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June 27, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 25, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When officers found Andrea McQueen in a snowbank at the scene of a car crash in March, the Coatesville woman was calling out the same words again and again: "My baby. My baby. " Only after police searched along the Chester County road did they realize a child hadn't been ejected from the woman's vehicle. McQueen, who survived the crash, was screaming for the baby she had been carrying for 27 weeks and two days. The driver who hit McQueen while allegedly driving drunk at 113 m.p.h., Remington Simmons, now faces a charge several prosecutors said was rarely used by their offices: murder of an unborn child.
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June 17, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 ReneƩ Gooch, a dean at the school, elevates the Amos brothers' contribution.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Because of field conditions and the threat of storms, the Carpenter Cup first-round games scheduled for Friday and early Saturday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia were postponed. The tournament will resume at 4 p.m. Saturday and pick up Sunday morning. The semifinals and championship are scheduled for next Thursday and Friday at Citizens Bank Park. Schedule FIRST ROUND All games at Ashburn Field in FDR Park. Saturday Tri-Cape vs. Philadelphia Catholic League, 4 p.m. Sunday Suburban One American/Continental vs. Berks County, 9 a.m. Mercer County vs. Jersey Shore, 12:30 p.m. Delaware County vs. Public League, 4 p.m. Monday Suburban One National/Bicentennial vs. Chester County, 9 a.m. Inter-Ac Independents vs. Delaware South, 12:30 p.m. QUARTERFINALS All games at Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Atkins, 65, of Paoli, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who later became the director of emergency services for Chester County, died Monday, June 9, of a stroke at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Atkins' life was centered on family, and on serving his country and county. He grew up in Yardville, N.J., and in 1966 enrolled in Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. While at Stevens, Mr. Atkins enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program, and when he finished training was both honored as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned a second lieutenant.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Emergency Management Director Ed Atkins, who led the department for 17 years, died Monday, according to the county. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called Atkins "a great man" who always treated Red Cross volunteers with dignity and respect. "Every single day he committed himself to making Chester County a better place to live, and ensuring that the citizens of Chester County were safe," Hughes said in a video posted by the Red Cross.
NEWS
June 7, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Area fire companies will have some extra money to spend on equipment and additional firefighters, thanks to federal largesse. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced that it was awarding more than $1.8 million in grants under two programs to fire companies in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. A big winner was the Tinicum Township Fire Company in Delaware County. With its $549,600 share, it added eight full-time firefighters - who started last week - to bolster its volunteer force.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dale Gravett, director of Chester County's Housing Authority, was sure that a plan to build affordable apartments for homeless veterans would get the state funding last year that it needed to become a reality. But it fell short. Now, Gravett, other county officials, and the Philadelphia developer behind the project in East Vincent Township are waiting anxiously to find out whether this year will be different. On June 12, Mission First Housing Group will know whether it will get low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that would make up more than 80 percent of the roughly $9.63 million it needs to go forward with the project, a 48-unit development that would incorporate and refurbish the historic Whitehall Inn on Schuylkill Road.
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