November 1, 2014 |
The sun will come out from behind the trees soon, but a chill still hangs about in the shadows atop a hill in Chester County Sunday morning. A hillside over, some cows moo. Closer, geese take flight with great ha-honks, and a hawk drops from a tree and soars out of sight. The horse is off in the distance and down the hill, invisible, but out there. Hardest Core, upset winner of the Grade I Arlington Million in August, will have his final prerace training session for Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf on this morning.
November 1, 2014 |
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
October 30, 2014 |
For a third straight year, Chester County will not raise property taxes in 2015, according to a preliminary budget unveiled Tuesday that officials developed to align with the county's strategic goals while adjusting for economic challenges. Those challenges include the county's two main revenue streams: its tax base and state and federal grants, which are expected to stay relatively flat. County officials also said they worked to keep cost increases for employees' medical plans at a minimum.
October 28, 2014
ISSUE | PLATFORMS Read up on it As far as his plan to improve Pennsylvania's taxes and expenditures, Tom Wolf has said over and over that he'd have to see the figures before he could comment. But the state's tax receipts and expenditures are online, and they're listed in enough detail that Wolf could give at least a cogent answer to these questions. As a past state revenue secretary, he's also familiar with state budgets. And as a candidate, he should certainly have done some current research.
October 22, 2014
A story Tuesday on the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery attributed a statement on behalf of McCaffery to his lawyer, Dion G. Rassias. Spokesman Frank Keel, who e-mailed the statement Monday night, said Tuesday that the remarks should have been attributed to him and blamed the mistake on "some miscommunications in the heat of the moment. " A story Tuesday wrongly described Republican Sixth District congressional candidate Ryan Costello as the only area congressional candidate to receive campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
October 20, 2014 |
Members of the Keystone Valley Fire Department got lucky a few months ago when a Parkesburg man let them smash windows and fill with smoke the dilapidated house he was planning to demolish. Opportunities like that make for great training, but they're rare. "I'm trying to find a structure now, and I just . . . I can't," Chief Raymond Stackhouse said. Firefighters and police officers in Chester County often have to leave the county to train or rely on props and their imaginations.
October 20, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Some people use the terms Glen Mills and Thornbury Township - the one in Delaware County - interchangeably. Inaccurately, too: A good portion of the township is in the Thornton zip code, 19373. (Thornton is a historic section of Thornbury Township.) Plus, the Glen Mills zip code, 19342, covers five other townships including Thornbury Township, Chester County, as well as the Borough of Chester Heights.
October 16, 2014 |
In counties across the Philadelphia region, officials are casting a watchful eye on the Ebola outbreak that has already claimed one life in Texas. Representatives from Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties, as well as two South Jersey counties, said Tuesday that they were keeping in close contact with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and area hospitals. "A contagious virus is only a plane ride away," Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle told reporters after the first meeting of a county task force on Ebola and infectious diseases.
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.