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Monarchs take Jackie Robinson Little League title

[singlepic id=55 w=320 h=240 float=] By WillieMcGonigle wmcgonigle@chesterspirit.com It’s often said that in sports the way you practice is the way you play. With that in mind, the Monarchs had to feel pretty good about their chances in the Jackie Robinson Little League Major League Division championship game against the Stars on Saturday at Crozer Park. [singlepic id=54 w=320 h=240 float=] Coach Robert Tiller said, “Last week was the best week of practice we had all season.” Tiller’s Monarchs overcame an early deficit to down the Stars, 7-6. The Stars jumped to a first inning lead on Anthony Caldwell’s...

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Drexel Neumann graduates 21; nine headed for new cyber school

[singlepic id=53 w=600 h=450 float=] By JessicaBautista Jbautista@chesterspirit.com Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA), the last Catholic school remaining in Chester, graduated 21 eighth-grade students and has made groundbreaking strides by offering the first virtual class in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. “I have faith in Chester, and this is Chester,” said DNA President Sr. Maggie Gannon of the Class of 2011. “The Chester I know is not in the news for violence and curfews; this Chester, these children, have exceed our hopes in so many ways.” [singlepic id=56 w=600 h=344 float=] Students received over $35,000 in scholarship money, according to Gannon, and nine of them were accepted into the school’s virtual ninth grade in September. Lanasia Branche, Janoah Wright, Nathan Footman, Kenneth Mack and Angel Rivera-Manning will receive a full-ride through digital high school classes, which Gannon said is normally $7,000 a year. Scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, personal responsibility and service to others. Like many parents at the ceremony, Mack’s father was speechless and his mother was thrilled. “I am elated that (he) received this scholarship to help him get closer to achieving his goal of becoming a Supreme Court justice,” said Mack’s mother, Kelly Lewis-Mack. Edward Hanway, former CEO of the Cigna Corporation, and his family were responsible for recently establishing the scholarship fund the students will take advantage of in the fall. “The principle role (of...

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Chester city council passed a controversial budget ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com The second reading – and possible passage- of a controversial pay-cut ordinance is expected to highlight this week’s Chester City Council meeting. During a special meeting called last Monday (June 13th), Chester City Council, in a 3-0 partisan vote, approved the first reading of an ordinance intended to reduce the salaries of council members and the mayor, ultimately saving taxpayers $120,000 over four years. Councilman Shepherd Garner, who introduced the ordinance, Deputy Mayor/Councilwoman Marrea Walker-Smith and Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr., all Republicans, voted in favor of the ordinance. Democratic Council members John Linder and Portia West were not present for the vote. Sources said West and Linder were told about the meeting in advance, but said they would be unable to attend. This vote came on the heels of a highly contentious June 8th Council meeting, where first reading of the ordinance failed from a 2-2 deadlock along party lines. Garner and Walker-Smith voted for it; Linder and West voted against it. Butler was not present. Sources said the mayor was attending a family function out of state that had been planned well in advance of the meeting. As proposed, the ordinance would cut Council and the mayor’s salaries by 10 percent for the next four years. The mayor’s job currently pays $46,000 annually with Council jobs paying $40,000 annually. Both jobs are considered part-time...

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Aston commissioner ousted

[singlepic id=52 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=] By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com Aston commissioners last week voted 5-1 to remove Gary Robinson as president of the board. The lone opposing vote was cast by First Ward Commissioner Michael Fulginiti, who expressed surprise and disappointment about the sudden motion. “We have had several meetings and I know there’s a lot going on,” said Fulginiti. “I thought we were beyond this. The discussion here tonight or the request here tonight (about Robinson’s ouster) has been discussed in several sessions with the complete Board of Commissioners and it was my understanding that the reorganization would...

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Sun Valley graduates urged to be themselves and remember the school

[imagebrowser id=12]   By WillieMcGonigle wmcgonigle@chesterspirit.com For the final time during their high school years 268 members of the Sun Valley High School Class of 2011 was together last Tuesday at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center for the school’s 49th annual commencement exercises. Among those graduating was Parkside resident Jesus Geigel. “It feels great; I can’t wait to start my new life in college,” Geigel said, adding that during the ceremony he couldn’t believe he was graduating. He said, “It’s been surreal for me.” Geigel’s immediate plans are to attend Delaware County Community College for a year...

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