WCU professors present a peach tree to the people of West Chester during a joint celebration of the first "International Day of Happiness" held in Phillips Autograph Library on March 27th. WCU's Center for Contemplative Studies presented a forum on happiness.
L to R: Dr Charles Gallagher, Dr. Christine Moriconi, Mayor Comitta, Professor Donald McCown, Dr. Lisa Lucas.
I LOVE WC - VIDEO
Thanks to WC's own Joe Acchione and TribeSound Productions for donating their time to make the video.
The recently issued Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (an 88 page document) references our Borough and its recently adopted Preservation Plan. Below is the very glowing description of the Borough and with it an expectation that we will follow through on the recommendations in our plan.
West Chester Borough, Chester County
Historic preservation has been an established force in planning and development in
West Chester, which has enabled it to remain an attractive, compact, and walkable community.
While the borough is considered one of Pennsylvania’s most successfully preserved
small towns, its preservation plan was prepared to ensure that preservation efforts continue.
The plan addresses a number of needs identified through public participation, including
the need for education/better information, protection of resources outside the local
historic district, preservation/rehabilitation of historic resources, expansion of the National
Register Historic District(s), and others. Goals identified to address these needs are:
Preserve and protect the historic character of the borough;
Increase public awareness about West Chester’s historic and architectural resources and appropriate preservation techniques; Identify historically significant resources; and
Provide a list of plan recommendations that identify implementation responsibilities.
For those of you interested in the full report it can be found here.
Mayor Comitta dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln, with 'Little Lincoln's" who recited the Gettysburg Address at Chester County Community Foundation's Night at the Oscars party, Milestone Events.
Mayor Comitta presents WCU Women's Field Hockey Team head coach, Amy Cohen, the "Key to the Future".
Congrats to team: 2012 NCAA Div II Field hockey Champs (second year in a row!).
West Chester Councilwoman Speaks on Gun Violence
By JEREMY GERRARD firstname.lastname@example.org Courtesy photo
Intern to Mayor Comitta, WCU's Alyssa Strasser, read a book about the life of Martin Luther King to children at the Charles J Melton Arts and Education Center as part of the New Directions tutoring and mentoring program for Borough children.
January 29, 7:45am - Everhart Park
Photo by Alexander Ball Weir, West Chester high school student and Borough resident.
Mayor Comitta with West Chester Girl Scouts, Troop 496 at the Charles Melton Center - 2013 Martin Luther King Day of Service. The girls held a reading circle and games for community children.
West Chester Officials Back Tougher Gun Laws
Mayor Comitta and WCU Intern, Alyssa Strasser, in Washington DC, Jan 16th, before a meeting with Senator Casey to discuss the gun law priorities of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and to present the Senator with Borough Council's Resolution in support of MAIG initiatives.
Mayor Comitta and WCU intern, Alyssa Strasser in front of the US Capitol on the way to meet with Senators Casey and Toomey.
Read the Daily Local News article from january 21, 2013 by Jeremy Gerrard.
WCU Basketball this Friday night: Family Four Pack!!
West Chester Mayor Asks for Gun Law Changes
A nationwide coalition of mayors, including West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta, asks President Barack Obama to make changes to the country's gun laws.
Mayor Comitta presents Judi Ivins a citation of appreciation and congratulations and a “Key to the Future” for 30 years of volunteer service in supporting the cultural events during West Chester’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade. Thank you, Judi!
Mayor and Mr. Comitta celebrate the Old Fashioned Xmas parade in West Chester. Many thanks for the best parade ever to: The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, Mars Drinks and ABC Channel 6, and all our wonderful volunteers! A special thanks to Borough resident and parade designer,Todd Marcocci of Under the Sun Productions, for volunteering his time to design and direct the parade.
Happy Holidays to all!
Old Fashioned Christmas in West Chester
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West Chester's Winter Wonderland
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WCU students pitch in to make downtown festive for the season
West Chester Mayor Joins Cast of WCU's "She Loves Me"
The charming musical, She Loves Me, opens the 50th Anniversary Season for the West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance with a very special guest joining the cast. West Chester Mayor Carolyn T. Comitta will be performing on two dates to help start the year-long celebration of this milestone anniversary.
