Webinar on COVID forecasting on June 25

The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will host the fourth in a series of free webinars on Thursday June 25th, 2020 at 11 a.m. This webinar will feature Dr. David Rubin of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. To join the webinar, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88181252384. Dr. Rubin is the director of the PolicyLab at...

County grants total of $5M to 248 small businesses

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced today the award of $5 million in grants to 248 Chester County small businesses and agricultural enterprises.  The individual grants, made available through the Chester County Main Street Preservation program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, range from just under $1,500 to $25,000. The...

Inner Nature — Fe: An Iron Constitution

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times There are 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, but only a handful of elements are essential to life. They include hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen in large quantities, moderate amounts of iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur, and miniscule quantities of “micronutrients” like selenium and zinc. Why? In an intermittent...

So…how many people are you willing to let die?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa We’d like it to be over, but it’s not. The news that some 24 Pennsylvania counties will move a more open “yellow” stage next week naturally has folks in Chester County asking when will things open up here? The honest answer: not that soon. June, maybe. The numbers tell the story: new case numbers are not declining, if anything, they’ve been...

What To Do: Visit the world’s great gardens, virtually

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens “April Showers” are done and now it’s time for “May Flowers.” Garden sites and horticultural attractions all over the Northern Hemisphere usually are a bustle of activity with visitors arriving to check out this year’s spring flowers in an attractive live setting. But COVID-19 has forced everyone to stay at home in order...

Mr. President, we ARE scared, and you aren’t helping

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention. COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire, we see massive shortages of medical equipment and testing and a federal government paralyzed by a cult of personality, ignorance and lies. Thankfully, most of our state governors — including our Tom Wolf — have stepped up to partially fill the void of leadership. So,...

Katdare wins Chester County Spelling Bee

DOWNINGTOWN — Soham Katdare, an eighth grader at Downingtown Middle School, practiced spelling more than 4,000 words to make it to the final round of the Chester County Spell Bee on Monday, February 10, 2020. Winning with the word “A-N-A-L-E-P-S-I-S,” Soham will continue on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest in Washington, D.C. that begins on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 2020 Chester County...

Op/Ed: Time to reject Socialism in America

By Christopher Gerber, Special to The Times Christopher Gerber As we look forward to the 2020 presidential election, it appears likely that Americans will be faced with a choice of two very different ideologies:  one that espouses capitalism, self-motivation and ingenuity versus socialism and its empty and destructive promises of free housing, college and healthcare for everyone. The platform...

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...

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...