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HAPPY EARTH DAY, neighbors!! 

Please take a look at the wonderful events being offered on campus and the community. 

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Don’t miss the Borough’s Arbor Day celebration in Hoopes Park at 10:30am on Friday, April 26th!!

 

Borough Council members from as far back as 1997, gathered to honor outgoing Borough Manager, Ernie McNeely at the April 16th council meeting. 

Ernie served the borough proudly for 27 years. He will take over as manager in Lower Merion Township in early May.

Thank you, and all the best to Ernie!

Photos by intern to mayor: WCU Sarah Falta

Mayor Comitta with Dr. James Hansen at WCU event.  Dr. Hansen is the leading authority in the field of climate science and has contributed significantly to the public debates about climate change and the responsibilities of science.

He served as Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is an Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. His numerous awards include a Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, Annual Heinz Award in the Enviornment, and a Sophie Award. In 2006 he was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Dr. Hansen’s talk will encompass his research on climate change.

Mayor Comitta with Leslie Stauffer, Director of RSVP Of Chester County, holding a proclamation declaring April 1st, 2014, mayor's Day in West Chester.  

Mayor's Day began in 2013 in celebration of volunteers in our communities.

Bayard Rustin High School, was awarded a ‘Key to the City’ of West Chester

You can read the Bayard Rustin High School April 2014 Newsletter here.

 I want to thank you, WCU's Dr. Reed and students and WCPD Corporal Collins for creating this valuable partnership which is strengthening the wellness of our police officers and our community.

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Dear Neighbors:

Chief Bohn and I are pleased to invite you to join us for a Community Town Hall Event presented by Kacie’s Cause, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to raising awareness of the epidemic of drug addiction, especially heroin addiction.  We are pleased that Chester County Assistant DA, Mike Noonan, will join us that evening.

I attended a Kacie’s Cause town hall event last year and was very impressed with the quality of information and discussion.  We hope you will be able to join us as we raise our awareness for the benefit of our families and our community.

We look forward to seeing you on March 27th at Borough Hall.

Learn More Here

Mayor Comitta congratulates Sandi Huss on her retirement!  Sandi served as the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor and Police Administration for over 15 years.

Thank you, Sandi for your valuable service to the wcpd and to the people of West Chester!   

Mayor Carolyn Comitta & Community Leader Reader

Mayor Carolyn Comitta attending New Directions After School program reading a book about the late great Horace Pippin.

Horace Pippin was a self-taught African-American painter who worked in a naïve style. 

As many of you know there is a park named after Mr. Pippin on West Gay street. As a follow up, in the spring, the students will be going to visit the Horace Pippin Park.

Mayor Comitta with Borough Parking Services Officers following administration of the Oath of Office. Mayor Comitta thanks our PSO's for their service to the West Chester community.

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County 

Thanks to  verizon for generous donation of $10,000 for dating Violence education and $6000 for general needs.

From left to right: County Commissioner Ryan Costello; West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta; Todd Darlington, Verizon Government Relations & External Affairs; Dolly Wideman-Scott, CEO of DVCCC; Terry Moody, Director of Development of DVCCC; Linda Altemus, DVCCC Board member; Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell.

Mayor Carolyn Comitta's Inaugural Address

January 6, 2014

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Borough Council 2014 and Mayor

L to R:
Seated: Cassandra Jones, President Jordan Norley, Vice President Stephen Shinn, Mayor Carolyn Comitta
Standing: New Council members: Bill Scott, Don Braceland, Ellen Koopman and Brian Abbott.

Congratulations to All!

Photo Credit - Jim Salvas

‘No More Silence' means it's time for common sense gun laws

To learn more, please check out this recent article on the Daily Local News from December 14, 2013

Mayor Comitta with interns Savannah Dysard (Rustin '14) and Alyssa Strasser (WCU '14) outside United Nations Headquarters, NYC, attending the International Conference on Health and Environment co-sponsored by the Government of Ukraine and World Information Transfer.

Conference proceedings at www.worldinfo.org.

December 2, 2013

Photo by Sarah Falty (WCU'14)

Presidential Medal of Freedom:Bayard Rustin

Mayor Comitta with Walter Nagle, partner of Bayard Rustin and Director of the Rustin Foundation, holding Rustin's Medal of Freedom.  State Room, White House. 11/20/13

"150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address"

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Many thanks to West Chester's Fire Police for your service to our community. 

New members sworn in on 11/7/13:
From left to right:
Mayor Comitta
Cheryl Giacinto
Melani Giancinto
Dimitri Giacinto
Lauren Stafford

West Chester AmeriKids with Mayor Comitta after the Veteran's Day parade.   

Thank you for an inspiring medley of Armed Forces songs. 

Happy Veteran's Day!

