July 13, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she will be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
July 12, 2014 |
The former director of a now-defunct West Chester charter school is being investigated for theft after an employee reported finding scores of questionable transfers in the school's bank accounts, court documents show. LaMont McKim, who in 2005 founded Sankofa Academy Charter School with his wife, had sole control of finances at the grades 5-12 institution, a board member told borough police. Police executed a warrant last week to seize the school's financial records. McKim does not have a publicly listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.
July 10, 2014 |
Hello there Seven years ago in August, Sue was at home in Phoenixville, clicking through Match.com bachelors. One was handsome, with an exceptionally witty profile. He was also a decade younger - not who she usually went for - but Match has this flirty little wink thing that requires no words and seemed fun and harmless. "What the heck," Sue thought. On the other end of the Internet, Mark, who lived in Malvern, looked up the profile of the winking woman. It was well-written and funny, and her picture was beautiful.
July 9, 2014 |
In the rural reaches of Chester County, a group of Democrats discontented with the direction of the county party has proposed a bold move: secession. It's a startling turn for a group that for decades has made inroads in solidly Republican territory. Their counterparts in Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks Counties have leveraged those gains and now boast the majority of registered voters. Chester County is growing at a faster clip than any of them, and the latest registration figures put the party within striking distance of the GOP. But a festering feud last month led to a shake-up among party's top leaders and sowed discontent at a time when some say the party needs to unite behind Tom Wolf's campaign for governor.
June 25, 2014 |
The West Chester Area School District's board moved Monday to delay until later this summer its vote on how to redraw its voting regions, which could change the way residents vote and campaign during school elections as early as next year. The board voted, 8-0, to send back to committee a map that would have divided the 75-square-mile district, which includes parts of Chester and Delaware Counties, into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. Later this summer, the school board's ad hoc electoral committee will further discuss how best to divide the district.
June 14, 2014 |
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
June 13, 2014 |
Daniel G. Roberts, 66, of Coatesville, a nationally known archaeologist, died of prostate cancer Saturday, May 24, at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Starting in 2005, Mr. Roberts was president of John Milner Associates of West Chester, a historic preservation and cultural resources management firm. His specialty was planning projects for culturally important sites - meshing environmental and engineering concerns with history and archaeology - and he did that in a dozen states along the Eastern seaboard.
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 |
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.