Author: Linda Reilly

Upper Darby receptionist praised by school board

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent Step into the front door of the Upper Darby School District Administration Building on Bond Ave. in Drexel Hill and be greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. Receptionist Alice ‘Ali’ Costa will extend a greeting and welcome you before finding out your destination in the building. Costa was honored by the school board at a recent meeting and named an unsung hero. She was given the 2016 School Board Leadership Award. “Ali was hired in 2013 and she has made a positive impact on staff members and community members alike,” Board President Kenneth Rucci said....

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No tax hike for East Lansdowne

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent East Lansdowne taxpayers will have no increase in taxes for the sixth year and counting for the $1.95 million 2017 preliminary budget if adopted as presented. Borough Finance Chairman Majovie Bland presented Council with the 2017 budget at the regular meeting reflecting no tax increase again for homeowners. Taxpayers with an average assessment of $70,000 will pay $791 next year with the 11.3 mills rate. The trash collection fee did increase $10 from $165 to $175. “The increase in the trash fee is from the rising contract costs,” Bland said. “We are also transferring $150,000...

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Leaders told how students created a ‘Buddy-Bench’

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent Students from Charles Kelly Elementary School, in the Upper Darby School District, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the November school board meeting before showing a video about their service club projects. Lead teacher Kelly Udovich described how students, parents and staff built relationships with positive behavior through the month of October and throughout the school year. “The first and second grade teachers, along with our reading team and instructional coach, had a Family Fluency Night,” Udovich said. “Families were able to come and enjoy a dinner and then participate in the reading and math...

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Officials reject Asian eatery and dentist office zoning requests

Upper Darby Council President Donald Bonnett voiced his opposition to two zoning applications at a recent hearing. He was also representing the opinion of Councilman Thomas Wagner, also opposed, but unable to attend the zoning hearing board. By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent Upper Darby zoners reserved a decision on two recent applications before the hearing board after opposition from officials and neighbors. The application for the Hong Kong Garden Asian Food Restaurant for a variance for relief of the required number of parking spaces was held for further study. The application of a Drexel Hill dentist to continue using his...

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Upper Darby school leaders set for new year

By LindaReilly SPIRIT correspondent The first meeting of the Upper Darby School Board for the new school year had many firsts and announcements. The new acting Superintendent Dan Nerelli voiced his concerns and plans for the future. Michael Raymond, president of the teacher’s union, talked about the need for air conditioners in some schools and two new student reps to the board were introduced. Nerelli used the opportunity to talk about the continuation of being underfunded and his proposals for the school year. “The Basic Education Funding Commission’s most recent report lists Upper Darby School District as the 13th...

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