Kick away the homebound blues: local ATA school offers free online class

Two young students work with their peers online, as part of live video training with ATA West Chester Martial Arts. EAST BRADFORD – By now, after weeks of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for new ways both to pass the time, but also help with physical and mental wellness — and a local martial arts school has a special free option for community members. A local...

BKG-Brickus Funeral Home reopens with renewed focus on community and families

The BKG-Brickus Funeral Home, 977 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville PA VALLEY — While it may be a familiar name to local folks, the BKG-Brickus Funeral Home has reopened, still locally and minority owned, not just with a focus on customer service, but as their role as members of the broader local community. To be sure, this isn’t some chain-operated or corporate funeral home: the BKG-Brickus...

Tutors sought for Chester County Adult Literacy program

The Chester County Adult Literacy Program has a need for Adult Tutors who are willing to work with adult students seeking to learn English as a second language, study for the GED exam or improve basic literacy or math skills. A 4 year college degree is required in order to tutor in the program, but a teaching background is not needed. Our program is based in the Chester County Library and most...

MLK CommUNITY Breakfast, Jan. 15

KENNETT SQUARE —The MLK CommUNITY Board of the Greater Kennett Area is holding its 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast on Monday, January 15, 2018, from 8 to 10 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.) at the Red Clay Room located at 423 Dalmatian Street in Kennett Square. The breakfast will feature keynote speaker Bishop Dwayne D. Royster, music by the 90-member MLK CommUNITY Choir, and...

It’s not just Coatesville: funding crisis coming to your school, too

As poorer districts struggle, they are everyone’s future without state action By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you’ve been in and around Coatesville recently, you may have seen picketing teachers — as was the case at the district’s three middle schools Thursday night. The contract between the district and the Coatesville Area Teachers Association expired in late August and there...

Red Raider Rumble brings players, communities together

Teams from around Chester County and from as far away as Harlem N.Y. at initial event By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times The first-ever Red Raider Rumble brought lacrosse teams from around the region and as far away as New York City to partipate in a day competition, fun and sportsmanship. After a very close and exciting game, these players from Coatesville and Harlem came together...

Melting ice & warming hearts…people YOU know doing ‘Good Stuff!’

Got ‘good stuff’ to share? Email kim@chescotimes.com (submissions are due the 15th & 30th monthly; and are subject to editorial review.) So much DRAMA…A  ‘shout-out’ to all the hard-working local kids and directors bringing affordable theater to our communities… Look for these March performances: Kennett – Oklahoma, Unionville – West Side Story,...

Mushroom Festival – 29 Years Strong and Growing

By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife Susan were among a large number of dignitaries to join the local community for The Mushroom Festival this past weekend. KENNETT – Delighted festival-goers were treated to a home-town parade, dining and dancing in the streets, tasting events, great shopping and mushroom exhibits this weekend. Dignitaries — including...

What To Do: Mushroom Fest, Chadds Ford Days

Plus: two brew fests, the Brandywine Festival of the Arts and more By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Featuring parades, music — and yes food, much of it revolving around the beloved mushroom — are all just a part of this year’s Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square. There is a good reason that Kennett Square is called “The Mushroom Capital of the World.” The saying —...

Mushroom Festival remains a labor of love

A behind the scenes look:  Bringing charitable support & family fun to the community By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times Working to make the 2014 Mushroom Festival the best ever: 2014 Mushroom Festival Festival Director, Kathi Lafferty and Honorary Chair Terry Forte as they work on this year’s event. KENNETT –Terry Forte knows mushrooms. Her dad, Peter Alonzo Sr., and grandfather,...