County officials: new home construction in ’21 hits 20-year high

A new report from the Chester County Planning Commission shows that more homes were built in the county in 2021 than in any year since 2001, and that the growth was largely driven by apartment construction. The report also said that despite soaring prices, more homes were sold than in any year since 2005. “The numbers for units built and sold and the prices for which they were sold are staggering,...

What To Do: From Winterthur to the White House

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jacqueline Kennedy Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 800-448-3883, www.winterthur.org) looks at American history with a new exhibit and Southern tradition with a special event tonight. On May 13, Winterthur will present a Kentucky influenced event called “Bourbon and Bluegrass.” Keeping the horse race vibe...

On Stage Extra: Joe Sumner proving he isn’t just a famous son

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Joe Sumner When a musician has a legendary rock star as a parent, it can open doors or be a big burden – or both. Joe Sumner, who will be headlining at show at MilkBoy Philadelphia MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215- 925-6455, www.milkboyphilly.com) on May 16, doesn’t have to worry about such things. The talented singer/guitarist/songwriter...

Teen charged in threats against Coatesville HS

According to Caln Township Police, at approximately 7:00 a.m. on May 11, school officials learned of a circulating post on social media (Snapchat) that a shooting was to occur at the Coatesville Area High School. As a result, all students and staff were diverted to the Scott Middle School.  Additionally, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, which is directly adjacent to the school district campus,...

On Stage: Jefferson Berry displays folk roots in new tour

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Jefferson Berry Jamey’s House of Music (32 South Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, 215-477-9985, www.jameyshouseofmusic.com) is one of those venues where music fans know there will be great music every weekend. It doesn’t matter who is playing, the evening will feature top-flight acts performing in a comfortable venue with a great sound system. This...

CCEDC announces diversity plan

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) announced the approval of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan comprising input from more than 50 community and business leaders as well as new programs focused on strengthening minority- and women-owned businesses in Chester County. The plan, which was approved by CCEDC’s Board of Directors, was formulated over the last year...

Op/Ed: Consider taking refuge in the highly entertaining films of southern India

By Eric Klein, Special to The Times Eric Klein In the quiet hamlets of southeast Pennsylvania, there’s not a whole lot of action. The former farmlands turned to residential neighborhoods don’t offer much excitement. Fortunately, we do have an IMAX movie theater in Downingtown, PA (population 7,926). I was very pleased to discover that this theater is heavily patronized by a growing Indian population...

Chester County Futures’ McDonald announces resignation

Maria McDonald Chester County Futures (CCF) announced Monday its Executive Director, Maria McDonald, is stepping down from her position after 10 years of service to pursue a new and exciting opportunity outside of the region. The organization’s staff and Board of Directors have come together in appreciation and celebration of the profound impact her work has had on lives of the program’s students...

On Stage: John 5 shows his versatility

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times John 5 The Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com) has a reputation for presenting shows stretching across a wide swath of genres. This week is a prime example. The Sellersville Theater will present The Security Project (high level tribute project for the music of Peter Gabriel), Crack the Sky (classic...

What To Do: Just in time for Mothers’ Day, fountain show returns at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens This weekend is a weekend featuring special events which are annual events and special events which are monthly events. The annual events are Mother’s Day events. Mother’s Day weekend coincides with the return of daily fountain performances at Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) is inviting visitors...