Author: Michel Lee

This bacteria is common, but bad

By JeanneBennett Spirit staff Pet Advocate Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. Dogs are most commonly affected. Leptospirosis in cats is rare and appears to be mild, although very little is known about the disease in felines. Common risk factors for leptospirosis in dogs residing in the United States include exposure to, or drinking from, rivers, lakes or streams; roaming on rural properties (because of exposure to potentially infected wildlife, farm animals, or water sources); exposure to wild animal or farm animal species, even if...

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State rules against Chester in Right-to-Know case

By MichelLee Last week, the state’s Office of Open Records (OOR) found Chester City guilty for its lack of compliance for requested public information under the Right-To-Know Law (RTKL), as a result of an appeal filed by The Spirit. The appeal came as a result of requests for information that went unanswered by the city for financial records for the budget, salary ordinances, and lists of expenditures that span as far back as Dec. 2016. Under the RTKL, government agencies have five business days to respond to requested information, in writing. If needed, agencies can be granted a...

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Did politics claim Upland manager’s job?

By MichelLee Upland Borough Manager Greg Grillone, employed by the borough since April 2015, was recently terminated from his position because of what borough insiders are calling a case of political skullduggery, The Spirit has learned. Borough officials did not respond to several calls for comment, but The Spirit obtained a text message exchange between two borough officials, prompted after Councilman Ed Mitchell texted Grillone’s cell phone, to offer condolences about his termination. “…How’s the first day of your sanity?” Mitchell wrote Grillone, adding, “…We (will) all offer you great references should you need them. (You’re) a great...

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Residents plead for help against crime

By MichelLee @MichelTheSpirit Nearly a decade after all eyes were on Chester to watch the city’s burgeoning economic renaissance, residents of the once-touted residential development, Wellington Heights on Beverly Lane, filed into City Council chambers pleading for a solution to the ravaging criminal element that surrounds them. Each Wellington Heights resident bought into the dream that came with owning a roughly 1,500 sq. ft., three-bedroom newly built, modern home at, the time, was projected to be the epicenter of economic expansion, paired with an attractive first-time homebuyer incentive of up to $10,000 towards a down payment and closing...

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Community activist jailed for sex charges

By MichelLee Last Friday, according to county court records, longtime community-figure and ousted Yeadon Borough Councilman Terry Allen McGirth, 63, was arrested for inappropriate behavior with a minor; a minor who, anonymous sources familiar with the borough, said is McGirth’s 12 year-old granddaughter. Leslie Lewis-McGirth, Terry’s wife and co-vice chair of the Yeadon Democratic Committee and also founder of the Fresh Start Program Inc., a nonprofit youth organization where Terry also worked, did not respond to calls for comment, but sources said it was Leslie who notified authorities of the incident with the child. Florence “Penny” McDonald, chairperson of the Yeadon Democratic Committee, said Leslie McGirth resigned her position recently but failed to provide an effective date for the resignation as promised. In addition to working at his wife’s organization, McGirth also worked as a borough crossing guard in the days leading up to his arrest. Yeadon Mayor Rohan Hepkins reluctantly addressed the situation when called for comment. “It’s a personal family tragedy and the family needs a little space to bring their lives back together,” he said, continuing, “It’s an arduous situation for all those involved because we have a close-knit community. It’s a difficult time for everybody so we want to rally around the family.” Hepkins said, “There are so many facets to these charges and that’s what makes this so difficult.” Hepkins, also a Baptist minister,...

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