What happens when you dream of launching your own events business – finally take that step – and then a pandemic hits that shuts down the country for a good 15 months? You improvise, that’s what.
Welcome to a week of hyperbole – “worst,” “best,” “historic.” West Chester rescue crews recap harrowing tales from last Wednesday’s storm which flooded downtown, huge announcement on the planned 317-home Crebilly Farm development planned, or not, for the south end of town. Plus, events are back – including a very special run this weekend you are not going to want to miss. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
As West Chester recovers from Ida, we get a look at how Amazon plans to manage energy use at its new West Chester warehouse. Plus, could West Chester finally get its own skate park? What’s happening on the corner of High and Rosedale and Ms. Malena got her Instagram account back. Who’s ready? Let’s get started.
According to Amazon’s website they are committed to being “net-zero carbon by 2040” and powered by “100% renewable energy by 2025.” Impressive goals but can its efforts match its now massive scale? While we can’t inspect the entire company we can take a micro look at what is happening at the construction of one warehouse on the east end of town.
Let’s call this week the calm before the storm. West Chester University students return on Monday followed by what promises to be a contentious school board discussion on whether masks will be required when students return to class on August 30. We also get our first look at the preliminary land development plan for the new 142K sq. ft. Amazon warehouse and a start date for the Everhart Park playground project. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
I think we are at that time of the summer when everyone just loses their heads. A respectable long-standing West Chester business is shut out by Instagram. The West Chester Area School District moves its meetings to virtual under the treat of violence and the streets remain un-swept after seven weeks of no street sweeper. And to top it off, the West Chester Halloween parade was cancelled – again. It’s just been one of those weeks. Who’s ready? Let’s catch up.
With COVID-19 numbers ticking upward a review of when you need to wear a mask and when you don’t. How West Chester’s new officers help diversify the force. And it’s official, there will be no Christmas Parade this year, but a replacement is in the works. A first look at what that will be. We are in the final month of summer. Soak it up while you can, but first, let’s catch up.
Forty-four(!) West Chester establishments were selected “Best of the Main Line.” That includes 22 editorial-selections and just as many Readers’ Choice winners. There were so many I couldn’t include them all but here are the West Chester establishments the editor singled out this year.
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.
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.