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Avery Sunshine returns ‘home’ for debut album performance

By PhilPerrone Special to the Spirit C hester native singer/songwriter/pianist Avery Sunshine is returning to the area she left 20 years ago to appear in concert at the Baby Grand Theatre in Wilmington on Friday (Sept. 30th). The artist, who did return about a year ago for a performance at the Andre Café Acoustique in Chester, has been living in Georgia since attending Atlanta’s Spelman College. During her college years, she began to make a name for herself as half of the singing duo, DaisyRew. Avery later lent her voice to The Fighting Temptations soundtrack, and became lead keyboardist...

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Marcus Hook, Parkside and Trainer celebrate their community pride

[slideshow id=26] By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com From entertainment and great food to rides, games and Pirates galore, the communities of Marcus Hook, Parkside and Trainer last weekend basked in community pride and spirit. “We come to this event every year,” said Marcus Hook resident Marcia Reynolds. “I enjoy the variety of food and music and my kids totally love the Pirates. It’s one thing to see Pirate shows on television and another to get to talk to them and actually see how they lived.” Reynolds, of course, is talking about the Riverfront Festival in Marcus Hook featuring scores of people dressed in authentic Pirate attire, demonstrating the Swashbuckler culture. A host of food vendors offered roast pork and meatball sandwiches, fried Oreo cookies, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and more; and children rode ponies and took a ride on a “Pirate” ship. Parkside families took advantage of… For the entire story pick up volume 2, issue 45 of the Community...

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Sun Valley holds annual Homecoming Parade

By PhilPerrone pperrone@chesterspirit.com Early last Friday evening, a small crowd began to form in the parking lot of Sun Valley High School and along Pancoast Ave. Soon, fire truck sirens would be heard from the distance, ushering in the start of the annual Sun Valley Homecoming Parade. As the minutes ticked by, swarms of Sun Valley parents, their pre-high school children, and students of the school alike flooded the area in anticipation of grandiose lights, sounds, cheers, and displays. Vince and Sandy Perrotta, two out of what may have been hundreds of parents in attendance, have come to the...

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Chester-Upland parents and students voice complaints to school board

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com Parents and students at last week’s Chester Upland School Board meeting expressed concern about the uneven ratio of students to teachers at what is now called the Health and Technology High School, the result of merging the Science and Discovery and Allied Health high schools. Due to the state’s cuts to educational funding, it was necessary for the district to merge the two schools into one. One parent said more than 700 students are attending the conjoined school with only 20 teachers. Students complained that lunch periods are filled to capacity with 200 or more students and classrooms are breaking at the seams with an insufficient number of desks. “Students are sitting on the floors, on steps and in the halls,” said one student. “How can anybody receive an education like this?” School Board President Wanda Mann said she spent all day Thursday listening to concerns of the students and in a closing statement, new board member Ieasa Harmon said she spent at least 30 hours in the district attempting to settle issues. “When we came up with this plan to merge schools, this was never the expectation, otherwise I would have never sent my own children,” said Harmon, adding, “We are at a lack of resources, but we expected to be at a lack of resources when we entered this school year. I will not...

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Cocco’s owner asks public’s help to solve mystery of weekend robbery

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com Cocco’s Pizzeria and Pub in Aston was robbed early Saturday morning and thieves got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Cocco’s owner, Bruce Bley, is asking for the public’s help in providing information which would lead to the apprehension of the individual or individuals responsible. Bley said there was no evidence of forced entry, but the safe and furniture supporting it was stolen. He said the incident occurred between 2:45 and 3 A.M. Bley added that one of his store menus was used to cover surveillance cameras during the act. “If anybody was driving by and saw anything, please call Aston police at 610-497-2633,” said...

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