August 7, 2016 |
On a pleasant morning this week ripe for playing outside, Jahmad Lundy, 11, was doing what many adults would find abhorrent: He was sitting in front of a computer screen in a beige, air-conditioned room, transfixed by an online program displayed on a large television monitor. The program was graphing out sound waves inside the room, and Lundy - who wore a black T-shirt - watched as the lines on the screen grew larger and smaller depending on how loudly he spoke. Earlier in the day, Lundy and several other children worked through what looked like a Nintendo game, focusing on the green pipes and pixel-block landscapes on their monitors, or - if they were without a computer - on someone else's screen.
August 4, 2016 |
The independent analysis of the City of Chester presented to the public Tuesday night minces few words: The city is reeling from a $16.3 million deficit. Economic growth is far too slow. Its personnel costs are on the verge of crippling Chester's finances. And income taxes must be raised - while the number of city employees, cut. "Extreme measures must be taken," the report, issued by Philadelphia economic consulting firm Econsult Solutions cautioned. "And no department of the city will be able to avoid making difficult decisions.
August 3, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and Chester County businessman Richard W. Ireland told a federal judge Monday that they were innocent of corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab, who presided over the arraignments here, set a preliminary trial date for both defendants of Oct. 4 and released them on recognizance. Hafer is charged with lying to federal agents who were questioning her in a wide-ranging investigation to determine if government contracts were traded for contributions or bribes to politicians, commonly known as pay-to-play schemes.
August 2, 2016 |
In his head, Boyd Martin pictures the plane ride home from Rio de Janeiro. He doesn't imagine coming home with an individual or team gold, although both would be nice. He imagines having no regrets. That is the mind-set Martin needs, he said, in order to succeed on the U.S. eventing team at this year's Olympics. "This will be the strongest team the U.S. has seen in quite some time," said Martin, who trains at his farm in Cochranville, Chester County. Of the four equestrian riders on the team, Martin and Phillip Dutton, who is based in West Grove, Chester County, are the seasoned veterans.
August 2, 2016 |
Kelly Whaley liked playing golf when she was a child but didn't always listen to everything her parents told her about the game, even if her mother, a former LPGA tour player who made history by competing in a PGA Tour event, was one of the top teaching pros in the country. "We did butt heads a lot," she said. But Whaley, 19, the daughter of Suzy Whaley, a former West Chester resident who is secretary of the PGA of America, accepted the advice and has developed into a fine college player.
August 1, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Pocopson isn't just another one of those sleepy, historic, sprawling, thinly populated Chester County townships. It does have history, of course, and although the town wasn't established until 1848, 71 years after the Battle of Brandywine, the British did cross the west branch of the creek at Trimble's Ford, now a historic district shared by Pocopson and West Bradford. Pennsbury and East Marlborough - which also were linked to the battle, according to every historical record - "donated" land to form Pocopson Township.
July 23, 2016 |
The crowd watching Donald Trump's speech on the tavern television was spare and subdued. But they liked the message Thursday night, as well as the messenger. Some 15 people who turned out for a "watch party" of Trump supporters at Ryan's Pub in West Chester spoke of a dismay over the nation's trajectory and a belief that the Republican nominee could change that. "I'm worried for my children," said Joe Mottola, 59, an Exton resident who owns an IT company. "I'm worried about my grandchildren, and I see him as a beacon for the future.
July 22, 2016 |
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.
July 14, 2016 |
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.
July 8, 2016 |
A 41-year-old Havertown man who had left the Harrah's casino in Chester and was driving home early Wednesday was shot at numerous times while in his car, police said. Police responded to the shooting scene at the intersection of 12th and Chestnut Streets in Chester about 1 a.m. and found the man and his black Pontiac in the middle of the intersection, Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro said. The rear and driver's side of the car were riddled with bullets. The man, who was shot in the upper left side of his back, was alert and conscious when an ambulance arrived, Amaro said.