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CBA, others rail against Chester stormwater fees

The Chester Business Association (CBA) thinks the newly imposed Chester stormwater fee is all wet. In November, the Stormwater Authority of Chester distributed letters informing people that a base monthly payment would be $15.60 for stormwater fees. Last Friday, the CBA, which represents a host of businesses including Widener University and Chester Charter School of the Arts, filed two separate complaints seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions against the Stormwater Authority in an effort to challenge the newly imposed Chester Stormwater Fee that ranges from a few dollars a month to thousands of dollars a month. If paid what it was assessed, according to...

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Iconic area churches unite, rebrand for future growth

Mark Twain, the famous American 20th century humorist, once said reports of his death “are greatly exaggerated” as he was very much alive, but reading his obituary mistakenly published in a New York newspaper. Pastor Edward C. Lilly and members of Chester’s White Rock Christian Church may feel the same way, but in their case there was a “passing,” just not a death. In fact, Lilly calls it a “rebirth.” In May, news reports about several properties the church owned going up for auction at the county’s annual tax sale erroneously led many to conclude that White Rock itself...

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Whelan wins GOP nod for judge seat; Hepkins, Clark and Kelly also win

By KatieKohler and MichelLee SPIRIT staff District Attorney Jack Whelan won his Republican primary bid for Common Pleas Court judge on Tuesday and Yeadon Mayor Rohan Hepkins claimed victory with a very narrow lead of about 72 votes at press time with 100 percent of the vote counted. Hepkins had 819 votes to challenger Issac Dotson’s 747. In Colwyn, controversial fire company president, Maurice J. Clark, Sr. won a three-way race for mayor, upsetting incumbent Michael Blue. Clark pulled 137 votes to Paul Meuser’s 54 and Blue’s 45. In the Glenolden-Norwood area, retiring Glenolden police Chief Jay Kelly won...

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Iconic Chester church slated for auction

By MichelLee and KatieKohler SPIRIT staff Various properties belonging to the once-prominent White Rock Christian Church in Chester and its pastor, Edward Lilly, are scheduled to be sold on May 4 in a Judicial Sale held annually by the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau. In a public notice published in The Spirit on March 29 and other local newspapers, eight listings were under “White Rock Christian Church,” one listing “Edward C Lilly,” and the other under “Edward J. Lilly.” The fate of the venerable institution is unclear. Attempts to reach White Rock officials were unsuccessful, but sources familiar with...

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Medpot targets Aston; Sharon Hill and Chester next?

By LorettaRodgers and MichelLee  SPIRIT staff In what is believed to be the first of its kind in the county, Aston commissioners, last week, unanimously approved  a conditional use application from Medgarden, LLC to operate a marijuana growing and wholesale distribution facility at 414 Knowlton Road and Sharon Hill and Chester may not be far behind. Attorney Ernest Angelos, representing the company, said applications to the state for permission to do business are due March 20 but could not be submitted prior to the company getting an approval from the township. Aston commissioners recently adopted an ordinance that paves...

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