Author: Leslie Krowchenko

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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Marple celebrates Arbor and Earth days with new tree planting

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent With a week to go before this year’s actual date, the Marple Tree Commission celebrated Arbor Day last Friday by planting a black locust at North Malin Road’s tot lot. Joined by local residents and elected officials on the day before Earth Day, the group added the tree to the landscape in a spot visible to all who bring their youngsters to enjoy the equipment. The sapling joins another one planted recently near the jungle gym. “The timing is perfect,” said member Liz Ball referring to Earth Day. “It is a wonderful day to take...

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Students win with case against nation’s Electoral College

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent If the students in Rachael Pinsley’s class had their say, Hillary Clinton would be the 45th president. The fifth graders at Glenwood Elementary School decided popular vote, rather than the Electoral College, should determine who occupies the White House. The strength of their argument took second place in the fourth annual Lenfest Citizenship Challenge hosted by The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement. “The American electoral process is a topic we teach every year and it’s especially interesting when it’s an election year,” said Pinsley during the February Rose Tree Media School Board meeting....

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