October 15, 2014 |
A bill expected to pass this week in the legislature would gut protections for Pennsylvania's cleanest streams, critics say. The proposal, which would remove a requirement that developers leave a 150-foot forested buffer along some streams, has drawn the opposition of environmental groups, land conservancies, and wildlife groups such as Trout Unlimited. It is backed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association and officials in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, who say that the requirement is arbitrary and that they need flexibility.
October 10, 2014 |
The treasurer of a Chester County fire company was charged Wednesday with stealing $300,000 from the station by forging checks, stealing from the firehouse safe, and manipulating bingo records. Hower Smith III, 57, allegedly stole the money from Coatesville's Westwood Fire Company between 2006 and 2012. Smith, who lives in Coatesville and was a member of the company for about 40 years, was removed from his post and came under investigation in 2012 after he charged $2,000 to a fire company credit card while on vacation in Hawaii, officials said.
October 9, 2014 |
Chester County officials and business leaders Tuesday unveiled a 10-year economic development plan - which the county says is unprecedented in scope - that calls for a balance of growth and preservation. The so-called VISTA 2025 initiative includes more than "180 strategies" to guide short- and long-term spending and development projects. The county has had business plans in the past, but officials say this represents the first comprehensive economic-development strategy, which was formed through a partnership of public and private groups.
October 4, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
September 30, 2014
The African American Museum in Philadelphia named Harold Epps chairman of the board. He is president and CEO of PRWT Services Inc. The Downingtown Main Street Association elected Bruce Moroney , executive vice president and chief accounting officer at DNB First, and Bruce Mowday , a Chester County author and president of Mowday Group Inc., to its board. Alan Lindy was named to the board of the National Liberty Museum . Lindy is the general and managing partner of Lindy Communities, a family-owned Philadelphia apartment management company.
September 27, 2014 |
The sign in the window reads, "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to message-less voice mail. On Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. That marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50 acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
September 27, 2014 |
Joseph M. Blosenski Jr., 71, of Honey Brook, the founder of a trash hauling company in Chester County, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, of cancer at his home. He was president of Blosenski Disposal Service in Elverson, which he started in 1962 with a pickup truck in his neighborhood. He owned and operated the refuse business for 30 years. In 1994, the firm was bought by his son Anthony J. Sr. and renamed A.J. Blosenski Inc. Trash & Recycling Service. Joseph Blosenski became a vice president of his son's company.
September 26, 2014 |
Christine Ruggio's daughter is gluten-intolerant, so, in the past, sending her off to summer camp used to require packing a cooler filled with gluten-free baked goods. But this summer, packing for field-hockey camp at the University of Delaware was less of a hassle. "Out of 100 kids, seven were celiac, 15 had to eat gluten-free. They had a complete menu for them, so they could have anything they want. It's come a long way," Ruggio said. "Of course," she added, "we supply them, so that made it a lot easier.
September 19, 2014 |
Labor shortages and rising costs are some of the challenges farmers face locally and nationally. That's what local farmers and a representative from a national agricultural agency said at a Chester County farming forum Wednesday morning. The group gathered to discuss the latest Census of Agriculture figures. Chester County is first in the nation in the value of greenhouse, nursery, floriculture, and sod sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The county is first in the state in the market value of crops, and 28th in the nation.