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It’s Friday, Mar. 24: ChatGPT has lowered its age of access to 13 with parental consent thus opening up a whole new world of innovation – and cheating. The West Chester school district shares what it’s doing to prepare. Plus, heading to the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday? I’ve got what you need to know and finally, (finally) answers to a favorite question – what’s happening with Laurentos on Gay Street? Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.

ChatGPT Did My Homework

Watch out world. ChatGPT has lowered its age of access to 13.

ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot from OpenAI, is popping up everywhere including in West Chester classrooms. “Launched in November, by January there were 13 million users of ChatGPT per day, some of those were our students,” Kara Bailey, WC Cyber Program Supervisor, said in a report to West Chester Area School Board members last week. 

The district is in the process of working through a lot of deep questions surrounding the new technology including how it can be best used in classrooms. To help them do this they have formed a Think Tank made up of teachers, administrators, librarians, and board members. The group, which has held two meetings so far, has been actively working to familiarize themselves with the capabilities and limitations of this new technology. 

AI examples: ChatGPT may be the best known but it is not the only self-learning technology out there. The district is also monitoring DALL-E, ChatGPT’s sister site that can create original images, Frizzle, a new teacher-developed tool designed for education applications, and Poise, an AI tool that helps improve public speaking. 

Some things to consider: 

  • ChatGPT is account-based. Two people can ask the same question and get two distinct answers. Those answers would not be archived anywhere. “You could not Google it to find out if it was AI-generated,” said Kara by way of example.
  • The tool’s dataset officially ends in 2021. 
  • It can be creative. It can write a poem. It can write the poem in the manner of a particular poet. It can write a speech in the manner of a famous public figure. 
  • It will lie with authority. So while it will do your homework for you, you would still need to spot-check it for accuracy. 

I did my own tests using the software and in both cases the results felt a generic – probably the epitomi of too many cooks. In addition to asking it to write a poem, I tried to have it write a headline for this article but I found even with several rounds of feedback he couldn’t quite match my unique blend of facts and sarcasm. On the other hand, if I didn’t care and just needed a headline? The answers were certainly passable.

Big questions the Think Tank is investigating: 

  • How should academic integrity policies be revised to make sure students are using the technology in an appropriate and honest manner? 
  • When and how to cite the technology being used? 
  • What jobs will be affected by this technology? How can the district prepare students for this reality?
  • How can this technology be best used by teachers and students? 
  • Where should limitations on its use be set? Michael Wagman, WCASD Director of Information Technology gave one such example. “Writing is how we learn and distill information; farming that out to ChatGPT could have long-term learning consequences,” he said. 

What is the district’s current policy on AI? There isn’t one, at least not officially. “We need to know more in order to make decisions, and recommendations around this,” Kara told school board members. In the meantime, the committee is moving fast because so is the technology: their next meeting is April 4.

“There are a lot of possibilities that are inspiring and interesting and also a little intimidating and that is what our ThinkTank is working on,” said Kara.

Is ChatGPT currently accessible to students? 

“ChatGPT is not accessible on WCASD-provided student devices at this time. However, it is not the district’s intention to have it remain inaccessible permanently,” said Mary Schwemler, West Chester Area School District Communications Manager. 

“To comply with ChatGPT’s licensing requirements we do need to have parental permission for students ages 13-18. We already ask parental permission for applications that fall within the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), but that only applies to children under the age of 13. We are in the process of developing a permission form and plan for distributing it to our families effectively,” she said. 

While not blocked, the district has also asked teachers to halt using ChatGPT in the classroom for now.

“Like many people outside of education, AI is an exciting topic of conversation at the moment and offers many interesting new opportunities. While we are evaluating it in the context of our Academic Integrity Policy and licensing requirements, we do need to take a step back from using it but again this is not intended to be permanent. We know that AI will have a major impact on everything from future career opportunities to daily life, and we intend to prepare our students, staff, families, and community as best we can for that future.”

Will parents have a say in how this technology is used?  Yes, the district says it is looking to get families more involved in these discussions. “Whether through an interest form, survey, and/or email, we will be seeking out participation in that ThinkTank from our families later this spring and into the summer and fall,” Mary said.  

Going to the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday? Here’s what to expect. 

The Planning Commission meets Tuesday to reviews plans for the Burger King property.

