What To Do: It’s holiday excitement from wall to wall

Ballet, candlelight tours, shows, music — everything to get you in the holiday spirit By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Brandywine Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will have eight performances now through Dec. 21 at West chester University. For families as well as fans of the arts, one of the most popular annual holiday activities each year is attending a performance of the classic...

Good Stuff: Positive news from Downingtown to Kennett

“Good Stuff’ is back; highlighting positive happenings around Chester County packaged in a fun, easy-to-read-format.  Got ‘good stuff’ to share?  Like what you see? Let us know: email kim@chescotimes.com. (Submissions due by 15th and 30th monthly; all content subject to editorial review.) Red Devil Pride:  Avon Grove High’s Robert Evans, Anna Wright, Kira Russell and Adam Gaerity recently...

New Garden gets report on permanent police station

Supervisors hear array of options, challenges for new facility  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Former New Garden Township Supervisor Bob Norris (right) addresses the board as Police Chief Gerald R. Simpson, who assisted him in compiling a report on a new police facility, looks on. Whether the provisionally-housed New Garden Township Police Department remains on its own or becomes...

New Garden fire leaves 40 homeless

Starr Road blaze guts apartment building A Thursday morning fire gutted this Starr Road apartment building. Photo courtesy Avondale Fire Company. NEW GARDEN — A fast-moving blaze Thursday morning left about 40 people homeless as an eight-unit apartment building caught fire. Avondale Fire Company — along with West Grove and Hockessin, Del. fire companies were alerted to a house fire at 140 Starr...

Police: Beware of fake money-order scams

Online buyers allegedly make counterfeit overpayment to get refunds A resident in the 800 block of Wayne Avenue described what Kennett Square police say is a frequent scam: using a counterfeit money order to overpay for an item and then requesting a refund from the seller. Police said the resident advertised furniture for sale on Craigslist and received a response from a buyer who “mistakenly...

Calm prevails in Chesco schools after Conn. shootings

Although many shaken by last week’s events, everything is largely normal at local schools By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Schools across Chester County experienced a largely quiet, event-free day — even as parents, students and staff remain shaken by the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday. School officials at local districts took extra care to communicate...