Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just another day of White privilege

As the Summer Season of modern day race relations is coming to a close, a few recent stories caught my eye that almost convinces me there may be a winter league formed this year.

Yesterday, there was Stu Bykofsky giving us his perspective growing up as a poor white and how it shaped his view on all this talk about White Privilege. Click HERE.

Today’s Daily Times features an edited version on ‘Blacks, Hispanics doubt media accuracy’, to which I’ll add, ‘But they won’t read the Philadelphia Tribune or Al Dia.’ Click HERE for the unedited version.

Finally, while listening to ‘Troy Torain Live and Direct’ yesterday, he mentioned that a new statue of Amy Winehouse went up in England this week but black folks haven’t seen fit to erect one of Michael Jackson here in America. 

Stay tuned for more race relations news as the new Fall Season begins. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Balancing coverage of ‘the two Chesters’ is a good read

In today’s, editor Phil Heron writes about his impossible job of trying to please all his readers with Chester news stories. Some folks like crime, some folks like good stories. 

In 2006, when I started the Chester Spotlight paper, my mission was to only bring good news. But, in issue 6, a Chester teacher who coached a girl's sport came to me with a not so good story that I decided to write and print. The reaction was immediate. Folks loved it. Some told me that this was the type of story they want to see all the time. I was shocked.

The lesson learned was that everyone wants to read bad news despite what they say. The only people who love good news are the people involved in the good news. 

If you want consistent readership, bring on the bad news, controversy, drama, malfeasance, dirt, scandal, innuendo and crime. Occasionally sprinkle in a little good news so the people in the story will have something to snip, frame and hang in their home or office.

That’s the formula for a good read. 

Click HERE for more

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here's the Tyreke Evans story I've been looking for

There are other athletes who seem to act more like overgrown children, earning millions but being terrible role models, unengaged citizens and often more of a blight on their community than a blessing, and it’s every parent’s nightmare that their children will look up to these self-absorbed athletes.

That’s why Evans has worked with VSP Vision Care for five years running — since he started in the NBA — to bring a mobile vision testing lab back to Chester and help make sure that the children at the greatest risk of falling out of the system have the glasses they need to have great eyesight.

Why is that important?

Click HERE for more

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Adrian Peterson has redefined the Switch

When I turned on Sports Center last night, I was hearing about the Peterson issue for the first time. I couldn't believe how much time they were giving it. I was shocked that it was being compared to Ray Rice clocking his boo. 

Adrian Peterson, and those of us who are following this story, are learning the new rules of discipling a child are far different than the old rules. What used to be a good old fashion whooping will now have you locked up and labeled.

As a kid, we use to see the bushes in the front yard as the abuser. If we went buck wild, mom or dad would simply tell us to go break off a switch of our own choosing, remove the leaves, and bring it to them. I never thought the punishment fit the crime when that switch, or belt, or cat nine tail, or Hot Wheel track, or extension cord was wearing out our hind parts, but we got the message loud and clear, washed our hands, and came down for dinner.

And we still call them the good old days. 

Tyreke Evans returns to Chester with VSP Vision Care

Chester native and New Orleans Pelican guard Tyreke Evans came home last week with the VSP Vision Care lab on wheels providing free eye exams and glasses to children.

Unfortunately, his schedulers and I couldn't connect on a time to meet with Tyreke so there will be no C-CityBlogger coverage for 2014. Looking around, I can't find any local coverage of his visit. (More reason to continue my search for those elusive interns who want to work).

Here's a story of Tyreke's visit from DIME Magazine. Of course, the basketball magazine will interview him on basketball, but there are a couple good questions in the beginning. 

Click HERE for more

Chester industrial company expands without protest

After weeks of uproar over Covanta's building permit request approval, there was another industrial company less than a mile up the Delaware River who completed an expansion with no issues.

Evonik Corp. has completed its 20,000 metric ton expansion at its precipitated silica site in Chester. According to Andreas Fischer, head of Evonik’s silica business line, the expansion was part of Evonik Industries A.G.’s initiative to increase capacity globally for precipitated silica by 30 percent since 2010.

Click HERE for more

Friday, September 12, 2014

VIDEO: Ronell 'Hurricane' Williams' family talks about Ronell

Ronell Williams tries to suppress it. But it gets hard sometimes for the 6-foot-1, 240-pound West Chester University All-American middle linebacker, by way of Chester High.

Watching Williams play is almost a joke, simply because he’s so much more advanced than everyone he plays against. He is so good that he’s garnering NFL attention and could possibly be drafted in 2015.

Join the 'Hurricane Watch' 12 noon Saturday September 13 at West Chester University in the first home game of 2014.

Click HERE for more

Where was I on 9/11?

Every 9/11 the same question is asked on TV and radio. Where were you?

I was in my Brooklyn apartment. I went to vote in the primaries early before coming back home to fire up the laptop for another work day from home. It didn't take long for my partner to send me an instant message saying 'Turn on the TV'. He must have known I didn't turn it on so he sent another message in all caps, 'TURN ON THE TV'.

