April 9, 2014 |
On Tuesday night, Nashville will shimmer like a country singer's wardrobe. Down in Music City, 20,000 fans will fill Bridgestone Arena to see, for the first time in NCAA basketball history, two unbeatens, Connecticut and Notre Dame, vie for the women's national championship. Meanwhile, 684 miles to the northeast, Tuesday night figures to be an unremarkable one in West Chester. The old college town's leafy residential streets will be slumbering. Gay Street's bars and restaurants will be enjoying a midweek calm.
April 7, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There's a lot to Tredyffrin Township once you get past spelling its name - Welsh for valley town - correctly. So much, in fact, that the township takes in parts of Paoli, Radnor, Wayne, Strafford, and Berwyn and is accessible to SEPTA'S Paoli-Thorndale Line via five stations. "The only part of it not within a half-mile of a train station is Chesterbrook," said Guy Matteo of Re/Max Preferred in Newtown Square, and that sprawling neighborhood of 1970s-to-1980s townhouses and singles is "easily accessible to office parks like Great Valley and other employment centers along Route 202. " When talking about Tredyffrin, buyers' conversations often start with what is generally known as "T/E," the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District, and Conestoga High School, said John Duffy, president of Duffy Real Estate in Narberth and St. Davids, whose agency focuses a lot of its sales efforts on neighborhoods in Wayne and Radnor.
April 2, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER The board of the West Chester Area School District approved a new teachers' contract Monday night, bringing a close to negotiations that collapsed into a bitter public battle last fall. The contract - which includes salary raises and benefits concessions - was approved by all but one member, Maureen Snook. It was backed by the four Democrats elected in November on a platform that pledged a healthier negotiating process. Several of those members attended negotiations, unlike their predecessors, who had sent a lawyer.
March 30, 2014
For dear old State's students With voting on trustees to begin April 10, Pennsylvania State University needs a board of trustees that will focus on its future, not the past ("Business leaders vying to be Penn State trustees," March 23). As parents of two Penn State students, we support the candidates endorsed by the Upward State slate - including Julie McHugh, Dan Cocco, and Matt Schuyler - because they are focused on putting students first and making a Penn State education more affordable and accessible.
March 26, 2014 |
In Coatesville's season opener on Monday night, Brian Brown allowed his first and only baserunner via a walk in the sixth inning. He promptly picked the runner off first base. It was a signature moment in a signature game. The senior North Carolina State recruit threw a no-hitter against visiting West Chester East, and the Red Raiders grabbed a 3-0 win in a Ches-Mont National league game. The lefthander struck out 13 batters and allowed just one walk. Bobby Stewart accounted for all three Coatesville runs with a two-run home run in the first inning, and an RBI single in the fifth.
March 23, 2014 |
At West Chester's darkest hour, morale was low, streets were deserted by nightfall, and all four corners of the borough's main intersection were vacant. Today, the county seat is a bustling example of redevelopment achieved, with filled storefronts, ample dining and a walkable downtown. Borough Manager Ernie McNeely, who said Wednesday that he would leave the post after 27 years to be the manager in Lower Merion Township, was not only there for the transformation, but also, many say, was a pillar of the process, bringing his unmatched institutional knowledge and always-expanding insight on municipal government to every project.
March 17, 2014 |
Ash trees are the pride of West Chester's public parks. One majestic specimen may be a state champion. Falls Township's Lesha Drive is lined with ashes. When the houses were built, ashes were planted in every front yard. When Mark Bayer built his Buckingham Township house, he took care not to disturb the ash, so big he and his wife together can't get their arms around it. All are in jeopardy, as is every other ash tree in the region, thanks to a half-inch-long, glitter-green insect from Asia that kills nearly every ash tree in its path.
March 11, 2014 |
Fred VanVleet scored 22 points, and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation's lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State, 83-69, in St. Louis on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Wichita State (34-0) matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by UNLV in 1990-91 after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State (23-10). Maryland 75, Virginia 69 - The host Terrapins (17-14, 9-9)
March 10, 2014 |
Patric Young scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Florida Saturday to an 84-65 rout over No. 25 Kentucky (22-9) - and a perfect 18-0 record in SEC play. The Gators (29-2) have won 23 straight. Only two SEC schools have managed a 17-1 mark: Kentucky did it twice (1970, 1986), and LSU did it in 1981. But no one had gone 18-0 until now. Oregon 64, Arizona 57 - Playing at home, the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-10) won their seventh straight, knocking off the No. 3 Wildcats (28-3, 15-3) to improve their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.
March 10, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER When West Chester's Sankofa Academy opened in 2005, its founders touted it as an African American charter school where students would excel under a curriculum infused with their history and culture. Though some in the district harbored concerns about segregation, those at Sankofa saw an opportunity to close the racial achievement gap - starting with 400 students they predicted would enroll in the first five years. Nearly a decade later, those numbers haven't materialized.