The joy (not) of paying the GOP tax

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Say what you will about Donald Trump, but a lot of what either thrills or angers folks is decades in the making. Essentially, Republicans being Republicans. For me, personally, that means grabbing money from me and my family and cheerfully reassigning it to wealthy people and corporations. Until I recently did the math, though, I had no idea how bad those numbers...

On Stage: Jersey Boys make it in Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times They may be “Jersey Boys” but the closest the four main cast members of the touring musical “Jersey Boys” will get to New Jersey for the next five months is this weekend when the show touches down in Wilmington, Delaware. On January 18 and 19, the Playhouse (10th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware, https://www.thegrandwilmington.org/productions/6168-jersey-boys/)...

What To Do: Snow? What snow? Orchids are in bloom at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Every year when January arrives, Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) celebrates one of the largest families of plants in the world. If you did a Google search to find out which are the largest families of flowering plants in the world, this is the answer you’d receive – The three...

On Stage: ‘The Band Visits’ at Kimmel

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Band’s Visit Two of the most highly acclaimed new musicals visiting Philadelphia as part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia’s 2019-2020 season have a major similarity. They are about strangers in another land – people who have inadvertently been stranded far from home. The shows are “Come From Away,” which recently had...

County offers Fresh Start to juveniles when they turn 18

Chester County offers a fresh start for diversion program juveniles upon reaching the age of 18. Pictured left to right are: Yolanda Van de Krol, Chester County Clerk of Courts; Renee Merion, Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Juvenile Unit; and Don Corry, Chester County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer. WEST CHESTER — Thanks to a new service offered through the Chester County Court system,...

On Stage: Eric Mintel keeping classic jazz in spotlight

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Eric Mintel The list of talented and famous people in the arts who are Bucks County natives and/or residents is long and varied. It includes Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener, actor/director/screen writer Liev Schreiber and Oscar and Tony Award-winning writer and theatrical producer Oscar Hammerstein...

CCIU students help more than 800 needy Chesco families for holidays

TCHS Pickering volunteers help wrap gifts chosen by shoppers as part of Holiday Hope Chest 2019. DOWNINGTOWN — Students from all three Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Technical College High School (TCHS) campuses and the Child and Career Development Center (CCDC) brought an abundance of hope to Chester County families in need this year through the Holiday Hope Chest program. Holiday Hope...

Korengel named So. Chesco Chamber Citizen of the Year

Pictured L to R: James E. Turner, SCCCC Chairman of the Board; Leon R. Spencer, Jr., 2016 Recipient; Annalie Korengel, 2019 Recipient; Joan Holliday, 2014 Recipient; and David M. Haradon, 2015 Recipient. WEST GROVE — The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce has selected Reverend Annalie Korengel, pastor of Unionville Presbyterian Church, as its 2019 Outstanding Citizen of the Year for...

Otten, Muth urge residents to voice opinion on proposed pipeline route changes

State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, and state Sen. Katie Muth are taking steps this week to ensure that residents affected by a proposed route modification to the Mariner East Pipeline in Upper Uwchlan Township have every opportunity to make their voices heard. In the Dec. 14, 2019, PA Bulletin, DEP published notice of a 30-day public comment period on Energy Transfer/Sunoco’s proposed...

Ryan announces new leadership team for DA’s office

Michael R. Barry WEST CHESTER — District Attorney Deb Ryan recently announced her appointment of Michael R. Barry as First Assistant District Attorney, Andrea Cardamone as Chief of Staff, and David M. Sassa as Chief of the Chester County Detectives. “This is an outstanding team of highly experienced, ethical, and hardworking people who have dedicated their careers to public service,”...