March 13, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From the moment you step - well, drive - over the line into West Bradford Township from Downingtown or West Chester, you have a sense that just a couple hours poking around isn't doing justice to the place. Parts of it are very old. Marshallton is filled with more than five dozen buildings, many dating from the 18th century, and is sometimes called West Bradford's first shopping center. Other parts are as new as Tom Bentley's Saranac community of 34 homes on Crestmont Road.
March 13, 2016 |
Moreh White says he became homeless after a string of temporary jobs and imprudent spending left him unable to pay rent. But last week, he stood behind a counter in a trailer, hawking fresh fruits and vegetables, and embracing his unlikely role as an advocate for healthy eating. White, 39, said he knows a regular diet of fresh food can be expensive and inconvenient, and feel like an uphill battle. But now, he said, "the mountain comes to you. " A resident of the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville, White is part of the inaugural crew of the Nourish Mobile Market, a shelter initiative to give jobs to the homeless and expand access to fresh food to those in Chester County who might not have it. Since last fall, the market - a trailer hooked to a pickup truck - has sold more than 7,800 pounds of produce, and given White and other homeless men more than 950 hours of work.
March 9, 2016 |
A Chester County man out on bail in a child sex-abuse case was arrested Monday after allegedly firing six shots into the home of the child whom police have identified as the victim. Douglas Kohen, 63, was charged with attempted murder, witness intimidation, and related offenses, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said. Kohen is accused of firing six times into the East Caln Township home early Sunday, while the 7-year-old child, a 9-year-old sibling, and their father were inside, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
March 6, 2016 |
The football players at Conestoga High School had a nickname for the rituals they performed each week, according to prosecutors. No-Gay Thursday. Some players avoided the locker room that day, when players considered certain sexual behavior permissible. The hazing at the elite Chester County public school, routinely ranked near the top academically in national ratings, escalated into assault one day last fall, authorities said Friday. Three seniors, including a team captain, grabbed a freshman they didn't like, who was trying to leave the locker room during a hazing ritual.
March 1, 2016
ISSUE | SLAVERY It's here, worldwide Many people believe that slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago. In reality, slavery still exists in countries around the world, including our own ("Janitorial slavery ring nets 20 years," Friday). The International Labor Organization estimates that there are more than 27 million slaves in the world. The Chester County Abolitionists is an anti-human-trafficking advocacy group that fights modern-day slavery in all its forms.
February 18, 2016
A Chester County man was arrested and charged with simple assault and other offenses after an alleged road-rage incident Monday, West Whiteland Township police said Tuesday. Scott Sanford, 49, of Exton, allegedly tailgated a car on East Swedesford Road, pulled in front of that vehicle, stopped, and got out of his car with a retractable baton in his hand, police said. He allegedly approached the other car wielding the baton, at which point the driver backed up and Sanford drove off. The other driver's son, in the car with him, recorded the incident on his phone, police said.
February 17, 2016 |
The Main Line could soon be losing yet another historic landmark and gaining yet another chain drugstore - though not without a fight. This time, past and future are clashing at the busy corner of Lancaster Avenue and Old Eagle School Road in Strafford, Chester County, where a plain-Jane fieldstone building has stood since at least the late 1700s. Once a tavern along the nation's first turnpike, today it houses a high-end furniture showroom. But in its glory years, lasting most of the 20th century, it was the Old Covered Wagon Inn, a Main Line institution and maker of memories.
February 12, 2016 |
A handful of schools in the suburbs are opening late on Wednesday. The districts and private schools with delayed openings are mostly in Chester County. A full list of school closing and delays is at http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/school-closings . Philadelphia public schools are opening on time. A small band of snow flurries is moving through the region Wednesday morning after snow fell around the area Tuesday. Chester County got the brunt of that snow, with 6.5 inches in Eagle, 6.1 inches in Elverson, 5.9 inches in West Caln Township and 5.7 inches in Lionville, according to the National Weather Service.
February 11, 2016 |
Chester County moved a step closer Tuesday to joining several other Pennsylvania counties that charge additional fees for vehicle registrations. State law allows counties to impose a $5 fee for registrations not considered exempt. Counties can use the funds for transportation improvement projects. The law took effect in January 2015. Philadelphia and Bucks County are among at least six that have approved the fee. Montgomery County is considering it. The Chester County commissioners discussed the fee at a meeting Tuesday and will vote Thursday on whether to impose it. County officials expect fees for approximately 440,000 eligible vehicles to generate about $2.2 million, which they will use for bridge repairs.
February 6, 2016 |
Chester County is taking notes from business owners as it tries to create a 10-year road map for the growing county. A survey open to all county businesses will attempt to gather information - perhaps for the first time - about the priorities and struggles of local companies and why they choose to do business in Chester County. "The business community is the economy," said MaryFrances McGarrity, director of business development at the Chester County Economic Development Council, which worked with the county commissioners and area chambers of commerce to create the survey.