August 26, 2014 |
Yuliana Vazquez of Kennett Square was 25 with an 8-month-old baby girl when doctors found a lump in her breast. Her cancer was even scarier because she did not understand her diagnosis at first. Vazquez is from Mexico, has a middle school education, and speaks little English. Add in complex medical terms and the unreliable interpreter she had found, and Vazquez was lost. She missed some of her treatments. She had to delay some appointments. The cancer later spread to her liver and bones.
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 22, 2014 |
Anticipation. Excitement. A little bit of fear. These emotions run through Heidi Brett each time she puts her clay art pieces into a wood kiln. There's no way to control patterns the flames and ash make as they brush against the artwork inside. All Brett can do is hope for the best when the kiln's door opens. "And then it's Christmas," said Brett, arts program manager at the nonprofit Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs. The West Chester resident sometimes travels to Baltimore to use a community wood kiln there.
August 21, 2014 |
Honey Brook Borough has been busy installing decorative sidewalks and curbs, period-style lighting fixtures, and plants in its downtown for more than a year. It plans to repave its main street. And the borough of about 1,700 people wants the rest of Chester County, and especially businesses, to know about it. Boroughs in Chester County with relatively small populations and limited resources are hoping to revitalize their business districts, as Phoenixville and West Chester have been able to do. "There are some that are right on their heels that are smaller and making an impact and utilizing resources very well," said Patrick Bokovitz, director of the county's Department of Community Development.
August 16, 2014 |
George H. Barnhart Jr., 83, a longtime volunteer with the La Mott Fire Company in Elkins Park, died Sunday, Aug. 10, at his daughter's home in West Chester. Formerly of Oreland, he died from heart failure, said his son-in-law, Brian Burlingame. Mr. Barnhart had wanted one last trip to the Jersey Shore and got his wish. His family went with him to Ocean City for a week on the beach. A local hospice attended him, and the Ocean City firefighters helped carry him up and down stairs.
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.
August 6, 2014 |
About an hour in, Theresa Grentz saw the sweat mark on the back of a player's T-shirt. "I want to see if I can get the shirts totally soaked," Grentz said. Renting space from a flooring company in a West Chester industrial park, Grentz and her husband had designed a basketball court, a space to work with small groups. Outside, there's a piece of paper in a window: Grentz Elite Coaching. The logo shows a whistle hanging from a pearl necklace. Nothing fancy about the signage, but there's truth in the advertising.
August 1, 2014 |
ON LABOR DAY 1998, William Bonie was shot in the back and paralyzed in a holdup in West Philadelphia. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, a condition that might have discouraged a lesser man. Not William Edward Bonie Jr. "That never stopped him from doing what he wanted to do," his family said. "He never had a negative word to say about anyone. He never complained. " William, a Coast Guard veteran and a man of many talents and strong opinions, died July 21 of cardiac arrest.
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.