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. […]

State and local governments spent more than taxes made

Between 2007 and 2012, total expenditures for state and local governments increased by 18.2 percent, from $2.7 trillion to $3.2 trillion, while total revenue declined 1.1 percent over the same five-year period, from $3.1 trillion to $3.0 trillion, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2012 Census of Governments released last week. Two […]

Don’t let stress and depression ruin your holiday

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying […]

Delaware County Council and the Department of Intercommunity Health partnered with the family of the late Dr. Fritz Gallagher to supply all Emergency Medical Service providers with personal carbon monoxide detectors to warn them of high levels of CO when responding to a call. Shown at the County Council meeting are (from left), Jody Rioboli and Brian Zimmerman, Radnor Fire Co. EMS; Maureen Hennessey, director of Intercommunity Health and Regional EMS; Councilwoman Colleen Morrone; Casey Gallagher, widow of the late Fritz Gallagher; Robert Reeder, president, Delaware County Emergency Health Services Council; Kevin Daley, Tinicum Fire Co. EMS; and (back row), Councilmen John McBlain and Dave White.

Winter is the season to be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning

Every winter, you hear a news story about a family suffering carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of a gas stove, a portable generator, or from car exhaust fumes. Each year, at least 430 people die in the United States from accidental CO poisoning. Delaware County Council, working with the Regional EMS Office, wants to […]

When families grieve: Supporting children coping with loss

The holidays can be a magical time of year, but for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or another significant person in their lives, the holiday season can be tough. It also poses challenges for still-grieving family members and caregivers around them. “The holiday season can be particularly difficult for families, […]

State wants Chester school leader removed

SPIRITstaff report       Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of education says Joe Watkins has failed in his job as Chester-Upland School District (CUSD) receiver and has asked a Delaware County judge to replace him with a career educator and former school leader from Bucks County.                 Watkins is looking forward to his day in […]


Are you ready for Black Friday shopping?

It is no secret that shopping on Black Friday has become a tradition for some people.  After all, some of the best deals of the year are offered on Black Friday, a name given to the day when many major retailers realize big profits, thereby putting their bank accounts “in the black.” But like with […]

Communities get $700k for new projects

Residents in Prospect Park and Nether Province will soon see new improvements as a result of more than $700,000 in transportation-related projects approved among a total of 56 by PennDOT to the tune of $33 million in federal funds. 

Chester Housing Authority Executive Director Steven A. Fischer (left) and Director of Housing Operations Norman D. Wise proudly display HAI Group awards for safe properties.

CHA recognized for managing safe properties

There was a time when the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) faced constant lawsuits related to slips and falls. But like so many of the legacy issues that once plagued CHA, the non-stop lawsuits have now slowed to a trickle. HAI Group, an organization that serves the public and affordable housing community with niche insurance programs and […]

PECO outage nearly over

PECO Energy reports that a power outage that happened at 9:15 A.M. affecting 2,400 customers in Glenolden and Folcroft is nearly resolved and should be totally resolved by early afternoon. PECO spokesman Greg Smore said a piece of aerial equipment failed in the 1500 block of Chester Pike, thus causing the outage that lasted about […]