People partnering with Pastor Keith Collins (far right) to fight mass incarceration through advocacy, education and empowerment include (from left) attorney Carol Herring, Akiima Price, attorney Jonathan Altman and Joy Miller.

Advocates say end mass incarceration of the poor

Many theorists believe there is a concerted effort to divide and eliminate the Black race and that mass incarceration is the vehicle to reach that goal. In commemoration of National Stop Mass Incarceration Month, Chester-area residents and supporters and representatives of the current civil rights movement gathered Saturday in what Rev. Keith Collins, pastor of […]

Township declares war on bamboo growth

Aston commissioners, last week, unanimously adopted an extensive ordinance banning and establishing regulations for the planting and growing of bamboo, effective Nov. 15th. The planting or growing of bamboo is prohibited and violators will be subject to penalties. If bamboo is already present on a property prior to Nov. 15th it may remain, but can’t […]

A student at Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) performs at the school’s recent
Behavior Behind the Music Youth Summit event, where more than 800 students
gathered to discuss the importance and influence of music with professional music panelists.

CCCS holds Youth Summit to discuss power of music

Grammy-nominated music producer and songwriter Carvin Haggins recently moderated  Behavior Behind the Music, a Youth Summit event hosted by Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania. Panelists shared, with more than 800 middle school students, the importance of understanding messaging in music, and adopting positive attitudes and behaviors. The school’s […]

Local government officials joined club and organization officials in cutting the ceremonial ribbon on the newly renovated historic properties.

Historic Ruth L. Bennett properties restored and reopened

    Chester residents and supporters gathered last Friday to celebrate the restoration and reopening of the historic Ruth L. Bennett Improvement Club and The Nia Center at Wilson Memorial, located at 214 Reaney St., Chester. Festivities included music performed by FVC, a live band sponsored by Cigna Health Spring, an historical account of the […]

Delaware County Council and partnering businesses kicked off the 2014 Thanksgiving Food Drive that runs through Nov. 21st. Non-perishable food items can be placed in boxes at all county government locations. Supporting the drive are (front row, from left) Food Drive Coordinator Gayle Oddi, Franklin Mint Credit Union Assistant Vice President Bryan Messick, Councilman John McBlain, Acme Granite Run store Director Debbie Carlucci, Domestic Relations Officer Courtney Watson (in turkey outfit), Stephanie Williams, from Acme Granite Run; and (back row, from left) Councilman Dave White, Chairman Tom McGarrigle, Vice Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr. and Councilwoman Colleen Morrone.

County Council kicks off annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

  As the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday approaches, social service agencies are focusing on the new face of hunger and the fact that working families and children struggle with food insecurity as well as people living in poverty. In recognition of the need to help feed hungry families, Delaware County Council has begun its 12th annual […]

Javon Garrett prayed for peace and prosperity along with hundreds in Chester Park.

Churches offer prayers for peace

Chester: Tales of two cities (part I) Members of several faith-based organizations collaborated to host the Breaking the Chains of Violence community peace gathering at Chester Park on Sunday. Presented with support from Delaware County Council, its Chairman Thomas McGarrigle, Delco District Attorney Jack Whelan and Mayor John Linder, the Ministerial Fellowship of Chester and […]

Called ‘most dangerous’

Chester: Tales of two cities (part II) Chester City is Pennsylvania’s most dangerous city, according to information gathered from the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report and made public by Home Security Shield, an alarm company that issued a similar 10 Most Dangerous Cities report for several states. Rankings are not based on just murder […]

Doctor with large dollar sign

Don’t be surprised by retiree healthcare costs

Retirement isn’t cheap. Even though you’re no longer drawing a paycheck, you still must pay for housing, food, utilities, transportation and healthcare, to name just a few expenses. As prices continue to escalate, it’s not surprising that the ages at which people expect to retire – and when they actually do – have crept up […]

Indictments charge 40 alleged drug traffickers

Drug gang used Chester playground to stash drugs and guns PHILADELPHIA – Federal, state, and local law enforcement, today, arrested more than 30 people on charges of distributing drugs in and around the city of Chester, PA.  The operation targeted alleged members of the violent Rose and Upland Drug Trafficking Group (“DTG”) and coincided with […]

Stilt Walker, Mojo Jumbie

Deshong Park to be celebrated

The second annual Deshong Park Commemoration Day (DPCD) will take place Saturday, Sept. 27th from 11:30 A.M. – 5 P.M. at 11th St. and Avenue of the States in Chester on the grounds of Deshong Park. Since last year, Chester city officials designated the fourth Saturday in September the official DPCD.

Wcrop- 225th Tom McGarrigle and Ben Franklin

Delco celebrates 225th birthday

“In the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty-nine,” Delaware County split from Chester County, “relieving its residents of the great inconvenience” of having to travel to West Chester.

State Police to Accept Expired, Unwanted Prescription Medications

September 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day   Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State Police will accept unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs Sat., Sept. 27, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.   Take-Back Day is a national initiative, conducted in partnership with the […]

April Burke, Nikki Burke, Sandra Rico, Jenaira Soza, Jael Coursey, Amy Martin, Blanca Soto, Amiana Rivera, Minerva Rosario and Javier Maleona fit a nice walk in prior to the rain at the women and family health fair.

Weekend fair was all about families and children

Inclement weather did not deter people from attending the Infant and Children’s Safety Fun Day on Saturday at Community Hospital in Chester. Hosted by Crozer-Keystone Women’s and Children’s Health Services, the fair featured a host of informational booths, safety tips, a baby buggy walk, stroller parade, toddler runway show, face painting, books for children and […]

Chester public works employee Kenny Jones is assisted by Eastern University students Titi Adekeye and Tarek Hamzen.

Eastern students help with annual Chester clean-up

More than 350 Eastern University freshman and transfer students joined Chester Mayor John Linder, City Council members and the city’s Public Works Department for the Mayor’s Annual Clean-up last Saturday in selected areas of the city.Coordinated by Joy Taylor, constituent services coordinator, with other staff support, the event is held each September with the hope […]

The Aging at Home program has expanded its services and now offers transportation
to seniors living in the Greater Lansdowne area. Drivers will pick seniors up in this
specially marked vehicle.

Home program adds transportation services

For many seniors, accessing reliable transportation can be a challenge. Tasks that were once simple – like running errands or getting to a medical appointment – become a stressful ordeal. To help compliment transportation services offered in Delaware County, Aging at Home (AAH), a community network, hopes to help fill the transportation gap for seniors […]

Chester’s Riverfront Ramble always attracts tens of thousands of families along the Delaware River to see top national entertainers. This year the O’Jays, Vickie 
Winans and Avery Sunshine are the headliners. File photo from a previous year’s event.

Chester ready for big fun weekend!

  If anybody calls Chester “a happening city,” this weekend would proof. The city’s annual Riverfront Ramble free admission music and food festival, now in its 10th year, has expanded to a two-day event starting Friday night with an invitation-only gala reception for sponsors at the Wharf at Rivertown and culminating Saturday with a day-long […]