Chester County Briefs: WCU Band to Play Macy’s Parade, Lamb McErlane Adds Experience, and WCU Foundation Donates to Fire Company

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.--via
Chester County Briefs
The WCU Marching Band.

A look at what’s happening around Chester County in short, concise reports. This Morning:

WCU’s Marching Band to Join the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Rams Marching Band from West Chester University has been selected to perform in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Creative Director of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and head of the parade’s band selection committee, Wesley Whatley, stated that of the hundreds of high school and college bands throughout the U.S. that submitted applications to participate in the parade, the 325-member Golden Rams was one of only 10 marching bands who were awarded the honor of being a part of this icon of the holidays.

“We look forward to proudly representing West Chester University, our proud alumni, and our community in New York City with the spirit and enthusiasm that could only be displayed by the ‘Incomparable’ Golden Rams Marching Band,” enthused WCU Director of Bands, Andrew Yozviak. WCU’s selection was based on the band’s “very unique approach that mixes fantastic college level musicianship with a high energy and artistic style.”

Chester County Briefs
Joel L. Frank.

Two New Attorneys Join Lamb McErlane

West Chester based law firm, Lamb McErlane PC, has announced that Helen J. Esbenshade and Alan P. Novak are both joining the firm bringing an extensive amount of experience, most notably to its well-known municipal and municipal finance practices.

Esbenshade, who among other things concentrates her practice on local government representation, zoning and land use, land acquisition and finance, joins the firm as a partner.

Novak, whose main focus is on business and municipal law, which includes zoning, real estate transactions, and business and corporate formation among others, joins Lamb McErlane as of-counsel.

“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our municipal law and municipal finance practices with the addition of Helen and Alan,” said Joel L. Frank, Lamb McErlane’s Managing Partner.  “Their extensive municipal and financial background will expand our already robust municipal practice in Chester County and throughout the region.”

Chester County Towns among Most Affluent in Philadelphia Region

Determining affluence involves much more than simply looking at a measure of income. The twelve-part formula, developed by American City Business Journals, to rate the affluence of 15,090 cities, villages, towns, boroughs and related communities across the U.S. includes other important factors such as home values, white-collar occupations, education levels and sources of outside income.

Several towns from Chester County have made the list of the 25 most affluent ZIP codes in the local region.

Malvern, with its population of 24,743, came in at 21st position, with median household income of $450,700, while Devon came in at 19 with $480,800.  Wayne’s 12,266 households made it to 13th spot with $470,000, while the best placed Chester County ZIP code, Berwyn, made it to fifth place with a median household income of $568,100.

Chester County Briefs
WCU Foundation Director Richard Przywara presents a check to the First West Chester Fire Company.–via Vinny Tennis, Daily Local News.

WCU Foundation Donates $3,000 to First West Chester Fire Company

The West Chester University Foundation has donated $3,000 to the First West Chester Fire Company located off South Bradford Avenue in East Bradford as a thank you for their dedicated service.

One of the aims of the West Chester University Foundation is to support the goals of the WCU through fundraising. While the fire company is not directly connected with the university, members of the foundation had no reservations in awarding the donation to them as thanks for all the years of answering calls on campus.

“In one sense, it is a no-brainer because this is a special group of volunteers,” said Richard Przywara, Executive Director of the Foundation. “They put their lives at risk to help our students. If there’s a call in the middle of the night and students are in trouble, I want to make sure that the fire companies are able to respond.”


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