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‘Good Works’ restores Coatesville home Saturday with help from senator’s staff

By Ginger Dunbar, Daily Local News. 10/19/13

COATESVILLE — Volunteers from Good Works were joined by state Senator Andrew Dinniman and his staff Saturday to restore homes and hope.

Dinninman, D-19th of West Whiteland, said he was honored to help repair a house on the 400 block of Maple Avenue with his staff from the West Chester District Office and volunteers from Good Works.

Good Works is non-profit organization that works to repair homes in the county. Dinniman said he has been a supporter of the organization since the beginning in 1988.

Homeowner Vince Taylor said he appreciated the housework from a “worthwhile program.”

“We are not just repairing homes and renovating houses here in Coatesville,” Dinniman said, “We are restoring hope.” …

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Police top issue for Malvern mayoral candidates

by Brent Glasgow, Daily Local News, 5/16/13

Incumbent Gerard “Jerry” McGlone and challenger Dave Burton will see where they stand heading to November in next Tuesday’s Malvern Borough mayoral primary.

McGlone (R), a borough resident since 1998 seeking his fourth term, said he has been and will continue to be focused on the office’s main priority – Malvern’s police department.

Thirteen months ago, controversy gripped Malvern when it was discovered McGlone and the borough council were looking into the option of outsourcing the department to a neighboring township as a cost-cutting measure. As was the case then, McGlone said that it never went past the research phase.

“In my mind we were doing the right thing as leaders of the municipality to evaluate what was out there,” McGlone said. “In no way was I ever convinced that it was the right decision.”

With the recent hiring of Chief Lou Marcelli, McGlone likes where the department is currently and moving forward.

“I think we’re in a wonderful place right now with our arrangement,” McGlone said. “My commitment will always be to maintain the Malvern Police Department. I’ll do everything in power to make sure that doesn’t change.”

McGlone, a practice leader with Trion, said one of the biggest things on the borough’s horizon is the future of its industrial park.

“There’s a lot of property owners and people who’ve shown a lot of interest in doing some things up there,” McGlone said. “As a whole, we also want to create an atmosphere and encourage business owners to thrive, while attracting more to fill in along King Street.”

Burton (D) has lived in the borough for 43 years, and wants to bring his viewpoints and thoughts to the office.

“I’m not as busy now as I used to be, and I would like to give back to the community,” Burton said. “I feel I have a perspective having been here all that time, watching the borough grow and continue to grow.”

Burton, a teacher at the Concern Treatment Unit for Boys in Coatesville, said he has attended a lot of council meetings to learn about all of the borough’s issues. Like McGlone, he said the police force is at the top of the list.

“It seems to me that with the borough growing, the police force will be even more important,” Burton said.

Burton said he wants to pull from his own past managerial experience to benefit Malvern. …

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County Human Services workers vote to unionize

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 4/12/13

WEST CHESTER — After the last two attempts to seek union representation failed, employees in Chester County’s Human Services departments Thursday voted to approve union representation.

The vote, which is unofficial until verified, was 96-56. This vote decided whether the employees would join with the local union, Teamsters Local 384, which would collectively bargain for the workers in the department.

There were 163 employees eligible to vote, and of those, 156 voted. Four ballots were challenged. The employees are in the departments of Children, Youth and Families; Drug and Alcohol Services; the Department of Aging; and Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

“I have always had a great deal of respect for the county’s Human Services staff and truly value the work they do every day to serve the most vulnerable citizens in our county,” said Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, reacting to the vote.

Cozzone said during the organizing effort, she was able to meet with employees and hear their concerns directly.

“While I supported the employees’ effort to organize, I also expressed that this was their decision to make and that I would respect the outcome, either way,” Cozzone said. “The majority of employees have chosen representation by the Teamsters to address their concerns and I will work with the union on those issues. My door will still be open to continuing a conversation with any employee.”…

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