This week we review Right to Know requests which reveal concerning trends in academic performance across the West Chester Area School District. Also, PECO will be digging up downtown roads beginning Monday, and do we have a solution to the Borough street light problem? It’s been quite a week. Let’s unpack it.
Before we leave 2020 to be officially dissected in the history books, I wanted to follow up on one last thing – the Borough real estate tax increase. To meet 2021 fiscal responsibilities Borough Council enacted a six percent tax increase on all taxable property in the Borough – but exactly how much is a six percent increase going to cost? Here’s how to find out.
The year may have just started, but we already have our first look at the future. Plus, police investigate a scary luring incident at Hoopes park, construction begins at the Melton Center and how much was collected in trash fines last year? More than I would have guessed. It’s mid-January. Aren’t we all supposed to be hibernating? Let’s get started.
Well, 2021 is finally here and so far I have to say it is not living up to the hype. In West Chester things have started with a bang – literally, as a shooting is reported at the Hookah Lounge. On the upside we have the latest on Chester County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, restaurants are open again and Side Bar has four new winter cocktails to smooth the transition. Who’s ready for 2021?
I don’t know about you, but I am ready to leave 2020 behind. However, before we do I thought we should take a minute to remember the people, places and things we lost this year. While some were fleeting, many were West Chester fixtures, leaving their indelible mark on the Borough.
Protect the streets or pay the bills? Borough Council was faced with some tough choices this week as budgetary woes came into direct conflict with police needs. Plus, a bunch of ways to pay it forward this holiday season and Saloon 151 aims to make you merry with their new cocktails in a can. Grab your drink of choice and let’s say goodbye to 2020.
Downtown West Chester records its first restaurant closure during COVID. Schools get ready to return to in person while everything else shuts down. Plus a long list of goodbyes (and a few hellos), top West Chester athletes and a variety of hyper-local ways to give back this holiday season. Grab something hot, and let’s get started!
As the world sweats the restaurant business, West Chester is looking at five new establishments on the horizon. One is already here, another is coming soon and two to three more could be open by spring. So, loosen up those pants and get ready to try someplace new (and of course, continue to support all your old favorites.)
As Thanksgiving approaches, the Mayor’s emergency ordinance limiting gatherings is still the law of the land. Plus, it’s now final: 2021 will bring a property and a sewer rate increase, we say goodbye to the Gay Street open air market and West Chester has its first sustainable storefront. Who’s ready to catch up on another week in the Borough?
It’s Friday the 13th and the virus rages on. West Chester schools talk of a return to virtual, the Borough plans for a final vote on the property tax increase and downtown gets ready to welcome another four (!) new restaurants. Can we handle it? Who’s ready? Let’s get catch up.