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NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
While they generally are upbeat about Chester County's economic climate, business leaders say limited public transportation, heavy traffic congestion, high real estate costs, and ponderous local-permitting processes are hurting companies in one of the state's fastest-growing counties. On the positive side, they point to quality of life, safety, schools, location, and recreation and entertainment, according to results of a survey Chester County officials announced Tuesday. Of 417 respondents, almost 95 percent said they expected their businesses to grow or stay at current levels over the next year.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Alice Cleveland Halsema, 94, a former Wallace Township, Chester County, supervisor and an early radio-station engineer, died Sunday, May 1, of Alzheimer's disease at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. She was born in Philadelphia to Margaret and Eben Stevens Cleveland during the time her father, a textile manufacturer, was enrolled at the Philadelphia Textile School. Mrs. Halsema grew up in Webster, Mass., but returned to the Philadelphia area in 1938 when her father took a job at the family's textile mill in Manayunk.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
The world stopped making sense for Theresa Drebes a few years back. Because of crushing medical bills, she and her husband couldn't afford enough food, yet were unable to receive food stamps because the federal government said they brought in too much money. "I'm not in poverty, but I am poor," said Drebes, 60, who lives in Lansdale, Montgomery County. "Just pray to God you don't fall into a situation like ours. " To be poor is to live in a whirlwind of want, unsettled and insecure.
NEWS
May 8, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
For the last 10 years, Sharon Nelton has been getting into her car a couple of days a week and driving from her home in West Chester to school in nearby Exton. There, she studies film and teaches contemporary literature - and, at 78, has the time of her life. What draws her, she says, is "a hunger for being around intellectual people. " Nelton is one of more than 1,000 seniors who take part in a lifelong learning program sponsored by Widener University, and offered primarily at an Exton campus.
NEWS
May 8, 2016
Three family members face charges after detectives seized five illegal gambling machines and more than $37,000 in cash from two businesses in Chester County, officials announced Friday. Jaime Sandoval, 48; his son Hugo Sandoval, 22; and niece Elizabeth Sandoval, 30, were arrested on April 18 and each face 220 charges of gambling offenses. Detectives received a tip that illegal gambling machines were operating at the Taqueria Guadalajara Express restaurant in Kennett Square and El Nayarit Mexican Store 2, a grocery store in Oxford, according to the county District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
Chester County officials have identified the person fatally shot in a domestic dispute Monday night as a 40-year-old woman. Wesley Webb was pronounced dead shortly before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from a shotgun wound to the chest, according to a report released Wednesday by the Coroner's Office. Another person was hospitalized after the shooting, which occurred at a Schuylkill Township home, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. A 911 call reporting the shooting came in around 11:30 p.m. Monday, he said.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
For all the popularity of local beers in the Philadelphia region, little is local about those brews beyond the labor it took to make them. The barley malt could be from western Canada, the hops from Germany, and the yeast from England. Two small local companies - Deer Creek Malthouse in Chester County and Double Eagle Malt in Montgomery County - are out to change that equation for barley and other malted grains used to make beer and spirits. They buy grain from farmers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, turn it into malt by allowing it to partially germinate, and sell it to brewers such as Tröegs Brewing Co. in Hershey, Sly Fox Brewing Co. in Pottstown, and Screamin' Hill Brewery in Cream Ridge, N.J. This week, during the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, Deer Creek, Double Eagle, and other members of the Craft Maltsters Guild will highlight beers made with their malts at a tap takeover Wednesday at the Fox & Hound in Center City.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
Polls in Pennsylvania are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Need help finding your polling place? Report a problem at the polls? Philadelphia: 215-686-1590 Committee of Seventy 1-855-738-3689 District Attorney's Office, 215-686-9641, 9643, 9644 or 9884 Bucks County: 215-348-6154; elections@co.bucks.pa.us Delaware County: 610-891-4659 Montgomery County: 610-278-3275 Chester County: ...
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
With the cutting of a large red ribbon, a plot of land in West Chester that developers had coveted for decades officially became a borough park Friday, ensuring that the latest battle for its preservation, which lasted three years, would be the residents' last. The 1.4-acre tract is the first new park in more than a decade in the borough, which has experienced explosive development in recent years. A plan to build luxury homes on the property, which was privately owned but served as a public park for decades, spurred the latest preservation effort.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
If history and logic are indicators, a Delaware County Republican with decades of political experience and a mammoth campaign-funding advantage should have no problem defeating a Democratic newcomer in Tuesday's election. But that is not stopping Marty Molloy. In fact, not much has stopped the 39-year-old Wallingford Democrat in his foray into politics while running against State Rep. Tom Killion in Tuesday's special election for the vacant Ninth Senate District seat, long held by former GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi.
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