Speaking about her invitation to join the production, the Mayor responded, "I am absolutely thrilled to join the cast of She Loves Me! My husband and I have been so impressed by the professionalism of WCU's musical theater performances and the quality of the students both as actors and individuals. The West Chester community has "Broadway" in its own backyard, and too many are not aware of this gem. I hope the community will come see the show! It is very exciting to open doors to new town/gown collaboration through the arts."
Dateline - August 26, 2012: Women's Equality Day and the Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
Women Voters of Chester County American Association of University Women Chester County Women's Commission.
Congratulations and many thanks to these groups who work to promote equality for women, educate voters to be well-informed and to VOTE!
I am a proud member of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women.
Hotel Warner Opens in West Chester
From left, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, owners Ellen and Brian McFadden, Ron Price from Univest, and Neal Jackson from Centerstone Hotels, take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, August 17 for the Hotel Warner in West Chester.
Excerpt from the "Daily Local News".
“I feel that it’s like it’s Christmas morning today,” said West Chester Borough Mayor Carolyn Comitta, giving Ellen McFadden a copy of The Little Engine That Could. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. The Warner Theater is a treasure in the borough, and (Ellen) has brought it back to life.”
Comitta also gave Brian McFadden a symbolic key to the city.
“This is the key to the future,” said Comitta. “The key to the future is entrepreneurs with vision, integrity and hard work. Brian and Ellen personify those qualities, so they are a key to the future of West Chester.”
Mayor Comitta presents a "key to the future" pin to PLCB Chairman Brion and Borough Council President, Holly Brown.
West Chester Univerisity/// Sustainability Efforts
Phil Zaccareli recently created a video to promote some of West Chester University's sustainablility efforts. Please check out the video on WCU’s YouTube channel.
You can also click the image to view the video.
"West Chester Resident/Volunteers - Annual Friends of Everhart Park Plant Sale"
Legislative Reapportionment Commission
Mayor Comitta thanked the Commission for acting on behalf of the best interests of the people of West Chester rather than political expediency, by keeping West Chester wholly within one State House District, the 156th. The Mayor encouraged the Commission to do the same for other municipalities in the Commonwealth wherever possible, strengthening the voice and the vote of the people.
Mayor Comitta, with WCU Intern, Daniel love Colon and Jennifer Levy-Tatum in the Harrisburg Capitol Rotunda after testifying before the Legislative Reapportionment Commission today.
"Arbor Day Battle with Invasive Beetles"
West Chester's Hoopes Park has dozens of ash trees that would be vulnerable to this pest.
Many thanks to the New Century Club, the Junior New Century Club and West Chester's Veteran's Council. Congratulations to Darcie Goldberg, director of the Chester County Art Association, for having a tree planted in her honor by the Junior new Century Club. And a special thank you to the kindergarten Class of West Chester Friends School for joining the celebration and for singing a special song celebrating trees!
Spring clean-up in Everhart Park!
Many thanks to Friends of Everhart Park, judicial probation community service young people and their supervisors and 75 WCU student volunteers!
The park is gorgeous and in full bloom!!
Mayor Comitta Proclaims Earth Hour 2012 in West Chester
ongratulations to West Chester Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Annelise Aurillo
"Annelise and her parents with Mayor Comitta"
HAPPY 100th ANNIVERSARY: GIRL SCOUTS!!
Mayor Comitta and area Girl Scouts celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts! The Mayor presented a citation of congratulations, and several girls shared their thoughts on how Girl Scouts help our community every day.
"One person CAN make a difference!"
Amanda Holt, 29, of Allentown, took it upon herself to draw up a redistricting map.
Allentown woman shows Harrisburg how to make a legislative map.
“Dear President Obama…(On the eve of the State of the Union Address)”
Thank you for inviting me and other local and state elected officials across the country to join you and your staff for a conference call in preparation for your State of the Union Address...
Read Mayor's Comitta's complete letter to President Obama byclicking here.
Conversations with the Mayor - Police
West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta discusses issues facing the borough's police with West Chester Patch.
Read the article by clicking here or by clicking on the Patch logo.
West Chester Borough resident, A. Roy Smith: Preservationist of the Year!
Main Line Today (12/22/11) Honored in 2011 by recognized in Main Line Today.
Congratulations and thank you to West Chester Borough resident, Roy Smith, for by the West Chester Downtown Foundation. Smith shows us what a life of preservation is made of- and why it's good for the economy.
The hearing will be in Harrisburg on January 23rd.
You can read the West Chester Electtion Challenge to Reapportionment Plan (Supreme Court Brief) here.
