Jefferson named to board of Crime Victims Center

Robert C. Jefferson, IV WEST CHESTER — Robert C. Jefferson, IV, an attorney with the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named to the board of directors of The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC). CVC is a community-based non-profit that is celebrating 45 years of providing free, immediate and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults impacted...

First Niagara supports Chester County Food Bank

Financial group delivers $10,000 to assist with feeding hungry First Niagara’s Allan Burkley (from left) poses with Robert MacNeil, board chairman of the Chester County Food Bank; Larry Welsch, its executive director; and Bob Kane, First Niagara’s eastern Pennsylvania regional president. First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. announced in a news release that it recently gave a $10,000 grant to the...

From start to finish, ‘Shop with a Cop’ proves a blast

Collaborative, community-involved event draws rave reviews By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Coatesville Cpl. Jonathan Shave offers assistance to his shopper at the price-checker. Behind him, Det. Kevin Campbell waits for his turn. Throngs of unsuspecting customers grabbed parking spaces and shopping carts to brave the bustling crowd at Walmart on Saturday morning, oblivious to the...

Progress seen in plan to end homelessness

County officials applaud collaborative Decades to Doorways initiative By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell (right) discusses the Decades to Doorways initiative, with its administrator, Michael Hackman. Born in South Carolina,  Juanita moved to Coatesville with three young children. Hoping to find a better life, instead she encountered hardship...

State senator to switch into handyman mode

Dinniman, staff will assist Good Works, Inc. to improve city home A Good Works Inc. crew works on one of its many home-improvment projects for low-income residents in Chester County. State Sen. Andy Dinniman and his staff will assist Good Works Inc., a nonprofit committed to improving the living conditions of the county’s low-income families, on Saturday in Coatesville. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,...

Public invited to community conversation on youth

Forum to feature attorney from Juvenile Law Center Lourdes M. Rosado will be one of the featured speakers at a youth symposium on Thursday. In celebration of National Youth Justice Awareness Month, area residents are invited to “A Community Conversation to Save our Children” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Brandywine Center.  Hosted in partnership with the Coatesville Youth Initiative and Child...

9/11 remembrance requires heavy lifting

Convoy of county first responders travels to Pentagon for building mementos By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times County first-responders Joe Behm (bottom row, from left), Jack Law, Howard Holland, John DiBuonaventuro, Neil Vaughn and Ryan Corcoran (top row, from left) Joel Gramling, Adam Weaver, Shane Clark, and Beau Crowding pose with the Pentagon 9/11 artifacts. The predawn convoy...

Hundreds of homeless in county spur changes

New toll-free number proves popular addition to proactive approach  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times This makeshift housing typifies what volunteers saw during the “point-in-time” count in January that revealed 625 Chester County citizens without a permanent residence. Wielding flashlights and cartons of supplies – clothes, food and blankets – a team of volunteers sloshed...

College course offerings to expand in Coatesville

Partnership with Harcum College adds Law and Justice major Classes through a partnership with Harcum College are held at Graystone Mansion in Coatesville. What will it cost NOT to go to college? That’s the question being posed by Life Transforming Ministries, which has partnered with Harcum College and the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement and Development, Inc., to expand its offerings...

Support groups offered in variety of shapes, sizes

 Find others who share your concerns, professionals advise The Chester County Government Services Center will serve as the meeting locale for a support group for GrandFamilies. A support group has formed for GrandFamilies – defined as households headed by grandparents or other relatives who are sharing their home with nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or other related children. The group, which will...