Author: Katie Kohler

Calls are many; people are few Volunteers, where are you?

When the fire alarm rings, who will answer the bell? It almost seems silly to ask when Delaware County is dotted with fire stations. Collingdale, Sharon Hill and Clifton Heights, for example, are all located within two miles of each other. But the question is serious. The current number of 72,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania is far less than the mid-1970s high of 300,000. State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, believes reasons for the decline include more stringent training requirements, consolidations of fire companies and a simple but key factor...

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Path of Destruction? School leaders fear dismantling of public education

As school districts finalized their budgets for the next school year, local school officials and advocates called on the state to do its fair share for education during a press conference last week at the Southeast Delco Kindergarten Center. On average, states across the country cover 45 percent of school funding costs but Pennsylvania’s contribution to education funding is only 37 percent, one of the lowest in the country. As a result, schools are overly dependent on local school districts which account for 56 percent of school funding. Calling the state of education funding unfair and inadequate, speakers repeatedly...

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ could have roots at Park Lane Elementary

The approaching end of the school year can make students break into impromptu joyous song and dance, but on a recent Tuesday afternoon, the fifth graders at Park Lane Elementary School had a case of happy feet for a different reason. Their performance highlighted what they learned during their participation in the Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP) program. Dapper young gentlemen offered their arms to elegant young ladies as they danced the meringue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, waltz, and swing. “I showed my partner respect by looking directly in their eyes,” said Nasir Lang. “I had my hand positioned on my...

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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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