Don’t Retire, ReFire: Compassion in an unsettled world

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times My messages in the last few months have taken me in directions that have stirred up many emotions, changing, often times, moment by moment. I can assure you that my message here is not a diatribe that will only bring sadness and discontent to you, my Readers. Instead, my hope is that I can, in some way, give you a different interpretation of what you’re...

Kick away the homebound blues: local ATA school offers free online class

Two young students work with their peers online, as part of live video training with ATA West Chester Martial Arts. EAST BRADFORD – By now, after weeks of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for new ways both to pass the time, but also help with physical and mental wellness — and a local martial arts school has a special free option for community members. A local...

BKG-Brickus Funeral Home reopens with renewed focus on community and families

The BKG-Brickus Funeral Home, 977 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville PA VALLEY — While it may be a familiar name to local folks, the BKG-Brickus Funeral Home has reopened, still locally and minority owned, not just with a focus on customer service, but as their role as members of the broader local community. To be sure, this isn’t some chain-operated or corporate funeral home: the BKG-Brickus...

Movement CDC outlines plans for 2019

COATESVILLE — In a recent meeting Coatesville’s Movement Community Development Corporation board discussed becoming more active in 2019.  The group has roughly outlined some goals for the new year, including re-opening the swimming pool in Ash Park by June of 2020 and developing a homeowner housing improvement program in the City’s Federal Opportunity Zone.   

Tutors sought for Chester County Adult Literacy program

The Chester County Adult Literacy Program has a need for Adult Tutors who are willing to work with adult students seeking to learn English as a second language, study for the GED exam or improve basic literacy or math skills. A 4 year college degree is required in order to tutor in the program, but a teaching background is not needed. Our program is based in the Chester County Library and most...

It’s not just Coatesville: funding crisis coming to your school, too

As poorer districts struggle, they are everyone’s future without state action By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you’ve been in and around Coatesville recently, you may have seen picketing teachers — as was the case at the district’s three middle schools Thursday night. The contract between the district and the Coatesville Area Teachers Association expired in late August and there...

Red Raider Rumble brings players, communities together

Teams from around Chester County and from as far away as Harlem N.Y. at initial event By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times The first-ever Red Raider Rumble brought lacrosse teams from around the region and as far away as New York City to partipate in a day competition, fun and sportsmanship. After a very close and exciting game, these players from Coatesville and Harlem came together...

Coffee With a Cop comes to Coatesville

Chief, officers share java & conversation with local residents By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Coatesville resident Casey Hart (right) visited Fuel City Cafe with her daughter, Fiona (4) for Coffee with the Chief to speak with Chief Laufer regarding some minor issues in her neighborhood. COATESVILLE – The City’s Police Department kicked off the first “Coffee with the...

Kings Highway students collect for local organizations

1,700 items collected as part of school’s MLK project By Lauren Parker- Gill, Staff Writer, The Times King’s Highway Elementary students gathered at an assembly Wednesday to present local organizations with items they collected for the 100th Day Challenge, a service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in celebration of the 100th day of school. WEST CALN – Students at King’s...

Melting ice & warming hearts…people YOU know doing ‘Good Stuff!’

Got ‘good stuff’ to share? Email kim@chescotimes.com (submissions are due the 15th & 30th monthly; and are subject to editorial review.) So much DRAMA…A  ‘shout-out’ to all the hard-working local kids and directors bringing affordable theater to our communities… Look for these March performances: Kennett – Oklahoma, Unionville – West Side Story,...