‘Mario the Barber’ continues political public service

  After 41 years in politics, Delaware County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr.  has been a lot of things – mainly a legislator – but one of the most rewarding vocations, he admitted recently, was 49 years ago when he was known in Upper Darby as “Mario the Barber,” working at his father’s   […]


First Catholic school student wins Delco Spelling Bee

The halls of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU), 200 Yale Ave. in Morton, buzzed with excitement as children and parents gathered to participate in the sixth annual Spirit/Scripps Delaware County Spelling Bee in which contestants from various Delaware County school districts competed on Saturday. The champion, Aidan Graham, of Cardinal Foley Regional Catholic School, […]


PUBLIC NOTICE   The SPIRIT/SCRIPPS Spelling Bee scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 Has been moved from the campus of Neumann University to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit 200 Yale Avenue Morton, PA Start time 9AM sharp.

471,930 people in Pennsylvania are signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

On Feb.15, 2015, the second year of Open Enrollment came to a close with 471,930 Pennsylvania consumers selecting a plan or being automatically reenrolled in quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Nationwide, about 11.4 million Americans selected Marketplace plans or were automatically re-enrolled, including about 8.6 million people in the states that use the HealthCare.gov […]

Celebrating Douglass and reliving the Underground Railroad

To commemorate Frederick Douglass’s 197th birthday and to teach about the Underground Railroad, the Sharon Hill Free Library hosted an educational event last Saturday to educate attendees about what it was and how learning to read and write paved the way to freedom for many slaves. Husband and wife performing duo John and Jan Haigis […]

P- Widener President James Harris III

Outgoing Widener president remains high on Chester 

In one of his first interviews last Friday afternoon, just hours after publicly announcing his acceptance of the position as the fourth president of the University of San Diego (USD), Widener University President James T. Harris, III told The Spirit that he sees the end of his 13-year tenure in Chester as “bittersweet” but that […]

DCTS working with Apple to create computer curriculum

Beginning in the fall, Delaware County high school students will be among the first to attend a comprehensive high school Apple certification program at Delaware County Technical High Schools’ (DCTS) Aston campus. DCTS and Apple are working together to develop a formative curriculum for the Apple Systems and Design program that will prepare students to […]


Local church scores big on Souper Bowl Sunday

Members of Aston Presbyterian Church (APC), 2401 Concord Road, are big fans of the Super Bowl and its hunger-fighting counterpart. For the past 22 years the APC congregation has participated in the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring held on the same Sunday as the NFL’s Super Bowl. The Souper Bowl of Caring uses the energy […]

Delaware County Council recognized the work of author Dr. Terri Erbacher along with members of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force at a recent County Council meeting. Shown are, from left, Task Force members Nikole Heilmann, William Penn School District; Ellen Chung, Elwyn; Intercommunity Health Director Maureen Hennessey, Dr. Erbacher, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, co-author Dr. Jonathan Singer; DCIU Assistant Director Maria Edelberg and DCIU staff Tracey Wolf; and (back row) Task Force member David McKeighan, Delaware County Medical Society, and Council members John McBlain, Dave White, Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr. and Michael Culp.

Partners work to prevent suicide

Preventing suicide among school-age children was the message conveyed in a resolution presented by Delaware County Council last week to a suicide prevention expert and author. County Council recognized Dr. Terri Erbacher, of Upper Providence, and her co-author Jonathan Singer for their resource guide titled Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, […]

Brookhaven council president ousted in 4-3 vote

Brookhaven Councilmember Susan Truesdale, in a 4-3 vote, was removed as president and in the same motion, replaced by Councilman Benjamin Linowski. Councilmembers John Wilwert and Janice Sawicki joined Truesdale in voting against the motion. Wilwert said he did not see the necessity in removing Truesdale because she did nothing to warrant the action. “I […]

Accused sex offender John P. Corcoran, 20.

Ex-neighborhood helper charged with 161 criminal sexual assaults

A Glenolden man who, as a pre-teen was considered a neighborhood helper and minor handyman, was arrested Friday morning and charged with 161 counts of multiple offenses which included the rape of one child and alleged sexual assaults of 14 victims ranging in age from eight to 14 years-old. District Attorney Jack Whelen said John […]

The MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity, in partnership with the Chester Upland School District, hosted its kickoff event and ‘Pieces of Peace’ activities at the STEM Academy at Showalter in Chester on Monday. Pictured here are the more than 300 motivated volunteers who attended the event in the multi-purpose room of the high school, prior to engaging in service related activities held throughout the school district.

MLK committee hosts annual Dr. King commemoration

Chester paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of events held Monday, which included a wreath laying ceremony at the former site of the Crozer Theological Seminary, where Dr. King studied from 1948-1951. Hosted by the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, the wreath laying observance included remarks by Rev. Bayard Taylor, Jr., pastor […]

Legendary former Chester High School basketball coach Fred Pickett (right) is
shown here with then- head coach Larry Yarbray enjoying another state championship.
Pickett, the most winning coach in Chester Clippers history, past away in 2014

Closing the books on 2014

The year 2014 will be remembered for a variety of people, places and things. We continue the look back we started last week. Municipal Matters In Aston, residents living in the vicinity of the Delaware County Technical School attended meetings en masse to express their opposition to plans submitted by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit […]

Present for the presentation of a $50,000 donation from Wells Fargo to Drexel Neumann Academy was Sinai Freeman and Alana Carr, DNA pre-kindergarten students; Aldustus Jordan, senior vice president and community affairs manager, Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations; Robin Choi, vice president and area president, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Sr. Margaret Gannon, OSF, president of  DNA;, Sr. Nora M. Nash, OSF, director, Corporate and Social Responsibility Sisters of St.Francis of Philadelphia; and Sr. Cathy McGowan, SSJ, principal of DNA.

DNA gets $50,000 holiday gift from major bank

The administration, staff and students of Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA) received an early Christmas present on Dec. 10th when representatives from Wells Fargo Bank presented a $50,000 check to the school. Wells Fargo Community Affairs Manager Aldustus Jordan and Area President for Delaware and Chester counties Robin Choi, visited the school in Chester to personally […]

Federal Judge ends 20-year Receivership of Chester Housing Authority

Judge Norma Shapiro cites dramatic improvement in recent years as reason for returning oversight to local board (Chester, PA-January 5, 2015)- Citing a dramatic improvement in performance in recent years, U. S. Judge Norma L. Shapiro has issued an order ending the federal court’s oversight of the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) after 20 years. CHA […]

Did hackers get The Spirit, too?

Last week’s top story about the community of Yeadon turning out to honor and salute 15 members of its police department did not appear fully on Page 1 as it was intended. In fact, two paragraphs were badly mangled and the story did not jump to Page 3, as indicated, but rather to Page 4. […]