April 3, 2016 |
For the first two innings of Friday's baseball game, West Chester East's bats were asleep, trailing Ches-Mont rival Avon Grove, 4-0. The alarm went off in the bottom of the third when the Vikings scored five runs, lifting the hosts to a 6-4 win. Pat Kelley drove in a pair of the Vikings' runs in the inning, thanks to a double. Tom Luckner started the game on the hill for West Chester East, surrendering four runs, but still earned the victory. Ben Foti took the mound for the Vikings in the fourth and tossed two innings of shutout ball to shut the door on any potential comeback that the visitors had planned.
March 31, 2016 |
After playing understudy for the last two seasons, the time is now for Radnor junior goaltender Tucker Ballbach. Last year, senior goalie Alex Andersen, a 6-foot-2, 270-pounder now playing football at Penn, led the Red Raiders to their first PIAA lacrosse championship. This year, however, the 5-9, 160-pound Ballbach stands between the pipes. And in Tuesday's 9-3 victory over visiting West Chester East, Ballbach stood tall, stopping 11 shots and seizing an opportunity he's long awaited.
March 29, 2016 |
AT AGE 60, Earl Rice Jr. is living for the future. "I train myself to get up at 4 every morning," he said, "just so when I go home, I'll be up before the sun rises and ready to go. " Rice has served 43 years toward a life sentence at Graterford state prison for a purse-snatching gone wrong at age 17. Now, for the first time, he has a chance at release. "There's a lot of people I want to spend time with and things I want to do," said Rice, now a great-grandfather. There's a trip to Disney World with his daughter that's decades overdue.
March 28, 2016
ISSUE | BRUSSELS This is not Islam My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the tragic attacks in Brussels. How pathetic that the alleged mastermind is Salah Abdeslam, whose name means "servant of peace," a drug dealer and bar owner who now claims to be a religious extremist. He and others who perpetrate violence in the name of Islam are impostors who don't even know the basics of the faith. |Madeel Abdullah, M.D., Newtown Square, firstname.lastname@example.org War is the answer Enough of the infuriating "thoughts and prayers" response from President Obama and other leaders following another cowardly attack on civilians by Muslim fanatics.
March 26, 2016 |
Nafeesah Muhammad calls West Chester University home these days. She lives in a dorm room with a rainbow-colored Teddy Bear beside her bed. She came to the university from Covenant House PA, a program for homeless youths in Philadelphia, determined to do more with her life. "I think college is the best thing for me," said the 21-year-old sophomore, who wants a career in social work or nursing. But it's been no easy path for the young woman, who left home and went into a shelter when she was in 10th grade.
March 23, 2016 |
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
March 20, 2016 |
For decades, residents of the poorest municipality in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county have heard that their erstwhile steel city was on the verge of revitalization. Coatesville has been struggling to recapture its glory days since its primary employer, Lukens Steel, downsized with the decline of the industry nationwide in the 1970s and '80s. The recent economic downturn has not helped. Impressive architectural renderings have not advanced far beyond drawing boards. But this time, officials say revitalization is for real for the city of about 13,000 residents, who celebrated Coatesville's 100th birthday last year and are hoping to replicate the success of such older urban centers as Phoenixville, West Chester, and Doylestown.
March 14, 2016
Population: 12,376 (2010) Median household income: $103,389 Area: 18.6 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 40 Homes for sale: 34 Average days on market: 43 Median sales price: $304,800 Housing stock: 4,217 units, primarily single-family homes School district: Downingtown Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; West Bradford Township; Kit Anstey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, West...
March 13, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From the moment you step - well, drive - over the line into West Bradford Township from Downingtown or West Chester, you have a sense that just a couple hours poking around isn't doing justice to the place. Parts of it are very old. Marshallton is filled with more than five dozen buildings, many dating from the 18th century, and is sometimes called West Bradford's first shopping center. Other parts are as new as Tom Bentley's Saranac community of 34 homes on Crestmont Road.