Posted by: wcdem2 | October 6, 2017

October 21st: Lunch with Bret Binder

All are welcome to our Fall Lunch Fundraiser at The Marrshalton Inn with Bret Binder! Lunch will be included with your ticket purchase and you will get a chance to speak with Bret and our event co-hosts about why they believe he is the best candidate for Magisterial District Judge of #15-1-01.


The Marshalton Inn
1300 W. Strasburg Rd.
West Chester, PA 19382

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Please click on “Purchase Tickets” here (at the bottom) to RSVP and buy your tickets for this event!
$30/ticket; $100/Silver Sponsor; $250/Gold Sponsor

If you can’t make it on the 21st please consider still donating to Bret’s campaign. Simply click on this donate link or send a check made out to Bret Binder for MDJ to the address below.

Bret Binder for MDJ
Campaign Committee
350 E. Market St., 2nd Floor
West Chester, PA 19382
(484) 356-3862

Posted by: wcdem2 | October 5, 2017

Neighborhood University – Stormwater

West Chester resident Emily Pisano is kindly contributing her observations on the content of Neighborhood University, a good background for all interested in civic life. And as anyone reading this knows, “government is us!” For week 2 and a link to the more info about the program, see here.

Walking into the West Goshen municipal building for last week’s Neighborhood University, I must admit my expectations were rather low. The topic was stormwater and I don’t know about you, but the word stormwater doesn’t typically elicit feelings of fun or excitement.

We were greeted by our speaker for the evening, West Goshen township manager Casey LaLonde. Won over immediately with his snack selection (pretzels, candy, water, and soda), we grabbed us handout and sat down ready to learn.

Within the first five minutes of Casey’s presentation I realized I had been all wrong about the topic of stormwater. Well, almost entirely wrong. While not necessarily fun, it is a very exciting, interesting and stressful area to be a part of. Without getting into the nitty gritty of all the acronyms and definitions, I’ll share with you why the management of stormwater is essential to our community and environment.

First of all, decision-making surrounding the management of stormwater is left to your elected officials. So, here is yet another reason why voting is so important. November 7th, mark it on your calendars!

Recently, the DEP has had its focus on stormwater and has put pressure on PA’s municipalities to create updated systems for managing it. Unfortunately, PA is more than a little behind the curve when it comes to stormwater, the reason being, the DEP did not know how to handle PA’s many municipalities.

Putting the changes that need to be made into effect does not come at a low cost and funding the projects is left to the discretion of local elected officials. In West Goshen either a stormwater fee will be activated or federal tax money will be used.

To emphasize the importance of managing stormwater properly, just look at the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Houston’s reservoirs didn’t break and they weren’t in bad shape. They simply could not handle the fifty inches of rain dumped on Houston in a twenty-four-hour period. Meteorologists have referred to Hurricane Harvey’s effects on Houston as a 500-year flood. What that means is, a flood the size of the one cause by Harvey should only occur once every 500 years. But there has been one 500-year flood every year for the last three years.

In light of the collection of natural disasters that has affected the US and Mexico recently, we all need to come together and work as a team to help restore our environment. Part of helping to save our planet is electing those that understand how serious a situation we are in and keeping those that deny something is wrong out of the decision-making.

To learn more about stormwater management visit your townships website. West Goshen has a very detailed site dedicated to their recent projects including a plan to replace outdated systems across their township.

For those of that live in West Chester Borough, our Borough Council recently passed a resolution to use 100% clean renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% clean renewable energy for transportation and other uses by 2050. The Borough will also be testing a “green curb” extension plan. This will start on S. Everhart Street between Sharpless and Nields. The plan will help the ground to better collect and retain stormwater runoff.

While we can’t reverse the damage that has already been done to our environment we can and need to work together to prevent any more from occurring.

Posted by: wcdem2 | October 2, 2017

Just Do It — Today

from GunSense Chester County

On Monday we awoke to news of yet another tragic mass murder. How many times do we go through this before we demand our elected officials change gun laws?

While Gun Sense Chester County is not “anti gun” we are for common sense gun regulation. The permissiveness of gun purchase and carry regulations has gone well beyond the bounds of common sense.

