County: high vaccination rates have COVID case numbers falling

Chester County Health Officials announced Thursday that 83 percent of all eligible Chester County residents (age 12 and above) are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Taking it one step further, of those age 18 and over (which follows the Governor’s benchmark), 92 percent are partially or fully vaccinated.  According to county health officials, these figures indicate that Chester...

Woodard receives scholarship for PA Act 120 Municipal Police Academy Training

Brian Woodard WEST CHESTER — In the year following the march by 4,000 people to the Historic Chester County Courthouse for a June 4, 2020 Black Lives Matter rally, positive changes continue. Brian Woodard is experiencing that change, as the second recipient of a Municipal Police Academy scholarship – a program created as a result of the march and that focuses on diversifying law enforcement...

DCCC staff joins police cadets on final run

College staff members Darren Lipscomb (in suit & tie) Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Enrollment Services; Sara Steinman (far left in gray t-shirt), Director of Wellness, Athletics and Recreation; Mitch Murtha, Vice President, Recruitment and Enrollment Management (right in blue t-shirt behind instructors in yellow t-shirts); and Simuelle Myers, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (right,...

Survey: Chester County residents ready to return to activities, but carefully

With the lifting of many PA COVID-19 restrictions taking place next week, the results of the Restore Chester County survey reveal that vaccination status, safety measures and social distancing will continue to play a major role in individuals’ confidence to take part in community events and activities, and to return to restaurant dining. Outdoor v. indoor preference The preference for outdoor...

DOH: Pa. mask mandate likely to end June 28

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Vector color chalk drawn illustration of medical mask on black chalkboard background. One more month. Pennsylvania’s mask mandates will end no later than June 28, the state Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday. Already, folks who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in many situations — stores, businesses and such are still...

County OKs $4.2M grant to preserve open space and improve parks

The 156-acre Starr Farm in East Bradford Township, one of the recipients of a preservation grant through the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved the awarding of $4.2 million in open space preservation and park improvement grants at the most recent public Commissioners’ meeting....

Commissioners recognize Chester County Archive staff

The Chester County Commissioners recognized the efforts of the County’s Archives staff to earn a National Genealogical Society award for the County’s 1777 Property Atlas Portal, at today’s first in-person public meeting since the start of the pandemic. Pictured left to right are: Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Marian Moskowitz; Laurie Rofini, Director of Chester County Archives &...

Rovito top vote getter in Court of Common Pleas race

Alita Rovito The Chester County primary results are in and Alita Rovito, candidate for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas, carried the day. The numbers tell the story. Rovito received 44% of the vote putting her far ahead of the pack in an extremely competitive five-way Democratic primary.  “Alita’s background in family court resonated with voters,” said Charlotte Valyo, Alita Rovito’s...

Moving to a new server; some delays may be possible

After a number of years, The Times is moving from its somewhat out of date server to a shiny, new speedy server this week. While exciting for the long run — fast page loads, the ability to build in some new capabilities — in the short term you may seem some disruption of pages, problems sending emails and so on. Also, because we have to “freeze” the server, we cannot add any new...

Primary Election 2021 results: Rovito, Verwey to take on Mincarelli, Redmond for Court of Common Pleas in Nov.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa After a minor counting delay, Chester County Voter Services has been able to post unofficial results from Tuesday’s Municipal Primary election — there was a minor software glitch that delayed the counting of some mail in ballots, which was largely resolved — about 500 ballots remained to be counted as of Friday morning. Between mail and in person...