Mayor Comitta and Marine Corps League Color Guard with mascot "Fonzie". Mayor Comitta was named an honorary member of the Marine Corps League during Memorial Day ceremonies and was presented with the Marine Corps League's Distinguished Citizen Award during Veterans Day ceremonies at the Courthouse today.

November 10, 2013
West Chester Veterans Day Parade

The following article appeared in th Daily Local News on November 1, 2013.

The annual West Chester Police Department Awards Ceremony was held at Borough Hall Monday night, honoring those officers and supporting personnel who performed their duties above and beyond the line of duty.

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta said more than 20 officers were recognized at the ceremony which comes at a recommendation as part of the departments strategic plan.

The awards honor officers who acted above and beyond their duties during particularly challenging situations where they were in harm’s way.

“These are some of those really remarkable situations where they showed extraordinary actions, police work and bravery,” Comitta said.

Also during the ceremony, four local residents were honored with the Mayor’s Award.

Now in its third year, the award is given to community leaders outside the department who make a valuable contribution by supporting the mission of the West Chester Police Department.

According to the department, “the mission of the West Chester Police Department, a law enforcement agency dedicated to the highest standard of professionalism and integrity, is to protect and serve our diverse communities by forging collaborative relationships.”

Candidates for the award are selected by the police department and then decided on by the mayor and a council of officers in the department.

Those honored this year included Jerome McKeiver III, a recent graduate of West Chester University; Becca Fuller, a Henderson High School junior; Bram Monroe, a third grader at St. Agnes; and Thomas Mann, a fourth grade St. Agnes student.

McKeiver received his award for the role he played in assisting an officer who was seriously injured when he fell off his bike in October of last year.

At the time of the incident, an individual stumbled off the curb and into the path of the officer’s bike sending the officer off the bike and into the street.

While many stood around and watched McKeiver leaped to the officer’s aid using his background as an athletic trainer to realize he needed to maintain communication with the officer keeping him awake while emergency help arrived.

“In a day and age when most of his peers used their cell phones to record the incident, Mr. McKeiver quickly took action, provided medical care and protection for the injured officer and followed up several days later asking about the officer’s condition,” Comitta said.

Fuller, Monroe and Mann received the award for their quick thinking and action earlier this spring when a young swimmer at the West Chester Country Club began to drown underwater.

The swimmer challenged him to see how far he could swim underwater but began to sink in the deep end. Realizing the swimmer needed assistance, Monroe and Mann jumped in and pulled the swimmer up from the bottom. Fuller, the lifeguard on duty at the time, jumped in the pool as well and placed a floatation device on the swimmer before pulling him out of the pool and beginning CPR. Eventually the swimmer began breathing again.

According to the police report, the individuals were recognized because “I believe the three juveniles saved the young man’s life and deserve to be recognized for their heroic actions,” the report said.

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Fame Fire Co No 3 President, Don Powers, presents an original historic Fame helmet (1838) as a special loan to Mayor Comitta for display in the Mayor's office.  The helmet is one of only two items on loan from Fame Fire Company in Borough Hall.  The other is the painting by L.D. Schroth (painted for the Fame's 100th birthday in 1899), which was presented to the Borough in 1988, and hangs in a place of honor in Borough Council Chambers.  The painting and the helmet serve as reminders of the service of our firefighters and the inspiring motto of the Fame Fire Company, "With willing hearts we hasten to assist.

(Photo by Diane Powers)

Graduate students, Lawrence Davidson and Scott Winters leaders in founding and staffing the WCU Veterans Center, with Chaplain Lauren Meiswinkel and Mayor Comitta at the West Chester American Legion October meeting.  The WCU Veterans Center was founded three years ago and assists veterans and their families in navigating the challenges and opportunities faced by returning soldiers including college application, course selection, GI Bill, etc.

 

The Big Read is an NEA sponsored event.  September 11-November 11, 2013 WCU Professors, Dr. Eleanor Shevlin and Dr. Kuhio Walters are the organizers for West Chester's Big Read.

Visit WCU's West Chester's Big Read webpage

West Chester Big Read PDF

 

“Enjoy a video of West Chester Borough’s event honoring Bayard Rustin, recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

In addition, enjoy our recognition of West Chester resident and long-time member of the Borough’s HARB and Planning Commission, Walter Hipple. Hear Walter’s adivce for West Chester’s future. 

Go to www.3CTVLive.com and select “Free Archive Directory” and click on West Chester Borough.”

Bayard Rustin Commemoration

Photo by Tom Kelly

"WCU Welcome back picnic" at the Hudzina home!  Thanks to all 5 borough hosts of our picnics and to WCU for providing food and organizing the picnics. Welcome back students!"

West Chester Supports the Arts!  

Many thanks to West Chester's Uptown Entertainment Alliance in collaboration with the Melton Center, the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts and the Nairobi Chamber Chorus for a special concert last evening.  Please enjoy the YouTube video of the final combined choral number and photos.

