With so much going on around town. Catch up on what you may have missed.  

It’s Friday, December 28. Holiday fatigue is beginning to set in, but the desire to be back at work is not yet there. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday time, here is what people are talking about this week.

2018. The year in review is officially upon us and several local news outlets have provided their takes. It was the year of the pipeline, the deadly Barclay fire (and the rebuild), a Country Music Festival for Chester County, a NYC-direct bus route come and gone. A year for supporting local women at home and on the national stage. There was also national recognition for West Chester and WCU, school praise, school growth and changes to graduation requirements; donuts and acai bowls and culinary excellence. It was a year of getting active and cheering on the exceptionally active and the exceptionally, exceptionally active.

It was also a year of announced change to the West Chester landscape including 600 fancy new houses, a major renovation to Borough Hall and goodbye to a breakfast fixture and a downtown landmark

Christmas tree collection. Wait for it…  Borough will be collecting trees with regular trash pick up the first two weeks following New Year’s Day.

Toll increases. Vista is reporting the Pennsylvania Turnpike has announced it will raise tolls for turnpike travel six percent in 2019. The change goes into effect January 6, 2019 marking the 11th straight year of increases. Your neighborly advise – E-Z pass charges are significantly lower. If you don’t have a pass yet, now is the time to get on board.

How best to recycle. West Chester is a town of proud recyclers but even those with the best intentions make mistakes. Stream contamination, increased trucking costs and China’s refusal to accept recyclable materials are dumping financial pressure on local recycling centers and putting curbside recycling programs in jeopardy, the Daily Local reports. No local programs are reporting ending curbside collections at this time but making an effort to keep non-recyclable items out recycling bins will help keep costs of recycling down. Need a refresher on what you can and cannot recycle? Find it here.  

Longwood Gardens’ Christmas display. Another round of applause for everyone’s favorite botanical gardens. If you haven’t done so already there is still time to check out Longwood’s now nationally recognized holiday light display before it’s packed up for the season.

The freakin’ weekend. Why not take advantage of the weekend squeezed between two major holidays to take in a little culture – maybe a comedy? Lend Me a Tenor is playing in its final weekend at the The Resident Theatre Company or stay in, curl up, and catch up on some much missed TV time.  

And finally,

New Year’s Eve ideas for those who won’t make it to midnight


Y’s Countdown to Noon, Airport Road, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., free to members. Crafts, moonbounce and a balloon drop at noon are planned.

Lulu Casita’s Countdown to Noon, White Fiesta, West Chester, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; $20/kid snacks and an apple juice toast provided. Wear something white. It’s good luck. 

Sky Zone’s NYE Glow Bash, Glen Mills, Jump around, jump around, jump up, jump up and get down. Black light and lasers provided. $23/person plus socks and glow shirt. 6pm – 9 pm

Kennett Square’s Mushroom Raising. downtown Kennett Square. The Kennett Square NYE celebration begins at 6:30 pm. The Mushroom drop is at midnight but the Mushroom raising takes place at a much more reasonable 8:45 pm.

Want more? Catch up with last week’s round up and if you’re not already, follow along to get all the updates. Plus check out our New Year’s resolutions.

Thanks for taking the time to catch up and we’ll see you next year!  

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