Author: Michel Lee

One man crusades to ‘sock it to homelessness’

Chester resident Emory Foley is tackling the issue of homelessness with a burgeoning movement to get a citywide sock collections-drive called “Sock it to Homelessness” off the ground. “In high school, my senior quote was, ‘My goal is to change lives and make this world a better place,’” Foley said. To fulfill his obligation, Foley says he started preparing meals and donating leftovers from his own home, even encouraging relatives and friends to do the same. The meals were given to the Salvation Army, Wesley House and City Team in Chester. “If I didn’t have enough leftovers, I would...

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Municipalities asked to ‘ban the box’ on job applications

Sharon Hill borough and Chester city have both been confronted about the issue of “Banning the Box”, a campaign federally endorsed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that asks employers to remove the box on hiring-applications asking applicants about their criminal records. Supporters believe a tick on the “yes” box creates biases against the character of a potentially decent candidate. Gov. Tom Wolf, on Tuesday, signed SB 166 into law. That law allows individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest or prosecution for seven to 10 years, for nonviolent third and second degree...

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Could Darby Township make history with new police appointment?

In the middle of Black History Month and on the eve of Women’s History Month, Darby Township appears on the verge of potentially making both. A township committee has been interviewing applicants for police chief from a pool of 11. Interviewed last week, were two African-American women who rank high in their respective police departments. Should either be chosen, they would become the first African-American woman ever to lead a police department in Delaware County. Former Upland Borough Police Chief John Egan was the first African-American male to lead a department. Applicants Maj. Regina Price and Lt. Wanda Dade...

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Dems ‘betrayed’ by vote; mayor defends Council replacement

“Democracy denied!” was the complaint of some residents of Yeadon Borough after Council filled a vacancy at last week’s meeting, appointing a person who was not the crowd favorite. “It’s a slap in the face to the will of the people,” said former state Rep. Ron Waters, who was there and whose sentiments echoed others’ attending. At the session four people were considered for the Council seat left vacant after Nelva Wright’s resignation. The former councilwoman moved out of the borough. The three known nominees were Michael Allison, Dr. Vivian Ford and Charles Wilkins, a trio of political experience...

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Anniversary of infant’s death sparks outrage at child welfare system

On the one year anniversary of the murder of two-year old Mason Hunt, family and friends gathered outside the place where the horrific last moments of Mason’s life unfolded for a candleless vigil. Though they honored Mason’s memory, some relatives are using their experience as momentum for advocacy. “We’re here to bring honor to Mason and awareness of child abuse, which seems like the norm done at the hands of mommy or a daddy or a girlfriend or a boyfriend,” said Carol Paterson, Mason’s aunt.  “Our babies are being killed; this is not okay. When this family can heal,...

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