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 10, 2015 |
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
April 8, 2015 |
Julia Cox hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth Monday to send West Chester Henderson to a 4-2 win over Bishop Shanahan in a Ches-Mont National softball game. Also in the National, Amanda Violante had four hits and five RBIs as Downingtown East won, 12-10, at West Chester East. Ches-Mont American. Maddie Bowe struck out 10 in a four-hitter to pitch visiting Kennett past Sun Valley, 9-1. Catholic. Alessandra Messina went 4 for 5 with four runs and an RBI in Lansdale Catholic's 16-6 win at Archbishop Wood.
April 5, 2015 |
Meade Barner Jones, 89, of Kennett Square, a mother and community volunteer, died in her sleep Saturday, March 28, of causes related to aging at Kendal at Longwood, where she had lived for five years. Born in Richmond, Va., and reared in Norfolk, she was the daughter of David Meade and Nelle McClendon Barner. Mrs. Jones enjoyed success in a number of areas. An accomplished vocalist at 16, she was invited to audition for a lead role in the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky . "She got the part but was told [by her parents]
April 4, 2015 |
Kenneth Rowen Heimlich, 82, of West Chester, former director of research for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, died Tuesday, March 17, of Alzheimer's disease at his home. Born to Herman and Lula Heimlich in Rockford, Ill., Dr. Heimlich grew up in Indiana. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1954, a master's degree in 1956, and a doctorate in 1958, all in pharmaceutical chemistry from Purdue University. Dr. Heimlich was director of pharmaceutical research and development for Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories in West Point.
April 1, 2015 |
THANKS TO best-selling books and TV documentaries, as well as the personal recollections of millions of baby boomers, the 1960s have been forever cemented in our collective consciousness. But out in West Chester, those epochal times are being celebrated in a way that not only pays homage to unforgettable, society-altering movements and events, but also to an unforgettable local broadcaster. Through Aug. 29, the Chester County Historical Society is hosting "The 1960s Pop Culture: Movies, Memorabilia and the Media," a fascinating exhibition that looks at the decade through the film and TV memorabilia amassed by the late Steve Friedman, a longtime Chester County resident known to his fans as "Mr. Movie.
March 31, 2015
Clay Thorp has been named executive chairman of the board of PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals Inc. , a Malvern developer of biopolymer-based drugs. Thorp is general partner at Hatteras Venture Partners and a member of the founding team for research informatics company Synthematix, genomic biosensor company Xanthon, and Novalon, a drug-discovery company. He is co-founder and former chairman of PhaseBio. The Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County , West Chester, has elected Kristin Molavoque president of the board, succeeding Beverly Moyer.
March 27, 2015 |
Of the 22 young women who founded the nation's largest predominantly African American sorority, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor was very much a mystery. The life of the Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate, who founded the sorority with fellow Howard University students in 1913, was a jumble of often disconnected parts. Minor was valedictorian of her college class. She taught school in West Chester, wrote two books, and was an accomplished singer. And yet, Delta Sigma Theta members only recently confirmed, she died as a housekeeper in Philadelphia and was buried in a place seemingly unfit for her accomplishments: with three other bodies in a pauper's grave in Delaware County.
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.