October 15, 2015 |
The Grateful Alive Band generates enough energy to rally a Deadhead - at least according to one fan who lives at St. Martha Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Downingtown. But evidence of the band's impact on audiences at veterans' hospitals and nursing homes isn't measured in decibels, bongs, or beer bottles - rather, in foot-bouncing, hand-tapping, seat-swaying, and singing, even among those watching the performance from a horizontal position. Among a population suffering from ailments and sometimes boredom, the treat of live music - from polkas to platinum - by a cadre of musicians their own age can often be enough to transform them from "just OK" to even "joyful.
October 11, 2015 |
With 50 seconds remaining in its game against Coatesville - the 11th-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer - West Chester East relied on its kicker. From 27 yards out, Nick Phillips did not disappoint. The senior connected on a game-winning field goal to give the host Vikings a 31-30 win Friday night in a Ches-Mont League National game. Jon Jon Roberts threw two touchdowns and ran for two. CHES-MONT LEAGUE NATIONAL Downingtown West 27, Bishop Shanahan 16: Thomas Mattioni threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the sixth-ranked hosts to a 6-0 start this season.
October 9, 2015 |
After a still unexplained one-year hiatus, the renowned West Chester University Poetry Conference at West Chester University will resume in 2016 with a new program director, poet R.S. "Sam" Gwynn. Now entering its 21st year, the four-day poetry gathering has attracted poets from around the world for its intensive workshop sessions, acclaimed teachers, and traditional focus on craft. "I want to make the conference so attractive in its offerings that it'll be hard for people not to come," Gwynn, 67, said by phone.
October 3, 2015 |
Greg R. Weisenstein, who presided over a 20 percent enrollment increase during his seven-year tenure as president of West Chester University, says he will retire as of March 31. Weisenstein, 68, was choked with emotion as he announced his departure to 650 faculty, staff, and students at the annual State of the University address. The audience stood and applauded. He said in an interview this week that he plans to "pursue some other opportunities," perhaps in higher education. "It's a good time for a presidential transition," he said, noting the school's growth and improvement in college rankings.
September 26, 2015 |
You say you want to see the pope, but fear your small fry just doesn't have the attention span to last through the events? Try Franklin Square . There will be a Jumbotron broadcasting all the papal events, along with two playgrounds, a great hamburger stand, the best carousel around, a gift shop selling Pope Francis memorabilia, and Philly Mini Golf (your only chance to make a putt around a tiny Independence Hall). Something for everybody. Go in peace. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Franklin Square, Sixth and Race Streets.
September 24, 2015 |
THE IRONY? West Chester senior Tim Brown had just made an honor roll for the first time in his life. Then he found out that he'd been ruled ineligible by the NCAA because of an administrative error. "That's the part that made it almost comical to me," said Brown. "I didn't want anyone to think I'd done anything wrong. I'd just had my best semester ever. So I'm thinking, 'Man, maybe if I hadn't worked so hard.' That's crazy. I just didn't understand how I could be penalized for taking too many classes.
September 21, 2015 |
In Al Bagnoli's Columbia coaching debut, the Lions dropped their season opener, 44-24, to host Fordham at Mitchie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. Bagnoli spent 23 years at Penn before he was named the Lions' head coach in February. The Rams jumped to an early lead and never looked back. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, the Lions were able to get on the board with a strong drive at the end of the period. Junior quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg was able to move into Fordham territory after completions to Scooter Hollis and Cameron Dunn.
September 19, 2015 |
After two unsuccessful attempts to have all-American tight end Tim Brown reinstated, West Chester University finally broke through on the third. Brown began practice this week and is expected to play Saturday against Seton Hill after the NCAA reversed its decision on appeal. The NCAA originally ruled that Brown's career was over because he had used up the 10 full-time semesters that Division II student-athletes are allotted. West Chester coach Bill Zwaan took the blame for it, saying that he had made a clerical error and hoped the decision would be rescinded.
September 12, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Supporters of embattled state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane rallied here Thursday, seeking to forestall a suspension of her law license, a move that could force her from office. About a dozen people belonging to the group Citizens 4 Kane urged the state Supreme Court to hold off on deciding whether to suspend Kane's license. They said she first deserves a chance to defend herself against criminal charges that she leaked secret grand jury material and lied about it. "Going forward with an emergency suspension would be tantamount to trying the criminal case against Kathleen Kane and without giving her the ability to confront witnesses and have her fate decided by a jury," said Wendy Silverwood, a supporter who lives in West Chester.
September 6, 2015 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - It can be hard out there for a lifeguard. So when someone like Rich "Rich the Butcher" Hill shows up at the Jetty, fires up the Weber, and starts passing up bacon burgers to the Beach Patrol members on the lifeguard stand - and we're talking custom burgers where the bacon is blended into the mix - legendary status is immediately bestowed. Rich the Butcher, 56-year-old owner of the Colonial Village Meat Market in West Chester, has very much earned most-honored-shoobie status at the Jetty, a drive-on south-end beach in Brigantine.