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Marian Moskowitz

It has only been six years since Marian Moskowitz entered the political pool. And she has made a big splash. As it seems Marian has always been opinionated about many things, in 2014 her son planted a seed that she should run for office in Chester County. Well, she ran that year and lost.

In 2019 Marian ran again. This time for Chester County Commissioner and she won. After taking office in 2020, Marian was elected to chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners. She has broken a few records along the way. She is the first Democrat to hold the position as well as the first Democratic female to lead the board in 250 years.

Marian always wanted to make a difference. She has a tireless penchant for community improvement for all residents.

As a single mom, she started her first business at the age of 25 selling leather goods in an indoor flea market. Moving on to diversified businesses of cosmetics, trucking sales, repairs and long-hauling, Marian also worked with international imports and exports.

On the home front, Marian and David Moskowitz have been married for 35 years, moving to Chester County in 1984. The family is a “yours, mine & ours” pairing with five children. One for her, three for him and one together. There are five grandchildren to add to the mix.

Even with her busy schedule, Marian likes to babysit when the opportunity arises.

Marian is best known for urban redevelopment. In this area, she has developed North Ridge — a condo community on the town limits of Phoenixville.

In 2006, she and her husband purchased a vacant factory once known as Lockman’s Rug Company on Franklin Avenue. It has been developed into a vibrant educational and mixed-use complex. Dedicated to educational businesses as well as non-educational businesses is what is now known as Franklin Commons. Today, there are 20 condos housed this adaptive re-use facility.

Travel is high on the Moskowitz list. Traveling extensively for business and pleasure throughout the United States as well — just to mention a few — Europe, Asia, China, Australia, Middle East, Mexico and Canada.

Marian and her projects have received many awards and honors. Serves on numerous boards of nonprofits.

In speaking with Marian, I came away with the feeling that she really cares and is making a difference. Her vision, expertise and work ethic are directed to what she sees for the future of our communities.

Even with her very busy life, she enjoys being in the kitchen.

This recipe her father’s parents brought with them from England or Ireland (not sure). It is a family favorite.

RICE PUDDING

2 quarts milk (use 2% or whole-not 1%)

13 oz. can evaporated milk

1 ½ cup granulated sugar

1 ¼ cup long grain white rice

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400-degrees.

Mix all ingredients together and stir for a good 5 to 10 minutes. Mixing for this long does make a difference. Pour mixture into slightly greased baking dish. Bake for ½ hour – then stir mixture really good and bake for additional 45-minutes. Turn oven off and allow the rice pudding to stand in oven that has been turned for 10-minutes. A skin will have formed on the top. Remove the film before eating.

ENJOY!

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