He didn't say what channel to turn to. He was in Voorhees and I figured he didn't know the NYC channels. I figured he wanted me to turn to CNN. Once I found it I saw a movie clip of the World Trade Center on fire. Moments later a plane slammed into the other tower. Then I realized what was really going on.

I watched the towers fall and instantly felt ill because I was heading to the Path Train at the Word Trade at 11:30 that morning. My sick joke is that I'm glad the terrorist came to work early that day.

It wasn't long before the rest of the day was filled with the sounds of sirens. All work was suspended and I knew it was a great time to dash to Flatbush Ave and stock up on food sensing that stores would soon be closed, maybe for a few days. I was right.

Around 6 that evening, the stench of burning metal filled the air. It reminded me of the smells that came out of Bethlehem Steel when I was a kid. Otherwise, it was business as usual in Brooklyn, just 5 miles from the disaster.

It was an entirely different mood in Manhattan when my curiosity took me there the next day. AK-47s were every where. Missing person posters where on all the walls. Dozens of small brass bands were walking the street playing patriotic songs. People were visiting the local fire stations where the surviving firefighters received gifts, hugs, and tears from passerby's. Seeing the smoldering smoke from the site for days following the event was eerie.

New York City was empty of people for the next few weeks since all business and tourism was halted. I took notes of all the restaurants that were full because the locals know where the good food is. Plenty of other restaurants were empty and were closing down by the day. 

For a few weeks, everyone was friendly to one another. American flags, World Trade Center trinkets, and NYFD apparal were in huge demand.

That's where I was on 9/11.

Widener University School of Engineering Receives $150,000 Grant for Equipment

Chester, PA – The School of Engineering at Widener University was awarded a grant of $150,000 from George I. Alden Trust to support the upgrade and purchase of engineering equipment for the 2014-15 academic year. This is the largest gift the School of Engineering has received from the trust to date.

According to Dr. Fred Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, “the goal of engineering education at Widener is to prepare students for successful engineering careers, and to instill a mindset of innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.”

The School of Engineering curriculum provides a perfect balance between the classroom and the lab, and students are required to put theory into practice. The funding from the grant will allow the School of Engineering to replace and upgrade electrical engineering laboratory equipment, as well as to purchase chemical engineering laboratory equipment. “Instructional laboratories are indispensable towards achieving the goals of the undergraduate engineering programs at Widener,” Akl said.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Businesses Seek to Strengthen Internal Leadership through Oskin Leadership Institute Executive Leader Development Program

Chester, Pa.—How can you develop more agility in the leadership of your business? That’s the question asked by Chester Water Authority, and they reached out to the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University for the answer.

A group comprised of managers and non-managers at the Chester Water Authority are currently enrolled in a customized, six-month leadership development program through the Oskin Leadership Institute. One day a month, the group attends leadership training at Widener on topics including leveraging your strengths, the characteristics of high-performing teams, courage/risk taking and creating positive energy.

The sessions are free-flowing, encouraging Chester Water Authority managers to share their thoughts on what works – and what doesn’t work – from a leadership perspective. The institute’s staff facilitates a discussion to help them determine what they can do to enhance the leadership culture at the authority and make it more agile.

Widener University Receives $87,000 from W. W. Smith for Student Scholarships

Chester, Pa. – Widener University received $87,000 from the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust to be used for student scholarships during the 2014-15 academic year, the university announced.

The university will award the Smith Scholars Program scholarships – ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 – to full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing.

In addition, all students selected for the Scholars Program must be residents of the Delaware Valley, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties and the cities of Camden and Philadelphia.

Widener University Receives $1.25 Million Gift from Maguire Foundation for Student Scholarships

Chester, Pa. – Widener University has received a $1.25 million matching gift from The Maguire Foundation to establish the Maguire Scholars Fund for student scholarships, the university announced. As a matching gift, the university will contribute an equal amount to the fund over the next five years creating a $2.5 million endowed fund.

Beginning this fall, the university will name three to five Maguire Scholars, freshmen who will receive scholarships in the range of $5,000 to $8,000 renewable each year for four years providing students continue to meet qualifications.

To be eligible, students must maintain good grades, demonstrate family need and have a commitment to community service. They must also be graduates of Maguire Scholars participating high schools in the Philadelphia area.

U.S. News Ranks Widener University among
Nation’s Best Colleges for Veterans

Chester, Pa.—U.S. News & World Report ranks Widener University among the Best Colleges for Veterans. Widener ranks 65th among national universities in the news publisher’s annual ranking of schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for, and complete their degree.

“Widener University salutes the sacrifices made by our nation’s military veterans and active service members,” said Widener President James T. Harris III. “Given Widener’s mission as a university committed to civic engagement and service to the nation, and our history as Pennsylvania Military College, we are honored to again be recognized as a best college for veterans.”

