Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.
Winter (at least tempurature-wise) will be holding on for its dear life one more day. Expect the high to hit just about 40 degrees before we warm up nicely this week.
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Request for information on West Chester LGTBQ student raises concerns
A request from a resident of the West Chester Area School District that it provides her with information about LGBTQ students in its schools has left some parents mystified and upset, as the national debate over gender identity and school-age children appears to have surfaced in Chester County. “I don’t trust what would be done with that information,” said one parent about the request, in an interview last week. “And I don’t think it’s anybody’s business. It is a process that could snowball.”
Despite decreasing population at Berks County Prison, official says medical needs increasing
The population of the Berks County Prison may be shrinking, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s less work to do. Todd Haskins, the chief operating officer at PrimeCare Medical, painted a picture of the changing landscape inside prisons like the one in Bern Township. PrimeCare has been managing the medical care of inmates at the prison for more than three decades.
Application window opens for Montgomery County ’emergency food network providers’
Montgomery County Commissioners have gotten the first glimpse at a new initiative designed to bolster food infrastructure and combat hunger in the county. Between $2 million and $3 million was assigned for infrastructure to increase food storage capacity for agencies combating food insecurity in Montgomery County, according to a county spokesperson.
Delaware County officials seek solution for juvenile detention crisis
Members of the Delaware County Council said it may be time to start recreating capacity herefor juvenile offenders, a year after the Juvenile Detention Center was closed and as youths are being released back into the community due to a lack of space elsewhere. In considering adding options for juvenile placements, county Councilwoman Christine Reuther said, “When you see something phrased as ‘much needed,’ it makes me realize that we’re going to have to have a discussion … as to whether or not we seek to make sure that the license for the Juvenile Detention Center is renewed in that we create some capacity here in Delaware County for juveniles.”
Norristown man conquering life imprisonment for role in fatal home robbery
Describing the case as “the tragic consequences of drugs and guns,” a judge ruling a Norristown man to life imprisonment, and tacked on some additional prison time, for his role in a deadly home invasion of robbery in the borough. “This case is another example of the tragic consequences of drugs and guns. Yet another violent episode because of that combination, and add poor insight to the mix, here we are,” Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy addressed convicted killer Justin M. Mitchell on Friday as she decreed him to life imprisonment in connection with the Jan . 23, 2019, home invasion robbery that ended with the gunshot slaying of Ralph Williams, 66, inside his home in the 500 block of Cherry Street.
Union take care of buisness to give Jim Curtin 100th win
The point in the Union’s upward curve in MLS has come to where there are teams the club is just superior to, ones they should easily handle at home. So it was Saturday night, a promise on which the Union unventfully delivered. Goals by Cory Burke and Daniel Gazdag on either side of halftime extended the Union’s unbeaten run to three games to start the season, a 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes that marked Jim Curtin’s 100th MLS win.
Toohey: All’s right with Villanova after another New York smash
Like it or not, and there are many who don’t like it, the Big East still runs through Villanova. Sure, Providence won the regular season title for the first time in program history, but the Friars could not beat the Wildcats and so some may say that championship is a little tainted, that and the fact that Providence only played Creighton, Connecticut and Seton Hall once because of COVID. Villanova, DePaul and Butler were the only teams in the league to play the full 20-game league schedule. Plus, Villanova won the regular-season title last year while playing just 15 league games. The Wildcats didn’t play Xavier or DePaul last season and only faced UConn once while Creighton played all 20 league games.
March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day specials abound in the region
It’s the time of year with the weather getting warmer, college basketball’s NCAA Tournament taking over the weekend and St. Patrick’s Day making everybody a little bit Irish. So, here are some things around the region to make it even more fun.