Author: Loretta Rodgers

Lights Out at Eatery: Popular restaurant closes; people holding worthless gift cards

Boothwyn resident Carol McNasby wanted to do something special for her son and daughter-in-law’s birthdays at the end of June, so she purchased two $50 gift cards to the Mile High Steak and Seafood Restaurant at 1102 Baltimore Pike in Glen Mills. Unfortunately, when her family members tried to redeem the gift cards in August, there was a note on the door of the establishment informing that it was temporarily closed. “I was really surprised,” McNasby said, “then, later, another sign (appeared) that the restaurant was going to re-open after new hiring was completed. But, that never happened and...

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Controversial DCIU plan approved

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Aston commissioners, last week, in a 6-1 vote, approved the conditional use application of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) for expansion of the Delaware County Technical School (DCTS) on Crozerville Road. The lone “no” vote was cast by Second Ward Commissioner Carol Graham, whose ward is where the DCTS is located. Graham said that even though she believes the agreement to be “the best possible,”  her first responsibility is to her constituents. “As commissioner it is my primary responsibility to be the voice of the residents of my ward and relay their wishes,” Graham said. “I listened intently to the comments made during the five hearings that were conducted. I received numerous telephone calls and even personal visits to my home about this issue. My duty is to represent the feelings of my ward, therefore I am voting no on this project.” In a prepared statement, Aston special counsel Hugh Donaghue outlined the specifics of the project. Donaghue said the DCIU filed a conditional use application with the commissioners in December, 2013 requesting land development and expanded school use. Professional consultants reviewed the proposal and revised plans were submitted. “Five conditional use hearings were held, bringing parties to the realization that a settlement may be the best option,” Donaghue said. DCIU agreed to exclude two programs initially proposed that dealt with students with overacting behaviors...

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Chester’s pensions on the brink of broke, state audit reports

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com The news for the City of Chester was bleak last week as the Pennsylvania auditor general released a scathing report on the state of the city’s pension plans. Auditor Eugene DePasquale said at the end of the year, the city will owe more than $15 million to its three employee pension plans, which includes more than $9 million in outstanding contributions to the police pension plan. The audit covered Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015. “Chester cannot manage this pension problem alone,” DePasquale said. “The state may have to step in to guarantee retirees continue...

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Community parades usher in holiday season and spirit

By LorettaRodgers  lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Brookhaven and Marcus Hook residents lined the streets on Nov. 19th and 26th, respectively to watch their community’s annual holiday parades, which for locals, marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. Dedicated to emergency personnel, the Brookhaven parade featured several string bands, the Sun Valley High School Marching Band, Chichester High School Marching Band, antique cars, fire apparatus, police vehicles, clubs, organizations, dance schools, Boy and Girl scouts, local businesses, religious organizations, Brookhaven Town Watch, the Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC,  Coebourn Elementary School pupils, and, of course, Santa Claus. “Our family looks forward to...

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Sun Valley junior makes choir history

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@myspiritnews.com Sun Valley High School junior, Jacqueline Scheck, has been selected for the prestigious All National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir.  She is the first student in her high school’s history to receive this honor. Scheck was previously selected to participate in the PMEA District and Region Choir festivals and the PA All State Choir.  Following her participation in the All State Choir, her choral director, Nicole Moyer, recorded and submitted an audition tape that led to Scheck’s selection into the 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir. She is one of a very select few to be chosen from the...

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