Author: Loretta Rodgers

Happy New Year! No New Taxes! In Aston Township

ston commissioners, last week, unanimously adopted a 2018 final operating budget totaling $15.385 million, reflecting no tax increase for residents. Millage remains set at 4.70. A resident with a home assessed at $150,000 will pay $705.00 in township real estate tax in 2018. The largest expenditures in the spending plan include $7.176 million for police/public safety; $1.505 million for highway; and $1.179 million for general government/administration. The sanitation collection fee will remain at $240 per single family unit; the same as 2017. Commissioner Mark Osborn, who presented the budget, said the township, in keeping with the proposed vision plan, is continuing to progress with the Pennell Road Streetscape project, fencing and lighting at Weir Park, a new roof on the Old Schoolhouse, the Newsome Pond project, Smiles in the Playground special needs Park, Community Center roundabout, road program and the installation of LED lights. In addition, traffic calming measures are being taken into consideration for all wards. Osborn said commissioners are evaluating the possibility of floating an $11 million loan for the renovation of, and addition to, the existing firehouse on Dutton’s Mill Road, the site of the former Green Ridge Firehouse; and construction of a new township administration building, which will also house the Police and Public Works departments. “We are evaluating a plan to best fill the financial needs of the residents,” Osborn said. In other matters,...

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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Dr. King celebrated traditionally in Chester

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was celebrated Monday with an annual wreath laying ceremony at the site of the former Crozer Theological Seminary followed by a program held in the Clark Auditorium on the Crozer-Chester Medical Center campus. Organized by the MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester and Vicinity and Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor, Jr., pastor of Calvary Baptist Church where Dr. King at one time attended and preached, the program included a video of Dr. King titled, “Pieces of Peace,” which included the time he spent in Chester as a student. In attendance were...

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Farewell 2017: The highs and lows of another year gone

Part One of Two Like every year, 2017 had it’s highs and lows, it’s share of happiness and sorrow, and sterling examples of the best and worst of humanity. The year began with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. The election of the New York businessman was unexpected as former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was predicted to win in a landslide. The first year of Trump’s presidency was overshadowed by a continuing investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as well as the...

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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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