Chester County Briefly: September 6

Andrew R. Silverman

Andrew Silverman

Andrew R. Silverman, an associate at MacElree Harvey, has been elected to the Board of the World Trade Center Delaware (WTC). For over 30 years, the WTC has been Delaware’s leading partner in international trade, working with local companies to research markets, develop leads, navigate currency exchanges, and create global economy jobs throughout the state.

Silverman is a member of the Delaware and Pennsylvania Bars and is a resident of both MacElree Harvey’s Centreville, Del., and West Chester offices. He provides advice to business owners and stakeholders concerning business law, acquisitions, trade, and commercial contract matters.

“I’m excited to join WTC’s Board,” said Silverman. “Our firm’s clients are increasingly confronting legal issues related to international commerce, including FCPA, compliance, logistics agreements, international sales, cross-border business acquisitions, transnational litigation, and much more.

“I look forward to using our firm’s experience in these matters to help strengthen the WTC’s mission and assist Pennsylvania and Delaware companies with international trade.”

United Way Chester CountyPreschool Classroom Volunteers Needed in Coatesville

Preschool classroom volunteers are needed to help Chester County’s youngest students achieve academic success. Additional volunteers are also needed to assist with copying, activity preparation, laminating, and other tasks at the teacher’s prep station. Volunteers will begin during the week of Sept. 25.

United Way of Chester County is seeking volunteers who:

  • are available for morning or afternoon sessions, Monday through Friday
  • can commit to a three-hour session at least one day a week for at least six weeks
  • have a desire to work with the youngest learners in the Coatesville community

To volunteer or to receive more information, please contact Terry Kenworthy, VP Community Investment at United Way of Chester County, at 610-429-9400 or

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Malvern-based HMP, a leading healthcare education and events company, has agreed to acquire Imedex, a privately held global medical education company. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

With this combination, HMP strengthens its position as a foremost producer of healthcare events for the global healthcare community. The transaction marks a significant step for HMP in executing its “events first” strategy and expands the company’s footprint in global markets and in the highly attractive healthcare verticals of oncology, hematology, and gastroenterology.

“The acquisition of Imedex aligns perfectly with our strategy and represents an extremely important milestone in our vision, as we aim to become the world’s leading producer of healthcare events and education, with a focus on improving patient care,” said Jeff Hennessy, HMP’s chairman and CEO.

Chester Water Authority

The CWA, a regional municipal water authority serving residents in Delaware and Chester counties, has announced that its Octoraro Water Treatment Plant has received the prestigious Area Wide Optimization Program Award, which recognizes the top performing water filter plants.

The award, presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, recognizes outstanding efforts by water systems toward optimizing filter plant turbidity performance.

“The Chester Water Authority is honored to receive this award, which recognizes our ongoing commitment to provide quality water to all of our customers,” said Cynthia F. Leitzell, Chair of the CWA’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to be among an elite group of water providers to earn this award for each of the 10 years it has been presented by the Department of Environmental Protection.”

“This award is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers with public health protections that go above and beyond existing federal and state regulations,” said Paul Andriole, Vice Chair of the CWA’s Board of Directors.

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Malvern’s Turn5 – an award-winning e-commerce business that provides aftermarket auto parts – recently presented a completely updated and made-over F-150 truck to an 18-year-old cancer survivor who is also a Make-A-Wish recipient. It was the fifth such vehicle makeover donation for Turn5.

What’s unique about Turn5 is that the company leverages technology to educate and inspire car enthusiasts. And now they are encouraging a special group of kids who really need inspiration.

Turn5 also hosts the country’s biggest car show for Mustang owners in the U.S. called the American Muscle Mustang Show. Turn5 donates all of the proceeds from the show to Make-A-Wish, and in mid-August, it donated $126,751 to Make-A-Wish, bringing its three-year total to $249,329.

“You just don’t see this type of generosity very often,” said Molly Gatto, Vice President of Mission Delivery for Make-A-Wish. “(Turn5) set the bar high. What a great example of what can be done. We lose hope in our communities but there are a lot of good things going on. Turn5 shows us that, again and again.”

CCIUStudent Invention Convention

Middle and high school students in Chester County are invited to use design thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills to prototype an invention that will make the world a better place. The contest, sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, is open to individual students and teams of up to three students. Participants can use any materials they can access. There are no limits to the invention.

Click here for more information.

Cyndi Meadows

Chester County Historical Society

The CCHS has welcomed Cyndi Meadows as its Venue Sales & Event Manager. Meadows is no stranger to CCHS and has managed venue rentals for the past several months on an interim basis. Her custom stationery business, Paper Moon, is located in the museum shop which she manages.

“I am thrilled to be a part of CCHS and look forward to working with our events,” she said.

“Cyndi brings a keen eye, energy, and creativity to events planning from her many varied business experiences, including president of the West Chester Wedding Guide, a founding member of the Preservation Awards Committee, and a member of the marketing committee of the West Chester BID,” said Sylvia Bastani, Senior Director of Development and Communication.

For more information on venue rentals, please contact Cyndi at or at 610-692-4800 ext. 230.

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