Balance, Schmalance

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times “Work life balance” It is a concept that garners A LOT of press, particularly around the start of the school year. However, with all the buzz, I have yet to discover a definitive formula for success. When I was a high schooler (back in the time of the covered wagon), you were defined by your intellect OR your athletic prowess. Not to say that you couldn’t...

On Stage: Jean Luc Ponty makes rare Del Val appearance

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jean Luc Ponty Jean Luc Ponty is one of the most versatile, most progressive and most interesting violinists in today’s music scene – just as he has been for the last 50-plus years. On August 18, Ponty will treat fans with a rare area performance at the Keswick Theater (291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com). Whether...

What To Do: Music under the stars at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times You can enjoy a two-for-one treat if you visit Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) on August 18. The featured attraction will be a concert by Kennett Symphony of Chester County at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood’s Open Air Theater. Visitors to the site will also be able to check out Longwood’s amazing...

Mixed Media: Keeping up with the Main Line Art Center

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times I hope you had the opportunity to tune in to WCHE 1520AM on Wednesday when I interviewed the new Executive Director for the  Main Line Arts Center, Thomas Scurto-Davis for Art Watch. In preparation for any interview, I write out a script that I follow which contains a series of questions peppered with some fun tidbits I like to add for authenticity,...

Editorial: Democracy cannot survive without a free press

Today, newspapers — digital and print — around the United States will publish editorials decrying attacks on the free press by President Donald J. Trump and other elected officials. We at The Times join that chorus. We know we are a tiny voice — certainly in comparison with the long-established, giant metro newspapers that helped spark this day of solidarity. We will not begin to argue that...

A peek behind the curtain – and insiders look at a dental practice

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times When I was building my first office, I was amazed by the tremendous amount of time, energy and money that was needed for things that I felt had no direct relation to patient care.  Decades later, the only difference is that each and every one of these tasks I have learned has a very direct relationship to patient care.  It’s the side...

Kagel named as new County Administrator; Bookheimer to become CFO

Bobby Kagel WEST CHESTER — Bobby Kagel was named Tuesday to lead Chester County’s government as its new County Administrator, effective Sept. 1. He will replace the retiring Mark Rupsis, the long-time administrative leader of county government. Additionally, the Chester County Commissioners moved to make Julie Bookheimer, CPA, CGMA the Chief Financial Officer for Chester County. Bookheimer...

On Stage: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ladysmith Black Mambazo There are dozens of music acts with “Smith” in their names including Aerosmith, Echosmith, Gunsmiths, Smiths, DJ Whitesmith, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Smith, Locksmith, Smith, Goldsmith, Smithereens, Patti Smith, Wordsmith, Silversmith, G.E. Smith, Tinsmith, Elliott Smith, Blacksmith, and The Tunesmiths. Two of them...

On Your Table: Savoring Summer’s bounty

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Tomatoes, the jewels of summer. It’s that time of summer when produce beckons.  All of it. From that first bite into butter slathered corn on the cob, to that cherry tomato that bursts with flavor when you pop it into your mouth, to the juicy sweetness of red ripe watermelon.  Even zucchini, that butt of too many jokes.  Well, I’m sure...

The Stupid Kabuki of the statewide political races

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times My daughter is an aspiring musician/singer and as such, she often considers possible future band names — it’s a bit of a running joke between us these days. Which is, of course, why I nominate Stupid Kabuki as both a possible addition to her list and a perfect description of Pennsylvania’s two statewide races this fall. To be clear, Republican Scott Wagner...