Author: Loretta Rodgers

Why? SE Delco board members rescind super’s new contract extension without a public reason

The Southeast Delco School Board, during a highly contentious special meeting last week, voted 6-3 to rescind the five year contract extension of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Butz.  Despite numerous calls from the packed public meeting for an explanation why, board members remained mum on any reason for the recession. Just two weeks prior, Butz’ new contract, which would have run from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023, was approved by a unanimous 9-0 vote. Board members voting in favor of contract rescission include board President Theresa Harris-Johnson, Tanya Cavalieri, Racquel Irons, Tammi Forbes, Edward McBride, and...

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Aston gets new commish; no new taxes

Aston commissioners unanimously appointed John Dougherty to fill the unexpired term of First Ward Commissioner Michael Link. Dougherty is a two-year township resident. He was born and raised in Drexel Hill and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School. Dougherty received a BA in biology from Penn State University and a masters degree in business from Drexel University. He works as a pharmacy consultant and served as a member of the Penn- Delco School Board for six years, four of those years as board vice president. “I appreciate the confidence the Board of Commissioners has shown in me,” Dougherty said....

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Brookhaven parade kicks-off holiday season

Brookhaven residents lined the streets last Saturday afternoon to watch the borough’s annual holiday parade, which for locals, marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. Dedicated to the Girl and Boy Scouts, the parade featured four string bands — Hegeman, Greater Overbrook, Broomall, and Aqua; the Sun Valley High School Marching Band, antique cars, fire apparatus, police vehicles, clubs, organizations, dance schools, scouts, local businesses, Brookhaven Town Watch, Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade is organized each year by a committee that includes chairman and Brookhaven Councilman Vawn Donaway, Stephanie Donaway, Linda...

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Brookhaven fire department gets new thermal cameras

The Brookhaven Fire Department was recently awarded a $16,355 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which makes it the largest single contribution made to the department by a business operating in the borough. The fire department used the funds to purchase two hi-tech, color thermal imaging cameras, capable of locating hot spots, ventilation points, trapped people and more. “We are so grateful for this generous grant that helped us purchase these cameras,” said Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella. “It was time for us to replace our old cameras, which were 10 years old and outdated, so this...

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Honoring the Fallen; Trainer vets memorial was a dream realized

Trainer Councilman James Cassidy said he remembers former borough Mayor Russ Cole often speaking about wanting to have a veteran’s memorial in the community. Cole’s dream became reality when a memorial — complete with hardscape, American flags, and memorial bricks — was erected at the entrance of Henry Johnson Park on Veteran’s Drive. “I thought it would be a great idea to have a memorial,” Cassidy said. “So, I drew some sketches and spoke to local contractor Alan Boates, who helped us tremendously.” The actual memorial has been up for about a year, but the red engraved bricks were...

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