County officials: election process running smoothly

Chester County’s Department of Voter Services reports that the vote computation process from Tuesday’s primary election continues to run smoothly with all precincts accounted for and only provisional and military/overseas civilians’ ballots still to be counted. “We prepared for this election for many months to ensure every citizen in our county not only knew their vote would be properly...

On Stage: Sounds of Africa come to World Cafe Live

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Vieux Farka Touré Vieux Farka Touré, who hails from Niafunké, Mali, is one of the best musicians from Africa to step onto the world stage. Touré, who will be performing at the World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com) on May 21, has released eight albums starting with “Vieux Farka Touré” in...

Annas inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame

More than 400 of the region’s top business and community leaders were in attendance as Meridian Bank Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board Chris Annas (center) was inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame by the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) Wednesday night. The award was presented by CCEDC Board Chair Craig A. Styer (left) and CCEDC President and CEO Gary Smith (right). With...

On Stage: Hairspray returns to Philadelphia

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Hairspray It’s been more than a decade since “Hairspray” went on a National Tour and played a run in Philadelphia. The show, which is filled with fun numbers and poignant messages, is a delight that shouldn’t be missed. Now through May 22, the Kimmel Cultural Campus (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, www.kimmelculturalcampus.org) is...

County officials: new home construction in ’21 hits 20-year high

A new report from the Chester County Planning Commission shows that more homes were built in the county in 2021 than in any year since 2001, and that the growth was largely driven by apartment construction. The report also said that despite soaring prices, more homes were sold than in any year since 2005. “The numbers for units built and sold and the prices for which they were sold are staggering,...

On Stage Extra: Joe Sumner proving he isn’t just a famous son

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Joe Sumner When a musician has a legendary rock star as a parent, it can open doors or be a big burden – or both. Joe Sumner, who will be headlining at show at MilkBoy Philadelphia MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) on May 16, doesn’t have to worry about such things. The talented singer/guitarist/songwriter...

Teen charged in threats against Coatesville HS

According to Caln Township Police, at approximately 7:00 a.m. on May 11, school officials learned of a circulating post on social media (Snapchat) that a shooting was to occur at the Coatesville Area High School. As a result, all students and staff were diverted to the Scott Middle School.  Additionally, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, which is directly adjacent to the school district campus,...

Downingtown Area School District invites community to an elementary construction Town Hall

Downingtown Area School District (DASD) invites all community members to participate in a Town Hall event on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at STEM Academy (335 Manor Ave. Downingtown, PA 19335) and will review the various elementary construction opportunities currently under board consideration. The evening will conclude with a moderated question-and-answer opportunity with...

CCEDC announces diversity plan

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) announced the approval of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan comprising input from more than 50 community and business leaders as well as new programs focused on strengthening minority- and women-owned businesses in Chester County. The plan, which was approved by CCEDC’s Board of Directors, was formulated over the last year...

Wolf announces new funding for CCIU Training to Career Program

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced new funding for the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC), to support a job training program in Chester County that will help place individuals exiting the justice system with jobs in the manufacturing industry. “I’m proud we can support this re-entry program,” said Gov. Wolf. “This...