Chester County Press 08-10-2022 Edition

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Volume 156, No. 32

Wednesday, August 10, 2022


East Marlborough Township grants two conditional approvals By Monica Fragale Contributing Writer The East Marlborough supervisors granted conditional-use approval on Monday to applications for a Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurant and a high-end automobile storage facility. The next step for both is getting building permits from the township. Jersey Mike’s Subs is proposed to occupy space at a shopping center at 817 E. Baltimore Pike, which also houses the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) doctors’ offices, a Dollar Tree, Supercuts, and Pet Supplies Plus.

Jersey Mike’s is a chain of sub sandwich restaurants with about 2,000 locations, according to the Jersey Mike’s website. Kai Peter made the application for the take-out restaurant and told supervisors during a public hearing that he has spent 360 hours in training with the chain and has another week of corporate training remaining. He added that the franchise process was “about an eight-month interview to see if you can do all your due diligence.” The restaurant would be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and would be closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and

Christmas, Peter said, adding that there would be 14 seats in the restaurant. Peter is renting the space from Clark Kennett Realty Partners of Jenkintown. There were a number of conditions that supervisors placed on the application approval, including limiting store hours (from 10 a.m. to no later than 10 p.m., seven days a week), and limiting deliveries to between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The supervisors also are requiring Peter, Clark Kennett Realty Partners, and representatives from CHOP and the township to

meet, as about 90 percent of the business at Jersey Mike’s is from take-out orders, and the business would be located next to the CHOP offices. That

meeting, according to East Marlborough Solicitor Ryan Jennings, is “to establish expectations to manage both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

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By Betsy Brewer Brantner of anti-semitism and racial Contributing Writer bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. Andrew Goretsky, a They work to protect democregional director of the Anti- racy and ensure a just and Defamation League (ADL), inclusive society for all. spoke to Oxford Borough The current Oxford officials at the Aug. 3 coun- Borough Council is extremecil meeting. As a regional ly focused on inclusivity so director, Goresky serves having the ADL come to Eastern Pennsylvania, speak at a council meeting Southern New Jersey and was one more step forward Delaware. on that front. Goretsky talked about Goretsky explained, “The Lawrence outlines next white supremacist groups, ADL fights anti-semitism, steps for House Select saying, “The highest levels combats extremism, deals Committee on Restoring of white supremacist groups with online hate and harassLaw and Order...4B are in Pennsylvania. The ment and secures democracy. second highest is in the state I was invited here to talk, so of Virginia.” it is clear that inclusivity Goretsky emphasized that is important to you. Setting the ADL fights all forms Continued on Page 4A

Kennett Township to join new county emergency response team By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer By a unanimous vote at the Aug. 3 meeting, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors formally ushered the township into membership in the newly formed Chester County Emergency Response Team,

which will also include Tredyffrin Township, Downingtown Borough, East Vincent Township, and Schuylkill Township. The mission of the commission (CCERT) will be to pool specialized police services -- including the need for emergency response team services and other

specialized police services – in order to better allow member municipalities to respond to emergencies in the county. In its entirety, it is anticipated that 32 different municipalities throughout the county will eventually become members of CCERT.

“We only exist under a memorandum of understanding,” said Kennett Township Chief Matt Gordon. “By going under this umbrella, it allows us to do things that we otherwise couldn’t do separately. If we were to apply for a grant for SWAT operations on our own, our chances of getting

that grant would be slim and none, but by going under this umbrella shared by several municipalities applying for that same grant, that money would become better available to us. “It also allows us to ask for funding outside of the Chester County taxpayer,” Continued on Page 3A

National Night Out events held in Avondale, Kennett Square and West Grove By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

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Delaware residents Andrea DeDutron (left), Melissa Hocking and their children recently enjoyed a late morning stroll along State Street in Kennett Square. Kennett Collaborative is again sponsoring its popular Third Thursdays on Aug. 18 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., when browsers and buyers will be able to take advantage of extended shopping hours.

Over the course of its 38-year history, National Night Out has become the once-a-year celebration of a ritual of communication that endeavors to happen quietly every day. Throughout the U.S., the annual event serves as the high-water mark of a com-

munity-building campaign that promotes police-resident partnerships, all in a continuing effort to further break the barriers – real or imagined – that exist between police departments and the people they serve. The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department (SCCRPD) and the Kennett Township Police Department were

just two of several law enforcement units throughout Chester County that furthered that conversation as part of National Night Out festivities on Aug. 2. The SCCRPD held its celebrations at two of its primary coverage zones that drew hundreds of families and representatives from civic organizations. The West Grove Borough event

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Lynn Riden and Bill Wohl of the West Grove Fire Company, showcase a 1919 Hale Pumper fire engine at National Night Out festivities in West Grove on Aug. 2.

featured moon bounce rides, music by the 2uesday Night Band, demonstrations by police officers; members of the Chester County Regional Emergency Response Team; and both

the Avondale and West Grove fire companies. As a fundraiser for the After the Bell program, retiring SCCRPD officer Mario Raimato volunteered in the Continued on Page 2A




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dunk tank. The department’s celebration in Avondale featured pony rides, police demonstrations and appearances by representatives from local agencies and elected officials. For New Garden Township Board Chairman Steve Allaband, National Night Out celebrates not just the police but the many geographical components of the township. “For the longest time, we have tried to build relationships with our neighbors,” he said. “Since I was first elected, I have always said that communities work better when they have partnerships with those who serve them. Having our events in West Grove and Avondale allows us to link

Having just surrendered to a face painting, Kennett Township Supervisor Geoffrey Gamble poses with his daughter and grandchildren at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square.

two distinct communities together in order to share not only fun times but to further the conversation of ideas and resources along.” Hosted by Kennett

Pony rides were a popular attraction at National Night Out festivities in Avondale.

