May 24, 2015 |
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
May 24, 2015 |
Alyssa Herion made a decision. It was 2013, and she was a sophomore on the Avon Grove softball team. The Red Devils had a freshman pitcher named Maggie Balint. But she wasn't the Maggie Balint yet. Not the ace who struck out 358 batters in a single season, becoming Gatorade player of the year in Pennsylvania. No, not yet. Back then, Balint was just a first-year varsity player who had a lot of potential but was at times erratic. Back then, the Red Devils didn't win many games, either.
May 20, 2015 |
Jamar Saunders had a D average and was in a Chester gang. Brian Foster had a quick temper and was prone to settle disputes with his fists. That was six years ago, before a session in court changed all that. In their cases, it was the Chester High School Youth Court. They say it gave them second chances, introduced them to mentors, and improved their communication skills. Now those erstwhile self-described "troublemakers," the two Chester residents are back in court. This time, however, it is as Chester High Youth Court advisers.
May 16, 2015 |
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Colleen Bradley said she was fired for speaking out about the university's "misuse and waste of public funds by high-level state government officers.
April 24, 2015 |
When Horace Pippin died in West Chester in July 1946 at age 58, the New York Times obituary praised the painter as a "noted Negro artist, who taught himself to paint. " The Times then reported that "the simplicity of the primitives he produced" had led Chester County critic Christian Brinton to compare Pippin to "Pittsburgh road digger John Kane, famed housepainter artist. " Even in death, Pippin was presented not on his own terms, but in relation to a white artist in a comparison made by a white critic.
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.