Fire chief wants public siren reactivated

Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella, during a recent meeting of Borough Council, requested reactivation of the firehouse siren in specific cases of high risk. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve had some pretty serious storms in this town where we have had firefighters on fire trucks with straight line winds unable to contact them […]

Township considers charging for using community center

Chester Township Council is considering the possibility of charging a fee for rental of the community building. Councilman Gabriel Ingram said due to the current economy, the township can no longer provide the building for free. “We know the building belongs to the people, unfortunately there is a cost incurred. We have to pay for […]


Homeowners want money back from ousted association president

Homeowners in the Wellington Heights development in Chester want their $3,400 back and they are currently fighting one of their own to get it back. At a meeting earlier this month, the Wellington Heights Home Owner’s Association (WHHOA) announced preparations to take their former president, Shante Watkins, to court because she refused to disclose what […]

Bill Payne talks about the need to connect residents to the reviving waterfront.

Local arts community shares hopes about city’s revitalization

Chester City is preparing a new zoning ordinance in hopes of making way for more development in the central business district and possibly spurring a budding arts community, so it reached out to local business leaders and area artists earlier this month to explore what development possibilities the creative community would like to see. “I […]


Chester Police Station gets served a warrant due to evidence room compromise

Delaware County Criminal Investigation Department officers served search warrants to the Chester Police Station on Tuesday in the afternoon. The warrants were served in response to a very specific formal complaint about missing items in the evidence room. “We are investigating the allegations contained in the formal complaint that involve the Chester evidence room,” said […]

Chester gun story

AR-10 rifle scope disappears from Chester Police Station: Missing gun part mysteriously returned but NO questions asked

Chester Police Department’s evidence room is under a spotlight of suspicion again after the scope of an AR-10 assault rifle went “temporarily” missing, only to turn up in a high-ranking officer’s vehicle after the missing part was reported gone. According to sources who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, there were no signs of […]

Township amends laws for new movie studio

Chester Township Council recently voted to amend two ordinances permitting cellular antennas as well as water attractions, retail stores, gift shops and similar commercial stores in the Entertainment District (ED). In addition, the amendments will allow an increase in height restrictions for enclosed buildings from 120 feet to 250 feet. Via the amendment, the height […]

Guest opinion: My Obamacare Plan is Failing Me

By PriyaAbraham Tuesday was the last day to sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. Luckily, I’d already purchased an exchange plan. But barely one month into my new health care coverage, I started running into serious roadblocks. I battle fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that forces me to work from home many […]

Before you dig anywhere, call 811

By L.JamesBiddle Special to the Spirit The Yeadon Fire Company feels the onset of spring has fostered a seasonal safety reminder.  Just as pilots file a flight plan and drivers going on a vacation use a map to plan the trip, anyone “breaking the surface of the soil” must call Pennsylvania 811. Also known as […]

Brian Walsh, Kindergarten teacher at Chester Charter School for the Arts, reads
with his students. Photo courtesy of Paul Benson

Penn fraternity launches reading program at local charter school

For the next five weeks, St. Anthony Hall, an undergraduate fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, is collecting book donations to benefit Chester Charter School for the Arts, a K-7 public charter school in Chester, and The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts (TCF), which raises funds to support literacy and arts instruction at CCSA. The fraternity […]

Students participate in the third annual Mock Interview Day at Chester High School sponsored by the Chester Business Association and others Photos by Tieast Leverett

Business people help city kids prepare for job search

The Chester Business Association (CBA) held it’s third annual Mock Interview Day with  workshops in collaboration with the Chester Upland School District (CUSD), Chester’s Workforce Development Office and the Chester Education Foundation (CEF) at the Chester High School Library last Thursday. Over 75 volunteers participated to help prepare seniors for possible employment by taking them […]

Towa poster

Local actor/producer to star in film being shot in Chester and Philly

Edmund and Simone have been married for 30 years but are unaware of where the other really stands regarding the viability of their marriage. Five days before their anniversary, Edmund secretly shops for wedding rings to renew their vows while his wife secretly produces divorce papers, intending to serve them to her husband on their […]