All aboard the Train for a Ride with Santa 2014
Waiting for the Train Ride with Santa 2014 at the Glen Mills Train Station
Thornbury Farm CSA
2014 Fall Festival
Goose Creek Park Playground
Squire Cheyney Springhouse
Battle Reenactment 2014
Brandywine Battle Reenactment
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TOWNSHIP NEWS


Easter Egg Hunt 2015


Every year the Easter Bunny makes an appearance in Thornbury Township to hold an Easter Egg Hunt. Children of all ages are invited to go on the hunt!

Egg Hunt

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 28, 2015 at the Goose Creek Park beginning at 12:30 and ending at 3:00 p.m. The hunt begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.!

Candy, Hot Dogs, Snacks, Balloons & Face Painting will be available. The Easter Bunny will be there too!

This event is sponsored by the Thornbury Township Parks & Recreation Committee and is free to all Thornbury Township residents.




WEGO Promotional Ceremony


On February 25, 2015, a promotional ceremony was conducted at the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department to congratulate its most recently promoted and hired police officers. The seven officers honored at the ceremony were:


• Lieutenant Guy Rosato, promoted to Patrol Lieutenant
• Sergeant James Renegar, promoted to Patrol Sergeant
• Officer Jason Diamond, promoted to full-time Patrol Officer
• Officer David Hale, promoted to full-time Patrol Officer
• Officer Russell Weaverling, promoted to full-time Patrol Officer
• Officer Ryan Herman, newly hired part-time Patrol Officer
• Officer Joshua Micun, newly hired part-time Patrol Officer

Lieutenant Rosato was hired by the police department in 1988 and has held numerous positions within the police department including canine handler, field training officer, use of force instructor, and fleet manager. During his career with the department, Lieutenant received numerous commendations and was named WEGO Officer of the Year in 2002. Lieutenant Rosato and his family (with whom he is pictured) reside in Westtown Township, Chester County.

Sergeant Renegar was hired by the police department in 2008 and served as a Patrol Officer until his recent promotion. During his career, Sergeant Renegar has received several commendations, including one for the pivotal role that he played in the apprehension of two subjects involved in a theft ring that had been active in several counties. Sergeant Renegar and his family reside in Delaware County; he is pictured with his wife.

Officer Diamond was hired by the police department in 2013. Since joining the agency, he has demonstrated great investigative skill and was responsible for the identification of a subject wanted for a string of commercial burglaries in several counties. Officer Diamond currently resides in Delaware County and is pictured with his fiancée.

Officer Hale was hired by the police department in 2013. Since joining the agency, he has received a commendation for his professional handling of a motorist who refused to identify himself, exit his vehicle, or cooperate in any manner. His calm handling of the incident resulted in the subject being arrested without injury for the multiple outstanding bench warrants against him. Officer Hale currently resides in Delaware County and is pictured with his fiancée.

Officer Weaverling was hired by the police department in 2011. Before joining the agency, he was a very active member of a volunteer fire company and has continued to serve the community in that capacity. Officer Weaverling currently resides in Delaware County and is pictured with his parents.

Officer Herman was hired in February of 2015. He has been an active member of the Goshen Fire Company for many years and brings that commitment to community service to the department. Officer Herman has prior law enforcement experience with the Lower Chichester Township Police and Amtrak Police. He resides in West Goshen Township, Chester County, and is pictured with his parents.

Officer Micun was hired by the police department in February of 2015. He has prior law enforcement experience with Delaware County Park Police, Aston Township Police, and Upper Providence Township Police. He and his family (with whom he is pictured) currently reside in Delaware County.

Attention Parents: Keep Your Kids Safe!


Justice 4 PA Kids is hosting a seminar sheduled for Wednesday, April 15th at Paoli Hospital beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Learn how to really protect your children from "stranger danger" and how to talk to your children without causing them fear. For more information click here.


State of the Court 2015



HON. WILLIAM D. KRAUT
MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE
15th JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
COUNTY OF CHESTER

District Court 15-2-03 Thornbury, Westtown, & West Goshen Townships

Dear Friends, Neighbours and Fellow Citizens:

I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm personal greeting to you. I want you to know that I am personally thankful for your continued faith and trust in me. I am committed to continuing to protect and strengthen our community in the coming year. It is the sworn obligation of a Judge to ensure that every case tried in his or her Court is adjudicated expeditiously, courteously, and according to law, with the fullest protection for the rights of all who are involved. I follow this belief daily.

This is my annual “State of the Court” address to the citizens of Thornbury Township. 2014 was a busy year for our court. I am proud to report that the state of Magisterial District Court 15-2-03 remains solid, sound and stable.

