Author: Katie Kohler

Local kids help bring Legoland to life

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com Three Delaware County children, Chloe and Frankie Tomaszewski, of Broomall, and Jordan Colteste, of Sharon Hill, landed their “dream jobs” when they were selected to be members of the Creative Crew for Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia. “It’s awesome. It’s a big honor for them and they love Legos so much that this is the perfect place for them to check everything out,” said Tina Tomaszewski, the mother of siblings. “I’m so proud of Jordan. He just loves Legos and it’s good to see him being able to do something he enjoys,” said Jonelle McDaniel, Jordan’s mother....

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50 Years of Pancakes: Rotarians celebrate decades of food and fundraising

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com The golden edges of the pancakes fit the occasion on Saturday morning during the 50th Annual Pancake Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Media. The unmistakable smell of breakfast filled the air as guests filed into Media Elementary School for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice. It was one of the club’s biggest fundraisers, usually serving 400-600 people every year. “I think it’s the nostalgia. Pancake Day resonates as a community gathering. Who doesn’t like pancakes?” said Dan Lievens, president of the club. Added 40-year member William Strine, “We’ve held it together for 50 years,” he...

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Crime time debate rages: DAs push to restore mandatory minimums; some disagree

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com Top prosecutors and law enforcement authorities from Southeastern Pennsylvania stood in unison on Friday at a press conference to urge state lawmakers to restore the sentencing guidelines for violent offenders, but a local state representative has come out against their position, saying mandatory minimums are unconstitutional and don’t work. The legislation that law enforcement supports, House Bill 741, is scheduled for a full House vote next week. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan cited statistics for the City of Chester that included 120 people shot and 26 murdered in 2016. So far in 2017, Whelan said...

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‘We Want to Go Home’ Getting from dialysis treatments is hard for Community Transit riders

By KatieKohler Seventy-seven year-old Verna sits on a vent in the lobby outside the offices of DaVita Dialysis at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Her treatment ended a few minutes before 8 a.m. but nearly two hours later, she is still waiting for her ride home. On a bitterly cold mid-March morning, the doors open a few times shooting an Arctic blast into the area Verna, and others who finished dialysis, sit in heavy coats, hats, and blankets. They are waiting for a ride home from Community Transit, a private, nonprofit transportation company certified by the PA Public Utility Commission to...

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The Trouble with Names in America

By KatieKohler Javier Avila, the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year who brought his one-man show to Delaware County Community College recently, and I have a problem. Our names. My maiden name was Katie Bambi which led me to be mercilessly teased with such taunts like, “where’s Thumper” and “Hey, did they ever find the guy who shot your mother?” Avila grew up in Puerto Rico where he also had a common name. There were four “Javiers” in his class and two “Javys.” Marriage resolved my issue. Moving to Pennsylvania resolved Avila’s who, all of a sudden, had an...

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