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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.
FOOD
April 15, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Every spring, new cookbooks will bloom like flowers. But this season, two worthy volumes have cropped up from familiar names. From an evocative guide to cooking seasonally with the sustainable meats raised at dreamy Wyebrook Farm in Chester County to a strong book on cocktails (and food pairings) from a coauthor also known as Madame Fromage, this pair of offerings has a decidedly delicious local flavor. Field & Feast, by Dean Carlson with Ian Knauer and Andrew Wood (Burgess Lea Press, $35)
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
Before the Sheraton moved in across the road, before Home Depot set up shop next door, Loch Aerie was the bewitching summer estate of a gentleman farmer who amassed a great fortune manufacturing paper shirt collars and then lost it. William Lockwood's 1868 Swiss-Gothic manor, a 6,522-square-foot marvel of peaked roofs, arched windows, and Addams Family charm, is now a misfit in the madding suburban landscape. At 1 p.m. April 21, the East Whiteland Township property, on a narrow hillock along Route 30 near Route 202, goes to auction.
NEWS
April 10, 2016
A WOMAN accused of kidnapping a 7-week-old boy from the King of Prussia Mall last week has been released from jail after posting bail. Cherie Amoore, 32, of Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, posted 10 percent of her $500,000 bail Wednesday night and was released from the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Late on the afternoon of March 31, Amoore approached the baby's mother as she shopped in the mall with other family members, and followed them to the food court, prosecutors said.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Harry Van Gorder Armitage, 99, of Kennett Square, a longtime surgeon in Chester, Delaware County, died Thursday, March 31, of congestive heart failure at Kendal Crosslands. The family produced three surgeons: Dr. Armitage; his father, Harry Marshall Armitage; and an uncle, George L. Armitage. All three were born in Chester, graduated from Chester High School, earned degrees at medical schools in Philadelphia, served internships at Chester Hospital, and became chiefs of surgery at the hospital that is now Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Federal agencies have repeatedly advised railroads to use backup safety precautions for workers on the rails after accidents hauntingly similar to Sunday's fatal Amtrak crash in Chester. Sources with knowledge of the crash that killed two have said a communications lapse during a shift change contributed to workers' staying on the rails while safety precautions designed to route trains away from them were canceled. This exact scenario, according to a 2014 Federal Railroad Administration safety advisory, has been an ongoing problem in railroad work.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2016
Effective Friday, Career Wardrobe will operate boutiques at the following locations: Berks County. Berks Counseling Center, 645 Penn St., Second Floor, Reading, 610-373-4281. Bucks County. 1260 Veterans Hwy., Bristol, 215-781-1073. Chester County. Wings for Success, 490 Lancaster Ave., Frazer, 610-644-6323. Delaware County. 160 E. Seventh St., First Floor, Chester, 610-447-1686. Philadelphia County. 1822 Spring Garden St., 215-568-6693. SOURCE: Career Wardrobe
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.
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