On Tuesday the West Chester Planning Commission is scheduled to review plans for a new development at 410 S. High (Burger King property), a topic that has generated a lot of public interest. So, to get a better understanding of what we can expect next week, I reached out to Planning Commission Chair Jason Birl for a little background on what the Planning Commission does and how the meeting will run.  

First off, what exactly is a Planning Commission and what do they do? 

The technical role of the Planning Commission is to advise Council on planning and zoning matters. This seven member board is intimately familiar with the Borough zoning code which spells out what is possible at a specific location. For example, in the case of the Burger King property, which is zoned Town Center, the site could be used for residential, commercial, or mixed-used purposes. It cannot, however, be used for student rentals based on existing Student Rental guidelines. The code also dictates how high the building can be – in this case no higher than 45 ft – and how many parking spots it must have. 

The commission also looks at whether or not a project meets the community’s long-term vision for itself. For this, they often reference the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as, Landscapes3, Chester County’s comp plan. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it’s the Commission’s role to encourage dialogue – between developers, governmental officials, and the community.

“Another main purpose of the Planning Commission is to allow public comment,” says Jason. “It is very important for the public to come to meetings.” Without public input, the Commission is limited to the information it is provided on a project which comes primarily from technical experts. 

So, if you are among those who are planning to make the trip to Borough Hall room 232 on Tuesday evening here’s what you can expect. 

The meeting will start with a call for comments regarding items not on the agenda (if you are here to speak on the Burger King property this is not you) and the approval of previous meeting minutes, after which the Planning Commission will review the Burger King property.

The first thing you should know is the Planning Commission reviews each set of plans twice through a preliminary and a final review. This is the preliminary plan review for the project.  

The second thing you should know is that in addition to the Planning Commission, each project is reviewed by a variety of experts each of whom focuses on a separate component of the project and provides their advice to the commission. These include the County, Borough engineers, Borough planners, West Chester Sustainability Advisory Committee, and West Chester Tree Commission. 

The project review will likely start with a brief introduction by Jason as committee chair. This will be followed by the applicant presentation. The developer will review how the project meets code expectations and highlight areas he or she believes will be of interest or concern to the commission. This is followed by presentations from each of the above experts. (You can review the reports ahead of the meeting here.) Finally, the Planning Commission members will share their thoughts and take public comments. 

Due to the complexity of this project, it is unlikely that the Planning Commission will make a recommendation on Tuesday. However, it is always a possibility and if it doesn’t happen at this meeting expect a vote at the next one. The Planning Commission is regulated by state law to make recommendations within a predefined timeline.


Teen Drivers 101

Are you the parent of a teen driver? If you answered yes, then keep reading! With graduation just around the corner, we know many teenagers will receive or purchase cars after their big day. 

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  1. Before you buy your teen a car, it’s important to find out the cost of insurance. Many people don’t realize how much your policy will go up for adding a teen driver!
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  3. Before your teen gets their license, talk to them about the importance of good grades. Every carrier provides a discount for hard-working students.

Get prepared for your teen to rule the road and learn more about auto insurance. Have questions? We’re more than happy to help. Give us a call today at 610-269-4500 or check out our website for more information. 

The warnings. 

Killinger Hall, built in 1959, is one area the University is considering for a new dormitory.

New housing is not coming soon to West Chester University. Earlier this month West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino addressed the current student housing crisis at a town hall meeting. The Quad, WCU’s student news service covered the event. Here are key takeaways (as they relate to residents):

  1. According to President Fiorentino, there is a lot of misinformation around the student housing situation.
  2. The PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has rescinded a previous policy that required state universities to partner with private organizations in order to construct new housing options. That policy was the impetus for the University Student Housing system, for those who follow this debate closely. With this reversal, WCU is once again able to build housing using state dollars. However, the University does not appear too eager, stating it is “not a practical” move at this time. 
  3. The University had plans to build a new residence hall in 2019 but stepped away after dorms did not fill up in 2020, 2021, and 2022. (One could argue that was the middle of a pandemic and hardly an indication of normal times, but anyway.) 
  4. Despite the record incoming freshman class, overall enrollment is low (again, pandemic). 
  5. Discussion around new housing is back on the table but the question remains – where? A proposed West Goshen, West Chester Borough university zoning project would limit where the University could build (see proposed map). This project, however, was never ratified and remains in draft form.  
  6. As an alternative to a building in a new location, university officials are looking at ways to better utilize current space. Lawrence and Killinger Hall were both mentioned as possible locations although each comes with its own challenges. The former would require moving current tenants from the offices and the latter finding housing for displaced students as the existing building is knocked down and a new, taller building is constructed. 

