Chester County Briefly: January 31

From left: Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone, and Michelle Kichline.

WalkWorks ChesCo!

The Chester County Commissioners, along with Health Department Director Jeanne Casner, announced this year’s WalkWorks ChesCo! goals and challenged all county residents to increase the number of steps collectively taken from one billion to five billion by the end of the year.

In addition to upping the step count, a new goal has been set for a minimum of 5,000 registrations on the WalkWorks ChesCo! website to track and tally the steps taken toward the five-billion goal.

“As of Jan. 29, Chester County has cumulatively taken nearly 1.7 billion steps, and 2,900 people have registered to track their steps,” said Casner. “Our new goal is ‘5 & 5’ – five billion steps and 5,000 registrations by the end of 2018. It’s a good balance of being a stretch, but one that we believe can be achieved with effort.”

WalkWorks ChesCo! is a program that promotes, educates, and empowers county residents to adopt a healthier lifestyle one step at a time.

Maillie LLP

The West Chester-based accounting firm is adding Rowland, Johnson, and Company, a firm based in New Castle, Del., writes Michael Cohn for Accounting Today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Maillie has annual revenues of approximately $20 million. The merger will add 15 people to Maillie, bringing its total employee count to 120. The combined firm will have 13 partners.

“This merger provides tremendous opportunities to broaden our professional services and geographic reach,” said Robert L. Caruso, Maillie’s managing partner. “We are excited about being associated with a firm that has the stature and reputation of Rowland, Johnson, and Company.”

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Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell

The Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers will honor West Chester resident Dave Campbell with its Lifetime Achievement Award at a banquet on Feb. 21 at the Concordville Inn.

Campbell has practiced dam engineering for more than 40 years. After joining West Chester-based Schnabel Engineering in 1994, he led the creation of a highly respected and thriving dam, levee, and water resources engineering group with nearly 100 full-time employees.

The Villanova graduate is the recipient of several honors for his contributions to dam safety awareness, innovation, and advancement.

Chester County Sheriff’s Office

Five new deputies – Matthew Cataudella, Charles Cusanno, Christopher Hensel, Richard Rhames Jr., and Duncan Smith – were sworn in to the Sheriff’s Office, and will participate in three weeks of orientation followed by eight weeks of field training.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh explained that the positions were highly competitive.

“Their families should be very proud,” she said. “These are the best of the best.”

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Learning Express Toys

After 20 years in business, Learning Express Toys will move from the Exton Square Mall to its original location in the Lionville Shopping Center. The move is planned for early March.

Rich and Fran Gordon, owners of the Learning Express Toys in both Exton and Havertown, are looking forward to returning the store to its roots in the Exton community.

“After five years in the mall, we look forward to becoming Lionville’s neighborhood toy store again,” the two said in a statement. “We want to be the go-to place for birthdays, character events, and providing the Learning Express services that customers know and love.

“After being locally owned and operated for 20-plus years, we’re ready to help a whole new generation of families.”

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