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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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Never too old to vote

Although she had lived for well over 50 years in Aston, Elsie Mack had been too busy raising her seven children and working in the family business to ever register to vote. Now, however, widowed, disabled, and almost blind, she went to PennDOT to get a photo ID and also registered. Mack’s hearing is great, and she had kept abreast of events very well and knew which candidates she favored. So, on Election Day, her youngest son, who is her caretaker, got her ready; her brother drove her to the polls, and her sister-in-law signed a paper authorizing her...

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Grim Holiday for Kids? Report: Delco kids languish in poverty

While recent headlines tout a national recovery from the Great Recession, more children in Delaware County are facing hardships this holiday season than during the depths of the recession, a new study has found. Public Citizens for Children and Youth [PCCY] announced recently new comprehensive reports on the status of children in Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties, titled, “Left Out.” The Delaware County report was the first of the series. “An American tragedy is happening right before our eyes. PCCY dug into the data and in Delaware County found an alarming story that does not bode well for...

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