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January 23, 2016
West Chester University will get an interim president April 1 - Christopher M. Fiorentino, the school's vice president of external operations. Fiorentino - who has his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Temple University - has spent more than 20 years at West Chester as a faculty member, dean of the college of business and public affairs and vice president, a post he's held since 2013. The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's 14-university State System of Higher Education announced his appointment on Thursday.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
The last time Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland saw David Alston, the 42-year-old father of 10 was on his way to church and asked for help tying his bow tie. "I knew him for 10 years," said Kirkland, who lives in the city's West End, where Alston also resided. On Friday, Alston was gunned down as he sat in his blue Toyota Camry a block from Crozer-Chester Medical Center. His was the city's first killing of 2016 - and the first to occur during the newly inaugurated mayor's administration.
NEWS
January 11, 2016
Shooting is Chester's first homicide of '16 A 42-year-old Chester man was found dead inside a car at 15th and Shaw Terrace in Chester about 9:43 p.m. Friday, the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was to be released later Saturday after authorities notified family members. Police said they have no leads or suspects in Chester's first homicide of 2016. "We're still working, with limited information at this point," said Detective Patrick Mullen.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016
Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. Where: Philadelphia. Mission: Mentorship programs for 4,000 children. What's new: Merger of organizations in South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania as of Jan. 1. Counties: Philadelphia. Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester. Joint revenues/staff: $6.7 million, 83.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
The man whose body was found hanging in a West Chester park on Monday morning was a 56-year-old resident who lived nearby, police said Wednesday. William James Little lived half a mile from Marshall Square Park, where someone walking a dog found his body and called police around 6:50 a.m. Monday. The Chester County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide. Shortly after police received the call, students arrived at the nearby Henderson High School for their first day back after the holiday break.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta is running for a seat in the state House, she said Wednesday. Comitta, a Democrat, seeks her party's nomination for the seat in the 156th district, which includes portions of West Goshen, East Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury Townships and the Borough of West Chester. The Democratic nominee will challenge incumbent Republican State Rep. Dan Truitt, who is in his third term. "I am proud to be the candidate who listens, who celebrates diversity and inclusiveness and who brings people together to consider all points of view and get things done," Comitta said.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A passerby walking a dog discovered the body of a man hanging in a West Chester park near a school Monday morning, police said. Police received a call around 6:50 a.m. about a white male hanging from a swing set in Marshall Square Park near Henderson High School. Police said the man lived in the West Chester area, but declined Monday afternoon to identify him or give his age, pending notification of his family. The death appears to have been a suicide, Detective Bob Kuehn said.
NEWS
January 6, 2016
WEST CHESTER Chester County switched over to its updated $42.1 million emergency radio system on Monday. The county's more than 5,000 first responders will use the new system, which expands radio coverage to more than 99 percent of the county. Nearly 40 percent of portable radio calls among first responders did not go through using the former analog system, which was installed in the late 1990s. In February 2013, the county commissioners signed a contract with Harris Corp., which will be responsible for maintaining the system that it sold to the county.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Pledging to address violence and improve low-achieving schools, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chester, one of the region's poorest and most crime-ridden cities. For now, the Democrat said, he will wear two hats - serving as mayor and in the House. Kirkland has rescinded his resignation of his House seat, and said he would remain in the legislature until a budget is passed or until the end of February. He will draw only his state salary, he said. "I am deeply humbled," said the 23-year House veteran, who broke down after taking the oath.
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