September 24, 2014 |
Union nurses, on strike Sunday and Monday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, plan to continue picketing on Tuesday, even as negotiators from both sides have scheduled a morning bargaining session. Management at the Delaware County hospital will not permit the nurses to return to work at 7 a.m. Tuesday when their two day strike ends, saying no shifts will be available until Friday. The hospital has hired replacement nurses. The nurses, who planned a rally for Monday afternoon, had been working under terms of a contract which expired June 8. The union, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, said its approximately 550 members are striking over pay, benefits and staffing levels.
September 24, 2014 |
The sign in the window reads "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to a message-less voicemail. Last Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. It marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50-acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
September 23, 2014 |
Union nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County went on strike Sunday morning in a dispute that involves pay, pensions, and staffing levels. Wearing red T-shirts, nurses picketed on the hospital perimeter in Upland while replacement workers from the Colorado staffing agency U.S. Nursing Corp. did their jobs inside. The hospital, which has taken an aggressive marketing stance against the strike, maintains the fight is about money. Saying it is in financial trouble, it has proposed cutting pay for its most senior nurses and switching to a less-lucrative retirement plan.
September 22, 2014 |
X.J. Kennedy, an eminent poet, has heard repeatedly how important the West Chester University Poetry Conference is to the writers who attend. It is one of the largest and most respected in the country. So he was heartbroken last week when university officials announced the school was removing the conference's director and canceling next year's event while the Poetry Center finds a new leader. "That's catastrophic," said Kennedy, a past keynote speaker at the conference who lives in Massachusetts.
September 12, 2014 |
On Tuesday afternoon, Dan Connor had just walked out from a linebackers and special-teams meeting. Nothing new about that. Connor had been in so many of them during six years in the NFL and for four years before that at Penn State, where he remains the all-time leading tackler. But this time, Connor, 28, was running the meeting as first-year linebackers coach at West Chester University. Connor figures he prepared for about an hour on what he wanted to cover as the Rams installed some new looks.
September 8, 2014 |
Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) threw for 262 yards and four touchdowns to lead 10th-ranked West Chester to a 35-30 victory over host New Haven on Saturday in Connecticut. Al-Hajj Shabazz (Bartram) blocked a punt and recovered another blocked punt in the end zone for a score. Mike Labor (St. Joseph's Prep) led the Golden Rams with 12 tackles, including a sack. Delaware Valley 30, Montclair State 20 - The Aggies' senior tandem of quarterback Aaron Wilmer (George Washington)
September 7, 2014 |
In the second year of a crusade to woo back students who have flocked to charter schools, officials in the Chester Upland School District have upped the ante with free laptops and headphones. The Chromebook laptop and hugely popular Dr. Dre Beats headphones - which retail for hundreds of dollars - were on the table this summer for students willing to abandon rivals such as Chester Community Charter School and return to Chester Upland classrooms or its new cyberschool. "We realize we're in a competitive environment," said Joe Watkins, the state-appointed receiver tasked with developing a recovery plan for the cash-strapped Delaware County district.
September 6, 2014 |
A national Muslim youth group will hold its 45th annual retreat this weekend, bringing together more than 1,200 men and boys from around the country to Chester County with the goal of strengthening a sense of community and identity among young Muslims. "They're not anything like the type of Muslims we hear about on television and the radio," said Bilal Rana, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. The organization, which has 71 local chapters and more than 3,000 members, is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
August 24, 2014 |
A festering political feud in Chester County was stoked anew this week with the most unlikely fuel - a ticket for public urination. Brian McGinnis, the newly elected head of the county Democratic Committee, was cited by West Chester police one night last month after being spotted in an alley. A group of party members - who also happen to be his predecessor's most vocal supporters - are now calling for his resignation. Their demand, in a statement issued Thursday, stunned McGinnis.
August 21, 2014 |
At the farm at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Chester County, the stalks on the chard are a startling fire-truck red. The eggplants, shiny as the Lexuses and Mercedeses in the parking lot, offer mirrorlike reflections of moneyed folk with the luck and good sense to eat well. Flawless, fabulous vegetables have long been a perk of the middle and upper classes, who could afford to pay as much as $765 for 24 weeks of produce as part of the community supported agriculture program (CSA)