Drexel Neumann Health Fair

Chester City residents arrived at Drexel Neumann’s recent health fair throughout the afternoon for blood pressure screenings and health information. Presented by St. Katharine Drexel Health Ministry, the event was held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with participants that included Crozer-Keystone Health System, Widener nursing students, Delaware County System of Care, ChesPenn Health Services, […]

Collingdale Health Fair

Pennsylvania Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8) held his annual Senior Citizens Health Fair at the Collingdale Community Center recently. The event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. also featured lunch served in the gymnasium. Shortly before lunch, several people spoke, including Rondabay Liggins, the director of Williams’ Delaware County office; Darby Area NAACP President Sheila A. […]

Darby Township Commissioner Richard Womack, will be the first African-American member of County Council if elected in November. He hopes to be a new voice on the Council and to make sure that resources are evenly distributed throughout Delaware County.

Womack says Council needs ‘new voice, new vision’

Darby Township Commissioner Richard Womack is running for a seat on County Council in the November general election.  Should he win, he will be the first African-American ever and the first Democrat since the 1970’s to sit on the five-member board that governs Delaware County. Womack has been commissioner of Darby Township’s second ward for […]

Jerome Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire will be remembered as a social justice advocate and journalist.

Ex-NAACP leader called advocate, journalist, friend

Former Philadelphia and Pennsylvania NAACP President Jerome Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire passed away at age 65 after spending a life of service giving back to the community with his newspaper, The Philadelphia Sun, and with the NAACP. Despite being suspended by the national NAACP over the alleged misuse of local chapter funds in 2014, Mondesire still […]

Aston Community Day and Riverfront Ramble cancelled

Two major events, Aston’s Community Day and Chester City’s Riverfront Ramble, have been postponed due to inclement weather predicted this weekend. Both events were scheduled for Oct. 3rd.  Aston’s Community Day 2015, has been postponed to its rain date, Oct. 10th. Chester is still deciding on a rain date for the Riverfront Ramble. Aston Business […]

Kelly Riddaugh and her friend Vernon “Bo”  Barbett display the commemorative pope t-shirts they were (not) selling at the Marcus Hook train station.

For some, pope dreams came true; for others, not so much

As the last train departed the Marcus Hook station at approximately 1 p.m., Sunday afternoon,  Greg and Kelly Riddaugh stood dejected and seemingly in shock next to a table filled with Pope Francis commemorative t-shirts and lanyards. The Lower Chichester couple was disillusioned with the lack of pilgrims that actually came through the train station. […]

Texas pilgrim Gilberto Patino helped Pastor Timothy Johansen in the kitchen.

Havertown church hosted papal pilgrims

Pastor Timothy Johansen hosted 200 visitors from New Mexico and Amarillo, Texas at his Temple Lutheran Church over the weekend for Pope Francis’ visit. Located at 501 Brookline Blvd. in Havertown, Johansen’s congregation was on a list of churches willing to host pilgrims arriving for the historic visit from the pontiff. Johansen’s guests, who set […]

Fred Lesher

Colwyn Council votes, but was it legal?

Colwyn borough President Fred Lesher has grown weary of the need to reschedule Council meetings for lack of a legal quorum, so much so that he conducted what many are calling an illegal meeting because he said work had to be done. Colwyn held a special meeting last Wednesday to approve former Councilwoman Tonette Pray’s […]

Chester native and NBA player Tyreke Evans prepares to have his eyes checked by a VSP technician while he was in his hometown promoting eye health and basketball.

Evans promotes eye care, downplays TV star connection

ByMichelLee Special to the Spirit NBA baller of the New Orleans Pelicans and Chester-native, Tyreke Evans, returned to his hometown recently for a sixth year to provide Chester residents a gift of sight in the form of free eye exams and glasses. He also hosted a free, city-wide basketball camp for Chester’s youth. In addition […]

Pope Francis

He’s Here! Pope Francis visits U.S. and Philly-area

The long-anticipated week is here. For months, American Catholics and non-Catholics have awaited the arrival of Pope Francis for his first-ever trip to the United States. At press time, he was traveling from Cuba to Washington, DC on Tuesday for a host of meetings and official events, including an address to Congress, a meeting with […]

P-PETS- heartworm

There is nothing loving about heartworm in pets

Heartworm is a term that is probably familiar to most pet owners but not many people know what it really is. We know that veterinarians seem to want to have all cats and dogs on a heartworm preventative and that treating the disease can be costly and very hard on the effected animal, but not […]

Retired First Sgt. Charles "Chubby" Garman received cheers during the parade, while being chauffered by his son, Chris. Here, Chubby and Chris pose with parade organizer Brookhaven Councilwoman Denise Leslie, herself a Navy veteran.

Finally, we love you! Korean, Vietnam veterans welcomed home

  Thousands of Delaware County residents, waving American flags, lined the streets of Brookhaven Sunday afternoon for a long overdue welcoming home parade for veterans of the 1950’s-era Korean and 1960 and 70’s-era Vietnam wars. The parade included emergency personnel, fire and police vehicles, motorcycles, the Penncrest High School Marching Band, Korean and Vietnam War […]

100,000 force Medicare to rethink prosthetics proposal

Medicare is proposing changes to its prosthetics policy that may negatively impact patients’ access to prosthetics and their ability to be more mobile. In response to the proposed changes, advocates and patients have been signing a petition at whitehouse.gov to make Medicare reconsider these changes. The petition reached its signature goal of 100,000, the threshold […]

Collingdale children enjoyed Patriot's Day.

Collingdale celebrates history and heroes

On the heels of a variety of celebrations commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks on America, the gathering on Saturday, the following day, in front of Collingdale’s Community Center on MacDade Blvd. had the easy feel of one more 9/11 ceremony. While the timing might have been coincidental, the event was not […]

Upland favors fire company audit

Upland borough Council has agreed with its solicitor, Robert O’Connor, that the borough’s fire company needs to be audited. Council President Edward Mitchell agreed with O’Connor’s proposal and said Council has always been trying to divorce itself from the fire company and will only financially support it for the equipment needed for putting out fires. […]

Colwyn Councilwoman Tonette Pray abruptly announced her retirement. File photo

Pray resigns Colwyn Council seat

At August’s Colwyn Council meeting, Tonette Pray asked people to stand, join hands and pray that the meeting would be calm and peaceful. By the end of the month, the councilwoman resigned, citing retirement and a reluctance to engage in persistent infighting. Pray, a former Colwyn Council president, resigned her seat effective Aug. 26th, going […]

Former Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr., who is hoping to regain his seat in November, was locked out of a campaign event at a Chester Housing Authority site. An official claimed no formal request was made for the meeting room. File photo

Butler campaign locked out of CHA meeting room

A highly-advertised get-together for the mayoral campaign of Republican Wendell Butler, Jr. was derailed at the William Penn Homes last week when campaign workers, residents and Butler, the former mayor seeking to recapture his seat, arrived only to find the door to the community center locked. Butler’s campaign manager, Barbara Muhammad, said she called the Chester […]

Water leaked from a second floor unit’s bathroom and through Josephine Henry’s ceiling above her toilet.

Problems persist at Chatham Estates for seniors

A toilet leak at Chatham Estates in Chester is causing more trouble for an elderly resident than it should such as a musty smell and water damage on the ceiling. Josephine Henry, a senior resident and mother to Valetta Green, experienced a gush of rancid toilet water above her bathroom at 2 a.m. on a recent […]