Shot in the dark. A preliminary hearing has been set for this afternoon in the High Street shooting case. Vaughn Yanko, 22, of Thornbury will get a first look at what kind of case he will be facing should he decide to fight his attempted murder charge in court. His lawyers maintain he acted in self-defense.

Your baby bunnies are not welcome here. This week Highland Orchard sent a warning to all who fall in love with a baby chick, duck, or rabbit this Easter season, only to realize they’re actually a lot of work.  “Please don’t bring your unwanted animals to our farm,” the orchard wrote in a Facebook post. “Rabbits cause $1000s of dollars of damage to our trees and crops.”


A standing ovation this week to West Chester Area School District students Daniel Cheng, Vidhu Sriram, and Adelyn Kelly on being named to this year’s All-State orchestra. To get to this level students had to pass multiple auditions. Daniel is a senior at East and plays the violin. Vidhu is a sophomore at Rustin and also plays the violin. Addie is a junior at Rustin and plays the bass. The All-State Orchestra Concert will take place at the Kalahari Convention Center on April 22 at 3:30 p.m. 

In other areas of student excellence, congratulations to East’s Academic team which took first place at this year’s Chester County Academic Regional Competition. East will represent Chester County at the state competition in late April. Study hard team!

Also, a shout out this week to Carol Reardon who served her last day in the Chester County Hospital ER last Friday. Carol worked as an ER nurse for 41 years serving this community at our times of greatest need. Thank you, Carol!

And while we are here – high fives to Chester County Hospital on achieving what is deemed the healthcare “triple crown.” The West Chester-based hospital recently learned it was given a Patient Safety Excellence Award and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from healthcare aggregate Healthgrades. This is in addition to being named a Top Global Hospital by U.S. News and singled out for its specialty care in the areas of cardiac care, critical care, gastrointestinal care, pulmonary care, and stroke care. You can find a complete list of their accolades here.  

Finally, congratulations to the Rustin Girls’ Basketball team on a good tourney run. The Golden Knights made it to the PIAA 5A Basketball Championship Final Four before folding to Archbishop Wood on Tuesday night.  The Vikings came in with a height advantage at nearly every position and used it to frustrate the Rustin offense, holding star Laine McGurk to seven points and the team to just 35. The girls were able to close the lead to one point in the third quarter but that was as close as they would get to reach their goal of going to Hershey. Still, it was a solid season dotted with program firsts – like the fact they were there in the first place. Way to go girls!

“The building’s historic facade provides an excellent canvas for a creative and thoughtful redevelopment.”

Realtor description of the Laurento’s Building


The Laurento’s sign is down and ready for sale on W. Gay Street.

Also, can we say hello, to some new owners for 129 W. Gay Street, or as curious minds want to know – what’s happening with Laurentos? Well, technically nothing yet, but the building is now officially on the market. The 5000 sq ft building was built in 1860 and has been owned by the Laurento family since the 1970s when it housed their successful formal wear business. Lately, however, it has distinguished itself as a missed opportunity as it has sat vacant for many years. (How many exactly I couldn’t find.) 

Now, this space which is described as a “blank canvas” is for sale. The property includes first floor retail with the potential for multiple upstairs units, or as the realtors put it, “The building’s historic facade provides an excellent canvas for a creative and thoughtful redevelopment.”  

For those of you with big dreams, the asking price is $2.5 million. See the full listing here.

Also, this week the West Chester Area School District said hello to a new board member. “Tonight we are here to fill the vacancy created by Dr. Shaw’s resignation,” School Board President Sue Tiernan said before the start of a special meeting of the board on Monday evening. 

In total ten candidates applied to fill the 8-month position. With members relatively aligned in their selections, three finalists were identified in just two rounds of balloting. Former substitute teacher and current Constituent Relations Manager for State Senator Tim Kearney Alex Christy and former municipal attorney Bob Burkholder were both selected on the first ballot. James Wilson, a Chemical engineer with two kids in the district was selected as the final candidate on the second ballot. 

