To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
West Chester remembers 9/11 – West Chester community members gathered at Chesterwood Village last Tuesday morning for a 9/11 remembrance event. The program featured a 9/11 display, a brief ceremony, as well as dozens and dozens of American flags.
Lakota seniors look back on Sept. 11 as first graders – It was an odd day. Union Elementary first grader Jeff Back didn’t understand why recess was being held inside on such a beautiful day or why so many of his classmates were being picked up from school by their parents. Meanwhile, at Liberty Elementary, Anna Starr was starting to get jealous. Why wasn’t her mom picking her up? What was so special about today? It was Sept. 11, 2001.Union Centre Music and Food Festival returns this fall – Last year, trying to escape the extreme heat of late August, the Union Centre Merchants Association decided to take control of its signature summertime festival at the Square at Union Centre and move it to mid-October. This year’s event, to be held Sept. 28-29, will look very similar, maybe minus the bad weather, to the event held last October. Again, the festival will feature free admission, numerous bands and food from local restaurants.
Police warn of car break-ins near West Chester – Rachel Richardson reported last week there was a spike in the number of automobile break-ins – up to 17 in one night – has prompted police in the neighboring city of Mason to warn residents: If you like it, lock it. Police say that 28 break-ins have been reported in several of the city’s northwest neighborhoods that border West Chester, including Birchwood Farms, Codington Reserve and Hickory Woods.
RASKALS seeks volunteers for fall chores – A local community service program called Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors (RASKALS) is looking for volunteers to help senior citizens with outdoor chores this fall. The West Chester Township program, which is offered twice each year, helps local seniors with window washing, raking, trimming shrubs, painting fences, spreading mulch, planting flowers and other chores.
Local students named National Merit semifinalists – A total of 10 local students have been named semifinalists in the 2013 Natioinal Merit Scholarship Program. The students are among approximately 16,000 named this week in the program. The recognized students include Jeffrey Back, Christina Clyde, Meghan Gibbons, Sophia Li, Jamie Silva and Jasmine Tuazon of Lakota East; Ethan Bennett, Paul Register and Abd Alrahman Traboulsi of Lakota West; and Amber Nix of West Chester (homeschool).