Author: Loretta Rodgers

Widener students celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with renaissance fair

Members of the Widener University Lone Brick Theatre Company celebrated the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare on Sunday afternoon with a Renaissance Fair complete with jousting, henna tattoos, tarot card reading and huge turkey legs. More than 60 students with assistance from English/drama professor Robert Reutter and other faculty volunteers brought the Renaissance to life focusing on education through performance, sports, food, and crafts. “This is our first Renaissance Fair,” said Reutter. “We have been very happy with the turn-out and hope other students will become interested in our theatre company and productions.” The afternoon program included a Calico...

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Chester NAACP celebrates community leadership

In celebration of its 104th anniversary, the Chester Branch NAACP celebrated last Friday night with a banquet and awards ceremony at the Clarion Hotel in Essington. A host of scholarships and awards were presented to students and community members for academic achievements and community contributions. Temple Baptist Church Deacon Lloyd Hudson served as master of ceremonies and remarks were offered by Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D-159), of Chester; Dr. Gregory Shannon, Chester-Upland School District superintendent; and Chester Councilman William “Al” Jacobs. The dominant theme of the evening was the importance of education and family, which was woven throughout each of...

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Chester Council wants police chief to quit

Approximately mid-way through Wednesday night’s marathon contentious Chester City Council meeting, and after no less than three city residents called for the resignation of Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail, Jr., Councilwoman Portia West rose from her seat and confirmed the sentiment. “I want you all to know that Council went to Mayor Linder and we’ve been asking for a year for him to do a national search for the chief of police,” West said. “Last week, all members of Council went to the mayor and we asked for the resignation of Commissioner Bail.. Our request was refused, so then...

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Fire chief wants public siren reactivated

Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella, during a recent meeting of Borough Council, requested reactivation of the firehouse siren in specific cases of high risk. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve had some pretty serious storms in this town where we have had firefighters on fire trucks with straight line winds unable to contact them with no warning to get those guys back on the trucks,” Montella said. The chief added that the fire company did not want to use the siren for every fire, but only if the potential for injury or death is a possibility. “We don’t...

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Township considers charging for using community center

Chester Township Council is considering the possibility of charging a fee for rental of the community building. Councilman Gabriel Ingram said due to the current economy, the township can no longer provide the building for free. “We know the building belongs to the people, unfortunately there is a cost incurred. We have to pay for lights, heat; police to patrol the area, and custodians to take care of the building. So, we are trying to come up with a viable formula that will allow you to rent the building, but at the same time recover our costs.” Ingram said Council understands there are financially strapped groups that are unable to pay the going rate and it is possible to make arrangements, depending on the function, such as a fundraiser. “These things are under study and (we) plan to have a decision by the end of the month, so we don’t conflict with you. Free is not an option any longer.” In other matters, Council named TD Bank the township’s official depository for 2014. It also approved a $3,220 bid from Grace Quality Used Cars in Morrisville, PA to buy a used 2009 Crown Victoria township police vehicle. Of the three bids submitted, Grace was the highest offered. Councilman Calvin Bernard announced that summer trash pick up will be collected on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in May. He added that...

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