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July 30, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
The project dates to the late 1990s, but for tens of thousands of motorists who have contended with the shifting lanes, bulky vehicles, construction crews, and sometimes bewildering lane shifts on Route 202, it might have seemed eternal. "People feel like this has been going on forever," said John Ewald, manager of corporate and community relations for the Transportation Management Association of Chester County. "There is that sense of endless construction. " But the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the widening of Route 202, one of the region's busiest and fastest-growing corridors, is coming to an end. PennDot said all six lanes of the expressway on the widened 2.5-mile section in East Whiteland Township would be open by the end of next week.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, STAFF WRITER
After 43 years in prison for a West Chester purse snatching that became a murder when the victim fell and died from the injuries, Earl Rice Jr., 60, finally had the chance to go before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole this week. The board's decision: 43 years was long enough for a crime committed when Rice was just 17 years old. Rice and three other men, including two from Philadelphia, were all approved for parole this week, making them the first people in Pennsylvania convicted of first or second degree murder ever to be granted parole.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
They've accused county council members of failing to protect open space, and of ignoring their pleas to save a sprawling swath of archdiocesan-owned land in Marple Township. They've drafted Facebook posts and sent emails, and stormed council meetings. This week, Delaware County Council members answered the accusations by saying: You're wrong. In a 10-page memo, the council gave its most comprehensive defense of its measured response to the open-space dustup that has rattled the community in recent weeks.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A large fire broke out overnight at a mushroom farm in Chester County. The blaze was reported about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Modern Mushroom Farms at 1330 Newark Road in Toughkenamon, according to Chester County dispatchers. About 1,000 hay bales caught fire, dispatchers said. The blaze was placed under control at 3:02 a.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
Tia Manon trudged through the swampy cemetery of the old Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, looking for two names belonging to one man. Perry Ringgold was a slave who escaped the South on the Underground Railroad. James Williams was the free man he became after he was harbored by a Quaker family in Exton. According to family lore, this relative of Manon's helped found the East Whiteland church in 1832, but none of the stone markers bore a trace of him, by either name. She did come across one name she recognized, a Reason - William Reason.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A unit of Prudential Financial Inc. has acquired a pair of senior housing communities, including one in Chester County's Willistown Township, from a venture involving Radnor-based Shelbourne Capital L.L.C. PGIM Real Estate purchased The Solana Willistown, along with The Solana Roseland in the New York suburb of Roseland, N.J., Prudential spokesman Brendan Duffy said in an e-mail on Tuesday. Formation-Shelbourne Senior Living Services sold the communities as a package for $98.3 million, according to a release from commercial real-estate services firm HFF, which marketed the properties.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Supporters of the Paoli Battlefield are a step closer to persuading Washington to designate the Main Line site - an encampment that swam in patriot blood on a September night in 1777 - a national historic landmark. The research and documentation they submitted have put the 40-acre Chester County tract into contention for the nation's highest historic designation, according to the National Park Service's National Historic Landmark Program and the American Battlefield Protection Program.
NEWS
July 2, 2016
The slaying of a 62-year-old Berwyn woman in her Main Line home two weeks ago was a "targeted attack," Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Denise Barger, a recent widow, died of blunt-force trauma. Her body was found on the morning of June 17 by a relative who had gone to Barger's Heatherstone Drive residence to check on her, the District Attorney's Office announced June 18. Her death was the first homicide this year in Tredyffrin Township, the most populous town in Chester County with about 29,500 people.
REAL_ESTATE
June 27, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. John Duffy recalls that when the opportunity arose in the 1970s to build new in Uwchlan, his then-partner decided that the Chester County township was just too far away. A few years later, an appraiser that Duffy, owner of Duffy Real Estate in Narberth and St. Davids, worked with stopped by his office and said, "You would never believe where I have been appraising lately. " If you said Uwchlan Township, you hit the nail right smack on the head.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Prompted by residents' complaints about the increased use of digital billboards, a state senator announced Friday that he had introduced a bill that would toughen regulations on companies that want to erect the brightly lighted signs. Applicants would have to meet with representatives from PennDot and the proposed site's town, and approval would be subject to hearings under the bill, sponsored by Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester). The bill, introduced Monday, would amend what he called the outdated Outdoor Advertising Control Act of 1971.
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