On Stage: ‘Sweet Charity’ at The Candlelight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Many of you are familiar with timeless standards such as “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” but how many know the origin of these songs? They are two of the standout tunes in the award-winning musical, “Sweet Charity.” The Candlelight Theatre (2208 Millers Road, Arden, Delaware, www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org) is...

Officials laud planned Coatesville sports/entertainment complex

Pictured (from left to right): Michael Grigalonis, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Chester County Economic Development Council; Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender-Norris; Coatesville City Councilman Ed Simpson; Sonia Huntzinger, Executive Director of the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance; Patrick Kinzeler of IDG Development; David Chauner, Managing Partner,...

Local leaders discuss opioid epidemic at Naloxone training session

: Pictured (from left to right) Denise Wroten, Board Treasurer for the West Chester Business Improvement District; state Senator Carolyn Comitta; Miss Pennsylvania Alysa Bainbridge, Chester County Commissioner’s Chair Marian Moskowitz; and Steve Ross, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP). State Senator Carolyn Comitta was recently...

Inner Nature: The medicine/poison cabinet

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times We seldom think of the home or medicine cabinet as a storehouse of poisons, but that is what they are. From the very food we eat, the sprays we clean with, to the drugs we take, the chemical activity of – um, chemicals – can have diabolical effects upon biological systems. In this article, I will explore a few of the drugs we use to keep ourselves healthy, and...

What To Do: Annual Kimberton Community Fair returns July 25

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kimberton Fair Two things arrive in this area every July without fail — heat waves and an assortment of festivals, outside music events, carnivals, family-oriented celebrations and summertime fairs. If you enjoy country fairs, you should check out the Annual Kimberton Community Fair (Kimberton Fairgrounds, Route 113, Kimberton, 610-933-4566, http://kimbertonfair.org)...

On Stage: The Claudettes excited to be back playing live

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Claudettes The Claudettes do wonderful work in the recording studio. But, more than anything, the Claudettes are a great live band. Unfortunately, COVID-19 robbed the Chicago-based band of that aspect for more than two years. Late last year, the Claudettes returned to playing live concerts – including a powerful show at the Arden Gild Hall just...

Commissioners seek to increase historic tourism in the county

The Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract with Luzerne County-based Heritage Strategies LLC to bolster historic tourism in the county. “Our historic tourism sector of the economy was damaged by the pandemic,” said County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz.  “The plan here calls for our consultant to help us rebuild the lost tourism, especially as we lead up...

New leadership for Chester County Economic Development Council’s Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n)

Patrick Hayakawa, director of the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n), presents Michael S. Harrington with the Golden Hammer Award. Since 2013, Harrington has served as board chair of i2n, a public-private partnership that serves life sciences and advanced technology companies. Just in time for its 10th anniversary, the leading support network for early-stage,...

Commissioners OK $3.4M for affordable housing

The Chester County Commissioners Thursday approved $3.4 million in support of two housing developments that are affordable to households with low-to-moderate incomes. One of the developments is in Caln Township, the other in Phoenixville. “We are proud to announce $1.9 million toward construction of Willows at Valley Run, the first of two phases with 60 apartments, and $1.5 million for Phoenixville...

What To Do: New ‘Light” installation art at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) is always a special place to visit – especially during the run of its annual “Festival of Fountains.” The 2022 “Festival of Fountains” opened in May and is running through September 26. This summer is even more special because of light. More specifically because...