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.
Have you seen the teepee in Everhart park? Well, here’s the backstory on the mysterious eight-foot structure that appeared during the height of the pandemic when schools were shuttered and the playground equipment was wrapped with caution tape. Six months after its completion it continues surprise and delight kids across the Borough (and beyond).
Heading to the polls on Tuesday? Here’s a list of precautions in place to keep you safe including what to do if someone shows up with a gun. Plus, troubles at the Y, Halloween options and one bizarre arrest story. Pour yourself a pumpkin beer and let’s get started.
Up on the side of the building at 119 East Market Street lines are drawn. Large angular shapes are now visible. Vote is sketched loud and proud. Soon color will be added. Downtown West Chester’s first mural, in who knows how long, is coming together.
A popular downtown restaurant is forced to close after a COVID positive, the Mayor’s state of emergency order stands but is modified, and we get a look at policing in the Borough. Plus, elementary students finally see their classrooms and it’s WCU homecoming. Whatever that means this year. Grab your purple and gold and avoid Walnut Street. Who’s ready? Let’s go.
Good news, West Chester! It looks like the proposed tax increase will go down again. Borough finance teams have been hard at work, and they have a new number for you. See where we are now. Plus, the Business Improvement District is looking for another five years, we get an update on the Borough’s parking situation – and there’s a new pizza place for you to try! Let’s get started.
Another unexpected expense hits West Chester’s fragile budget plan. Plus, a false letter distributed under the cover of night in the Mayor’s name, how West Chester University counts COVID-19 cases and could the Borough finally be getting its own grocery store? Want just the facts (ok,and maybe, a snarky comment or two)? Stay off the Facebook groups and get your news here.
To help protect restaurants during the colder months and boost confidence in dining indoors, Pennsylvania recently launched its Open & Certified campaign. As of this writing, there are 39 West Chester restaurants participating including 18 in the Borough. See who is in and what it means to be certified.
West Chester restaurants prepare for 50 percent occupancy. Get your list of who’s ready for you. Plus, bracing for a return to the classroom, the Henderson Warriors say goodbye to their Native American associations, and West Chester (sort of) weighs in on trick or treating. Grab your favorite Oktoberfest and let’s get started.