Chester County Briefly: February 20

Mary Ann Plankinton

Gawthrop Greenwood

Mary Ann Plankinton, a partner at Gawthrop Greenwood, has been named chair of the firm’s Wilmington-area office, which will be relocated later this month to accommodate growth.

“We are pleased to have Mary Ann at the helm of Gawthrop Greenwood’s office in Greenville, as she has played a pivotal role in its strategic growth,” said Sandra L. Knapp, chair of Gawthrop Greenwood’s Management Committee. “It’s a clear benefit to our clients when established talent like Mary Ann chooses to bring her law practice to Gawthrop Greenwood, and rapidly grow her career here while expanding the firm’s services throughout the region.”

Plankinton joined the firm in 2015 and has a multijurisdictional practice focusing on family law, including divorce, support, custody, and adoption, as well as estate planning and estate administration. She’s also a trained mediator and has successfully mediated cases in Pennsylvania and Delaware for family law disputes and estate matters.

Pillar Real Estate Advisors

Lennar Corporation, a home construction company based in Miami, paid $6.05 million for 32 undeveloped acres at 1655 Boulder Drive in Downingtown, writes Natalie Kostelni for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Eric Kuhn, Andrew Turner, and Andrew Carlino of West Chester-based Pillar Real Estate Advisors arranged the transaction. Lennar Corporation has plans to develop 112 townhouses, called the Townes at Shannon Hill, on the property, which is adjacent to United Sports.

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French Creek Iron Tour

Cycle through historic Iron Furnace country and have a blast!

The French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust preserves open space where iron blast furnaces and forges served as cornerstones of industry in colonial Pennsylvania. When you ride in the 16th annual French Creek Iron Tour on Sunday, June 10, you have a direct impact on the preservation of the scenic countryside that surrounds you.

With courses ranging from 11 to 100 miles, there’s something for everyone. Click here for more information.

Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy

The Academy will receive $50,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that will go to acquiring specialty equipment and professional gear used in training students for careers in emergency response.

The Academy is a three-year Career and Technical Education Program offered to students in grades 10-12. It has partnered with the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students interested in careers in firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency medical services.

Students who complete three years of the Academy program can earn up to 60 State and National Certifications, as well as up to 54 college credits. Internships and co-op work opportunities are available for select students.

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Delaware County Community College

Learn about the college’s Paralegal Studies certificate and associate degree programs at Paralegal Career Night. Both programs are approved by the American Bar Association and include a combination of academic courses, internship opportunities, and workshops focused on helping students find gainful employment.

Paralegal Career Night will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 6 PM in Room 214 at the college’s Exton Center. Attendees will:

  • learn what it takes to have a paralegal career
  • gain insight into the college’s Paralegal Studies programs
  • meet faculty with legal expertise
  • hear from current students and alumni about their experience in the programs
  • learn about financial aid and the application process from an admissions representative

Click here to register.

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