Township and its police department, National Night Out drew several hundred community members to Anson B. Nixon Park, where they enjoyed face

Kennett Township police officer Jonathan DeLeon poses with Jeisy Rodriguez at Anson B. Nixon Park.

painting, live music from the band shell, and complimentary food from Los Gios Smoke and Grill from Douglassville, Pa., water ice from Rita’s and ice cream from Paleteria y Manantial in Avondale. Also on hand were the Longwood, Kennett and Pro-Mar-Lin fire companies, as well as members of the township’s Public Works Department and emergency services unit. “Since COVID-19, it has been hard for all of us to get together and so this gives us a chance to do that,” said Kennett Township Board Chairman Richard Leff. “We have always wanted to have an event that would allow not only our township police but our first responders and our road crew talk with residents when there is not an emergency. They’re just as much a part of what we do for the township but may not be as front as center, so events like this give them a chance to meet residents in less stressful times, too.” Kennett Township Supervisor Scudder Stevens recalled how the township’s past involvement in National Night Out has helped familiarize the township’s law enforcement with the communities they serve, whether through the sharing of officers’ personalized trading cards or visiting local schools throughout the year. “Through these actions, these children get to see the officers now and say to them, ‘I know you!’” Stevens said. “It helps to cement relationships and it changes the dynamic. It’s no longer one against one but two working together, in a gentle way.”

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In Avondale, Lieutenant Joseph Greenwalt of the Southern Chester County Regional Police welcomes the children of Officer Justin Busam.

In West Grove, Brandon Krissinger of the Southern Chester County Regional Police and the Chester County Regional Emergency Response Team outfits Leighton Zimmerman.

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Local News Possible murdersuicide reported in Kennett Township By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer In collaboration with several law enforcement and fire units, the Kennett Township Police Department is currently investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred late in the afternoon on Aug. 6. Responding to an emergency call registered at 5:45 p.m. that day, the department was assisted by the Longwood Fire Company and its EMS unit and dispatched to the 1000 block of Kaolin Road in the township, where two shots were reported to have been fired at a home. The police entered the home to find an 87-year-

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facility for high-end automobiles at 507 N. Walnut Road, which will also have “limited internet sales,” according to the public notice for the hearing. According to the conditional use application, Wistar Motors “proposes to warehouse, store and maintain (approximately 30) high-end automobiles within the existing building with limited internet sales and no pub-

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Gordon added. “The Chester County government has helped us in the past but they are not the sole provider of those funds. For the past 20 years, individual municipalities have been funding all emergency services needs, and the formation of the CCERT removes the financial burden from the municipalities.” In other township business, the supervisors approved the amended

old man and a 65-year-old woman dead on the first floor, both the victims of gunshot wounds. The police recovered a handgun at the scene, and no other persons were located in the home. The man, who lived at the residence, had been treated for dementia for the past year and required aroundthe-clock care. The woman was a home health care worker who was serving as a caretaker for the man. In a statement issued on Aug. 9, Kennett Township Police said they are investigating the incident as a possible murder-suicide, but will review home security cameras and conduct autopsies and toxicology reports before a final deter-

mination is made. Police are still attempting to contact the families of the man and the woman before their names are released. During the investigation, the Kennett Township Police is also being assisted by the Kennett Square Police Department, the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department, the Chester County Detectives, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Kennett Fire Company and the Chester County Coroner’s Office.

lic traffic.” John Jaros, the attorney for Wistar Motors, said during a public hearing that the property would be operational from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday but would not be open to the public. There also wouldn’t be any signage or designated showroom. The business features “purveyors and collectors of primarily Italian-designed motor vehicles” and will have storage and maintenance of the high-end vehicles, according to Jaros. “There will be lim-

ited online auction sales with no personal sales interactions on-site.” The supervisors added conditions to their approval, which included no on-street deliveries, limits to operational hours (9 a.m. to no later than 6 p.m. on weekdays), compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations for storage and handling of waste, oils, and fuels, and painting the outside of the building a neutral color approved by the township.

preliminary/final land development plans for Exelon, particularly for the use of a helipad to be used by local emergency providers, including those in the township. The board had approved a land development plan for Exelon in 2021. The approval comes on the heels of communication between Exelon and the township regarding some minor changes to the plan as well as the construction of a relocated helipad on site. This amended plan outlines future helipad improvements, the addition of a walkway for the 300

Exelon Way building, removal of an existing patio on the western side of the 300 Exelon Way building and the renaming of private drives on the Exelon campus. The board also approved the resignation of Leff from the Kennett Fire & EMS Commission. The board also approved the appointment of supervisor Geoffrey Gamble as an alternate voting member of the Commission.

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up protocols and procedures builds trust in a community.” Goretsky encouraged council to develop policies, protocols, personnel, partners and best practices to move forward and secure inclusivity for all. “The ADL is constantly tracking and verifying information, and works with partners like the FBI, local police departments, and citizens in order to handle complaints they receive,” he said. Goretsky invited residents to visit the website at: for more information. At the end of the discussion, Oxford resident Chauncey Boyd addressed council saying, “I’m not an advocate for anti-semitism. However, I am an advocate for free speech. I would like to know who invited you here.” Council members empha-

sized that they all wanted Goretsky to come to the meeting to speak. Council member Amanda Woolston said, “Many times the word ‘inclusion’ is misunderstood. ‘Exclusion’ is what we are talking about here. Anti-social behavior in a community may increase crime, create more violence, and it’s not a nice place to live. It behooves everyone to create a community where everyone exists as humans. We need to keep anti-social behavior under control. Ultimately, more crime affects the pockets of taxpayers too.” Council President Kathryn Cloyd announced that Mark Gallant from the Chester County Planning Commission will also hold a discussion on active shooter situations when he speaks at the Oxford Regional Planning Commission on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in person and also by zoom. Cloyd also announced that Chester County

Commissioner Josh Maxwell is looking for input from residents for his future discussions with Christiana Care regarding the move into the former Jennersville Regional Hospital location. During the public comment period, Boyd, a lifelong resident of West Locust Street, expressed some concerns. “My home has a stone sidewalk, which has been broken and damaged,” he said. “It is a constant problem and has been for many years.” Boyd asked council to address the problems caused by tractor trailers and other vehicles that have knocked down the street sign and damaged his yard repeatedly. He also spoke about a speeding problem on West Locust Street. “We have had five people killed on this street,” he said. “Speeding is a big issue. This street has become a loop around town to avoid traffic signals. One individual drove his truck

