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Students “Kick Butts” with Anti-Vape Memes

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PHOTO CAPTION:  Pictured from left to right at Owen J Roberts Middle School: Dylan Woodgate (3rd Place), Zach Evans (1st Place) and Jacob Evans (Honorable Mention).  Pictured at Fred S. Engle Middle School: Mathea Dunn (2nd Place).


WEST CHESTER, PA – The Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition and the Chester County Health Department recently selected three middle school students as winners in the annual Kick Butts Day Meme Contest.  Students were recognized during the school day on Thursday, April 5 and Monday, April 9, 2018.

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.  In recognition of this event, the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition challenged Chester County middle school students to participate in a contest to create anti-vaping memes, which are typically humorous, captioned photographs shared on web and social media.

The Coalition received over 200 contest entries.  The 2018 finalists are youth advocates from Fred S. Engle Middle School (West Grove) and Owen J. Roberts Middle School (South Coventry).  Each contest winner created a compelling meme appropriate for an adolescent audience, where vape initiation remains at peak.  Entries were judged by members of the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition.  The winners received gift cards and certificates of recognition; the winning schools received posters of their students’ winning meme to be displayed at school.

Contest winners:

  • 1st Place:  Zach Evans, Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Grade 7
  • 2nd Place:  Mathea Dunn, Fred S. Engle Middle School, Grade 7
  • 3rd Place:  Dylan Woodgate, Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Grade 7

Honorable mention:

  • Amelia Clark, Fred S. Engle Middle School, Grade 7
  • Jacob Evans, Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Grade 8
  • Heidi Huffman, Patton Middle School, Grade 8
  • Abigail Weer, Fred S. Engle Middle School, Grade 7

This initiative is sponsored by the Chester County Health Department and the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition (CCTFC).  CCTFC’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Chester County residents by empowering youth and adults to live nicotine-free.  For more information, visit or call 610-344-5209.


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King of Prussia, PA – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30, to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Pocopson Road over Pocopson Creek in Pennsbury and Pocopson townships, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

PennDOT’s contractor will be removing and rebuilding three of the four wingwalls and performing other miscellaneous repairs on the structure.
Due to the nature of the repairs, Pocopson Road will be closed and detoured between Route 926 (Street Road) and Parkersville Road through the completion of the project scheduled for September.
During the four-month closure, Pocopson Road motorists will be directed to use Route 926 (Street Road) and Parkersville Road. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area because slowdowns will occur.
Built in 1929, the single-span concrete encased steel I-beam bridge is 32 feet long, 20 feet wide and carries an average of 1,685 vehicles a day.
This bridge rehabilitation is being performed under PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate 10 structurally-deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally-deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
Beginning Monday, April 23, PennDOT’s contractor will begin rehabilitation on the structure carrying Grubbs Mill Road over Crum Creek in Willistown Township, Chester County, which was closed in March due to structural damage sustained from impact by a vehicle.
The bridges/culverts currently under construction include:
• Street Road over Octoraro Creek in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
• MacDade Boulevard over the Muckinipattis Creek in Glenolden Borough, Delaware County; and
• White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County.
Structures completed under this project include:
• Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek in Richland Township, Bucks County;
• State Road over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County;
• Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township, Chester County;
• Route 113 (Souderton Road) over Mill Creek in Hilltown Township, Bucks County;
• Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia;
• The historic Loux Covered Bridge over Cabin Run on Carver-Wismer Road in Bedminster Township, Bucks County;
• Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County;
• Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over Green Lane Reservoir Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County;
• Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
• Torresdale Avenue bridge over Academy Road in Philadelphia; and
• Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this project that is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in August 2019.