With balloting complete, each candidate stated his case. Mr. Wilson focused on fiscal responsibility and his experience with budgeting. Mr. Burkholder spoke of transparency and his desire to get more involved now that his son is set to graduate in the spring. “I think it’s time to give back,” he said. Mr. Christy, a product of the West Chester school system himself spoke of his time working with the Special Olympics and the need for inclusivity. “I believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn. Whether that’s through sports or math class we need to be as a board lifting up all students,” he said

Mr. Christy will fit the seat vacated by Dr. Kate Shaw last month. His selection was near unanimous. After the failed nomination of Mr. Wilson and no further discussion, Mr. Christy was voted in by a count of seven to one. 

“We wished you were all running, your credentials were great. Your reasons for running were great and we hope the next time it is time to step up and do the work of running for office you will do so.” President Tiernan told the candidates. 

It should be noted Mr. Christy is on the ballot and will be running for a full school board term in the fall. I know questions were raised about the transparency of the process (candidate resumes and applications were not made available to the public). Others were hoping to see more divergent viewpoints. For those not sold on Mr. Christy’s qualifications, remember this term is only eight months. You’ll get your say in November.

Finally, hello to rooftop season at Mas. Is it 5 p.m. yet? I feel like a margarita. 


Workers enjoy a cup of coffee outside the newly revealed Rite Aid.

Finally, finally, finally. This week we say goodbye to (most of) the scaffolding surrounding Rite Aid. After two and a half years, the scaffolding encasing the Rite Aid on the corner of High and Gay Streets has been removed. Work is still being completed around the entrance of the GreenTree building on High Street but crews are actively working and with any luck that scaffolding too will be down before long. With its completion, the $1 million restoration and waterproofing project on the facade of the limestone building will officially be in the books. Hopefully, with this maintenance, the building will be set for the next 100 years. 

Also, goodbye to menus? Andiario and newcomer Ground Provisions are part of a new trend among restaurants to forego traditional menus in favor of a simplified tasting menu. According to an article in AOL (I guess I am not the only one who can’t part with old technologies), this trend has been brought on by a notoriously brutal schedule made worse by post-Pandemic staffing shortages.

“It was spinning out of control,” Anthony Andiario told the publication. The change to a single item per course rather than a full menu is credited with allowing chefs the space to be more creative in the menu selections, more selective with their ingredients, and work with fewer better-paid staff. It also hasn’t hurt business, at least not on Gay Street. Reservations for Andiario’s $80 prix-fixe menus go so fast “It’s a little embarrassing,” Anthony said. FYI reservations open on the 20th of each month. Set a reminder.  

Pay it forward.

Looking for new and interesting ways to give back? How about expanding your horizons with members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee? Seriously. During this free hour-and-a-half event, members of the committee which selects the annual Nobel Peace Prize laureate will explore issues related to global peace and conflict and share behind-the-scenes stories of how the Peace Prize laureates are selected. The event is scheduled for this evening and registration is required. So get on that, and get worldly.

Are you more of a hands on kind of person? the Business Improvement District (Downtown West Chester) could use your help cleaning up the Chestnut Street Garage Community Garden. This pollinator garden was planted around the edge of the garage last year. The cleanup is scheduled for April 1, at 9 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign-up here.

Want something a little more passive? West Chester East is hosting its annual House of Hope Concert next Friday at 7 p.m. The East student body will dazzle you with their musical talents in hopes of raising money for Home of the Sparrow, a local nonprofit that partners with single women and their children facing homelessness. This is the 13th year for the event. Last year’s concert raised $7300. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. 

Finally, want to help your favorite local newsletter writer out with a little constructive feedback? I have created a short readership survey and I would love your input and a chance to get to know you a little better. You can take it here

The freakin’ weekend.

Spring is in the air and on the ground in the borough.

What are you up to this weekend? I have begun the annual ritual of spring cleaning that inevitably ends with me asking – how did that get under there? Here’s to seeing what we find this year. Also on Saturday, we will be dropping off our little Daisy at her first-ever World Thinking Day. Apparently, this is a local initiative started in 2001 by a Unionville High School graduate and Girl Scout. Over the course of the afternoon, roughly 300 girls teach each other about different cultures, sample traditional cuisines, and collect souvenirs. It sounds very cool. I cannot wait to hear what she learns – or thinks. 

And for those of you who have no intention of spending any part of Saturday thinking, I have ideas for that as well. 

