Dianne O'Loughlin (in front), brothers LeRoy Handy
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Family together after more than 60 years separated

Summer months are usual times for families to hold reunions and come together, but after more than six decades, one local family didn’t wait for any particular season. After 66 years of being separated, Chester City resident Dianne O’Loughlin said she finally met her brother, Eddie Clark, from Coatsville, Chester County.

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Penn-Delco creates technology coaches for teachers

The Penn-Delco School District recently hired former district science teachers Nicole Armbruster and Jeff Deckman as instructional technology coaches. The purpose of the newly created position is to have experts on staff to support teachers in learning and understanding new technologies to be effectively utilized to enhance curriculum. 

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Sharon Hill planning anniversary bash and everybody’s invited

  Sharon Hill Borough Mayor Harry Dunfee and Borough Council Vice President ToniAnne Martinez are heading the planning for Sharon Hill’s 125th anniversary celebration approaching in May. The Planning Committee has a lineup of events starting May 29th and leading up to the ceremony on June 2nd. Martinez and Dunfee said events are planned that […]

London blasts Council on public rent to church organization

Chester resident Rhea London, last week, questioned Mayor John Linder and City Council about a local religious leader being granted permission to use the city’s Community Room located in City Hall for a “Food for the Soul” non-denominational event. Pastor Korey V. Grice was allowed to use the room on Tuesdays from Noon-12:45 p.m. for […]

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Brookhaven welcomes relocated residents

When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia approached Our Lady of Charity Pastor Rev. Brian Izzo about constructing a house on church property for former residents of the CK Center in Springfield, he did not hesitate to say “yes.” “We are very excited to have these gentlemen here, living on our campus,” Izzo said. “When the archdiocese […]

Colwyn’s conflicting Council sidesteps trash vote and public comments

What started as a routine meeting last week quickly escalated into screaming and gavel-throwing by Colwyn Borough Council members and their president, Paul Meuser. An argument begun and escalated around whether the borough should have a nine-month contract with Suburban Waste Services or a three year contract with the trash hauler.  

Members of the Chichester High School Science Olympiad team pose with their teachers following the competition at Neumann University.

Local students participate in Science Olympiad

Area middle and high school students participated last week in a Science Olympiad held at Neumann University. Held at Cabrini College for many years, this marks the second year the event, which includes classroom science and practical applications, was hosted by Neumann. Dr. Margaret Stewart, a Neumann assistant professor of communications/media arts, said 1,200 plus […]

CCSA eighth graders (from left to right) Diaze Freeman, Tamia Davis, and Sierra Le'Bue, pictured with their visual arts teacher, Truman Read. All three young women, Chester residents, are on grade level in reading and in math and have enrolled in CCSA's new high school arts program.

TCF gets grant to create arts high school in Chester

The Caroline Alexander Buck Foundation has awarded The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts an initial $100,000 grant to support the development and launch of a high school arts program and the creation of a rigorous, standards-based, K-12 arts-integrated curriculum at Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA). 

Pioneer local race car driver hopes to start season with new sponsors

Mares Stellfox, of Springfield, has raced with the best drivers all over the country. In her early days, she became the first female to win the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) Award. The next season, she drove with the United Racing Club 410 sprint cars and picked up several victories at different tracks throughout the […]

Chester makes historic fire department appointments

History was made in Chester last week as City Council voted unanimously to appoint three women as fire cadets. Donye’ Price, of Chester; Amy DeNight, of Glen Mills; and Lisaandra Capo, of Philadelphia, were among the 16 new cadets whose appointments will become effective March 16th.

Announcing formation of a regional approach to community policing, officials from 11 southeastern Delaware County municipalities gathered last week in Darby Borough including (from left) Upper Darby Mayor Tom Miccozie, Darby Area NAACP Chapter President Sheila A. Carter, District Attorney Jack Whalen, and Darby Councilwoman Jillian Theorgood.

Area police, NAACP form regional Youth Police Academy

In what many people see as an historic move, 11 borough police departments, prompted by the Darby Area NAACP Chapter, have agreed to form and staff a regional Youth Police Academy to foster better police/community relations and recreate a sense of mutual trust and respect, especially in largely minority communities with police forces that don’t […]

‘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 […]

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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 […]