Greystone Elementary School’s Race to Raise a Playground

“We were all first shocked,” said Selene Abou-Maarouf, member of the newly formed Greystone elementary PTO’s community outreach committee. “Then we made peace with the idea.” This summer West Chester Area School District will open its first elementary school since 1991. A $23.6 million ode to modern design with one strange legacy – there’s no budget for a playground.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

West Chester explores a new electricity purchasing strategy that could put us on a path to meeting our renewable energy goals and save us some money – if – we can get some help from our friends. Plus, West Chester PD wants to catalogue all the security camera’s in the borough, what to get for Father’s Day and Square Bar is back! Grab yourself a cheap pint and let’s get started.

Juneteenth and the West Chester Stop on the Road to Emancipation

After 150 years of going unrecognized, organizers of Juneteenth events are making up for lost time. By some counts there are over 40 events planned in Chester County over the coming weeks. I talked to author and Chester County Community Foundation Community Engagement Officer Malcolm Johnstone about the role West Chester played in the lead up to the events of 1865. Plus, a list of recommended events to help you celebrate.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

West Chester is proposing changes to the guest parking permit system that would eliminate hundreds of permits from circulation. Will this free up spaces for residents? Plus, Gay Street is set to close next week, we look at how restaurants and retailers are filling open positions. The West Chester Public Library Summer Reading program kicks off on Saturday. Always my sign as a kid summer was here. Grab a lemonade and let’s catch up.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

Big news coming out of the east end of town. Sounds like residents there will be getting an extremely wealthy new neighbor, hopefully one that can pay high six-figures in taxes. Plus, approvals came through on the Gay Street closure, West Chester is facing a firefighter crisis, and a big meeting on the railroad expected next week. Summer is here. Grab yourself something cold and let’s catch up.

Growing (Veggies) Together: West Chester’s New Community Gardens

As one side of the Melton Center’s E. Miner Street property is being cemented over, the other is being dug into garden plots. Two halves tackling a couple of rather lofty Borough goals: affordable housing and food insecurity. While every row home that sells over asking price serves as a reminder of the need for affordable housing, one might not think putting food on the table would be a problem in the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, but you’d be wrong.

West Chester Summer Swim Guide 2021

We are about to embark on a new pool adventure. After years as members of the YMCA outdoor pool, we have decided to break off and try something new, or rather, something old. Goodbye waterpark. It’s back to basics. A pool, some grills, and a basketball hoop, but I am hoping the opportunity to run around with friends (and the peace that comes from fully-entertained kids) will more than make up for it. Need a place to dip your toes this summer? Here are your options.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

While West Chester gets ready for a big local election cycle, West Chester Area School District releases its preliminary 2021-22 budget and spoiler alert – it looks like another tax increase is in our future. Plus, what it’s like to rent in West Chester and exactly how many people do it – I was shocked – and a new public arts program looks to bring music to your Sundays. Mid-May. Can you believe it? No, but here we are.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup

This week the latest updates on the Gay Street closure – like realistically when we can expect things to shut down, a look at Ada Nestor, the controversial local candidate for school board – and some pretty disturbing health department violations for a local restaurant. Plus, a big announcement from QVC and West Chester gets into the coffee roasting business. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers! Let’s get started.