To read my speech and testimony regarding redistricting in Harrisburg click here.
Please take a few moments to read the following article as it contains detailed information on the borough's redistricting appeal.
"West Chester appeals split between 156th
and 160th" at http://westchesterview.tumblr.com/, setting forth the
context and giving sizable excerpts from the very convincing petition.
THE MISSION OF THE WEST CHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
"The mission of the West Chester Police Department, a law enforcement agency dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, is to protect and serve our diverse communities by forging collaborative relationships."
January 4th, 2012, marks the beginning of my third year as Mayor of the Borough of West Chester. I am proud to provide civilian oversight of the administration of our highly acclaimed West Chester Police Department.
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We extend our appreciation to each individual and group who supports the Mission and work of the WCPD - our collaborative partnerships are at the core of the WCPD's exceptional capability to protect and serve.
Mayor Carolyn Comitta
Photo by Larry McDevitt, Daily Local News
Mayor Comitta and the West Chester Police Department
Congratulations to the 2012 West Chester Borough Council!
Back row: Chuck Christy, Ward 3; Tom Paxson, Ward 5; Jordan Norley, Ward 4; Stephen Shinn, Ward 6.
Front row: Cassandra Jones, Ward 2; Holly Brown, Ward 1; Carolyn Comitta, Mayor; John Manion, Ward 7.
You can click on the image for a larger picture!
Photo courtesy of Jim Salvas.
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission has been holding public administrative meetings in order to adopt the Final Plan for legislative redistricting.
On November 23, 2011 3 testimonials for West Chester were given.
You can view the video here or by clicking the above image.
West Chester's Old Fashioned Christmas, December 2, 2011
THANK YOU WC Chamber of Commerce, resident and parade organizer, Todd Marcocci, lead sponsor, Mars Drinks, parade hosts ABC channel 6's Adam Joseph and Cathy Gandolfo, and WC residents and visitors!!
West Chester's 32nd Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade was absolutely perfect in every way!! Perfect weather, perfect planning and perfect town!!
A special thank you to our own Todd Marcocci (above) for donating his time and creative expertise to organizing and presenting this spectacular parade each year.
It is people like Chamber President, Katie Doherty, and resident Todd Marcocci who make West Chester the perfect town!!
Happy holidays to all!
Little Lincolns: Gettysburg Address competition for West Chester's 8th graders - historic Lincoln building.
WCU Marching Band at High & Market.
WCU Interns to Mayor Comitta, Joelle Tolifero and Courtney Potts, stand next to a portrait of past Secretary general of the UN, Kofi Annan. On Nov 30th, over 50 WCU faculty and students attended a conference held at UN headquarters, NYC, "Food Insecurity".
The conference was organized by NGO, World Information Transfer, Inc. with whom mayor Comitta has worked since 1988. WIT is an international non- profit, non- governmental organization dedicated to educating citizens and world leaders about the effects of environmental degradation on human health. Www.worldinfo.org
Conference Room - speakers
WCU in UN conference room
Brian's Run 2011
Many thanks to West Chester Borough Councilmember, John Manion for his leadership is organizing the 34thAnnual Brian's Run in the heart of West Chester!
This year over $10,000 was raised for "Homes for our Troops", a charity that supports our wounded veterans, making their homes handicapped accessible.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recognizes West Chester Borough for '100% RAMP Certification' project
Mayor Comitta with long time Borough resident and friend, Jean Oakes, at the West Chester Senior Center Gala and Fundraiser this month.
Photo courtesy of Charles Streitwieser
Hang The Greens
Many thanks to the over 100 WCU students who help "hang the greens" in West Chester each holiday season!!
Pictured here are freshmen and o e junior from WCU's Honors College
Happy Thanksgiving from the WC Grower's Market and the Mayor!!
Hats and turkeys by Lindenhof Farms!
Dear Neighbors and Colleagues:
West Chester Borough Hall is now an official collection point for the 15th Annual Bear Fair!!!! We will be accepting all new Teddy Bears from now until November 30th.The collection box is outside of the Mayor’s office. Spread the news!!
The Bear Fair started in 1997 as a WCU student’s service project. Now in its 15th year, West Chester University’s Bear Fair has blossomed into a well-loved event that includes donations from individuals, businesses and organizations around Chester County. This year, the WCU Bear Fair student committee hopes to reach close to 50,000 bears collected!