Widener University and Aids Care Group Receive $190,000 Grant for an Internship Program

Chester, PA – The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) at Widener University was awarded a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to begin a Center for Integrative Medicine Internship Program, which will offer students internship opportunities in health psychology for the 2014-15 year.

The HRSA internship training grant for $190,000 was given to Widener along with the Aids Care Group, a non-profit organization that provides medical care, dental care, and social services to uninsured and underinsured minority residents of Chester. The AIDS Care Group is currently the only internship site IGCP offers to students focusing on health psychology.

Enterovirus: What Parents, Caregivers Need To Know

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A respiratory illness affecting thousands of children across the nation has Pennsylvania hospitals, doctors, parents and caregivers on alert, and health experts say it's important to know the symptoms and step up preventive measures.

It's called enterovirus D68, and Dr. Matt Davis, chief medical executive with the Michigan Department of Community Health, says many of the symptoms start out similar to a severe cold, but can take a much more serious turn.

Davis adds this strain is rare and can cause wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and racing heart rate.

"If you have a child with asthma, or a child without, and you start having your child complaining of difficulty breathing, or you're noticing much more coughing than usual, that's the time to get your child evaluated," he warns.

Chester City creates its own blight

Come on City officials. If you're going to buy abandoned properties, at least let us believe you're going to do something with them. The people living on West 7th Street must be outraged at how you've ignored any attempts to cut grass and board up the windows on the abandoned Pulaski school. 

What's the plan? 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where's the racist in Atlanta?

Does a frank discussion on race make a person racist? 

The Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team owner wants to think he had a racist moment a couple years ago. I don't know if I agree with him.

After hearing the email read over the radio, I was wondering what part of it was racist. My plan was to write a post on the email and offer my opinion.

In my web search for a transcript of the Levenson email, I stumbled on Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s piece written for Time Magazine titled ‘Bruce Levenson Isn’t a Racist; He’s a Businessman’.

After reading Kareem’s article, it was obvious I could save a lot of time and effort by simply providing a link to it HERE since we share much of the same opinion.

What’s your opinion?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Male Achievers Program Sat Sept 20th

City of Chester & Delaware County

IS BACK!!!!!!

So Get YOUR Boys Ages 12-17


SATURDAY September 20th From 9am-1:30pm 

Lunch Included)
The College Access Center of Delaware County
400 E. 21st Street
Chester, PA 19013

"Let's Us Help Turn Your Boys Into Scholars"

Academic Support, Manhood & Fatherhood Advice, Cultural & Spiritual Enhancement, Tips for Dealing With Law Enforcement, Sporting & Technology Excursions, Entrepreneurs Competition & More!!!

Fathers-Husbands-Uncles-Coaches-Teachers-Mentors-Adult Male Neighbors-Come Help Us Provide A Safe Place For Our Young Black & Latino Males to Learn, Engage, & Develop.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Chester Panther Youth Football teams win big in opener

The Chester Panther Football teams opened their season against the Southwest Wolves (Philadelphia) on Saturday.

The PeeWees, Midgets, Juniors, and Senior teams combined for a 123-6 trouncing of their opponents. 

Not much more to say after that.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers was funny to the last drop

I think I watched her last show. Flipping channels, I stumbled on Fashion Police last week, the day after the Emmys, and Joan Rivers was hysterically out of her mind funny talking about the outfits on the red carpet. Watch it On Demand. It’s too funny. 

I’ve been riding with Joan for as long as I can remember. Something about that little Yenta makes me laugh every time I see her. 

I jumped at the chance to see her at Harrah’s Chester in September 2009, and she didn’t disappoint. She came out bustin’ on the prison right next to the casino and went on to disparage the very room she was performing in, calling it a dump. She gritted on Angelina Jolie’s big lips so badly, I’ve never looked at her the same since. 

Never one to give a genuine compliment, her quick wit and endless one liners has kept that style of comedy alive when all her contemporaries have passed on leaving her holding the mantle on that comic style. Silverman and Lampanelli are today’s Joan Rivers knock offs, but will never fill her shoes.

I barely flinched with I heard of Robin Williams’ demise but the lose of that little white lady leaves a hole in my comic soul. She doesn’t have a catalog of movies to remember her by, but she leaves behind a ton of laughs. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PSEA Report: Low-Income Students Hit Hardest by Education Cuts

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The impact of budget cuts on education in Pennsylvania is being felt in schools across the state - but most notably in districts with the highest needs and lowest incomes, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

PSEA president Michael Crossey said the findings reinforce evidence that the fallout from trimming $1 billion from education during the Corbett administration includes drops in reading and math scores on state tests across all schools in grades 3 through 6.

"In the years right before Gov. Corbett took office, funding for education was up 39 percent and test scores went up 54 percent," Crossey said. "Now, we're looking at school funding is down significantly, and we're starting to see drops in test scores. There is a correlation."

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.