March 19, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS Early sign-up rules should go national Two years ago, then-U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) introduced a bill that should have been a no-brainer, but it died anyway. It would have given veterans the ability to register for college classes early. Veterans have limited time to complete courses, and priority registration would have given them the same privilege that athletes and some others have received for a long time. Last year, Pennsylvania joined California, Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin as the only states to grant veterans the right to enroll early.
March 13, 2015 |
Joseph Lee McCarthy, 71, of West Chester, a TV journalist and anchor in a career spanning three decades, died Sunday, March 8, of complications following cancer surgery at Paoli Hospital. Known as Lee McCarthy to television viewers, he spent the first part of his career globe-trotting as an NBC news correspondent. Locally, though, he was known as the face of the Ten O'clock News on Channel 29, later Fox 29. Starting in 1986, he took the anchor desk and was paired with Jill Chernekoff.
March 10, 2015 |
Residents of West Chester say they want to buy local groceries - and they want to buy them locally. That is the conclusion of a study released last week by the West Chester Food Cooperative. It's been years since the borough had a full-service grocery store - the nearest one is outside the borough border - and people have long talked about bringing one into town. "There's a need for a grocery store and a desire for people to support fresh local produce and products," said West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta.
March 9, 2015 |
Holy Family will return to the NCAA Division II tournament after rallying for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title Saturday with a 79-75 win over host Philadelphia University. Holy Family, the No. 3 seed in the South Division, is 20-10. The No. 2-seeded Rams are 22-8. Most valuable player Erin Fenningham (St. Basil) scored 36 points to tie a CACC tournament record set by Goldey-Beacom's Cherrise Graham in 2007. East Carolina 77, Temple 71 - Senior Tyonna Williams scored 16 points, including the 1,000th of her career, but the Owls (16-16)
February 24, 2015 |
When a refugee working to oppose one of the world's most repressive regimes tried to leave, the Eritrean government found him and held him in an underground prison for six years until he escaped. His job at the jail had been to sell the kerosene that inmates buy for cooking. He said he saw some use it to set themselves on fire. "That was one of the first stories we heard," said Chris Cotter, an aspiring filmmaker in West Chester. "It was tough. " Cotter, a 37-year-old musician, is almost done making a documentary - Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus - to share people's stories and raise awareness about human rights abuses in Eritrea, a country slightly larger than Pennsylvania on the Horn of Africa.
February 22, 2015 |
A violin career that began when she was 3, playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" at home outside of Seoul, South Korea, has led a Chester County teenager to deliver award-winning classical performances at venues in Florida, California, Ohio, North Carolina - and Romania. On Sunday, Sein An is set to perform in Bryn Athyn. An, 17, of West Chester, said her success is the result of early support by her musical family. "I could actually make people happy by playing that little song," An said.
February 11, 2015 |
The Fairmount Park Welcome Center - the 1960 flying-saucer-shape building in John F. Kennedy Plaza, a favorite of mid-century design enthusiasts - leads a list of seven endangered sites issued Monday by the statewide educational and advocacy group Preservation Pennsylvania. The round building, at the southwest corner of what is known as LOVE Park, is threatened by a planned city redesign of the plaza. No design decision has been made, but the Welcome Center's precarious place in the city's future prompted the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia to name it one of four "Places to Save" last year.
February 10, 2015 |
Charlie Vogel is a familiar face - a celebrity of sorts - in the Hershey's Mill retirement community in East Goshen, Chester County. In a dozen years or so, he has done more than 100 interviews for the community's Channel 20 TV station, which reaches 1,700 homes. Among his most memorable guests were former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Phillies' Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, and TV weather forecasters Herb Clarke and Cecily Tynan. Vogel also interviewed Bill Campbell, the famed Philadelphia sports broadcaster who called Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
February 8, 2015 |
A man who coached basketball in West Chester and taught English in Coatesville was arrested Thursday night for having a sexual relationship with his 17-year-old student in 2008. Mark V. Hostutler, 35, of East Goshen, an assistant boys' basketball coach at West Chester East High School and an English teacher at Coatesville Area High School, was charged with four counts of corruption of minors and four counts of endangering the welfare of children. The victim told police that as a 17-year-old student in the Coatesville school district, Hostutler gave her alcoholic drinks - Amaretto and Coke - and had sex with her three different times in June 2008 at his home.
February 8, 2015 |
Donna Talis has lived in her beloved West Chester townhouse for a quarter-century, and has spent the last dozen or so years transforming the 1980s-era residence off West Chester Pike. A little patience in purchasing exactly what she wanted, plus some do-it-yourself gumption, helped her cap off the work in the fall with a new master bathroom that incorporates elements of universal design such as a low-barrier shower and open shelving. Working with the same contractor, James C. Schell, Talis did the renovations on a modest budget but made a big impact on the quality of her living space.