Friday, February 27, 2015

Lost Dog Found at PPL Park

A lost dog was found yesterday at PPL Park around lunch time. The gentleman who was looking for him did not leave any contact information. PPL wants to spread the word to the community to see if they could reconnect the dog with his owner! If you know anyone who lost their dog yesterday around PPL Park, call: 610-859-3126.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chester Community Empowerment Summit

February 28th
11:00 am-4:00 pm
St. Luke Christian Church
320 Tilghman St, Chester, PA 19013

Join us for 5 panels of HOT topics:

Law Enforcement
Earl Carter and Daniel Paticca
Entrepreneurship/Job Readiness/Financial Literacy
Penny  Johnson-Church
Prison Reentry:
(Tracey Fisher, Jonathan King, Ryan Bradley and Keith Isam Smith)

Youth Only Panel
(What adults need to know)

Moderators: Natosha Warner & Keith Beauford
Food and giveaways provided!  Sign up today!
     Contact  Darren at: 484 483-3436 or email:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Widener Partnership Charter School Accepting Application for Enrollment

Chester, Pa.—The Widener Partnership Charter School, the state’s first university-based charter school, is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year for kindergarten and open spaces in first through eighth grades. 

The deadline for enrollment applications is Friday, March 20, 2015. To apply, a parent or legal guardian must come to the school in person to complete an application and provide the required documentation for identity and residency described on the website at The school is located at 1450 Edgmont Avenue in Chester.

All new applicants are placed into a lottery database, and no discrimination is made based on race, religion, gender or disability. The school can only accept applications from families living in the Chester Upland School District.

Widener Partnership Charter School, which serves K-8 students, has a student body capacity of 450 and a low student-to-teacher ratio. The school provides a holistic approach to teaching and learning with a focus on critical thinking and hands-on learning. In addition, the school provides placement counseling for seventh and eighth graders as they decide where to attend high school.

Widener University opened the school in 2006 as the first university-based charter school in Pennsylvania. Widener shares faculty expertise, administrative support, student interns, and technology resources with the school in a dynamic partnership that promotes the long-term success of the students. The university has created the Widener Hope Scholarships to provide up to $100,000 over four years in tuition assistance for eligible charter school students to attend Widener for undergraduate study.

Monday, February 23, 2015

College Access Center Receives $25,000 Grant from TD Charitable Foundation for Senior Academy

Julani Ghana (left), director of the College Access Center of Delaware County, discusses the center’s Senior Academy with TD Bank representatives Thomas A. Shoemaker and Rachel M. Wilner.

Chester, Pa.—The College Access Center of Delaware County has received a $25,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s most convenient bank®, to help fund the center’s Senior Academy.

The Senior Academy is a program for high school seniors who are enrolled in any of the center’s pre-college, career or academic support programs. Through the program, high school seniors are provided specialized and individual assistance with their college process including one-on-one college or career exploration, college application submissions, essay development, career interest development, financial aid and scholarship exploration, resume creation and interview preparation. The Senior Academy currently serves more than 20 students.

In December 2013, TD Charitable Foundation contributed $52,500 to fund the center’s signature Road Map to College Program, bringing total contributions to the center to $77,500.

“The TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank have been very generous supporters of the College Access Center and the programming we provide,” said Julani Ghana, director of the College Access Center. “Their generosity goes far beyond helping support our programs; it helps to make the dreams of a college education a reality for many of our students.” 

Thomas A. Shoemaker, market president for the Pennsylvania market for TD Bank; and Rachel M. Wilner, senior vice president and regional vice president for commercial lending, presented the check during a ceremony at the center.

“The communities we serve are the same communities that our employees and customers live in, so it’s important to keep them vibrant,” Shoemaker said. “The College Access Center of Delaware County is doing very impressive work in the community and we are extremely proud to support them.”

The College Access Center of Delaware County provides free college preparation services to high school students and adults. Services range from college and career awareness, study skills development, tutoring, mentoring and assisting high school seniors and their parents with the college financial aid process.

The center was founded by the Chester Higher Education Council, a nonprofit organization formed by the presidents of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Delaware County Community College, Neumann College, Penn State Brandywine, Swarthmore College and Widener University to address the educational needs of residents in Chester.

A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.