Monday, September 1, 2014

RAMBLE ALERT: Performers at Chester's River Ramble 2014

Chester's Riverfront Ramble tentative list of performers and show times. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014. Near PPL Park.

Chester Housing Authority Completes Successful Summer Food Program

CHA Executive Director Steven Fischer listens
 to feedback from young customers
of summer food program. 
(Chester, PA-August 29, 2014)- The Chester Housing Authority completed its first-ever Summer Food Service Program with plans to make it an annual offering.

“We found that preparing and serving freshly made food rather than using box lunches was a big hit with the kids,” said Norman Wise, CHA Director of Housing Operations. “The team that worked in this program really took pride in making sure the food was healthy and delicious.”

CHA served nearly 5,700 meals over the eight-week period from July 7 – August 29. The number of children enjoying the meals increased in the final two weeks of the program, following the end of the City of Chester’s summer food program on August 15.

“We went above the federal requirement by serving at least three hot meals a week,” said Sharon Young who coordinated the program. “Meals always included low-fat milk, fruit and vegetables. The kids’ favorite lunch meal was spaghetti and meatballs.”

Because of the great success of the program, the agency is looking for more ways to make a difference. “We are exploring the idea of participating in an afterschool program where a wholesome snack and homework assistance would be provided,” said CHA Executive Director Steven Fischer.  

RAMBLE ALERT: Avery Sunshine Marrying Soul and Gospel

Avery Sunshine at 
Andre Cafe Acoustique in Chester
Avery Sunshine is the latest song stylist to bridge the gap between the sacred and secular worlds by recording music that has cultivated her a fan base in both mainstream music and among Gospel consumers.

A former member of the award-winning Wilmington/Chester Mass Choir, this Chester, Pennsylvania-bred singer said that she was initially torn musically and thought she would ultimately have to choose between singing soul and the music of her faith.

Click HERE for more

See Avery Sunshine at Chester's Riverfront Ramble, Sat. Sept. 6.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Team Children Labor Day computer sale

As if they aren't affordable enough already!

960 Rittenhouse Rd, Eagleville, PA 19403

(610) 666-1795

Crozer-Keystone to Host Infant and Children’s Safety Fun Day on Sept. 13 at Community Hospital

August 28, 2014 (Chester, Pa) – Crozer-Keystone Women and Children’s Health Services will host an Infant and Children’s Safety Fun Day on Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Hospital (2600 W. Ninth St., 1st floor, Chester) to raise awareness about SIDS and infant mortality and morbidity. 

This free family-friendly event will include a baby buggy/stroller walk (11 a.m. to noon), a decorated buggy/stroller contest (12:15 to 12:45 p.m.), an infant/toddler runway show (1:45 to 2:45 p.m.), face painting, a resource fair, educational workshops, prizes, raffles, giveaways and much more. Vendor spaces are available for $25, and exhibitors/non-profit organizations are no charge.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Covanta goes to blows with Energy Justice Network

A heavy weight fight took place last night in Primos, Pennsylvania at the Delaware County Daily Times Headquarter Arena and broadcasted live on U-Stream

In one corner was John Waffenschmidt, vice president of environmental science and community affairs for Covanta. In the other corner was Mike Ewall, founder and director of Energy Justice Network. The cut woman was Shelia Hyland, Chester community activist, and the water was provided by Hope Hyland, Shelia’s daughter. The event was refereed by Phil Heron, editor of the Daily Times.


August 27. 2014. CHESTER, PA- Mayor John A. Linder and the City of Chester will host the summer 2014 finale of the Power 99FM ‘Peace on the Streets’ series on Thursday, August 28th inside Chester Park, Chester City, PA.   WUSL-Philadelphia, a Clear Channel station, conducts the ‘Peace on the Streets’ series of concerts in communitywide events throughout the tri-state area all summer, the purpose of which is to create an atmosphere of safety, fun, and fellowship featuring live entertainment and positive messages of unity and peace. This year’s event features performances by Brave Williams, Quilly Millz, Driicky Graham, and Kirko Bangz, Brotherly Love, and DJ RL, all hosted by The Power 99FM Morning Show air personalities, Mikey Dredd, Motha Knows, Mina SayWhat, and the Power 99FM dance team. 

A host of sponsors including Crozer Keystone Health System Community Health Educators, HCS of Delaware Valley, Women & Children’s Health Services, Forman Mills, Knowledge Points, Chester Upland School District, Prysm Youth Center, Family Support Line, Healthcare Solutions, Adult Daycare of Chester, Kids Asthma Management Program, Crozer Keystone Health System Behavioral Health, Holcomb Behavioral Health, McCarrin Chiropractic, ChesPenn Health Center, WIC, Fare & Square Grocery, Omni Healthcare, Lowry Community Connection, Comcast (Internet Essentials), the Mayor’s Office of the Community Liaison, Safe Corridors, Amir’s Catering, and the City of Chester, will have representation on site. The Chester Upland School District will present the Chester City Back to School Rally event from 2P-4P, with performances to follow. Chester City will also reveal their ‘Peace on the Streets Pledge Banner’ calling on residents to take a ‘pledge for peace’ to become part of the solution in the City of Chester. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How Early-Life Stress Affects the Brain

PITTSBURGH - A new study has determined chronic early childhood stress brought on by poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting, toxic impact.

