Monday, October 31, 2011

Update on the MAOYR”S CUP YOU READ… I READ Game

First I would like to thank the kids from Philadelphia and the GREAT CITY of Chester who came to play for this cause. We collected over 750 books to donate to local day care facilities and the Chester Crozer Library. Philadelphia won by 1 point 91-90. The highlight of the day goes to John Davis and Erikk Wright. John Davis (6’4”) of Team Philly had a monster jam over 6’6” Rich Grandberry of Team Butler. Erikk Wight 6’3” had his own block party having 3 straight blocks all in one possession, with the last one coming against 6’7” Jeremiah Worthem. Jaquan Newton Team Philly led all scorers with 22 points earning game MVP honors. Erikk Wright had led Team Butler with 18 points.  

Thank you to the players, the volunteers, Jhalil Beats, Chester Upland School District, Mike Hurst, Yesgod Tv, Mayor Butler, Councilwoman Marrea Walker Smith, Councilman Shepard Garner, Larry Yarbray, Café Ent. The students of Chester Upland School District and The City of Chester Department of Recreation.

The reason for the event

  85 % of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
        2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. The 4th grade is the watershed year.
       90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts. 

Thank You,
Brian J. Warren
Deputy Director Of Chester Recreation
Executive Director of Chester PAL
1 W. 4th St. City Hall
Chester, Pa 19013
610 447-7784 (Office)
Together Everyone Achieves More
Ubuntu-A person is a person through other persons
Yes We Can

Friday, October 28, 2011

Chester Community Charter visit to Valley Forge

Buddy Bison

Story by khubbard

The 5th graders from CCCS visited the scenic Valley Forge National Park this past week. The park teamed up with the Buddy Bison program to put together a fantastic trip for the students! Throughout the day, students participated in a nature hike through the woods and meadows of the park, investigating the trails along their way. They also took part in an education simulation where they looked at the effects of habitat changes with deer in the park. During the final part of the day, the students talked about George Washington’s stay at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War, and even got a tour of his headquarters. 

The students were given a Buddy Bison T-shirt and a stuffed animal as a reminder to take care of their local parks. They ended the day with Buddy Bison saying “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chester Mayoral, City Council Candidates to Debate at Widener Oct. 27

(Wednesday, October 26, 2011) Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. and City Councilman John A. Linder will have a chance to convince voters of their qualifications to lead Pennsylvania’s first city in a mayoral debate at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in Lathem Hall at Widener University.
The mayoral debate will run from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a 30-minute city council debate at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates on index cards that will be screened by representatives from the League of Women Voters and the Inner City Alliance.

The debate will be moderated by KYW-TV (CBS 3) reporter Dray Clark, a Chester native, who will ask the questions. Each candidate will have the opportunity to make a two-minute closing statement. The city council debate will follow a similar format.

Candidates for Chester City Council include: Republican Shepard Garner, Democrat Nafis Nichols, Democrat Elizabeth Williams, and Republican Nolan O. Woodland. They are competing for two seats on City Council.

The Inner City Alliance is organizing the debate, which will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware County, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chester Alumnae, National Congress of Black Women Delaware County Chapter, the NAACP Chester Branch, the Widener NAACP College Chapter, College Republicans of Widener, Young Democrats of Widener, the Widener Black Student Union, and the Widener Student Government Association.

Lathem Hall is located on 13th and Potter Streets in Chester, Pa. Parking is available in the 13th Street parking lot across from Lathem Hall.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university website,

November Programs at Crozer Library

Chester, PA — October 26 — This November, J. Lewis Crozer Library offers a variety of fun and enriching programming for patrons of all ages. All programs are free; register by calling (610) 494-3454.

Zumbatonics comes to the library for kids and teens this fall! Zumbatonics combines Zumba and Nutrition for an educational, fun-filled music and movement program! Kids in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten can join us on Mondays from 10:00 to 10:30a.m. on November 14th, November 28th, December 12th, and December 19th. Kids ages 6 and up have their turn from 4:00 to 4:30p.m. on Tuesdays, November 1st, November 15th, November 22nd, November 29th, December 6th, December 13th, and December 20th.

Musicopia brings performers and instruments to the library for a Rhythms & Rhymes children’s presentation on Wednesday, November 2nd and 9th from 1:00 to 3:00p.m. Rhythms & Rhymes is an interdisciplinary ensemble combining the art of spoken word with live music.

The library will host a Best Buy Tech Showcase on Friday, November 11th from 1:00 to 3:00p.m. Just in time for Black Friday, come see the hot items topping holiday wish lists this year, including ereaders, smart phones, and netbooks. Provided by Best Buy Springfield.

Delaware County Community College offers an Admissions and Financial Aid Information Session on Tuesday, November 15th from 6:00 to 7:00p.m. Find out about the admissions process for the spring semester and financial aid information from a DCCC representative.

Is your estate in order? On Tuesday, November 29th, from 6:00 to 7:30p.m., the library welcomes an Estate Planning workshop through Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley. Attendees will learn to make decisions now so that the state does not decide your estate for you.

Crozer Library is located at 620 Engle Street in Chester. Registration is required at (610) 494-3454. Find us on Facebook at

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Up in the Club Basketball Tournament

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Presenter: Melissa Douglas, M.Ed.
Session 2 Date: Tuesday, October 25,2011
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Community Center)
9th & Madison Streets
Chester, PA 19013
Time: 5:00p.m. -6:00p.m. 

Parents are welcome to attend with their daughter(s)!!!
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Refreshments will be served!!!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Surrealism, African Ceramics Highlight Art Gallery Fall Calendar

African vessels
(Wednesday, October 19, 2011) A retrospective of the Chester County artist Valetta and an exhibition of African vessels from the collection of Dr. David and Karina Rilling will highlight the November and December calendar at the Widener University Art Gallery. The exhibitions will run from November 1 through December 10.
The Valetta retrospective includes more than 60 creations from the artist from 1990 to 2010. The images in the exhibition reflect glimpses of life, memories and inventions that cross from the 20th century into the current millennium.

A resident of Westtown, Pa., Valetta continues to produce works in new media using stream of consciousness method in a figurative surrealistic style. Well known for her work in the feminist movement, Valetta has been involved in curating and promoting both established and emerging women artists since the late 1970s.

A reception with the artist will be held on November 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Widener Art Gallery followed by a talk featuring Valetta on Thursday, November 10 at 12 p.m. in University Center Room C followed by a light lunch in the Art Gallery.

The exhibition of African vessels from the collection of Sellersville, Pa. residents Dr. David and Karina Rilling will include 16 ceramic vessels from the West African countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Republic of Benin and Nigeria. They include a rare, ancient jar created between the 10th and 13th centuries in the ancient civilization of Djenné, and examples of vessels from five ethnic groups made in the 19th and 20th centuries. They were selected from a gift of African art works given to Widener University by the Rillings in 1999.

A reception will be held on November 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Widener Art Gallery. The reception will include a performance by noted dancer and choreographer Anssumane Sillá at 6 p.m. in the University Center atrium. A resident of Philadelphia, Sillá is a native of Guinea Bissau and will perform works based on his native country’s heritage.

The exhibition is the senior project of John Thomas, a fine arts major from Philadelphia, Pa. In addition to serving as curator for the exhibition and arranging the dance performance, he will also teach a third grade class about African ceramics at the Widener Partnership Charter School as part of the project.

The gallery, which is free and open to the public, is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 24-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The gallery is located on the Main Campus of Widener University in University Center on 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue in Chester.