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BUSINESS
March 30, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
For those in the business of helping others in need, the call to do more is often unending. At Career Wardrobe, it came from within. The nonprofit had been providing free or low-cost professional clothing and job-search support to Philadelphia women for nearly 20 years when it adopted a strategic plan more than a year ago to serve more people, executive director Sheri Cole said. First that included offering a small-fee-based service to any unemployed person, not just those on public assistance, as well as clothing assistance for men. Now comes a growth opportunity well beyond Cole's imaginings, compliments of Gov. Wolf's administration.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
For decades, residents of the poorest municipality in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county have heard that their erstwhile steel city was on the verge of revitalization. Coatesville has been struggling to recapture its glory days since its primary employer, Lukens Steel, downsized with the decline of the industry nationwide in the 1970s and '80s. The recent economic downturn has not helped. Impressive architectural renderings have not advanced far beyond drawing boards. But this time, officials say revitalization is for real for the city of about 13,000 residents, who celebrated Coatesville's 100th birthday last year and are hoping to replicate the success of such older urban centers as Phoenixville, West Chester, and Doylestown.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
In the years since Jerry Sandusky's sexual-abuse convictions, reports of child abuse in Chester County have increased sixfold, the District Attorney's Office reported Wednesday - tripling between 2014 and last year. In addition to increased public awareness generated by the highly publicized case of the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, contributing to the spike have been changes to state law expanding reporting requirements and an increased focus on child-abuse allegations, said District Attorney Thomas Hogan.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Police jeopardized public safety and cost the state and a Chester County township nearly $1 million in lost revenue by cutting breaks for truckers whose vehicles violated weight limits, the state auditor general said Monday. East Whiteland Township police allowed the drivers to plead guilty to a non-traffic local-ordinance offense rather than a state overweight-vehicle violation, which substantially reduced their fines and fees, said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. "Weight limits on roads and bridges are there for everyone's safety, and the fines are high for a reason," DePasquale said in a statement.
NEWS
March 13, 2016
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Even better than the original? Price: $33,120 as tested (including $3,400 for the Brembo brake package, which offers Brembo front brakes, 17-inch dark alloy wheels, and advanced keyless entry, plus $390 for Soul Red paint). Marketer's pitch: "Is it possible to turn glass and steel into adrenaline and emotion?" Conventional wisdom: Very yes. Reality: Very yes. Spring fever: No other vehicle conjures up images of top-down country drives on sunny days than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
NEWS
March 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Moreh White says he became homeless after a string of temporary jobs and imprudent spending left him unable to pay rent. But last week, he stood behind a counter in a trailer, hawking fresh fruits and vegetables, and embracing his unlikely role as an advocate for healthy eating. White, 39, said he knows a regular diet of fresh food can be expensive and inconvenient, and feel like an uphill battle. But now, he said, "the mountain comes to you. " A resident of the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville, White is part of the inaugural crew of the Nourish Mobile Market, a shelter initiative to give jobs to the homeless and expand access to fresh food to those in Chester County who might not have it. Since last fall, the market - a trailer hooked to a pickup truck - has sold more than 7,800 pounds of produce, and given White and other homeless men more than 950 hours of work.
REAL_ESTATE
March 13, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From the moment you step - well, drive - over the line into West Bradford Township from Downingtown or West Chester, you have a sense that just a couple hours poking around isn't doing justice to the place. Parts of it are very old. Marshallton is filled with more than five dozen buildings, many dating from the 18th century, and is sometimes called West Bradford's first shopping center. Other parts are as new as Tom Bentley's Saranac community of 34 homes on Crestmont Road.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A Chester County man out on bail in a child sex-abuse case was arrested Monday after allegedly firing six shots into the home of the child whom police have identified as the victim. Douglas Kohen, 63, was charged with attempted murder, witness intimidation, and related offenses, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said. Kohen is accused of firing six times into the East Caln Township home early Sunday, while the 7-year-old child, a 9-year-old sibling, and their father were inside, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The football players at Conestoga High School had a nickname for the rituals they performed each week, according to prosecutors. No-Gay Thursday. Some players avoided the locker room that day, when players considered certain sexual behavior permissible. The hazing at the elite Chester County public school, routinely ranked near the top academically in national ratings, escalated into assault one day last fall, authorities said Friday. Three seniors, including a team captain, grabbed a freshman they didn't like, who was trying to leave the locker room during a hazing ritual.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | SLAVERY It's here, worldwide Many people believe that slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago. In reality, slavery still exists in countries around the world, including our own ("Janitorial slavery ring nets 20 years," Friday). The International Labor Organization estimates that there are more than 27 million slaves in the world. The Chester County Abolitionists is an anti-human-trafficking advocacy group that fights modern-day slavery in all its forms.
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