June 5, 2015 |
Aqua America Inc. on Wednesday named Christopher H. Franklin, an executive vice president who oversees Aqua's utility operations, to replace longtime CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. Franklin, 50, chief operating officer of Aqua's regulated water and wastewater operations, will take over on July 1. DeBenedictis, 69, who has been CEO since 1992, will become nonexecutive chairman of the Bryn Mawr company. Franklin, who followed DeBenedictis from Peco to the water utility in 1992, was instrumental in the transformation of the local company, then called Philadelphia Suburban Water, into Aqua America, which now has operations in eight states.
May 29, 2015 |
Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.
May 24, 2015 |
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
May 18, 2015 |
Hello there On Memorial Day weekend 2011, Rachel and her lifelong friend Sarah had a hotel room in Stone Harbor and evening plans in Avalon. Elsewhere at the Shore, Glenn was at his West Chester University buddy Bill's Sea Isle City beach house when another college pal, Paul, suggested they go out in his neck of the barrier islands. That's how a guy from Broomall and a girl from Cheltenham ended up at the same bar: the Princeton. Rachel and Sarah recognized Paul, whom they had met a few summers before.
May 16, 2015 |
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
April 20, 2015 |
Standing in front of about 100 people - black, white, Latino, Indian, male, female, young, old - Lisa Croft talked about the elephant in the room. "It's not just there to sit and look pretty," she said. "Sometimes we need courageous people to . . . say what that elephant is. " That was the essence of the discussion at the daylong "Courageous Conversation" at West Chester University on Saturday. The diverse crowd talked about "implicit" biases: ingrained beliefs that can influence behavior, often subconsciously.
April 5, 2015 |
A West Chester University student was charged Thursday with the rape of a female student at a campus fraternity house. Mauricio Sanjuan Martinez, 19, was arrested on campus Thursday. He was charged with three counts of rape and other counts. The alleged assault occurred Sunday around 4 a.m. at the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, said police. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, reported the rape to West Chester police. About 50 people were at the South Walnut Street house Sunday for a party involving alcohol, according to police.
April 2, 2015 |
Her first shots were with socks into a heating vent, squaring off against her brothers, before Dawn Staley graduated to a cardboard backboard concocted outside. The next upgrade was to a crate hooked up to a light pole at 23d and Diamond streets in North Philadelphia. "She used to hit bank shots off the crate - I don't know how she could do that," said her older brother Eric Staley, standing early Tuesday evening at the courts at 25th and Diamond, a piece of asphalt where his sister Dawn really first made her name.
March 28, 2015 |
Kids can party Mardi Gras-style Saturday with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards. Enjoy sounds from the Crescent City with this New Orleans jazz band. The musicians' high-energy show, blending different sounds, ranging from zydeco to bebop to swing will keep youngsters and their caretakers dancing. Jazzy Ash infuses some of her Trinidadian background in her grooves, so get ready to boogie. WXPN's Kids Corner, the Fids and Kamily Awards, and Metro Kids magazine all honored Jazzy Ash's 2014 album, Home , in year-end lists.
January 27, 2015 |
Stella Ferrari Conaway, 92, of West Chester, a respected voice teacher and performer, died Thursday, Jan. 8, her 61st wedding anniversary, of Alzheimer's disease at Simpson Meadows, Downingtown. Mrs. Conaway was a trained soprano, and her husband, Wayne Elias Conaway, a trained tenor; the two performed classical music and opera duets up and down the East Coast. The venues were local auditoriums where they often sang to benefit music clubs, he said. She earned academic degrees in music from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music - now part of the University of the Arts - and joined the faculty of the music department at West Chester University.