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Vendors prepped for Ramble; star-studded entertainment announced

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@chesterspirit.com If the enthusiasm of vendors is any indication, Chester’s Riverfront Ramble, which takes place from Noon until well into the evening on Saturday, Sept. 24th, will be one major success. The event, now in its seventh year, attracts upwards of 20,000 people. This year may attract even more with a star-studded line-up of quality entertainment. Superstar singer Johnny Gill (My, My, My), Kindred the Family Soul (Love Has No Recession), Evelyn “Champagne” King (Shame), jazz musician Jeff Bradshaw and the famed Wilmington/Chester Mass Choir are the headliners for a free concert. A recent meeting conducted by...

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Mayor’s annual clean-up promotes community pride and fellowship

[slideshow id=24] By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@chesterspirit.com In addition to Chester City employees and officials, church group volunteers, Delaware County community service workers, the Harrah’s Hearts group, Chester Water Authority and MinSec, more than 500 students from Eastern University participated Saturday in the 10th annual Mayor’s Clean-Up Day. Participants in the citywide clean-up event removed trash and debris from city streets and individual homes, assisted with cutting grass and pulling weeds, cleaned playgrounds and painted houses. “This is a wonderful thing that Chester residents look forward to every year,” said Councilwoman Portia West. “We very much appreciate the collaborative effort put...

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9/11 Memorial Fund Anyone interested in making a tax deductible contribution may do so by making checks payable to: The Lower Delco 9-11 Memorial Foundation Fund, attn. Joseph Possenti, 1410 Market Street, Linwood, Pa. 19061. Controversial Ugandan minister visits Media For more information, call the church office at 610-566-4853. Chester’s 10th Annual Clean-Up is set To become a block captain, call Donna D. Davis, special events coordinator, at 610-447-7724. Lower Chi golf tournament set For sponsorship information or cost to participate, call Tom Gaspari at 610-485-1472. Chester Senior Center holds flea market For more information call (610) 497-3550.  Free concerts rescheduled For more information, call Wanda Mann or Councilwoman Marrea Walker-Smith at 610-447-7725.  Crozer offers free prostate screenings Appointments are necessary; space is limited. Call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) to register.  ABA golf tourney for first responders set For more information call Ron Temple at (610) 364-9400.  Union doc talks about running For more information, call 1-877-CK-MOTION (1-877-256-6846). Nutrition classes in Brookhaven For registration form, call Lori at (610) 237-8100, Ext. 11. Free GED and ESL instruction offered For registration information call Patty at 610-876-4811. To learn more about DCLC, visit www.delcoliteracy.org. St. Anthony golf outing For details about the golf outing, visit http://www.paxonhollowgolf.com; for information about the organization, visit http://www.stanthonysswphila.com/SASSWP/Home.html For questions about the event or the organization, call or email Tony Armentani at 609-230-9143 or Armentani@comcast.net. CAADC gets grant...

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Chester investors plan to open Charter School of the Arts next year

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com The Chester Fund for Education announced last week that this school year (2011-2012) will be the last of its affiliation with the Chester-Upland School of the Arts (CUSA). The foundation will instead apply to open its own charter school in the district for the 2012-2013 school year, which includes the City of Chester, Chester Township and Upland Borough. Currently, The Chester Fund (TCF) supplies 25 percent of the budget necessary to run CUSA which translates into approximately $2.5 million- $3 million annually. “We deeply appreciate the partnership we’ve had with the district over the last three years, but also realize that to continue educating Chester children, we have to be able to design our own programs and hire to keep the best teachers,” said TCF and CUSA founder Dr. John Alston. “The only way to accomplish this is to apply for a charter.” CUSA opened its doors in the fall of 2008 with 200 students. The brainchild of Alston, a professor of music at Swarthmore College, the school is located at the site of the former Parry building on 9th St. and stresses the importance of the arts, academic courses and serves students in kindergarten to fifth grade. According to a press release issued by TCF, the main reason for its separation from the district is due to the furloughing of all but two of CUSA’s...

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Local b’baller headed for Italy

Chester resident and recent Chester High School basketball standout Rondae Jefferson (top right) will represent the USA with kids from other cities at the Boys 3×3 Youth World Championship from Sept. 9th-11th in Rimini, Italy. Jefferson will be joined by Shaqquan Aaron (top left), of Taft High School in Apple Valley, Calif.; Jordan Swopshire (bottom left), of the SportsQuest Academy in Richmond, VA and Ofallon, MO.; and Malik Price-Martin (bottom right), of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, Fla. All four were members of the 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team. Sponsored by the Federation of International Basketball...

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