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King of Prussia, PA – Pennsylvania American Water is planning lane restrictions with flagging on Route 372 (Limestone Road) between First Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Parkesburg Borough, Chester County, on Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for resurfacing operations, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because slowdowns will occur during construction. The schedule is weather dependent.
Pennsylvania American Water will complete this project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

Public’s assistance requested with identifying a suspect from robbery at Coventry Mall

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The North Coventry Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying a suspect from a robbery at the Boscovs located at the Coventry Mall. On 04/14/2018 officers responded to the Boscovs for a retail theft where the suspect fled the area after pepper spraying a loss prevention officer. The suspect was last seen fleeing in a white sedan, possibly displaying a New York license plate. Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the North Coventry Police Department. 610-323-8360.


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On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 11:46 AM the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department responded to the intersection of West Chester Pike and Waterview Road for an automobile accident.

Police arrived on location and found two passenger vehicles with heavy damage and occupants trapped in both vehicles. Members of the Goshen Fire Company and Ambulance responded to extricate the occupants and render medical care.

The driver of a blue 2011 Ford Edge, a 75 year old female from West Goshen Township, was extricated and transported to Paoli Hospital.

The driver of a red 2011 Hyundai Accent, an 18 year old male from West Goshen Township, was out of his vehicle and an 86 year old female passenger was trapped in the passenger seat of this vehicle. Goshen Fire Company extricated the passenger and she was also transported to Paoli Hospital in critical condition.

Preliminary information from the investigation determined that the driver of the Ford Edge was stopped at Waterview Road, intending to turn left on West Chester Pike to travel east. A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus was stopped in the westbound right lane of West Chester Pike just before the intersection of Waterview Road to drop a passenger off as the Ford Edge began to cross West Chester Pike. The driver of the Hyundai Accent was traveling westbound on West Chester Pike in the left lane and struck the driver’s side of the Ford Edge.

The SEPTA bus was not struck and no occupants of the bus were injured. Just prior to the collision, the SEPTA bus driver sounded his horn in an attempt to stop the driver of the Ford Edge from crossing the roadway.

The 86 year old passenger from the 2011 Hyundai remains in critical condition at Paoli Hospital.

This accident remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department at 610-692-9600.


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​King of Prussia, PA – Daytime and nighttime lane restrictions are scheduled this week on four state highways as part of an improvement project to repair and resurface 40 miles of state highway in Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The work schedule is:
• Monday, April 16, through Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 82 (Doe Run Road) from east of Tapeworm Road to Strasburg Road in West Marlborough and East Fallowfield townships, for paving;
• Monday, April 16, through Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled on Strasburg Road between Route 372 (Valley Road) and Route 82 (Doe Run Road) in Sadsbury and East Fallowfield townships, for paving;
• Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled on Chadds Ford Road/Creek Road between the Delaware state line and the Delaware County line in Pennsbury Township, for paving; and
• Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM, lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 52 (Lenape Road) between Route 926 (Street Road) and Creek Road in Pennsbury, Pocopson and Birmingham townships, for milling.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur. The contractor’s schedule is dependent on the weather.
Additional state highways scheduled for resurfacing under this contract include:
• Cypress Street/Baltimore Pike/State Street from west of Thompson Road to west of Mill Road in New Garden and Kennett townships;
• Route 352 (North Chester Road/Sproul Road) between Route 3 (West Chester Pike) and U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) in Westtown, East Goshen and East Whiteland townships;
• Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) between the U.S. 1 ramps to Route 10 (Limestone Road) in London Grove, Londonderry and West Fallowfield townships;
• Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road/Market Street/Lancaster Avenue/Lancaster Pike) between Freese Road and the Lancaster County line in East Nottingham and Lower Oxford townships and Oxford Borough;
• Northbrook Road between Brandywine Drive and Route 842 (Unionville Wawaset Road) in West Bradford and Pocopson townships;
• 5th Avenue/Elm Street/Black Horse Road/Black Horse Hill Road between Business U.S. 30 (Lincoln Highway) and Caln Road in the City of Coatesville and Valley and Caln townships;
• Saginaw Road between Route 472 (Hickory Hill Road) and Big Elk Creek in East Nottingham Township; and
• Faggs Manor Road between Route 926 (Street Road) and Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) in Londonderry Township.
Under this improvement project, PennDOT is milling the existing roadway surface and repaving the state highways with new asphalt. The new pavement will seal the roadways and provide motorists with a smoother riding surface.
Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $7,959,000 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Plan.
Work on the project is expected to be completed in October 2018.


