The West Chester office of Gawthrop Greenwood went purple for premature babies last Friday, as staffers sported purple and collected donations for the Southeast Pennsylvania-Southern New Jersey Market of the March of Dimes.
GG employees were especially pleased to contribute $500 in personal funds to the donation, given the very personal ties that two of its partners have with the March of Dimes. Stacey Fuller and Patrick McKenna are the parents of a premature baby, born six weeks early in February 2013. Jackie McKenna weighed only 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and spent 24 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Paoli Hospital, learning to eat, breathe, swallow, and digest nourishment.
“Our own daughter Jackie was born premature, so we are grateful to the March of Dimes for the research and treatment it provides to help preemies survive,” said Fuller.
Premature birth is the leading cause of death among babies in the U.S. It affects about 380,000 babies – approximately one in 10 – born each year, including more than 13,000 in Pennsylvania.
The public is invited to attend the Seventh Annual West Chester Preservation Awards tonight (Oct. 19) at 5:30 PM at the Chester County Historical Society, located at 225 North High Street in West Chester.
Tickets for the event are $25 and are available through eventbrite.com. Hors d’oeuvres and a light buffet from Limoncello, beer from Iron Hill Brewery, and wine are included.
The event attracts more than 200 people, including community members, public officials, business and community leaders, architects, and historians. Winners are recognized with citations from local, county, state, and federal officials.
Enjoy an appraisal event from 3-6 PM on Friday, Oct. 20 at Surrey Services for Seniors in Devon. Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will tell you “What’s It Worth?” What is that painting, silver vase, or piece of jewelry worth? Where was it made? Is it antique or a reproduction? The value of collectibles can vary over the years, so support Surrey by participating in this event.
The fee is only $50 for two items for verbal valuation. Tickets for designated time intervals can be purchased by calling 484-843-2510. Bring your friends, enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious hors d’oeuvres while you watch the action.
The Chester County Commissioners and Health Department threw down the gauntlet and Chester County residents “stepped up” to the challenge – walking one billion steps before the end of 2017.
In April of this year, during National Public Health Week, Chester County launched WalkWorks ChesCo!, the challenge to walk one billion steps. County residents embraced the challenge and recorded more than a billion steps in just six months – three months earlier than the challenge deadline.
“The one billion steps were accumulated in a number of ways to ensure we were meeting the objectives we set prior to the launch,” said Jeanne Casner, Director of the Health Department. “From nearly 80 walking challenges initiated between communities like Coatesville and Phoenixville and between businesses and work environments, to tremendous school support, senior center support and health center support, the steps kept rolling in.”
WCU recently celebrated a new, permanent home for its Resource Pantry, which was created one year ago for a growing number of students who demonstrate need for basic essentials, including food.
The pantry, which had to be relocated due to its increased use by students experiencing financial challenges, now has expanded space, fresh food from the university’s two gardens, and business attire services.
“West Chester University is committed to the success of all of its students,” said WCU President Christopher Fiorentino. “We have students who are trying to earn a college degree, and not having enough food has been hindering them. Today, we have a Resource Pantry that has a home on campus thanks to a number of individuals, and we are truly grateful for the outpouring of support that will benefit many students.”
Rapid Retail, a newly launched addition to Exton-based HomeNet’s Inventory Online (IOL) platform, was named one of 2017’s most innovative automotive retail products by Driving Sales in its annual Executive Summit Innovation Cup competition.
Rapid Retail’s integrated technology collects detailed data and real, non-damage photos from vehicles, applies merchandising treatments while in transit, and distributes that inventory to dealer websites and online advertising platforms.
HomeNet is the only auto retail partner with the ability to quickly market auction buys within hours of the gavel dropping. The speed and its associated value is only possible because of the rich data sharing between fellow Cox Automotive brands HomeNet and Manheim.
The Chester County Commissioners have issued a proclamation in recognition of the work done by local, county, and regional planners in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month.
“It’s important to take the time to acknowledge the valuable efforts and contributions of local planners, including those who work for the Chester County Planning Commission and municipalities,” said Michelle Kichline, Chair of the Commissioners. “Their work is significant when it comes to planning for our county’s future and balancing managed growth with preservation.”
More than 10,000 Pennsylvanians serve on municipal planning commissions across the state, and they work with public and private sector professional planners to enhance the quality of life in communities.