What To Do: First-ever Porchfest this weekend in West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This area has many – really many — annual events that have passed their 50th, 60th, 70th and even 100th anniversaries. This weekend, you have the opportunity to partake in the inaugural staging of what should join the ranks of popular annual Chester County events — the First Annual West Chester Porchfest. All are welcome at the First Annual...

CCIU celebrates academic excellence and student achievement

Dr. Fiore welcomes students and families to the 2021-22 CCIU Champions Banquet. On Thursday, May 12, students gathered for the champions banquet at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, PA, to celebrate an array of amazing accomplishments from the 2021-22 school year. The banquet began with opening remarks from special events coordinators Jay Della Ragione and Kathy Gurnee. CCIU Executive Director,...

Coatesville, Kutztown U. partnering on entrepreneur training

The City of Coatesville and the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are partnering once again to present a six-week Business Skills for Success for the Entrepreneur training series, held both in person and virtually. The program is ideally suited for start-ups and early-stage companies in business for a minimum of three years. Entrepreneurs of all ages are invited to participate...

What To Do: From Winterthur to the White House

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jacqueline Kennedy Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 800-448-3883, www.winterthur.org) looks at American history with a new exhibit and Southern tradition with a special event tonight. On May 13, Winterthur will present a Kentucky influenced event called “Bourbon and Bluegrass.” Keeping the horse race vibe...

Bournelyf special camp races to raise $25,000

“On your marks… Get set… Go!” Over 200 people turned out for Bournelyf Special Camp’s Hand-to-Hand 5K on May 5, racing through the streets of West Chester and raising over $25,000 for the West Chester non-profit organization. And so they did, with over 220 runners and walkers making their way through the streets of West Chester – and raising over $25,000 along the way for Bournelyf Special...

Chester County Futures’ McDonald announces resignation

Maria McDonald Chester County Futures (CCF) announced Monday its Executive Director, Maria McDonald, is stepping down from her position after 10 years of service to pursue a new and exciting opportunity outside of the region. The organization’s staff and Board of Directors have come together in appreciation and celebration of the profound impact her work has had on lives of the program’s students...

What To Do: Just in time for Mothers’ Day, fountain show returns at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens This weekend is a weekend featuring special events which are annual events and special events which are monthly events. The annual events are Mother’s Day events. Mother’s Day weekend coincides with the return of daily fountain performances at Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) is inviting visitors...

HS artists show their skills at Congressional District Art Competition

2022 Congresswoman Houlahan’s Congressional Art Show Winners (pictured from left to right): Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan; third place – Leah Nicberte, West Chester Henderson High School; second place – Jia Lin, Conestoga High School andfirst place – Shurti Bedekar, West Chester Henderson High School. More than 300 high school students across Chester County and beyond displayed their artwork...

Hess named as ORJSD’s Citadel Heart of Learning finalist

Pictured left to right is Dr. Will Stout, OJRSD superintendent; Amy Hess, Citadel Heart of Learning finalist; Dr. Malinda McKillip, French Creek Elementary School principal; and Dr. Kathy Soeder, OJRSD assistant superintendent. The Owen J. Roberts School District (OJRSD) announced Amy Hess, an elementary teacher at French Creek Elementary, as one of 15 outstanding Chester County educators and 31 Greater...

YMCA offers free introduction to mindfulness classes in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is offering a new Introduction to Mindfulness for Wellbeing class for free throughout the month of May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The four-week virtual class will be held on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.  “All people experience mental health on a spectrum that is influenced by their day-to-day experiences and commitments,” shares...