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Philly Beer Week Kicks Off This Weekend

Greater Philadelphia’s breweries, bars and beer-sellers will be showing off during Philly Beer Week, a 10-day event celebrating “the best beer-drinking city in America.” Philly Beer Week, which was established in 2008 and “is the largest beer celebration of its kind in America,” according to its website, will run from May 31 though June 9. The event will span over 20 communities around the Delaware Valley and New Jersey, including Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

West Chester’s very own Boxcar Brewing Company will be part of the action. The local favorite Boxcar Brewing Company is holding an event to kick off the start of Philly Beer Week tomorrow, May 31, 2013! For more information click here or visit http://www.phillybeerweek.org.

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Help Save the Valley

I have recently become aware of the demolition plans involving more than 750 acres of woodland and farmland west of 202/Concord Pike on the Pennsylvania/Delaware border. The area, known locally as “The Valley” but formally as “Beaver Valley” is located just minutes outside of Downtown West Chester and offers a great outdoor escape with magnificent beauties.

The land at stake adjoins the newly recognized National Monument in Delaware and Chester County. Developers are attempting to purchase this land and change zoning laws so that it may be bulldozed and built upon before the remainder of the land joins our new National Monument. This land is currently owned by the Woodlawn Trustees. Don’t let the name fool you. The Woodlawn Trustees have every intention to develop this land. The only thing stopping the development is the current zoning. However, these developers are trying to change the zoning so that they may bulldoze the land and build almost a thousand houses and a big box retail store.

Concerned citizens have created a website, wwww.savethevalley.org, to better inform people of the matter at hand.  Savethevalley.org aims to put a stop to the development plans on the remaining land held by the Woodlawn Trustees and to preserve the land permanently for recreational use. Join in the fight for saving this precious land before it is too late. For more information visit www.savethevalley.org and check out this informative Youtube videoAlso, sign the petition by clicking here and join in the protest on May 14th at 7pm at the Concord Twp Board of Supervisors Rezoning Meeting to show your support. 

 

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Help Give Back This Holiday Season

Now through the end of the holiday season, local insurance agency Kimberley Vassal, will donate $10 on your behalf to Philabundance for every Home, Auto, or Business referral received! You can Click Here to learn more about this great organization that is helping to feed families across the area. To refer a friend visit our referral page by clicking here. Below is an exert from Philabundance.org, along with a video of Kimberley Vassal owners John and Greg explaining the referral program in more detail.

There are almost a million people in the Delaware Valley who face hunger every day. Whether it be working families hit hard by the recession or women and children, seniors trying to make ends meet. The one thing they have in common is being part of a food system that desperately needs additional support. Within the Delaware Valley, Philabundance has experienced 26 percent more people coming to us for food compared to last year. Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry.

 

 

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Relief in Gas Prices around the area

Gas prices have fallen below $3.50 a gallon around the area for the first time since January. Its a good relief as people begin to travel with family friends for the summer. I recently came across an article over at WestChesterPatch.com were they reported, “Not since late-January of this year have we seen gas prices in the Philadelphia area below the $3.50 per gallon mark,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “Now that crude oil has settled in the $80 range, down from a triple digit highs this spring, gas prices are shifting downward as well. Analysts believe the recent drop in prices will likely last through the summer months and could potentially drop to the $3.00 to $3.25 per gallon range in some areas.”

The price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is hovering around $3.51 nationally, while averaging $3.43 in Pennsylvania, $3.33 in South Jersey, and $3.37 in Delaware. I have seen gas around the area as low as $3.33 at the local Sunoco down from our offices located in Chadds Ford. I hope prices continue to fall or at least stay around the lower $3 per gallon mark but who knows what might happen next!

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Winds could be hazardous today; some snow Monday?

The National Weather Service has issued hazardous weather outlooks for Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for wind gusts of up to 40 mph, which could topple branches and bring down power lines. The latest forecast in the meantime says there’s a chance of rain and snow showers Monday. The high today is expected be near 44 under mostly sunny skies, but west winds between 18 and 25 mph will make it feel colder.
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The winds will begin to die down tonight with the mercury dipping to 26, the NWS says. Looking ahead, there’s a slight chance of showers Thursday night and Friday, but it will be partly cloudy with a low around 35 for New Year’s Eve celebrations Saturday night. For New Year’s Day, the forecast is predicting partly sunny skies with a high near 51. The chance of precipitation returns Sunday night in form of rain followed on Monday with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers. But with a predicted high of 45, whatever snow that might fall Monday won’t stick for long. The forecast for Tuesday calls for partly sunny skies with a high near 37.

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Local Flooding Feared and Snow?

Heavy rain’s the main concern today for Philadelphia and its suburbs, while areas to the west and north could see snow on the ground by Thursday morning. Predicted snow accumulations range from a coating to an inch in outer Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, to two to four inches for Reading and Allentown, to perhaps six inches in the Poconos. With up to three inches possible in places, a flood advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. to late tonight from central Delaware to central Jersey.

Small streams and the usual poorly drained low-lying streets are likeliest to flood, potentially causing traffic headaches for both the morning and afternoon commutes – and, for some spots, perhaps even into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, those western and northern areas should be snow mix in, followed by a changeover to just snow. Then colder temperatures will settle in, with highs in the 40s through the weekend, and lows around freezing mark for a few nights, followed by dips into the 20s Saturday and Sunday.

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WCU Falls to UD

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West Chester’s annual gridiron clash with Delaware dates back to 1941 and will come to an end for good next season. In 53 all-time meetings, the Golden Rams have managed just six victories, and the program has rarely had a better opportunity to spring a huge upset than on Saturday evening.

Division II West Chester had the edge in total yards and first downs, and outscored the FCS Blue Hens by 10 points in the final three quarters, but catastrophic turnovers led directly to a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, which proved to be the difference in Delaware’s 28-17 escape. For more information on the game check out this article the dailylocal.com posted.

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