State House recognizes Kennett Sq. for recycling event

Stenning Hill residents want stop sign to protect children on skate boards By Rick Marts, Correspondent, The Times Karen Sherer, Kennett Square Borough secretary, and Borough Council member Dan Maffei display the recognition for the borough receiving an award from the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives for electronics recycling. The highlight of Monday night’s Borough Council meeting...

House passes Ross senior respite bill

State Rep. Chris Ross HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Ross (R-158) that would establish a licensing program for community respite services, making it easier for senior citizens to receive appropriate transitional care as they age. “House Bill 1702 would authorize the Department of Aging to license and inspect programs that provide community...

County conventions leave May questions

Few primary battles were settled at either county convention By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times There was a little high drama at the two county party conventions, and in many ways the status quo was largely maintained. There were just a handful of endorsement battles at the meetings — and maybe only one vote there changes the landscape for May. We’ll  get to the Democratic endorsements, which...

County GOP endorses most of slate for 2014

Corbett, 167th battle highlights of largely quiet convention By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times County Commissioner Ryan Costello thanks Chetser County Republicans after being endorsed as the party’s candidate for the 6th Congressional District, Wednesday, during the committee’s annual convention. WEST GOSHEN — Although most of Wednesday night’s endorsement votes during the Chester County...

GOP turns back Democratic tide locally

Republicans hold all nine Chester County state house seats, Romney wins narrow victory Among Tuesday’s legislative winners in Chester County, from top left: State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-19), State Sen. Dominic Pieleggi (R-9), from middle left: State Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-26), State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13), State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), from left left, State Rep.-Elect Becky Corbin (R-155)...

Letter: Ross didn’t protect open space

To the Editor Rep. Chris Ross (R-158) voted for House Bill 2224 which, according to the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, PennFuture and many other open space organizations,  puts public land, including much-loved parks, at risk of being sold for short term gain or on a political whim.  It tosses out longstanding rules that ensure government cannot sell parks and other Open Space if the lands...

Will HB 1077 impact statehouse races?

Will abortion politics motivate voters to vote for Democrats? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times I hate the subject of abortion. With a deep, dark abiding passion. But it’s possible I may have underestimated its impact on the 2012 elections when it comes to local state house races. I spent the better part of my Saturday morning last week on the courthouse steps in West Chester listening to a rally...

School board supports prevailing wage change

Resolution backs increase in threshold; bill remains short of GOP support By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board members suggested Monday night that eliminating Prevailing Wage might have saved the district $6 milllion on the current high school renovation project. PENNSBURY — Add the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District to the chorus of local governmental...

House committees conduct joint hearing on veterans courts

Barrar committee hears testimony on needs of vets; Chester County among only 7 counties with special courts At a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees, Reps. Ron Marsico (left) and Steve Barrar (center), majority chairmen of the respective committees, listened to testimony about the need for a veterans court system in Pennsylvania. RADNOR...