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Mayor Comitta welcomes members of Nairobi Chamber Chorus at Melton Center.

(pictured above & below)

Mayor Comitta joined the children and staff of the West Chester Day Care Center along with West Chester Chamber of Commerce President Mark Yoder, for the ribbon cutting for their beautiful new preschool playground.  

Many thanks to WCDCC Executive Director, Betsy Billie and staff for your caring service to our children and families.  The WCDCC has served our community since 1962."

“Night Out Against Crime” Wednesday, August, 7

Joining communities from across the country, the West Chester Police Department will host its first “Night Out Against Crime” Wednesday, Aug. 7.
“It’s an outreach to bring people together, to raise awareness about public safety and have fun,” said Mayor Carolyn Comitta. “And it’s an opportunity for people to talk with officers in an informal setting.”


The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the unit block of North Church Street between Gay and Market streets.


The event will include information on preventing crime, finger printing for children and emergency vehicle displays along with other items that are still being scheduled.

The borough event is part of a national effort in August known as the National Night Out. The National Night Out, part of “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, first appeared in 1984 with an effort to promote “involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized nd fighting back, according to the National Association of Town Watch, the non-profit which runs the event.


The association rolled out the annual event in 1984. That year, 2.5 million people took part in the event in 400 communities across 23 states.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie,” said Matt Peskin, executive director of the association who started the event. “While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.”


National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The West Chester Police Department said this year it wanted to make sure their community is involved.


“It really underscores the collaborative partnership between all of our emergency services and our people,” Comitta said.


The department said the theory behind the event is to have the community show its support for each other, and unite against crime, by locking their residences or properties, turning on a porch light and coming out to attend the street festival event with other residents, community leaders and first responders, including local law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMT’s.


According to Comitta, discussion on conducting the event began last year.
“The police department doesn’t act alone in promoting a safe community, it takes everyone’s participation this is a great way for the police department to reach out and educate and bring people together and raise awareness about community safety and the role of keeping themselves safe,” Comitta said.


A police department spokesperson said organizers are looking to purchase coloring books, informative handouts, balloons, children’s finger printing kits and prizes for children’s games for the event.


Those interested in sponsoring in any way are encouraged to contact 484-880-9937 or email dmarch@west-chester.com.


Article by Daily Local News staff writer Jeremy Gerrard on Twitter @JeremyGerrard.

WC Spring 2013 Community Conversation:

Key Findings and Fall Update-Ocober 10th!

Dear Neighbors:

I am pleased to share the findings of our Spring “Community Conversation” which was held on May 16th in Borough Council Chambers.  We were delighted to welcome over 100 community residents, leaders, high school and college students, business owners, elected officials and candidates for public office.

Attached you will find a summary listing of the ideas that were considered top priorities by the conversation participants.   After you look over the list, please let us know if there is something we missed!

We will continue our “conversation” in the fall, on Thursday evening, October 10th, at the Chester County Historical Society’s Cultural Center.  We were at maximum capacity in Council Chambers in May, and appreciate the Historical Society welcoming us to its large meeting room.  Now there will be room for everyone to bring a friend!  Details to follow.

Thanks to each of you who have participated in our Community Conversations, and welcome to those of you who will join us for the first time in the fall!

LEARN MORE HERE

Mayor Comitta at Swinging Summer Thursday, with two members of the Good Fellowship Ambulance EMS Bike Team Mike Pisano (L) and Ethan Healey (R).

Many thanks to all EMS team members who are there for us during every West Chester festival and event!

The Citizen Recognition Project announced the first West Chester Walk of Fame recipients on Tuesday after state Senator Andy Dinniman, Mayor Carolyn Comitta and fellow project officials thanked some of the students who helped research the long list of nominees.

To be formally honored in early September with a “star” in a Borough of West Chester sidewalk are the following: Clifford DeBaptiste, Philip Jamison, the late Addy Kelly, the late Charles Swope, the late Elinor Z. Taylor, the late Thomas U. Walter, and the late N.C. Wyeth.

Recognition Project President Jeff Brown said the Citizen Recognition Project plans to recognize community champions with sidewalk plaques on an annual basis. The plaques are planned for the sidewalks at the intersection of High and Market streets in front of the historic Chester County Courthouse.

Citizen Recognition Project Chairman Jim McErlane, President Jeff Brown, Mayor Carolyn Comitta, St. Agnes School Principal Sister Joan O’Reilly, and state Sen. Andy Dinniman.

Dinniman, a member of the committee, said, “It’s a great tradition we’re starting and one that recognizes and encourages community involvement. I want to express my appreciation to president Jeff Brown, committee chairman Jim McErlane, and the whole committee, which has worked so hard to recognize those who gave and continue to give their time and effort to make West Chester the wonderful community that it is.”

