Kennett Square Borough honors agency that helps victims of domestic violence
● By Steven Hoffman
Kennett Square Borough Mayor Matthew Fetick presented a proclamation to the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Oct. 5 meeting of borough council.
Fetick noted that there isn’t a lot of attention paid to domestic violence, so it is good that there is an agency like the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County to provide assistance to those who need it the most.
Terry Moody, the director of development and communication for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, said that domestic violence is a very important issue, with statistics showing that one in three women will be a victim of domestic violence. Men are victims as well, and in surprisingly high numbers. Moody encouraged everyone to stand up against domestic violence, and said that it’s very important for victims to report any incidents, which can range from physical violence to emotional abuse to financial issues. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, six different downtowns throughout Chester County are being decorated with purple ribbons.
Mary Hutchins, the executive director of Historic Kennett Square, reported that they are working with Longwood Gardens officials on plans for the shuttle to run between the world renowned attraction and Kennett Square. Hutchins explained that there was a positive response to the shuttle last year, the first that this initiative was introduced. Last year, approximately 800 riders took the shuttle. The expectation is that there will be even more riders this year during the four Saturdays that the shuttle will run. Kennett Square Borough Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Longwood Gardens for the holiday shuttle.
Historic Kennett Square officials are also working on plans for many of the other holiday activities that are slated to take place, including the parade the carriage rides. One new addition this year will likely be a pop up park that will be set up around the town’s Christmas tree during the holiday season.
In other business, borough council approved free holiday parking for specific hours during the Christmas shopping season.
Kennett Square Borough Council approved the Special Event Application for the annual Halloween Parade, which is slated for Oct. 25.
Council president Leon Spencer announced that the Shade Tree Commission now has two vacancies that need to be filled in order for the commission to meet because there is not currently enough members to form a quorum. Anyone interested in serving on the commission should contact Kennett Square Borough at 610-444-6020.