On Stage: ‘A Soldier’s Play’ Comes to Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  A Soldier’s Play Some plays are light and fluffy, some are outrageous, some are filled with humorous scenes, some have delightful music and almost all have a plot. And some are brutally intense. The Kimmel Cultural Campus, in partnership with The Shubert Organization, is presenting the Philadelphia premiere of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2020...

Messerschmidt named new county Emergency Services Director

Warren W. “Bill” Messerschmidt III Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline announced Wednesday the appointment of Warren W. “Bill” Messerschmidt III as the County’s new Director of the Department of Emergency Services (DES). Messerschmidt will take the lead at DES from Monday, February 13, following his most recent role as Assistant Director of Emergency...

New Garden golf course to be preserved as public park

Loch Nairn Golf Club Natural Lands announced today the preservation of approximately 106 acres in New Garden Township, Chester County. The land, formerly the site of the Loch Nairn Golf Club, was purchased by the Township for use as a passive-recreation park, which is slated to open to the public in 2024. Conversion of the land from a golf course to a park will help improve water quality, absorb floodwaters,...

Cronin named new DCCC president

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin Marta Yera Cronin, EdD, currently president of Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Oregon, has been selected by Delaware County Community College’s Board of Trustees to become the College’s next president. Dr. Cronin will succeed L. Joy Gates Black, EdD, who will retire on June 30 of this year after six years of service to the College. Dr. Cronin will be the College’s...

CCEDC offers 2023 economic outlook: inflation likely to slow, but a recession may be coming

(l to r): Dianne P. Manges, Senior Investment Advisor for Truist Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice; Gary W. Smith, President and CEO of CCEDC; Patti Brennan, President and CEO of Key Financial, Inc.; MaryFrances McGarrity, Senior Vice President – Business Development Services at CCEDC 150 business executives and personal investors gathered Friday to hear expert insights on the local,...

Commissioners Present $25K check to ChesPenn Center for Family Health in Coatesville

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz (right), Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline (left) present ChesPenn President and CEO Susan Harris-McGovern with a $25,000 Chester County Appropriations Fund check. Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline toured the Center for Family Health at Coatesville, part of ChesPenn Health Services, this week, and presented...

On Stage: Tribute bands hit local venues

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  In recent years, new genre of live music has emerged – a genre that spans genres. The new genre is tribute acts. Sure, tribute acts have been around for a while. For years, there have been artists who have devoted their lives to recreating music from previous stars – mostly solo singers like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Now, there is a plethora...

County Health Dept. retiree and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Walls receives CDC’s Trailblazer Award

Elizabeth “Betsy” Walls Elizabeth “Betsy” Walls, RN, the retired Director of Personal Health for the Chester County Health Department whose efforts helped to establish the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in Chester County, has been honored with a much-deserved award from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Betsy is recognized as Pennsylvania’s...

Frens appointed County Solicitor

Colleen Frens The Chester County Commissioners approved this week the appointment of Colleen Frens as Solicitor for the County of Chester.  Frens, the former Deputy County Solicitor, has served as Acting Solicitor since July 2022, following the appointment of former Solicitor, Nicole Forzato, to the bench of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. “Colleen is an excellent lawyer who will serve...

Commissioners declare January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month at the first public Commissioners’ Meeting in 2023. The proclamation acknowledges the dedicated work of social service agencies, counselors, law enforcement, and modern-day abolitionists for caring for survivors, arresting and prosecuting offenders,...