Author: Katie Kohler

Not In My Backyard Residents rail against halfway house plan

Collingdale residents filled Borough Hall last Wednesday night to express dissent during the Zoning Board hearing for Harwood House II, a 21-bed halfway house residential treatment facility for women that wants to establish a facility in that community. The public hearing was held about its application for its property in the 300 block of Clifton Ave. which proposes a halfway house for a “short-term residential recovery program.” In conjunction with the intended use, Harwood House is seeking a special exception to interpret the term “family” as determined by the Collingdale Borough Zoning Code. An informational packet by Harwood made...

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Mothers Day Parade celebrates 100th anniversary

By KatieKohler Much has changed over the course of 100 years in the City of Chester. One of the things that has not is the Mother’s Day Parade. Last Sunday, the city celebrated its 100th Mother’s Day Parade presented by John A. Watts Lodge Number 224. Despite a soaking rain on Saturday and spotty showers on Sunday, the afternoon parade had sunny skies and dry weather for the onlookers and performers. To commemorate the centennial year, over three dozen groups of performers filled the streets with beating drums, dance, and a familiar strut. Some of the groups included Mummers...

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Rush to Arms: Citizens flood courthouse seeking gun permits

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com There was a sea of humanity last Monday – more like a swarm – at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media. Outside, available parking spaces were hard to find; inside, long lines of people waiting. What was the attraction? A major court case? A celebrity in town? No. Delaware County residents were at the sheriff’s office applying for new permits or renewals for a license to carry firearms. It is not uncommon for people facing wait times and sometimes long lines at the courthouse. Early last Monday afternoon, a mix of men and women sat on...

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Delco people win regional SBA awards: Broomall business cleans up

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com When it comes to cleaning – from studio apartments to office complexes – consistency is key. In your home, a routine saves from tackling a monster mess. For a professional cleaning service, consistency is the key to maintaining clientele. Hopson’s Consultant Services started in 1999 with one employee, one client, and operated out of Damon Hopson’s apartment. In the beginning, Hopson admitted it was rough. He knew the odds of a business surviving five years was tough, and he continued working a full-time job during the day and operated the company at night. Hopson was recently...

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Delco people win regional SBA awards: Media restaurant owner feeds on win

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com Dr. Win Somboonsong, president of Win Signature Restaurants which includes Azie in Media and Teikoku in Newtown Square, prefers simple things like the old-fashioned, downtown charm of State Street in Media or the basic sushi rolls like tuna, yellow tail, or scallion. Somboonsong was recently named Eastern Pennsylvania District Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office list of 2017 Small Business Week Award Winners. “Media is a special town,” he says on a Friday morning as his staff preps for lunch. “Here, people sometimes...

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