November 30, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER In two centuries, the Barclay Grounds has rarely changed hands. The famed property in the heart of the borough, a stretch of trees with mingling branches that form a patchy canopy around the anchoring mansion, can be traced to colonial days, with about a dozen owners over the years. "Before that, it belonged to God," said Bill Lynch, whose home looks out on the land. But soon, the Barclay could have four new owners and four luxury houses where 130-year-old trees stand.
November 29, 2013 |
SOMETIMES, there's that one opponent that seems to keep getting in the way. For West Chester, more often than not, it has been Bloomsburg. Whether it has been in the PSAC East or beyond. In this century, they've played 15 times. Bloomsburg has won 10, including eight of nine at home. Five have been by seven points or fewer. "I think they're a nemesis for a lot of people," West Chester coach Bill Zwaan said. "We've played them in so many big games. We've certainly beaten them down here a bunch.
November 25, 2013 |
Fifteenth-ranked West Chester (11-1) defeated visiting American International, 38-7, in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament on Saturday at John A. Farrell Stadium, as Rondell White (West Chester Rustin) broke the school's all-time rushing record. White, who started the day needing 36 yards to break the record, finished with 89 yards on the ground and one touchdown. He now has 4,062 career rushing yards. His 2-yard TD run just two minutes into the contest was his 22d score of the season, tying the school record for most TDs in a single season.
November 25, 2013 |
The Rev. Joseph D. Bowen, 83, pastor emeritus at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Abington, died of a heart attack Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary Manor in Lansdale. In September 1989, he was appointed the church's pastor and served 16 years before becoming pastor emeritus in June 2005. During his tenure, he worked to build an addition to the parish elementary school, and when finished, it was named in his honor. "He enjoyed interacting with his flock," said his brother, Paul. Father Bowen had planned to help out at the church in retirement, but a stroke in 2004 made that impossible.
November 23, 2013 |
The West Chester Borough Council on Wednesday killed a proposed earned income tax that officials had said was necessary to save the borough's diminishing pension fund. Mayor Carolyn Comitta, who was in favor of the 0.25 percent tax increase, said she was "very disappointed" in the 4-3 council vote. "Quite frankly, it is in my opinion a mistake," she said. "You really can't kick these very important decisions down the road and that's what happened again. We're in the same place we were before.
November 22, 2013 |
FROM 2004-08, West Chester never missed the Division II playoffs. Now the Golden Rams (10-1) are back in the field for the first time since then. Tomorrow (noon) they'll host American International (9-2) in the first round. They need a win to tie the program season record. "We got a home game, which was great for the kids," said coach Bill Zwaan. "I remember at the end of that 5-year run, the kids weren't excited anymore. It's funny. The first time, everybody was watching on TV, it was something.
November 19, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER (10-1), the third seed in Region 1, will host Northeast-10 champion American International (9-2) in the first round of the Division II playoffs Saturday. If they advance, the Rams - who received an at-large bid - would travel to PSAC winner Bloomsburg (10-1) next week for a rematch. Two weeks ago the Huskies won at West Chester, 31-28. This is West Chester's first playoff appearance since 2008. It's the fourth time they've reached double-digit wins. The school record is 11, in 2004.
November 17, 2013 |
Jeff and Kris Morrison have a contemporary center-hall Colonial in the West Chester area. Or so it appears at the first, enter-the-living-room glance. But stand still for a minute, and the neutral tones and overstuffed sofas recede into the background. In their places pop out a family heirloom and a talented offspring's creation. In a corner is Jeff's grandfather's green wooden trunk, the kind with the metal latches and the individual sections in the top compartment. In each section is an original paper picture of a 19th-century woman.
November 15, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER A man accused of running a dogfighting ring in his Chester County basement and torturing the pit bulls that did not perform well pleaded guilty Wednesday. Shane Santiago, 34, and his wife, Laura Acampora, who pleaded guilty to similar charges in October, await sentencing. Police began investigating the couple after finding two dead dogs, one burned alive in its cage, along a road. In December, police searched the West Brandywine Township home the couple shared with their five children and found injured and malnourished dogs.