June 5, 2015 |
Our outsize investments of time, energy, and money in athletes and arenas tempt us to regard sports as more than just games. Politicians are no exception, forever buying and selling the idea that stadiums aren't only a means of providing entertainment and reaping profits, but the linchpins of the economic revivals that have so far eluded any number of American cities. In fact, study after study has failed to attribute any significant economic impact to sports facilities. Chester is one of many towns relearning that lesson, in this case at the feet of PPL Park, a professional soccer stadium surrounded by the same economic wasteland that greeted its arrival five years ago this month.
June 5, 2015 |
With the starting outfield cemented for St. Joseph's Prep last season, Dan Schuhl had to wait to become a full-time contributor. "He sort of came out of the bullpen for us," Hawks coach Joe Falcone said. This year, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder not only earned a starting spot but also worked his way up from near the bottom of the batting order to the No. 2 position. "I went on a good streak during the regular season," Schuhl said. "I had, I think, eight straight hits and a few sacrifices.
June 3, 2015
Chester Police are investigating the city's eighth homicide of the year. On Sunday night at 9:46 p.m., police were called to the area of Third and Engle Streets near PPL Park for a shooting. They found a 33-year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene and has not yet been identified. According to police, the man was ambushed by an unidentified person as he stepped out of a car. On Thursday, one man was killed and three others wounded during a shooting two blocks away from the latest incident.
June 2, 2015 |
A Chester County school district is ramping up the fight against the Keystone Exams, while more than half of Pennsylvania's state senators have signed on to a bill that would put a moratorium on using the tests as a high school graduation requirement. This week, a widely shared letter by Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District - which consistently ranks in the top 10 percent in testing statewide - put a spotlight on opposition to the tests, which have outraged hundreds of parents, students, and educators across the state.
June 1, 2015 |
Inside the gates of PPL Park on game days, nearly 18,500 fans bustle around the $122 million Major League Soccer stadium on the Chester waterfront. They cheer the Union, they relax, they buy drinks and food. For a few hours, it's an image from Chester that few might recognize. But by the day's end, those visitors abruptly leave - returning to homes far outside Chester's city limits - without ever venturing beyond the I-95 ramp leading to the complex. It's been nearly five years since PPL Park opened with high expectations: The stadium would become a hub for economic development, the centerpiece of a waterfront stretch that would include housing, corporate offices, and a convention center.
May 31, 2015 |
One man was killed and three others wounded, including a 14-year-old, in a Thursday night shoot-out in Chester, police reported. At 11:17 p.m. police were called to the area of Third and Palmer Streets, near PPL Park, for a shooting. They found four victims. A 21-year-old man was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. One juvenile was shot in both legs. Another juvenile and a 47-year-old man were both struck in the buttock. All were transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center.
May 28, 2015 |
Doctors at Crozer-Chester Medical Center are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who was brought to the hospital two months ago. The man was in stable but serious condition Wednesday afternoon. He was found March 26 injured and unconscious in a park near a residence at 121 Sayres Neck Road in Bridgeton, N.J., said Grant Gegwich, vice president of public relations and marketing for Crozer-Keystone Health System. Gegwich said the man may have been injured in a fire at the residence.
May 26, 2015 |
In the world of politics, the Chester County Democratic Committee is hardly a juggernaut. At the end of 2014, it had just $3,194.99 in its coffers and, despite its efforts, has managed to elect only one Democrat to state office - Andrew Dinniman, a state senator. So how did this small-potatoes political committee end up in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed against the Carpenters union by the Convention Center, seeking the court's protection "against multiple violent and intimidating acts"?
May 24, 2015 |
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
May 21, 2015 |
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland ousted Chester Mayor John Linder on Tuesday night in one of the region's most heated primary battles. With nearly all of the precincts reporting, Kirkland had outpolled his Democratic rival by better than 2-1, ensuring that the Delaware County city will have a new leader next year. Kirkland will face former Mayor Wendell Butler, a Republican, in November's election. Linder's relationship with the five-member City Council had grown contentious in recent months, leading the Democratic Party to instead back Kirkland, a 12-term state representative.