January 8, 2016
West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta is running for a seat in the state House, she said Wednesday. Comitta, a Democrat, seeks her party's nomination for the seat in the 156th district, which includes portions of West Goshen, East Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury Townships and the Borough of West Chester. The Democratic nominee will challenge incumbent Republican State Rep. Dan Truitt, who is in his third term. "I am proud to be the candidate who listens, who celebrates diversity and inclusiveness and who brings people together to consider all points of view and get things done," Comitta said.
January 6, 2016 |
A passerby walking a dog discovered the body of a man hanging in a West Chester park near a school Monday morning, police said. Police received a call around 6:50 a.m. about a white male hanging from a swing set in Marshall Square Park near Henderson High School. Police said the man lived in the West Chester area, but declined Monday afternoon to identify him or give his age, pending notification of his family. The death appears to have been a suicide, Detective Bob Kuehn said.
January 6, 2016 |
Police say the man whose body was found hanging in a West Chester park on Monday morning was a 56-year-old resident who lived nearby, police said Wednesday. William James Little lived half a mile from Marshall Square Park, where someone walking a dog found his body and called police around 6:50 a.m. Monday. The Chester County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide. Shortly after police received the call, students arrived at the nearby Henderson High School for their first day back after the holiday break.
January 5, 2016 |
After nearly three years of preservation efforts, a West Chester park will be kept from development - but the fight for funds is still not over for supporters of the property known as Barclay Grounds. The Borough of West Chester closed on the sale of the 1.3-acre lot from a private owner, after 21/2 years of efforts to raise enough money to buy it. "We're all elated," said John Cottage, head of the Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance, which raised $200,000 for the purchase.
December 29, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Dinniman is honored by West Chester University WEST CHESTER State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) was awarded West Chester University's President's Medal for Service last week. Dinniman, a longtime faculty member at the university, was recognized for leadership and service to the school and students. "Like public service, part of the joy of teaching is having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life," he said in a statement.
December 26, 2015 |
The next time you drag a grocery item over the bar code scanner, remember Francis Xavier Beck Jr. Mr. Beck, 89, of West Chester, who helped develop the checkout method that made shopping much faster, died Sunday, Dec. 20, from complications of a stroke. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mr. Beck was attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1944 when he volunteered to serve in the Navy. He was assigned to the Huntington, a Fargo-class light cruiser, and he received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal.
December 18, 2015
For your best cheese . . . or your best cheese-loving friend Gift a foodie friend - or yourself - with a stylish accompaniment to your favorite cheeses: a set of sleek knives and a cutting board in warm copper and wood tones. - Samantha Melamed Beck Cheese Board and Three Copper Cheese Knives Set, $49.95 at Crate & Barrel, at the Cherry Hill Mall and King of Prussia Mall, and at crateandbarrel.com A mix of tastes and textures West Chester chocolatier Éclat's latest offering is pretty enough to give as a gift.
December 9, 2015 |
WHAT IS IT with guys and their balls? They get to talking about them and they just can't stop. There I was last week at La Colombe coffee shop at 6th and Market with two of them - guys, not balls - and they just went on and on: Size matters, although bigger is not always better. (If you say so.) You can't just start tossing them around with no strategy. (Indeed. That sounds downright dangerous.) A few bad throws and there goes your confidence and your game. Yeah . . . I said game.
December 3, 2015 |
Penn State freshman running back Saquon Barkley earned second-team all-Big Ten honors in the offensive awards announced by the conference Tuesday night. Barkley was voted to the second team by coaches and media. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder from Copley, Pa., rushed for 1,007 yards during the regular season, a Penn State record for a freshman and fourth in the Big Ten, despite missing two games and part of a third with an injury. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns.
November 25, 2015 |
Sparkling blue flags waved and 600 feet stepped in time as the West Chester University marching band sent a holiday tune into the darkening November sky. With drums and flutes, trumpets and clarinets, the students last week turned a campus blacktop into the winter wonderland they hope to create near New York City's Herald Square on Thursday. That's when the college musicians will have 75 seconds to dazzle tens of millions of viewers with "Winter Wonderland. " The band is one of 10 high school and college bands nationwide selected to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which typically generates huge television ratings and draws thousands to New York's streets.