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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.
NEWS
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 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.
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Mari A Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester City police officer responding to a domestic-violence call was wounded and a gunman killed in a shootout early Monday, authorities said. Police Commissioner Joseph Bail said four officers responded to a call for help at 3:50 a.m. at a house in the 1200 block of Culhane Street. When they arrived, Bail said, a woman came out the front door and said her boyfriend was going out the back. Frank McQueen, 34, left the house with a weapon drawn and aimed at police. Gunfire erupted, Bail said, and police returned fire.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A CHESTER POLICE officer who was wounded by gunfire while responding to a domestic call early yesterday morning became the latest victim in a tide of violence that's swept over Delaware County's only city this year. In the last month alone in Chester, the mayor's wife was carjacked at gunpoint, a Bosnian immigrant was beaten to death in an alley and the city's homicide tally doubled from what it was at the same time in 2013. Yesterday's incident began about 3:50 a.m., when police responded to a domestic call on Culhane Street near Smithers.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester Upland School District has been down so long that next year's $18 million budget gap looks like up. School officials said the shortfall in the proposed $123 million spending plan - unveiled Thursday - is $5 million less than this year's deficit, which passes for good news in this era of extreme belt tightening by schools. "We're under a mandate from the recovery plan that I wrote to reduce our costs and to work hard to reduce the budget deficit," state receiver Joe Watkins said in an interview shortly before presenting the budget to the school board.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Tricia Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The conversation sounded prescient. On the line was a business associate warning Salvador Lemus to get a new cellphone. But Lemus, a longtime Chester County resident, spoke like a man with nothing to fear. "My phone, my phone - nobody can track it," Lemus allegedly said. "I have 20 years with my number. " At that point last month, detectives had spent a year monitoring Lemus, a drug kingpin they said was unlike any other caught in county history. On Wednesday, they announced his arrest, along with dozens of others, all part of a drug ring that they said had ties to a notorious Mexican cartel and that moved at least $60 million in cocaine through the region over two decades.
SPORTS
May 24, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Neshaminy High graduate Erin Quense homered, but that was all the scoring for West Chester in a 5-1 loss to 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State in the opener of the NCAA Division II national softball finals Thursday at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. West Chester (41-21) will face LIU-Post (50-10) in an elimination game at noon Saturday. Armstrong Atlantic (36-13) enters the winners' bracket. The Savannah, Ga., school will face top-ranked West Texas A&M (57-7) at 4 p.m. Friday.
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