20 feet into my yard. It cost me $900 to fix the damage. It is time to fix the situation on Locust Street.” Mayor Phil Harris said that Oxford Borough Council would have a new committee starting soon called the Police and Public Safety Committee, and Boyd would be more than welcome to attend that meeting. Council member Robert Ketcham updated council on the status of the Subdivision and Land Development and Zoning Ordinance working group. This will be discussed at the Sept. 12 council meeting. Woolston said she is still working on the Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (ACOLA) working group. She currently has four applicants and is working on a timeline for their availability. Woolston is also working on the naming of the pedestrian alley between the Oxford Presbyterian

Church and the Octoraro Hotel. She said she is taking ideas for names, and will continue to take them at the Apple Festival where council will have a table set up. That will also continue to be discussed in September. Council also passed the following: • A motion to authorize an ordinance amending Chapter 27, Zoning, of Borough Code to add regulations related to age-restricted residential communities for Act 247 review and review by the Oxford Regional Planning Committee; • A motion to authorize an ordinance amending Chapter 22, Subdivision and Land Development of the Borough Code regarding definitions, street width, sidewalks, trails, impact studies, and lighting; and Chapter 27, Zoning, of the Borough Code regarding definitions, parking requirements for a community center, landscaping,

lighting, accessory uses, and common open space for Act 247 review and review by the Oxford Regional Planning Committee; • A motion to approve a resolution to submit a grant application to the Strategic Management Planning Program (STMP) of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). • A motion to Approve Flyway Pay Application in the amount of $270,744.18 for the Transit Center Access Improvements Project/Streetscapes IV; and • A motion to appoint borough manager Pauline Garcia-Allen to the Oxford Regional Planning Committee. Council will also be discussing the Water Resource Protection Fund Stormwater Fee in future meetings. The next Borough Council meeting will be held on Aug. 15.

Kennett Collaborative seeks its next visionary leader Current Executive Director Bo Wright will move on from the organization this fall Kennett Collaborative announced on Monday that it is launching a search for its next Executive Director after current executive director Bo Wright informed the organization that he will be resigning and moving on from the organization this fall. “Kennett Collaborative has never been stronger,” said Kennett Collaborative board chair Mary Kay Gaver. “Bo has led the organization since January of 2020 and brought innovative ideas and creative new initiatives to Kennett to help make our community thrive. While Bo will truly be missed, Kennett Collaborative is well positioned to advance our vision of a community where all can belong and prosper.” Applications for the executive director position are now open. For more information, including the job description and application

deadlines, see Kennett Collaborative works to make the community thrive through placemaking, events, and community development initiatives. The organization’s placemaking programs, including Light Up the Square and Kennett Blooms, reimagine and reinvent public spaces through seasonal initiatives that make Kennett a fun and beautiful place to live, work, and visit. “Our events and programs bring people together and celebrate and support local businesses,” said Gaver. In the toughest of times during the pandemic, Kennett Collaborative created and supported various initiatives to help small businesses secure needed funding. “As the world moved toward a new normal, the talented team at Kennett Collaborative worked to

ensure that the programs and events that make Kennett the unique and special place it is continued to grow from strength to strength,” Gaver said. “We also introduced new ways for our community to connect around important topics, such as the How We Build Matters Speaker Series.” Some popular Kennett Collaborative programs and events include Kennett Brewfest and Winterfest, the KSQ Farmer’s Market, the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market, Third Thursdays on State Street, and Christmas in Kennett. The weekly Around the Square newsletter brings fresh stories about local merchants, events, nonprofit organizations, economic development, placemaking, and more—as well as information and links to local initiatives and events—to subscribers every week.

Kennett Collaborative also works in partnership with other organizations to support events such as Clover Market, Juneteenth celebrations, the Memorial Day Parade, Día de los Muertos, Tinsel on the Town, and the Holiday Light Parade. With an eye toward the future, Kennett Collaborative advocates for and supports the development of a community where businesses can thrive and where all residents can take part and contribute to the community. “We are looking for our next dynamic leader who will embody Kennett Collaborative’s mission and our passion for our community and the people who live, work, and own businesses here,” said Gaver. Wright is stepping away to pursue a project that unites his passions for building great places. “For the past two years,

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Bo Wright, the executive director of Kennett Collaborative, will be moving on from the organization this fall. Kennett Collaborative has launched a search for its next executive director.

I’ve encouraged the community to see that we can build good, even magical, places once again. We don’t have to settle for beige boxes and strip centers. The How We Build Matters Speaker Series is one example of this advocacy,” Wright said. “I’m looking forward to working on a new venture that will demonstrate a commitment to quality and provide equitable access to beauty.” Wright, whose passion for creating beautiful, peoplecentered places and walkable communities has manifested itself in placemaking projects like Kennett Blooms, Floral Flash, and new events like

Summerfest, for example, in addition to the Speaker Series, leaves his mark on Kennett Collaborative and the town. “Leading Kennett Collaborative and working to ensure Kennett continues to be a vital, vibrant, and thriving community has been an honor,” he said. “I’ve grown to love this community and have enjoyed working with the terrific people that are making it thrive.” To find out more about Kennett Collaborative’s work, events, and how you can stay in touch and support these initiatives, please visit

Chester County Color 5K returns on Oct. 8 Presenting Sponsor John R. Gailey III and JoEllen Berger Charitable Fund leads the way in raising funds to fight opioid and heroin epidemic Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline and District Attorney Deb Ryan recently announced the details of the sixth annual Chester County Color 5K run and walk, raising funds to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in the county. This year’s Color 5K will take place at in Exton Park and along the Chester Valley Trail on Saturday morning, Oct. 8. Pre-race registration is open for individuals and teams at color5k. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Presenting sponsor for the 2022 Chester County Color 5K is the John R. Gailey III and JoEllen Berger Charitable Fund. Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “We are extremely grateful to the trustees of the John

R. Gailey III and JoEllen Berger Charitable Fund for once again taking the lead as presenting sponsor with a transformational contribution. This support will help us to leverage even more funding, and directly help those suffering from substance use disorder.” Previous Chester County Color 5K events have attracted thousands of participants and supporters, and combined, have raised more than $200,000. Funds generated through this year’s Color 5K will support Chester County’s Community Outreach Prevention and Education – or COPE – program. Chester County’s creation of the COPE program has proved to be a big step forward in the effort to try and steer those who have overdosed into a treatment setting, which ultimately can lead to recovery. Through the COPE program, overdose survivors

who are being treated in emergency rooms at any hospital in Chester County can meet with a certified recovery specialist within an hour of entering the ER. The peer specialist engages with the overdose survivor and provides personal support and a direct connection to treatment and recovery services. “The goal of COPE is to work with overdose survivors, helping to move them from the ER to treatment, with their approval, regardless of insurance status,” said Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “COPE peer specialists also work with the overdose survivor’s family and friends to advise on how to navigate insurance coverage, ways to get treatment, and to provide Naloxone and educate them how to use it. “This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” added Commissioner Maxwell. Commissioner Michelle

