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
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 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 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.
June 9, 2014 |
They share the same name - and a renovation project involving a historic Queen Anne Victorian in downtown West Chester. Ed Bardzik Jr., 74, and son Ed Bardzik III, 43, recently completed a six-month, $100,000 remodeling of the twin house, which sits on a corner of West Union Street in the thriving college town. Built in 1900, the house is once again a single-family residence, after years of use for student rentals. The story began a decade ago. Ed Bardzik III had purchased and moved into the twin next door on West Union Street.
June 3, 2014 |
Chester County, seeking to enhance its reputation as a business destination, can already boast of being home to two well-known companies. "People know Vanguard," County Commissioner Ryan Costello said of the financial giant. "People know QVC," he said of the popular TV shopping network. Now, local officials are looking for Victory Brewing Co. to boost the county's image, too. "It's a story of local success we can all be proud of," Guy Ciarrocchi, president of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, said of Victory, which opened its first brewery in Downingtown in 1996.
May 30, 2014 |
GARTH GITTENS, pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, told a federal jury yesterday that after his wife got a ticket for speeding in July 2010, he called then-Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, who was a fellow pastor in the city. "I thought it was unfair," Gittens testified of the ticket at the trial of six former Traffic Court judges and one businessman who are accused of participating in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme. "My wife said it was an unfair ticket.