‘Bloat’ can be deadly for a dog

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), or “bloat” as it is more widely known, is a rapidly progressive life-threatening condition affecting dogs. The condition is commonly associated with large meals and causes the stomach to dilate, because of food and gas, and may get to a point where neither may be expelled. As the stomach begins to dilate […]

Council Chairman Robert May, Jr. accepts a certificate on behalf of Council from Robert “Ponch” Fitzgerald. Council was recognized for their support of township programs.

First reading of Chester Township 2016 budget reflects zero tax increase

Chester Township Council Chairman Robert May, Jr., last week, presented the first reading of the township’s 2016 preliminary budget totaling $4.402 million, reflecting a zero tax increase for residents. If adopted, millage will remain at 9.9; the same as 2015. A homeowner with a residence assessed at $55,000 can expect to pay $544.50 in township […]

Julie Brown dressed as the turkey this year and stood with volunteers and county officials.

County food drive nets nearly 31,000 pounds

County officials stepped up to help unload trucks full of thousands of pounds of food for the 13th annual Thanksgiving food drive at the First United Methodist Church in Media on Friday. Delaware County Council, the County Department of Human Services, the Office of Behavioral Health and the County Department of Intercommunity Health partnered with […]

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Islamic Center to host 16th annual awards banquet

The Islamic Center of Chester Inc., will hold its 16th annual Appreciation Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 22nd from 3 to 7 p.m.to honor people for community service. The banquet will be held at the Clarion Hotel and feature guest speaker Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmad, from Miami, Florida. An estimated 250 guests are expected to attend. […]

The Election’s Over; Get Over it

Dear Editor: Your post-election editorial (The Spirit, Nov. 4-10, 2015) leaves me wondering who actually wrote it. It was so “sour grapes” sounding that someone would have thought that you were the one who lost the election?!! And if you wrote it, were you holding Mr. (Wendell) Butler’s hand and rubbing his back while you […]

Thaddeus Kirkland

In Response to the Official’s Hissy-Fit…

Two weeks ago, we congratulated Thaddeus Kirkland, the new mayor-elect of Chester City, but made no bones that we were not encouraged by his election. We offered factual evidence in support of our opinion and suggested that people who support him and his team also hold them accountable for their performance in office. We further […]

Mt. Zion AME stands among the oldest of African-American congregations in Delaware County.

Darby Borough church marks historic anniversary

Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) recently celebrated its 140th anniversary as the oldest African-American-owned church in Delaware County. The church, at 1008 Center St. in Darby Borough, was founded in October 1877 when the plot of land on which it sits was purchased by a group of Christians, said current Pastor Gregory Nelson. […]

CUSA children are very grateful for their new winter coats.

Giving ‘Warmth’ and ‘Hope’ Chester students get new winter coats

Students attending the Chester Upland School of Arts (CUSA), last week, were the first recipients of new coats provided by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation’s Driving Away the Cold campaign. Eventually, all elementary students in the Chester Upland School District will receive a new winter coat. “Providing these kids with a warm winter […]

Colwyn leaders to vote on resignations and Recovery Plan

Colwyn Borough Council is meeting this week (Thursday, Nov. 12th at 7 p.m.) to vote on the resignations of Council members Jesse Brundage, Paul Meuser and Mayor Michael Blue, and to discuss the Act 47 financial recovery plan. Just hours prior to last week’s Act 47 hearing, Brundage, Meuser and Blue announced their departures. Brundage […]

Residents remember borough before the devastation

ByMichelLee Special to the Spirit Amidst the media frenzy, the harsh monikers, the frequent in-fighting and the finger-pointing, there are residents of the borough who truly and want nothing more than to see a debt-free, thriving Colwyn. Some long-time residents reminisce of a once prosperous borough and can easily pinpoint its downfall. Pastor Otis Hicks, […]


Veterans honored at annual event

More than 125 residents, government officials and friends attended Brookhaven Borough’s annual Veteran’s Day commemoration last Saturday at the borough’s municipal center. Harry Seth, commander of American Legion Post #94 served as master of ceremonies, Councilwoman Denise Leslie offered welcoming remarks, and Pastor Ben Grenier, of the Full Gospel Assembly, provided the invocation. The National […]

Larry Mathers, Richard Smalley, Matt Schultz, Bill Jillson, Mayor Anthony Campuzano and Larry Smalley presented the painting of Albert Clinton Wunderlich.

A Final Resting Place WWI soldier’s historic portrait to hang in Lansdowne

A painting of World War I soldier Albert Clinton Wunderlich was presented to Lansdowne borough at its recent Council business meeting last Wednesday. Matt Schultz, of the Historic Lansdowne Theater, presented the painting with current Lansdowne Albert Clinton Wunderlich American Legion Post 65. Mayor Anthony Campuzano said the presentation was done at the business meeting, rather […]

CHA accepting new applications for first time in 4 years

For the first time since 2011, the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) is accepting new applications for the agency’s affordable homes for rent. Low-income families, seniors and disabled citizens have until Nov. 30th to fill out the online application to lease an available home through CHA. “The shortage of affordable housing has become more acute in […]

Thaddues Kirkland

Congratulations to the New Mayor-Elect, But…

Protocol requires that we extend congratulations to the winner(s) of elections and we act no differently to Chester City Mayor-elect Thaddeus Kirkland. However, it’s of little to no consequence because we know Kirkland could care less about us. In fact, his camp violated our federal rights by interfering with our ability to cover the news […]

CHA Board Chair Sheila Church shares the award for Most Improved Housing Authority with CHA Housing Program Manager Douglas E. Daniel. Also pictured are maintenance and security team members (from left) John Zebley, Nate Pope, Elijah Thompson and Wilbert Jarrett. CHA Executive Director Steven A. Fischer is in back.

Insurer: CHA is most improved public housing in America

The Chester Housing Authority (CHA) has been cited as the most improved public housing authority in the nation, as determined by HAI Group, an organization that insures about 1,000 of the housing authorities across the country. HAI says for the most recent three-year period measured, CHA showed the greatest decline in frequency and value of […]

Richard Womack also met on the campaign trail, the former mayor of Yeadon, Jacqueline B. Mosley and his former Cub Scout master, Ernest Davis.

On the trail, Womack got an earful

Unsuccessful Democratic County Council candidate Richard Womack, recovering from a suspected weekend heart attack, made his last-minute rounds to various polling locations on Election Day, and Colwyn was his second stop. He was greeted by an angry Paula Brown, former Colwyn borough manager, who also was a poll watcher. Brown was angry with Democrats in […]

Unsuccessful Chester-Upland School Board candidate Jay Harrison, defeated Council candidate Calvin Williams, Chester GOP Chairman Shep Garner, former Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. and campaign staffer Adora Purnell address the media and volunteers.

Gracious in defeat, Butler declares end to political career Supporters celebrate Kirk-land; GOP takes Council and judiciary

Former Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. Tuesday night, exhibited the graciousness that has become his hallmark, in conceding defeat to sitting state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland in a hard fought mayoral election. Butler was hoping to return as mayor of Chester to finish the many incentives he started. “I gained so many more friends, so […]

Officials warn about jury duty scam

Delaware County Common Pleas Court President Judge Chad F. Kenney and Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper, Esq. have issued a warning about a new round of telephone scams being conducted in the county. Unscrupulous individuals posing as representatives of the Office of Jury Administration, Sheriff’s Office or other court officials, are attempting to obtain confidential personal […]