West Chester Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 20, 2021

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.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 13, 2021

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.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 6, 2021

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.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup: July 16, 2021

This was the week of things that weren’t. And a few very big things that were. Like could West Chester actually be close to securing Federal funding for its return to rail project? It’s not exactly the project we were promised, but could it be close enough? Plus, a New York Times write up for one local artisan, West Chester gets a YouTube channel and goodbye Krapf, hello SEPTA. What a week. Grab something icy and let’s get started.

West Chester Weekly News Roundup: July 9, 2021

Why is it that the School District, more than any other local institution, brings the national debates to our doorstep? This week I break down the latest controversy. Plus, one of West Chester’s more neglected neighborhoods is being marketed as a high-end development opportunity. What’s this mean for affordable housing in the Borough? Plus, events are back, baby! Check out the many ways you can lose yourself this weekend.  

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: June 18, 2021

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: June 11, 2021

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.