Kichline, whose determination to address the opioid and heroin crisis in Chester County led to the first and subsequent Chester County Color 5K events, added: “When the pandemic hit us in 2020, we were already facing a health crisis with the opioid epidemic. And while the pandemic took attention away from this crisis, deaths due to overdose increased nationwide. “Substance use disorder is a devastating disease and we are doing everything we can to fight it. Since its official start in 2018, COPE team members have successfully engaged with 98 percent of overdose survivors referred to them in Chester County, and eight out of 10 have been referred to treatment, with seven out of 10 admitted to treatment. More than 840 people who experienced an overdose in Chester County have been personally helped with treatment because of the COPE program.”

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Participants of the 2021 Chester County Color 5K running through a color station.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “Chester County lost 109 people to drug overdoses in 2021. All of them could have been prevented with intervention and treatment, especially now with the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative – LETI – where anyone with a substance use disorder can seek help through local law enforcement at no expense. Every loss is devastating and has an enormous toll on a family, loved ones, and our community. The Color 5K is such an important event because it’s a chance for us to come together to stand against the catastrophic effects of drugs.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the Chester County Color 5K are available at many levels for organizations and individuals. For more information on all levels of sponsorship contact Rebecca Brain, Chester County Public Information Officer, at The Chester County Color 5K is administered by the Chester County Community Foundation. All Color 5K sponsorships can be noted as 501(c)(3) charitable tax deductions. For all information on the 2022 Chester County Color 5K, including sponsorship and registration, go to www.




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Kudos, kudos, kudos The SawMill Grill recently shared a post on social media that noted that it was the popular restaurant’s seventh anniversary in Oxford. It takes a lot of hard work by a lot of people to keep a small town’s business district alive and thriving. Oxford Borough’s success wouldn’t be possible without businesses like the Sawmill Grill, which has been one of the cornerstones of Oxford’s revitalization. Oxford’s commercial district is certainly stronger as a result of the Sawmill Grill’s presence. Kudos to the Sawmill Grill and its owner John McGlothlin, who is very supportive of many community activities and initiatives. The Sawmill Grill was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award, just one illustration of the restaurant’s impact on the borough. Kudos also to Isabella Hanson, a Kennett High School student, who was selected as one of the firstever Prudential Emerging Visionaries -- 25 high school-aged leaders from across the U.S. who are being recognized “for their outstanding and innovative solutions to pressing financial and societal challenges in their communities.” Hanson started “I Matter” to give young people a platform to advocate for social justice and equality through creative expression. The project runs poetry and art contests, Juneteenth events, and workshops for students of all backgrounds, creating a place for their voices to be heard and inviting them to share powerful messages about racial justice. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Hanson wanted young voices to be part of the national conversation. So far, the initiative has reached young people in over 42 states and 30 countries, and more than 800 students have participated in the contests. Kudos also to the Kennett Library, which recently was recognized with the PA Forward Star designations from the Pennsylvania Library Association. Libraries are recognized by their peers for meeting benchmarks in the bronze, silver, and gold star levels of the program. Kennett Library was one of three libraries in Chester County to earn a first-time star or a new star level between April 1 and June 30 of this year. Kennett Library reached the gold star level.

Opinion Child care and pre-K are vital to families and businesses Letter to the Editor: I was excited to see that the 2022-23 Pennsylvania state budget includes additional funding for child care and pre-K. My child care program, Creative Play Day School, has never had the staffing challenges we have today in the 23 years we have been in operation. While there are other businesses also struggling to recruit and retain staff, our industry supports the workforce of every other industry.

lf a family doesn’t have access to early care and education, they cannot work, and when families can't work, businesses can't hire. Programs like Creative Play Day School are struggling to recruit and retain staff because we are unable to compete with rising wages and benefits offered by companies requiring less specialized skills. With the average child care wage at less than $11.00 per hour, our teachers don’t have to look far

to find higher pay and even benefits. I am thankful to Pennsylvania lawmakers like State Senator Carolyn Comitta and Representative Christina Sappey for prioritizing federal resources to offer childcare teachers a one-time bonus. The state budget also grew the availability of pre-K to more eligible kids and increased pre-K rates to help providers like me deal with historic inflation and rising wages. If child care and pre-K providers contin-

ue struggling to recruit and retain staff to keep classrooms open, more families are going to suffer. We need to continue investing in our early care and education system, paying teachers and providers adequately, and ensuring that all kids have access to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. JoAnna Collins, M. Ed. Director of Creative Play Day School Toughkenamon


Always leave them with hope By Lee H. Hamilton Many years ago, I was in the audience when the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the legendary civil rights activist and election mobilizer, gave a speech. He often used the catchphrase, “Keep hope alive!” when he spoke, and he did so that time. The audience picked it up as a chant. “Keep hope alive!” they called. “Keep hope alive!” It was a memorable bit of political showmanship. A few years later, I gave a speech at a small college in Iowa. I used it to analyze all the challenges our country faced, domestic and foreign, and finished thinking I’d done a pretty good job of laying out our problems. Afterward, a young student came up to me. “That was a marvelous speech, Congressman,” she said. “I’ve just got one question: Is there any hope?” I realized then that, far from rising to the occasion, I’d failed. Jesse Jackson was right: You always have to leave your listeners with hope, and I had not done that. This is very hard to pull off, of course—possibly harder now than it was

