August 21, 2014 |
Honey Brook Borough has been busy installing decorative sidewalks and curbs, period-style lighting fixtures, and plants in its downtown for more than a year. It plans to repave its main street. And the borough of about 1,700 people wants the rest of Chester County, and especially businesses, to know about it. Boroughs in Chester County with relatively small populations and limited resources are hoping to revitalize their business districts, as Phoenixville and West Chester have been able to do. "There are some that are right on their heels that are smaller and making an impact and utilizing resources very well," said Patrick Bokovitz, director of the county's Department of Community Development.
August 19, 2014 |
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
August 12, 2014
IT MIGHT surprise you to know that a few - not many, but a few - Pennsylvania lawmakers are not, well, pigs. Over the years, I've occasionally noted how members of our Legislature do pretty well, thanks to taxpayer generosity. Actually, thanks to their own greed and taxpayer apathy. But not all take everything they can. Using Right to Know requests, the Daily News got data from the State Employees' Retirement System and the Legislature on lawmakers not grabbing the biggest bennies: generous health-care coverage and/or pensions.
August 1, 2014 |
A former Coatesville detective who stole from the department where he worked for nearly two decades was sentenced Wednesday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in the Chester County prison, a fraction of the term prosecutors sought. Gerald Pawling, once honored for civic engagement and public service, stole more than $60,000 from the Coatesville Police Department, Police Benevolent Association, and Police Athletic League. District Attorney Thomas Hogan, whose office sought a 10- to 20-year sentence, said in a statement that "all of Chester County law enforcement" was dismayed by Judge David Partner's decision.
July 28, 2014 |
Visiting the blacksmith who shod horses for his family's farm, young Amos Glick was inspired: "You put a piece of metal at the forge, heat it and beat it, and you get a completely different shape. " As a teenager he worked at the Pequea Machine Inc. plant in Lancaster County, building manure spreaders. At 22, with marriage pending, and funds from his father and the local Mennonite bank, Glick in 1998 started Compass Iron Works in Chester County, refitting an old sawmill among cornfields a few miles past suburban Philadelphia.
July 27, 2014 |
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.
July 25, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge will preside over the case of the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader accused of assaulting a woman who worked at his law firm. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille this week approved the appointment of Philadelphia Senior Judge John L. Braxton to handle Robert J. Kerns' case in Montgomery County, Supreme Court spokesman Art Heinz said Wednesday. Castille is expected to issue an order finalizing the appointment by the end of next week, Heinz said.
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.