You can help by dropping off a new bear in the box at Borough Hall today!!
The Teddy Bears will be distributed to children in 29 local shelters & hospitals.
Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by the children and their families….Happy Holidays!!
Mayor Comitta presents a 15th Anniversary proclamation to the 2011 WCU Bear Fair student committee!!
(Photo by Maggie Tripp, Director, WCU Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs)
Congratulations to two West Chester Henderson students:
Sophomore, Jordan McCool: Miss Junior National Sweetheart 2012;
Senior, Courtney Baxter, Miss National Sweetheart 2012!!
Two national winners from Henderson High School! You make PA and West Chester proud!
: This award recognizes academic excellence and community service. The girls both volunteer with the Andrew Hicks Foundation and the Bear Fair, among other service projects.
Mayor Comitta presented Citations of Congratulations to each girl in the Mayor's office.
West Chester Rotary's Chili Cookoff- 2011
Good Will FD, #1 people's Choice Award - for second year in a row!!
2nd Place Award: Best Decorations - 2011 Rotary Chili Cookoff!!
Congratulations to the Brotherhood cooks, carpenter/set designer and servers!!!
Mayor Comitta accepts award on behalf of the WC Police Brotherhood
Mayor Comitta welcomes Senya Isayeff, Chair, East Goshen Township Supervisors!
Women on the Move:
2011's Main Line Names to Know
These 24 ladies are making an impact on the Main Line and beyond. Here's a look at their lives as local leaders.
By Tara Behan and Shannon Hallamyer
Published August 18, 2011
No one is more surprised to be serving as mayor of the borough of West Chester than the mayor herself. For Carolyn Comitta, it was former West Chester University president Madeleine Wing Adler who planted the seed. A 1970s graduate whose commitment to the well-planned growth of her alma mater is well documented, Comitta was serving on borough council when Adler brought up the possibility of running. “She said the mayor had a tremendous opportunity to bring people together and improve the community,” recalls Comitta. “That’s what I really enjoy doing, so I thought being mayor might be a good fit for me.”
Voters agreed. Since her 2010 inauguration, Comitta’s responsibilities have been both diverse and challenging in a thriving university town with pressing budgetary concerns and quality-of-life issues for both students and residents. “We all have the responsibility to leave everything a little better than when we found it,” she says. “And when I leave the office of mayor, I hope I can say I did that about West Chester.”
Hopefully that won’t be too soon. Comitta is seriously considering running for a second term.
Mayor Comitta holds Proclamation:
International Day of Peace,
September 21, 2011 – in West Chester… and around the world.
International Day of Peace
September 21, 2011
Today is International Day of Peace in West Chester!!
Today, West Chester joins over 5000 communities around the world, in celebrating the International Day of Peace. Please see the official Proclamation attached here.
Two years ago, Borough Council voted unanimously to join the International Organization, Mayors for Peace, which supports a nuclear weapons-free world, and is committed to encouraging peace in all endeavors in our local communities and globally.
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Remembrance and Recognition to West Chester Emergency First Responders
September 13, 2011
At Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting, Mayor Comitta presented citations of Remembrance and Recognition to West Chester Emergency First Responders on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11: police, firefighters, ambulance and fire police. Mayor Comitta called upon our citizens, on this 10-Year Anniversary, to remember those we lost on September 11,2001 and to recognize and appreciate the dedication and courage of West Chester's first responders and citizens who served on 9-11 and who serve and protect us every day!
"West End Community Garden Mural"
September 6, 2011
Jimmer Breen, (resident, gardener and artist) and volunteers painting mural at the West End Community Garden Mural. The mural depicts the view east from the top of the water tower which stood in the garden site until it was dismantled.
West Chester University, Student Services, Inc. Sykes Union Advisory Board
All of West Chester should be proud of the winners of the Downtown Foundation’s Historic Preservation Awards for 2011
We at West Chester Public Library are especially proud to be the only public building on the list. The award was given to WCPL in recognition of the 2004-2005 “restoration of the 1888 building [which] was superbly accomplished while successfully addressing the need for more usable interior space.” Learn more here.
The citizens of West Chester, through the foresight and good judgment of Borough Council, invested public funds towards a portion of the costs of this project, which positions the library for another century of service to the community.
Of all the buildings on the list of award winners, this is the one that every West Chester resident and visitor can enter and enjoy any time they wish! Learn more here.
