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February 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Mari Schaefer, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update 6:30 a.m. - Peco reports 62,700 customers without power, 33,300 in Chester County -- About one in five households in Chester County remained without electricity three days after a massive midweek storm hit the region, bringing down snow-laden trees and branches that took out power lines. More than 5,000 utility workers were repairing the system through the day Saturday, bringing the number of households without power below 100,000 for the first time. By 11 p.m. Saturday, the outage map on the Peco website showed more than 39,000 customers without power, about 18.4 percent of the utility company's 206,200 households in Chester County.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Carolyn Davis, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: At 8:45 a.m. Saturday, about 152,000 were still without electricity, according to Peco, down from 715,000 at the outage's peak. Sixteen percent of the Pennsylvania suburbs remain without power; including 30% in Chester County. Nearly 40 percent of Chester County remained powerless late Friday, with several communities entirely dark for a third straight night and officials warning that it might be days before all the lights were back on. Peco, which had more than 5,000 utility workers - half from out of town - clearing downed trees and repairing wires Friday, continued to make progress restoring power, with more than 60,000 customers brought online during the day. At 10 p.m. Friday, about 182,000 were still without electricity, down from 715,000 at the outage's peak.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
One was an 84-year-old woman enduring her first crisis as a widow. Another was a 79-year-old diabetic whose feet had begun to ache. A third was a 94-year-old man who lives by himself. The three did not know each other. But on Wednesday night they found themselves at the same shelter in Exton, sitting at different tables in a drafty cafeteria, wondering when they could go home. When the trees fall, the wires snap, and the lights go out, everyone's life is disrupted. But the elderly who live alone become particularly vulnerable.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack R. Loew, 66, of West Chester, a suburban real estate developer and philanthropist, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of brain cancer at his home. Mr. Loew spent the early part of his career designing and manufacturing interior cabins for passenger trains. But he wanted to do something community-based. So he focused on the acquisition and development of land, and in 1976 founded Hough/Loew & Associates, which at first offered design-to-construction services. "It was one-stop shopping," said his wife, Patricia Burton Loew.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER In a belowground parking garage in West Chester, where dull icicles blended with the concrete and salt stains, making the deck a stretch of gray-tinted orange in the floodlights, debris filtered down through a sidewalk grate overhead and settled on a high ledge in the back wall. The cove above Space 14 was empty, save for the signs of a recent visitor: a patio cushion under an airy layer of snow; cigarette butts not yet shriveled; cardboard boxes from Wawa sandwiches, the kind given to a shelter after they've sat too long under the warming lamps.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Starting Monday, visitors at the West Chester Area School District's 16 schools should plan to spend a little more time at the front desk. Gone are the days of writing your name on a sheet of paper, sticking a patch to your shirt, and being on your way. The district's schools will join about 300 others throughout the state, including roughly 200 in the Philadelphia area, that have implemented the Raptor security system, which is meant to better regulate who walks into schools.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24, and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke, 91-89, on Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y., in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history. C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. Playing in front of a charged-up crowd of 35,446, the largest ever at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
St. Joseph's Erin Shields (Archbishop Carroll) had a season-best 27 points as the Hawks avenged an early-season loss to VCU with a 70-51 victory over the Rams Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Natasha Cloud (Cardinal O'Hara) scored 12 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to go with five assists and three steals. Trailing by four at halftime, the Hawks (17-5, 6-3 Atlantic Ten) dominated the second half as they outscored the Rams, 41-18. VCU fell to 17-5, 5-4. Cabrini 58, Marywood 48 - The Cavaliers held the Pacers to two points over the final 8:19 to improve to 16-4 (10-1 CSAC)
NEWS
January 31, 2014
EATS BEAT * A jovial time is all but guaranteed during the weekend Punch Brunch at Square 1682 (121 S. 17th St., 215-563-5008, square1682.com ). A party of four gets a shared punch bowl, four entrees and coffee for $100. Bartender Chauncey Scates created Bounce Queen Punch, Hollywoodlawn Punch, Tumbling Dice Punch and Penny Arcade Punch for the occasion. Try chef Caitlin Mateo's Crabby Arnold - her take on eggs Benedict - waffles with fresh fruit and yogurt or Berkshire Pulled Pork Sandwich, among other offerings.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON Ryan Costello, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, will run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.). Costello's announcement last week included an endorsement from Val DiGiorgio, the Chester County Republican chairman, who also considered running for the seat. With the bulk of the district's votes based in the county, the chairman's endorsement could be a valuable asset in a GOP primary. "The nation and many elected officials have become so divided and polarized that it is impacting the future direction of the country," Costello, 37, said in a statement.
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