Author: Katie Kohler

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: People told don’t be silent about injustice

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  State Rep. Margo Davidson (D-164) believes today that there are many things that matter and now is not the time for silence. That message and others by Dr. King were given to the standing-room only crowd at the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Brunch hosted by Davidson at the Archer Epler VFW/American Legion in Upper Darby on Monday. “This event serves as a perfect opportunity for us to come together as neighbors and to celebrate the rich...

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Responding to ‘scare tactics,’ Aqua just wants to be heard

In May, the Chester Water Authority (CWA) unanimously rejected a $250 million unsolicited acquisition offer from Aqua America after receiving its proposal. The company promised to freeze rates and retain current employees for at least 10 years, among other things. What followed were months of tension and protests at CWA board meetings by employees and supporters, including most of the 19 municipalities served by CWA, urging the CWA board to stand firm in its rejection of the publicly-traded water utility. The CWA Board of Directors considered the proposal a hostile takeover tactic and empowered its solicitor, Francis Catania, to...

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Making Spirits Bright; Delco sheriff made holiday nice for kids

When 40 kids were unleashed in Walmart on a Saturday morning before Christmas during the Annual Shop with the Sheriff event, it was a safe bet they weren’t making a beeline for home appliances. The toy aisle represented the start and finish line for the wide-eyed young shoppers armed with $100 Walmart gift cards, eager to get their hands on the latest plastic playthings. It marked the third year Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper and employees of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office hosted the shopping spree. Through the generosity of individuals and local businesses, the sheriff’s office hosted disadvantaged children...

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Holiday Exclusive! Santa Tells All

Like the name of our paper indicates, we search for “the spirit” in each community we serve and in working to highlight “the spirit of the season,” we found a reader of The Spirit who also embodies the season’s spirit. He was none other than Santa Claus himself and he welcomed an exclusive interview. Frank Naimoli (, a longtime Santa Claus who lives in Glenolden, talks about the countdown to sleigh-take off, his scene stealing elf, and another option besides milk and cookies. The Spirit (TS): Santa, you must be very busy. Thanks for taking the time to talk...

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Haverford rocks out at peaceful garden

t can be difficult finding serenity in Delaware County. Overturned tractor-trailers on the Blue Route, gridlock on Baltimore Pike; drivers who don’t know how to use their turn signals on West Chester Pike; and cramped SEPTA trains and buses. Bailey Park in Haverford is one of the county’s many parks that offer an area of… This content is for Print, Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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