Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Male Achievers Program Saturday White Rock Church

"Let The Spring Games Begin"
Calling ALL Parents, Teachers, Coaches,Fathers, Uncles, Guardians, & Mentors
From the City of Chester & Delaware County
Get Your Boys Ages 12-17

Up & Out of Bed


THIS Saturday, April 19, 2014

From 9am-1:00pm
White Rock Christian Church
308 W. 3rd Street
Chester, PA 19013
"Basketball-Wiffle Ball-Flag Football & More"
PLUS a Special Presentation by the Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Old Heads vs Young Boys
Lunch Included)

"Let's Us Help Turn Your Boys Into Scholars"

Easter Egg Extravaganza Saturday Memorial Park

Monday, April 14, 2014

Charging Teens as Adults - Times have changed?

Local law enforcement policies frequently charge teens as adults without blinking an eye. I've expressed my disgust with this policy several times in this blog with a lot of disagreement from readers.

Sunday's New York Times offered the background behind this policy and its flaws in an editorial 'Echoes of the Superpredator'. 

Click HERE to read and HERE to view video

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hall & Oates credits Chester’s Bill Haley at Hall of Fame induction

In one of the most ‘realist’ induction speeches ever, John Oates set the record straight at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“And I listened to big band music, and then they took me to an amusement park where I heard Bill Haley and the Comets in 1953. And if it wasn’t for that move to Pennsylvania, I wouldn’t be here. I owe so much to my parents and my sister Diane, and — Philadelphia, I think I was born at the right time. It was a great time to be in Philadelphia. The Uptown Theater, I saw the greatest R&B acts in the world. 
And speaking of Philadelphia, you know, I did some research, and did you know that we’re the only homegrown Philadelphia band that’s been put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Now, I’m not saying that because I’m proud of it — I’m saying that because it’s fucked up. What happened to Todd Rundgren? The Stylistics? The Delfonics? Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes? Len Barry? Chubby Checker? How about the biggest single in the history of the world? Chubby Checker. Why isn’t he in? You guys tell me. I’m calling everybody out. That’s all I got to say.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chester rapper featured in The Source Magazine

Click HERE for more

Children's Literacy Initiative Names New Executive Director to Drive an Expanded Vision

April 11, 2014, Philadelphia, PA – With an organizational focus clearly fixed upon raising its profile within targeted groups of key, national, decision-makers, the Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), which trains teachers to achieve literacy education for children in high-poverty, high-minority school districts, by the third grade, today announced that it has completed an intensive national search for a new executive director, and has named Joel Zarrow, Ph.D. to the position.

Juneteenth Youth Pageant and Hair Show June 14

Health & Wellness May 3 at St. Daniels F.D. Jones Center



Chester City Public Works personnel and Recycling Coordinator, 
Richard Knox empty boxes of residents' 
materials for shredding by J&K Shredding
CHESTER- The City of Chester Department of Streets, Highways, & Public Improvements in conjunction with the Department of Parks, Public Property, & Recreation, present their annual events in honor of the upcoming “Earth Day”.  Councilwoman Portia West, will sponsor Chester’s annual shredding and recycling event Friday and Saturday, April 11th and 12th, free to businesses and residents of Chester inside the west end parking lot of Chester City Hall beginning at 10AM, event resources to be provided by J&K Source Shredding. All Chester residents and businesses are welcomed to bring their outdated paper items for shredding.  Volunteers are welcomed to participate in Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams’ Crozer Park Trail Cleanup, on Saturday, April 12th beginning 10AM at Finland Dr. and Kerlin St., Chester, PA. 

For addition information on these and other “Earth Day” events contact Chester City Recycling Coordinator, Richard Knox at 610.447.7742.    

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Art Show at Harrah's April 25

State Senator, Avenue of the Arts President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Addresses at Widener University

Chester, Pa.—Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts, Inc. President and CEO Paul Beideman will deliver the commencement addresses at Widener University, which is splitting its Main Campus commencement into separate graduate and undergraduate ceremonies for the first time.

Chester Housing Authority’s brand of healthy transformation

Residents Tara Fontaine and Deborah Montgomery have been involved with the CHA health project from the very beginning. When the project first got started in 2011, the women were part of a group that spent time developing the Bennett Community Garden, exercising in small groups and hosting healthy food workshops. 

“When we first got started, only a few people would come out to see what we were doing,” said Fontaine. “Now we see a lot of new people every time we do an event. Its amazing.”

Fathers are Talking 2014

For nearly two years, the members of Fathers Are Talking have worked to find ways to engage area fathers and increase father-focused activities in Chester. 

The group has created a monthly radio program, co-sponsored a fathers film festival and most recently created a childcare reading project. 

