D-West boys basketball team makes donation to brighten holidays for local families

Members of the Downingtown High School West basketball make wishes come true with bikes and gift cards The holiday season was a bit more magical for area families, thanks in part to the efforts of the Downingtown West basketball team and booster organization. This year, through a total team effort, the West boys’ basketball team donated $6,000.00 to various families in the Downingtown area,...

ReFire at any age: It’s that time of year…..

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times How would you finish that phrase? The song finishes that phrase with, “when the world falls in love”. That doesn’t necessarily mean to fall in love romantically. I think it means falling in love with life. I would tweak that phrase a bit by saying; it’s that time of year for spreading love, joy and cheer. The excitement of the holiday season is...

Sheriff’s Office, Alpha Kappa Alpha-Iota Tau Omega deliver Christmas gifts

Members of the CCSO, AKA-ITO and Chester County Youth Center gather around donations as K-9 Marley checks the gifts twice. This December, members of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and collaborating partner Alpha Kappa Alpha-Iota Tau Omega (AKA-ITO), an African American women’s service organization, collected and delivered items for the Chester County Youth Center. The project, initiated...

Don’t retire, ReFire: Living in gratitude

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Thanksgiving is the holiday in November that just about everybody celebrates, and with that, thoughts and sentiments of gratitude start to surface because after all, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, giving thanks. Beginning on the first of November, posts start popping up on several different social media platforms with people sharing what they...

Focus on the good for this most unusual Christmas

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s easy to be hung up on all of the bad things we’re living through right now. I’m not going to list them all, you know them all too well and don’t need me to remind you. So, as we head into Christmas week, I want to focus on the things we can celebrate – and yes, there are things. With all of the difficulties, we’ve learned to appreciate...

What To Do: Many new holiday attractions to enjoy from your car

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times If you’re looking for holiday-themed activities where you can remain socially distanced safe and stay warm without having to be indoors, drive-through lights events provide a good option. The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (www.dvcccpa.org ) invites you to bundle up the kids and enjoy a night out while in the warmth of your car…no social...

Don’t Retire, Refire: Waiting to exhale

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times November is the month to celebrate Thanksgiving. I usually focus on the holiday but this year, there’s an added perspective to ruminate on. Reaching for thanks and gratitude in the midst of this stormy year has been challenging and at times, arduous. Weariness has come over many of us as we navigate through COVID-19, an unusual number of devastating...

If you haven’t voted yet, you can vote safely Tuesday if you use a little caution

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa On Tuesday, many of us will vote. Of course, here in Chester County, more than 100,000 people have returned their mail-in ballots (that number is probably low — I assume many more ballots will have shown up, maybe 40,000 more, by the time you read this — if you have a ballot, please take it to a drop off box right away). Still, it is safe to assume...

Brandywine Valley SPCA seeks families for shelter pet holiday sleepovers

NEW CASTLE, DE.— The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) announced today that the organization is looking for families to host shelter pets for holiday sleepovers. The sleepovers consist of a short-term foster arrangement in which a dog or cat currently available for adoption at one of the BVSPCA’s shelters stays with a family temporarily for a duration of a few days up to a week. “This is a...

Operation Phoenixville Elves hold annual wrapping party

Volunteers for Operation Phoenixville Elves wrap gifts Sunday at the Great American Pub. PHOENIXVILLE — A hearty group of “Elves” gathered Sunday at the Great American Pub to wrap gifts and spread a little bit of the holiday season cheer to local families in need. After starting in 2014 with just about about 12 families, Operation Phoenixville Elves is now working to help more than...