Posted by: wcdem2 | December 11, 2017

WCASD superintendent Dr. Jim Scanlon critiques SB 2

Today WCASD superintendent Dr. Jim Scanlon wrote the members of the PA Senate Education Committee to urge them to reject Senate Bill 2, which would move students and taxpayer funding from low-performing public schools to private schools. Excerpts:

“I see several problems with this proposed legislation.”

“It is difficult for me not to believe this is another attempt by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to undermine and privatize public education.”

“The bill excludes eligibility for students attending charter or technical schools.” (That is, why does the bill protect the lowest-performing 15% of those schools from losing their students and consequent funding to other schools?)

“Transportation costs for school districts will increase.” (Perversely, state law obliges school districts to transport students to private and charter schools. WCASD now spends more to bus those students than to bus its own students! SB 2 would add further to this unreasonable burden on taxpayers.)

“Who will be responsible for providing a Free and Appropriate Education?” (Public but not private schools are required to provide “FAPE” for special education students; what would happen to such students if a private school does not meet their needs? Would the public school system be held responsible for redress, since the private school has no obligation?)

Download Dr. Scanlon’s letter here: SB 2 letter to Sen Edcuation Committee- Educational Savings Account – 12-11-17

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Posted by: wcdem2 | December 7, 2017

Sit-in Dec. 7 at Rep. Costello’s office

A few of the 15 protesters this morning sitting in Rep. Costello’s (R-PA 06) West Chester office demanding that he vote against the GOP tax bill that gives tax cuts to the wealthy while hurting students, the sick, and the elderly. They have pledged not to leave until Costello commits to a No vote. For more on the GOP tax scheme, see Molly Sheehan, “Open Letter to Rep. Pat Meehan on the GOP Tax Plan.”

Posted by: wcdem2 | November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Friends,

I send you warmest Thanksgiving wishes! I am grateful for the many things you do every day to help make West Chester a very special place to live.

We are a community of caring neighbors. This year we are especially grateful for our capable and selfless first responders and our many volunteers – always there to help in times of need.

We have so much to be grateful for – thank you, dear neighbors.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Carolyn Comitta

Posted by: wcdem2 | November 15, 2017

Has Sunoco no shame?

Sunoco seems determined to make life around here untenable. And if the PA Department of environmental Protection lets it proceed, shame on DEP! The following is an email from activist Bernie Greenberg, under the title “Comments Needed – Sunoco Open Trench in Exton”:

This is a critical issue that needs our attention and action. Sunoco, who is building the Mariner East 2 pipeline, plans to do open trenching instead of horizontal directional drilling due to restrictions in a recent ruling. This liquefied natural gas pipeline with run through densely populated areas in Exton, Chester County, PA next to the Exton Shopping Mall, the main branch of the Chester County Library, through wetlands, streams and forest land, as well as park land and ball fields. Please state your concerns by commenting to the PA DEP by November 20 by email at ra-eppipelines@pa.gov or Virginia Cain’s direct email at DEP: vicain@pa.gov. Thank you very much and spread the word!

Here’s the comment I submitted. Suggest you comment in your own words.

It is appalling to me that the DEP would even consider Sunoco’s request to be permitted to route the Mariner East 2 pipelines directly through Exton by open trenching. The agreement reached this past August with the Environmental Hearing Board proposed that Sunoco modify their HDD method to prevent further damage to local water sources or relocate the pipeline. Instead Sunoco wants to use trenching through the most congested part of central downtown Exton close to the busy library and two major shopping centers. This would create not only massive congestion problems but unnecessary risks to thousands of people in the area if the pipeline should rupture.

Sunoco’s rationale for this route is totally unacceptable since it will result in the most disturbance and risks to the residents and customers in this area. They have not provided any valid rationale for not relocating the pipeline to a nearby less congested route which would result in far less damage to our environment and expose far fewer residents to the risks from pipeline leaks or ruptures.

For these reasons I urge you to disapprove Sunoco’s request to trench through central Exton.

– Bernie Greenberg, Sierra Club, Southeastern PA Group, Pipeline Cmte Chair

Read about this sinkhole that recently formed in a backyard in Exton.

See also: “Sunoco files its new plan: trenching through the heart of Exton,” Dragonpipe Diary, 11/9/17


Sunoco workers respond to an inadvertent return during pipeline work in a Lisa Drive backyard in West Whiteland Township. SUBMITTED PHOTO from Daily Local News, 11/13/17

Posted by: Webmaster | November 12, 2017

In Memoriam


Adam Harrison Swope
1979 ~ 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce that Adam Swope died in an automobile accident yesterday, November 11, 2017. Kathi Cozzone, Chester County’s Democratic Commissioner, was a very good friend with Adam. Her statement follows:




It’s with a profound sadness that I share with you the passing of my very good friend Adam Swope. Words cannot describe the loss to this world of a man so incredibly bright and kind and funny.

Adam and I met in 2005 when he became my campaign manager in my race for County Controller. It was he who orchestrated an unprecedented 48.19% of the vote that year. He was so proud of the race we ran that year that 4819 was a password he used!  He managed every race of mine since, including my current LG campaign.

Outside of my husband, Adam knew me best. He knew before I did how I would react or feel about a situation. He knew what I wanted to say and made it sound good. If you ever heard me give a great speech, rest assured Adam had a huge hand in it.

In the last year, Adam worked by my side in the Commissioners office and I do not know how I will be able to go back to the office and walk past his lit up Steelers helmet and his Villanova “V”.

