Author: Leslie Krowchenko

Trade students hail from all over

Freshman football player King David Bey got a preview of what he will be doing next year as members of the soccer and football teams helped with move-in day last week at Williamson College of the Trades in Middletown. Bey was one of 104 newbies who carried footlockers, underbed storage containers and backpacks into the dorms along Cottage Row. The Frank Furness-designed buildings and surrounding 220-acre campus will be their home for the next four years. “A couple of my coaches were familiar with the school,” said Bey, of Sicklerville, New Jersey. “I’m majoring in masonry and going here...

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Two Marple Newtown grads get full college scholarships

Two recent Marple Newtown High School grads will have no reason to fear the dreaded college tuition bill. Randy Tran, who completed the culinary arts and food service management program through Delaware County Technical High School, was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Johnson & Wales University. Lauren Holt is one of seven incoming freshmen at Swarthmore College chosen to receive a full tuition grant as a McCabe Scholar. “Randy and Lauren represent the excellence that we expect from all of our students, as every student is expected to stretch his or her potential and come to school each...

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Broomall Fire Co. to build new station

A month after authorizing the Broomall Fire Co. (BFC) to pursue plans to relocate its station to the grounds of the former Marple Grade School, 2641 West Chester Pike, the commissioners approved the documentation necessary for the land. The board initiated the Memorandum of Understanding to begin the three-part process of subdividing the parcel, transferring the township-owned land to the fire company and conveying BFC’s current site, 10 Malin Road, to the municipality. The decision is an about-face from the plan approved several years ago, when BFC received zoning and planning commission approvals to construct a two-story station on...

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Neighbors Take Action: Beaver Valley saved as open space

When Concord residents and those from neighboring communities first learned in 2012 about the possible development of 240 acres of Beaver Valley, they hoped for the best but prepared for the worst. The best has happened. The tract once considered for a 160-home subdivision has been deeded to The Conservation Fund to be preserved as open space. The organization led an effort among Brandywine Conservancy, Beaver Valley Preservation Alliance, Beaver Valley Conservancy, Mt. Cuba Center, Save the Valley, the township, Delaware County Council and individuals who love the land to raise the $8 million to “close the gap.” The...

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Chester Eastside celebrates retiring leader, Rev. Bernice Warren

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent When the Rev. Bernice Warren Cultural Arts Program opens at Chester Eastside Inc. (CEI), it will not only enhance the activities its namesake currently provides for children at the center, but will work to encompass the culture of the entire city. Not unlike the way CEI’s move to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church several years ago has enriched the lives of those within both ministries. Warren’s 21 years as CEI’s pastor/director were celebrated Saturday night with a gala at the Ballrooms at Boothwyn. More than 225 family and church family members, high school and undergraduate friends,...

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