Prior to the announcement, Dinniman, Comitta, McErlane and Brown thanked the 39 St. Agnes eighth-graders of teacher Kimberly Frame for researching the biographies of some of the 20 nominees from which the recipients were ultimately selected.

“They did great. They worked hard. The biographies are just phenomenal,” said Brown, who emphasized the original research that went into some of the biographies. “For the late Addy Kelly, they had to call the Kelly family to get the information.”

Mayor Comitta said not only will the Citizen Recognition Project correctly recognize those who serve West Chester; The research that goes into the selection process provides great benefits of its own.

“The eighth-graders at St. Agnes and at the other area schools that contributed research for the Citizen Recognition Project get to learn about individuals they may not have yet heard about on their own, and about how these individuals or their legacies continue to benefit their communities,” Comitta said. “They learn about all the many different ways one can give back to their hometown, and about how such service can make a big difference for generations to come.”

Chester County Family Academy   www.ccfaschool.org celebrates "Ride Your Bike to Work Day" with Mayor Comitta, Chester County Cycling Coalition Chair, Ellen Zadoff and borough residents. 

The students made "bike flags" and surprised us with a special violin concert! Thank you, CCFA.

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.

Check Out The Video Here

Earth Hour in West Chester Proclamation

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Day of Happiness Proclamation

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Click below for the March issue of the WC Press, including an article featuring "Madam Mayor" and many fantastic "Women of West Chester". Enjoy!

Read The Issue Here

Mayor Comitta joins LWV's Meryl Rothman, and WCU professors for WCU Political Science Club's "Feminism in Politics" panel discussion

Check out the Video Here.

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 jgerrard@dailylocal.com Courtesy photo

Read the Daily Local News article from February 28, 2013

C-Span Student Video Competition: Entry on Gun Violence

by 

Maya Tetali
Exton, PA
Great Valley Middle School

Featuring Mayor Comitta,

member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org   

For action: www.demandaplan.org

Click Here to View Video

 

Building Positive Skills for West Chester Children

Check Out The Recent Daily Local News Article

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.

Read the full West Chester Patch article here.

Read the letter here.

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

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First West Chester Fire Company Dedicates New Fire Station

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WCU President Weisenstein:

2012 State of the University Address

 

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Dancing with the Mayor

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."

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Voter ID Law: What You Need to Know

For questions regarding new Voter ID requirements CALL:

1-866-OURVOTE (866-687-8683)

Phone bank hosted by the Committee of Seventy, a non-partisan voter advocacy organization 

(Click the Voter ID Image Above For a Larger View)

West Chester Universtity Remembers 9-11

Watch The Slideshow

Pennsylvania Mayoral Summits on Out-of-School Time Aim to Keep Kids Safe, Inspire Learning and Help Working Families

Learn More Here

Fig - West Chester PA

Check out Mayor Carolyn Comitta's recent interview which appeared at FigWestChester.com.

Read it Here

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.”

News Alert for August 17, 2012

"West Chester Photographer Wins People Award"

Read the Daily Local News article here.

Congratulations to West Chester Fire Department member and West Chester resident, Billy Ronayne, for winning the DVRPC's first "I Love Classic Towns" photo contest!

Billy's winning photo is of a firefighter extinguishing a fire during a training exercise. It is compelling and shows the artistic talent as well as the service competence of our fire fighters!

Congratulations, Billy!

Carolyn

News Alert for August 13, 2012

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire 's West Chester, PA Working Toward Becoming the 'Perfect Town' article posted. Read it here.

Scripps's Howard Foundation Wire's Chester County to play critical role in presidential election article posted. Read it here.

 

Mayor Comitta with FIG Team Members

Deb Brandt, creator of Fig and Jeremy Hess of Jeremy Hess Photographers.

Thank you, FIG for showing all that makes West Chester a great place to live, work, study and visit!

Chester County botanist Marshall’s legacy remembered in West Chester

Above photo by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News. In the Marshall Square Park Gazebo, former Mayor Dick Yoder greets West Chester residents gathered to celebrate the sixth annual Humphry Marshall Day.

To learn more check out the articl in the Daily Local news by clicking here.

CONGRATULATIONS to WEST CHESTER BASEBALL on CAPTURING NCAA D II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY SHUTOUT, 9-0

Click image for larger photo.

Read more at the Daily Local News.

"West Chester's first

"Little Free Library"

In the alcove outside Visual Expansion Gallery" on High Street.

To learn more ckick here.

Chester County Department of Community Development

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Mayor Comitta with members of Henderson High School's Student Conservation Corps.

The Mayor commends the student group for their leadership in conducting energy audits for West Chester businesses, saving them both energy and costs!

Congratulations, WCU Class of 2012!

Mayor Comitta with Leonard Altieri, WCU graduating senior, and Member, Board of Governors, PA State System of Higher Education. 

