Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chester in the middle of the energy debate with trash and oil

The waste-to-energy behemoth in Chester that welcomes anyone’s trash and converts it to steam that runs turbines for electric production has found a new customer and needs to tweak a few things to make it easy to get their new fuel source to the incinerator. 

In order for that to happen, Chester City Council must say it’s okay. The city’s planning commission said it’s not okay earlier this month. Could we have a situation where two city agencies are at odds with each other? Based on reports that city council isn’t expected to vote on the new tweaks, it appears so. They probably need more time to study the proposal. We do a lot of studying in Chester.

Down the road, the Monroe Energy refinery has already met with 20 Chester folks to go over their plans to run an oil pipeline through the city to connect Eddystone with Trainer. Honestly, I don’t recall an announcement for the Chester meeting. I certainly didn’t get a press release to share with you. But, at least 20 people knew about it. I wonder what they concluded?

A musical in Deshong Park Saturday

Congress Looks to Cut Cost of Child Care

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate.

Among those urging passage is Carla Moquin, president of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute.

"A lot of parents are in a position where child care is so expensive that it makes it almost impractical for them to even work, especially for minimum-wage, low-income employees," she said, "And so I think it's really critical on a societal scale and on an individual family scale to provide more options to these families."

The cost of center-based day care varies widely from state to state, but the U.S. average is now nearly $12,000 per year.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty

Beyond Poverty: Brain-Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty, presented by Frank Kros, MSW, JD from the Upside Down Organization.  

Poverty has a synergistic and pervasive impact on children's brains.  In this workshop, participants will learn about the specific differences developing brains exposed to poverty have, the impact of those differences in the classroom and the unique interventions that can be used to overcome poverty's effects. 

TeamChildren is hosting an incredible workshop on poverty and the brain and would like to know if you would be interested in attending. We are committed to having 50-100 participants and would love for you to be one of them.  

Chester-Upland Soccer for Success Holding Raffle to Raise Funds

Chester, Pa.—The Chester-Upland Soccer for Success program is holding a raffle for a chance to win 20 suite tickets to the Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls match on September 13. Raffle tickets are one for $25 or five for $100 and can be purchased at with all proceeds going to the Soccer for Success program.

The deadline to purchase tickets is August 29, with the drawing scheduled for September 5. Runner-up prizes – five $200 gift cards to Angelo’s Soccer Corner – will also be awarded.

Widener University began the Chester-Upland Soccer for Success program in 2012 with a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation and has partnered with the Philadelphia Union, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and others to expand the reach of the program to more than 400 children at seven different sites in the Chester and Upland communities.

Mayor John Linder’s box score from radio interview

Mayor John Linder was interviewed today by Phil Allen for nearly an hour on WURD 900 AM black talk radio. Since we’re in the middle of the dog days of summer, why not review the mayor’s performance like a softball box score (softball because those were the type of questioned asked).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Franklin Lodge Corn & Crab Feast Saturday July 26

Senior Picnic Saturday July 26

This Saturday, July 26, 2014 from noon to 6 p.m., the Seniors and many other Chester residents will come together for the 2nd Annual Senior Picnic “FUN DAY @ DESHONG PARK” located at 11th & Avenue of the States in Deshong Park, Chester, PA.

There will be Food, Games, and “FUN” for all who attend.  

Other guest and supporters include Hedgerow Theater, NIA CENTER, Salvation Army, and Chester Arts Alive! 

For more Info. Contact: Helen Whittington 610.680.5356

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chester Children's Chorus Presents Free Summer Concert Series

The Chester Children’s Chorus will be presenting three summer concerts and a dance performance all at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College. 

The dance performance will be held on Tuesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m. The choral concerts will be held on Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chester Housing Authority Stresses Nutrition with Launch of Summer Food Program

Children from Enrichment Academy day care enjoyed lunch
at the opening day of the Chester Housing Authority’s
 first-ever summer food program. Program coordinator
Sharon Young (right) and Enrichment Academy
day care teacher Khadesha Thomas said everything
went smoothly at both breakfast and lunch on day one.
(Chester, PA - July 16, 2014) - For the past several years, the Chester Housing Authority has focused on encouraging residents to eat healthier - so to Executive Director Steven Fischer, it just made sense to begin a summer food program for the agency’s low-income children during the summer.

