What To Do: Let’s get prehistoric

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This weekend, there will be a dinosaur showdown featuring two travelling animatronic dinosaur exhibits touching down at different locations – “Dino & Dragon Stroll” in Oaks and “Jurassic Quest” in Philadelphia. From January 15-17, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Station Avenue, Oaks, 800-677-4677, www.phillyexpocenter.com) will...

New automotive talk show at home in PA

Automotive photographer Michael Furman, and Classic Auto Mall Podcast host, Stewart Howden MORGANTOWN — The Classic Auto Mall, a 336,000 square-foot facility in Morgantown, Berks County that consigns specialty automobiles, has embarked on a new venture…show biz!  Beginning last fall, the Classic Auto Mall Podcast hit the internet. Stewart Howden, the company’s president, envisioned a broadcast...

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,...

What To Do: Catch live theater, while you still can

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Pretty Woman With winter weather taking over, now is the time to consider indoor events to fill your free time. One of the best ways is to attend a live theater performance – musicals, dramas, dance shows or classical concerts. If you want to catch a live show, now is the time to do it. With COVID rearing its ugly ahead again, the expanded theatrical...

Weiler new Exec. Dir. of Jennersville YMCA

Melanie Weiler Melanie Weiler is joining YMCA of Greater Brandywine Team as Executive Director for the Jennersville YMCA Weiler joined the YMCA of Greater Brandywine team in November 2021 as the executive director of the Jennersville YMCA located in West Grove, PA. Weiler began her career with the YMCA in 1993, serving in several leadership roles throughout the organization. She then went on...

What To Do: Holiday and non-holiday events for everyone

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christmas week is here and, for the most part, it is the penultimate weekend for holiday attractions. Additionally, there are several other non-holiday attractions on tap for the next 10 days. Christmas-influenced music, advertising, TV shows and events are everywhere. It is virtually impossible not to be affected by the Christmas holiday season...

DASD Superintendent wins statewide recognition

Superintendent Emilie Lonardi, Ph.D. receives the PASA Award for Service to the Profession (Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jay Burkhart, PASA President; Steven Delisle, Sponsor: Horace Mann; Emilie M. Lonardi, Ph.D., Superintendent of Downingtown Area School District; Josh Winter, Sponsor: Horace Mann) DOWNINGTOWN — Not only does Downingtown Area School District have award-winning schools and...

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...

What To Do: Holiday events in county parks

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Chester County Department of Parks and Preservation (www.chesco.org/4520/Parks-Trails) has three special events on its schedule for this weekend. Springton Manor Farm (860 Springton Road, Glenmoore) will host “Holiday at the Barn + Wagon Ride” on December 18 from noon-3 p.m. The Friends of Springton Manor Farm and Chester County Parks and...

Cathell named as new Exec. Director of Western Chesco Chamber

Rachel Cathell COATESVILLE — The Board of Directors of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce announced this week the appointment of Rachel Cathell as the incoming Executive Director of the organization. Cathell will replace outgoing  Executive, Donna Steltz who retires at the end of this year after 20 years at the helm. Cathell has served as the Chamber’s Communications Coordinator...