Chesco opts into opioid settlement; funds to be used for treatment, prevention

Millions of dollars will soon be coming to Chester County for the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder. This follows a vote today by the Chester County Commissioners to approve the County’s participation in a national opioid lawsuit settlement between Pennsylvania communities, Johnson & Johnson and three pharmaceutical distributors. The County will receive $15.5 million from the settlement....

No sale: hospital deal collapses, Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals to close

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa A sale that would have saved Brandywine and Jennersville hospitals collapsed this week — leading the current owner, Tower Health, to announce that both facilities will close within the next few weeks — meaning the loss of some 800 jobs and virtually critical care access for residents in southwest and northwest Chester County. Last month, it appeared...

Chester County introduces new Interactive Trailfinder Map

Chester Valley Trail, open throughout winter and all seasons. 2. Brandywine Hunt Development offers one of many public trail systems throughout Chester County. The Chester County Planning Commission released a new interactive map this week, showcasing all the county’s publicly accessible trails and nature preserves. The Trailfinder Map helps residents and visitors discover new trails – more than...

Williams, Sappey and Kane announce $1.9 M in funding for new Kennett Library

Rep. Craig Williams (R-160), Rep. Christina Sappey (D-158) and Sen. John Kane (D-9) jointly announced the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award of $1.9 million in new grant funding for the Kennett Library. The three legislators worked together to secure the awarded funds as part of the 2021 grant cycle. “This project is part of an initiative to bring additional educational opportunities...

Phoenixville hires new Fire Chief

Eamon C. Brazunas PHOENIXVILLE — The Borough will have a new, full-time fire chief, starting in early 2022. Borough Council announced the appointment of Eamon C. Brazunas as the Borough’s new full- time fire chief. This selection follows the July 2021 resignation of John Buckwalter who served as the volunteer fire chief since 2012. The borough conducted an extensive national search that resulted...

Comitta announced $2M in additional funding for Coatesville train station project

Senator Comitta speaks at the groundbreaking of the new Coatesville Train Station earlier this year. She secured $2 million in state funding for the parking and transportation facility that is planned to support the new train station. State Senator Carolyn Comitta (d-19) announced Monday an additional $2 million in state funding for the parking and transportation facility adjacent to the site of the...

Houlahan promotes Medicare Open Enrollment in Phoneixville

Rep. Houlahan holds roundtable with Phoenixville Area Senior Center and PA MEDI representatives. On Monday, U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-6) held a roundtable discussion with members of the Phoenixville Area Senior Center (PASC) and Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI) to answer Medicare questions and continue her efforts encouraging area seniors to take advantage of the open...

Support health care heroes when you sip, shop & dine in West Chester this weekend

WEST CHESTER — 100% of QR code donations will go to local fire departments, police departments, EMS and health care workers when you sip, shop and dine in West Chester this weekend. It’s all part of First Responders & Health Care Heroes Weekend coming up December 10-12 during Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester. “This is an initiative we’re promoting all month...

County seeks volunteers for authorities, boards and commissions

Bill Covaleski Several of Chester County’s 26 Authorities, Boards and Commissions are looking for more residents to volunteer to fill current vacancies and serve. “We are very fortunate in Chester County to have engaged citizens who care about the vitality and future of their community, and their neighbors,” said Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline....

Coatesville police officers earn national certification

Coatesville Police Sergeant Brenden Boyle, Lieutenant Rodger Ollis, and Detective Kirt Guyer. COATESVILLE — Coatesville Police Sergeant Brenden Boyle and Detective Kirt Guyer recently undertook training in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), a science that explores common-area design and aesthetics and applies tactics to mitigate criminal and vagrant activity. The training was...