On Stage: Hello Dolly! at Kimmel Center this week

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Hello Dolly! It seems that everybody is familiar with “Hello Dolly!” in one form or another – especially the Academy Award-winning film and the hit Broadway musical. It’s hard not to be familiar with the song, “Hello Dolly!”– at least with the tune’s opening lines… “I said hello, Dolly; Well, hello, Dolly; It’s so nice to have...

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. ...

On Stage: The Picturebooks focus on Motorcycles and Metal

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Picturebooks Heavy rock music and motorcycles have been linked since the late 1960s. The link can be traced back to Peter Fonda’s motorcycle movie “Easy Rider,” which featured Steppenwolf’s song “Born to Be Wild.” The song’s lyrics introduced the term “heavy metal” – “I like smoke and lightning, Heavy metal thunder, Racin’...

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...

On Stage: Carlene Carter reaches back into her family tree for new project

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it might just be a good time to check out some live music. There are shows with a variety of genre choices around the area on February 15 including country rock/Americana, jazz/blues, alt-pop, avant-garde, Hawaiian/SoCal reggae and singer-songwriter. Carlene Carter Carlene Carter, who has one foot in country-influenced...

What To Do: A true Valentine’s Weekend of events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Blue Cross RiverRink If the weekend starts on Friday and this Friday is Valentine’s Day, then this must be the “real” Valentine’s Day Weekend 2020. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with something other than a romantic candlelight dinner, you might want to consider taking part in the “Sweetheart Skate” at the Blue...

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...

On Stage: Love and metal in the air for shows tonight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hideous Divinity While many of the shows on February 14 will focus on love songs and romantic tunes in celebration on Valentine’s Day, there will be a show on February 13 at MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) that will be the flip side of the coin. The all-metal show will feature Vader as the headliner....

On Stage: Leftover Salmon a delicious rock/blues dish

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Leftover Salmon Music fans have been dining on (actually, listening to) Leftover Salmon for years and enjoying the tasty musical dishes (songs actually) the band serves up on stage and on record. Leftover Salmon is an American jam band from Colorado that plays a blend of rock, zydeco, bluegrass, country and Americana. The band formed in 1989, when members...