Avon Grove Sun

Local police review excessive force policies |Dec 19, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Some local police departments are reviewing policies on use of excessive force following nationwide media attention in Missouri and New York in which some have claimed officers were overzealous.

Great Outdoors: Reminiscing about last year’s snow |Dec 19, 2014

They do say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I must say I am feeling that way about the December snowstorms that we had last year. It was so nice to have snow on the ground for Christmas.

Downwind: Brandywine River Museum will receive Scaife collection |Dec 19, 2014

We may never have heard of billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, but those who frequent the Brandywine River Museum will benefit from his generosity. The Mellon heir who died recently bequeathed his collection of more than 500 works of art to be divided equally between the Chadds Ford Museum of Art and to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in western Pennsylvania.

Oxford greets the season after a postponement |Dec 19, 2014

OXFORD >> Last Friday night was a little chilly, but it was substantially more comfortable than Dec. 5, when a cold and slimy rain came down on southern Chester County and Oxford officials decided to postpone the Christmas festivities for a week.

Boys Basketball: Oxford gets big road win |Dec 18, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> To win games, teams must cherish every possession and take great care of the basketball. Dec. 16 at Great Valley High School, the host Patriots did not execute that part of the game very well.

From the Ground Up: Bringing the vegetable garden indoors |Dec 18, 2014

When cold weather looms, many vegetable gardeners do what they can to extend the growing season: cover tender plants with floating row-covers, put straw or other mulch over root crops, and plant a “fall garden” of cold-tolerant varieties to improve our chances.

Local schools create ornaments for trees at Longwood Gardens |Dec 17, 2014

East Marlborough >> When the wide-eyed little boy from Rainbow Elementary School first saw Longwood Gardens all gussied up for the holidays, all he could manage to blurt out was, “This is a wonderland!”

School board honors retiring principal Harvey |Dec 17, 2014

PENN >> A touching moment of the Dec. 11 Avon Grove School Board meeting was recognition of retiring Avon Grove Intermediate School principal Todd Harvey.

Rioting is not the answer for recent police incidents |Dec 17, 2014

Rioting in the street, blocking traffic and looting stores miss the mark as solutions to curbing police brutality or aggression toward blacks. Those problems take disciplined dialogue, deep reflection on the nature of violence and defining the role of law enforcement at local and national levels.

St. Rocco celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with music and prayer |Dec 17, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> Several thousand members of St. Rocco Church in New Garden marked the anniversary of an appearance by the Virgin Mary during services on Friday.

Generosity abounds in Chester County |Dec 11, 2014

Recently, Forbes released its list of America’s best places to raise a family, and Chester County placed eighth. And according to real estate company Movoto, Chester County is the fourth best place in America to live.

College basketball: Lincoln holds off Cheyney |Dec 9, 2014

THORNBURY >> There’s never a dull moment when the nations two oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities get together on the basketball court. There’s always a packed, rowdy crowd and the play on the court tends to live up to the hype.

Wrestling: Rustin has three wrestlers go undefeated at Avon Grove |Dec 8, 2014

WEST GROVE >> With a lot of familiar faces on West Chester Rustin, outsiders are expecting a successful season from the Golden Knights.

Share the warmth: Family of six gets heat repaired in their home |Dec 8, 2014

Brian is a senior citizen and has become the household lead for his family of six, consisting of his wife, daughter and three pre-teen grandchildren. Brian’s income consists of social security and a nominal pension.

College Basketball: Lincoln dumps Cheyney to remain hot |Dec 8, 2014

THORNBURY >> Coming into the annual “Battle of the Firsts,” the Lincoln University women’s basketball team was off to its hottest start since joining Division II, reeling off four easy wins without a defeat as it entered the Wolves Den against Cheyney.

Led by newcomer Murphy, Lions win league opener |Dec 3, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> Starting a freshman, a transfer and five other big-time first-year contributors, the new-look Lincoln men’s basketball team has morphed away from its perimeter-oriented recent past.

New Garden woman homeless after fire destroys mobile home |Dec 3, 2014

New Garden >> A woman is homeless after a fire destroyed her trailer in the 100 block of Santilli Road in the Eastridge Trailer Park Tuesday morning.

Downwind: Longwood Gardens Christmas show is for the birds |Dec 3, 2014

Longwood Gardens is the most beautiful this Christmas I have ever seen, and that’s going some. The initial view on entering the conservancy is exquisite with bright red set off by lots of white and silver trees and flowers.

Smart Money: Be smart, keep an eye on your identity |Dec 2, 2014

You’d have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there’s a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.

Kennett Square man gets Purple Heart after 44 years |Dec 2, 2014

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Santa and Kennett Square herald in the season |Dec 2, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> All eyes turned westward on State Street Friday night as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus drove up in an antique car at the end of the Holiday Lights Parade. When they finally arrived, they were surrounded by children, who rushed to touch them and later lined up to tell them their Christmas wishes.

Historic tavern celebrates A Season of Light |Dec 1, 2014

When Colonel John Hannum, commander of the First Battalion of Chester County militia, and his friend Thomas “Squire” Cheyney left Martin’s Tavern in Marshallton, Pennsylvania, on the morning of Sept.

Stabbing subject gains parole |Dec 1, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> One of two brothers acquitted earlier in a stabbing at a New Garden party that had overtones of gang-related tensions has been paroled from Chester County Prison.

That’s the spirit: Special events of remembrance, charity |Dec 1, 2014

WEST GOSHEN >> Nothing can bridge the gap between opponents in sports like a sense of community and charity, and that’s exactly what happened Wednesday night in the midst of regular season games in the EPIHA Ches-Mont conference in boys high school ice hockey.