West Chester Recognizes Pubs, Restaurants for Responsible Alcohol Efforts

May 16, 2012

Read the article @ Daily Local News

Read the article @ Patch.com

 

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.

Learn More Here

Happy Arbor Day from West Chester's  Hoopes Park! 

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

March 31st, 8:30-9:30pm

Learn More Here

You are invited!

Urban Land Institute study looks at options for West Chester's Downtown

3/29/12 8am at the Chester County Historical Society

Learn More Here

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.

Learn more here.

"Bustling West Chester is Dreaming of a Center City of its Own"

At work on the Hotel Warner. Its developer says the hotel will have 35 eating establishments within a three-block radius. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ/ Staff Photographer/Philly.com)

Read the recent philly.com article about West Chester here.

Congratulations, West Chester!!  

"This Old House’s Best Old-House Neighborhoods 2012"

(PA's only listing!)

Learn More by clicking here.

(Or the image)

West Chester Black History Celebration

Senator Dinniman presented a resolution from the State Senate commending the students and the Borough in this importent celebration of WC's role in black history.

Mayor Comitta with WCU interns, Yheralis Lantigua, Kelcie Rudman and Daniel Colon: WC Black History Celebration - February 15, 2012

Read the Official Brochure

Mayor Comitta welcomes Girl Scout Troop 4563 to West Chester Borough Hall - January 26, 2012

"The People Win!!"

Pennsylvannia High Court Throws Out Assemby Redistricting

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"Congratulations to West Chester University Junior, Kevin Mann - Spring Semester Internship in Harrisburg."

Check out the article by clicking here.

“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 by clicking 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.

Read the article here.

Supreme Court Brief: WC Redistricting Appeal

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.

NEWS ALERT!

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 
January 2010

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.

Pennsylvania Redistricting

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.

You can learn more at the Pennsylvania Redistricting Website.

More information will be posted here soon!

 

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!
Mayor Comitta

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

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"Congratulations to Coach O'Donnell and Henderson Girls Filed Hockey Undefeated Chesmont Champs!"

Learn More Here.

Daily Local News Team Article.

Read Mayor Comitta's

Testimony to PA State Redistricting Commission

Harrisburg, PA

November 23, 2011

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You can learn more here.

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 WCU Women's Field Hockey - NCAA Division II National Champs http://pic.twitter.com/SZ3tBiFW

 

Miss National Sweetheart 2012

Congratulations to two West Chester Henderson students: 

Sophomore, Jordan McCool: Miss Junior National Sweetheart 2012;

and

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


Carolyn Comitta


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

Dear Neighbors:

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. 

In peace,
Mayor Comitta

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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

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West Chester Sunset

The Calm After The Storm

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Library wins 2011 Historic Preservation Award

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.

Howard Sundwall
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".

Read It Here

 

 

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".

Watch The Video

 

 

World Class Fiddle Player Receives Commendation from the Mayor

West Chester seventh grader and Stetson Middle School student Alexander Weir received a commendation from West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta on July 20, 2011for his accomplishments in fiddling.

Weir recently won a regional competition in Irish-style fiddling and will go on to represent the United States in a worldwide competition in Ireland in August.

Weir began playing the violin at the age of three, and began to show an interest in Irish-style fiddling as he got older.

After Weir played for the council, Mayor Comitta said, "We can all see why you're a world-class fiddle player."

You can watch Alexander perform for the Borough Council at www.westchesterpatch.com.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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

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Dear Neighbors and Colleagues:

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. 

Best regards,
Carolyn

Read The Message Here
 

WCPD to be recognized as recipient of the 2011 "J. Dewees Mosteller Community Service Award"

Read MCongratulations to the WCPD:  Awarded WC Chamber’s 2010 J. Dewees Mosteller Community Service Award, and to Mary Lou Enoches, the Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Read More Here

ore Here

 
  WCPD - Awards Ceremony Sept. 2010
 
 
Updated onJanuary 8, 2011
  Around Town
  WC Girl Scouts - MLK Services
  Kathy McBratnie Memorial Children's Party
  East High School Art School Arts Dept.
  WC Area School District Sports
  WCU Baroque Ensemble
  Mayors for Peace
  Joint Sustainability Task Group
  H. Paul Fitzpartick, 1936-2010
  Honoring Schramm's Operator
  WCU Friars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mayor Comitta Information
 
 
 
 
 

“Enjoy a video of West Chester Borough’s event honoring Bayard Rustin, recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

In addition, enjoy our recognition of West Chester resident and long-time member of the Borough’s HARB and Planning Commission, Walter Hipple. Hear Walter’s adivce for West Chester’s future. 

Go to www.3CTVLive.com and select “Free Archive Directory” and click on West Chester Borough.”

