Archive: February, 2012
Kennett Square, which refuses to recognize the recession, is hosting a First Friday Art Stroll tomorrow, offering an opportunity to visit galleries and shops showcasing local artists, enjoy refreshments and live music with a St Patty's Day theme, and welcome yet another new business to its burgeoning downtown.
A 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at 112 E. State St. will debut Mystique, a men’s and women’s clothing boutique previously located in Wilmington’s Trolley Square. Earlybirds can shop at Kennett Square's Winter Farmer's Market, which is held the first and third Friday of the month from November through April, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until dusk. Vendors set up outdoors along State Street; parking is available in the borough garage at State and North Union Street.
The Brandywine Conservancy is holding a lecture series at the Brandywine River Museum during March entitled "Art and the Environment." The first of three programs is scheduled for March 14 at 11 a.m.
Associate educator Jane Flitner will speak on “Art and Nature,” tracking the development of landscape painting on the regional level through the influence of Thomas Doughty on a sampling of Hudson River School painters such as Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, and William T. Richards. Regional artists, including George Cope, Horace Pippin, and several New Hope Impressionists-William Lathrop and Walter Schofield, will be discussed, and the Wyeth family painters will be well-represented with landscapes by N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Carolyn Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The lecture will also include images by Brandywine Conservancy founder George "Frolic" Weymouth and landscape compositions of his nearby property along the Brandywine River.
On March 21 at 11 a.m., Sheila Fleming, senior planner for municipal assistance, will present "The Brandywine Creek Greenway: A Regional Planning Initiative of the Brandywine Conservancy." She will discuss the proposed 30-mile-long green corridor stretching from the Delaware state line at Chadds Ford to the state-designated Pennsylvania Highlands Mega-Greenway in the north. The Greenway involves 16 municipalities along the main stem and east branch of the Brandywine and will be expanded to include eight additional municipalities along the west branch. It will include an interconnected system of formal trails, informal paths, parks, river access points, and riparian buffers and will link the Brandywine River with many Chester and Delaware County communities along its path. The Greenway will be dedicated to conserving and restoring natural resources; helping people better understand and improve the Brandywine River; and building healthier, more sustainable communities.
To say that a Kennett Township man has crammed nine decades of accomplishments, most of them scientific, into two decades is accurate, albeit a bit misleading. Howard G. Tennent was born on Leap Day, which means that today he turns 24 — or 96 — depending on the computation.
Tennent, who holds multiple patents, is a chemist who has devoted much of his career to working in a miniscule dimension while making a big impact — in the opinion of others. “He would never call attention to himselfr,” said Jean Tennent, his wife of more than 60 years.
Howard Tennent is considered a pioneer in nanotechnology, the science of things on the scale of billionths of a meter. In the 1980s, a group of scientists won a Nobel Prize for creating soccer-ball-shaped molecules they called Buckminsterfullerene or "buckyballs." That discovery spawned the invention of nanotubes, sometimes called buckytubes, and Tennent was at the forefront of that research, said Bob Hoch.
On Monday, a Tredyffrin Township homeowner was scanning the real-estate classifieds on Craigslist when she got a surprise: Her own home was illegally listed for rent — at a discount, no less.
Tredyffrin Township Det. Brian Hughes said the scenario is not uncommon. He said with real-estate listings readily available online, it’s not difficult for someone in a foreign country to pose as a landlord, offer attractive rates, and lure bargain-hunters. If prospective tenants make a down payment, they’ll likely never see the money again.
Hughes said police have seen cases where people have arrived with bags packed at what they thought would be their new home only to learn they’d been scammed. He said there’s not much authorities can do once the theft has occurred since the scammers generally live outside the country; however, he said warning signs abound.
Renters should be suspicious of below-market rates as well as requests for payment through Western Union. Hughes said many people don’t realize that if someone wires money to a Western Union office in Berwyn, it can be picked up anywhere in a state contiguous to Pennsylvania. He said some of the flimflammers based in Europe and Africa have operatives in Canada who can cross into New York, grab the money, and run back across the border.
Chester County Futures, a youth mentoring program, announced the appointment of Kimberly Hall as executive director today in a news release.
Hall brings more than 20 years experience in nonprofit and corporate management to the organization, most recently serving as president of the Chester County Historical Society. She has also served as the vice president of operations for the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and as the Keystone Innovation Zone manager for the Chester County Economic Development Council. She has a long history of involvement with youth development initiatives, including management and growth of the Chester County Chamber's Youth Leadership Program and overseeing and judging for the Historical Society's National History Day. She also sits on the board of the West Chester Area Education Foundation, the release said.
Chester County Futures is a poverty-prevention college access program that provides academic and mentoring services to hundreds of disadvantaged students, ages 11 to 17. The organization has raised more than $5.5 million in the last 15 years to support after-school programs in 13 Chester County schools. During that time, hundreds of Futures' students graduated on time from high school and 93 percent went on to college or trade school — four times the national average for poor and minority students. For more information, see www.ccfutures.org.
Locking your vehicle may prevent some car thefts, but not others, as indicated by a trio of incidents last week in Tredyffrin Township — the type of smash-and-grab break-ins that have occurred in many other Chester County municipalities. Making sure valuables are out of view is more important than ever, police said.
The first theft was reported to Tredyffrin Township police at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Swedesford Road in Berwyn. Police found the rear driver's side window smashed. A briefcase containing $900 Acer laptop was missing. About an hour later, police were called to a parking lot in the 1100 block of Valley Forge Road in Wayne, where they found a broken passenger side window. A briefcase containing books and paperwork was taken. Finally at 10:02 p.m., officers responded again to the same parking lot in the 1100 block of Valley Forge Road. A rear passenger window of a vehicle was smashed, and the owner reported the loss of a briefcase containing a MacBook Pro laptop, an iPad, and 2 checkbooks, police said.
Students, faculty and coaches at West Chester University will rally tomorrow and Thursday on campus to protest Governor Corbett's cuts to the state’s education funding.
“Last year the governor cut funding to West Chester University by 18 percent, and in the fall in-state undergraduate students faced a 7.5 percent increase in tuition," explained Professor Lisa Millhous, president of the WCU chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculty (APSCUF). "This year he has proposed an additional 20 percent cut, which will be hard to handle without either increasing tuition, reducing the quality of education or both."
The first protest will be held on South Campus at 116A Sturzebecker Hall tomorrow from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. This will be followed with a second protest on Thursday afternoon from 12:15 to 1:15 at the intersection of Church Street and University Avenue on the university's North Campus. Both rallies will feature students, coaches and faculty members speaking about the importance of state funding for higher education, sign-up tables where students can register to vote, and information tables where they can learn about how to contact their state legislators.
The Chester County Historical Society invites the public to attend a celebration of Bayard Rustin’s Local Roots, a new exhibit on the civil rights pioneer that opens on Saturday.
The reception will begin with a noon luncheon followed by a performance at 12:45 p.m. by the West Chester University Gospel Choir and a 1:15 keynote address by Rev. Anderson Porter. The program is free, but RSVPs are requested today. Email email@example.com or call 610-692-4800.
Though he went to jail for sitting with white people in buses years before Rosa Parks was arrested, taught the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about nonviolence, and was the chief organizer of the historic 1963 civil rights march on Washington, Rustin never moved to the forefront of fame in the movement during his lifetime, in part because his past included dabbling in communism as a young man and acknowledging his homosexuality.