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Chester wins 11th annual police vehicle charity competition

Chester police vehicles, including a patrol car, a three-wheel vehicle, and the oldest motorcycle still in active service in the United States, swept the 11th annual Police Cruiser Night sponsored annually by Faulkner GMC in West Chester to benefit the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police. The event was held early last month. Chester city police captured honors for the nine vehicles they brought to the show that included a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor, a T-3, Segway-like rollabout, and a 1974 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that remains the nation’s longest-serving police bike. Chester Sgt. Paul Battineri said the Harley is...

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Aston shows its pride at 10th annual Community Day

[slideshow id=29] By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@chesterspirit.com More than 3,000 residents attended Aston Township’s 10th annual Community Day last Saturday on the grounds of the Community Center. Sponsored by the Aston Business Association, the day’s events included a parade, business expo, book sale, and countless activities for children including several moon bounces, big slide, face painting and a bike contest. “This is just a wonderful day for our community to come together,” said Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale. “We are celebrating who we are and all that’s good about Aston. We have a lot of pride in… For the entire story pick up volume 2, issue 47 of the Community...

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Bi-partisan effort launched to save Sunoco and ConocoPhillips refineries

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com A bi-partisan political effort is underway to save at least 1,000 direct jobs and potentially hundreds of others that would be affected in four southeastern Delaware County communities if the Sunoco Marcus Hook and ConocoPhillips refineries close unless a buyer is found. Last week’s news that both facilities would be shuttered has sent shock waves through the county, especially in areas to be hardest hit: the boroughs of Marcus Hook and Trainer and Lower Chichester and Upper Chichester townships. With more than 1,000 jobs at stake, concerns are understandably mounting about the devastating effect the closures...

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City says ‘thanks’ to Clean-Up supporters

SPIRITstaff report Chester City Council devoted the lion’s share of its meeting Wednesday morning to thanking people, corporate partners and institutions that participated and supported the Mayor’s 10th Annual Clean-Up campaign last month. Yielding the floor to Donna Davis, the city’s special events coordinator, Council members and Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. looked on with appreciation and applauded as Davis called name-after-name and presented recipients with framed certificates of appreciation and premium tote bags imprinted with the city’s logo. Davis said the event drew hundreds of volunteers and was responsible for cleaning up spaces in neighborhoods that Davis joked, “I didn’t even know existed and I’ve lived (in her neighborhood) for 22 years.” Davis also said volunteers responded to elderly residents who haven’t had their properties spruced-up in many years. She said volunteers actually painted railings and exteriors of houses in addition to cutting grass, pulling weeds and collecting trash and debris from vacant lots and city streets. Davis had special praise for Chester residents she called, “community leaders” who were responsible for shepherding busloads of volunteers throughout the city. Another highlight of the meeting was a video presentation that captured on film the essence of the event and featured the song, “Today is New Day” by gospel superstar Kirk Franklin. Community leaders thanked included Margaret Johnson, Mike Draughn, Chris Dorsey, Vena Stansberry, Darrin Govens, Chris Lolley, Joan Turner,...

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Family Day turns 25 in Brookhaven

[slideshow id=27] By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@chesterspirit.com R ain did not dampen the spirits of the more than 1,200 Brookhaven residents who attended the 25th anniversary of Family Day on Saturday. From great food to games, demonstrations, music and informational booths, it appeared that everyone there had a good time. “(I take) this opportunity to thank all of our businesses and sponsors,” said event co-chairwoman Betty Kelley, adding, “It is wonderful to see our residents enjoying themselves.” Even though the event is usually held outdoors, the decision was made early in the morning to move food and activities inside due to...

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