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  • Magnolia-20130414-0463 HDR would not be possible without the dedication and support of our site sponsors. Before you hike off to the mall or order something online, take a moment and look through our Directory of locally owned and operated businesses. Each company listed supports the Chester County community by making this website possible, so let’s make sure we return the favor and support our Chester County vendors!  Read more...
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world", we created the website to be of service to the Chester County community. We realize that not everyone has the funds to market their community event - from yard sales to school plays to fundraisers. That is why we offer free event posting on our website for non-profits and citizens of Chester County, so you can let the community know the details of your event. Read more...
Put down the aspirin, mail in your last parking ticket and get ready to become a West Chester parking genius. Malena, from Malena's Vintage Boutique, produced a very informative video to solve all your parking headaches! Simply click the read more button to watch the video. Also, check back often because we will be updating you on any changes that occur regarding parking rules and regulations.

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West Chester Food Co-Op Announces Community Meeting and Launch Party

FoodCoOpEventHeaderWest Chester, Pa. – After nearly eight months of organizing effort, West Chester Food Cooperative will be holding its first community wide meeting on March 15 from 3 to 5:00 PM at the Sprout Music Collective. The Co-op plans to use the meeting as an opportunity to communicate the progress made thus far and to lay out the path forward to bring a Food Cooperative to West Chester. It will be a chance for the community to meet Co-op leadership, ask questions, and learn how cooperatives work. Representatives from area co-ops will be in attendance and community leaders have been invited.

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The Philly Rock Gym in Coatesville: So much more than a rock wall

IMG 6487December 18, 2014; Coatesville, Pa; by Meghan Kelly

I never thought I would discuss philosophy when I met with Lauren Caporizo, Director of Sales, at the Philadelphia Rock Gym (PRG) in Coatesville, but that is exactly what happened when I asked what rock climbing was all about. "Climbing changes your perspective. We don't say, "Climb the wall", instead we say, "Climb the problem. It is just like vertical chess." Once you reach the top, the problem is fixed for good and you can let it go." Lauren expanded on PRG's theory by explaining, "Climbers fail repeatedly. We get very comfortable with failure and begin to realize that failure is just an opportunity to learn. You haven't really failed until you quit."

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Heat or Eat? Tackling Hunger in the Suburbs

OFB choices posters-1As cold sets in, the week before Thanksgiving, it's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

"People in the suburbs are often surprised that it's the soccer mom sitting next to them, or a neighbor who is considered a member of the working poor," says Larry Welsch, Executive Director at the Chester County Food Bank. "When money is tight and choices have to be made between heat or food, the easy choice is to stop eating. It's hard to justify buying a holiday turkey when you can't pay for medicine."

As part of the company's annual Give Joy charitable outreach initiative during the holiday season, QVC has connected with the Chester County Food Bank in Exton, PA, to raise awareness of food insecurity in our region and beyond. QVC Program Hosts Carolyn Gracie, Jacque Gonzales and Rick Domeier, along with colleagues, will deliver 50 complete Thanksgiving Dinners with all the trimmings on behalf of QVC to the Food Bank on Friday, November 21st.

"The season for giving is upon us, and we hope our donation will help give families the joy of sharing a traditional Thanksgiving meal," says Carolyn Gracie, QVC Program Host. "We hope to raise awareness about hunger and encourage others to donate to their local pantries and food banks."

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US Marine Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Valen Cianci and Richard Lorah, Recognized for Outstanding Service


Pictured L to R: Commissioner Terence Farrell, Sandra Murphy (Director of Chesco Dept. of Aging), Richrd Lorah, Valen Cianci, Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Commissioner Ryan Costello.(Photo is courtesy Chester County Commissioners.)

Press Release: Sandy Murphy, Director, Chester County Dept. of Aging Services

US Marine veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom Valen Cianci and Richard Lorah were recently recognized on Thursday, Nov. 6 during the Chester County Commissioners' Sunshine Meeting, 10am – 11am at the County Commissioners Office, 313 West Market Street, Suite 6202, in West Chester for their outstanding service to senior citizens in Chester County.

