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)
August 15, 2014 |
Chester City Council unanimously approved controversial expansion plans Wednesday for a trash incinerator along the city's waterfront that would allow the operator to accept waste shipped by train from New York. Council members told a packed audience that they understood concerns about the trash-to-steam plant's presence in Chester but could not deny the facility's right to operate. Covanta plans to construct two buildings, which the company said will allow it to accept trash in updated and safer containers.
August 13, 2014 |
Chester police Monday were asking witnesses to step forward with information about three separate fatal shootings and a fatal hit-and-run incident that all have occurred since Friday morning. In one of the shooting incidents, a crowd of bystanders turned "ugly" as an officer on scene tried to provide first aid to a dying man, said Deputy Chief Otis Blair. The incident occurred at the William Penn Housing Project, in the 300 block of Frank Young Boulevard at 10:38 p.m. on Sunday, Blair said.
August 13, 2014 |
Along a riverfront that was once one of the nation's most important industrial centers, Chester has become an important center for something else - waste treatment plants. When an incinerator and other facilities swept into the city in the 1990s, they were controversial, setting off suits, protests, and debates over health concerns and "environmental justice" in a Delaware County city where about one-third of the residents live in poverty. While tensions have ebbed, a plan to build two new buildings at the incinerator complex and import trash from New York has stirred them anew.
August 7, 2014 |
A Chester County man injected a kitten with heroin and choked it with a rope, police say. James P. Myers, 24, of West Chester, was arrested Tuesday on charges of animal cruelty, drug possession, and other offenses. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan called his alleged crime "a singularly depraved act. " According to an affidavit, a West Whiteland Township police officer patrolling around 4:40 a.m. Sunday noticed a man sitting in a car parked in the middle of Dunwoody Drive.
July 30, 2014 |
The West Chester Area school board decided Monday how it will redraw its voting boundaries into regions, marking the latest step in the district's move away from the at-large system it has used since its consolidation in 1966. The board voted, 6-2, to approve the new map, which divides the 75-square-mile district into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. It keeps West Chester Borough in one region, a previous point of contention. Approval of the map means the new voting system could be in place in time for next year's primary elections in the district, which has almost 12,000 students.
July 12, 2014 |
The former director of a now-defunct West Chester charter school is being investigated for theft after an employee reported finding scores of questionable transfers in the school's bank accounts, court documents show. LaMont McKim, who in 2005 founded Sankofa Academy Charter School with his wife, had sole control of finances at the grades 5-12 institution, a board member told borough police. Police executed a warrant last week to seize the school's financial records. McKim does not have a publicly listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.
July 10, 2014 |
FORMER TEMPLE stud Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson spent his first year away from North Broad Street in relaxing fashion for a professional basketball player. He played for AB Contern in Luxembourg, but found enough time to eat his favorite dishes. Imagine a 215-pounder from Chester, chowing down overseas on pasta and chicken wings, the foods he told reporters he munched on following the Sixers' second Las Vegas Summer League practice Tuesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.