And as we sit here absorbing yet another mass gun murder…

Today, the National Rifle Association is working to pass Federal law making it easier to purchase gun silencers. (House of Representatives Bill 3668)

Today, the NRA is working to overturn a Maryland regulation banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles.

And, today, you are…?

I am sure the words sad, upset, frustrated and more may come to mind. The truth is, those words without action are not going to change anything.

If you think we need to find a different path forward — call and tell your elected officials. Do it TODAY.

And then, watch how they vote on gun related issues.

If you give us your email, we’ll be happy to keep you informed. (

Join us at our meeting Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7:15 p.m. at 10 W. Pleasant Grove Rd., West Chester 19382 (Westminster Presbyterian Church) if you’d like to share your thoughts about this tragedy and learn more about about gun violence and gun regulation issues.

The meeting is free and open to all.

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News [online only in e-paper], 9/30/17

“Without the EPA’s protection, communities would be unable to argue that our constitutional rights to a clean environment should be protected. We need to set the example and demand that our legislators stand up for the environmental rights that our laws allow.” — Carol Armstrong, The Way Forward

WEST CHESTER » In a rally at the old courthouse Friday afternoon, community leaders called on U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R6th Dist.) to answer for his vote to cut $800 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Interior’s budgets.

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta speaks to a crowd in West Chester on Friday, calling on U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello to answer for his vote to cut $800 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Interior’s budgets.

“As a former county commissioner, I am sure Congressman Costello knows Chester County has a strong record supporting environmental protection,” said Diane LeBold, West Chester council president. “But with his vote to cut the EPA budget, it is clear Congressman Costello has fallen in line with those who are answering to a different constituency – the powerful corporations who are jumping at the chance to take apart the EPA and block enforcement of existing regulations. This is very disturbing. I am here to tell Mr. Costello and his colleagues in Congress that they are fighting a losing battle.”

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta told the crowd they can take action by writing to their local lawmakers, and to join her in the fight to protect the environment.

“Our DEP has seen funding and staff cuts over the last several years that seriously hinders their ability to do their job,” Comitta said. “The potential harm to our streams, groundwater and air from lack of consistent enforcement pose serious public health hazards.”

Dianne Herrin, chair of the West Chester’s sustainability advisory committee, said climate change is real, evidenced by recent natural disasters.

“We are facing complete federal inaction on climate change,” she said. “The reality is at the federal level we are going backwards and yet we are in a time of environmental crisis. Think about what has happened in the past few months….

read more in e-paper (by subscription)

Posted by: wcdem2 | September 27, 2017

Join Joe Sestak, support Yolanda Van de Krol

from Dianne Herrin, Dem candidate for Mayor of West Chester:

I am hosting a Happy Hour Fundraiser this Wednesday 9/27 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Saloon 151, 151 West Gay Street, West Chester. This election presents a very clear choice for West Chester’s next mayor, and I need your support.

Three words sum up my platform: Quality of life. I believe in economic vitality and redevelopment in the town center. But I also believe in balance. Our charm is our brand, and we need to preserve our historic fabric and be sure redevelopment is both smart and synergistic. I also believe in shared prosperity. We need to preserve our neighborhoods, protect against noise, vandalism and landlord abuse of rental properties, implement environmental and community-based programs that protect our health, strengthen our resilience, and empower our entire community economically, and practice a strong commitment to equity and basic human decency.

I need your help because my yard signs are being stolen and defaced, and we just placed a new order because I am not going to idly stand by. We are replacing every sign that gets stolen.

Join me on Wednesday! Free appetizers, cash bar, and great conversation about the things we care about. Click for event details here.

See you Wednesday!

Thank you,
donate here

Posted by: wcdem2 | September 23, 2017

Neighborhood University – Public Safety

West Chester resident Emily Pisano is kindly contributing her observations on the content of Neighborhood University, a good background for all interested in civic life. And as anyone reading this knows, “government is us!” According to its web site,

“Neighborhood University of Greater West Chester is a free program offered by the West Chester Area Council of Governments (see WCACOG map) to educate citizens about local government and increase awareness of available municipal services and resources. Our goal is to help citizens become more effective advocates for their community, which in turn helps local municipalities keep finding ways to improve.”

