What To Do: Chocolate Lovers Fest gets bigger and better

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Dull, grey midwinter days can lead to feeling glum but there is an antidote – a vacation on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If that seems attractive but not very realistic, there is another antidote — chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Even a small dose of the brown-colored treat can elevate your mood. And, a mild sugar rush can...

On Stage: WCU grad Gilfillian celebrates first album with show at The Fillmore

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Devon Gilfillian A special event on this weekend’s entertainment calendar will be the triumphant return of a local musician who is celebrating the recent release of his debut album on a major label. Devon Gilfillian, a graduate of West Chester University, released his debut album, “Black Hole Rainbow,” on January 10 on Capitol Records. On January...

Second pipe bomb detonated in Caln, no injuries, no damage

The explosive devices found by Caln Police on Jan. 21. CALN — A day before township police found an unexploded pipe bomb, apparently a similar device was detonated near a railroad underpass. No injuries or property damage were reported, but police are warning residents to be on the lookout for similar devices — and report them immediately and keep away from them. On Jan. 22, a caller reported...

On Stage: Philly’s Cheerleader at Boot & Saddle

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Cheerleader Philly has the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, a night club called Cheerleaders and Cheerleader. Cheerleader, which is headlining a show on January 24 at Boot and Saddle (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-639-4528, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com), is a Philadelphia band. The trio, which features Joe Haller, Paul Impellizeri and Josh...

New Sheriff’s K-9 makes courthouse debut

Sheriff Fredda Maddox (right) introduces K-9 Marley, who is partnered with Sgt. Janis Pickell. WEST CHESTER — Meet K-9 Marley. Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox introduced the newest member of the office on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Following a training period, the 18-month-old Labrador retriever will replace the recently retired K-9 Melody as the courthouse comfort dog. K-9 Marley, who is partnered...

We The People are We The Jury when it comes to impeachment

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Today, for just the third time in U.S. history, an impeachment trial of the President of the United States begins. While the pundits will go on endlessly about the 100 U.S. Senators who will decide President Donald J. Trump’s fate, there is a greater truth. We — the American people — are the jury. You have a duty to watch if possible, catch up and stay informed...

The joy (not) of paying the GOP tax

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Say what you will about Donald Trump, but a lot of what either thrills or angers folks is decades in the making. Essentially, Republicans being Republicans. For me, personally, that means grabbing money from me and my family and cheerfully reassigning it to wealthy people and corporations. Until I recently did the math, though, I had no idea how bad those numbers were...

On Stage: Jersey Boys make it in Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times They may be “Jersey Boys” but the closest the four main cast members of the touring musical “Jersey Boys” will get to New Jersey for the next five months is this weekend when the show touches down in Wilmington, Delaware. On January 18 and 19, the Playhouse (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, https://www.thegrandwilmington.org/productions/6168-jersey-boys/)...

What To Do: Snow? What snow? Orchids are in bloom at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Every year when January arrives, Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) celebrates one of the largest families of plants in the world. If you did a Google search to find out which are the largest families of flowering plants in the world, this is the answer you’d receive – The three largest...

On Stage: ‘The Band Visits’ at Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Band’s Visit Two of the most highly acclaimed new musicals visiting Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia’s 2019-2020 season have a major similarity. They are about strangers in another land – people who have inadvertently been stranded far from home. The shows are “Come From Away,” which recently had a...