Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mayor’s Annual Scholar Awards Dinner Application

Applications are now available for the Mayor’s Annual Scholar Awards Dinner
“Recognizing Academic Excellence, Community Service, and Collegiate Attainment”

All application materials need to be submitted no later than 4:30 pm Friday, May 10, 2013.
Please submit all information to the attention of: Joy Clark, City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013

Please call Ms. Joy Clark at (610) 447-7724 with any question.

Purpose, Award Categories and Criteria

The Purpose of this awards dinner is to recognize those students in Chester, who in addition to academic excellence, have demonstrated diverse talents through their contributions and service to their community and school. To qualify for an award, students in grades 8th thru 12th must be Chester Residents, enrolled in Chester Upland School District or attend a Charter, Private or Home School in Chester.

* Note, students who live in Chester, but are enrolled in public, private charter or home schools outside of Chester, are not eligible for this award.*

Widener to Host Stargazing Night for Teachers March 12

The Widener University Observatory invites area teachers through the secondary level to a special stargazing session using the observatory’s 16-inch computerized reflecting telescope. Open to the first 20 teachers who register, the session will take place Tuesday, March 12 from 7 to 8 p.m., weather permitting.
Interested teachers can register by calling 610-499-4003 or e-mailing This free session is designed to give teachers an up-close look at the moon, planets and stars so that they can later share their experience with students. Widener astronomy professors and students will be on hand to guide participants on a tour of the night sky.
The Widener University Observatory is located on the 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall on 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester, Pa.

Black History Program at Chester High School

Professor William Shields, Artist Van Buren Payne, and Curator Jim Vankoski (dsbpix)
Chester High School held its annual Black History program today to culminate a month of black history instruction, projects and writing topics. This year’s Black History guests were Professor William Shields who shared the History of the Buffalo Soldiers; Curator Jim Vankoski who shared Six Decades of Chester High Basketball; and Artist Van Buren Payne who shared his art work. 
Van Buren Payne (dsbpix)
To learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers, Six Decades of Chester High School Basketball, and Paintings from Mr. Payne visit the Museum of the History of Delaware County at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester PA. The exhibit will be on display until March 31st
Jim Vankoski (dsbpix)
The Museum is open to the public on Wednesday and Friday, 9am-4pm; Thursday 1pm-6:30pm; and Saturday, 9am-2pm. Special thanks go to the speakers for sharing their knowledge of Black History with the students and the Chester High School Social Studies Department for coordinating the program.
William Shields (dsbpix)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

10 Oscar Worthy Movies

I don’t care much who wins the Oscars this year. I only saw one nominated movie “Lincoln” for historical reasons. If the movie wasn’t filled with action or wasn’t a romantic comedy or a Tyler Perry movie, it was unlikely that I paid to see it. Although the nominated movies have merit and include a little action, drama, romance, I will have to catch up to watching on paid cable TV. Let’s face it I will probably doze off before the best picture is announced. 

Here are the 10 movies in 2012 in the order I saw them and some reviewed.

1. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: I started off 2012 watching Tom Cruise in IMAX at the King of Prussia Theater. Great action movie, loved it.

2. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds: Good

3. The Hunger Games: Okay

4. Think like a Man: Good

5. The Avengers: Okay

6. Spider-Man: Good

7.  Batman: Good

Review was not posted

8. Cloud Atlas: Very Good

9. Lincoln: Loved it!

10. Jack Reacher: Okay. Ended my 2012 movie year with Tom Cruise and earned the title, by someone, Mrs. Tom Cruise. No reviews for Jack Reacher but as I started my year in IMAX, I ended it in IMAX at the beautiful theater in Wilmington.