Sarah Romens, one of the co-authors of the report and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, says early childhood stress can affect a child for the rest of his or her life.

"Kids who are exposed to the kind of stress we're talking about tend to be at higher risk for all kinds of psychopathology and mental illness, including depression, anxiety, behavior problems, academic problems, and also health problems," says Romens. "Stress-related health problems like heart disease and immune-functioning disruption can result as well."

The researchers studied 128 children who had experienced neglect or physical abuse early in life and took images of the children's brains. They found noticeable differences in areas of the brain involved in emotion and stress processing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Congratulations to NBA ref Joey Crawford on your 'Golden Whistle'

Chester's version of Joey Crawford
If you watch the NBA, you can't miss Joey Crawford. There's not a night he isn't working 3 or 4 games at the same time, or at least it seems that way. Whenever there is a marquee game during the season or a big playoff game, you can bet Joey Crawford is there.

The old dude has been a NBA ref since I was in 11th grade and he can still run up and down the court with some of the best athletes in the world. Rarely do you see a player challenge his calls and you better not get in his face.

Crawford is the Godfather of NBA refs and has helped propel more than a few local guys into the NBA refdom (is that a word?). 

Next time you watch a NBA game, chances are you'll see Joey sprinting down the court ahead of the fastest point guard. He's a local guy so he deserves a shout out from the C-City Blogger.

Click HERE for more

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chicago whips Las Vegas in Little League World Series

Chester's version of Jackie Robinson baseball
Let’s be real. No one expected Las Vegas to lose and Chicago didn’t whip them. But they sure beat them and sent the golden boys home crying. 

In another nail biter game on the American side of the bracket, the black boys from the crime ridden south side of Chicago (aka Chi-raq) came with their ‘A’ game to become national champions of Little League Baseball. 

Down 3 runs in the top of the first, they came right back and tied it in the bottom of the inning. It was at that point that I started paying close attention sensing Chicago was ready to battle. Both teams made costly errors in the final stanzas but it was the Vegas errors that proved more damaging. 

The Philadelphia Taney Dragons changed the entire complexion of Little League Baseball with their winning ways and celebrity girl pitcher. But it was the team of dark chocolate complected Chicagoans that has shaken the baseball world to its knees. 

A total non-white Little League world championship game with Chicago playing the South Koreans today at 3. Who would have ever thunk?

TV execs are certainly upset because TV ratings will be in the toilet. Trust me!

Tyreke Evans gives out FREE BOOKS at Boys & Girls Club Thursday

Widener University Observatory offers free public telescope viewings

CHESTER, Pa.— The Widener University Observatory resumes its public stargazing sessions on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. All are invited to see the stars, planets and other celestial wonders using the observatory’s 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes. Widener astronomy professors, with assistance from undergraduate students, will be on hand to offer assistance.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ferguson. A faux controversy over race.

I love when journalist speak their mind as opposed to feeding us what the publishers want us to read. Christine Flowers never pulls any punches and doesn’t mind mixing it up on the topic of race relations in America.

I think a big part of the race relation divide in America is that people don’t talk about race enough with each other, especially between the races. As a black blogger committed to a black community, I bring up race often. I figure someone has to speak on our behalf, why not me (us).

I don’t totally agree with all of Ms. Flowers statements regarding the Faux Controversy particularly her claims of this being a media-driven mess. I think the folks in Ferguson would have taken to the streets even if TV and social media wasn’t invented yet. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Frightening new study should keep you out of the corner stores

When Philabundance was planning to bring the Fare & Square grocery store to Chester, our location was justified because we are a food desert. Mayor Wendell Butler said he doesn’t see anyone starving and I said there are multiple grocery stores within a 3 mile radius. So how do you define ‘Food Desert’?

It’s loosely defined as a low income, highly populated area that doesn’t have a grocery store within a stone’s throw. In its place are fast food, Chinese food, steak and hoagie shops, pizza, and corner stores that encourage bad eating habits and don’t provide fresh fruit and veggies.

Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer published a first ever study that highlights frightening dangers in food deserts that is the most convincing argument to the importance of access to ‘real’ grocery stores. Chester is in a much better position now that Fare & Square and Bottom Dollar came to the city. 

Here’s a few quotes from the article:
  • Corner stores and small supermarkets that feed vast swaths of impoverished Philadelphia offer bacteria-laced foods in unhealthy conditions that can lead to foodborne illness
  • "Potatoes and baby food are moldy, lettuce is rotten, and the mice are having a good time in boxes of noodles,"
  • It wasn't uncommon to see mice in stores, which is why many corner stores keep cats, who carry their own germs
  • When they are stuck with bad food, poor people will wash slime off lunch meats, cut mold from cheese and bread, slice off rotten parts of fruit, then simply eat what's left
 Click HERE for the full article

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cabela's ad disturbs mother of murdered son

I recently paid a visit to a friend who lost her son to gun violence in March. It’s the first time I’ve seen her since then and I was curious how she’s coping. It took all of 3 seconds to see she wasn’t coping well. Sympathy cards were stacked in three tall piles on the coffee table and other remnants and reminders of her son surrounded the living room.

