RSS Feed from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: http://www.southernchestercountyweeklies.com The latest news from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: http://www.southernchestercountyweeklies.com website: all stories http://www.southernchestercountyweeklies.com The Southern Chester County Weeklies Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:23:44 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Kennett band 'Rose Project' to perform locally]]> Kennett Square area band "The Rose Project" is stepping up to perform at local venues in 2015. Local musician Bill Rose has taken his band with the eponymous name "The Rose Project" to new levels to include Bill Rose on guitar and vocals, Al Hahn on Bass and Keyboard, Dave Walker on Guitar, and Steve K.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:42:32 -0500 2014-12-19T12:42:32-05:00 2014-12-19T15:53:44-05:00
<![CDATA[Local police review excessive force policies]]> 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.

The shooting of Michael Brown in August in Ferguson, Missouri, and the recent "chokehold" death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:52:53 -0500 2014-12-19T15:52:53-05:00 2014-12-19T15:52:56-05:00
<![CDATA[St. Rocco celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with music and prayer]]> 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.

The Catholic celebration of Out Lady of Guadalupe isn't exactly a Christmas celebration, but it comes around during the season every year on Dec.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:11:31 -0500 2014-12-17T20:11:31-05:00 2014-12-17T20:11:48-05:00
<![CDATA[Local schools create ornaments for trees at Longwood Gardens]]> 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!"

The Coatesville-area school is one of 13 elementary schools participating in Longwood's Children's Trees program this year.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:04 -0500 2014-12-17T17:44:04-05:00 2014-12-17T17:44:59-05:00
<![CDATA[School board honors retiring principal Harvey]]> PENN >> A touching moment of the Dec. 11 Avon Grove School Board meeting was recognition of retiring Avon Grove Intermediate School principal Todd Harvey.

Harvey, who has been in education for the past 41 years, will be leaving the district effective Jan. 4.

"I respect and admire him for his leadership, dedication, and love of kids," Superintendent Christopher Marchese said.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:38:55 -0500 2014-12-17T17:38:55-05:00 2014-12-17T17:38:58-05:00
<![CDATA[Unionville students pitch in to make Christmas bright for needy]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Unionville High School student council members made Christmas a lot brighter for local needy families last week.

The students raised $700 from a fundraiser at the annual powder puff football game that pits high school juniors against seniors. The event is typically held in November, but because it took place in December, Student Council Vice President Hannah Bass suggested students add a donation box to raise money for area children in need.

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:23:38 -0500 2014-12-17T16:23:38-05:00 2014-12-17T16:23:43-05:00
<![CDATA[Impoverished Kennett area family finds generosity in community]]> NEW GARDEN >> Christmas came early for one of the poorest families in Chester County.

Last week, the Morales family's van broke down. Jose and Doravelia Morales have come to rely on the old van to transport their daughter Maria, 10, back and forth to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children every week.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:23:45 -0500 2014-12-08T15:23:45-05:00 2014-12-08T15:23:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Share the warmth: Family of six gets heat repaired in their home]]> 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. His daughter works part-time making barely $10.80/hour while also trying, as a single mother, to stay involved in her children's activities.

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:28:15 -0500 2014-12-08T12:28:15-05:00 2014-12-08T15:18:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Kennett High's new club adding a voice to the student body]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> It turned into a little debate between the Kennett Consolidated school board members, but when all was said and done, they unanimously approved the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club at the high school during their regular board meeting Dec. 1.

The club, started by students at the high school, was started to advocate for the LBGTQIA+ community and act as a safe place for all members to be open about themselves.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:02:52 -0500 2014-12-03T19:02:52-05:00 2014-12-03T19:02:54-05:00
<![CDATA[New Garden woman homeless after fire destroys mobile home]]> 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.

The fire was reported by hunters at about 10:30 a.m. and Avondale firefighters found the home heavily involved upon their arrival.

Betty Jane Eastridge, owner of the park, said the resident rented the lot but owned the trailer.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:54:02 -0500 2014-12-03T18:54:02-05:00 2014-12-03T18:54:10-05:00
<![CDATA[Kennett Square man gets Purple Heart after 44 years]]> By Fran Maye

fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com @kennettpaper on Twitter

KENNETT SQUARE >> A Kennett Square man wounded in battle 44 years ago in Vietnam has finally received the award he was entitled to many years ago -- the Purple Heart.

"It means a lot to me, I look at it every day," said Michael Tuscano, 66, a U.

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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:02:49 -0500 2014-12-02T16:02:49-05:00 2014-12-02T16:02:54-05:00
<![CDATA[Kennett Area Food Cupboard gears up for expansion]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett Area Food Cupboard will more than double in size after the purchase of an adjoining house is finalized.

The owner of the house on Cedar Street is selling to the Food Cupboard for $160,00, far below market value. The house never went on the market.

Melanie Weiler, executive director for the Kennett Area Food Cupboard, said she is hoping to obtain a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant from the county, which would pay for the house and the renovations needed.

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:09 -0500 2014-12-01T16:48:09-05:00 2014-12-01T16:48:27-05:00
<![CDATA[Kennett teacher wins coffee for a year in Channel 6 holiday contest]]> 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. She won a year's supply of coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.

"I was watching the parade on TV and a number comes on the screen that says to text in and win," said Smith, a fifth-grade teacher at New Garden Elementary School.

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:25:35 -0500 2014-12-01T14:25:35-05:00 2014-12-01T14:25:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Stabbing subject gains parole]]> 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.

Common Pleas Jude Anthony Sarcione granted the release petition to Guillermo Renteria-Encisco at the conclusion of a sentencing hearing held in his case on Friday.

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:17:24 -0500 2014-12-01T13:17:24-05:00 2014-12-01T13:17:26-05:00
<![CDATA[Lincoln U. president resigns over controversial remarks]]> 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.

Kimberly A. Lloyd, chairman of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees, made the announcement Monday in a letter to the board and students.

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Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:11:53 -0500 2014-11-25T11:11:53-05:00 2014-11-25T11:11:55-05:00