Bayard Rustin Commemoration

Photo by Tom Kelly

"WCU Welcome back picnic" at the Hudzina home!  Thanks to all 5 borough hosts of our picnics and to WCU for providing food and organizing the picnics. Welcome back students!"

West Chester Supports the Arts!  

Many thanks to West Chester's Uptown Entertainment Alliance in collaboration with the Melton Center, the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts and the Nairobi Chamber Chorus for a special concert last evening.  Please enjoy the YouTube video of the final combined choral number and photos.

Watch The Video

Mayor Comitta welcomes members of Nairobi Chamber Chorus at Melton Center.

(pictured above & below)

Mayor Comitta joined the children and staff of the West Chester Day Care Center along with West Chester Chamber of Commerce President Mark Yoder, for the ribbon cutting for their beautiful new preschool playground.  

Many thanks to WCDCC Executive Director, Betsy Billie and staff for your caring service to our children and families.  The WCDCC has served our community since 1962."

“Night Out Against Crime” Wednesday, August, 7

Joining communities from across the country, the West Chester Police Department will host its first “Night Out Against Crime” Wednesday, Aug. 7.
“It’s an outreach to bring people together, to raise awareness about public safety and have fun,” said Mayor Carolyn Comitta. “And it’s an opportunity for people to talk with officers in an informal setting.”


The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the unit block of North Church Street between Gay and Market streets.


The event will include information on preventing crime, finger printing for children and emergency vehicle displays along with other items that are still being scheduled.

The borough event is part of a national effort in August known as the National Night Out. The National Night Out, part of “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, first appeared in 1984 with an effort to promote “involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized nd fighting back, according to the National Association of Town Watch, the non-profit which runs the event.


The association rolled out the annual event in 1984. That year, 2.5 million people took part in the event in 400 communities across 23 states.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie,” said Matt Peskin, executive director of the association who started the event. “While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.”


National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The West Chester Police Department said this year it wanted to make sure their community is involved.


“It really underscores the collaborative partnership between all of our emergency services and our people,” Comitta said.


The department said the theory behind the event is to have the community show its support for each other, and unite against crime, by locking their residences or properties, turning on a porch light and coming out to attend the street festival event with other residents, community leaders and first responders, including local law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMT’s.


According to Comitta, discussion on conducting the event began last year.
“The police department doesn’t act alone in promoting a safe community, it takes everyone’s participation this is a great way for the police department to reach out and educate and bring people together and raise awareness about community safety and the role of keeping themselves safe,” Comitta said.


A police department spokesperson said organizers are looking to purchase coloring books, informative handouts, balloons, children’s finger printing kits and prizes for children’s games for the event.


Those interested in sponsoring in any way are encouraged to contact 484-880-9937 or email dmarch@west-chester.com.


Article by Daily Local News staff writer Jeremy Gerrard on Twitter @JeremyGerrard.

WC Spring 2013 Community Conversation:

Key Findings and Fall Update-Ocober 10th!

Dear Neighbors:

I am pleased to share the findings of our Spring “Community Conversation” which was held on May 16th in Borough Council Chambers.  We were delighted to welcome over 100 community residents, leaders, high school and college students, business owners, elected officials and candidates for public office.

Attached you will find a summary listing of the ideas that were considered top priorities by the conversation participants.   After you look over the list, please let us know if there is something we missed!

We will continue our “conversation” in the fall, on Thursday evening, October 10th, at the Chester County Historical Society’s Cultural Center.  We were at maximum capacity in Council Chambers in May, and appreciate the Historical Society welcoming us to its large meeting room.  Now there will be room for everyone to bring a friend!  Details to follow.

Thanks to each of you who have participated in our Community Conversations, and welcome to those of you who will join us for the first time in the fall!

LEARN MORE HERE

Mayor Comitta at Swinging Summer Thursday, with two members of the Good Fellowship Ambulance EMS Bike Team Mike Pisano (L) and Ethan Healey (R).

Many thanks to all EMS team members who are there for us during every West Chester festival and event!

The Citizen Recognition Project announced the first West Chester Walk of Fame recipients on Tuesday after state Senator Andy Dinniman, Mayor Carolyn Comitta and fellow project officials thanked some of the students who helped research the long list of nominees.

To be formally honored in early September with a “star” in a Borough of West Chester sidewalk are the following: Clifford DeBaptiste, Philip Jamison, the late Addy Kelly, the late Charles Swope, the late Elinor Z. Taylor, the late Thomas U. Walter, and the late N.C. Wyeth.

Recognition Project President Jeff Brown said the Citizen Recognition Project plans to recognize community champions with sidewalk plaques on an annual basis. The plaques are planned for the sidewalks at the intersection of High and Market streets in front of the historic Chester County Courthouse.