And for those of you who have no intention of spending any part of Saturday thinking, I have ideas for that as well. Kaly has a sale – 30 percent off spring sweaters. Bar Avalon has a new off-menu cocktail for those in the know. It’s called the Josh Spring Berry Mule after Josh Eats Philly host Josh Moore and it’s muddled fresh berries and basil with Tito’s and Ginger Beer. Plus, isn’t this painting awesome? It’s by local artist Karen McCool. You can see her work this weekend at Ginko Arts. 

And on Sunday, Chesterbrook Academy Elementary is hosting a Community Egg Hunt on their main playground. It’s from 3 – 4:30 p.m. and there will be face painting, a ballooon artist, bounce house and more. RSVP if you think you might go.

Finally, special thanks to this week’s Community Sponsor Oakbourne Advisors. Founded in 2004 Oakbourne has been an active member of the West Chester community for more than a decade. Learn more at  

Oakbourne Advisors is an independent retirement plan consulting firm providing business owners and executive teams with the expertise necessary to design and manage a modern 401(k) plan. Based in downtown West Chester, Oakbourne Advisors is committed to being a trusted community resource.

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It’s just a boy and his robotic basketball. “Brad and Hoops” a new comic about growing up in an AI age from Max Corridoni.

Mark your calendars:

  • Mar. 24 – 25 – Chesed, An Original Ballet by Glorify Performing Arts, Goshen Baptist Church, Fri/Sat at 7pm (& Sat at 2:30pm). Chesed (Hebrew pronounced: heh-said) is a one-act, abstract ballet by Glorify Dance Theatre that explores how God extends loyal-love to humanity and invites us to respond by showing kindness to each other. This is a pay-what-you-will tickets.
  • SOLD OUT! Mar. 24 – Sharon Sable sings the music of Blossom Dearie, Uptown Theater, 7:30 p.m. Vocalist Sharon Sable and pianist Joe Holt will honor the unique voice, extraordinary piano accompaniment and remarkable repertoire and career of this beloved jazz icon. Tickets:  $35/advance; $40/door
  • Mar. 24 – WCU’s Nobel Peace Forum, Science & Engineering Center & Commons Auditorium, Room 108, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Join members of the five member Nobel Peace Prize committee as they discuss issues related to to global peace, conflict and maintaining civil conversation in the face of conflict. This event is free. Registration required.
  • Mar. 25 – CRC’s 25th Annual Streams Cleanup, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Choose site 111 for West Goshen, 112 for West Chester Borough, or 113 for Goose Creek at Carter Dr. Registration required.
  • Mar. 25 – Tish Kids Easter Event, Tish Kids (138 E. Gay St.), 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, instore Easter egg hunt, basket monogramming and more!
  • Mar. 25 – West Chester Seed Swap, The Greimann House (781 Hillsdale Rd.) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring any seeds you would like to share with other gardeners…vegetables, flowers, herbs, native plants, etc….and browse through seeds others have brought and take what you would like. Organizers ask that you package seeds into individual envelopes or bags for people to take.
  • Mar. 25 – Crochet Social, West Chester Public Library, 2-4 p.m. All ability levels welcome. Erin will be on hand to teach the basics. Note – you will need to bring your own materials. Registration requested. 
  • Mar. 25 – Clay Monoprinting Demonstration, Grinko Arts (21 S. High St.) 3 – 5 p.m. Come watch Robin Sesan demonstrate the process of Clay Monoprinting, a unique process of creating one-of-a-kind prints using wet clay as paint.
  • Mar. 25 – Alexandra Kay, Uptown, 8:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Dust off your boots, Alexandra Kay (AK) is coming back to Chester County and this time she will be with her full band! General admission tickets are $50; limited VIP tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit United Way of Chester County’s Community Impact & Innovation Fund. Tickets on sale now. Hurry, seating is limited!
  • Mar. 26 – Wind Ensemble Concert, Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, 3 – 4:30 p.m. High school wind ensembles from the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas will be featured in the Second Annual “East Meets West” Wind Band Invitational Concert. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. 
  • Mar. 26 – Community Egg Hunt, Chesterbrook Academy Elementary Main Playground, 1190 McDermott Drive, 3 – 4:30 p.m., there will be a face painting, ballooon artists, bounce house and more. RSVP requested.
