As we’ve known for a while now, the Borough of West Chester is in a bit of a financial crisis. Last month the Borough Department heads met to make their initial 2021 budget presentations to the Borough’s Finance and Revenue committee and the general takeaway is, if nothing changes, the Borough is expecting a nearly $1.7-million-dollar deficit to its general fund next year. There are generally two ways to deal with a deficit: cut projects or raise taxes.
In honor of National Black Business Month and the return of school, we are featuring a profile of West Chester’s own Tonya Walls and Little Faces Childcare Center. Tonya introduced the Borough to Little Faces 10 years ago when she noticed that families on the west end were lacking in childcare services.
Good news pups of West Chester, Everhart Park has added a pet water fountain to the premise!
In February, I announced seven new restaurants were coming to town. Most of which were planning to open in March, then the pandemic hit. It’s been a brutal time for established businesses, so how could a new restaurant survive? With the closing of Gay Street, I followed up to see who’s open, who’s not, and how things are faring under COVID-19 guidelines.
West Chester has been losing its old “legacy” trees at an alarming rate and it’s beginning to impact the health of the community. So last fall Borough Arborist Mike Dunn reached out to the West Chester Green Team for help identifying local trees in distress. This led to a new community initiative dedicated solely to watching the trees.
We just learned that starting on August 3, Gay Street will be closed to through traffic and open as a pedestrian mall. We also know that masks will be required at all times. Now imagine you are halfway to town to check out said open air marketplace, when you realize you forgot your mask. You can’t go into a store and buy a new one so looks like you are heading back home. Except, wait… one West Chester couple just may have a solution to all your PPE needs.
While we continue to wait for a final decision from PennDot on the Borough’s plan to close Gay Street, I am happy to report the t-shirts that will help fund the initiative are now for sale.
While the official Park & Rec reopening plan posted to the West Chester website seems to be stuck in the yellow, last week hoops went back up and the caution tape encircling the playground equipment came down. Here’s the latest from the parks.
On Tuesday, five socially-distanced kids gathered in the sweltering summer heat of a borrowed backyard to begin a new series of backyard adventures. It’s part of the children’s summer organic gardening program hosted by the West Chester Green Team (and if you hurry, a few spots remain!)
Many area pools open this week, but with increased safety protections due to the ongoing pandemic. Here’s what you can expect when you get there.