Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Fellini's Cafe and Berwyn Pizza were also inspected by Chester County last month.
Below are the results of health inspections conducted last month in Tredyffrin and Easttown. The inspections are conducted by Chester County Health Department, and the reports are available through the State Department of Agriculture. The location, date and type of inspection is listed, along with the number of violations. Establishments were found to be in overall compliance with health standards, unless otherwise noted. Beaumont Elementary School (school meal program, inspected 4/5/13) — no violations Devon Elementary School (school meal program, inspected 4/5/13) — no violations Metz Culinary Management @ The Shops at Devereux-Fenstone (annual, inspected 4/17/13) — no violations Mom's Bake at Home Pizza (annual, inspected 4/9/13) — 1 …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A proposed law would lower the value needed for a felony charge in retail theft.
A new bill passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives could crack down on retail theft, or make it easier for someone to become a felon. Under House Bill 1000 any incident of retail theft in which the value of the items stolen exceeds $1,000 can result in a third-degree felony charge. Before this bill the cutoff line for a felony charge of retail theft was $2,000. As the law exists now, there are a number of ways one can be charged for retail theft as explained below: The bill passed 195-0 in the House and now moves on to the Senate. Do you support this bill? Let us know what you think in the comments area below.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tom Corbett met with business leaders at Chester Valley Golf Club Thursday, at one point citing the Paoli train station as a candidate for a public-private partnership.
Gov. Tom Corbett visited Chester Valley Golf Club Thursday to address Chester County business and civic leaders. Before a crowd of about 300, Corbett touched on topics ranging from the state pension crisis to Marcellus Shale to the changing landscape of the job market in the commonwealth. Governor talks Paoli train station in attached video The discussion was moderated by 6ABC reporter Nydia Han, who asked questions and called on a pre-selected audience members. At one point early in the discussion, Corbett touted changes in the way the state interacts with private companies. He cited faster turnaround times on permit applications and the ability to track the applications through the approval process. He also described a more open policy…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A new bill in the Pennsylvania House aims to crack down on sex crimes.
A new bill approved in the state House of Representatives aims to crack down on human trafficking and sex work. House Bill 663, which was unanimously passed 195-0 in the House, expands what the state considers "commercial sex acts" and raises the crime of buying or selling people for sex work from a third-degree to a possible first-degree felony. Under the new bill, the definition of commercial sex includes being forced to perform "any sexual activity … in which anything of value is given to or received by another person" and includes "prostitution, participation in the production of pornography, performance in strip clubs and sexual activity … regardless of the age of the victim." As the law is currently written, there are no provisions …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Scott Cannon said inattention to crumbling roads now will 'come back and bite us' later.
Monday, April 22, 2013
In a video shown at a recent township meeting, Henry Rentschler described the Chesterbrook development vote during his time as chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
Henry Rentschler, a Tredyffrin Township Supervisor from 1968 to 1976 who died in March, was remembered at the April 15 Board of Supervisors meeting. "Mr. Rentschler led the board with dignity and vision," board chairwoman Michelle Kichline said, summing up the sentiments of the township leaders who worked with him. View the attached video of Rentschler describing Chesterbrook vote "He voted for Chesterbook in the face of 5,000 oppositions on a petition. In 1976, the population of this township was 23,000 people. So, to put that in perspective, one-fifth of our population was opposed to Chesterbrook," Kichline said. "Now Chesterbrook is held out in planning development communities as a model for multi-use, smart planning and use of open …
Friday, April 19, 2013
It's not too late to register to vote in the primary election.
The last day to register to vote in the May 21 primary election is Monday, April 22. Individuals applying to register to vote must be: Get more information from Chester County's Voter Services by clicking here. Click here to download your voter registration form.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Senate rejected Pat Toomey's attempt to expand background checks via a controversial gun control amendment voted on Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey sounded unconcerned in a conference call Wednesday when a reporter asked about the possibility that his NRA rating would be downgraded because of his recent compromise move on gun control. "This is not about the NRA or politics for me," Toomey said. The Toomey-Manchin amendment to expand background checks was narrowly defeated in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The vote was 54 yes to 46 no. Sixty votes rather than a simple majority were needed to pass the amendment. Toomey issued this statement just after the vote: “I did what I thought was the right thing for our country. I sought out a compromise position that I thought could move the ball forward on an important matter of public safety. My only regret is that our…
Friday, April 12, 2013
The facilities committee of the TE School Board hopes to reach an agreement with Tredyffrin Township to keep the tennis courts at Valley Forge Elementary School.
The tennis courts at Valley Forge Elementary School will stay, assuming Tredyffrin-Easttown School District and Tredyffrin Township can reach an agreement to make it happen. "What we propose is that we put forward to the township a draft of a new agreement between the school district and the township, which will preserve the courts going forward, as long as we can work out the details," committee chair Pete Motel said at the committee meeting Friday afternoon. Watch the attached video of the meeting. Motel began to discuss the "sticky wickets" involved in such an agreement, but interrupted himself—"Yes, press the applause button." The 30 or so residents in the audience applauded the decision. One of them, township supervisor Phil Donahue…