Friel announces run for 26th District state house seat

Paul Friel Owen J. Robert School Board member Paul Friel announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, legislative district 26, this week. As a community leader, executive manager, and local business owner — Friel’s vision for the district reflects the values he will bring to Harrisburg. “My vision for our community is not about the politics of Harrisburg —...

Coroner: Overdoses, accidental deaths lower in county in 2019

Chester County Coroner Dr. Christina VandePolPhoto Credit: Elizabeth Reuscher WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office has released information on 2019 accidental deaths in Chester County. A total of 225 accidental deaths were investigated, slightly fewer than in 2018 (232) and 2017 (234). Drug overdoses, falls, and motor vehicle collisions accounted for most of the accidental deaths. Drug...

ESCALERA supports Avondale High School youth

ESCALERA Students prepare for STEM night during their afterschool session in Avon Grove High School. WEST GROVE — ESCALERA, a national program from UnidosUS, is currently serving about 1,000 students in 21 sites nationwide.  The career readiness program focuses on opening eyes and doorways for underrepresented youth that may not have a family history or experience in pursuing higher education. ...

Democrats make endorsements at convention

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Democrats are on the verge of a fourth consecutive year of historic wins as they gathered at Stetson Middle School Tuesday night to endorse their slate for the April 28 Primary. Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan accepted the first endorsement of the 15 races on the docket, six of which were contested. Christina Hartman won the 65% endorsement threshold for PA Auditor General...

County transition team appointed by Commissioners

WEST CHESTER — As they enter the sixth week of their term as the Chester County Board of Commissioners, Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline this week formally established a county transition team, with the purpose of taking a fresh look at the way Chester County government does business. The independent team is led by West Chester University President Dr. Christopher Fiorentino as...

Dinniman announces retirement

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times State Sen. Andy Dinniman Chester County Democratic powerhouse State Sen. Andy Dinniman announced Friday night that he would not seek reelection for a fourth term — just weeks after launching his reelection. Dinniman, a former County Commissioner and Democratic Party Chair, announced Friday that family concerns meant it was time to end a three-decade career in politics,...

Kennett Supervisors fire police chief, promote Gordon

KENNETT — The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 to fire Police Chief Lydell Nolt. Nolt was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 20, 2019 after he informed Township Manager Eden Ratliff that he was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office concerning a sexual assault allegation. The Township was notified at the...

Ruggieri formally announces District 13 bid

Richard Ruggieri LEWISVILLE – To a packed room of constituents, Richard Ruggieri of London Grove Township in Chester County announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, District 13. At the Old Stone Cider in Lewisville, PA, Ruggieri excited the crowd with his authentic, moving message. “Not a month after I turned 18 and graduated high school, I swore an oath to the...

Ruggieri to announce state house bid, Sunday

Richard Ruggieri On Sunday, February 2, Richard Ruggieri, a resident of London Grove Township in Chester County, will announce his candidacy for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, District 13. The campaign kick-off will be at Old Stone Cider, 959 Chesterville Rd, Lewisville, PA from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. All district residents interested who are in meeting...

Galer Estate wins Gold at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Galer Estate’s winning 2018 Albariño wine EAST MARLBOROUGH — Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery of Kennett Square was recently awarded a coveted Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of North American wines in the world.  Over sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluated nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries...