March 26, 2016 |
Nafeesah Muhammad calls West Chester University home these days. She lives in a dorm room with a rainbow-colored Teddy Bear beside her bed. She came to the university from Covenant House PA, a program for homeless youths in Philadelphia, determined to do more with her life. "I think college is the best thing for me," said the 21-year-old sophomore, who wants a career in social work or nursing. But it's been no easy path for the young woman, who left home and went into a shelter when she was in 10th grade.
March 23, 2016 |
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
March 20, 2016 |
For decades, residents of the poorest municipality in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county have heard that their erstwhile steel city was on the verge of revitalization. Coatesville has been struggling to recapture its glory days since its primary employer, Lukens Steel, downsized with the decline of the industry nationwide in the 1970s and '80s. The recent economic downturn has not helped. Impressive architectural renderings have not advanced far beyond drawing boards. But this time, officials say revitalization is for real for the city of about 13,000 residents, who celebrated Coatesville's 100th birthday last year and are hoping to replicate the success of such older urban centers as Phoenixville, West Chester, and Doylestown.
March 14, 2016
Population: 12,376 (2010) Median household income: $103,389 Area: 18.6 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 40 Homes for sale: 34 Average days on market: 43 Median sales price: $304,800 Housing stock: 4,217 units, primarily single-family homes School district: Downingtown Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; West Bradford Township; Kit Anstey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, West...
March 13, 2016 |
Moreh White says he became homeless after a string of temporary jobs and imprudent spending left him unable to pay rent. But last week, he stood behind a counter in a trailer, hawking fresh fruits and vegetables, and embracing his unlikely role as an advocate for healthy eating. White, 39, said he knows a regular diet of fresh food can be expensive and inconvenient, and feel like an uphill battle. But now, he said, "the mountain comes to you. " A resident of the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville, White is part of the inaugural crew of the Nourish Mobile Market, a shelter initiative to give jobs to the homeless and expand access to fresh food to those in Chester County who might not have it. Since last fall, the market - a trailer hooked to a pickup truck - has sold more than 7,800 pounds of produce, and given White and other homeless men more than 950 hours of work.
March 13, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From the moment you step - well, drive - over the line into West Bradford Township from Downingtown or West Chester, you have a sense that just a couple hours poking around isn't doing justice to the place. Parts of it are very old. Marshallton is filled with more than five dozen buildings, many dating from the 18th century, and is sometimes called West Bradford's first shopping center. Other parts are as new as Tom Bentley's Saranac community of 34 homes on Crestmont Road.
March 4, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Parents at risk Janet Ginzberg's commentary is spot-on about the unintended but not inconsequential consequences of Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law ("Sandusky case fallout goes on," Sunday). The law mandates that teachers and those who come into contact with children report suspected abuse to authorities. Failure to do so is a crime. It empowers protective agencies to investigate those reports. The law ensures a constant flow of reports to be investigated, as mandated reporters cover their butts by reporting every bruise, scratch, and accusation.
February 28, 2016 |
Maynard Webster Krug, 88, of West Chester and Dyken Pond, N.Y., a railroad company engineer and longtime train enthusiast, died Friday, Feb. 19, of dementia at home. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of John Alfred and Martha Beatrice Fine Krug. Mr. Krug graduated from Gorton High School, Yonkers, in 1945 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving in World War II until November 1946. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., on the G.I. Bill, and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
February 27, 2016 |
After a weeklong trial, the Chester County District Attorney's Office faces a decision: Should it refile charges against a lawyer accused in the death of his elderly father? Shortly before midnight Wednesday, jurors at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester deadlocked on murder and other charges against Edward J. O'Brien III. After nine hours of deliberations, County Court Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft declared a mistrial. Jurors first told Wheatcraft that they had reached an impasse around 9:30 p.m., but agreed to keep deliberating.
February 15, 2016 |
Yes, it happened! More than 2,000 brave souls plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of Sea Isle City's 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge. Temperatures were about 20 degrees in this Cape May County town on the Jersey Shore, according to weather reports. Katherine Custer, a city spokeswoman, said the cold-weather event "attracts many people from all walks of life. " West Chester's James "Jimmy" Cahaley, 28, did a flip as he entered the foamy and frigid surf.