PIAA to Wolf: Cancelling 2020 sports may have ‘unintended consequences’

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) is asking Gov. Tom Wolf to have a discussion about the cancellation of fall school sports, after the governor said Thursday he strongly recommends cancelling all youth sports through Jan. 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolf did not order a ban — the ultimate decision on fall sports...

W. Chester Chamber cancels 2020 Christmas Parade

The crowd at the 2019 QVC West Chester Christmas Parade; the 2020 version of the event will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) has announced the cancellation of the 2020 QVC West Chester Christmas Parade to protect the health of spectators who gather for one of Chester County’s most popular events. “We realize the most important thing...

County provides update on support for N. Coventry fire victims

Chester County’s Department of Community Development provided an update today on the most urgent needs of the 45 families displaced from their homes by the devastating fire at Ashwood Apartments that took place on Thursday, July 30 in North Coventry. “The response to requests for donations to help the men, women and children who lived in Ashwood Apartments has been overwhelming, which is what we...

Chesco Coroner: Drug overdose numbers fall during first half of 2020

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office released data on drug overdose deaths in Chester County from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. A total of 58 deaths have been confirmed to be due to an accidental drug overdose. This is fewer than the 68 overdose deaths reported mid-way through 2019, but the Coroner’s Office cautioned that it is not possible to accurately predict a total...

What To Do: Nat’l Const. Center joins growing list of reopened attractions

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  The National Constitution Center Just like blooms on mid-summer annual plants, things that have been closed for a while are now slowly starting to open up. Attractions that have been shuttered for months are beginning to open their doors and welcome patrons. Getting out and enjoying them can be a great antidote for four months of cabin fever – as...

La Comunidad moves forward with Oxford expansion

LCH staff at the current Oxford location 303 North Third Street: Left to right Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Marthe Adler, MSN, CRNP, FNP; Bonnie Valente, Member Relations Specialist; Yaritzabell Dorsey, Medical Assistant; Maria Ortiz, Registered Nurse. La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) received approval for their conditional use agreement from the Oxford Borough Council last month.  This sets in motion...

Brandywine Creek Water Trail study completed

The Brandywine Conservancy, in partnership with the Chester County Planning Commission, announced the completion of the Brandywine Creek Water Trail feasibility study. A part of the Brandywine Creek Greenway initiative, this study outlines recommendations for a formalized route along the Brandywine Creek for recreational use, enhanced by connections to land trails. Focusing on the east and west branches...

Let’s be blunt about it: Russ Diamond is a jerk

By Mike McGann, Editor The Times @mikemcgannpa There are good people (lots, actually) and then — well, and unfortunately there’s no better way to put it — some people are reprehensible jerks (and yes, I wanted to use a more succinct expletive, but it seemed immature). One of the biggest in Pennsylvania is a State Representative from Lebanon County, Russ Diamond. After State Health Secretary Rachel...

County announces three new admin hires

New leadership appointments for Chester County government, clockwise from top right: Tiffany Sowers, Director of Human Resources; Nicole Forzato, County Solicitor; and Brianne Zanin, Deputy County Administrator. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved today the appointment of new Chester County Solicitor Nicole Forzato at their public...

Local, State Police to crackdown on aggressive driving

Aggressive drivers, look out! Local and State Police will be focusing on you, on July 29 in a joint-effort to make local highways safer — and calmer. On Wednesday, July 29, over 60 police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive-driving enforcement wave to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries,...