Chester County to take part in International Overdose Awareness Day with ‘Night of Light’

The HOPE luminary display, part of Chester County’s recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day in 2021. Each luminary honored loved ones lost to accidental drug overdose or a loved one working toward recovery. As part of Chester County’s commitment to tackle the opioid epidemic, the County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces participation in International Overdose...

6th annual Chester County Color 5K moving to Exton Park

Chester County Color 5K 2022 Banner 2. Participants of the 2021 Chester County Color 5K running through a color station. Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline and District Attorney Deb Ryan announce details of the sixth annual Chester County Color 5K run and walk, raising funds to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in the county. This year’s Color...

County Health: 1st Monkey Pox case found in Chester County

The Monkey Pox virus. Courtesy, CDC. The Chester County Health Department has identified a Chester County resident who has tested positive for monkeypox. The Health Department has conducted the case investigation with the cooperation of the resident, and contact tracing has been completed by the Health Department, identifying a few individuals who are close contacts – to provide guidance and...

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...

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...

Chesco set to activate 988 mental health crisis line

Beginning Saturday, July 16, Chester County is joining with communities across the nation, introducing “988” as the direct phone connection support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress. Chester County sees the implementation of the new 988 call option as a first step towards a transformed crisis care system and is seeking feedback through two online surveys to better inform...

Farm preservation funding is available from Chester County

Chester County has preserved more than 560 farms, totaling more than 43,000 acres. The Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications for two competitive programs funded by the Chester County Commissioners: The Commonwealth/County Program; and the Chester County Challenge Grant Program.  To date, more than 560 farms totaling more than 43,000 acres have been preserved...

Chesco Sheriff/libraries post National Human Trafficking Hotline information

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) announces a collaboration with the Chester County Library System, to post details of the National Human Trafficking Hotline number in bathroom stalls of libraries across the County. The information has been posted from the beginning of July – the month that includes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30. During an online program hosted...

Chesco gets national acclaim for ‘Fresh Start’ juvenile diversion program

Chester County’s Fresh Start Juvenile Record Expungement program earns National Association of Counties Achievement Award. Pictured here, at the introduction of the program are, left to right: Yolanda Van de Krol, Chester County Clerk of Courts; Renee Merion, Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Juvenile Unit; and Don Corry, Chester County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer. A Chester County...

Houlahan advances funding for 15 community projects through US House Appropriations Comm.

Houlahan meets with one recipient of last year’s Community Project Funding – United Community Services for Working Families (UCSWF) in Reading. Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) successfully advanced 15 project priorities, totaling $10,404,544 in Community Project Funding, through the House Appropriations Committee; these projects will directly benefit Chester and Berks County residents....