Author: Loretta Rodgers

Former guv Rendell celebrates Memorial Day in Brookhaven

More than 200 Brookhaven borough residents gathered with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and local officials for the annual Memorial Day ceremony last Saturday at the Memorial Island. Pastor Gary Gaertner, of the Gateway Community Church, delivered the invocation followed by welcoming comments by Councilwoman Denise Leslie. Rendell, the keynote speaker, focused on the importance of treating veterans with dignity they deserve. “We must demand that our vets be treated well,” Rendell said. “I have an idea how we can help our returning veterans. Our infrastructure is in great need of repair. The longer we put off fixing it,...

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Widener honors community partners with recognition dinner

Widener University maintains a good relationship with local businesses and organizations that provide opportunities for students to participate in community activities and civic involvement. When students arrive at Widener their freshman year, they are encouraged to become involved in philanthropic ventures. Earlier this month, the university, during its Celebration of Collaboration, hosted a dinner and appreciation event for it’s many community partners. Rev. James Ley, vice chairman of the Academic Community Service-Learning Advisory Board, in his welcoming remarks, said, “The university feels blessed to be in partnership with all of you.” Widener Pride service site leader for the Better...

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Centuries of life and love honored by Delaware County leaders

Delaware County Council and the County Office for Services to the Aging (COSA) honored 73 centenarians last week during the 12th annual Centenarian Birthday luncheon held at the Drexelbrook Events Center in Upper Darby Township. At age 109, Yeadon resident Nancy Fisher, who currently resides at the Manor Care nursing facility, was the oldest celebrant honored. She attributes her longevity to “drinking lots of water, eating garlic, and devotion to the Lord.” “My aunt has read nine Bibles and has worn them out,” said her nephew, Joseph Hayden. “She has a very strong faith. My aunt is the last...

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Davidson wins but defiant in victory

by LorettaRodgers and DesireGrover lrodgers@chesterspirit.com and dgrover@chesterspirit.com Margo Davidson has been reelected to her 164th District state representative seat for a third time despite the three-way split primary that threatened to unseat her in the state House. At press time Tuesday night, it appeared Davidson had won another term with nearly 53 percent of the vote. Davidson, who arrived at her campaign celebration at a restaurant in Drexel Hill more than an hour after she was initially expected, began thanking her family and supporters but her tone changed quickly when she started talking about the controversial campaign. “I have...

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Chester celebrates mothers with annual parade

Chester residents lined 7th Street last Sunday for the city’s 96th annual Mother’s Day Parade. Hosted by the city’s Department of Recreation and the Elks Lodge, the parade, a long-standing tradition in Chester, featured emergency vehicles, cartoon characters, drill and dance teams, extreme muscle cars, and a variety of music. “We attend this parade every year,” said Rashanda Lewis. “I come with my children and it is wonderful to be all together.” Donna Davis was there with her daughter, Cayla, and sister, Crystal Davis, who traveled from Atlanta for the festivities. “I moved to Atlanta 10 years ago and...

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