October 2, 2013 |
Imagine a wall map of Pennsylvania, stuck with eight red pins representing the home towns of the declared candidates in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor. All the markers are clustered in the eastern half of the state. The western front is wide open. No wonder former state Auditor General Jack Wagner of Pittsburgh is considering getting in the scramble for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett. "I'm still in an analytical mode," Wagner said in a recent interview, adding that he would decide whether to run "very soon.
September 30, 2013 |
Around noon on Father's Day, Steve Brazzle texted Richard Como, his onetime principal at Coatesville High School. "Happy Father's Day pop pop," Brazzle wrote, poking fun at Como's age. "My son!" replied Como, 67. "Much appreciated and thanks as always for remembering me. That does mean so much. " Brazzle, who is black, wrote back: "Of course. Thanks for being who you are. " Later that day, Como's phone spewed an entirely different text conversation to athletic director Jim Donato, this one peppered with racial slurs.
September 24, 2013 |
The recently resigned superintendent and an athletic director in the Coatesville Area School District exchanged numerous racist text messages about staff and students in June on school-issued cellphones, according to a published report. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan on Sunday confirmed his office was investigating the district and had received texts from school personnel. He would not identify the subjects or the nature of the texts. The texts - lewd, sexist, and rife with the "n-word" - were discovered by a district employee transferring data from an old phone to a new device, said the report in the Daily Local News in West Chester.
September 17, 2013 |
The beleaguered Chester County SPCA will soon add 11 new board members, officials announced Monday. The West Goshen shelter has come under fire recently from former and current staff and volunteers who blame ineffective board leadership, board members who miss meetings, and unfilled senior management positions for problems at the shelter. In a deal brokered between the CCSPCA and State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D. Chester), the new board will be in place by the end of October. "This should make a significant difference," said Dinniman.
September 13, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER A Chester County man was found guilty Wednesday of cruelty to animals, having he shot and killed his neighbor's dogs after saying he thought they posed a threat to his sheep. A jury deliberated 31/2 hours before finding Gabriel Pilotti, 73, of Chester Springs, guilty on both counts - one for each dog, said Kevin Pierce, assistant district attorney. "I respect the jury's verdict, as any trial attorney would, but I respectfully disagree," said Pilotti's attorney, Thomas Ramsay of West Chester.
September 9, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in this region's communities. Chester Springs is, in large part, a state of mind, an address evoking a vision of rolling hills, cornfields, and 18th-century Pennsylvania stone farmhouses. It's a vision that - coupled with an abundance of properties ranging from 4-acre-minimum, one-horse farms to the neotraditional houses with alley garages of Hankin Group's Weatherstone - has been bringing buyers to this piece of Chester County for three decades.
September 7, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration has hired Chester County lawyer William H. Lamb to represent the commonwealth in the federal same-sex marriage suit. Lamb, a Republican and chairman of the West Chester-based firm Lamb McErlane, is one of the most prominent figures in the Pennsylvania legal community, having served on the state Supreme Court and as district attorney for Chester County. The lawsuit, filed in July by 10 plaintiffs in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, alleges that their civil rights were violated by the state's ban on gay marriage.
August 28, 2013 |
After more than a century of Republican rule, the Democrats in Delaware County have closed the gap and are poised to become the party with the largest number of registered voters. As of Thursday, a difference of a mere 19 registered voters separated the two major parties - with 169,719 Republicans and 169,700 Democrats. The numbers reprsent a statistical dead heat, with each having 44 percent of the total number of registered voters. The transition shouldn't be a shock, said G. Terry Madonna director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College.
August 24, 2013 |
A former Coatesville police officer - and treasurer of the city's police union - has been charged with stealing more than $46,000 from the union over a three-year period. Gerald Pawling, who had worked for the department since 1995 before his retirement in 2012, has been charged with eight counts of forgery and 51 counts of theft, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan announced Thursday. Prosecutors allege that he stole a total of $46,509. According to a search warrant released by Hogan, Pawling confessed to theft and forgery in a recorded interview.
August 24, 2013 |
The cans of vegetables and soups were endless, and at times no meat was available beyond hot dogs in a few portable coolers. Volunteers had few choices to offer hungry families four years ago when the West Chester Food Cupboard (WCFC) emerged from the ashes of a bankrupt food charity. But on a recent afternoon, clients browsed refrigerators stocked with fresh chicken, ground turkey, beef, milk, eggs, and leafy greens. The stock rotates constantly, said Sam Wolfgong, one of the seven lead volunteers, and in general the cupboard looks like a supermarket - without the bill at the end. "We're really proud of what we're able to offer people now," he said.