County opens call center for questions on reopening

WEST CHESTER — As Chester County begins its green phase of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, County officials have added a call center service for business and resident questions on reopening guidelines and practices.  Part of the “Restore Chester County” initiative, the call center is operated by Chester County Health Department staff, with input from members of the County Commissioners’...

Sappey, Comitta announce grant for WC Senior Center

State Reps. Christina Sappey and Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, announced Friday that a $35,000 senior center grant has been approved for West Chester Area Senior Center. The grant comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “These grants will be used to make improvements and renovations on...

County OKs $1.77M to support affordable housing in Kennett, WC

The Melton Center Apartments WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved two contracts this week awarding more than $1.7 million in funds to support two affordable housing projects in Chester County. The two developments are the Melton Center Apartments in West Chester and Red Clay Manor in Kennett Square. “As one of the wealthiest counties...

Chesco goes Green; most businesses allowed to reopen

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa After more than three months of COVID-19 shutdown, Chester County is largely opening up today. While virtually no businesses will reopen at full capacity, everything beyond those that require large public gatherings (concerts, sporting events, etc) are allowed to resume operation as of today. Still, there are limits — COVID-19 is raging through many...

Herrin overwhelming choice for State Rep. to replace Comitta on ballot

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Dianne Herrin West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin was the overwhelming choice of 156th District Democratic Committee Persons to replace State Rep. Carolyn Comitta on the fall ballot — Comitta won the the primary for the Democratic nomination to replace state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-9). Based on unofficial results posted Tuesday night, Herrin won 75% of the...

Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board announces funding opportunities

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications for two competitive programs funded by the Chester County Commissioners – the Commonwealth/County Program and the Chester County Challenge Grant Program.  To date over 520 farms totaling more than 41,000 acres have been preserved in Chester County through these programs. Both programs offer funds to...

Webinar on COVID forecasting on June 25

The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will host the fourth in a series of free webinars on Thursday June 25th, 2020 at 11 a.m. This webinar will feature Dr. David Rubin of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. To join the webinar, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88181252384. Dr. Rubin is the director of the PolicyLab at CHOP,...

Wolf: Chesco to go Green, June 26

Updated, 1:20 p.m., adds Wolf comments, Levine comments By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa One more week to go. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that Chester County would be among the next counties in the state to move to Green Status on June 26 — meaning pretty much all businesses will be able to reopen — as Pennsylvania slowly reopens from locking down to fight the deadly COVID-19...

Third Webinar on on business reopening, June 18

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will host the third in a series of free webinars on Thursday June 18th, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. This webinar will feature business coaching group SCORE and will explore the services and resources that are available to help businesses navigate the yellow phase of reopening. To join the webinar, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82531395058. This...

County grants total of $5M to 248 small businesses

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced today the award of $5 million in grants to 248 Chester County small businesses and agricultural enterprises.  The individual grants, made available through the Chester County Main Street Preservation program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, range from just under $1,500 to $25,000. The...