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 […]

CityTeam staffers (from left) Ryan Banche and Ed Brastowicz escorted Percy, the Keystone First mascot, through the crowd.

Annual book bag giveaway held

CityTeam Ministries held its annual end-of-summer bookbag giveaway and bicycle raffle last Saturday at the 7th Street basketball courts in Chester. Many area businesses helped sponsor the event including the Philadelphia Union soccer team.

Services held for historic Chester school leader

The first African-American superintendent of the Chester-Upland School District, Harold T. Smith, who died Aug. 19th at home, surrounded by his family, was laid to rest Tuesday. Born and raised in Chester, he was educated in the local school system and graduated fourth in his class from Chester High School. Smith graduated magna cum laude […]

Brian Kroon and his son, Matthew, of the Wallingford Swarthmore Panthers Fencing Club, participate in a demonstration.

City children learn about fencing at summer camp

More than 40 Chester children recently participated in a week-long fencing program hosted by the Chester Department of Recreation and the Wallingford-Swarthmore Panthers Fencing Club. Brian Kroon, a club volunteer, said the campers were taught about rules, scoring and strategies related to the sport of fencing. Campers were also exposed to demonstrations by members of […]

Sharon Hill will soon begin a recycling program with these borough-issued containers.

Sharon Hill to handle own trash and recycling

As of Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, Sharon Hill will be responsible for its own trash collection and will outsource recycling to Blue Mountain Recycling. The borough is ending its 10-year relationship with Suburban Waste Services, and partnering with Recyclebank in an effort to reduce solid waste, according to information made public last week in a town […]

Dan and Cindy Gallo protest at the Chester Water Authority property.

Shopping center plan protested

Carrying picket signs, more than a dozen residents braved a light drizzle on Saturday morning to protest the rezoning of approximately 30 acres of the 55-acre Chester Water Authority (CWA) property on Edgmont Ave. and Coebourn Blvd. in Brookhaven. The protesters want Brookhaven Council to reject a proposed zoning change from Residential Special District (R-S) […]

Siting atop his new Schwinn Stingray bicycle, Brookhaven resident Jonathan Berkheimer poses with Ann Skulski (far right, red shirt), and members of various motorcycle clubs that contributed to the cost of the bike.

Bikers rally to replace stolen bike for local youth

For the past 18 months, Jonathan Berkheimer has been without his beloved Schwinn Stingray bicycle, which was his only means of transportation. Berkheimer , who lives in Brookhaven, has special needs. His bicycle was stolen one afternoon when he went into the check cashing store in the Brookhaven Shopping Center. “I just went in for […]

These 25 women were honored as “matriarchs” of Bennett Homes.

Bennett Homes residents enjoy family reunion

The families of the Ruth L. Bennett Homes enjoyed a reunion at The Leake Center in Chester last Saturday. Dozens of former residents turned out to greet each other and reminisce about the ‘good ole days’ in the Chester public housing development. Organizer Lamar Branche rounded up former and current residents for a dinner party […]

Kids play on the playground

Officials celebrate new playground for city kids

Children ran about laughing and playing as they filled the Philadelphia Union Playground next to Showalter STEM Intermediate School. Last Thursday evening, Chester City invited the community to use the newly installed park. Residents and public officials packed the playground, serving food and fun but also underscoring the importance of keeping local neighborhoods safe for […]

Longtime Chester Township Councilman Nate Ellis died last week. The co-owner of a popular local bar, he was credited with sponsoring an annual Father's Day Parade.

Legendary Chester Township leader dies

The Chester Township community is mourning the death of longtime Councilman Nathaniel Ellis, who died last week after a long illness. Ellis, 90, was appointed to Council in 1982, filling the unexpired term of Robert “Pete” Wilson. Throughout the years, he served in various capacities including as Council vice chairman for 31 years. He also […]

Geneva “Gee Wiz” Williams (third from right) posed with her record-setting 1968 Camaro with (from left) GCREC board member Don Newton; her brother, Emerson “The Wiz” Williams, Jr., show co-sponsor Charlie Washington, and GCREC President James Harper.

Record-setting female race car driver visits city

A woman once regarded as the fastest female drag racer was the special guest, along with her car and her family, at last Saturday’s annual Custom Car Show hosted by the Grace Community Resource and Empowerment Center (GCREC) in Chester. Geneva “Gee Wiz” Williams, 51, of Laurel, MD, brought her burnt orange 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, […]

Cheryl Dickerson and her granddaughter, Za'Nah Tillery.

Toby farms residents enjoyed community day

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Residents of Toby Farms celebrated Community Day on Saturday with a variety of food and beverages, pony rides, disc jockey entertainment by Cory Long’s CAFE, dancing, spoken word presentations, informational booths, demonstrations by the Chester Township Cougars, the Dollar Boyz, a moon bounce and bungee jump ride. Organized by the Toby Farms […]

Yeadon Mayor Rohan Hepkins speaks to residents at his first citizens forum of the year.

Yeadon mayor talks about taxes and shooting at forum

By CassieHepler chepler@myspiritnews.com At Yeadon Borough Hall last Thursday night, Mayor Rohan Hopkins held his first citizens forum of the year. A total of four will be held to enable question and answer sessions with borough officials. The initial meeting drew about 15 residents. “My job is to know the pulse of the people,” he […]