CCEDC announces diversity plan

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) announced the approval of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan comprising input from more than 50 community and business leaders as well as new programs focused on strengthening minority- and women-owned businesses in Chester County. The plan, which was approved by CCEDC’s Board of Directors, was formulated over the last year by...

Not both sides: one party needs to up its game, the other is likely terminally broken

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa I’m sure by now you are tired of breathless media takes on what the 2021 elections mean and will mean for 2022. The truth is, though, that both parties in Chester County have issues — granted, one much, much more drastic than the other — and a lot of atmospheric issues (the economy, COVID) will probably drive results more than anything. While the...

DASD is visited by the voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Merrill Reese

Philadelphia Eagles radio star, Merrill Reese, talks about mental health and diversity with DASD teachers and staff. DOWNINGTOWN — On November 2, Downingtown Area School District (DASD) was visited by famous Philadelphian, Merrill Reese, during its annual Learning Summit. Merrill Reese is the play-by-play radio host who has announced for the Philadelphia Eagles on SportsRadio 94.1 WIP-FM since 1977....

Chesco FOP donates scholarship funds to boost police diversity

President Steve Plaugher (Left) and Vice President Bob McCarron, Chester County FOP, announce a donation of scholarship funds for a student of color to attend the Municipal Police Academy. WEST CHESTER — During Black History Month, the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) provided $6,800 for tuition and stipend toward diversifying local law enforcement. The donation contributed to an initiative...

InnerNature: Sex — The key to diversity

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In his book “Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea,” Carl Zimmer concedes: “Sex is not only unnecessary, but it ought to be a recipe for evolutionary disaster. For one thing, it is an inefficient way to reproduce…And sex carries other costs as well…By all rights, any group of animals that evolves sexual reproduction should be promptly outcompeted by nonsexual...

Silence equals assent

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times And so it begins. President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order halting border crossings from seven Muslim-majority nations as new “extreme vetting” procedures are being put in place. The fact that not one terrorist attack in the U.S. has come from folks from those nations, seems less germane than a rush to do something, anything — despite no credible threat,...

UCF mourns the passing of Miller

Board reluctantly OKs resignation of Batchelor, hired as new Radnor Superintendent By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times With no small amount of sadness, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education said goodbye to two long-time pillars of the district while welcoming a new senior administrator, Monday, during its annual reorganization meeting. Denise Miller, who long served as secretary...