  • Mar. 27 – Poker Night, Saloon 151, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 28 – Sweet Charity 2023, Chester County Food Bank, 4 – 7 p.m. The proceeds from this always fun event go to support the work of the Chester County Community Foundation. 
  • Mar. 29 – Urban Mass Transit: Sustainability initiatives, Sykes Student Union 255 A/B or Zoom, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Presented by WCU faculty and at 50 minutes each, these seminars introduce an array of sustainability topics in easily digestible segments. Presentations are free and open to the public. For Zoom use the link above and passcode: 878376
  • Mar. 29 – Fierce: Women of West Chester Walking Tour, meet at the Chester County History Center, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Mar. 29 – Ukulele Group, West Chester Public Library, 5 – 7 p.m. Looking for a friendly group to play/practice with?  Here you go. Meets Wednesdays.
  • Mar. 30 – Helping your infant sleep, West Chester Public Library, 6 – 7:00 p.m.  Doula and sleep coach Emma Yoder will share her favorite techniques for coaxing longer sleep stretches at night. (Who wouldn’t want that? ) in-person or virtual options available. Registration required. 
  • Mar. 30 – 10th Annual Chef’s Best, West Chester University Alumni & Foundation Center (202 Carter Dr.), 6-9 p.m. Support ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester while sampling delicious dishes from some of your favorite restaurants. Tickets are $60/person.
  • Mar. 30 – Tito Puente, Jr. performs the music of his father, Uptown Theater, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-voltage Afro-Cuban concert with his Latin Jazz Ensemble Band. Tickets: $20
  • Mar. 31 – West Chester Public Library’s Trivia Night, Zoom, 7 -8 p.m. Registration required. 
  • Mar. 31 – Mather Planetarium Show, 750 S. Church Street, 7-8 p.m.   
  • Mar. 31 – Apr. 1 – Suessical Jr., Stetson Middle School, 7 p.m. (There is also a 1 p.m. showing on Saturday). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children/students
  • Mar. 31 – House of Hope Concert, East High School, 7 p.m. The West Chester East student body will showcase their musical talents to raise money for Home of the Sparrow, a local nonprofit that partners with single women and their children facing homelessness. Last year’s concert raised $7300. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door.
  • Apr. 1 – Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Everhart Park, 10 a.m.
  • Apr. 1 – East Goshen Egg Hunt, East Goshen Park, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. times vary by age group. Reservation required.
  • Apr. 1 – Pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, Brandywine Ace, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Apr.1 – Discovery in the Dark: A Children’s event, Chester County History Center, 5 – 7 p.m. This family event will show children what life was like before electricity. This BYOFL (bring your own flashlight event) is geared toward children 6-12 without a fear of the dark. Tickets $7/children; $9/adults. 
  • Apr. 1 – Echoes, American Pink Floyd, Uptown Theater, 7:30 p.m. Join as these 10 musicians faithfully recreate this iconic album, note for note, sound for sound, and effect for effect. Tickets: $40/advance; $45/door; Limited tickets remain. 
  • Apr. 1 -2: Hayrides to the Easter Bunny, Highland Orchards, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Reseverations recommended.
  • Apr. 1, 2, 8 & 9 – Easter Bunny Express, West Chester Railroad, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $30/adults; $20/children (2-12); $8/children under 2
  • Apr. 2 – Spring at the Park with Lulu’s, Marshall Square Park, 9:30 – 12 a.m. Easter Bunny visit, Easter egg hunt, Elmo and Princesses meet and greet, crafts, games and more. Tickets: $30/kids; $5 adult. Email for tickets. 

Psst. Like to plan ahead? Visit the new Calendar page. I have events through July!

That’s it. Stay safe, stay healthy and I’ll see you next week. 

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One thought on “West Chester Weekly News Roundup: Mar. 24, 2023

  1. The firm, Bernardon (Core Development?) is, was, both West Goshen’s and West Chester’s “consulting land planner” as per West Chester University Overlay Project (PUC). Bernardon drafts ordinances and draws zoning maps in areas of overlapping interests for West Chester, West Goshen, and WCU (and Bernardon?). University areas are market target for Bernardon/Core Development. Bernardon charged WC and WG around $60,000 for designing significant parts of the local zoning code. That’s part of the current municipal business model that saturates Chester County, specifically West Chester and West Goshen in this area? They are well-versed group probably.

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