The group is looking for fathers who are interested in expanding fatherhood work. For more information call 610-876.5561 ext. 131.

Left  - Fischer is joined by charter members Jon Whittington, Butch Slaughter and Rod Powell.

Right - Executive Director Steve Fischer is shown reading to students at the En’Richment Academy in The Bennett Homes. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Apply for $500 Dorothy James Scholarship April 16

High school students from Delaware County are once again invited to apply for Dorothy James Scholarship, a unique award that is specifically designed to invoke thought and sensitivity around remedying social injustice, promoting interracial understanding, and respect for cultural diversity.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be Delaware County residents, high school seniors, already accepted as a freshman to college or university and MUST be enrolled in one of the pre-college preparatory programs at the College Access Center of Delaware County.

Women of Color Scholarship Luncheon May 2

Villanova University Annual Women of Color Scholarship Luncheon
Friday,  May 2, 2014
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Villanova Room, Connelly Center

“Sister’s: Detox, Letting Go to Receive the Promise”

Guest Speaker, Shayna Y. Rudd

Tickets: $35 per person or $250 for the purchase of a table of eight. Tickets available at www.villanovatix.com or contact: Joan.prendergast@villanova.edu (610) 519-4075

Former Miss Black USA 2009 and founder of LadyDiva Productions, LLC, an educational, pageant coaching and, entertainment company that promotes the power in every human’s story of evolution.

Monday, April 7, 2014

VIDEO: Chester Idol Auditions 2014

Chester Idol Auditions 2014

Crowdfunding for 'the Other Way around"

“the Other Way around"                                         
written & directed by Nathan Ross Freeman                                
Starring Wendy Butista  & Don W. Newton (Nathan Ross Freeman’s Mr. Bones) 
Featuring Angela Ray (Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor”)                                                                                        
“Edmund secretly shops for wedding rings.  He is going to surprise his wife, Simone, on their 30th Anniversary.  On bended knees he will ask to renew their  vows.”         
“At the same time, the same moment, Simone is across town secretly having divorce papers handed to her.  She will surprise Edmund with 'serve' of these divorce papers after dessert, with wine, on their anniversary.” 

On this 30th year what magic will jump start the next 30 when the vows are stirred, after dessert, in a brew with the serve of 'mutual incompatibility'.   

Click on "tOWa" Give what you can and ask family and friends to support. 
Check out the "tOWa" Blog @ worldpress.com

University of Pennsylania fraternity invests in reading program in Chester school

Brian Walsh, Kindergarten Teacher at Chester
Charter School for the Arts and his students.

photo by Paul Benson
For the next 5 weeks, St. Anthony Hall, an undergraduate fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, is collecting book donations to benefit Chester Charter School for the Arts.

St. Anthony Hall, a fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, has announced plans to partner with Chester Charter School for the Arts (CCSA), a K-7 public charter school in Chester, PA, and The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts (TCF), which raises funds to support literacy and arts instruction at CCSA. The fraternity is organizing a book drive and accepting books at 3637 Locust Walk.

St. Anthony Hall is a national college literary society located at a number of prestigious universities, including Columbia, Brown, and Princeton. Penn’s chapter opened in 1854 with a commitment to foster the social and intellectual development of its undergraduate members by promoting the exchange of ideas and providing a forum to grow and learn together.  The Penn chapter currently has 40 members from all over the country and the world.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Butch Slaughter on Dr. Phil's 2000th episode Tuesday April 8

Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter will be featured on the 2000th episode of The Dr. Phil Show April 8, 2014 to discuss the incredible reconciliation journey he took with his late father, Ulysses Sr., 33 years after the father was charged with killing Butch’s mother, Clarice.  

Butch Slaughter and his father appeared on The Dr. Phil Show in January 2011 under a show entitled “A Parent Confronted.”  Ulysses Sr. died in May 2012.

“Dr. Phil and his staff gave me and my father a unique opportunity to change our lives,” said Butch Slaughter, who resides in suburban Philadelphia. “Just two months before he passed away, he met my six children – his grandchildren - and opened the door for a new way to remember everything.”

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Harrah's stops Chester scholarships?

Hello CACDC Team,

I regret to inform you that Harrah's is no longer providing scholarships to Chester residents, which is very unfortunate.

If you remember, there was a $100,000 commitment (not sure if anything was ever in writing) where Harrah's was to provide scholarships for students in the City.

The United Way was the agency that would disburse the award each year and a representative from the CACDC was a part of the Selection Committee.  

Last year the award was significantly reduced and now it is completely gone.

If there are any changes, I will let you know.  But if you get any inquiries, you can let them know that"Harrah's no longer offers the scholarship".


(sent to me via email)