Thursday, April 25, 2013
Local governments are preparing for the start of a new West Nile Virus season.
It's that time of the year again—mosquito season. Area governments are urging residents to take precautions to avoid West Nile Virus. Both Montgomery and Chester counties have already issued out a release offering residents tips and precautions on the virus. Last year, 60 human cases tested positive in Pennsylvania and four died, according to Pennsylvania's West Nile Virus Control Program. But good news comes to the Southeastern Pennsylvania area: $727,010 in grant money was acquired for West Nile surveillance and prevention this year for Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Bucks counties, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The state's West Nile Virus Surveillance and Control Program offers tips on how to prepare your home …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A customer satisfaction survey can be taken online, even by those who don't use the library system.
Chester County Library System is looking for feedback from its customers about their habits and preferences. An online survey hosted via surveymonkey.com takes about 10 minutes to complete and answers are kept anonymous, according to the survey's opening screen. The survey runs for two weeks—it was opened April 1 and ends April 14, according to Malvern librarian Rosalie Dietz. The survey isn't only for active library patrons. The first question asks users whether they have a library card. A subsequent question asks which library you visit most, and one of the multiple-choice options is, "I don't visit the library." Library patrons might also be interested to know that the online catalog will be out of commission April 10, as the system is …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
See what the life expectancy is for people in your area.
Does where you live in Pennslyvania impact how long your life will be? According to a new study, the answer is "yes, but really not by all that much around here." The Institute for Health Metics and Evaluation looked at the life expectancy gap between men and women cross the country, including in the Greater Philadelphia Area, and broke down the numbers based on the average life expectancy per county. The biggest disparity between the life expectancy of women and men in the area came from Philadelphia, where women outlived men by an average of 7.7 years. The closest gap between women and men in the area comes from Montgomery County, where women are only outliving men by an average of four years. Check out the full study here, and consult …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
A basic continuity plan to deal with events like widespread power outages and floods was approved by the county commissioners, and a detailed plan should be ready by the end of the year.
Editor's note: The following is a press release from Chester County. Chester County Commissioners approve Continuity of Operations plan Essential services must be provided during emergencies WEST CHESTER—The Chester County Commissioners have approved a base plan that will ensure essential services will be provided to citizens during emergencies. The Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan details steps to be taken during such emergencies as widespread utility outages, fires, floods, severe weather incidents and wide-spread sickness. Approval of the base plan provides guidance in organizing efforts, assigning responsibilities and establishing a multi-year strategy including training, exercises and periodic plan reviews. Commissioner Chairman…
Friday, March 8, 2013
County employees will travel to those in need to execute legal documents.
Editor's note: The following information comes from Chester County. The Chester County Register of Wills office now will send representatives to hospices, nursing facilities and private homes to execute legal documents pertaining to marriage licenses and notarizing power-of-attorneys for those in their last stages of life or not ambulatory. “We are now offering this service for those with severe health problems who need assistance in completing these legal documents,” said Terri L. Clark, Chester County Register of Wills. “Our staff will go on the road to help our needy residents. We’ve already responded to several requests.” Clark said marriage license applications have been serviced by the new program as have notarizing power of …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph as crews resurface the turnpike roadway between Valley Forge and Morgantown interchanges.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Thursday that resurfacing work will cause lane closures on the turnpike for several months, beginning in March. The work will take place during off-peak hours, during which time speed limits will be reduced to 40 mph and fines will be doubled. An excerpt from the PTC press release gives the rough timeline as to when the work will move east of Downingtown (emphasis added): The full press release from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is below: Nighttime paving and reduced speeds may cause delays between exits 298 – 326. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists using Interstate 76 between Morgantown (Exit #298) and Valley Forge (Exit #326) to be prepared for intermittent lane …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
With two dogs dead in Chester County, many are questioning a state law.
Update (Feb 22, 1:27 p.m.) The Chester County District Attorney's office announced Friday that charges have been filed against Gabriel Pilotti "for shooting and killing two dogs belonging to his neighbors." Pilotto, 72, has been charged with cruelty to animals and recklessly endangering another person. "There was no justification for the killing of these two dog," Chester County DA Tom Hogan said in a release. "The defendant has been charged and will be dealt with appropriately. Our sympathies go out to the family and children who lost their beloved pets." Read the original story below: Multiple news outlets have been reporting on a Chester County man who shot and killed two dogs, but will not be charged by the county District Attorney due…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The budget calls for a five percent increase in real estate taxes.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Editor's note: The following information comes from the Chester County Communications Office. A few small errors were corrected from the original version. The Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2013 budget today. The budget calls for $424,086,751 in operating expenses and $95,885,073 for its capital budget. “The County has not raised taxes since 2009 and we’ve worked hard to keep taxes as low as possible this year for taxpayers,” said Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell. “We faced the challenges of decreasing revenues and increased funding needed for emergency services, to finalize a budget that delivers the necessary services to our residents at a fair cost.” The budget calls for a five percent increase in county real …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Bring in patio furniture, keep a few numbers handy and monitor the storm's path.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Editor's note: The following information comes from Chester County Department of Emergency Services. WEST CHESTER, PA_ With the possibility of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in the region in the next few days, Chester County emergency management officials strongly recommend preparation and planning by residents and businesses to potentially reduce damage. During a hurricane, homes and businesses, public buildings, roads and power lines may be damaged or destroyed by high winds and floodwaters. Roads and bridges can be washed away by flash flooding or blocked debris. “The first thing we recommend is to keep informed about where the storm is and where it is headed, by listening to your radio and television or viewing web-based weather sites …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The following death notices come from West Chester and Phoenixville.
David MacNeill, of West Chester, dies at 80. Margaret Dabback Funk, of Phoenixville, dies at 95. Margaret Hess-Fennell, of Phoenixville, dies at 70. George Wadsworth, of Phoenixville, dies at 84. Winfield Harrelson, of West Chester, dies at 81. Amy Heillier, of West Chester, died on September 1. Michael Iannelli, of West Chester, dies at 81.