then. We face a long list of seemingly intractable problems, from climate change to mass shootings to threats to our democratic processes to overseas rivals willing to test us at every turn. It’s easy to get discouraged and to believe that we cannot solve or manage those problems—and then to give in to despair. But Jackson and that student were right. We constantly need reminding that we can change things for the better. The reason, actually, is straightforward. The backbone of our system of representative democracy is its faith in ordinary Americans to step up to their responsibility as citizens to improve their corner of the world—by their own direct actions as well as by making discriminating judgments about politicians and policies. If you rob people of hope, then you rob them of a reason to be involved. In decades of talking to people all over the country, I’ve been repeatedly impressed by the strength of citizens’ desire to improve their communities. This often reflected itself in specific projects—a bridge or a road or renovations

to a local school—but it also applied to supporting quality leaders who could get things done for their communities. To be sure, people were often wary of politics: they thought it was filled with messiness and noise. But at the end of the day, they saw the need for dealmaking, compromise, and negotiation. I think this is still true for the majority of Americans, though an alarming number these days want to elect political leaders who will brook no compromise—and, indeed, seem to take an almost punitive approach to fellow citizens and politicians who disagree with them. They want to extinguish hope. Still, I believe that most Americans are solidly pragmatic. They recognize the complexities of the challenges we face, see the limitations on what can be accomplished at any given moment, and believe that even in the face of division there’s much that unites us, especially the urge to improve our own lives and those of our neighbors and fellow community members. They’re very aware of differences of opinion and operate out of a basic sense

of decency and fairness— they want the process to reflect fairly where people stand. I think that, without articulating it, they understand instinctively that keeping the process fair is crucial to keeping hope alive. I’ve worked in this system a long time, and I believe it can do just that—if it’s allowed to work, and if citizens are allowed to fulfill the basic responsibility of being involved. That’s why the hope of changing things for the better is so crucial. We may face serious, difficult problems, but if we allow ourselves to become discouraged—or even worse, to be discouraged from tackling them—then progress really will be impossible. Lee Hamilton is a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

Healthcare data and access now available to Greater Coatesville community The Alliance for Health Equity, in collaboration with the Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure Group and partial funding from

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where to find a doctor or medical home, and where to find free or low-cost health insurance and discounts. The purpose is to distribute information to the greater Coatesville community on where youth, adults, and families can receive healthcare services following the recent hospital closures that increased inequity and inaccessibility of healthcare. The Health Education materials, offered in both English and Spanish, were created by the Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure group, composed of 20 local and county organizations who are developing strategies to decrease inequities relating to healthcare, minimize the disruption of health services in the region and build an integrated healthcare system for all. Darshana Shyamsunder, chair of the education and advocacy health group and senior director of community impact services at United Way of Chester County stated, “These educational efforts are only the first step to support Greater

Coatesville residents on where to find the most appropriate care for minor, urgent, and long-term health needs, where to find a doctor or medical home regardless of healthcare insurance, and where to seek free or low-cost health insurance and discounts on primary prevention care, brand-name prescriptions, dental care, and retail clinic visits.” All materials can be accessed here. The Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure Group is in the process of learning from Greater Coatesville community residents through a community survey to better understand how the current and future health needs have shifted as a result of the recent hospital closures. Jeanne Franklin, director of the Chester County Health Department stated, “We are eagerly awaiting the results of the community survey to help our Health Department staff and the future hospital owners understand the priority health needs of residents, as well as recommendations that will

support an equitable healthcare system for everyone.” The Community Survey remains open and Greater Coatesville residents are encouraged to complete the confidential survey by Aug. 31. Nicholas Torres, chief operating officer and incoming interim CEO of The Alliance for Health Equity said, “The Alliance remains committed to an equitable Greater Coatesville Integrated Health System and will continue to provide the infrastructure to sustain the Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure Group, support continuing education and advocacy for residents, and allocate resources to meet essential healthcare access gaps.” The Alliance will convene community residents in its next Let’s Talk: Community Healthcare town hall in September focused on codesigning solutions with Greater Coatesville residents based upon the results and recommendations of the community health survey.

Participating organizations in the Greater Coatesville Hospital Closure group include The Alliance for Health Equity, City of Coatesville, United Way of Chester County, Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., Transportation Management Association of Chester County, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania American Water Company, The Chester County Community Foundation, Community Volunteers in Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Consortium, The Office of US Representative Chrissy Houlahan, Chester County Health Department, Chester County Department of Human Services, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, ChesPenn FQHC, Chester County Commissioners, Chester County Hospital, Coatesville Center for Community Health, The Office of US Representative Dan Williams, and the Chester County Economic Development Council.




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Mt. Calvary Cemetery restored: 78th Eagle Scout project in Oxford area By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer It was 95 degrees in the shade on Sunday, July, 24 when a group gathered to praise God and celebrate the restoration of Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Thankfully, the gathering was planned beneath the shade of a tree. Rev. Aliston Thomas, from Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church (Allen AME), located at 788 Market Street in Oxford, welcomed all of those attending the ceremony. Thomas led the group in prayer followed by beautiful hymns of praise. He thanked all those involved in the project. “This project benefits the entire Oxford community,” he said. “Many loved ones are buried here. We can now bring the next generation here and tell them, ‘your grandparents were buried here.’” He added, “We give God the glory.” The joyful noise of that day was not wasted on the generations of those in their final resting place. Nor, was it wasted on the crowd that gathered. Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church and the Cemetery Mount Calvary African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church were erected on Bethel Road in 1852, and is one of the oldest Churches in Chester County. Like most churches at the time, particularly those where the dominant population was African American, a cemetery (Mount Calvary Cemetery) was built adjacent to the building. Reverend Henry Jones donated the land on which Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church and Cemetery were established. The only remaining evidence of Mount Calvary A.M.E. Church today is the cemetery, where members still visit their loved ones. An article in the Oxford Press, commemorating the Church's 151st anniversary, stated that Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne dedicated the Church and appointed the Presiding Elder, Reverend Herbert of the Baltimore District, the first pastor. At that time, the mem-

