Chester County Briefly: January 14

Image via Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children.

Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children

As people join together to serve those in need on the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, more than 100 volunteers from Chester County, including West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin, are serving the homeless families living in the Friends Association’s Emergency Family Shelter.

“MLK Day of Service kicks off the new year with a dedication to community service,” said Jennifer Lopez, Friends Association’s Executive Director. “By spending time volunteering, we are bringing to life Dr. King’s dream for a community. For Friends Association, the volunteerism and donations allow us a fresh start, reminding the families we serve that they are a part of a community that cares.”

Friends Association hosts a day of service that leverages the strength of local citizens to help address local problems and advance King’s dream of opportunity for all. Volunteers will tackle early spring cleaning from deep cleaning to minor maintenance repairs. This is an opportunity to spruce the shelter up with freshly shampooed carpets, fresh paint, etc.

For information on how you can serve, contact Emma Koontz at 610-431-3598 ext. 205 or

Joe Heffern

Joe Heffern

The East Fallowfield Township resident, an attorney with the law firm of Rogers Castor, is running for Chester County’s Prothonotary. He has more than 15 years of commercial and civil litigation experience, practicing in various courts throughout Pennsylvania and around the country.

Prior to joining Rogers Castor, Heffern practiced law for more than a decade at the international law firm of Dechert LLP with its highly respected intellectual property and litigation practice groups. Over the years, Joe has represented a diverse spectrum of clients from multinational corporations to homeless individuals on a pro-bono basis. He has received the Legal Intelligencer’s “Unsung Hero” award for his pro-bono service as a volunteer lawyer with Philadelphia’s Homeless Advocacy Project.

As Prothonotary, Heffern, who is a member of East Fallowfield Township’s Board of Supervisors, would like to increase accessibility to Chester County’s civil court system for pro se and low-income litigants.

Gary Westlake

The Pottstown resident was recently appointed to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Christmas Tree Promotion Board by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, according to a report from Berks-Mont News.

Westlake is a third-generation Christmas tree grower and nurseryman who farms in North Coventry, Warwick, and Honey Brook townships. He is also a past president of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers’ Association.

Immaculata University

The spring semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 22 and there is still time to register for classes. The College of Adult Professional Studies offers adult undergraduates affordable, career-oriented associate and bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of convenient formats, including accelerated and online.

Students can transfer credits and earn credit for prior learning, allowing them to finish their degrees in as little as two years. Popular programs include business leadership, cybersecurity, health care management, R.N. to B.S.N., emergency planning and management, and more.

Master’s programs available for spring registration include clinical mental health counseling, school psychology, educational leadership, music therapy, nursing, nutrition education, and management and leadership.

Click here for more information.

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