“Providing a summer food program for the kids is consistent with our philosophy of helping kids and adults eat properly throughout the year,” Fischer said.  “When we learned that USDA made funds available for this kind of program we jumped at the opportunity.”

Free breakfast and lunch are available to all CHA residents age 18 and under Monday through Friday. All meals include milk and at least one serving of fruit or vegetables.

In addition to providing the meals, the program has also created seven part-time jobs for CHA residents.

The Chester Quiz

Here are the most asked issues people think I know the answers to (like my name is Herb Denenburg). Here's your chance to provide answers and get these folks off my case.

  1. Where are we with the Chester cop shown beating on the woman at the gas station?
  2. Where are we with the missing/reappearing rifle scope from the Chester police evidence room?
  3. Will every household get a recycle container?
  4. What's the plan for repairing the Lloyd Street bridge?
  5. Has a new director of CEDA been found?
  6. Who is the contact person for the Riverfront Ramble vendors?
  7. What recreation programs does the city sponsor for children? 
  8. What is the city's plan for Pulaski school?
  9. Why doesn't the city broadcast city council meetings on the public access channel?
  10. Instead of spending money for free concerts, why doesn't the city have concerts to make money?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chester Housing Authority partners with Fare & Square

City of Chester, Pa- July 14, 2014 - The Chester (City) Housing Authority has partnered with Fare & Square, the nation’s first non-profit grocery store to provide seniors with transportation to the grocery store.  

The shuttle service will run from 10:00 – 12:00 every Wednesday from Chatam Senior Village to Fare & Square.  

Wednesdays are designated as Senior Day at Fare & Square, and all seniors who are Carrot Club members will receive additional discounts off their purchases. 

Seniors, 55 of age and up are eligible to receive Carrot Cash benefits, to help stretch their dollars. Seniors shopping on Wednesday’s will receive an additional 2% discount which can be applied to purchases that day.  Fare & Square staff will be on hand to sign-up new members and welcome them to the store.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Chester's Tommy Smith one of Philly's top keyboardist

Tommy Smith on keyboard sitting in with
the 61st Street Band (not all shown)
Tommy Smith is the guy I consider my longest running classmate as we met at the Wilson Nursery School as mere tots. 

After losing his sight at around the age of 8, Tommy spent most of his time at the School for the Blind in Philadelphia which is why most Chester folks may not know him, but you may know his brothers Howard (Arizona), Jeffery (heading to Seattle), or Derrick.

Still residing in Philly, Tommy has long been considered one of the premier jazz keyboardist in the area. How he gets from gig to gig is still a mystery to me but Tommy plays in many of the live spots in Philly and a ton of private events when he's not working with his own band, Plan B, which had won the WJJZ Best Jazz Band contest in 2008. (Click HERE for more on Plan B)

Yesterday, I joined him at BQ's Spot on Baltimore Ave in Landsdowne, where we had our usual crazy time laughing, joking and knocking down a few between sets. 

Sneaker Giveaway to Encourage the Youth

Daylan Rice is the winner of the Strive Every Day for Greatness Foundation Sneaker Giveaway. Daylan was chosen based on his outstanding report card and great character.

SEFG was Co-Founded by Rob Pittman and Ted Miller. Rob and Ted who are 2012 High School graduates, current college students, and childhood friends have started the foundation as a way to give back to their community and encourage young people to be great.

'All Riders Up' Hosts 2nd Annual Summer Camp for Boys and Girls Club of Chester

July 11, 2014 (Garnet Valley, Pa) – All Riders Up (ARU), a non-profit charitable organization based on 12 acres in a neighborhood setting in Garnet Valley, will host the Boys and Girls Club of Chester for the next two weeks to provide equine education and awareness.  The camp schedule includes three ½ day sessions each week, and the 70 children from Chester will receive an introduction to horsemanship while also learning to ride with the help of ARU staff, instructors, and a crew of dedicated volunteers. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bike Safety biking event in Chester

I think this is so cool. As a biker, it's amazing seeing how many others don't wear helmets, don't have lights at night, and are way to adult to be riding the kiddie bikes. And, cars seem to not see us bikers so we have to wear stuff that is very visible. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

David wins this bout with Goliath in Chester trash wars with Covanta

Chester is home to the largest trash to energy facility in the United States. The owners struck a deal to bring trash from New York before getting the okay from Chester city planners. It appears the deal may be heading toward a no-go as city planners voted not to recommend construction of facilities to accommodate the new trash, leaving the owners to find somewhere else to burn New York’s rubbish. 