President, Board of Trustees
West Chester Public Library
West Chester recently featured by "Keystone Edge" in an article titled
"Walk This Way: Why We Love to Stroll in West Chester, Lancaster".
Chester County Detachment Marine Corps League members Dan Condon, Commandant, and Fred LeClair, Vice Commandant, with Mayor Comitta, presented West Chester Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Dale McClure with a certificate of appreciation for his assistance with the League's flag retirement program. When a flag is worn or no longer serviceable, it is retired with military honors.
Mayor Comitta extends appreciation to Mr. McClure for his valuable efforts and thanks all members of the Marine Corps League and our Fire Department for their service to our community. (8/17/11)
Mayor Carolyn Comitta recently appeared on Comcast Newsmakers and talked about "Creating a Community Conversation".
Mayor Comitta joins players from the Philly Independence and the visiting Women's soccer team from the United Arab Emirates at a reception in Washington DC last Wednesday. The UAE delegation/Philly Independence (our own pro Women's soccer team in 1st place in US!) partnership is a program called "Growth and Friendship through Soccer". As part of their visit to the US, the UAE girls chose West Chester for their community service projects. One group planted flowers in the town center while another led a soccer clinic for our campers in Everhart Park. Thank you, UAE girls!
A Special Thank You - to Paul Haring
"I'd like to commend Good Will Fire Company's Assistant Fire Chief Paul Haring for the wonderful job he does with children's birthday parties at the firehouse. We had my grandson's 5th birthday party there on June 12, with 13 boys and 2 girls, ages 5 and 6 years -- and it was a truly memorable experience for children and parents alike. All the parents commented on how much they appreciated Paul's efforts. Paul has developed a program that's way more than just an exciting opportunity to climb on the fire trucks -- although that's certainly a highlight for the little guys. He also takes time to educate the kids in what firemen do, and, most importantly, shows them what firemen look like when they come into your house during a fire. This isn't trivial -- small children in a burning house are evidently frightened by firemen in full gear -- especially the air masks -- and tend to hide from them. So he spends almost half an hour of the party getting right down with the kids, talking to them as he slowly puts on all the gear, ending up with the mask. You should have heard the kids' responses when he finally put on that mask! Whoa! But now they know what to expect, should they ever (God forbid) be in that situation. And I'm grateful for that. It's not something I ever would have thought of, but it's clearly a critical issue in a fire. I'm sure you know what a group of small boys is like -- rambunctious is a word that comes to mind. But I was also impressed with how well Paul managed them. He was firm, but incredibly patient, and he won their respect immediately. So when he wanted their attention, he got it, and they listened and learned from him in ways that, to be frank, really surprised me for that age group. I hope you'll forward this message to Paul and his superiors and will mention it in Council. I think Paul has a program that's both fun and educational, and I'd recommend it to anyone in the area. Paul gives up hours and hours of his weekends to do this because he clearly cares about the community. AND it raises money for Good Will Fire Company to boot -- definitely a worthy cause."
All the best, Diane LeBold
"Many thanks to the East Goshen Township Supervisors, Senya Isayeff, Chair, for inviting us to their Community Fair and Fireworks: Saturday, June 25th.
Over 4,500 people attended the fair, enjoying great food, music and fabulous fireworks! Many thanks to our neighbors in East Goshen."
In photo L to R: former Mayor Dick Yoder, State Representative Dan Truitt, Mayor Carolyn Comitta and EG Supervisor, Marty Shane
Mayor Comitta receives WCU Distinguished Alumni Award. L to R: WCU President Greg Weisenstein, Mayor Comitta, WCU Alumni Association President, Ed Monroe.
Congratulations, WCU Class of 2011!!
Dr. Oz, (Commencement Speaker) Mayor Comitta and President Weisenstein
CHESTER COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION EARNS 100 POINTS AND BLUE RIBBON IN WEDNESDAY’S JUDGING AT THE PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW
I would like to share with you a message below from the National League of Cities’ President, James Mitchell, Councilmember, Charleston, SC. West Chester is a long-time member of the NLC, which offers us an extended national family of elected officials and communities. President Mitchell’s thoughts on the tragedy in Tucson send a message of solidarity, commitment and strength to our elected officials and to our communities across our nation.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible tragedy and to their families, with our hopeful thoughts and wishes for the recovery of Congresswoman Giffords.