Author: Loretta Rodgers

Area residents oppose DCIU expansion plan

Aston residents were out in force last week, voicing displeasure with a proposal by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) to expand the footprint of the Delaware County Technical School on Crozerville Road and double the number of students. DCIU is hoping to move 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 include the Head Start program, Career Technical School and Alternative School. “We are sure families of the children...

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Chester landlord tells Council his tenants’ concerned about street safety

Chester landlord Greg Minor stood before Chester City Council last week and expressed concern about the safety of people living in his rental properties. He said one of his tenants called several weeks ago inquiring as to whether he had any other places to rent because the neighborhood was getting “really bad.” His properties are on West 21st and 22nd sts. and on Pennell St. “I sat down and spoke with them and they agreed to stay,” Minor said, “but I am concerned for their safety. Most of my tenants will not let their children play outdoors because they are concerned. “ He said he read an article outlining how Philadelphia has made progress in decreasing its murder and crime rates. “I am not here to be critical, but I want to know the situation and see what I can do to help my tenants,” he said. Mayor John Linder conceded that certain areas of the city have deteriorated over the years. “I have sat on a number of committees with (Philadelphia) Mayor (Michael) Nutter and (Philadelphia District Attorney) Seth Williams and I have been with mayors across the United States discussing this issue and they all have the same or similar problems as we do here,” Linder said. “In most urban communities there is a lot of gun violence, so Chester is no different.” Linder said many people...

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Meeting set to explain DCIU plan to expand Aston site

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com A meeting to discuss a proposal submitted by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) to enlarge the Delaware County Technical High School, 100 Crozerville Road in Aston, will take place 7 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 4th at the school. Aston commissioners were scheduled to discuss the proposal at last week’s regular meeting, but a number of telephone inquiries by concerned residents resulted in the discussion being tabled. Second Ward Commissioner Carol Graham said DCIU wanted to attend the January commissioners meeting and that commissioners themselves also had questions about the plan. Engineer Joe Viscuso said the DCIU...

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Dr. King’s Chester church held first celebration of the holiday events

By LorettaRodgers lrodgers@chesterspirit.com It seems appropriate that Chester’s first tribute commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place Friday evening at the Calvary Baptist Church- the place where the slain civil rights leader served as a student pastor in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s while studying at the Crozer Theological Seminary…. This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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