Citizen Recognition Project Chairman Jim McErlane, President Jeff Brown, Mayor Carolyn Comitta, St. Agnes School Principal Sister Joan O’Reilly, and state Sen. Andy Dinniman.

Dinniman, a member of the committee, said, “It’s a great tradition we’re starting and one that recognizes and encourages community involvement. I want to express my appreciation to president Jeff Brown, committee chairman Jim McErlane, and the whole committee, which has worked so hard to recognize those who gave and continue to give their time and effort to make West Chester the wonderful community that it is.”

Prior to the announcement, Dinniman, Comitta, McErlane and Brown thanked the 39 St. Agnes eighth-graders of teacher Kimberly Frame for researching the biographies of some of the 20 nominees from which the recipients were ultimately selected.

“They did great. They worked hard. The biographies are just phenomenal,” said Brown, who emphasized the original research that went into some of the biographies. “For the late Addy Kelly, they had to call the Kelly family to get the information.”

Mayor Comitta said not only will the Citizen Recognition Project correctly recognize those who serve West Chester; The research that goes into the selection process provides great benefits of its own.

“The eighth-graders at St. Agnes and at the other area schools that contributed research for the Citizen Recognition Project get to learn about individuals they may not have yet heard about on their own, and about how these individuals or their legacies continue to benefit their communities,” Comitta said. “They learn about all the many different ways one can give back to their hometown, and about how such service can make a big difference for generations to come.”

Chester County Family Academy   www.ccfaschool.org celebrates "Ride Your Bike to Work Day" with Mayor Comitta, Chester County Cycling Coalition Chair, Ellen Zadoff and borough residents. 

The students made "bike flags" and surprised us with a special violin concert! Thank you, CCFA.

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.

Check Out The Video Here

Earth Hour in West Chester Proclamation

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Day of Happiness Proclamation

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Click below for the March issue of the WC Press, including an article featuring "Madam Mayor" and many fantastic "Women of West Chester". Enjoy!

Read The Issue Here

Mayor Comitta joins LWV's Meryl Rothman, and WCU professors for WCU Political Science Club's "Feminism in Politics" panel discussion

Check out the Video Here.

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 jgerrard@dailylocal.com Courtesy photo

Read the Daily Local News article from February 28, 2013

C-Span Student Video Competition: Entry on Gun Violence

by 

Maya Tetali
Exton, PA
Great Valley Middle School

Featuring Mayor Comitta,

member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org   

For action: www.demandaplan.org

Click Here to View Video

 

Building Positive Skills for West Chester Children

Check Out The Recent Daily Local News Article

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.

Read the full West Chester Patch article here.

Read the letter here.

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

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First West Chester Fire Company Dedicates New Fire Station

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WCU President Weisenstein:

2012 State of the University Address

 

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Dancing with the Mayor

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."

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Voter ID Law: What You Need to Know

For questions regarding new Voter ID requirements CALL:

1-866-OURVOTE (866-687-8683)

Phone bank hosted by the Committee of Seventy, a non-partisan voter advocacy organization 

(Click the Voter ID Image Above For a Larger View)

West Chester Universtity Remembers 9-11

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Pennsylvania Mayoral Summits on Out-of-School Time Aim to Keep Kids Safe, Inspire Learning and Help Working Families

Learn More Here

Fig - West Chester PA

Check out Mayor Carolyn Comitta's recent interview which appeared at FigWestChester.com.

Read it Here

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.”

News Alert for August 17, 2012

"West Chester Photographer Wins People Award"

Read the Daily Local News article here.

Congratulations to West Chester Fire Department member and West Chester resident, Billy Ronayne, for winning the DVRPC's first "I Love Classic Towns" photo contest!

Billy's winning photo is of a firefighter extinguishing a fire during a training exercise. It is compelling and shows the artistic talent as well as the service competence of our fire fighters!

Congratulations, Billy!

Carolyn

News Alert for August 13, 2012

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire 's West Chester, PA Working Toward Becoming the 'Perfect Town' article posted. Read it here.

Scripps's Howard Foundation Wire's Chester County to play critical role in presidential election article posted. Read it here.

 

Mayor Comitta with FIG Team Members

Deb Brandt, creator of Fig and Jeremy Hess of Jeremy Hess Photographers.

Thank you, FIG for showing all that makes West Chester a great place to live, work, study and visit!

Chester County botanist Marshall’s legacy remembered in West Chester

Above photo by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News. In the Marshall Square Park Gazebo, former Mayor Dick Yoder greets West Chester residents gathered to celebrate the sixth annual Humphry Marshall Day.

To learn more check out the articl in the Daily Local news by clicking here.

CONGRATULATIONS to WEST CHESTER BASEBALL on CAPTURING NCAA D II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY SHUTOUT, 9-0

Click image for larger photo.

Read more at the Daily Local News.

"West Chester's first

"Little Free Library"

In the alcove outside Visual Expansion Gallery" on High Street.

