What To Do: Winter blues? Wine and chocolate might help

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Chaddsford Winery February can be a cruel month. It’s the dead of winter with bare trees, grey weather and cold winds. But there are ways to fight off the depression that mid-winter can cause – especially chocolate and wine. A recent review by Belgium researchers assessed the current research on the complex relationship between chocolate and mood....

Deal in place to turn historic Coatesville bank building into restaurant

Michael DePetris, Principal at Legend Properties; Jim DePetris, DEPG Development Managing Partner; Phil Ferro, Chef and Proprietor of forthcoming 30 Prime; Crosby Wood, Principal of New Heritage Properties on the steps of the historic bank building at 112 E. Lincoln Highway in Coatesville after settling the sale. The sale of the historic National Bank of Coatesville Building at 112 E. Lincoln Highway...

On Stage: Uptown! offers looks at MLK, Rustin to celebrate Black History Month

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Black History Month has arrived and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center (226 North High Street, West Chester, www.uptownwestchester.org) is kicking off Black History Month in style with a stage performance focusing on one of America’s most important Civil Rights leaders. Now through February 19, the Uptown! Knauer is presenting “The Mountaintop,”...

Rivera announces run for Chesco Court of Common Pleas bench

Leonard Rivera Leonard Rivera, Latino, trial lawyer from Kennett Square, is among the top candidates vying for five open seats on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. In this tight race, Rivera stands out as the most experienced litigator currently running for County Judge and the only candidate with a master’s degree in Trial Advocacy. His breadth and depth of legal accomplishments and thousands...

Say it ain’t so Phil: Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

Punxsutawney Phil, right, got to meet Gov. Josh Shapiro Thursday, but still predicted six more weeks of Winter. Pennsylvania’s very own world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney. This marks the 108th time Phil has not seen his shadow, calling for a few more weeks of winter, during the 137-year-old...

Unionville’s Matson named new UNC head field hockey coach

Erin  Matson CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – One of the best athletes ever to come out of Unionville High School and one of the nation’s top collegiate field hockey players is taking on a new challenge: becoming head coach at her alma mater. Erin  Matson, the most decorated player in UNC field hockey history, has been named North Carolina’s next head field hockey coach after a national search....

DCCC to merge Exton campus into Downingtown site

Delaware County Community College announced Tuesday that it will close the College’s Exton Center location and consolidate the staff and resources with the Downingtown Center, located at 100 Bond Drive in Downingtown. The Exton Center is closing effective June 30, 2023. All staff are being reassigned to the Downingtown Center.   “The College enjoyed 26 successful years in Exton, and the decision...

County makes push for outdoor activities

Chester County announced the launch of “Fresh Air, Self-Care Chesco,” a campaign that encourages residents to practice effective self-care for better health and wellness through easy outdoor activity. Introduced at today’s Commissioners’ Meeting, “Fresh Air, Self-Care Chesco” brings together the knowledge and services of the County’s Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities...

What To Do: Banksy exhibition extended

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  “Banksy Was Here” was close to being “Banksy Is Gone.” For those who wanted to see the exhibition but were dragging their feet, it was almost a case of “if you snooze, you lose.” “Banksy Was Here” was scheduled to run until January 31 at a location in Fashion District Philadelphia (901 Market Street, Philadelphia, banksyexpo.com/philadelphia/). Fortunately,...

County to take over operation of Rover transit service

From April 1, 2023, responsibility for the majority of paratransit services currently provided by Rover in Chester County will transition to a County-run operation, overseen by the Chester County Department of Human Services. The Rover community transportation service was introduced in 1984 to offer diversified transportation for Chester County residents, especially those who cannot drive or have no...