Author: Loretta Rodgers

Say It Loud: E-A-G-L-E-S! Spirit was high for a Birds victory

Chester resident Donna Davis and students of the Widener Partnership Charter School knew on Friday that the Philadelphia Eagles were going to win the Super Bowl. They were certain of it! Professional pundits and oddmakers weren’t so sure. After all, the never-won-a-Super-Bowl Eagles were going up against the five-time Super Bowl veterans, the New England Patriots. Davis, and millions of other die-hard fans, thousands of them in Delaware County, kept the faith and the Eagles won in astounding fashion, beating the Patriots 41-33 Sunday night in Minnesota. In the days before kickoff, Davis, a former member of the Chester-Upland...

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College Access Center closing in June

The College Access Center of Delaware County announced last week it will close its doors on June 30. Center Director Julani Ghana said the decision was made by the presidents of Widener, Neumann, Penn State Brandywine, and Cheyney universities; and  Swarthmore and Delaware County Community colleges. Ghana said the decision was based primarily on lack of funding. Referred to collectively as the Chester Higher Education Council (CHEC), the area’s college presidents created the College Access Center (CAC), which is located on the campus of Widener University and services the entire county. The mission of the center that opened in...

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2017: Contributors saluted; loved ones remembered

Part Two of Two A popular song by our favorite group, Russell Thompkins and The New Stylistics, says “people make the world go ‘round.” People certainly make Delaware County a desired place to live and work and The Spirit salutes all of those, who in 2017, contributed to the success of their municipalities and we remember many whom we lost. People Ninety-three year-old Upper Darby resident Rose Poryzees retired from the workforce after 58 years as a tax specialist. Nancy Mackrides was again named president of the Marple Newtown School Board. A 17-year member of the board, Mackrides has...

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Upland: 31 years without a tax hike

Upland Borough Council adopted a 2018 operating budget totaling $3,508,053, reflecting a zero tax increase for residents. This marks the 31st consecutive year of no tax increase. Millage was set at 2.0; the same as 2017. A homeowner with a property assessed at $80,000 can expect to pay $160 in real estate taxes in 2018. The 2018 budget for the borough-owned Auburn Village housing complex, totals $811,560; the same as in 2016 and 2017. The annual trash fee remains the same at $135 per household. Council intends to add two full-time police officers, a new HVAC system for Borough...

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Happy New Year…NOT! 18 families homeless by after Christmas fire

A raging fire swept through the “C” building at the Hilltop Condominium complex in Brookhaven last Tuesday, the day after Christmas, leaving 18 families homeless. The blaze began at 6 P.M. and was under control by 7:30 P.M. Firefighters had difficulty controlling the inferno due to extremely frigid temperatures and a loss of water pressure. Police arrived to find multiple units fully engulfed in flames and third floor residents Tim and Jessica Segarra, their 21 month-old daughter, Lucy, and dog, Daisy, were trapped on the balcony.  As firefighters arrived, the occupants were rescued safely by ladder and fire suppression...

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