But, not so fast with popping the bubbly. According to the Daily Times article, I can still see the owners bringing New York’s trash to Chester.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chester Residents Up in Arms over New York City Trash Trains to be Burned in Chester

CHESTER - The Chester City Planning Commission will be considering a proposal at their 5pm meeting on Wed, July 9th which will pave the way for 30 years of trash trains from New York City coming to be burned in Covanta's trash incinerator on Chester's waterfront -- the largest trash incinerator in the nation.

The proposal on is "to construct a 15,000 sq. ft. Rail Box Building, 1,000 Sq. ft. Office Building and a Truck Scale" at the Covanta facility on Highland Ave in Chester.

This is one step in the process to enable delivery by rail of trash from New York City, according to a contract that Covanta made with the NYC Department of Sanitation in July 2013.  The contract runs for 20 years with two 5-year renewal options, and splits 1,000,000 tons of waste per year between Covanta incinerators in Chester, PA and Niagara Falls, NY. [NOTE: we mistakenly used an old figure of 800,000 tons last month, but learned that the contract calls for one million tons, half to go to Chester.] Niagara Falls residents first brought this to the attention of Chester residents last year, and have set up a as part of their effort to block a rail spur for the trash trains from New York City.

The meeting starts at 5pm Wed, July 9th on the second floor of Chester City Hall (1 Fourth St, Chester, PA 19013).  The Covanta proposal was postponed from last month's Planning Commission meeting after residents raised concerns.

Chester teen makes international news

Brother Leroy Karriem
It’s so rare to meet a young man in Chester that I can tell right away has that something special going on. 

While sitting on my porch, I spotted Brother Leroy with his Final Call papers under his arm and asked him to come over. I purchased a paper and asked him to leave the latest issue in my door and paid him in advance. Between Leroy and his older brother Elijah, I always get my Final Call.

Whenever I see either of them around town I usually stop and chat. They are always so positive, pleasant, and respectful. 

I saw Leroy a couple nights back with a group of his partners from The Nation. He dropped the July 8th issue in my passenger seat and said that his picture is in the paper with Minister Louis Farrakhan from his recent visit to Philadelphia. When I read the story, it blew me away.

I don’t want to steal any thunder from this fabulous story that has gone worldwide about a young man from Chester innocently doing his duty and receiving the ultimate blessing for his faith. 

Read it for yourself HERE

Previous blog post on Leroy and Elijah HERE

Ledisi wears Veta Roots at Essence Fest

Of the four costume changes Ledisi wore during her Essence Fest performance last weekend, two of them were made by Veta Roots (#chaidesignstudio)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

VIDEO: How social media could sink your job search

'Hey world. I'm on vacation in Colorado' is acceptable
Obviously, a bunch of 'turnt up' photos on Facebook isn't a good look if you're searching for a job. One bikini shot while on vacation may be fine, but more than a few may be crossing the line. Writing skills, bad grammar, foul language, incomplete sentences or posting bad reviews on restaurants and retailers are all being considered by potential employers.

Click How social media could sink your job search: If you are job-hunting right now, you need to hear this. More and more what you put on social media, could come back to haunt you.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bottom Dollar off to a good start

Chester's food desert is getting wet with groceries as Bottom Dollar has planted itself on 15th and Edgmont Ave., near the once objecting Nova Vista neighborhood and a stone's throw from Widener University. 

It shouldn't be hard to find discounts at a discount grocer and it seems to be just what a lot of Chester folks have been waiting for. 

Click HERE for more

Friday, July 4, 2014

The MAN who brought Chester Fare & Square quits

Bill Clark, the head of Philabundance, has resigned. It was his genius that brought Chester the Fare & Square grocery store which is the darling incubator for food deserts around the country. 

I had a long chat with Mr. Clark a few weeks ago where he shared some of his other innovations for hunger relief which leads me to believe he isn't through. But if he is, he's left a great legacy of feeding thousands of families struggling to put food on the table. 