Adam was an eternal optimist who loved his parents, his Nana, cats, the Steelers, Game of Thrones, his fraternity, musicals, weird strategy games, Super Mario, Sunny in Philadelphia, the Daily Show and politics. Not necessarily in that order.

He worked tirelessly to elect Democrats in Chester County and was beyond thrilled to be a part of the history we made in 2017. He walked around like the cat that ate the canary!

Much more than all of that, Adam was a member of the Cozzone family and our hearts are broken. He loved our son. He loved our cats—probably more than us.

We will miss his laugh and his friendship.

Adam adored his parents and they were so very proud of him.  We are keeping Kathy and Bob in our hearts.

Adam made a difference in this world and I am beyond grateful that Adam was a part of our lives.

Kathi & Victor & LV



Executive Board

Chester County Democratic Committee

THE LOCATION FOR SERVICES HAS CHANGED TO…

Reading Country Club
5311 Perkiomen Avenue (422)
Reading, PA 19606

Saturday 11/18/2017
Visiting 1-3:00
Service at 3:00

Adam Swope Obituary

 

Posted by: wcdem2 | November 8, 2017

Congratulations to our candidates!

From chesco.org unofficial results for 11/7/17.

MAYOR WEST CHESTER BOROUGH
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
DIANNE HERRIN (DEM) . . . . . . . 2,192 72.41
TOMMY CICCARONE JR (REP) . . . . . 819 27.06
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 16 .53

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE DISTRICT 15-1-01
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
BRET BINDER (DEM). . . . . . . . 3,637 53.34
MARK A BRUNO (REP) . . . . . . . 3,176 46.58
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 5 .07

SCHOOL DIRECTOR WEST CHESTER REGION 1
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
JOYCE CHESTER (DEM/REP). . . . . . 6,672 98.49
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 102 1.51

SPECIAL ELECTION MEM OF COUNCIL WEST CHESTER 4TH WARD
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
MICHAEL STEFANO (DEM) . . . . . . 150 96.15
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 6 3.85

SPECIAL ELECTION MEM OF COUNCIL WEST CHESTER 6TH WARD
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
BERNARD J FLYNN (DEM) . . . . . . 362 98.10
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.90

MEMBER OF COUNCIL WEST CHESTER 1ST WARD
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
BILL SCOTT (DEM) . . . . . . . . 413 66.08
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 212 33.92

MEMBER OF COUNCIL WEST CHESTER 3RD WARD
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
MICHAEL R GALEY (DEM) . . . . . . 384 96.00
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 16 4.00

MEMBER OF COUNCIL WEST CHESTER 5TH WARD
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
W DONALD BRACELAND (DEM) . . . . . 282 96.25
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 11 3.75

MEMBER OF COUNCIL WEST CHESTER 7TH WARD
VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
DENISE M POLK (DEM) . . . . . . . 488 97.99
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 10 2.01

The 4 countywide Dem candidates also won in both the Borough and the County; see chescodems.org.

Posted by: wcdem2 | November 8, 2017

Dianne Herrin elected mayor of West Chester

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 11/07/17

WEST CHESTER >> Energy efficiency consultant Dianne Herrin overwhelmingly defeated Realtor Tommy Ciccarone Jr. in Tuesday’s election and will become the borough’s next mayor.

With all but one precinct counted, Herrin, a Democrat, collected 1,863 votes, or 72 percent of the vote, while Republican Ciccarone finished with a tally of 700 votes for 27 percent.

All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the county board of elections.

Herrin will take over the reins from Mayor Jordan Norley, who decided not to run….

read more at Daily Local News

Tomorrow is election day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you why I hope you will vote Herrin for Mayor! My campaign manager, a WCU senior majoring in political science, and I have knocked 1,000 doors since we started this campaign in January.

We have experienced firsthand our diverse community.

We have heard great ideas and been inspired by the time and effort so many of you give to our community every day, simply because you care.

As your next Mayor, I will celebrate this greatness.

I will also seek balanced, smart solutions to our issues.

I will work to unite, not divide, us and improve our quality of life.

The only way I can be your Mayor is if you VOTE for HERRIN tomorrow (Tuesday Nov. 7)!

See the summary below, which demonstrates my commitment to West Chester.

Thank you for your support!!

With Gratitude,

Dianne

DIANNE HERRIN: SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

Borough Resident 17 years.

Current Employment
VP, Practical Energy Solutions, a Borough-based energy efficiency consulting firm in operation for 12 years.

Supporters + Endorsements
Carolyn Comitta, Holly Brown, Richard May, Ray Ott, Kate Shaw, and 30+ more.

Read their statements here.

Service to West Chester Borough Government
12 years as Chair/member of 4 government committees.
12 years as a successful advocate for residents’ quality of life.
Member, Comprehensive Plan Task Force.
Public Education
Member, West Chester VOTE campaign, which brought bipartisan excellence to our school board.
Board Member, West Chester Area Education Foundation.

Community Involvement
Member, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.
Charter Member since 2015, Friends of Marshall Square Park.
Member/Past Vice Chair, West Chester Food Cooperative.
Member, Melton Center #PoolTogether.
Member, Save the Y. This group successfully advocated to keep the in-town YMCA open.
Member, West Chester Borough Diversity in Action Committee.
New Member, West Chester NAACP.

Posted by: wcdem2 | November 6, 2017

Op/Ed: Vote No on Tuesday

Read all you need to know about why to vote NO on the ballot question on the back of Tuesday’s ballot, in an op-ed by

Lisa Longo, Member, the Phoenixville School Board
and Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times

at The Times of Chester County, Nov 6th, 2017

Posted by: wcdem2 | November 6, 2017

Be there on Tuesday! (Under 30? This is for you too!)

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