After watching a little pre-season football and catching up on each other’s lives, she picked up a Daily Times from the table and told me what set her back today. It was the Cabela’s weekly advertising circular inserted in the paper.

She had never heard of Cabela’s so I told her who they were and why they’re so popular among the outdoorsy type. She flipped a few pages and asked if advertising five pages of guns is appropriate. With all the gun violence in the area, how is Cabela’s permitted to put these ads in a paper widely distributed in Chester?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Report Finds Young Athletes Pressured to Play While Injured

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - As young Pennsylvania athletes prepare to take the field for football and other sports this fall, a new survey finds a growing number will likely face an injury during the season.

According to research from Safe Kids Worldwide, an alarming number of young people are hurt as a result of aggressive play, hiding injuries to stay in games, and parents who pressure coaches to keep their kids on the field.

Safe Kids' president and CEO Kate Carr says parents, coaches, and players should come together before the season starts and set ground rules to prevent injuries.

"You can discuss dirty play, hard fouls, and how you're going to deal with them," says Carr. "You can discuss the training of a coach. You can discuss parental behavior on the sidelines. You can talk to athletes about the importance of speaking up."

It's Wednesday - Fare & Square Day

Monday, August 18, 2014

Is Covanta’s New York trash new trash or repackaged trash?

Every time I think I have the answer, I get stumped. Covanta already burns NYC trash in Chester and recently signed on to burn it for 20 more years. Or, did they recently sign to burn additional NYC trash for 20 more years? 

At least some of the trash from NYC is coming in on rail car. Or, is all of the trash from NYC coming in on rail car? 

These simple questions have never been answered in anything I've read or heard.

Read the next few statements. Let me know if it’s clear to you how this deal works.
For the next 20 years, up to 500,000 tons of waste will be coming to Chester from New York City, so Covanta wants to bring it to the area on trains in sealed rail boxes.
Those against the plan said that “New York Trash train” would increase the plant’s intake by hundreds of thousands of tons per year for the next 40 years.Covanta did not make an application to increase its capacity and representatives stated numerous times that no more trash would be burned as a result of this request. Covanta executives explained that the plant operates as close to capacity as possible at all times for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is economics.
Click HERE for more 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

VIDEO: The Charm of Chester

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson visits Chester Panthers Football

Phiiladelphia Union Soccer practice fields under construction

Last I heard, the city and the folks down at PPL Park were at odds about the Philadelphia Union practice fields they wanted to plant next to the stadium. There have been hints that the two sides have smoothed out there differences but all talks must have been behind closed doors.

Click HERE for an update on the fields

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tyreke Evans brings VSP Vision back to Chester

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Yes, that's my photo taken his rookie year during VSP's first visit to Chester. Sure, y'all can use it. It's not the first time one of my photos was swiped. 

In the next few weeks, all the photos I've taken around Chester will be available for purchase. Stay tuned. 

The Zain Shaw basketball camp

I Can I Will Art Show supports Chester Children Art Center

Concord Road between Tilghman and Central will be blocked off Saturday August 16 at noon to accommodate the I Can I Will Youth Gardening Program art show. The art show is free and proceeds from all art and food purchased will contribute to the building of the Chester Children Art Center.

All purchases over $25 will net you an exclusive black and white Andrew Turner print, suitable for framing (I own 6 of those - come get yours).

Introducing Chester High School Football 2014

Check out this great post by my fellow Chester Blogger, Ms. B: The Good News, featuring the 2014 version of the Chester High School football team which includes the complete schedule. (Click HERE)

Below is an introduction of the new coach from the Chester Panther's banquet earlier this year.

‘House of Lies’ joins ‘House of Cards’ in Chester City Council decision on Covanta

Two of my favorite TV shows are House of Lies and House of Cards. ‘Lies’ stars Don Cheadle who leads a group of management consultants that does whatever it takes to get business deals done for their clients. ‘Cards’ stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless and powerful Washington politician who uses his power and manipulation to promote policy and himself. Both shows are primarily dramas sprinkled with just enough comedy to make me think and laugh at the same time. 

Yesterday’s Chester City Council took a page from both shows. If it were a TV episode they’d name it ‘Covanta Trumps Murder’. 

Covanta proposal approved

Wednesday, August 13, 2014. City Council and Mayor voted unanimously in favor of Covanta's proposition to send 500,000 tons of trash by rail with an additional 15,000 sq ft rail box building to store trash in steel box cars.Many people came to the meeting to voice their opinion on why council should say no, but the council were in a rush and did not allow any one who were not a Covanta representative or Chester City resident speak. Many folks were angry about the council's decision. If you are angry and you live in Chester or in the area, mark you calendars and come out to the Chester Environmental Justice meeting next Thursday, August 21, 2014. Stay tuned for more details on time and location!

-Kaya Banton