bership consisted of 23 members. The congregation relocated from lower Oxford to East Market Street where the cornerstone was laid on August 8, 1884. Mount Calvary A.M.E. and the church then became Allen A.M.E Church in honor of the first bishop of the A.M.E. Church, Bishop Richard Allen. Sadly on May 23, 1935, tragedy struck a blow to all members of the church, as the second building was destroyed by fire. A new building was erected at Eighth and Market Streets (788 Market Street) and dedicated by Bishop Henry Sims in the fall of 1935, where it still exists today. Those buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery are Civil War, World War I, World War II veterans. Rev. Thomas and some of his congregants gathered to thank Eagle Scout Mason Salve and his father, James Salve, the Boy Scouts of America (Troop 13) and scout leader Marcus Kellerman, Shiloh Presbyterian Church, and many others who contributed to this restoration of this valuable treasure. For Mason Salve, his interest in the cemetery actually started in 2015. The project itself was two years in the making. “I drove by the cemetery every day and always wondered why it was in such poor shape,” he explained. “When I decided to do my Eagle Scout Project, the cemetery immediately came to mind. I wanted to restore the tree line and the site itself. I was hoping to restore the grave sites and make the lawn-keeping easier for the landscaper. When I learned the history of the cemetery, it made the project even more special. I was very satisfied with the end result.” Mason’s father Jim Salve did some checking and confirmed this is the 78th Eagle Scout Project for Boy Scout Troop 13, going back to 1926. A recent graduate of Avon Grove Charter School, Mason will enter Shippensburg University this fall, where he will major in computer engineering. It

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On hand for the restoration of Mt. Calvary Cemetery are (left to right) Rev. Aliston Thomas, wife Lucinda Thomas, Danny Poe, Cliff Wise, Tracey Wise, and Vevelyn Webb. was evident that this project left a lasting impression upon him. Jay Eaton from the Oxford Historical Society, also spoke. “My research of the deed for this property went back to the 1700s,” Eaton said. “Many people have passed by this small historic cemetery located in Lower Oxford Township. Today this hallowed ground is being re-dedicated. We have a document naming everyone who is buried here.”. Dale Hardy from Shiloh Presbyterian Church also remembered his ancestors on his father’s and mother’s side. He remembered the Wolse and the Jones families. “When I was a teenager, I remember coming with my mom and dad and Shiloh Church members to clean up the cemetery and visit the graves of my ancestors,” he said. “I am overwhelmed to see what was done here today. It seemed like people were slowly forgetting. I appreciate the work Mason Salve put in here. I’ll be back and bring my family. My mom’s family dates back

to the 1700s. They would be pleased to see this.” The hallowed ground of so many in the community is restored and ancestors remembered because of the work on another Eagle Scout Project by Troop 13.

Allen AME thanked Mason Salve, too, plus Shiloh Presbyterian and all those in the community. “This is a part of the community,” Rev. Thomas said. And just a reminder that Wreaths Across America has

not forgotten the veterans buried here. They include this cemetery as well. This year, when they lay the wreaths for the veterans, they will see God’s will be done and say a prayer of thanks, too.

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Mason Salve, from Boy Scout Troop 13 and Rev. Aliston Thomas stand before the newly restored Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Salve restored the cemetery as an Eagle Scout project. A plaque denoting the event is affixed to the sign.

Chester County Commissioners approve contract to bolster historic tourism Heritage Strategies will focus on rebuilding tourism lost during the pandemic The Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract with Luzerne County-based Heritage Strategies LLC to bolster historic tourism in the county. “Our historic tourism sector of the economy was damaged by the pandemic,” said County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. “The plan here calls for our consultant to help us rebuild the lost tourism, especially as we lead up to, and prepare for Chester County’s celebration of our nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.” The Delaware Valley

Regional Finance Authority is providing the funding as part of the County’s VISTA2025 economic development strategy, a public-private partnership. The premise of VISTA 2025 is that progress and preservation are complementary elements that support economic health while maintaining the “sense of place” that makes Chester County so attractive to residents and businesses. “Our Chester County Planning Commission is partnering with the Chester County History Center, the Heritage Task Force,

Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and America250PA Chester County Commission to increase capacity and marketing of visitor sites,” noted County Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “Heritage Strategies has demonstrated experience in heritage interpretation and marketing, and we are confident that they can bring these groups together to develop a comprehensive program that provides robust experiences for visitors.” Working with these groups, Heritage Strategies will lead a multi-faceted effort that

includes: • Creation of new centers for information to tell the county’s full story; • Better defined routing to increase connectivity to these resources; and • Marketing strategies to target audiences that increases the number of visitors. County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, who is leading the county’s America250 semiquincentennial commemoration, said the overarching goal of this project is creation of a comprehensive plan that will continue to support heritage

tourism well into the future. “The plan will give us clearer direction for the 250th celebration, and it will also encourage ongoing investment into the maintenance and preservation of historic entities, creating community pride in the unique history and identity of Chester County,” Kichline said. Work on the plan will begin immediately. The Chester County Planning Commission estimates it will take about 18 months to complete. “The first year will entail conducting a needs assess-

ment of existing conditions and creating a capacity building plan,” said Brian O’Leary, executive director of the Chester County Planning Commission. “The final six months of the plan’s development will focus on a locational analysis, touring routes, and wayfinding as well as a marketing plan.” Heritage Strategies is a collaboration of three long-time colleagues whose cross-sectoral specialties encompass the fields of planning, landscape architecture, and architecture—all focused on historic preservation and heritage development.




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Obituaries LARRY WAYNE HOLMES Larry Holmes left his earthly body on July 28, 2022 while holding the hands of his wife and daughter. Larry was born on Nov. 12, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas to Vicky and Victor Holmes. Larry received both a bachelor of fine arts degree and the master of science degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg and a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1973, he joined the University of Delaware and became chair of the Department of Art in 1982. He founded the department’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy and won Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2003. He retired in 2004 and was subsequently named as professor emeritus of art. Larry will be remembered by all as a generous, kind, and loving man who had a witty way with words. He was a wonderful listener. He was a staunch Democratic socialist who loved Italy (especially Florence), classic cars, golf, half sour pickles, and a good martini. He hated bananas. Mostly he will be remembered as an incredible husband, father, and grandfather (Tata). He will be deeply missed. Larry is survived by Kathy, his wife of more than 50 years, his daughter Phoebe and son-in-law Matt, and his beloved granddaughters, Aurora and Rosalind. He is preceded in death by his sister Carolyn. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to any left leaning organization or no-kill animal shelter. Online condolences may be made at

ROBIN C. DAVIS Robin C. Davis, 48, of West Grove, passed away on July 30, 2022 at her residence. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of Steven J. Davis of Kennett Square and the late Mary Elizabeth Sharpless Davis. Robin worked in the Kennett Consolidated School District for 24 years and was the head custodian until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, taking pictures, camping, going to the beach, and watching the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and NASCAR on TV. Her father said that he was the luckiest father ever, and that she never caused him any trouble and taught him things that he did not know. In addition to her father, she is survived by her significant other, Tom Harper, and his son, Matthew Harper of West Grove. Funeral services were held at the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square on Aug. 5. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Route 82, in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that ”you do something nice for others.” To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh. com.

