Good Samaritan and Bridge of Hope complete merger

Two established non-profits that serve the homeless population of Chester and Lancaster Counties – Good Samaritan Shelter and Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties – announce the official merger that uniquely positions the organizations to provide a full range of services to address homelessness. The new organization has been re-named Good Samaritan Services to reflect the progressive...

Hero Fund honors outgoing president

Outgoing Hero Fund president John ‘J.D.’ DiBuonaventuro (center) holds one of framed commendations he received. With him is Neil Vaughn (from left), Butch Dutter, Carolyn ‘Bunny’ Welsh, James Vito, Robert Kagel and Tom Hogan. The board president of the Chester County Hero Fund insisted that he wanted no fuss when he stepped down after 17 years in that position on Wednesday, Dec. 6. His...

Two charged in infants’ deaths

Jamal Bailey (left) and William Gardner (right) were charged Thursday in the deaths of two infants under their care. Two county men have been charged in the deaths of infants under their care — one earlier this year and another exactly one year ago —  Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday. Jamal Bailey, 41 of Downingtown, has been charged with homicide for administering...

New kayak racks installed at Kerr Park

The new kayak rack and information kiosk in Kerr Park. DOWNINGTOWN — Kayakers at Kerr Park now have an easier way to access the Brandywine Creek thanks to a partnership between the Brandywine Conservancy, Downingtown Borough’s Park and Recreation Commission, and the Lionville Boy Scout Troop 220. Working together, staff and volunteers installed a canoe and kayak storage rack and an information...

Lewis announces plans to retire from the House after 2018

State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) today announced that his second term in office, which will end with the 2017-18 session, will be his final one as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. His retirement will follow 56 years of public service. “Because of the citizens of the 74th District, I proudly worked in Harrisburg – despite the inevitable bureaucratic...

Chester County Women’s Commission representatives Wendy Leeper (third left) and Denise Bailey (center) present bus tokens for the Chester County WRAP program. Pictured left to right are: County Commissioner Terence Farrell; Sharon Dickinson, WRAP Supervisor; Wendy Leeper; County Commissioner Michelle Kichline; Denise Bailey; Jennifer Lopez, Deputy Chief, and Christopher Murphy, Chief, Department...

Have a happy — and safe — Thanksgiving

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Whether you’re hitting the road to be home with family, or hosting the brood at your place, there’s a few simple tips from local and state experts to make your travel and holiday safer and happier. First, of course, I’ll throw in one of my own: don’t talk about politics. No, seriously. Don’t. I’d suggest other, less explosive topics such as “how...

Lewis offers help to senior with SEPTA Key Cards

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Rep. Harry Lewis (R-Chester), as well as his staff members Andrea Keenan and Amber Little-Turner, assisted residents at Villages at Hillview with applying for the SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card. DOWNINGTOWN — To ensure seniors can ride free on all SEPTA transit services, Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester) is offering people 65 and older the opportunity to get a free SEPTA...

Dinniman lauds start of Sonoco site redevelopment

Neal Fisher, Vice President of Development for the Hankin Group; Senator Dinniman; Mike Malloy, General Counsel for the Hankin Group; and Don Vymazal, Senator Dinniman’s Government Relations Director; tour the site of the former Sonoco Paper Mill in Downingtown. DOWNINGTOWN — State Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined officials from the Hankin Group to tour the site of the former Sonoco paper...

Winners honored for Landscapes3 photo contest

Andy Zhang won first place in the youth category of the Landscapes3 photo contest for his photo, “Sunset.” WEST CHESTER — Three adults and three youth from Chester County won awards for their entries in the Chester County Planning Commission’s Landscapes3 photo contest, which focused on the county’s greatest asset: people. The photo contest, “Putting a Face on Chester County,” was...