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 […]

Students assisted with banding the Purple Martin colony at the Glen Mills Schools.

Glen Mills a ‘bird capital’ in the area?

Purple Martins, the largest birds in the North American swallow family, have been at the Glen Mills Schools (GMS) for over a quarter century. According to the colony manager, the bluish-black birds are a “treasure” for the school and the state. “We have been designated by the state House of Representatives as being the Purple […]

Pastor Willie robinson has been leading the flock for over seven years and has been 26 years of ministry experience.

Mt. Pleasant completes $2 million new addition

By Cassie Hepler Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Twin Oaks recently added an over $2 million addition to the rear of the church. Pastor Willie Robinson has been leading the flock for over seven years and has 26 years of ministry under his belt. Previously he worked in Philadelphia at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church […]

Amillion the Poet received a certificate of achievement award and hope for continued success on his journey from Gerald Rocha.

Students learn life lessons in summer camp

The Chester Education Foundation (CEF) and the Chester-Upland School District (CUSD) partnered to present graduates from the 21st CCLC summer program last Thursday featuring Amillion Mayfield, the poet. Students attended school-to-career and credit recovery summer courses, teaching them how to succeed in life and attain goals. The graduation was held in Community Hospital’s SE conference […]

Grandparent Scam

Four charged in nationwide ‘Grandparent Scam’ targeting seniors

Kathleen G. Kane, attorney general, announced today that a grand jury investigation has led to charges against four co-conspirators for a scheme that targeted elderly victims throughout the country to steal thousands of dollars in a “Grandparent Scam.” The scammers allegedly stole at least $162,600 and are accused of attempting to steal approximately $37,325 more. […]

Three year-old Devon Santos was among many children to get his face painted by Dori Stewart at Healthy Hoops.

Kids and adults fight asthma with fun

Kids just want to have fun and life is more fun when you can breathe freely.  That was the message sent and received by adults and kids at the 11th annual Healthy Hoops program last Saturday sponsored by AmeriHealth Caritas and Keystone First Health Plan and held at St. Joseph’s University. The day-long program aims […]

Parkside resident Joe Winiarski displays the new railing he designed and constructed at the Woodlot on Park Vallei Lane. The railing was the project he chose to earn Eagle Scout designation.

Parkside honors Eagle Scout

Parkside Council recently presented a proclamation to borough resident Joseph Winiarski for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Winiarski is the son of Joseph and Susan Winiarski and is a graduate of Sun Valley High School. He is a member of Scout troop #493, Christ United Methodist Church in Brookhaven, and passed his Eagle Scout […]

The Sharon Hill Ramblers youth baseballers are 2014 Delaware County champions. Photo courtesy of the team.

Sharon Hill Ramblers baseball team makes historic win

The Sharon Hill Ramblers youth baseball team won a 2014 Delaware County championship with a 9-4 final record of the season. The team of youths from nine to 12 years-old had a challenging start to their inaugural season.  They lost four regular season games, yet every game was close.  Coach Robert Sheetz recalls, “It was […]