Friday, May 19, 2017

New Basketball Coach for Chester High School

Congratulations to Keith Taylor who will be the new head basketball coach for Chester High School. Taylor mentored under Fred Pickett during his time as coach at the high school serving as an assistant. The 1987 Chester graduate is in the school’s 1,000-point club (1,048, 18th-most all-time) and Hall of Fame…Taylor went on to a distinguished playing career at Central State University in Ohio. He’s worked in the Chester school district since the early 1990s and serves as Chester High’s Climate Manager. He’s also heavily involved with youth coaching at the Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations in the city (delcotimes). 

I spoke with Taylor today who expressed his gratitude for his new position. He said that family and friends have reached out to him with positive comments about his appointment. Let’s hope we can get back to a winning team with respect, values, and humility. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Taking Art Power to the Streets

Calling individual artists, families, faith-based groups, community based organizations, youth groups, education groups, community leaders, volunteers, civic groups, sororities and fraternities! We're taking the power of art to the street!

Change is happening this Saturday!

Do you have ideas for a short-term project that could lead to long-term advances in Chester? Join CHESTER MADE for a two-part community series led by Mike Lydon, principal of the Streiet Plans Collaborative and co-author of "Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change."  

Tactical urbanism is a citizen led approach to improve neighborhoods using short term, low-cost, creative projects that inspire long term change. Lydon will lead a community conversation on April 22 and a special build workshop on May 13 to introduce participants to tactical urbanism and how it can benefit the City of Chester.

Interested in learning more about tactical urbanism before the events? Read the Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Getting It Done:

On April 22 from 1:00 - 5:00, Mike Lydon will introduce community members to tactical urbanism and provide an opportunity for them to think about projects that could take place in areas needing improvement such as parks, crosswalks, bus stops, etc. In addition to participating in a walking tour of Overtown to discuss possible projects, community members will hear about a special opportunity for funding for small tactical urbanism projects. 

On May 13 (time TBD) Mike will return to Chester to take action and work with community members to implement a tactical urbanism project in Overtown.  Community members will also learn how to develop and support small tactical urbanism projects in their own neighborhood. 

Registrants are required to attend both the April 22 workshop and the May 13 build event. Both events will take place at 511 Avenue of the States.  

Register at the following link:

Questions about this event? Email Ulysses Slaughter, Chester Made Project Manager at

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Career Fair at the high school

Manager Tamika Friend from TD Bank

Today’s Career Fair at Chester High School brought a lot of experienced people in business willing to share information about jobs and education to eager students. This is an annual event which helps students to consider their options in career for the future.
Elaine Green-Upton, Chester Education Foundation
Bob & Doug Managers from Kimberly Clark which is still in Chester
Delaware County Community College Assistant Director of Admission Micah Muldowney, Director of Advance Technology Sherrod Watson, and not pictured Workforce Liaison Audie Murphy sharing information about new skills.
U.S Department of Agriculture Esq. Kyle Bonsu letting us know that agriculture is still a relevant occupation.
 And so much more...