Coatesville teachers reject fact finding report

Talks to continue, after health care, work rules prevent deal By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times CALN — Close, but no cigar. While the Coatesville Area School District Board of Education moved quickly to approve a fact finder’s report Tuesday night to resolve a long-standing contract dispute with its teachers, the district’s teachers — who had requested the report — while saying they largely...

On Stage: Mindy Rhodes transcends genres

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Mindy Rhodes Mindy Rhodes is a versatile performer whose music transcends genres. She has performed in nightclubs as a jazz vocalist with a backing band, at smaller venues with her solo cabaret act and frequently at area restaurants with a duo line-up. For years, Rhodes has been a regular attraction at General Warren Inne (Old Lancaster Highway, Malvern, 610-296-3637,...

The dentist’s guide to Easter candy

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times As many of the folks who read my column know, I am not in favor of denying our children the occasional sweet treat. Holidays are special and to steal a chocolate bunny out of the hands of child is just no fun. However, in light of the supersized world we live in and the prevalence of 4 and 5 pound packages of jelly beans, I felt obligated to say...

BVSPCA rescues 56 animals from Puerto Rico

Volunteers unload dogs rescued from Puerto Rican shelters where they were likely to be euthanized. WEST CHESTER – The Brandywine Valley SPCA received 56 animals from Puerto Rico Monday as part of a national, multi-agency rescue mission.  The 31 dogs and 25 cats arrived via Operation Breathing Room, a 200-animal transport to save the lives of animals at risk of euthanasia while helping the sending...

Art Watch: Celebrating American masters

Editor’s Note: Our regular Art Watch columnist, Lele Galer, is getting a well deserved week off. Filling in is Vickie Manning, owner of Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, DE. By Vickie Manning, Special to the Times Angered Dandelions (Pissed Dandelions) by Jamie Wyeth, as seen at Somerville Manning Gallery. Somerville Manning Gallery is currently featuring two exhibitions at their location...

Time for Costello to show just a hint of courage

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Sometime later this afternoon, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) will hold a town hall meeting. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he’s holding it in Historic Courtroom 1, limiting it to 100 people, it was announced Thursday and filled up within minutes — and no one can record the video. Some sort of modern-day Stasi will be at the door, demanding “papers,...

On Stage (Extra): A bit of Nashville comes to Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Peter Bradley Adams For years, Nashville has been home for a slew of talented singer-songwriters. And, for years, many of them have found a performance home at the Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). One of them is Peter Bradley Adams. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter will visit the area on April...

What To Do: Chester County Antiques Show is back

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times History and antiques go hand-in-hand – especially at one special event in Chester County every spring. From April 7-9, the 35th Annual Chester County Antiques Show (610-692-4800, http://www.chestercohistorical.org), a major fundraiser for the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), will be held at the Phelps School (583 Sugartown Road, Malvern).

On Stage: Ann Wilson keeps on rockin’ with (or without) Heart

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Ann Wilson The heart, which is the muscle that keeps a body alive by pumping blood, consists of two ventricles. If one or the other shuts down, everything stops working and life usually screeches to a halt. Heart, a band from the Pacific Northwest that has been around for more than four decades, consists of two sisters – Ann and Nancy Wilson. Fortunately,...

Art Watch: A full circle collaboration at Mala Gallerie

By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times With so many exciting art openings this Friday April 7th, it will be hard to choose which reception to attend! Before the weekend starts up, you might want to go to The Brandywine River Museum of Art this Wednesday evening to attend Phillips Collection Curator Susan Frank’s discussion of the history of the art at The Philips Collection in Washington DC. This...