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June 25, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Chester Area School District's board moved Monday to delay until later this summer its vote on how to redraw its voting regions, which could change the way residents vote and campaign during school elections as early as next year. The board voted, 8-0, to send back to committee a map that would have divided the 75-square-mile district, which includes parts of Chester and Delaware Counties, into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. Later this summer, the school board's ad hoc electoral committee will further discuss how best to divide the district.
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June 22, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kamri Staples was determined to let nothing stop her drive to a career in medicine - not the chaos in Chester's struggling public schools, not lack of money, not even a bureaucratic screw-up that evidently robbed her of a chance to transfer to elite Episcopal Academy. Now, by winning a national honor that makes her a rarity in the troubled district, the 17-year-old can laugh at what she calls her one moment of high anxiety: when she got to watch a gall bladder removal during a Lankenau Science Symposium, right around lunchtime.
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June 20, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bala Cynwyd parking lot operator claims in a federal racketeering lawsuit that officials in Chester City conspired with the owners of the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park to stop the company from operating its lots during the Union's Major League Soccer games and other events. For four games in 2013, the suit claims, Police Commissioner Joseph Bail ordered three ranking officers to close the lots owned by T.I.C.B. Partners by blocking streets with city vehicles or police tape. According to the lawsuit, Bail was also put on the payroll of the company that manages the park and paid $400 for every event he attended there, though it did not specify his duties.
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June 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When officers found Andrea McQueen in a snowbank at the scene of a car crash in March, the Coatesville woman was calling out the same words again and again: "My baby. My baby. " Only after police searched along the Chester County road did they realize a child hadn't been ejected from the woman's vehicle. McQueen, who survived the crash, was screaming for the baby she had been carrying for 27 weeks and two days. The driver who hit McQueen while allegedly driving drunk at 113 m.p.h., Remington Simmons, now faces a charge several prosecutors said was rarely used by their offices: murder of an unborn child.
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June 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
For three years, the small but thriving vegetable plot outside Chester's Stetser Elementary School taught schoolchildren the joy of gardening and the necessity of eating healthy foods such as cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, and even caught the attention of nutrition-crusading Michelle Obama. But in recent weeks, a cruel act of vandalism has given fifth graders at the Delaware County school some new lessons: in perseverance and the art of rebuilding. "We did hard work, and now we've got to do it all over," said 11-year-old Kamani Johns, one of several Stetser fifth graders who lined up in the garden, next to the school playground, on a gloomy and brooding Wednesday morning to spread topsoil around two new raspberry bushes that replace some of the greenery yanked out by vandals.
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June 14, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to build a 15,000-square-foot facility at the Chester incinerator plant to house garbage imported by rail from New York City has been put on the shelf. After some residents raised questions, the Chester City Planning Commission tabled a vote on the plan for 30 days. The commission had been expected to approve permits Wednesday night for the Covanta Energy proposal, but 12 protesters showed up at the meeting asking for a review of the project. Covanta, which has 100 employees in Chester, has operated the trash incinerator on Highland Avenue since 1992.
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June 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
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June 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Atkins, 65, of Paoli, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who later became the director of emergency services for Chester County, died Monday, June 9, of a stroke at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Atkins' life was centered on family, and on serving his country and county. He grew up in Yardville, N.J., and in 1966 enrolled in Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. While at Stevens, Mr. Atkins enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program, and when he finished training was both honored as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned a second lieutenant.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
DEAR CAMDEN, It's not that we don't feel miffed that the 76ers are moving their practice facilities and office operations across the river to your town - last we checked, they called themselves the Philadelphia 76ers - but we know that you're not in the habit of getting much good news, so we wish you well. As part of an interconnected urban ecosystem, we really want your city to do well. We suffer when you suffer. Now, could you step aside and let us speak to New Jersey? New Jersey: Hasn't Camden suffered enough?
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June 4, 2014
DELAWARE COUNTY Workshops offered for parents ASTON The Chester Upland School District and Neumann University are working together to send parents back to school. The university will offer a series of free workshops this summer to parents of students in the school district. The program allows parents to earn a free college credit for completing the workshops. The content of the workshops will "vary from academic readiness for higher education to financial aid to technological fluency for returning to college," said Stephen Bell, a spokesman for Neumann.
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