Monday, September 29, 2014

Save the Date for a Community Tech Day hosted by Widener University and sponsored by IBM

Save the Date for Chester Residents
The day is Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Widener’s University Center on E. 14th St. 

Widener University Computer Science students and faculty invite the community to bring in their computers and accessories that may not be working properly for an examine, diagnosis and hopefully a full repair. They’ll also offer advice on protection from hackers and ways to get a system to operate more quickly.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Youth Interlock’s Picture shared in Daily Times

Thanks Daily Times for sharing the picture I took at The Youth Interlock Banquet on August 29th. The picture appeared in the Thursday, September 25th, 2014 community section of the newspaper. The picture showed the organizers, left to right: Zephi Francis, Dr. Earl Pearsall, Darrin Pearsall, and John Francis. 

Please read more and see more pictures from the event

Chester Football vs. William Penn Charter

Nyeem Jones all by himself making a 97 yards TD in the fourth quarter against William Penn Charter to give Chester the only score of the game.

In a football game today at the A Field in Chester, Chester High football team went up against William Penn Charter and lost 6 to 13. Nyeem Jones number 21 made the only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. Last Saturday night, I had the opportunity to travel with the team to watch them go up against Coach Crews their old coach who is now an assistant coach at Bonner. The Clippers played hard and could have won the game with only 7 points separating them and Bonner, 34-27. Point spread wise, Chester is shrinking the gap in games played against competitors. The score is not as one sided as it used to be which is a step in the right direction for the Clippers. Sources had the Clippers losing to Bonner 38-0. Clippers are now 1-4 for the season. The last 5 games are going to be crucial. Next week the Clippers play Glen Mills at home. Glen Mills is 1-4 like the Clippers. In two weeks, homecoming game is at Widener against Penn Wood. Good Luck Clippers!

Friday, September 26, 2014

CHS Girls Volleyball

CHS Volleyball team (dsbpix)
Chester High School girls volleyball team has a packed playing schedule. This week alone the team played Delaware Valley Charter School, Chichester, and Interboro. So far they are 2 and 5. Coach Thomasina Fryer said, “they lost to Chichester twice but beat Penn Wood.” 

Wednesday's game with Chichester, scores 27-29, 18-25, and 23-25 (dsbpix)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Widener University Again Named “Military Friendly” School

Chester, Pa.—For the fifth year, Victory Media has selected Widener University as a “Military Friendly® School,” placing it in the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Given Widener’s mission as a university committed to civic engagement and service to the nation, and our history as Pennsylvania Military College, this is a great honor,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III.

The survey captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently verified by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country.

For more information about Widener’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit A complete list of Military Friendly® Schools can be found at

Widener participates in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, and the university introduced Widener CARES (Children of Active and Reserve Military Personnel Educational Scholarship) in 2005. This unique scholarship fund ensures that children of U.S. military personnel, who are killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, have the opportunity to pursue higher education.

Widener was known as Pennsylvania Military College until 1972, and the university still maintains a vibrant Army ROTC program that serves as the headquarters for other college and university ROTC programs throughout the Philadelphia region.

The Widener School of Law also provides one of the few Veterans Law Clinics in the nation, providing free legal aid to veterans in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who have been denied veterans benefits.

Deshong Park Commemoration Day “Spiritual Rebirth” – Unity in the Community

Chester, PA – The 2nd Annual Deshong Park Commemoration Day (DPCD) will take place Saturday September 27, 2014 at Deshong Park - 11th Street & Avenue of the States on the grounds of Deshong Park. “Spiritual Rebirth” – Unity in the Community is the theme for this year’s DPCD. The 2013 Deshong Park Commemoration Day-Inaugural Celebration was selected for the 2014 Heritage Commission of Delaware County (HCDC) Preservation Award for Special Projects.  The DPCD is being presented by the City of Chester, Widener University, Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), and Chester Arts Alive! 

DPCD is a celebration of the generous gifts of Alfred O. Deshong to Chester City and its community.  DPCD will highlight the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the city of Chester and its surrounding communities.  This festival will bring the residents of Chester and Delaware County together, old and young, on the property intended as Deshong’s legacy to the city and its people.  At last year’s inaugural 100 year celebration, Mayor Linder read and presented a Proclamation that institutionalized “Deshong Park Comemmoration Day” to be an Annual Event the 4th Saturday in September. 

 The commemoration activities begin at 11:30am with Sistah Mafalda & Kuumba (African Drums, Dance, and Stilt Walker) joining Mayor Linder along with Chester and surrounding communities for a symbolic “unity and cultural walk” to “clear the path” for “Spiritual Rebirth, Unity, Restoration, and Celebration”.  The “walk” will be from 9th to 11th Street on the Avenue of States and on to the grounds of Deshong Park.  Hedgerow Theater will make a special performance presentation featuring the “Deshong Park Seniors”.  The celebration will continue with music, dance which will feature Angela “Sadio” Watson – “Healing African Dance” (Angela Watson’s presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by National Endowment for the Humanities), and poetry including a performance by poets “Soulo/Pharaoh/Apollo”, visual arts exhibition and children’s art display, CafĂ© Entertainment, Food & Craft vendors. For Vendor and more information please call 610.613.4133.