 |
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.
January 19, 1991 |
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.
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.
October 9, 2014 |
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.
September 21, 1993 |
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.
June 7, 1991 |
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.