December 15, 2014 |
This has been an interesting year in the housing market. It began with one of the worst winters in memory, which set the market back for the first quarter and a bit of the second. The effects were not universally shared. Walkable markets such as Center City and adjacent neighborhoods and emerging suburban boroughs such as West Chester still saw plenty of transactions. "We all have four-wheel-drive vehicles, so it hasn't been much of a problem," Kit Anstey, who sells out of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS)
December 15, 2014 |
The story of West Chester investment adviser Rich Weinstein shows that sometimes even the White House is no match for one angry citizen with a fast Internet connection and plenty of determination. Last week, Weinstein's relentless archive-diving on the intellectual origins of the Obamacare health insurance law helped put MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, often hailed as an "architect" of the plan, in the dock for hours of embarrassing interrogation from the U.S. House Oversight Committee.
December 12, 2014 |
CHESTER WAS a bustling port city on the Delaware River 103 years ago. It built sailing ships for the Navy. Horse-drawn wagons clattered over the streets. There were no airplanes in the sky; few cars on the streets. William Howard Taft was in the White House. And Ada Elizabeth Dawson was born. She was the fourth of the nine children of Samuel P. Dawson and the former Mary Johnson. She lived long enough to see men land on the moon, jet planes fly faster than sound, streets clogged with traffic - and a black man in the White House.
December 10, 2014 |
After Widener University was hammered 45-7 by Linfield College of Oregon in a NCAA Division III national quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in nearby Chester, Pride coach Mike Kelly took a shot at the head coach of the Eagles, who had allowed Linfield to prepare at the NFL team's practice facility. "Make sure you put in the paper that we thank Chip Kelly and I hope the Seahawks do well tomorrow," Mike Kelly said. "He was helping them out. Maybe somebody in Philadelphia ought to buy him a map so he knows where he lives now. But, go Seahawks.
December 3, 2014 |
Roger A. Gibboni, 82, of West Chester, an aerospace engineer who helped design spy satellites during the Cold War, died Friday, Nov. 28, of kidney failure at Paoli Hospital. For 33 years, starting in 1960, Mr. Gibboni worked in the aerospace industry at various General Electric Co. installations in the Philadelphia area. He helped pioneer national satellite reconnaissance missions during the early 1960s, including the then-top-secret Corona photographic satellite. The program kept watch on the Soviets as a means of containing their nuclear threat, he told his family.
December 1, 2014 |
Widener took a commanding third-quarter lead and held off a comeback attempt from visiting Christopher Newport (8-4) for a 37-27 victory in the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament. The Pride (12-0) will face Linfield Saturday at a site to be determined in the national quarterfinals. Division II Concord (W.Va.) 51, West Chester 36 - Golden Rams QB Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) finished 25 for 43 for 341 yards and three TDs while Brandon Monk (Avon Grove)
November 30, 2014 |
Robert J. Degnan, 77, of West Chester and North Wildwood, a teacher and lover of all things Irish, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, of cardiac arrest in the emergency room at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Degnan, known as "Degs" or "Bob," was born in Philadelphia. He never married and was devoted to his mother, Marge, until her death in 1998. Mr. Degnan graduated from St. Aloysius Academy in 1951 and Camden Catholic High School in 1955. He studied at various times at St. Charles College, a seminary in Catonsville, Md., and La Salle University, eventually earning a bachelor's degree in education.
November 29, 2014 |
Sobriety checkpoints popped up throughout Pennsylvania the day before Thanksgiving to crack down on impaired drivers during the holiday, one of the biggest travel periods of the year. During last year's Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays, 1,072 of the crashes in the state involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Thirty-five people died. West Chester is working to make sure servers and sellers of alcohol know their responsibilities under the law during the holidays and throughout the year.
November 28, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO West Chester did something it hadn't done since 2006, which was win a playoff game on the road. The Rams (11-1) actually did it twice last season - at Bloomsburg and at Shepherd - before finally losing at Lenoir-Rhyne in the Division II semifinals. Now, they're trying to do it again. Last week they beat Slippery Rock (9-3) at home in the opening round by 26. That earned them a trip to Athens, W.Va., to play unbeaten Concord tomorrow. The Mountain Lions, the top seed in Super Region One, have won 11 games for the first time since 1980 and are hosting a postseason game for the first time ever.
November 28, 2014 |
Katie O'Brien and her 11/2-year-old son have bounced among family and temporary housing for the last two years. Now she has a permanent home of her own for the holidays. With the help of several agencies in Chester County, O'Brien, who is pregnant with another son, moved into an apartment in West Chester in June. "I live like a normal human being. Before, I didn't even know how I was going to feed my son," said O'Brien, 29, who works at a restaurant on East Market Street. "Me and my children [will]