Author: Loretta Rodgers

Trainer still mourning active community members

Trainer Borough continues mourning the death of two people who contributed much to the community. Felicia Kendus, administrative assistant at the Kaniefski-Kendus – D’Anjolell Memorial Home, died early last month after a short illness, and retired Police Chief James Magaw died suddenly two weeks before Christmas. Kendus was well-known in Trainer, having been named its Person of the Year in 2011. In addition to her community service, she also was chairwoman of the Bethel Township Sewer Authority for many years. Kendus, a Republican committeewoman, served previously as vice president of the Our Lady of Fatima Sodality at St. Hedwig’s...

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Commissioners ‘nowhere near’ vote on DCIU school expansion

Aston commissioners voted unanimously to accept a request from the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) to extend consideration of a proposed land development plan to expand the Delaware County Technical School on Crozerville Road. DCIU officials came under fire early last month when residents from the surrounding area made it clear they did not favor expansion of the facility which includes moving students from leased spaces at the Delaware County Academy at the Collingdale Community School and the County Alternative School in Middletown to the Aston site. The current school population would increase from 400 to 800 students and...

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Ex-St. James HS teacher named unsuitable for ministry by church leader

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has found former St. James High School faculty member Rev. John P. Paul not suitable for ministry following a substantiated allegation that he sexually abused a 17-year old minor over 40 years ago. In 2012 and 2013 the Archdiocese received allegations that Paul had sexually abused minors during his time as a seminarian. Consistent with the Archdiocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People published in October 2012, these allegations were reported to law enforcement, which, after a lengthy investigation, declined to press charges. The allegations were also...

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NANBPW Chester Club celebrates with Black History Month program

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women (NANBPW) Chester Club, Inc. hosted a Black History month program Sunday afternoon at City Hall featuring poetry readings, African-American history displays, living history interviews, Black History trivia, entertainment, and a buffet dinner. An annual gathering during February, members of the organization and a host of community members were on-hand for the event titled, Celebrating our Culture, Heritage and Accomplishments. “Looking back on history helps us to improve and to grow,” said NANBPW Chester Club member and event Chairwoman Lisa Smith-Strother. “Part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream was to recognize...

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Local schools celebrate Catholic education

Drexel Neumann Academy, Holy Family Regional and St. Francis de Sales schools joined in a nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools Week during the last week of January. At Drexel Neumann in Chester, each day brought a new activity beginning with an all-school assembly. The remainder of the week included Student Appreciation Day, the Blessings Bag service project, an open house for new prospective students and their parents, a scavenger hunt, assemblies, teacher swap and prayer service. Each day, the name of a teacher or staff member was pulled from a hat and that person was awarded a prize. Students...

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