Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Birthday to those who celebrate birthdays every 4 years and happy Leap Day to those who have to deal with an extra day of February! 

Delcotimes story:
Happy Leap Day! For those born on Feb. 29, Leap Year brings special gift Click Here
By Jim Shelton,
Special to the times
New Haven Register

Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Chester Youth Empowerment Health, College & Career Summit

On Saturday, May 5th, 2012
the Chester Youth Collaborative Youth Council will be hosting the

2012 Chester Youth Empowerment
Health, College & Career Summit
Widener University from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The summit is FREE and open to all youth ages 12-22, parents and practitioners!!!!!

This year's event has a maximum capacity of 350, so we encourage all to register early!

Unfortunately, there will be no onsite registration and
all participants will be required to pre-register for the event!

Online registration will open on Friday, March 16th, 2012!!

We currently have openings for informational vendors and workshop presenters!

For more information and to find out how you can get involved please

The Chester Youth Council @ 610-497-7422 or visit us on the web @

Collaboration begins with you, Spread the Word!!!

Rising Stars of Tomorrow Talent Competition

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Open Intake for Pregnant Women at Community Hospital

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Academy Awards: Oscar Picks

The Academy Awards have always been a big deal for me but not this year. I usually keep up with most if not all the movies. But I have slacked off on a few pleasures because of my new assignment. It has just sucked the life out of me. I can equate this experience to maybe being nailed to a cross or having a bunch of leeches stuck on you. Better still, I recently watched Rock Center with Brian Williams in which there was a report on rhino poaching in Africa. Poachers were cutting off the rhino’s horns and leaving them to die; Very traumatic to say the least. 

So I have watched no Oscar movies this year. If I remember the only time I went to the movies was to watch Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol in IMAX at the King of Prussia Theater.  I liked the movie so I am picking it for best picture, Tom Cruise for best actor, Paula Patton for best actress (sort of), and the others for supporting roles. Thumbs up for best stunts and effects especially seen in IMAX. All in fun but Tom Cruise is a phenomenon in the Mission Impossible movies.

I may tune in to see Billy Crystal host. He does a great job hosting. My top hosts are Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Conan O’Brien.  I may also tune in to see Viola Davis win Best Actress for “The Help”. I have seen her movies. She can act for real. The best part of the Oscars is watching Fashion Police the day after. Joan Rivers makes fashion funny for the E channel. 

Select your own Oscar picks: Click Here
Final 2012 Oscar Predictions and Your Turn to Vote


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dear Chester Clippers Boys Basketball Team

You guys are Awesome!!!
Coach Yarbray and the Clippers Boys Basketball Team (missing Jefferson) (dsbpix)
And although I made it to just a few games this season and probably will not make it to some of the playoffs (due to a bad schedule), know that I am with you all the way whether I am physically at the games or not. 

Love you guys!!!

I hung out with my favorite team today at practice. I can brag that I taught 3 of these players. I did like hearing that they miss me at the high. Miss you too.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Black Wax Museum at Main Street School

Anita Brown posing with a decorative cloth from a trip to Brazil (dsbpix)
Anita Brown, teacher at Main Street School in Chester, has put on her Black Wax Museum display for the second year in honor of Black History Month. If you recall, Ms. Brown is one of the teachers honored last year with the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award (Click Here). Ms. Brown said, “In celebration of Black History Month the Black Wax Museum let the students experience a mock museum.” 

Below are some pictures from the museum.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Chester Youth Council seeks to recognize “A FEW GOOD YOUTH”

The Chester Youth Council is a group of young men and women between the ages of 12 and 22, who collectively represent youth voice within the Chester Youth Collaborative and throughout the city of Chester.  The mission of the Youth Council is to change perceptions of and about Chester, youth while inspiring civic engagement and youth advocacy among other youth in the community.  In keeping with our mission, it is with great pleasure that we celebrate the lives and contributions of Chester youth with the Chester Youth Choice Awards, and we’ve got 5 questions for you: 

Do you know a young person who lives in Chester between the ages of 12 and 18?
Do you know a young person who exhibits proven leadership skill and ability?
Do you know a young person who goes out of his or her way to make contributions to their community?
Do you know a young person who has made a difference in the lives of others?
Do you know a young person who exemplifies the spirit of service?

The Chester Youth Council
seeks to recognize
on Tuesday, March 27th, 2011
and we are hoping you can help us find these unsung heroes!

If you know a young person who meets the criteria above, please submit their contact information and a short essay (3 paragraphs)  highlighting why you’ve selected to nominate them. All nominations should be sent to: Mrs. Ieasa Nichols-Harmon @ or faxed to her attention @ 610-497-7438.

All nominations are due back Friday, March 2, 2012.
Collaboration begins with you!!! Spread the word!!!

The Chester Youth Council, "Changing perspectives and inspiring youth action in our community."

Chester Clippers makes it 50 Straight

Story from Dave Burman:

After a 59-31 victory over the visiting 16th seeded Methacton Warriors, the #1 seeded Clippers (24-0) earned a spot in their amazing 20th consecutive State Championship Tournament. The win extended Chester's winning streak to 50 games and placed Coach Yarbray in 6th place of Chester basketball Coaches with his 95th win. He surpasses Juan Baughn who compiled a 94-16 record from 1970-1974. The win also extended Chester's District Tournament Home Win Streak to 56 games.

Senior forward Erikk Wright led the way in the 1st quarter scoring 8 of his game high 16 points as the Clippers fought off the Warriors to the tune of 16-12. Chester used aggressive defensive and their bench to hold off their competitors 13-5 in the 2nd quarters. The Clippers used six different players in accumulating their point total with 8 of those points coming from their bench. The result was Chester - 29, Methacton - 19 at the half. Chester maintained their defensive pressure limiting the Warriors to a mere 2 points in the entire 3rd period of play as Erikk Wright dropped in 6 more points. The Clippers now led 40-19 after 3 period of play. The Clippers once again spread the wealth in the final period using nine players to score their final 19 points in the contest. The Warriors continued to fight matching their first quarter total of 12 points for the final score of 59-31.

Chester final five points in the contest were scored by the two player who were promoted to Varsity off the Junior Varsity team. Darrell Nicholson drained a trey from the top of the key and he followed that with an alley-oop (in traffic) to high flying Diamonte Reason.

The Clippers used 12 players in accumulating their point total with only Wright finishing with double figures. The other scorers were: Richard Granberry (9), Rashan DeJarnette (7), Darius Robinson & Shanier Cottman - 5 points apiece, Kareem Robinson (4), Rondae Jefferson & Nicholson - 3 points, Tymier Butler, Reason & Zimir Geiger - 2 points and finally Tavaune Griffin completed the scoring with 1 point. The always in motion, 5'8" Cottman achieved a career high by hauling in 7 rebounds in the contest. While Jefferson only managed to score 3 points, he did, however, lead the team with 5 assists.

Chester's Quarter-finals opponent in the tournament will be the 9th seeded Norristown Eagles who advanced after defeating the 8th seeded Pennsbury Falcons. The game will be played on Friday, February 24th at the Clip Joint with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.