‘Herrin’s Heroes’ saluted at Melton Center

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 10/24/17

WEST CHESTER >> Democratic candidate for mayor Dianne Herrin applauded seven community heroes at a fundraiser Saturday night at the Charles A. Melton Center.

Jim Salvas shot pictures at the event and nominated businesswoman Holly Brown.

“Bringing people together is what Dianne does best,” Salvas said. “Look at the range of people: young and old; men and women; black and white; Republican and Democratic.

“Dianne, you will be a mayor for everyone.” …

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Mayor Comitta and friends

After Mayor Carolyn Comitta’s opening talk at the Melton Center for the 9/25/16 Concert Across America to raise awareness and contributions for Gun Violence Prevention and the Melton Center Pool
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Comitta is a member of Mayor against Illegal Guns and has been endorsed by CeaseFirePA and Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

A call for unity: West Chester unveils Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge

By Pete Bannan, Daily Local News, 8/21/16 {download text of the resolution here: wccode-of-comm-values-pledge

WEST CHESTER >> Members of the community turned out for the 6th annual Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center’s Community Unity Day Sunday.

In addition to youth basketball, plenty of food and great music, the highlight of the day was the unveiling and public signing of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge.

In part, the pledge reads:

“Whereas, the people of Greater West Chester value safety and security; we agree to come together when incidents that may be a result of hatred or discrimination based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age and economic status.

Whereas, the community of West Chester values equality not just through policy and protocol but in how we treat each other in our daily lives; we agree to address issues of concern brought to our attention…”

“…as people of good will, we will not tolerate hateful speech or actions toward any individual or group in our community. “

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta said the pledge came in response to several recent local incidents targeting the African-American community. Three cases of hate speech were found at John O. Green Memorial Park in the borough as well as incidents of racist speech at area high schools.

Comitta said members of the community realized it was important to come together to spell out greater West Chester’s commitment to being a welcoming community for all….

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Signing Ceremony of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge

West Chester, Pennsylvania, August 17, 2016

On behalf of the West Chester NAACP and the Mayor of West Chester, the community of greater West Chester is formally invited to participate in the Signing Ceremony of the Greater West Chester Code of Community Values Resolution and Pledge. This ceremony will take place during the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center’s annual Community Unity Day, this Sunday, August 21st at 3pm.

Over the past few months, greater West Chester’s most diverse community leaders have come together to reaffirm our core values. Together their work resulted in creating a Pledge that spells out greater West Chester’s commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming community.

Mayor Comitta stated, “West Chester’s strength lies in our diversity. We are proud to be an inclusive, welcoming community and will always pledge to stand together and take action to make sure every one of our neighbors feels safe and welcome here.”

The Pledge was created in response to several recent local racist incidents targeting the African/American community during a time in our country when anti-Muslim rhetoric, the immigration debate and police/community tension causes great concern.

In the spirit of this agreement, we welcome your participation by both signing the Pledge and assisting us in assuring that greater West Chester remains a welcoming community for all. In recognizing that actions speak, an Action Plan has been outlined and is attached to the Pledge.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday and will be available for any questions you may have.

Carolyn T. Comitta, Mayor

[The Melton Center is at 501 E Miner Street, West Chester PA 19382]