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 […]

State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was happy “and grateful” to have won a 12th term in the state House of Representatives.

Kirkland wins ‘historic’ state House term

Incumbent Democrat state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland defeated Republican challenger, Upland Borough Mayor Mike Ciach, Tuesday, to retain his seat in the 159th legislative district for a 12th term. “This is a historic day,” Kirkland said from his victory party at the Chester Fine Arts Center. “This will be my 12th term in office and there […]

Republican Sen.-elect Tom McGarrigle.

Kane loses to McGarrigle for open Senate seat

After a hard fought and sometimes controversial campaign, Republican Tom McGarrigle defeated Democrat John Kane in the race for the open Pennsylvania 26th Senatorial District seat. The unofficial tally early Wednesday morning indicated that McGarrigle won by 1,703 votes. The reported vote count was 39, 705 for McGarrigle and 38,002 for Kane. 

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 […]