Alleluia But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

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BARRY DWIGHT STEVENS SR. Barry Dwight Stevens Sr., age 79, of Oxford, passed away on July 28, 2022. He was born to the late Ernest R. (Wilson) Stevens and Helen Charlene Stevens on Feb. 11, 1943 in Phoenixville, Pa. Barry began his career as a machinist, and later as a maintenance supervisor for NVF. A co-worker at NVF introduced him to her sister Mary, who would become his wife of 30-plus years. Barry had many hobbies including cooking and grilling. His family loved his delicious breakfasts, potato salad, and stuffing balls. He was skilled with doing home improvements in the home he shared with Mary. He was proud to have achieved a 300-bowling game and of the ring which signified that achievement. Barry enjoyed traveling along the east coast with Mary and the grandchildren, taking family trips to the Smokey Mountains, Disney, and Niagara Falls. Annual trips with the grandchildren and a niece to Strasburg Railroad, documented by olde time photos, are now time capsules of cherished memories. He treasured time spent in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida visiting family. Barry was devoted to family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barry will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Barry is survived by his son, Barry D. Stevens Jr. and; step-daughter, Deborah Chambers Murphy. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather L. Stevens Seigfried (Jesse), William Keys (Jami); and Jessica Chambers (Chase Brown) and great grandchildren, Larrisa Ford, Tanner Ford, Logan Seigfried, Billy Keys, Hudson Keys. Barry is preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. MacCauley Stevens; his parents Ernest R. Stevens and Helen Charlene Stevens (Wilson); and brothers, Don, Bruce, and Bill. A life celebration will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A. 111 South Queen Street, Rising Sun, Md. 21911 where family and friends may begin visiting at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at West Nottingham Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit

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Local News Homelessness is on the rise in southern Chester County The Kennett Area Community Services Emergency Assistance Services waiting list is growing Just as the national homelessness statistics are showing, the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) Emergency Assistance Services is experiencing a significant increase in cases. Residents from all over southern Chester County are coming to KACS for assistance with food, utilities, rent, mortgage, and most importantly, homelessness or imminent

homelessness. Rising housing costs, combined with persistent inflation for basic necessities such as gas and food, have left more Americans newly homeless and millions more fearing they will soon lose their homes. Even among those who are still in their homes, the prospect of suddenly being displaced is creeping closer. An estimated 13.7 million Americans were

behind on rent or mortgage payments in early June, up 7 percent from April, according to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. Of those, 4.6 million adults say they are “somewhat likely” or “very likely” to lose their homes by eviction or foreclosure in the next two months, a 32-percent increase from early April, according to a report in the Washington Post.

This year, KACS is seeing a 30-percent increase due, in part, to the continuing effects of COVID-19, an economic downturn, and soaring inflation. KACS Emergency Assistance Services currently has 12 families sheltering in hotels and 90 open cases with many more on a waiting list. Based on this data, KACS Executive Director Leah Reynolds, M.S.P.L.,


FRANCES L. SWEENEY Frances L. Sweeney, of West Grove, died peacefully at home on July 26, 2022 after an extended illness. She was 85. Frances was predeceased by John J. Sweeney, her husband of 58 years. She leaves behind three children, Karen Berdoulay (Alan), Kevin Sweeney, and Michael Sweeney; five grandchildren, Erin, Ellen, Eli, Liam, and Jack; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Nora, Simon, and Wyatt. She will also be missed by her dear cousins, nieces and nephews, and many beloved newly-found or lifelong friends. Frances was born in Chester, Pa. on January 9, 1937 to Elizabeth and Thomas Lanahan. She had a sister, Catherine, and brother, Robert, and both preceded her in death. Frances and John were married May 16, 1959 at St. Michael’s Church in Chester, and after a brief residence in Pennsylvania, they moved their young family to Wilmington, Del. Fran was a working mom and held several jobs in human relations, retiring from a 30-year career at Astra Zeneca as a pension administrator. In 1975, Fran and Jack moved the family to a home they built in Landenberg, where they lived until relocating to West Grove a few years ago. Although family and friends always came first, Fran

was a proud, competent, and dedicated worker and she enjoyed the relationships and opportunities for travel her work provided. She knew how to mix work and pleasure, often taking Jack along on her trips. Fran and Jack met at the Jersey Shore and continued to vacation every summer in Sea Isle City, N.J. When the family was young, they took camping trips along the east coast of the U.S., exploring state and national parks as well as museums and historical sites. They had many far-flung adventures with friends, especially to beloved Ireland. After retiring, Fran and Jack became “snowbirds,” and migrated every January to Oceana Condominium in Hutchinson Island, Fla.. They had an active social life and integrated many deep friendships into their family. Fran and Jack were gracious and generous hosts and will be remembered for the good times and good cheer. A funeral mass was held on Aug. 3 at St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Bridge Food Pantry- Food Distribution Center, C/O Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 State Rd. West Grove, Pa. 19390. Arrangements are being handled by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100). To leave an online tribute, please visit

and Amy Scheuren, MSS, MLSP, LSW, presented these statistics and their concerns for the community, and asked for support from area municipalities. KACS emphasized to the municipalities that the community must work together to end homelessness. The municipalities’ response was underwhelming.

Kennett Area Community Service is a nonprofit charity that provides essential, life-sustaining services to people living in southern Chester County. It is the home of the Kennett Food Cupboard, KACS Emergency Assistance Services, and KACS Bridges Out of Poverty workshops.


