RSS Feed from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: The latest news from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: website: all stories The Southern Chester County Weeklies Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:01:05 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Unionville Community Park opens to public]]> EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The new Unionville Community Park officially opened Monday, Sept. 1, at a dedication ceremony attended by more than 30 people.

"This is a very significant moment for East Marlborough Township and it's a project that has been in the works for a long, long time," said Cuyler Walker, supervisors' chairman at East Marlborough.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:57:21 -0400 2014-09-02T09:57:21-04:00 2014-09-02T09:58:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Family mourns the loss of second son]]> AVONDALE >> Raziel Mireles, who died on Aug. 25 in a drowning accident at Nixon Park in Kennett Square, will be remembered as "… a good example of helpfulness and joy. He was never angry or depressed," said Sister Mary Sorrows of St. Rocco Church in Avondale.

Raziel, 17, was a senior at Avon Grove High School.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:52:53 -0400 2014-09-02T09:52:53-04:00 2014-09-02T09:52:56-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett man recounts 'Campaign of Terror']]> PHILADELPHIA >> In spending a suburban New York City man to prison for waging a "months-long campaign of terror" against a Kennett Square businessman and his associates, a federal judge this month cautioned that he remained concerned that the punishment would have little or no impact on the man's future behavior.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:51:30 -0400 2014-09-02T09:51:30-04:00 2014-09-02T09:51:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Lightning strike possible in New Garden barn fire]]> Fire tore through a barn near the intersection of Newark and Buttonwood roads in New Garden on Sunday. A witness said the blaze may have been caused by a lightning strike, though that could not immediately be confirmed with fire officials. Avondale was among the fire companies responding to the fire.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:50:21 -0400 2014-09-01T14:50:21-04:00 2014-09-01T14:50:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Nancy A. Taylor of Ocean Pines, Maryland]]> Nancy A. Taylor, 64, of Ocean Pines, Maryland, and formerly of Bel Air, Maryland, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the Coastal Hospice, At The Lake, in Salisbury, Maryland.

She was born in Newburgh, New York, and was the daughter of Dorothy E. Potts Taylor and the late Wallace Goodwin Taylor.

She graduated from Kennett Consolidated High School in Kennett Square, received a B.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:28:04 -0400 2014-09-01T12:28:04-04:00 2014-09-01T12:28:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Wackerman retires from Kennett Senior Center]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> The man who gained the affection of area residents for his leadership at the Kennett Senior Center was honored with a large banquet on Thursday.

Harry Wackerman capped off his 11 years of running the Book Shoppe, Sunday dinners and Friday night bingo by circulating the room and thanking all of the 100-plus guests who came to honor him.

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<![CDATA[Get ChescoReady!]]> WEST GOSHEN >> Amy Kate Amer knows what it is like to suffer through a natural emergency, and wants residents of Chester County to have a small bulwark against that possibility.

At the first gusts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Amer lost power at her family's home in Valley. Her mother and son were forced to shower and sleep at a nearby fire station, and even though she works at the county Department of Emergency Services (DES) as a community outreach coordinator, she had no more inside information on when PECO would get around to restoring her electricity than any of her neighbors.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:18:20 -0400 2014-09-01T12:18:20-04:00 2014-09-01T12:18:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Unionville High School named as one of the best schools in nation]]> EAST MARBOROUGH >> Unionville High School once again has been ranked as one of the very best high schools in the nation.

This time, the ranking comes from the Daily Beast, which also owns Newsweek Magazine. It is the second time this year Unionville High School was recognized for academic excellence.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:57:02 -0400 2014-09-01T11:57:02-04:00 2014-09-01T12:15:07-04:00
<![CDATA[U-CF, Kennett score well on school performance]]> The state Department of Education has released school district academic performance scores that Gov. Corbett had wanted to use to determine how schools spend state block grant money. The action was made possible by right-to-know requests.

The School Performance Profile scores for 2012-13 show several school districts in Chester County performed very well, including Unionville-Chadds Ford, Kennett Consolidated and Downingtown.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:21:30 -0400 2014-08-30T16:21:30-04:00 2014-08-30T16:21:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Drowning victim just started his senior year at Avon Grove]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> The 17-year-old who drowned at Anson B. Nixon park Thursday night was Raziel Mireles, who had just started his senior year at Avon Grove High School.

Steve Melton, chief of Kennett Fire Co. No. 1, said the drowning is being classified as an accident.

The teen went into the pond to retrieve a soccer ball just after 8 p.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:45:20 -0400 2014-08-29T13:45:20-04:00 2014-08-29T14:40:43-04:00
<![CDATA[La Comunidad hosts business skills workshop]]> Kennett Square >> For the second year, La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) is hosting a series of workshops for Latino entrepreneurs.

"The first series of seminars was successful last year," said Margarita Mirkil, president and chief executive officer of LCH. "The workshops will give valuable information on those wanting to start a business or wanting to improve their existing venture.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:53:40 -0400 2014-08-29T13:53:40-04:00 2014-08-29T13:53:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Teen drowns chasing ball into pond at Kennett park]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> A 17-year-old man drowned Thursday evening in a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park.

Officials were not able to identify the dead teen late Thursday, but workers could be seen retrieving the body from the water. Efforts were made to revive the man after he was pulled from the pond.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:48:04 -0400 2014-08-28T23:48:04-04:00 2014-08-29T13:49:16-04:00
<![CDATA[Avon Grove graduate competes in IRONMAN Lake Placid]]> It was something Mike Rogers has hoped to do since he was a kid and, finally, in the summer after he graduated from Avon Grove High School, he took the chance to become an Ironman.

"It was something I always wanted to do because my dad had been doing it for about eight or nine years now," Rogers said.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:09:33 -0400 2014-08-28T10:09:33-04:00 2014-08-28T23:58:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Teen feared to have drowned at Anson B. Nixon Park pond]]> Kennett Township >> Police and rescue personnel were called Thursday night to a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park.

The call came over the police radio at about 8:25 p.m. As of 8:45 p.m., rescue workers were searching the pond for a 17-year-old male dressed in black who was believed to have been missing in the water for about 15 minutes before police were called.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:39:52 -0400 2014-08-28T21:39:52-04:00 2014-08-28T23:54:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Police urge caution on roadways during Labor Day weekend]]> As the summer's final holiday weekend approaches police are stepping up traffic safety enforcement in an effort to reduce the number of deaths on the state's roadways.

Police departments across the county will target aggressive driving behavior like running red lights, speeding, and tailgating as part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:34 -0400 2014-08-28T16:19:34-04:00 2014-08-28T16:19:40-04:00