July 22, 2014
THIS IS NOT a plea for more school funding. Not even as Philly kids, teachers and parents await word on whether schools are shuttered in September for lack of funding. This is a reminder that the money's already there. It's a reminder of how Pennsylvania's vast, expensive public-education system hoards tax dollars in multiple and movable accounts. It's about how public officials at every level who don't want to seem "anti-education" allow the hoarding - unquestioned, unchallenged.
July 18, 2014 |
The West Nile virus has been discovered in more mosquitoes in the region, Pennsylvania officials said Wednesday, but thus far the season appears to be off to a mild start. In its daily update, the state West Nile virus Control Program said mosquitoes had tested positive for the virus in two instances each in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties, and one each in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. With the fresh numbers, a total of 64 positive samples have been verified in 25 of the state's 67 counties this year, but no human, avian, or veterinary cases have been reported, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program.
July 16, 2014 |
A SUBURBAN DISTRICT court judge became a witness yesterday as he defended himself against allegations of corruption as the federal Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing trial spans into its third month. The first of six judges on trial to testify, Chester County Magisterial District Judge Mark Bruno painted himself as an outsider - separate from and alien to the chummy culture of backroom deals and hoodwinking that prosecutors say plagued the Philadelphia Traffic Court system.
July 12, 2014 |
There is some good news from Peco: The hot, dark, TV-less aftermath should end Friday for folks still without power. Tuesday evening's thunderstorms resulted in 260,000 outages, the majority in Chester, Bucks, and Delaware Counties. Nearly 5,000 local customers were still without power early Thursday afternoon, Peco spokeswoman Romona Riscoe Benson said. That was a marked improvement from the 40,000 outages reported late Wednesday. "We've been able to restore 98 percent" of outages, Benson said.
July 11, 2014 |
The West Chester Story Slam was just getting started Tuesday night at the Side Bar & Restaurant when a telltale flicker came from the lights above, followed by darkness. For many of the 50-plus attendees at the monthly event, the drill had become as familiar as the crash of thunder. Restaurant staff brought out candles, and when the emcee asked whether the show should go on, the crowd started chanting, "Stories! Stories! Stories!" said Jim Breslin, an author who lives just outside the borough and who organizes the Story Slam nights.
July 9, 2014 |
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession. It's a startling turn for a group that for decades has made inroads in solidly Republican territory. Their counterparts in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties have leveraged those gains and now boast the majority of registered voters. Chester County is growing at a faster clip than any of them, and the latest registration figures put the party within striking distance of the GOP. But a festering feud last month led to a shake-up among party's top leaders and sowed discontent at a time when some say the party needs to unite behind Tom Wolf's campaign for governor.
July 3, 2014 |
A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday. The mosquito was trapped on June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the tenth county in the state to find mosquitos carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state. Two mosquitos have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan Borough and one in Chadds Ford Township, officials there said.
June 27, 2014 |
Saying stricter federal nutrition guidelines are too much to swallow, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has decided to remove its 1,300 high school students from the program that is to go into effect next school year. In deciding last week that the students would not join the 31 million across the country who get free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, the district said its own food policies were healthy enough for its high schoolers. The district's middle school and four elementary schools will still participate.
June 25, 2014 |
Summer is here, and so are the first positive reports of West Nile virus in mosquitoes. A mosquito carrying the virus was reported in Aldan Borough last week, said Maureen Hennessey, director of the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health. It was the second case reported this year. A mosquito trap in Chadds Ford Township had a positive test result earlier in the month, she said. "We are finding a lot of our traps are pulling in big numbers" of mosquitoes, Hennessey said.
June 17, 2014 |
The story of Lincoln University's beginnings routinely highlights the benevolent white Presbyterian minister who founded the first degree-granting institution for African Americans. The Rev. John Miller Dickey started the historically black university in Chester County. James Ralston Amos and his brother, Thomas Henry Amos, were students, among the first to graduate. But in a retelling that shakes up a 160-year history, Cheryl Reneé Gooch, a dean at the school, elevates the Amos brothers' contribution.