Those will be some huge shoes to fill. 

Click HERE for more

Quote of the Day

 “This is not a way to run a high-performing school system, Pritchett wrote in his resignation letter to Mayor Nutter. “And these challenges will not change until our citizens recognize the fundamental need for a quality education for EVERY child and demand that our governments at the local, state, and federal level all participate in the creation of a fully funded educational program.”
Click HERE for more 

Move-in day at Wilson Nursery?

It appears the Nia Center is truly moving into the renovated Wilson Nursery according to the snoop who took this photo on Wednesday. 

Let's hope an official announcement is coming soon regarding the Ruth L. Bennett House properties.

Climate study for Chester excites City Council

#184835763 / 2 year Chester flood and heat study completed

It’s no secret that Chester has served as the lab rat for numerous studies over the years. The latest one on Climate Adaptation has got to be one of the more interesting ones as presented on

The Climate Adaptation Plan will add initiatives to Chester’s Vision 2020 Comprehensive Plan with a goal of better handling flooding and extreme heat.
When you have a creek snaking through the downtown section of your city bringing the county’s storm water to the river that borders your city, flood prevention should be a top priority.  Combining the study with handling extreme heat doesn’t seem to fit, but who am I to question another study?

...better informing the public about the value in understanding the effects of extreme weather were the main objectives of the plan. 
Oh. This is a study to improve the city’s communication mechanism that inform citizens when it’s hot, cold, rainy, or snowy.  

“Present day climate stressors, such as extreme heat, severe coastal storms, flooding and drought, threaten the City of Chester’s developed and natural environments,”...
 In other words, hot days, rainy days, and the lack of rain is affecting houses, businesses, streets, underground pipes, and the parks. 


CHESTER, PA- Chester’s Annual July 4th Walk Run scheduled for 7AM to begin at Seaport Drive and Flower Streets in Chester, PA, has been cancelled. A rescheduled date will be posted when available.

For further information contact the Office of Constituent Services at the online address,

Thursday, July 3, 2014


CHESTER, PA- Mayor John A. Linder will host Chester’s Annual 4th of July Walk Run to begin the city sponsored holiday festivities. A change of location, this year, will have the walk beginning at Flower Street and Seaport Drive and proceeding 2.2 miles for all registered participants. Nova Timing Systems will be sponsoring the electronically tracked chipped bibs that walkers and runners will be wearing featuring their individual numbers and times of completion. Chester Water Authority, Blessed Balloons, Linder Printing, Zinos & Kudos, and Chester’s Safe Corridors Volunteers will cosponsor the event in partnership with the Chester City Department of Public Affairs, providing giveaways and awards for Adult, Teen, and Child participants. Fare & Square Market joins the walk, this year, providing nutritious snacks for walkers.

“Our new features this year, including our tracked timing bibs, portside venue, and snack provisions thanks to Fare & Square Market, along with our outstanding volunteers, will make this walk a great way to start the holiday weekend for our citizens.” Joy Clark-City of Chester Office of Mayor John Linder-Constituent Services/Events Coordinator. All media are welcomed, for further information contact the Office of Constituent Services at the online address,

The Chester City Department of Parks, Public Property, & Recreation, are pleased to present Chester’s 1st City Independence Day Celebration. Following the annual walk run, events will continue at Chester Park on Edgemont Avenue, Chester PA. Vendors, children’s activities, and featured performances from recording artist Avant and DJ Kool, are all free to the public beginning at 12PM and continuing to the fireworks finale at 9PM.

Fathers are 'still' Talking

At yesterday's Fathers Are Talking meeting, Steve Fischer unveiled the billboard sized framing of our front page spread from the Father's Day event we sponsored. Wait til you see what's next.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

$72K Discovery Grant for 'Chester Cultural Corridor' Project

Chester Cultural Corridor is the focus of a proposed Chester Arts and Culture District. This one-mile corridor extends from Widener University to the City's Central Business District, with historic Deshong Park and its shuttered art museum at its center. Central to the project is an innovative vision of creative place making that will integrate design, economic development, civic engagement, and the arts to bring diverse people together to be inspired by arts and the humanities.

Click HERE for more