Kennett teacher wins coffee for a year in Channel 6 holiday contest |Dec 1, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Erika Smith has never won a contest in her life, but she hit the jackpot Thanksgiving Day when she learned she was the grand prize winner in Channel 6’s holiday contest.

Remember winter’s cold? Share the warmth |Nov 25, 2014

Last February, thousands of Chester County residents got a taste of misery.

The Good Wife |Nov 25, 2014

NORTH POLE >> It’s been said that behind every successful man, there’s a good woman. It has never been more true than the Clauses, Santa and Jessica, who toil all year for one spectacular night.

Let’s end homelessness in our community |Nov 25, 2014

If you were in Kennett Square last Friday, you probably saw people carrying posters, walking about town. At first glance, it appears they are picketers, but get close enough, and you can read the signs.

Lincoln U. president resigns over controversial remarks |Nov 25, 2014

The president of Lincoln University, under fire for months for remarks about sexual assault made to a group of female students, has resigned, it was announced Monday.

New group aims to end homelessness in southern Chester County |Nov 25, 2014

A new nonprofit organization aimed at ending homelessness in southern Chester County has already garnered more than 100 volunteers, who hope to have everything up and running sometime next year.

Ice Hockey: Snowden, Oxford knock off Appoquinimink |Nov 24, 2014

NEWARK, Del. >> After coming off a tough opponent in DMA two nights before, Oxford faced Appoquinimink Sunday night and came out with a 3-1 win in a varsity game at the Pond.

Walks raise awareness of plights of the homeless |Nov 24, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE>> Two walks to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness were held in the borough Wednesday, part of a coordinated county-wide campaign with rallies also staged in Coatesville, West Chester, Jennersville and Paoli.

Police say Kennett man a fugitive in child-porn case |Nov 24, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> A 45-year-old man is on the run after state investigators discovered he was using a home computer to view and share child pornography, according to state police.

Why did they vote Republican? |Nov 20, 2014

Anyone who has followed the most recent mid-term election knows that the Republican Party picked up enough votes to gain control of the U.S. Senate and retain control of the House of Representatives.

Eagle project honors World War II Defense Women |Nov 20, 2014

OXFORD >> When Derrick Maule went to work on his Eagle Scout project, he did not know that he was going to learn about his own family history as well. Maule created a memorial garden at the Oxford Memorial Park in honor of the World War II Defense Women.

Scotty McMillan’s story touches hearts worldwide |Nov 19, 2014

It’s hard for many to imagine, looking at the photos of an innocent Scotty McMillan, that the red-haired, blue-eyed toddler would in his short life become the subject of a horrific news story that has captured the attention of people around the world.

Great Outdoors: Time to focus on holiday outdoors gifts |Nov 19, 2014

As I sit here writing this week’s column, I am about 75 miles due north of southern Chester County, visiting my parents, and there is snow on the ground. Hard to believe. And I’m not sure I’m ready for this.

Avon Grove Board addresses communication issues |Nov 19, 2014

PENN >> When the Avon Grove School Board met on Thursday, Nov. 13, it was at the Avon Grove Intermediate School (AGI), the same building that was evacuated because of a bomb threat exactly one week earlier.

My Two Cents: How to get a GOP victory in 2016 |Nov 18, 2014

Election night was a good night for the national GOP: victories all across the nation.

West Grove ‘caretaker’ sentenced for molesting boys |Nov 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A man convicted of molesting two children in West Grove was sentenced to 83 to 166 years in prison, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Avon Grove teachers rally for contract settlement |Nov 18, 2014

PENN >> Avon Grove School District teachers braved sleet and chill on Thursday as they rallied for a new contract along Route 796 in front of the elementary school complex and district office.

16 historic buildings on Candlelight Christmas tour |Nov 18, 2014

Visitors to the Brandywine Valley know that the region holds many treasures, including its historic houses: long-standing structures many with rustic springhouses, some of which date back over 300 years.

‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ plays at Unionville |Nov 18, 2014

Shakespeare in Hollywood Plays at Unionville

College Basketball: Lincoln men fall at home in opener |Nov 17, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> Lincoln men’s basketball coach John Hill knew well ahead of time their home opener was going to be a tough one. The Lions, with a much different cast than a year ago, would have to start finding their own identity in a hurry, as coming right out of the gate, they’d be squaring off against one of the very best teams in Division II in East Stroudsburg.

Road cleanup helps family of fallen Avondale trooper keep his memory alive |Nov 14, 2014

AVONDALE >> The family of a local state trooper who died six years ago at the hands of a drunken driver were out in force Sunday morning picking up trash alongside the road where the crash happened.

Basketball: Lincoln looks to continue progress |Nov 14, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> To get an idea just how much progress the Lincoln men’s basketball program has made under John Hill, consider this: the 2014-15 squad must replace its top three scorers and yet the Lions were picked to finish second in the CIAA Northern Division in the preseason coach’s poll.

Oxford Council will hasten complaints to zoning officer |Nov 14, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough has an ordinance to protect residents from disruptive neighbors at rental properties, but to get help, a police report on complaints is required to start the process. Residents from South Street came to the Nov.

Kennett School Board votes against banning book |Nov 12, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> It’s a topic no parent wants to ever hear on the television or read in the paper, but the number school of shootings and active shooters have risen over the years from six in 2000 to 16 incidents in 2013, with 24 percent of those happening in educational environments, according to a recent report released by the FBI.

Book ban vote in Kennett: Censorship dies an ugly death |Nov 12, 2014

The Kennett Consolidated School board made the correct decision Monday night when they voted not to ban Jodi Picoult’s best-selling book “Nineteen Minutes” from the Kennett High School library.

UHS student passes on brushes for spray cans |Nov 12, 2014

Christopher Shaw’s brother used to joke that he couldn’t even draw a stick figure.