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Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that roughly 155 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the five-county Philadelphia region during this construction season.

Richards also urged motorists to drive cautiously in work zones – for their safety and that of workers – in observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week running April 9-13.
“We’re improving mobility and economies across the state and I look forward to continuing these important investments in 2018,” Governor Wolf said.
Complementing the significant projects in the southeast region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.
Today’s announcement was made near the Interstate 95 Girard Avenue/Aramingo Avenue Interchange project in Philadelphia where PennDOT has invested more than $500 million to
rebuild and improve 1.5 miles of the interstate between the Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue interchanges.
“The work that we and our municipal and private-sector partners are doing for Pennsylvanians is important for communities and businesses,” Richards said. “Motorists should use caution in work zones so we can get home each day after completing this critical work.”
Across PennDOT Engineering District 6, spanning Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, the department anticipates rehabilitating, reconstructing and resurfacing more than 277 miles of state highways and improving 41 bridges.
“The aggressive approach we take with our construction program in this region allows us to significantly reduce the backlog of our pavement and bridge demands, and move critical projects forward to improve, strengthen and secure our vast transportation network,” District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said.
Notable projects that will continue this year include:
• Interstate 95 pavement restoration in Bucks County ($29.6 million);
• U.S. 202 Bridges over Amtrak in Chester County ($26.4 million);
• U.S. 322 widening in Delaware County ($62.7 million);
• U.S. 422 Bridges in Montgomery County ($97.4 million); and
• I-95 Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange improvement in Philadelphia ($81 million).
Notable projects that are expected to be begin this year include:
• U.S. 1 reconstruction in Bucks County ($90 million estimate);
• U.S. 30 ITS enhancement in Chester County ($7 million estimate);
• Route 252 bridge replacement over Crum Creek in Delaware County ($16 million estimate);
• U.S. 202 widening and intersection improvements in Montgomery County ($58 million estimate); and
• I-95 South Reconstruction between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue in Philadelphia ($311.5 million).
As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. Preliminary statewide PennDOT data shows that 19 people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2017, three more than in 2016. Additionally, there were 1,789 crashes in work zones last year, a decrease from 2,077 crashes in 2016. Over the last five years, there was a statewide average of 1,901 crashes and nearly 20 fatalities in work zones.
In addition to the crash data from police reports, PennDOT monitors work-zone safety with internal reports. In 2017, there were 95 intrusions in PennDOT work zones. Of those work-zone intrusions, 18 resulted in injures to PennDOT employees, 53 caused damage to PennDOT fleet or equipment, and 35 did not result in injury or damage.
As of March 9, there have been seven instances of vehicles intruding into work zones in 2018. One resulted in employee injury, four caused damage to vehicles or equipment, and two did not result in injury or damage. Since 1970, 88 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty, the latest being Robert Gensimore, a Blair County foreman who was struck on February 17 while placing flares to warn motorists of a crash.


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​King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) this afternoon reopened the historic Rapps Dam Road covered bridge over French Creek in East Pikeland Township, Chester County, following repairs to the structure, which was struck by a vehicle on March 29, 2018.

PennDOT crews will return in the coming weeks to perform additional work to further repair and restore the historic covered bridge.
Built in 1866, the Rapps Dam Road covered bridge was reconstructed in 1978 and 2011, and underwent major repairs in 2015 after it was severely damaged when struck by a tractor trailer.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is 106 feet long and 14 feet wide. The bridge carries an average of 3,600 vehicles a day.