Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. and City Councilman Shepard Garner spent time with residents at the Bennett Homes Community Day. Tenant Association leaders (from left) Secretary/Treasurer Robin Freeman, Vice President Louise Wright, President Carol White and Sgt.of-Arms Donna Johnson were there to greet them.

City Councilman John Linder (third from left) is flanked by friends and supporters at the Chester Apartments Community Day including (from left) Chester NAACP President Darrell Jones, Democratic City Council candidate Nafis Nichols, community activist Liz Williams and supporter Ronald Starr and son.

By SarahS.Davis

With moon bounces and hot dogs, music and sun in the background, residents of the Chester Apartments and, across the street, the Ruth L. Bennett Apartments enjoyed an afternoon of camaraderie and celebration at each development’s Community Day festivities on Saturday. Crowds of residents, young and old, enjoyed the day.

Evoni Story, a social services coordinator from the Chester Apartments Residents Association, greeted partygoers at the central tent. “We’ve been having a really good time,” she said.

DJ Cory Long, the anti-violence coordinator for the City of Chester, was happy to help make the special day enjoyable for all. Long remarked that he was born and raised in Chester not far from the apartments. Long’s message was one of hope and pride. As he put it, “What Chester makes, makes Chester. What Chester
has, is great people.” Referring to recent negative events in the city, he contrasted the negative with the positive. “We are in a state of grace,” he said, “There is hope. There are people that care about you.”

On hand were tables with representatives from Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), TD Bank, and the Bureau of Health. Free lead testing was offered, as were information pamphlets about health initiatives. Health Educator Caprise Clark, from the city’s Injury/Violence Prevention Program, was happy to see families joining in on the festivities. Clark hoped the event would encourage similar family-friendly activities where families could spend more time together.

An end-of-summer spirit put residents in a festive mood at the Ruth L. Bennett Apartments’ Community Day. A large turnout propelled..

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Common Pleas Court judicial candidate Nathaniel C. Nichols and Rev. Jacquie Martinez, director of the soon-to-open early childhood learning center at the development, shared conversation.

Keshaun King was among the kids having fun at the Bennett Homes Community Day.

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