Nearly 18 months after the start of the pandemic, confusion and hesitancy continues to loom especially when it comes to large gatherings. While some events, like West Chester’s Halloween Parade and Kennett Square’s Mushroom Festival, are back; others, like the Chester County Restaurant Festival, are not. This has left holes in the Borough's otherwise active events calendar or, as local realtor Renee Ryan likes to think of them, opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
West Chester PD pledges to tackle road noise – a look at how they plan to do it. Plus, primary results and exactly how committed is West Chester to returning rail service – and by that I mean, I much of last year’s tax increase are we willing to spend? Still one week to go until Memorial Day, but boy does feel like summer. Grab a spritzer and let’s get started.
The snow may still be coming, but West Chester Park and Rec is planning again. See which popular borough events are coming back. I finally figured out where at least some of the Stream Protection money is going, a local kid gets called up to the majors and oh yea, West Chester has a new mayor. Grab yourself something hot and let’s do this.
Once upon a time for Valentine’s Day, I did a post on Instagram accounts I love. In full support of virtual escapism, I thought I’d revisit the topic with some West Chester newcomers (or newly found) who are doing their best to help us live vicariously. It’s not exactly easy to keep content fresh during a pandemic but these pages keep chug, chugging along.