Archive: August, 2013
The Chester County District Attorney's office on Thursday announced another round of drug-related arrests in Coatesville -- part of an ongoing operation to combat violent crime and homicide in Chester County's only city.
Nine people were arrested in the latest sweep, the third since last year. In a press release, District Attorney Tom Hogan said they had been charged with drug dealing offenses, mostly involving cocaine and heroin.
The operation's aim is to prevent homicides in Coatesville by targeting what the DA calls "high-risk" offenders -- in other words, offenders with prior violent convictions or outstanding warrants. In 2012, the city had a murder rate higher than that of Philadelphia, but Hogan said in Thursday's press release that there haven't been any murders so far this year.
A group of Coatesville youth will host a festival promoting environmental awareness Saturday at Gateway Park in the city.
Members of the Coatesville Youth Initiative’s ServiceCorps, a leadership development program sponsored by the Brandywine Health Foundation, will lead the 3d Annual Coatesville Recycling & Living Green Festival where the theme of the day will be “Reuse-Recycle-Reduce.”
Area residents can sign up to receive a free recycling bin and drop off recyclable items including plastic, glass, computers, paper, cell phones and electronics. Artist Joe Boyle will create a sculpture out of the items turned in during the day. Children’s games, face painting and refreshments will also be offered.
Tredyffrin Township police said Thursday that they had found a body whose clothing and physical attributes matched the description of a Paoli woman missing since Aug. 6.
The body was found in a quarry near Rt. 252 and Chesterbrook Boulevard, Det. Sgt. Todd Bereda said. It was initially spotted by a state police aircraft that was helping search for Irene Chen, 53.
There is a 60-foot drop from the edge of the quarry to the body of water in which the deceased person was found, he said, and a fence surrounds the area. The quarry is about a mile and a half from Chen's home.
Congratulations to West Goshen Township, which was selected as one of "America's Best Small Towns" by Money magazine in its September issue.
The 22,421-population township ranked No. 10 on Money's list, ahead of another Philadelphia suburb, Horsham, which was ranked No. 34. Sharon, Mass. took the top spot on the list.
The magazine praised West Goshen's "lush, suburban feel" and proximity to downtown West Chester -- as well as "an array of local employers" and "easy commutes" to Philadelphia and Wilmington.
More than 700 beekeepers (apiculturists, if you want to get technical) will descend on West Chester next week for the Eastern Apicultural Society's annual conference.
Attendees can hear everything from a symposium on apitherapy -- a therapy that combines acupuncture sites and bee venom -- to chats with bee experts to the "Bee Olympics," which includes "a race where teammates carry a 50-pound hive."
The conference this year is focusing on industry newcomers and small-scale beekeepers looking to learn about the fine art of apiculture, and includes day-long "bee yards" (exactly what they sound like) where seasoned beekeepers will answer questions about the craft. (If you're allergic to bees, avoid this one, and if you're not, wear light-colored clothing and nix the perfume to avoid attracting bees.)