The Y expands food distribution across Chester County

YGBW President & CEO Denise Day and Kennett Area Y Executive Director Thomas Gallagher organize food donations at the Kennett Area YMCA The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW), a non-profit organization comprised of eight YMCA branches serving Chester County, has opened its doors to neighbors struggling to put food on the table as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon after the statewide stay-at-home...

What To Do: Stuck at home? Visit the UK, virtually

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Buckingham Palace With the “shelter in place” order brought about because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can no longer go outside into the world. But you can bring the world inside to you. You can make virtual visits to cities, museums, amusement parts, cultural sites and a wide variety of other destinations. Here are several suggestions of places...

TCHS donates PPE to local first responders, health care facilities

Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) donated and distributed masks, gowns, gloves and cleaning supplies to the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Chester County Hospital and the Malvern Fire Company. DOWNINGTOWN — Administrators at the Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) rallied to support first responders in their fight against coronavirus (COVID-19)....

Coatesville Opportunity Zone Impact Fund donates learning supplies to city students

Dominick Macolino, Mr. Darian Smith (CASD) and Sergeant Rodger Ollis (Coatesville police) deliver school supplies for city students impacted by COVID-19 school closures. COATESVILLE — City school children received needed supplies last week in the form of school desks and chairs donated by Activated Capital, the group that created a Coatesville specific opportunity based fund for revitalization of...

What To Do: Tired of being stuck inside? Go trout fishing

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times With “stay at home” orders from state and local governments affecting a large portion of the population, people around the area have been housebound for several weeks. Many of us are feeling a need “to get out.” And, there are many who are feeling a need “to get out – to get trout.” April is traditionally the month that Pennsylvania’s...

Kick away the homebound blues: local ATA school offers free online class

Two young students work with their peers online, as part of live video training with ATA West Chester Martial Arts. EAST BRADFORD – By now, after weeks of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for new ways both to pass the time, but also help with physical and mental wellness — and a local martial arts school has a special free option for community members. A local Tae...

Wiseman named Exec. Dir. of Habitat for Humanity, Chester Co.

Chris Wiseman Habitat for Humanity of Chester County (HHCC) announced Tuesday the appointment of Chris Wiseman as the new Executive Director. Wiseman will be responsible for the leadership of the organization and will work closely with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and Habitat families to bring more affordable housing to Chester County. He brings a wealth of nonprofit experience, including...

DCCC loans ventilator, gives medical supplies to local hospitals

In response to the urgent need for medical supplies and ventilators at area hospitals and health care facilities due to COVID-19, Delaware County Community College recently loaned a ventilator, and donated surgical gloves, disposable gowns, hand sanitizer, biohazard bags and other equipment and supplies to local hospitals and health care facilities in Delaware and Chester Counties. Faculty and staff...

Is it time to start your Victory over virus Garden?

By Tony Buck, Special to The Times Food security must now be on the minds of Chester County residents during this Coronavirus outbreak.  And it’s about time! According to the Delaware Valley Region Planning Commission Food Study, we grow about 6% of our food in the Greater Philadelphia area. Most of our food comes from California in our spring and summer, and during fall and winter, from south of...

What To Do: If you can’t go to your favorite attractions, go virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times With the COVID-19 forcing everyone to remain at home, the situation is ripe for a case of restlessness and spells of boredom to set in. Under normal circumstances, a good way for families to shed the shackles of boredom is to take a trip to an amusement park. Physically, that’s not possible right now. Fortunately, it is possible virtually. The are...