County to hike property taxes 4.95% for 2017

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First increase since 2014 WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget this week. The budget calls for $460,094,845 in operating expenses and $87,504,129 for its capital budget. “Led by our strategic priorities, including public safety and balanced growth, Chester County continues to invest in projects, programs and services that will benefit our residents...

‘Shop With a Sheriff’ to be held Saturday

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A cart chauffeured by Deputy Sheriff Mike Sarro delights a young shopper. EAST MARLBOROUGH — A rarity: the sounds of real joy might just be heard in the aisles of the local Wal-Mart on Saturday, Dec. 3. More than 100 children from the Chester County Family Academy, a K-2 charter school in West Chester, will receive a law-enforcement escort to the store — highlighted by wailing sirens and...

Pocopson to see no property tax rate increase

By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times POCOPSON – Township supervisors adopted the 2017 budget keeping property taxes unchanged at 2.2 mills at Monday night’s meeting.  This is the third consecutive year that residents will not see a tax increase.  2017 property taxes will be distributed with 1.0 mill to open space preservation (estimated to generate over $329,000), 0.5 mil to general township...

Give extra ‘thanks’ for safety this holiday

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With the Thanksgiving holiday, folks around the Chester County area will be indulging in two activities: travel to be with friends and family and, of course cooking. While both are cornerstones of the holiday season, both can offer hazards if folks don’t exercise appropriate caution.

Sivek named new director of Coatesville VA Center

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Carla Sivek CALN — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Friday the appointment of Carla Sivek as the new director of the Coatesville VA Medical Center. Sivek will oversee delivery of health care to approximately 20,000 Veterans with an operating budget of about $200 million. “We are excited that Ms. Sivek has been selected as the new director of the Coatesville VA Medical Center,”...

Commissioners present agriculture awards

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King’s Pumpkin Farm of Parkesburg — named Farmer of the Year — was one of two winners of agricultural awards from the Chester County Commissioners. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners, along with the Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council), presented two agricultural awards at the Commissioners’ Meeting this week. The Farmer of the Year award was presented...

Woman charged with having sexual contact with Unionville High students

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By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Sheri Maufort EAST MARLBOROUGH — A Birmingham woman is charged with having sexual contact with two male Unionville High School students earlier this year while working as a substitute teacher’s aide at the school. Sheri Maufort, 42, faces multiple counts of Institutional Sexual Assault, Unlawful Contact with Minor, Endangering Welfare of Children, and Corruption...

Rafferty announces run for District Justice

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POCOPSON — Sean C. Rafferty announced Tuesday his candidacy for the Magisterial District Court Judge position left vacant by the retirement of Judge Daniel Maisano in January. Rafferty, a Republican, will seek to be on the ballot in the May 2017 primary election. Rafferty became a Special Investigator with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after more than 25  years as a sworn law enforcement...

UCF looks at Phys. Ed changes, new Sports Medicine class

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Health, fitness proposals highlighted at board workshop By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The district’s physical education program, especially that at Unionville High School, as well as potential new joint venture with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to offer a sports medicine topped an athletically centered Board of Education work session, Monday. Members of the Unionville...

State Police to focus on seat belts, impaired driving for holidays

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The Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invite parents and caregivers to make this holiday season a safer one by taking advantage of free car seat checks across the state that will complement the nationwide Click It or Ticket “Operation Safe Holiday” enforcement effort occurring from November 20 through December 4. Troopers and other department...