June 4, 2016 |
Update: Chester County Coroner's Office also has confirmed the identity of the body. The body of a woman found Monday attached to a cinder block in a popular Chester County swimming hole was identified Thursday as that of a 24-year-old teacher, described as "outgoing and sociable. " District Attorney Tom Hogan said that the body of Ryan Stevyn Benjamin, of East Vincent Township, had been thrown into the Pigeon Creek pond in East Coventry Township "like a piece of trash. " The District Attorney's Office said that the woman was a graduate of Juniata College and a prekindergarten teacher.
May 22, 2016 |
West Chester Borough agreed to give up its years-long fight to collect more than $1.7 million in sewer fees from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer under a court agreement announced Friday. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which Pfizer bought in 2009, used to operate a plant in West Chester. It agreed in 1984 to pay the borough for the life of the Goose Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The sewer plant was built in the late 1980s, largely to handle wastewater from the Wyeth plant. Wyeth demolished its plant a decade ago, but continued to pay the borough, based on the agreement.
May 21, 2016 |
Katie O'Donnell watched her first NCAA lacrosse tournament from a stroller. Her mother, Jen, a former West Chester lacrosse player and referee, carted her daughter to games as a toddler. When she got older, Katie O'Donnell remembers sitting on the sidelines, enamored watching the University of Virginia's Amy Appelt speed across the field. O'Donnell isn't on the sidelines anymore. The sophomore midfielder for Penn State has played a key role in the team's success so far in the NCAA tournament.
May 21, 2016 |
Henry S. Starr, 89, of Broomall and then West Chester, who had successive careers with a telephone company and as an assistant funeral director, died Monday, May 9, of complications from dementia at Moravian Manor in Lititz, Pa. He and his wife, Margaret Lewis Starr, had moved to Moravian Manor last December to be near family. Known as "Bud," Mr. Starr was born in Norristown and graduated from Norristown High School in 1944. A year later at age 18, he enlisted in the Coast Guard.
May 15, 2016 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - It had been three years since the West Chester University women's lacrosse team made it to the NCAA tournament. That was the longest drought in the program's history. The Golden Rams, once perennial contenders for the Final Four, had every intention of making a return trip. Unfortunately, that goal will have to wait another season. Rollins' Megan Curry scored with 31 seconds remaining Friday to lift the fifth-seed Rollins Tars past the fourth-seeded Golden Rams, 9-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regional.
May 13, 2016 |
Brian Verratti showed why he's been a four-year fixture in Neumann-Goretti's starting lineup in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Catholic League game against Bonner-Prendergast. Following his two-out RBI single, the centerfielder stole second base and then, when he noticed the defense sleeping on a throw back to the pitcher, raced to third. "Honestly, he's one of the toughest kids I've ever coached," N-G third-year manager Kevin Schneider said. "He's a true, hard-nosed kid from South Philly.
May 9, 2016 |
George T. Ekdahl, 96, of West Chester, an avid dog breeder, owner, and trainer of dogs for field trials, died Monday, April 25, of pneumonia at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Ekdahl was born in Chicago and reared in Columbus, Ohio. At age 14, he bought his first bird dog and entered it in a field trial, beginning a lifelong fascination with the sport, according to American Field, a magazine about sporting dogs.In the 1950s, Mr. Ekdahl bred, showed, and trained champion Weimaraners, but he found his calling in breeding and field-training English setters.
May 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak principles My dad taught his children to stand up for what they believed, no matter how uncomfortable. None of the accomplishments of my brother, Joe Sestak, have made me more proud than his journey this year. My hope is that Joe and people like him give others hope and encouragement to stand for what they believe. And, just as important, may those beliefs always be spoken with truth. |Ann Sestak Bielli, West Chester
April 27, 2016 |
SHE WAS MAYBE 4-foot-10 when she stood on the curb on her tippy toes, this wispy 19-year-old West Chester University sophomore named Caitlin Renner, who sported a couple of nose rings, clear-framed glasses, a bright floral skirt. Looking across a narrow asphalt demilitarized zone at a seemingly endless stream of Donald Trump supporters, she made the classic peace sign with her left hand while shouting the slogan on the blue placard she clutched in her right: "Love over hate!" She also held a few tiny flower buds at the end of her fingertip.
April 25, 2016 |
This particular Thursday night in April, cold beer and thin-crust pizza were plentiful. Desks had been rolled out of the way, replaced by rows of chairs filled with mostly twenty- and thirtysomethings drinking, eating, and generally having a good time. By coworking-space standards, it seemed like a run-of-the-mill happy hour at Benjamin's Desk on 17th Street in Center City. Routine, that is, until the first name was called, a woman rose from her chair and stepped to the microphone, and the storytelling began.