Neighborhood University – Public Safety
by Emily Pisano

Ever hear of Neighborhood University? Don’t feel bad if you’re shaking your head. Although the program is in its fifth year, I didn’t know of it until I saw a tweet from West Chester Borough regarding its 2017 session. The program teaches residents of the West Chester area about their local government and government programs and informs residents about how decisions are made in their community.

Neighborhood University runs every Thursday night for ten weeks and each class lasts about two hours. It’s an easy and interesting way to learn something about your home, meet people in your area, and get involved. Sometimes, the instructor even provides snacks and there are no tests to stress about. Your only objective is to listen and learn.

This past Thursday was our second class and the topic was public safety. Riding the elevator down to the very gray colorless basement of the Government Services Building, I was feeling pretty excited. Call me a nerd, but having graduated from college three years ago, I’ve really missed that back-to-school feeling.

Anyway, the instructor for the night was John Haynes, Deputy Director of the 9-1-1 Center. A kind man dressed head to toe in taupe, his passion for his career and his love for local government and helping people are heartwarming. If you want to see your tax dollars at work (don’t we all?), see if you can meet with John.

Under John’s leadership, the 9-1-1 Center of Chester County has become one of the top 9-1-1 centers in the country. Receiving roughly 300,000 calls each year, the men and women who work as dispatchers have one of the most stressful jobs you could possibly imagine. Those who make it through the rigorous training process have proven they can remain calm and even-keeled while helping people through what is probably the most traumatic moment of their life. The service these dispatchers provide is truly commendable.

Equally extraordinary are the programs they use to help people in crisis. When you call 9-1-1 from your cellphone, the dispatcher can instantly see where you are calling from even when the GPS on your phone is turned off. The text-to-9-1-1 capability has been a source of comfort to the deaf and hard of hearing. In cases of domestic abuse and situations where a child is in a vehicle with an impaired parent, the text-to-9-1-1 option has saved lives. Programs and features such as these provide efficient, fair and quality service to all people of Chester County. Our 9-1-1 center even has the ability to communicate with people in over 200 languages, ensuring no one is denied the right of receiving help in an emergency situation.

For those of us lucky enough to call Chester County home, access to emergency help is a guarantee for all, just as healthcare should be. That being said, do not forget to call your Senators and Congressional Representative and urge them to say no to Graham-Cassidy and any similar healthcare-reducing bills!

Stay tuned for next week’s post, the topic will be storm water management and our local environment. Important stuff!

By Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, September 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Borough of West Chester, following Phoenixville’s example, became the second municipality in Pennsylvania to commit to 100 percent clean energy during a borough council meeting on Wednesday night.

West Chester became the 45th municipality in the United States to pass the measure.

“West Chester Borough has a long record of action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and now we are ready to do much more,” West Chester Mayor Jordan C. Norley said in a statement. “The actions we will take to conserve energy and transition to renewable energy will also bring a multitude of benefits to our residents, economy, and environment.”

The resolution passed in West Chester calls for the borough to gain all their municipal energy from renewable sources like solar, wind, and small scale hydro power by 2035….

read more at West Chester Patch

Posted by: wcdem2 | September 21, 2017

West Chester community grapples with racism, hate

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 9/20/17

WEST CHESTER >> Four incidents of hate and racism during the past 10 days have sparked outrage.

A swastika was etched into a borough sidewalk.

A West Chester East High School student was charged with publishing a threatening and racist Instagram post directed at fellow students.

A mayoral campaign sign was stolen and defaced with racial slurs, and a pair of residents received hate mail with the bogus return address of the Democratic Committee of Chester County.

All the hate messages were generated anonymously.

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley is fighting back. He recently circulated an email letter to borough stakeholders….

read more at Daily Local News

Posted by: wcdem2 | September 21, 2017

Canvass or call for Dianne!

Our highest WCDem priority is for Dianne Herrin, a longtime contributor to Borough civic life, to be elected as Mayor on Nov. 7. Please not only vote for her but bring someone else to the polls to do so. And also:

Dianne Herrin for Mayor Volunteer Opportunities

We need to get out the Democratic vote! We need your help! Sign up to volunteer here; if you can do more than one thing and/or fill more than one shift, please do so! Thank you!

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