Jefferson named to board of Crime Victims Center

Robert C. Jefferson, IV WEST CHESTER — Robert C. Jefferson, IV, an attorney with the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named to the board of directors of The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC). CVC is a community-based non-profit that is celebrating 45 years of providing free, immediate and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults impacted...

Victims’ resilient spirits temper unimaginable pain

Annual candlelight ceremony offers shared remembrances, strength By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Members of the West Goshen Township Police Department Honor Guard file into Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. Members of a club no one would ever seek to join: That was how Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan described the solemn crowd of about 200 that assembled at...

Loved ones lost to violence not forgotten

Candlelight Vigil pays tribute to homicide victims, fallen law enforcement An annual remembrance of Chester County homicide victims and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be held Thursday, April 10, in Downingtown. Sponsored by the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., the 2014 Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service will be begin at 6:30 p.m. at Central Presbyterian...

First Niagara supports Chester County Food Bank

Financial group delivers $10,000 to assist with feeding hungry First Niagara’s Allan Burkley (from left) poses with Robert MacNeil, board chairman of the Chester County Food Bank; Larry Welsch, its executive director; and Bob Kane, First Niagara’s eastern Pennsylvania regional president. First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. announced in a news release that it recently gave a $10,000 grant to the...

Progress seen in plan to end homelessness

County officials applaud collaborative Decades to Doorways initiative By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell (right) discusses the Decades to Doorways initiative, with its administrator, Michael Hackman. For nearly 10 years, 77-year-old Pedro lived in the Kennett Square shadows: hidden in a ramshackle, makeshift structure he called home. Twenty...

9/11 remembrance requires heavy lifting

Convoy of county first responders travels to Pentagon to get building fragments By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times County first-responders Joe Behm (bottom row, from left), Jack Law, Howard Holland, John DiBuonaventuro, Neil Vaughn and Ryan Corcoran (top row, from left) Joel Gramling, Adam Weaver, Shane Clark, and Beau Crowding pose with the Pentagon 9/11 artifacts. The predawn convoy...

Hundreds of homeless in county spur changes

New toll-free number proves popular addition to proactive approach  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times This makeshift housing typifies what volunteers saw during the “point-in-time” count in January that revealed 625 Chester County citizens without a permanent residence. Wielding flashlights and cartons of supplies – clothes, food and blankets – a team of volunteers...