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Clippers climb to .500 with solid victory over Sun Valley

By PhilPerrone The scorching sun rose on the Chester High football team on Sunday, but in turn, set upon the Sun Valley Vanguards. The beaming ball in the sky did not allow the Clippers a victory without a few battle scars, however; a sort of rite of passage into the realm of success. In a game where hydration quickly became a factor, Chester players were dropping to the ground nearly every possession with leg cramps. But they grunted it out and won their first game of the year. With both teams coming off big losses in their openers,...

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Spirit Exclusive: An Open Letter to the Community

                               An Open Letter to the Community By Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. If you ask why I want to be Mayor, the answer is simple. Chester is my home. It is the place where I raised my children. It is a community that I have had the privilege to serve for most of my adult life. I love this city and its people. It is a place that I believe in with all my heart and want to continue to serve. Chester is also...

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Contact FEMA to Apply for Disaster Assistance

CONTACT FEMA TO APPLY FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR HURRICANE IRENE HARRISBURG — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced federal aid is available to individuals who suffered damage caused by Hurricane Irene from August 26 -30, 2011. The disaster declaration for Individual Assistance was issued on September 13, 2011. If you live or work in any of the following counties you may apply for assistance: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan and Wyoming. Additional counties may be designated at a later date. Here’s how to apply: 1)     Gather the information you will need before you contact FEMA; Name and Social Security number Address of the damaged property Current address and telephone number where you can be reached Insurance information Total household annual income A bank routing and account number for direct deposit 2)     Write down a description of your losses caused by the disaster. 3)     Register for assistance online at; the screens will prompt you through the registration process. You can also apply by web enabled mobile device at, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Operators will assist you seven days a week between the hours of 7...

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA TO HOST 16th Anniversary of Million Man march

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA TO HOST 16th Anniversary of Million Man march Music Mogul and Developer, Kenny Gamble and Minister Rodney Muhammad will join civic, religious, fraternal and social organizations to commemorate the Historic March On October 16, 1995, over 200,000 men from the Greater Philadelphia region; the largest contingent in the country attended the historic Million Man March in Washington. To highlight this show of solidarity, the city of Philadelphia will host the 16th Anniversary of the Million Man March the weekend of October 7 -9, 2011. The focus of this year’s Anniversary will be Hunger, Youth Violence Reduction and Political Accountability. Joining in the Anniversary celebration with Kenny Gamble and Minister Rodney Muhammad will be many of the Delaware Valley’s most notable civic, religious, fraternal and social organizations. The event will begin with a Day of Atonement on Friday, October 7, 2011 and culminate with a keynote address by National March organizer, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the PA Convention Center....

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Condo owner wants bats out of her house

By LorettaRodgers Brookhaven resident Lucille Lavner has lived in the Hilltop Condominiums for more than 33 years. She has a beautiful home and until about a year ago, was enjoying life. That was until she began finding bats in her living room and bedroom. Now Lavner says she’s living a “nightmare” and has asked Brookhaven Borough Council for help. “I can’t sleep,” Lavner told Council members. “I fall asleep during the day because I’m so afraid of the bats. I need somebody from the borough to tell the management company they have to do something about the bats...

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