Counties determine how to spend; Split verdict on deadly home invasion; Vermeil’s Hall push started locally

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Area college admissions more flexible during COVID

College application season can be a stressful time for high school students trying to get the best possible scores on the SAT and ACT tests. Making sure their grades are as stellar as possible. And don’t forget the other factors that colleges like to look at, those that show a student is well-rounded. There are sports and clubs and groups and part-time jobs and volunteering. But what happens when all of these things become difficult, if not impossible? What happens when a global pandemic closes schools and businesses when sports competitions and school activities are cancelled?

Delaware County Considers 10-Year Options for Waste Disposal

In the update to the creation of Delaware County’s 10-Year Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan, two things stood out. First, officials need the public’s help to form a citizens’ advisory committee, and second, the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority is in the triage phase. At its Wednesday meeting, the Delaware County Board heard from Alex Danovitch of Zero Waste Associates and Jim Warner, the SWA’s interim CEO.

Committee gets to work spending Chester County pandemic funding

How Chester County spends the money earmarked for pandemic relief projects will be determined, in part, by a group of volunteers who will review applications from various angles, county officials say. The committee has begun work to create a system that prioritizes, requests and reviews proposals for the county’s share of funds from the American Recovery Plan Act, legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden last year dedicating $1.9 trillion dollars to communities rebuilding after the pandemic. .

Jury reaches split result in trial of two men charged with fatal Norristown home invasion

A Montgomery County jury has acquitted a Reading man of charges he was involved in a home invasion robbery in which a Norristown man was shot and killed and the jury was unable to reach a verdict against a Harleysville man who prosecutors say was the trigger. Rashaan Aaron ‘Heavy’ Stevenson, 35, of the 500 block of Walnut Street, Reading, was acquitted of charges of first, second and third degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, burglary and possession of a weapon in connection with his alleged role in the shooting death of Alonzo J. Anthony at 10:53 p.m. on April 2, 2019.

Montgomery County Recovery Office to Designate $161 Million in Coronavirus Funding

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of Montgomery County residents, the Montgomery County Office of Recovery is working to identify ways to spend millions of dollars in federal relief funding economy COVID-19. Montgomery County received $161.4 million in pandemic recovery funds under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Congress passed the $1.9 trillion recovery plan last March. dollars.


Villanova’s Slater ‘blessed’ on ankle, game continues to improve

Brandon Slater wouldn’t attribute his recent offensive resurgence to finally being healthy after an ankle injury slowed him down earlier in the season. “It’s just how the game went,” Slater said after the 10th-ranked Wildcats held on for a 74-66 win over struggling Georgetown on Saturday. “I always try to do things within the game. I happened to be lucky enough to have a few good games. Villanova coach Jay Wright quickly countered that view.

McCaffery: A call to the Hall, made by a call from a guy from Delco

The low-definition television in the most luxurious suite of a posh Beverly Hills hotel was tuned to the Rose Bowl in January 1976, a little for football, a little for background noise. That’s when Jimmy Murray, the guy from Westbrook Park to West Philly turned Eagles general manager, squinted and saw the future. That’s when he summoned owner Leonard Tose from the other room and said, “Hey, you better take a look at this guy.” That guy was Dick Vermeil, a 39-year-old coach at UCLA who was upsetting previously undefeated Ohio State 23-10. And it wasn’t so much the plays Vermeil played or the blitzes he ordered that Murray noticed. It was more, something more, a presence, an air of leadership, a way with people.

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