Operation Phoenixville Elves hold annual wrapping party

Volunteers for Operation Phoenixville Elves wrap gifts Sunday at the Great American Pub. PHOENIXVILLE — A hearty group of “Elves” gathered Sunday at the Great American Pub to wrap gifts and spread a little bit of the holiday season cheer to local families in need. After starting in 2014 with just about about 12 families, Operation Phoenixville Elves is now working to help more than 250...

HB 1890: a perfect storm of cluelessness and cruelty

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you spend time on social media (my condolences), you’ve probably seen a lot of heat about a proposed Ohio law that would force women with ectopic pregnancies have their embryos/zygotes reimplanted. Whatever your views on on abortion, this is scientifically impossible — no one ends an ectopic pregnancy as a form of birth control, but literally as a life-saving...

On Stage: Kennett Symphony goes ‘Pop’ for the holidays

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Kennett Symphony is one of the area’s musical and cultural treasures. The highly talented orchestra performs several shows in the area each year with highlight concerts being the annual summer program “Symphony Under the Stars” at Longwood Gardens and the annual winter holiday concert, “Pops Goes the Holidays.” On December 7, the Kennett...

On Stage: Denny Laine reflects on life with Moodys, Wings before City Winery gig

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Denny Laine Back in the 1960s, every once in a while a single would come out that was so different and so good – so unlike anything else that had come down the pike – that it stopped listeners in their tracks. It didn’t happen that often but, when it did, it was a memorable event. Some examples are “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, “Sherry”...

CASD student faces charges over social media threats

CALN — Township Police said Friday charges are pending against a Coatesville Area School District student who is alleged to have posted a potentially threatening image on social media — allegedly as a prank to get out of school on Nov. 24. According to police: “On the evening of Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Caln Township Police were alerted by the Coatesville Area School District Police...

On Stage: Main Line the main place for great music this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Mike Zito There is a six-mile stretch along Lancaster Avenue on Philadelphia’s Main Line that has been a hotbed for top-flight music clubs for a long time – clubs that regularly present highly acclaimed national acts as well as respected local acts. The stretch, which runs from Ardmore to Wayne, was previously home to clubs such as the venerable...

What To Do: Christmas celebrations kick into high gear

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade is a cherished area holiday tradition. The event, which is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 7 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade (http://coatesvillechristmasparade.com) will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway...

On Stage: Peacock, Antigone Rising still going strong

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Alice Peacock Just before the end of last century, two female acts arrived on the music scene and immediately began receiving accolades for their work and started building a solid fan base – Alice Peacock in 1999 and Antigone Rising in 1998. We’re now approaching the end of the second decade of this century and both acts are still making great music....

Kerslake announces primary challenge to Howard in 167th

Ginny Kerslake Former Chester County Commissioner candidate Ginny Kerslake announced her candidacy Wednesday for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 167th District. This District includes West Whiteland, East Whiteland, Charlestown, Willistown, West Pikeland, and Easttown townships and Malvern borough. “In times like today, when personal property rights, public safety, and the environment...

Done retire, ReFire: Dealing with holiday stress

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are, at the last month of not only the year but of the decade! It’s also a shorter holiday season, since Thanksgiving came late this year. How does the above make you feel? For many, these thoughts can bring on feelings of stress and anxiousness, especially when they are thought of at the same time! Lately, I’ve had many conversations about multi-tasking...