Chester County begins implementation of Clean Slate legislation

WEST CHESTER — Chester County has joined all other counties across the state of Pennsylvania in automatically sealing non-violent criminal records and non-convictions for anyone who has remained crime-free for 10 years. The sealing of the records is part of the “Clean Slate” legislation, and Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to enact it. Because of the Clean Slate legislation,...

Chesco residents demand action on Trump’s detention camps

Protestors gather outside of U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan’s office, Tuesday. By Lisa Longo, Special to The Times Approximately 150 rallied Tuesday at the office of Representative Chrissy Houlahan stating a need for urgent and immediate action and to ask for the support of the Congresswoman to close the Trump detention camps amid reports of deplorable conditions for children and adults. Lack...

Sunday Quiz: Are you a damn, dirty Socialist?

Created by the Crack Quiz Team at The Times of Chester County (Pa.), Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction without express, written permission. In order to help the right thinking citizens of Chester County, we wanted to offer this helpful quiz to find out if you are a victim of creeping socialism or a good upstanding American Capitalist. For each “Yes,” give yourself one point....

DiGiorgio out as state GOP chair after texting scandal

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Val DiGiorgio HARRISBURG — Former Chester County GOP Chair and row office holder Val DiGiorgio abruptly resigned Tuesday as Chairman of the state Republican Party, just hours after a series of stories in The Philadelphia Inquirer detailed a series of sexually-charged and graphic texts he reportedly shared with a female candidate for Philadelphia City Council. DiGiorgio,...

County State Reps announce $1.2M in grants for safety, crime victims

Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Melissa Shusterman, Kristine Howard, Danielle Friel Otten, Dan Williams and Christina Sappey announced that $1.2 million worth of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will be distributed across the county to increase safety and help crime victims. Within Comitta’s legislative district, Domestic Violence...

Commissioners OK commercial clean energy finance program

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County commissioners recently approved a resolution calling for the county to participate in C-PACE, a clean energy financing program for commercial properties. C-PACE, which stands for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, is a financial tool for commercial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water...

Op/Ed: Trump budget cuts will be devastating to Chester County

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone It’s déjà vu all over again.  The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget.  This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services...

FOP to hold annual memorial service for law enforcement, May 9

WEST CHESTER — The Fraternal Order of Police, Chester County Lodge #11 will be holding its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at FOP Headquarters, 218 N. Church Street, West Chester, PA. “Kicking of National Police Week which begins on Sunday, FOP Lodge #11 will pay tribute to not only those law enforcement officers from Chester County who have lost their...

Commissioners celebrate 30 years of open space preservation

Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone, Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell at the Chester County Open Space Preservation 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday. NEWLIN — Surrounded by the rolling fields and wildlife of ChesLen Preserve, Chester County officials—along with the region’s leading land conservation and economic development partners—unveiled the first study on the economic...

Burke tapped to lead county Voter Services

Sandra Burke WEST CHESTER — Sandra Burke, of Phoenixville, has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners as the new Director of Chester County’s Department of Voter Services. Burke previously served as Assistant Director and Interim Director of Chester County Voter Services.  She is skilled in the PA Election Code and election programming activities and was instrumental in the certification...