April 7, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Bo Ryan remembers being nervous only once on a basketball court - 1965, Palestra, first game of the state tournament, his Chester High team unbeaten. The point guard, he led the team onto the court for warmups. He would throw the ball up on the board and then everybody would tap it. You remember the drill. This being Chester, the last guy would dunk it. "I started to dribble the ball out of the tunnel and there's 9,000 in the Palestra," Ryan remembered. "I was there for games as a kid, watching Villanova, St. Joe's.
April 1, 2015 |
THANKS TO best-selling books and TV documentaries, as well as the personal recollections of millions of baby boomers, the 1960s have been forever cemented in our collective consciousness. But out in West Chester, those epochal times are being celebrated in a way that not only pays homage to unforgettable, society-altering movements and events, but also to an unforgettable local broadcaster. Through Aug. 29, the Chester County Historical Society is hosting "The 1960s Pop Culture: Movies, Memorabilia and the Media," a fascinating exhibition that looks at the decade through the film and TV memorabilia amassed by the late Steve Friedman, a longtime Chester County resident known to his fans as "Mr. Movie.
March 16, 2015 |
David Chester Larsen, 74, of Rydal, who as director of Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad became a nationally known figure in overseas education, died Monday, March 2, of multiple system atrophy at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Larsen served as a vice president at Arcadia and as the executive director of the school's Center for Education Abroad, now the College of Global Studies. During his tenure, from 1988 until his retirement in 2008, thousands of students from the nation's universities studied abroad.
March 14, 2015 |
Ilon Silverman holds the slice of bread in both hands, looking down as if he were reading it. He closes his eyes and chews. "There's not a word to describe it," he finally says. A pause. "There's probably many words. " The elusive, nuanced flavor of pain au levain - naturally leavened bread - is the reason Silverman wakes up every day. It is 9 a.m. Wednesday. He has been at the small bakery in Avondale's new natural-foods market since 3:45. Clad in a houndstooth cap and flour-stained apron, Silverman talks almost religiously about his bread, calling it "intoxicating," "zen," and "earthy.
March 10, 2015 |
Residents of West Chester say they want to buy local groceries - and they want to buy them locally. That is the conclusion of a study released last week by the West Chester Food Cooperative. It's been years since the borough had a full-service grocery store - the nearest one is outside the borough border - and people have long talked about bringing one into town. "There's a need for a grocery store and a desire for people to support fresh local produce and products," said West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta.
March 2, 2015 |
After singing her heart out, Julia Rae Schlucter of Wayne was crowned Miss Philadelphia late Saturday to mark the pageant's 94th anniversary. Schlucter, 22, a senior at Fordham University, will graduate in about three months. Her platform at Saturday's pageant at the city's Kurtz Center for Performing Arts at the William Penn Charter School was singing at the "Top of My Lungs. " She beat out 13 other contestants from Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.
February 24, 2015 |
When a refugee working to oppose one of the world's most repressive regimes tried to leave, the Eritrean government found him and held him in an underground prison for six years until he escaped. His job at the jail had been to sell the kerosene that inmates buy for cooking. He said he saw some use it to set themselves on fire. "That was one of the first stories we heard," said Chris Cotter, an aspiring filmmaker in West Chester. "It was tough. " Cotter, a 37-year-old musician, is almost done making a documentary - Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus - to share people's stories and raise awareness about human rights abuses in Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania on the Horn of Africa.
February 22, 2015 |
A violin career that began when she was 3, playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" at home outside of Seoul, South Korea, has led a Chester County teenager to deliver award-winning classical performances at venues in Florida, California, Ohio, North Carolina - and Romania. On Sunday, Sein An is set to perform in Bryn Athyn. An, 17, of West Chester, said her success is the result of early support by her musical family. "I could actually make people happy by playing that little song," An said.
February 20, 2015 |
Amir Hinton's three-pointer gave Abington the lead for good with just over a minute left in overtime Wednesday, and ended Chester's reign of dominance in District 1. Abington earned a 55-47 home win in the Class AAAA second round, handing Chester its first loss in the district playoffs since the 2010 quarterfinals. Hinton led Abington, the sixth seed, with 19 points. Matt Penecale chipped in 17 points. Marquis Collins led No. 11 Chester with 10 points. Plymouth Whitemarsh 49, Springfield (Delco)
February 20, 2015 |
Chester C. "Chet" Tyson Jr., 96, a fixture in the Montgomery County borough for so many years that he was known as "Mr. Narberth," died of lung cancer Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Freedom Village in Coatesville. Mr. Tyson lived for 78 years in Narberth, where he was involved in many government, civic, and other activities. "He was always available, and he always had time for every situation, and he was a gentleman," said Borough Manager William J. Martin. "In an era when the term is overused, he was a true gentleman.