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March 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
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February 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Invoking memories of 9/11, three Republican congressmen from the Philadelphia suburbs urged their GOP colleagues on Wednesday to avoid shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, saying to do so would be a dereliction of duty. "I stood in the courtyard of the Pentagon and watched the smoke billow from the roof," said Rep. Patrick Meehan, describing a visit days after the attack. "I've stood in the ruins with my colleagues that were U.S. attorneys at 9/11, and I think our highest and first responsibility is to protect the people of the United States from harm.
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February 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.
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February 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents won't have to look too hard to spot a county bus in Chester County from now on. They will just need to glance around for the splash of lime green in the middle of traffic. The two non-SEPTA bus lines that serve Chester County have been given a makeover and a new name, Chescobus, by the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC). The changes are an attempt to attract riders and make the four buses more identifiable in a part of the county where there are few mass-transit options.
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January 28, 2015
A story Monday about affordable senior living projects incorrectly stated the name of Coatesville's Brandywine Center and the location of Chester County's Brandywine Health Foundation.
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January 28, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Beware if you go out Tuesday morning, government officials said over and over Monday. Even better, they added, don't leave home. "If kids are going to get the day off, go sledding," said Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro. "Be safe and have fun. " The safe part could be dicey. John Krafczyk, the local maintenance manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said that whiteouts could cause traffic accidents at the storm's height Tuesday, and that a refreeze could ice up the works Tuesday night.
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January 22, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Schools closed early, and after Sunday morning's debacle, the region's road crews were poised for an all-out battle with nature. Yet even as meteorologists warned of another storm threat for the weekend, with a potential nor'easter, Wednesday's snowfall totals were less than expected, and the forecasts evidently had more impact than the actual weather. In anticipation of an expected two to three inches of snow, several school districts decided to close early. By early evening, no major problems had been reported, though state police in Avondale said several accidents had occurred in southern Chester County, where the snowfall was a bit more robust.
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January 21, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The victim's face was an ashen blue when Sgt. James Kelly found him unconscious on the den floor of his Haverford Township home. "He was totally passed out," Kelly said. He rubbed the victim's sternum to try to revive him. Nothing. The 14-year police veteran suspected a heroin overdose and quickly administered doses of Naloxone, a nasal spray known commonly as Narcan, which can revive victims and perhaps save their lives. The victim survived. In the seven weeks since police in Delaware County have been equipped with Narcan, they have successfully treated 14 overdose victims, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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January 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Jenkins is still thinking about last winter. The 26-year tree-service veteran saw crushed homes, smashed vehicles, and a lot of property damage after February's epic ice storm. "It seems like it took us all year to get everybody cleaned up that had damage in our specific area," said Jenkins, owner of Top Notch Tree Service in Downingtown, Chester County. For the rest of the year, he saw about a 20 percent hike in business from customers looking for preventive tree work, he said.
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December 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine-year-old Alex Collins sent his mother into the office of Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh in West Chester earlier this month for what he thought was the last step in applying to win a hunting and fishing trip with a sheriff. But there was a problem. The contest was for kids almost 600 miles away, at the sheriff's office in Chester County, South Carolina. "He was very upset when he realized it was the wrong Chester County," said Alex's mother, Leslie. The family saw the contest on the Chester County Sheriff's Office Facebook page and assumed it was the Pennsylvania county.
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