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Behold, the authors

Last year’s fifth grade class at Stetser Elementary School in Chester became published authors. Members of that class recently returned to the school and joined with the current fifth grade class to host a book signing and health fair for families and the community. The student authors, (from left) Tatiyiana Walker, Roneisha Carpenter, Kiaira Sudler, LaNya Bell, Makel Martin, DeSean Hubert and Aniyah Fairfax, published the book, “Stetser 5th Grade Talks Health” with help from the “Healthy Me Curriculum” partnership with Widener University’s Education and Nursing schools. At the same time, current fifth grade students hosted a health fair...

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Real lifesavers get a helping hand

The Collingdale Business and Professional Association (CBPA) made the holidays brighter for local police recently when members  donated $500 to help pay for up to 30 bullet-resistant vests. The presentation was made to Collingdale resident Marc Hanley who, as a Ridley Park police officer in August 2015, was shot twice in the line of duty and credits the vest he was wearing for saving his life. Hanly and fellow Ridley Park officer Jim Nasella’s wife, Carole, founded Vest-A-Cop which has raised over $40,000 in slightly over a year. “Once we started talking we realized a lot of guys had...

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Soccer’s the hook, salvation’s the goal for Darby-area preacher

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com Pastor Timothy Babatunde preaches his message of empowerment from the pulpit at Christ Temple, 27 S. 5th St., in Darby Borough, on a one-on-one level with drug dealers and on the soccer field. He uses what he calls “simple words” to connect. Simple words with a big impact on both his own life and the lives others. One of six children born in Lagos, Nigeria, Babatunde grew up Baptist with parents who stressed the importance of discipline and hard work. At 19 years-old he came to the states for pastoral studies and eventually ended up at...

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Cruisers deliver toys to CCMC

The Delco Cruisers visited Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC) as part of the group’s 10th annual “Cruise for Kids.” Members of the organization dressed up as Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves to help deliver hundreds of toys to pediatric patients at the medical center. Representatives from the Responders motorcycle group, Delaware County Motorcycle Riders, Brandywine Riders, Fed Ex, and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program also assisted with the event. Participants drove dozens of classic cars and motorcycles onto the grounds of the medical center and delivered toys to patients in the Pediatrics unit and the Emergency Department....

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Aston man charged in sex activity

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday for a Delaware County man who, District Attorney Jack Whelan this week said, is the first to be charged under Pennsylvania’s new human trafficking legislation for engaging in a sex act with a person he knew was a victim of human trafficking. Aston resident, 28 year-old Matthew Jeffrey Sipps, of the 100 block of Sweigart Lane, is charged with patronizing a victim of a sexual servitude, a second degree felony; concealment of the whereabouts of a child, a third degree felony; and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor. The arrest follwed an...

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