To learn more ckick here.

Chester County Department of Community Development

To Learn More click here.

Mayor Comitta with members of Henderson High School's Student Conservation Corps.

The Mayor commends the student group for their leadership in conducting energy audits for West Chester businesses, saving them both energy and costs!

Congratulations, WCU Class of 2012!

Mayor Comitta with Leonard Altieri, WCU graduating senior, and Member, Board of Governors, PA State System of Higher Education. 

West Chester Recognizes Pubs, Restaurants for Responsible Alcohol Efforts

May 16, 2012

Read the article @ Daily Local News

Read the article @ Patch.com

 

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.

Learn More Here

Happy Arbor Day from West Chester's  Hoopes Park! 

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

March 31st, 8:30-9:30pm

Learn More Here

You are invited!

Urban Land Institute study looks at options for West Chester's Downtown

3/29/12 8am at the Chester County Historical Society

Learn More Here

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.

Learn more here.

"Bustling West Chester is Dreaming of a Center City of its Own"

At work on the Hotel Warner. Its developer says the hotel will have 35 eating establishments within a three-block radius. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ/ Staff Photographer/Philly.com)

Read the recent philly.com article about West Chester here.

Congratulations, West Chester!!  

"This Old House’s Best Old-House Neighborhoods 2012"

(PA's only listing!)

Learn More by clicking here.

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West Chester Black History Celebration

Senator Dinniman presented a resolution from the State Senate commending the students and the Borough in this importent celebration of WC's role in black history.

Mayor Comitta with WCU interns, Yheralis Lantigua, Kelcie Rudman and Daniel Colon: WC Black History Celebration - February 15, 2012

Read the Official Brochure

Mayor Comitta welcomes Girl Scout Troop 4563 to West Chester Borough Hall - January 26, 2012

"The People Win!!"

Pennsylvannia High Court Throws Out Assemby Redistricting

Learn More Here

"Congratulations to West Chester University Junior, Kevin Mann - Spring Semester Internship in Harrisburg."

Check out the article by clicking here.

“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 by clicking 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.

Read the article here.

Supreme Court Brief: WC Redistricting Appeal

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.

NEWS ALERT!

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 
January 2010

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.

Pennsylvania Redistricting

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.

You can learn more at the Pennsylvania Redistricting Website.

More information will be posted here soon!

 

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!
Mayor Comitta

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

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"Congratulations to Coach O'Donnell and Henderson Girls Filed Hockey Undefeated Chesmont Champs!"

Learn More Here.

Daily Local News Team Article.

Read Mayor Comitta's

Testimony to PA State Redistricting Commission

Harrisburg, PA

November 23, 2011

Click Here

You can learn more here.

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 WCU Women's Field Hockey - NCAA Division II National Champs http://pic.twitter.com/SZ3tBiFW

 

Miss National Sweetheart 2012

Congratulations to two West Chester Henderson students: 

Sophomore, Jordan McCool: Miss Junior National Sweetheart 2012;

and

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


Carolyn Comitta


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

Dear Neighbors:

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. 

In peace,
Mayor Comitta

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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

Please Join - Learn How

 

West Chester Sunset

The Calm After The Storm

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Library wins 2011 Historic Preservation Award

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.

Howard Sundwall
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".

Read It Here

 

 

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".

Watch The Video

 

 

World Class Fiddle Player Receives Commendation from the Mayor

West Chester seventh grader and Stetson Middle School student Alexander Weir received a commendation from West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta on July 20, 2011for his accomplishments in fiddling.

Weir recently won a regional competition in Irish-style fiddling and will go on to represent the United States in a worldwide competition in Ireland in August.

Weir began playing the violin at the age of three, and began to show an interest in Irish-style fiddling as he got older.

After Weir played for the council, Mayor Comitta said, "We can all see why you're a world-class fiddle player."

You can watch Alexander perform for the Borough Council at www.westchesterpatch.com.

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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

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Dear Neighbors and Colleagues:

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. 

Best regards,
Carolyn

Read The Message Here
 

WCPD to be recognized as recipient of the 2011 "J. Dewees Mosteller Community Service Award"

Read MCongratulations to the WCPD:  Awarded WC Chamber’s 2010 J. Dewees Mosteller Community Service Award, and to Mary Lou Enoches, the Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Read More Here

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  WCPD - Awards Ceremony Sept. 2010
 
 
Updated onJanuary 8, 2011
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  WC Girl Scouts - MLK Services
  Kathy McBratnie Memorial Children's Party
  East High School Art School Arts Dept.
  WC Area School District Sports
  WCU Baroque Ensemble
  Mayors for Peace
  Joint Sustainability Task Group
  H. Paul Fitzpartick, 1936-2010
  Honoring Schramm's Operator
  WCU Friars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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