Pennsylvania’s Magisterial District Courts are Courts with limited jurisdiction. More than 90% of all litigation in Pennsylvania occurs in the courtrooms of Magisterial District Judges. Chester County currently has 17 Magisterial District Courts. All summary misdemeanor and felony criminal cases originate at the Magisterial District Court level. Magisterial District Courts are also the venue for lawsuits in civil cases for matters up to $12,000.00 as well as the filing and disposition of minor criminal cases (summary cases) such as traffic violations, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, truancy, game law violations, and parking tickets.

As a Magisterial District Judge I conduct preliminary hearings for all serious criminal offenders to determine which cases should be held for trial at the Court of Common Pleas (the trial court). I also set and accept bail and arraign defendants after arrest. This could happen day or night. I issue search warrants based upon testimony from our local police force, state police and the state’s Attorney General’s office.

Public trust and confidence begins with a fair and impartial judiciary. Every day I and the other District Judges work to provide resolution of disputes, to protect constitutional rights, and to uphold the rule of law. District Court 15-2-03 is one of the busier district courts in the county. Our caseload for the year 2014 was 6,205 cases filed. The cases filed in 2014 broke down as follows: 339 criminal cases, 246 civil cases, 4,531 traffic cases, 231 Landlord Tenant cases, and 858 summary cases. For the year 2014 the gross amount of revenue District Court 15-2-03 took in was $775,413.00. Of that Thornbury Township received $15,071.44.

District Court 15-2-03 is located at the Government Services Center (GSC), 601 Westtown Road, Suite 110 West Chester, PA 19380. Our telephone number is 610-436-5757, our fax number is 610-431-5755 and the Court website is www.chesco.org/judgekraut. The Court’s hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The court’s jurisdiction includes Westtown Township, West Goshen Township and Thornbury Township Chester County.

My door is always open. If you have any suggestions on making the court run more efficiently or how our court can better serve the public please let me know. Keep in mind that I cannot and will not discuss a case that I am to hear. The court staff nor I can give legal advice to the public, so please do not get angry at the staff when they tell you they cannot answer your questions. They are under strict orders not to give legal advice. The public and I are very fortunate to have the staff that is employed at our court. They are a dedicated, hard working and conscientiousness group of people. Without them the court would not run as effectively and efficiently as it does.

As always I am available to speak to civic groups, scouts, and schools. Tours of the Court are available for schools and scouts.

In closing as I start each day I try to remember the following” the most extraordinary aspect of the judiciary in a free society is that even while exercising the authority entrusted to them, judges remain the servants, not the masters, of those on whom they sit in judgment.”

William D. Kraut
Magisterial District Judge
Thornbury, Westtown & West Goshen

Thornbury Township Awarded Tree Vitalize Grant!


Thornbury Township was recently awarded the Tree Vitalize Grant from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Chester County Conservation District for the purchase of trees and shrubs to establish a forested riparian buffer at Squire Cheyney Farm Park. Reforesting the riparian area at Squire Cheyney Farm Park is an important part of the park’s development into a passive recreation facility for community residents. The grant funding will be used to purchase approximately 100 trees and shrubs native to this area which will be planted along a tributary to the East Branch of Chester Creek which runs through the park.


Keystone Collections Notice - 2014 Local Tax Return Due April 15, 2015


It’s that time of year again. Your 2014 local earned income tax return is due on April 15.

Did you know the quickest way to get your refund is to file online? If you live and work in Pennsylvania, you can e-file on our tax administrator’s secure website, which is available 24/7 at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Keystone Collections Group’s e-file is the easy, fast and secure way to file your 2014 tax return. It lets you file your tax return when it is most convenient for you. You will need your W-2, your Social Security Number and any other income documents that may apply (such as a PA-UE or a Schedule C).

Please note that the forms changed this year. If you will be claiming an out-of-state tax credit or if you work in Philadelphia, you may be eligible for a local earned income tax credit up to the amount you owe to your resident municipality. The worksheet on the back of the form will help you calculate your out-of-state tax credit (attach a copy of your out-of-state filing).

If you have questions regarding local tax filing, call Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline at 1-888-328-0565 to speak with a local, knowledgeable Taxpayer Service Agent. You can also email your questions to “Taxpayer Support” at www.KeystoneCollects.com.

Taxpayers with earned income in 2014 are required to file a tax return by Wednesday, April 15.

Police Scams


Police Chief Bernot has alerted the Township that many telephone "scams" are currently being perpetrated in Thornbury Township. Some of the scams include the "Granny Scam" and an "IRS Scam". For information on these scams please click on "Services" above and then click on "Police" and scroll down to the Police Scams.

Upcoming Events

  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS – March 8, 2015
    N/A
  • RESCHEDULED: Board of Supervisors Work Session – March 10, 2015
    6:00 pm
  • Historic Preservation Committee Meeting – March 11, 2015
    7:30 pm
  • ST. PATRICK'S DAY – March 17, 2015
    N/A
  • Board of Supervisors Meeting – March 17, 2015
    7:00 pm
  • EGG HUNT – March 28, 2015
    1:00 pm 3:00 pm