County provides update on support for N. Coventry fire victims

Chester County’s Department of Community Development provided an update today on the most urgent needs of the 45 families displaced from their homes by the devastating fire at Ashwood Apartments that took place on Thursday, July 30 in North Coventry. “The response to requests for donations to help the men, women and children who lived in Ashwood Apartments has been overwhelming, which is what...

County announces three new admin hires

New leadership appointments for Chester County government, clockwise from top right: Tiffany Sowers, Director of Human Resources; Nicole Forzato, County Solicitor; and Brianne Zanin, Deputy County Administrator. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved today the appointment of new Chester County Solicitor Nicole Forzato at their...

Local, State Police to crackdown on aggressive driving

Aggressive drivers, look out! Local and State Police will be focusing on you, on July 29 in a joint-effort to make local highways safer — and calmer. On Wednesday, July 29, over 60 police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive-driving enforcement wave to help reduce the number of crashes,...

Chesco Coroner reports COVID-19 deaths down in nursing homes

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office  reported a significant drop in the number of nursing home residents dying with COVID-19 in June and July, officials said Friday. In May, 135 such deaths were reported, compared to 25 in June and 8 so far in July. For all of 2020 to date, 380 COVID-19 deaths have been reported to the Coroner’s Office, with 318 (83.6%) being residents of...

Chesco courts get ready for return of jury trials

Volunteers pretend to take the juror oath during an exercise to get the courts ready for the return of jury trials in West Chester. WEST CHESTER — This week the Chester County Justice Center prepared for the return of jury trials with a full scale exercise that tested plans to keep jurors safe while preserving the fairness of court proceedings. About 40 volunteers from various county departments...

2020 survey shows decline in homelessness in Chester County

This map details the location and number of unsheltered people on Jan. 23 of this year — the annual Point In Time Count for Chester County for those suffering homelessness. WEST CHESTER — A report compiled by the Chester County Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Decade to Doorways partnership has found that 522 people were identified as experiencing homelessness in  Chester...

Wolf moves to shut bars, limit restaurant capacity, as COVID-19 numbers spike again

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Bar service is going to be limited again in Pennsylvania as COVID-19 cases are growing again in the state. With COVID-19 numbers starting the creep up again in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf is hitting the brakes — especially when it comes to bars and restaurants — because people within the state aren’t always wearing masks, too many people are...

State, local officials remind everyone to wear a mask

On Tuesday, state and federal officials — including  Chester County legislator — joined Gov. Tom Wolf in reminding Pennsylvanians to wear a mask to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. “As we increasingly resume public activities in our commonwealth, we need to remain vigilant about taking precautions, especially wearing a mask that covers our noses and mouths while around other...

Mortgage/Rent relief focus of next Restore Chesco Webinar, July 9

WEST CHESTER — The next in a series of webinars hosted by the Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force, focusing on mortgage and rent relief for county residents, is scheduled for Thursday July 9, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. The webinar covers the CARES Rent Relief program, created for Chester County renters financially impacted by the pandemic to pick up where assistance from the Commonwealth support...

Mushroom industry awards scholarships to local students

AVON GROVE — Sixteen college-bound high school seniors from five Chester County- area high school districts were awarded scholarships from the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania’s Community Awareness Committee (CAC), the group announced today. Fifteen students received the Sara Manning Scholarship ($1,500) and one student received the Rob Ferranto Scholarship ($2,500)*. CAC was...