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 18, 2014 |
I MIGHT HAVE been the luckiest player in pro football history. Unfortunately, there are two kinds of luck. My "Walter Mitty" career began as an undrafted free agent with the 1980 Eagles. Fresh out of Memphis State (now the University of Memphis), I was a converted power forward on the basketball team who chose football in his senior year as a last chance at realizing my childhood dream of being a professional athlete. You see, the NBA wasn't looking for any 6-6 white centers, but the NFL did have a need for 245-pound tight ends who could run a 4.6 40-yard dash.
July 15, 2014 |
Every week, bags of trash wait on curbs in Coatesville to be carried away. Inevitably, some of the muck ends up on the street. The city partially blamed that garbage for the flood of feral cats that invaded Coatesville at this time last year. So, within the next week, residents will receive two new 96-gallon bins for their trash and recyclables - with a lid that will keep everything inside and, city officials hope, make Coatesville a little cleaner and more attractive to visitors.
July 14, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
July 13, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she will be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
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 |
Hello there Seven years ago in August, Sue was at home in Phoenixville, clicking through Match.com bachelors. One was handsome, with an exceptionally witty profile. He was also a decade younger - not who she usually went for - but Match has this flirty little wink thing that requires no words and seemed fun and harmless. "What the heck," Sue thought. On the other end of the Internet, Mark, who lived in Malvern, looked up the profile of the winking woman. It was well-written and funny, and her picture was beautiful.
July 9, 2014 |
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession. It's a startling turn for a group that for decades has made inroads in solidly Republican territory. Their counterparts in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties have leveraged those gains and now boast the majority of registered voters. Chester County is growing at a faster clip than any of them, and the latest registration figures put the party within striking distance of the GOP. But a festering feud last month led to a shake-up among party's top leaders and sowed discontent at a time when some say the party needs to unite behind Tom Wolf's campaign for governor.
June 25, 2014 |
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.
June 14, 2014 |
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.