GEORGE WALTER WILLIS George Walter Willis, of Lincoln University, Pa., passed away on July 27, 2022 at Riverside Regional Hospital, Newport News, VA. He was 95. He was the husband of the late Carole Hall Willis. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late George E. and Mary Gosslin Willis. George was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. George was employed as a civil engineer for Factory Mutual Engineering CO. in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Christ Church Christian Hundred in Greenville, Del. He enjoyed reading, vacationing at his beach house in Chincoteague, Va. and was an avid Phillies fan. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Hoffert (John) of Lincoln University and two grandchildren, Gretchen and Jack. He is also survived by a niece, Patricia Darlington of Great Falls, Mont. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Willis. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Rd., Greenville, Del. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tunnels to Towers Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at




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Local News Lawrence outlines next steps for House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order State Rep. Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester/ Lancaster), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order, released the following statement regarding the issuance of

subpoenas: “Subpoenas will be served this week as part of the Select Committee’s work authorized by House Resolution 216,” said Lawrence. House Resolution 216,

approved by a bipartisan majority in the House on June 29, 2022, established the Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order to investigate, review and make legislative findings and recommendations to the

House of Representatives regarding the rising rates of crime in the City of Philadelphia, the city’s use of public funds intended for law enforcement and prosecuting crime, the enforcement of crime vic-

tim rights in Philadelphia; and the use of public funds for the purpose of benefitting the city’s crime victims. The resolution authorizes the chairman to subpoena information relevant to the committee’s work.

“Information gathering is the next step in accomplishing the Select Committee’s important obligations to the House,” said Lawrence. “The committee’s work will continue through the summer.”

proposed business uses, at the Property; and d. Applicant seeks any other zoning relief necessary or appropriate to permit all of the foregoing. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the public meeting scheduled above and require an auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact the Township Secretary at (610) 869-9620 to discuss how Penn Township may be accommodate your needs. Arthur L. Sagnor, III, Solicitor Lachall, Cohen & Sagnor, LLP 144 West Market Street West Chester, PA 19382, on Thursday, July 21st , 2022 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 22nd, 2022. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter.


PENN TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD NOTICE is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Penn Township will hold a Public Hearing at the Penn Township Municipal Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, Pennsylvania, on August 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at which time the Board will hear the following matter: Application of Stephen Cook and Melissa J. Mullins, seeking a dimensional variance from the ten-foot setback requirement of ordinance section 1501.A.3.a so as to allow a detached garage to remain in place at three feet, six inches from the side property line on property located at 121 Corby Road, West Grove, PA (UPI #58-3-37.1) in the Township’s RS – Residential Suburban zoning district. Applicants also appeal from the Township’s zoning enforcement notice/ cease and desist and denial of permit. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the public meeting scheduled above and require an auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact the Township Secretary at (610) 869-9620 to discuss how Penn Township may best accommodate your needs. Edward

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Estate of Judith E. Cowperthwaite, Late of Parkesburg, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Register of Wills has granted LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same to them or their attorneys and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to Lynn Cowperthwaite C/O Attorney: Katelyn M. Haldeman, Esq., Legacy Law, PLLC, 147 W. Airport Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 7p-27-3t


PENNSBURY TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD NOTICE is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Pennsbury Township will hold a Public Hearing at the Pennsbury Township Building, 702 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at which time the Board will hear the following matter: In re: Application of Michael

Attanasio, seeking a variance from the requirements of zoning ordinance section 162-2002.A.2(b) and (c) so as to permit the installation of an above-ground swimming pool within the legal “front” yard of property located at 1391 Parkersville Road, Kennett Square, PA (UPI# 64-3-14.2) in the Township’s R-2 residential zoning district. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the public meeting scheduled above and require an auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact Kathy Howley at 610-388-7323 to discuss how Pennsbury Township may best accommodate your needs. Edward M. Foley, Solicitor Brutscher, Foley, Milliner, Land & Kelly, LLP, 213 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 8p-3-2t


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Articles of Incorporation were filed with and approved by the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the 27 day of June, 2022, for the purpose of creating a business corporation which has been incorporated under the


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PENN TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD NOTICE is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Penn Township will hold a Public Hearing at the Penn Township Municipal Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 7:00 PM at which time the Board will hear the following matter: In Re: Application of Douglas Taylor for the real estate located at 204 Pennocks Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390 as located in the RS – Residential Suburban Zoning District for relief from the Penn Township Zoning Ordinance as follows: a. A variance for Applicant to use the to be constructed pole barn at the Property as a business office and storage for Applicant’s welding business; and b. A variance from Zoning Ordinance section 501.A to permit inside storage of materials and supplies (inside the pole barn) that are associated with Applicant’s business; and c. A variance from Zoning Ordinance section 501.A to permit multiple uses on the Subject Property, namely the three (3) existing manufactured homes, the existing single family dwelling (used for residential apartments), the proposed business office use and inside storage of materials and supplies (for Applicant’s business), in addition to existing accessory uses, accessory to the existing residential and



In the matter of Petition for Change of Name: Winston Egon Overbeck. Docket number2022-05196-NC NOTICE OF HEARING And Now on this 15th day of July 2022, upon consideration of the within Petition and upon motion of Winston Egon Overbeck, a hearing is hereby scheduled for October 17th, 2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 17, Chester County Justice Center, 201 West Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

SALE NO. 22-8-238 Writ of Execution No. 2019-10840 DEBT $381,357.30 PROPERTY SITUATE IN NEW GARDEN TOWNSHIP TAX PARCEL # 6003 01480200 SOLD AS THE PROPERTY OF: CHICHEE MAE DILLOW AKA CHICHEE DILLOW IMPROVEMENTS thereon: a residential dwelling PLAINTIFF: Mortgage Assets Management, LLC VS DEFENDANT: Chichee Mae Dillow aka Chichee Dillow


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Home Smart Industries, Family Owned & Operated

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Bathtubs | Walk-In Baths | Showers | Shower Doors | Fixtures | Faucets | Accessories

*Cannot be combined with any other offer. Previous sales excluded. Good at initial presentation only. $1,000 discount is only available to be used towards purchasing Luxstone walls. Additional work is extra and optional. Financing available for qualified buyers. Exp. 09/01/2021 PA:PA013302 * NJ: 13VH 04301900 MD: MD129485 * DE: 2008206060 NO PRICE QUOTES GIVEN VIA PHONE.





We’re hiring immediately! Enjoy profitable, part-time morning and afternoon employment with nights, weekends, and holidays off. Start the application process and training today and it is possible to be ready to start driving for the school year!

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