November 16, 2014 |
The state Department of Education has awarded $3.9 million to 114 schools and municipalities, including 17 in the Philadelphia region, to cover the cost of hiring resource and police officers in schools this year. Under the grant program, signed into law last year, schools and towns can receive up to $60,000 for a resource officer and up to $40,000 for a police officer. Recipients are required to fund the positions for at least two years. Priority for funding is given to schools and municipalities that employ officers who have completed training related to children and adolescents within a school setting, the state said.
November 14, 2014 |
Chester and Delaware County teachers and support staff working without contracts rallied Thursday to draw attention to what they say are stalled negotiations. "It's not that they're just unsettled," said Zeek Weil, southeastern representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). "School boards cancel meetings, reject proposed dates that we offer, come unprepared, hold 30-minute bargaining sessions, and then just want to go home. So it's very frustrating to our members.
November 6, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Republicans won the two most hotly contested House races in the Philadelphia area Tuesday, holding onto seats in Bucks and Chester Counties that Democrats had hoped to take away. U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) defeated Democrat Kevin Strouse in a closely divided district based in Bucks County, and Republican Ryan Costello beat Democrat Manan Trivedi in a Chester County-based race. Costello, a Chester County commissioner, will replace Republican Jim Gerlach, who did not seek reelection.
November 4, 2014 |
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
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.