Well, 2021 is finally here and so far I have to say it is not living up to the hype. In West Chester things have started with a bang – literally, as a shooting is reported at the Hookah Lounge. On the upside we have the latest on Chester County’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, restaurants are open again and Side Bar has four new winter cocktails to smooth the transition. Who’s ready for 2021?
Protect the streets or pay the bills? Borough Council was faced with some tough choices this week as budgetary woes came into direct conflict with police needs. Plus, a bunch of ways to pay it forward this holiday season and Saloon 151 aims to make you merry with their new cocktails in a can. Grab your drink of choice and let’s say goodbye to 2020.
Lanternfly tape is popping all over the Borough, and while, all those dead little bodies might make you feel good, is it doing more harm than good? A West Chester horticultural manager lobbies for an outright ban. Plus, follow these two best practices, if you are going to use it.
The Borough takes a first look at the 2021 budget and a potential tax increase. See how much. Plus, West Chester to get another fountain, a Gay Street closure extension, and everybody gets ready to go back to learning. School not so much. Soak it in these are your last days of summer.
This week we are talking people behaving badly. High Street Caffe is open again after actions by its owner led to a mass staff exodus earlier this summer. Also, drilling on the Mariner East 2 pipeline is halted as crews work to assess the damage of a fluid spill. Plus, Kooma’s expanding, and where West Chester falls among the best places to live in PA. #1 in my book, not in theirs. Grab a late August lemonade – spiked if you’re associated with High Street Caffe – and let’s do this.
It’s getting hot in here. As Governor Wolf restricts indoor dining, we get an update on West Chester’s plan to close Gay Street, West Chester Area School District dashes hopes for a full fall return, and Borough Council confronts a new student housing development. Ready? Let’s get started.
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!)
Gay Street closure moves to the planning phase, the new Zukin hotel gets the green light to begin construction, Wrong Crowd Brewery is coming to Hannum Ave and we are all going to yellow! It’s been a while, my friends, grab your cocktail to go, we’ve got a lot to talk about.
New details emerge about the plan to close Gay Street, including a map of street closures and how to handle an emergency. We also get a redistricting update and West Chester’s plan to limit single-use plastic takes a hit. It’s supposed to be gorgeous this weekend. Grab your phone and let’s catch up outside.
Who else has really been into this idea of a victory garden? Grow your own produce. Avoid the grocery store. I recently came across this hilarious (and informative) Instagram series, “Courtney’s Victory Garden How-To Series” by WCU nutrition major Courtney Bodle. In it Courtney covers all your gardening basics in a very relatable way. Get ready to plant!