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Chester County has a New Radio Show! The only of its kind in the Philly Market!

sherwin-2-2Chester County has a new radio show focused on parenting! Yes, that's right. The only show of its kind in the Philadelphia market, "Perspectives on Parenting with Julia Sherwin," airs Mondays at 1 p.m. on WCHE 1520 a.m. or via CLICK HERE to listen LIVE!

Julia hosts experts who provide advice and perspectives on a variety of issues affecting families. Tune in to hear pediatricians, parenting authors, discipline educators and feeding specialists give parents guidance where they often need it most.

Julia brings her background in journalism and experience as a parenting columnist for the Daily Local News to this new forum, where listeners can call-in during live broadcasts to ask questions. At the end of each segment, Julia reveals "What I Learned as a Parent This Week," giving listeners that intimate look into the ups and downs of her parenting journey as a mom of three young children.

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It Takes a Village to Nourish Conservation

NourishFood1ScaledIts back! The seasonal collaboration between Victory Brewing Company and One Village Coffee known as Victory Village is being brewed once again in 2014. Join The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) at Nourish Juice Bar & Café on Thursday, October 30 to celebrate the seasonal brewing. This fun evening event features autumn and coffee inspired hors d'oeuvres, coffee from One Village Coffee, Victory Village, and live music with Chris Ferron. Tickets are $25 per person and include Victory Village, live music, and hors d'oeuvres at Nourish. Tickets can be purchased online at TLC's website:, at Nourish, or by calling (610) 347-0347 x 103. The event will run from 6pm-9pm.

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QVC Shines at PA Conference for Women

Beth Rubino QVC HSBy Julia Sherwin

QVC, Inc., the behemoth $8.6 billion multimedia retailer and trusted destination for women shoppers worldwide, was one of the sponsors of last Thursday's PA Conference for Women. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the conference attracted roughly 8,000 and made girl power literally palpable.

Representing QVC during the luncheon's keynote was Beth Rubino, Executive Vice president, Human Resources and Workplace Services. Rubino, who joined QVC in 1995 when it was only in the U.S., has seen the company experience amazing growth and go through a veritable global transformation, now in seven countries.

In an environment that represented the highest levels of both character and confidence, Rubino reminded the audience in the packed exhibit hall what's truly most important for any woman with great aspirations. "Your values are something you can never compromise," she said.

Speaking about QVC's sponsorship of the conference, she told it fully aligns with the company's overall mission.

"We're very committed to this cause and to women. Our community efforts are all around supporting the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships."

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West Chester Walking Tour Booklets Now Available!

WalkingTourofWCAnnouncing the publication of two walking tour booklets featuring historic African-American and Civil War era sites in West Chester, Pa.

Press Release 9/18/14

Local author and historian Catherine Quillman completed the histories with the help of grants from the Leeway Foundation and research by co-author Sarah Wesley, who grew up in the "East End," West Chester's historic African-American community.

A book signing is planned for Wednesday evening, October 1st , from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. at the Chester County Book Co. at 967 Paoli Pike West Chester, PA 19380. 

The authors will be signing copies of newly released history, "Walking the "Uptown" of West Chester, Pa. They will also be signing the new expanded second edition of "Walking the East End: the historic African-American community of West Chester, Pa."

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Do You Suffer From iPosture?

iposturebeachBy Dr. Lauren Schofield, Owner, Advanced Chiropratic Wellness Center

Stop. Freeze. Now, take notice of your posture. Next, observe the posture of your friends and family around you. Did you just shift in your seat and sit up straight?

The popularity of smartphones and tablets are causing a back pain epidemic for us, but especially for our children and young adults. The disorder has become so prevalent that a new term has arisen. "iPosture" is being used to define pain in the spine caused by a 'stooped body shape" or poor posture used while operating tablets, smartphones or laptops.

An alarming statistic recently hit the medical journals, finding 84% of the 18-24 year-olds admit to suffering from back pain in the last year. What is even more disturbing? This age group now loses more working days due to back pain than their parent's generation.

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