On Stage: Sounds of Africa come to World Cafe Live

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vieux Farka Touré Vieux Farka Touré, who hails from Niafunké, Mali, is one of the best musicians from Africa to step onto the world stage. Touré, who will be performing at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) on May 21, has released eight albums starting with “Vieux Farka Touré” in 2007. His...

On Stage: Hairspray returns to Philadelphia

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hairspray It’s been more than a decade since “Hairspray” went on a National Tour and played a run in Philadelphia. The show, which is filled with fun numbers and poignant messages, is a delight that shouldn’t be missed. Now through May 22, the Kimmel Cultural Campus (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, www.kimmelculturalcampus.org) is presenting...

On Stage Extra: Joe Sumner proving he isn’t just a famous son

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Joe Sumner When a musician has a legendary rock star as a parent, it can open doors or be a big burden – or both. Joe Sumner, who will be headlining at show at MilkBoy Philadelphia MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) on May 16, doesn’t have to worry about such things. The talented singer/guitarist/songwriter...

Sappey applauds community effort to clean up Tropical Storm Ida debris along the Brandywine

State Rep. Christina Sappey and volunteers during a recent clean up of storm damage near the Brandywine. State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, publicly thanked groups and individuals that participated in cleanup efforts near the Brandywine Picnic Park on Saturday. In the wake of Tropical Storm Ida last fall, a large amount of debris from the river and the surrounding neighborhoods had been deposited...

Avondale, So. Chester Regional Police sign extension for police services

On February 10th, 2022, the Public Safety Commissioners for the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department approved a three-year extension for police services in the Borough of Avondale retroactive to January 1st, 2022, through December 31st, 2024. After a brief and positive negotiation with the newly elected Mayor and Council from Avondale, the Avondale Borough Council unanimously approved...

DASD community invited to attend a virtual focus group on January 24

The Downingtown Area School District (DASD) is in the process of reviewing their communication initiatives and is seeking input from school personnel, parents and the community through a series of focus groups. Focus group participants will share their perceptions about the district as well as its communications strategy. Parents, staff and students have been invited to attend focus groups via the...

Blue light to shine at Chesco court house to recognize National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

One of the six pillars of Chester County’s Historic Courthouse will shine in blue light on January nights beginning the evening of January 11, 2022—National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The single lighted pillar represents an estimated one in six children who were reported as endangered runaways and were likely victims of sex trafficking (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,...

DCCC registration open for new students

Registration for spring classes at Delaware County Community College begins today, November 1 for current students and the following Monday, November 8 for new students. Spring classes will be offered in person and online. Several online learning formats are available in addition to the College’s many traditional classroom options. For new students, Registration Rush (Monday, November 8 through Saturday,...

Chesco Commissioners recognize Envirothon winners

Academy at West Fallowfield Christian School seniors earned the title of first place winners and champions of the 2021 Chester County Envirothon student competition. Pictured here, from left to right, seniors Jacob Hershey, Bryce Engle, Rose Rowe, Dustin Kauffman and Joey DellaPenna will represent Chester County at the Pennsylvania State Envirothon on May 10 and 11. Chester County Commissioners Marian...

Pa., Chesco pause use of J&J COVID vaccine

Following a recommendation from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both the state of Pennsylvania and Chester County announced Tuesday that their respective health departments would pause vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, pending a study of a rare but dangerous blood clotting issue that may be related to the...