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 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:50:00 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Unionville clarifies its stance with teachers]]> Editor's Note: The folowing was issued as a follow-up to negotiations between the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board of directors and the teachers' union. This statement is also posted on the district's web site:

The Board will address all issues related to the teacher contract in an open and honest manner.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:41:04 -0400 2015-04-17T10:41:04-04:00 2015-04-17T10:41:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett Square officials must manage growth responsibly]]> In case you haven't noticed, Kennett Square is in the midst of an economic boom.

Victory Brewing Co. will open sometime this month, and sales of luxury apartment buildings above Victory are going at a brisk pace. The three stories above Victory Brewing Co. will feature 33 apartments -- 16 single bedroom, 16 two-bedroom and one loft apartment.

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:41:33 -0400 2015-04-14T12:41:33-04:00 2015-04-14T13:05:58-04:00
<![CDATA[Atlanta educators stuck between two bad choices]]> Last week 11 Atlanta, Georgia, teachers, administrators and test coordinators were taken to jail in handcuffs after having been convicted of racketeering. These individuals, who faced the same penalties as the folks who carry out organized crime, could be in jail for up to 20 years.

This is what they did: They altered the answers on their students' standardized tests so the kids would get higher scores.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:28:07 -0400 2015-04-09T11:28:07-04:00 2015-04-09T11:28:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Joan Holliday a deserving recipient of chamber award]]> The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet where it names an outstanding citizen of the year is a signature event held each spring. Since 1968, a notable person from the community gets the award and the recognition that goes with it.

W. Robert Scott got the first honor in 1968.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:22:18 -0400 2015-03-27T13:22:18-04:00 2015-03-27T13:22:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett Library should address programs instead of name]]> The public outcry against the name change of the Bayard Taylor Library is merely the surface reaction to questions about the future of this old and formerly revered local institution.

The idea that an organization which offers access to the public gets named for the municipality in which it sits is not bad.

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:10:08 -0400 2015-03-24T14:10:08-04:00 2015-03-24T14:10:08-04:00
<![CDATA[Is Unionville-Chadds Ford School District going backward?]]> Editor:

Unionville-Chadds ford High School is ranked 7th in Pennsylvania and is a top 500 school nationally, according to US News and World Reports. More than 50 percent of UCF students take AP courses and more than 92% of students score proficient on benchmark exams. If parents are looking for a place to settle down and raise their kids, you can't go wrong with UCFSD.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:44:16 -0400 2015-03-16T13:44:16-04:00 2015-03-16T13:44:16-04:00
<![CDATA[The key to a better night's sleep]]> Do you ever find that no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to get comfortable sleeping? Perhaps you have bought countless sleep aids and you still find that you are waking up with a stiff neck, lower back pain, numbness in your hands or legs, headaches, or even sinus congestion? Since we spend close to a third of our lives sleeping, and another ten percent of our lives lying in bed, that is a staggering number of time not to feel comfortable.

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:04:40 -0400 2015-03-12T10:04:40-04:00 2015-03-12T10:04:40-04:00
<![CDATA[The reason behind the library name change]]> The Board of Trustees for the Kennett Public Library (KPL) recently made a big decision, two decisions in fact. The first decision, made last year, was to build a new library on property the library already owns at Waywood Road, .8 miles from the library's current location. The second decision, made at our January Board meeting this year was to change the name of the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library to the Kennett Public Library.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:43:56 -0500 2015-03-03T12:43:56-05:00 2015-03-03T12:43:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Empty Bowls the latest successful fundraiser]]> There are many great fundraisers staged in southern Chester County. It's no wonder, considering nearly 9 percent of families and 1,903 children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty in the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Oxford Area school districts.

As startling as those figures are, they represent a 65 percent increase in childhood poverty in southern Chester County in the past five years.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:38:25 -0500 2015-03-03T12:38:25-05:00 2015-03-03T12:38:25-05:00
<![CDATA[It's on the House: Be sure to test your home for dangerous levels of radon]]> Last month we explored the five tips to prepare for a pre-listing home inspection: be honest and upfront, clean your gutters, clear access to attics and crawlspaces, check lightbulbs and have your appliances in working order.

The goal of this column is to share important information that will save you time and money, and in today's column, maybe even save a life.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:40 -0500 2015-02-26T17:45:40-05:00 2015-02-26T17:45:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: The countdown to spring is on]]> It may not feel like it, but many great things are just around the corner. We are just about two weeks away from daylight savings time and then our evenings will be longer and brighter. Another two weeks after that it will officially be spring.

Since we are in the southeastern corner of the state, we have an earlier opening day of trout season than most of the rest of the state.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:43:37 -0500 2015-02-26T17:43:37-05:00 2015-02-26T17:43:37-05:00
<![CDATA[Are holidays losing their meaning?]]> It wasn't heresy, and there was surely no malice intended. But the announcement that two local churches were engaged in delivering what they called "drive thru ashes" last week was definitely in bad taste and demeaned the spirit of the day known as Ash Wednesday.

We earlier decried the bad behavior of shoppers on Black Friday, when they pushed, shoved and generally acted uncivilized in the shopping centers as they tried to get bargains for Christmas.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:42:11 -0500 2015-02-26T17:42:11-05:00 2015-02-26T17:42:11-05:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: And the award goes to. ...]]> Had enough of bitterly cold temperatures and the threat of snow, sleet and black ice? Happily, the Philadelphia Flower Show is scheduled to burst into bloom in just over a week. Without getting on a plane, you'll be able to transport yourself to a place full of color and light and the heady aromas of fresh-turned soil and flowers in bloom.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:24:22 -0500 2015-02-25T17:24:22-05:00 2015-02-25T17:24:22-05:00
<![CDATA[Performance Golf: Control your hips, control your swing!]]> My student is showing a lot of leg here at impact -- you can see his left leg from this down the line view. This golfer was suffering from a club path that headed way too far out to the right of the target line through impact, at times more than 10 degrees. That path caused big pushes to the right as well as big hooks to the left.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:16:25 -0500 2015-02-23T16:16:25-05:00 2015-02-23T16:16:25-05:00