Officials warn on extreme heat expected this week

After a cooler than normal spring, summer is hitting Chester County this weekend with a vengeance — high heat and humidity that could pose a safety risk for seniors, children and pets, officials warn. Just as the Fourth of July holiday approaches and people head outdoors for summer fun, temperatures are forecast to soar.  The National Weather Service expects a heat wave to build this weekend for...

Red Cross offers tip to cope with frigid weather

Very cold temperatures and dangerously low wind chills continue to affect Eastern Pennsylvania. The arctic air mass will grip the region through the start of the New Year. “The relentless cold can be dangerous for a number of reasons,” said Dave Skutnik, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region. “Make sure you and your family are aware of the risks cold...

Students could win scholarship by hosting blood drive

This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015. The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months....

Residents urged to branch out, donate blood

10 trees will be planted for every pint collected at Lenfest Center The Red Cross blood drive will take place on Oct. 3 in the new Lenfest Center in Newlin Township. Pre-registration is requested. Giving help to others and giving back to nature will be possible simultaneously on Oct. 3, when the Lenfest Center hosts a Red Cross blood drive. For every pint of blood collected – and research shows...

Smoke detectors alert city residents to fire

  Firefighters responded to a one-alarm blaze Monday morning in the unit block of East Chestnut Street.  Blaze reportedly brought under control in less than 15 minutes By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A one-alarm fire Monday morning displaced 11 residents, but no one was injured, said Coatesville Acting Fire Chief Jim Lentz. Lentz said smoke detectors alerted the occupants...

Friendship Elementary 2nd-graders learn spirit of giving

Teachers Emily Vogt (top row from left), Megan McConaghy, and Nadine Borton show off the blankets with some of their creators: Yair Millan-Flores (bottom, from left), Ariyanah Alford, Darla Copeland, Adrian Romero, Russell Boyle, and Hailey Helton. Thanksgiving lesson generates blankets for Hurricane Sandy victims A  two-day Thanksgiving lesson evolved into an outreach project for Hurricane Sandy...

Early-morning Coatesville fire kills mother, son

Officials said multi-home blaze displaced more than 30 residents Updated at 5 p.m. to add info about smoke detector give-away By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times The Red Cross was on the scene of a fatal fire in Coatesville early this morning in the 500 block of East Chestnut Street. Photo by Sara Smith Coatesville firefighters responded this morning at 12:23 a.m. to a fire in the 500...

Fire levels group home’s detached garage

29 residents were evacuated with no injuries, officials said By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times When firefighters arrived this morning at 4 a.m. in the 500 block of East Chestnut Street, a fully involved garage had already collapsed, said acting Coatesville Fire Chief Jim Lentz. A pile of charred rubble is all that remains of a detached garage in the 500 block of East Chestnut Street. The...

Coatesville rowhouse blaze displaces 18

‘Unattended cooking’ believed to be the cause, fire chief said; no injuries reported By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, CoatesvilleTimes.com COATESVILLE — When city firefighters arrived at a reported rowhouse fire about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Coates Street, they found one house ablaze with flames reaching into the homes on either side, said Coatesville Acting Fire...