June 13, 2014
SUMMERTIME, and goin' vegan is easy. Call it what you may, easing into eating more plants and fewer animal products is simple and fun in summer, with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and weather conducive to adventure. Combining these, summer vegan festivals offer everybody a chance to try new and different vegan foods while maybe learning something about the philosophy. * Saturday sees the debut of the Humane League's Philly VegFest , from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Shambles in the Headhouse Square District.
June 12, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's financially strapped state system of higher education will face a new test: A comprehensive review by the state's auditor general. In recent years, the 14-university Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has seen declining enrollment and stagnant state funding, as well as a bid by one its members, West Chester, to consider withdrawing from the system. "College tuition and other costs are rising and we need to look at every possible option to keep from making college unaffordable to middle class families," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a statement.
June 9, 2014 |
They share the same name - and a renovation project involving a historic Queen Anne Victorian in downtown West Chester. Ed Bardzik Jr., 74, and son Ed Bardzik III, 43, recently completed a six-month, $100,000 remodeling of the twin house, which sits on a corner of West Union Street in the thriving college town. Built in 1900, the house is once again a single-family residence, after years of use for student rentals. The story began a decade ago. Ed Bardzik III had purchased and moved into the twin next door on West Union Street.
June 9, 2014 |
Malvern Prep's Alex Hornibrook, a strong-armed junior quarterback, committed Saturday to Pittsburgh. Hornibrook visited the school Friday and Saturday with his parents, and threw during one of the team's camp sessions. "Everything just felt right," he said. "The campus is amazing, my interaction with the coaches was great, and it's somewhere I could easily see myself playing. " The 6-foot-4, 210-pound lefthander chose Pitt over Connecticut and Rutgers. He is excited about the Panthers' renewing their heated rivalry with Penn State beginning in 2016.
June 3, 2014 |
Chester County, seeking to enhance its reputation as a business destination, can already boast of being home to two well-known companies. "People know Vanguard," County Commissioner Ryan Costello said of the financial giant. "People know QVC," he said of the popular TV shopping network. Now, local officials are looking for Victory Brewing Co. to boost the county's image, too. "It's a story of local success we can all be proud of," Guy Ciarrocchi, president of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, said of Victory, which opened its first brewery in Downingtown in 1996.
May 30, 2014 |
GARTH GITTENS, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, told a federal jury yesterday that after his wife got a ticket for speeding in July 2010, he called then-Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, who was a fellow pastor in the city. "I thought it was unfair," Gittens testified of the ticket at the trial of six former Traffic Court judges and one businessman who are accused of participating in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme. "My wife said it was an unfair ticket.
May 24, 2014 |
Neshaminy High graduate Erin Quense homered, but that was all the scoring for West Chester in a 5-1 loss to 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State in the opener of the NCAA Division II national softball finals Thursday at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. West Chester (41-21) will face LIU-Post (50-10) in an elimination game at noon Saturday. Armstrong Atlantic (36-13) enters the winners' bracket. The Savannah, Ga., school will face top-ranked West Texas A&M (57-7) at 4 p.m. Friday.
May 24, 2014 |
A number of communities in the region's Pennsylvania suburbs, notably in Chester and Montgomery Counties, grew substantially between April 2010 and July 2013, Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show. In Chester County, there were noteworthy upticks in municipalities such as Malvern, West Chester, East Brandywine, and West Goshen, and the same was true in Chester/Delaware County border towns such as Bethel and Chadds Ford. In central Montgomery County, Upper Hanover, Towamencin, and Salford were among the burgeoning towns.
May 23, 2014 |
Nicole Marquis, owner of the quick-service HipCityVeg shops, has gone all fancy and typographically cutesy for her next act: the vegan bar Charlie was a sinner. , which opened last week at 131 S. 13th St. (267-788-1736), smack in the white-hot strip of 13th Street that also houses Lolita, Barbuzzo, Sampan, El Vez, and Vintage. She had Canno Design go for a Jazz Age aesthetic: plush seating, lighting from chandeliers, candles, and the bluish light of black-and-white videos projected on a 23-foot wall covered in drapery.
May 21, 2014 |
A West Chester man was sentenced Monday to at least nine years in prison for shooting a former professional soccer player outside a borough bar last summer. Chester County Court Judge Patrick Carmody said Curtis Zebley committed a "pure, idiotic, callous act" when he fired on a man who was running away from him. "Before you even met the victims, you're walking around drinking with a loaded gun," Carmody said. "Guns and booze don't mix. " The August 2013 shooting left 35-year-old Jason Hotchkin, a former player for the Harrisburg City Islanders who had been in West Chester coaching a travel youth soccer team, in critical condition.