Jefferson named to board of Crime Victims Center

Robert C. Jefferson, IV WEST CHESTER — Robert C. Jefferson, IV, an attorney with the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named to the board of directors of The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC). CVC is a community-based non-profit that is celebrating 45 years of providing free, immediate and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults...

Coatesville resident addresses state lawmakers

Debbie Willett (second from left) is joined in Harrisburg by Karen Brenneman (from left), former director of the Family Outreach Program at Child and Family Focus, Inc., a nonprofit advocacy agency; Rep. Tim Hennessey, who invited Willett to speak; and Deb McKinley, a grandparent from the support group. Debbie Willett, who runs a GrandFamilies support group in Chester County, spoke in Harrisburg...

State announces environmental education grants

Downingtown Area School District to receive $3,000 HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Tuesday, April 22, that he is awarding $309,626 in environmental education grants to 111 schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts across Pennsylvania, including seven grants totaling more than $18,000 in Chester County. “Each year, these grants are awarded to deserving...

Victims’ resilient spirits temper unimaginable pain

Annual candlelight ceremony offers shared remembrances, strength By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Members of the West Goshen Township Police Department Honor Guard file into Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. Members of a club no one would ever seek to join: That was how Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan described the solemn crowd of about 200 that assembled...

Loved ones lost to violence not forgotten

Candlelight Vigil pays tribute to homicide victims, fallen law enforcement An annual remembrance of Chester County homicide victims and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be held Thursday, April 10, in Downingtown. Sponsored by the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., the 2014 Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at Central Presbyterian...

First Niagara supports Chester County Food Bank

Financial group delivers $10,000 to assist with feeding hungry First Niagara’s Allan Burkley (from left) poses with Robert MacNeil, board chairman of the Chester County Food Bank; Larry Welsch, its executive director; and Bob Kane, First Niagara’s eastern Pennsylvania regional president. First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. announced in a news release that it recently gave a $10,000...

Progress seen in plan to end homelessness

County officials applaud collaborative Decades to Doorways initiative By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell (right) discusses the Decades to Doorways initiative, with its administrator, Michael Hackman. Born in South Carolina,  Juanita moved to Coatesville with three young children. Hoping to find a better life, instead she encountered...