Chester County Briefly: August 27


Immaculata University

The university’s Division of Nursing has secured a grant of $22,900 from the McLean Contributionship for the purchase of a Pyxis MedStation 4000.

The Pyxis is an automated medication dispensing cart and is used in medical-care facilities across the country.

The faculty of the Division of Nursing will be integrating training on the Pyxis into the curriculum for all nursing students in the Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) program.

This will allow Immaculata nursing students to practice safe medication distribution on current equipment used in the industry.

“Having the opportunity to learn how to work with industry-standard equipment is a blessing for our nursing students – and essential to their academic development,” said Jane Tang, chair and professor for the Division of Nursing. “I am very grateful that Immaculata received the McLean grant.”


The leader in low-cost investing has launched the largest suite of commission-free ETFs available to investors.

As announced in early July, Vanguard is offering commission-free online transactions on approximately 90 percent of all ETFs — nearly 1,800 of the roughly 2,000 ETFs currently trading on the major exchanges.

Vanguard has excluded inverse and leveraged ETFs due to their highly speculative nature.

With a complex-wide average expense ratio of 0.11 percent, or one-fifth the industry average, Vanguard has led the industry on lowering the cost and complexity of investing for more than four decades, driving down the costs of funds, advice, and ETFs.

“Vanguard’s expanded commission-free platform offers value, access, and convenience to the increasing number of investors turning to ETFs as their preferred investment vehicle,” said Karin Risi, Managing Director of Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group. “Ownership of Vanguard ETFs has quadrupled in the last five years, and ETFs are being held by a broad range of investors, from millennials to retirees.”


The West Chester-based company has joined forces with Philadelphia’s Horn & Hardart Coffee to support our nation’s military veterans.

Aug. 20 was the launch of a combined giveaway, celebrating the launch of Horn & Hardart’s newest brew, Bunker Blend.

Those who enter will have a chance to win a bag of Bunker Blend, two handcrafted Horn & Hardart mugs, plus a $250 VISA gift card provided by PrimePay.

This dark roast coffee was made by veterans to support veterans. Half of the blend’s profits benefit Bunker Labs Philadelphia, a national nonprofit built by veteran entrepreneurs to empower other veterans as leaders in innovation.

International Overdose Awareness Day

On Friday, Aug. 31, Chester County will be joining communities around the world in encouraging residents, businesses, and organizations to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma surrounding overdoses and drug-related deaths, remember the lives lost to overdose, and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one.

To mark the occasion, 144 pinwheels will be displayed in front of the Chester County Justice Center on Market Street in West Chester and the Chester County Government Services Center on Westtown Road, representing the 144 lives lost to accidental overdose in Chester County in 2017.

Citizens are also invited to participate in a moment of silence at 9:30 AM to remember those lost to overdose and the loved ones left behind.

Several Chester County organizations will be holding events on Aug. 31 in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day:

  • Candlelight Vigil hosted by Kacie’s Cause at First Baptist Church in Kennett Square from 7-8 PM
  • Candlelight Vigil hosted by Kacie’s Cause at The Green of Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford 7-9 PM
  • “Building Community, Sharing Hope” hosted by Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) at Charles A. Melton Center in West Chester from 6-8 PM.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Know your kids are safe and happy in the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Before & After School Care Program.

As a working parent, and with school beginning, you have a lot on your plate. Let the YMCA help care for your children in its before- and after-school programs. Full-day care is also offered on most school holidays.

Brandywine, Jennersville, and Kennett Area YMCAs offer before- and after-school care at your child’s elementary school.

The Octorara YMCA Program Center and Oskar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center in downtown West Chester offer before- and after-school care at their respective sites and provide transportation from school to the center.

The programs are full of activities that parents and kids love. Trained staff engage kids with everything from homework help to games and art projects. In mixed-age classrooms, children experience interactive learning in an environment carefully prepared by an educator who is aware of each child’s needs and abilities.

Click here for more information.

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