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January 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester High School was plunged into a deep freeze after the heating system failed last week, and administrators had to close off the first two floors. "This unusually cold winter, with temperatures in the teens for several days in a row, has strained the very old heating system at Chester High School," said Chester Upland Superintendent Gregory Shannon. School started two hours late Monday and Tuesday as administrators shuffled students and teachers onto the third, fourth, and fifth floors.
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April 17, 1993 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fights. The fires. The weapons. The metal detectors. The arrests. The headlines. The kids and adults who don't care about school - and those who do. Robert Morgan is leaving all of it behind. After less than two years, he's quitting as principal of Chester High School, convinced that he did what he could to fix the problems, equally convinced that he was "no longer effective. " "All this is upsetting for me. It's sad," he said yesterday in his office. "I don't see where the situation is changing.
NEWS
June 4, 1996 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Shirley H. Polk, vice principal of Chester High Academy, was selected as principal of Chester High School at a meeting of the Chester Upland Board of Control yesterday. John J. Tommasini, chairman of the state-appointed board, said Polk's appointment was expected to be confirmed when the board meets Thursday to introduce the district's 1996-97 preliminary budget. "I feel great," said Polk, who was born and raised in Chester. "I believe we can turn this around, and I believe enough people can help me to do it. It's going to take the children, the teachers, the parents working together to do this.
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December 10, 1991 | By Carol Horner, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Don't mind me, I've gotta dance!" Mayor-elect Barbara Bohannan-Sheppard jumped up from her seat and did a gleeful hop-skip-and-foot stomp, her expression as animated and bright as the deep blues, yellows and reds of her skirt. The phone had just rung with some very good news: The Chester High School band would march in the Democrats' victory parade that Saturday. Small thing, but every triumph seems major for a political party that has not held the mayor's seat in this ailing town of 42,500 for almost a century.
NEWS
November 19, 1996 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jesse Harold Brewster, 86, of Folsom, a retired Chester High School coach who produced six baseball championships during his tenure there and a total of 306 wins, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Wallingford Nursing Home in Wallingford. Mr. Brewster taught and coached at Chester High School for 29 years, starting there in 1942 and retiring in 1971. He previously was on the coaching staff at Ridley Township High School for eight years. A native of Chester, he lived in Folsom since 1935 before moving to the Wallingford Nursing Home in 1995.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
The Chester Upland School District's receiver will discuss plans to improve school security at a meeting set for Thursday night. "We're looking to improve safety overall," said Joseph Watkins, the court-appointed receiver. Among the security enhancements Watkins is expected to outline are state-of-the-art metal detectors and X-ray machines at Chester High School and camera monitoring throughout the secondary schools. The meeting will be held at the administration building, 1720 Melrose Ave., starting at 6. - Rita Giordano
SPORTS
April 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
His basketball story, like so many before and after him, was born in that most famous of Philadelphia arenas. For Bo Ryan, whose Wisconsin team faces undefeated Kentucky in Saturday's national semifinals, the road from basketball fan to basketball lifer passed through the Palestra. It was on his first visit that he discovered to his delight that kids could stand at the baseline and retrieve basketballs during a team's warm-ups and pass them back to the players. "I went down there and I'm hustling and I'm hustling and this one guy took a liking to me because he thought, 'Hey, I can get a lot of shots with this kid feeding me,' " Ryan recalled.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2015
PHILLY-BASED actor Christopher Mann has landed what could be the role of a lifetime - portraying legendary civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore in Tigre Hill's upcoming film, "American Zealot. " A movie about Moore's life would be timely, given all the buzz around the new movie "Selma" and nationwide protests about police brutality following the untimely deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I know he'd have a problem with the way things are," Mann, 50, said of Moore - a Philadelphia lawyer and politician who headed up the local NAACP and led the fight to integrate Girard College.
NEWS
October 23, 1995 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A school district with financial problems so grave that the state has to manage its finances. A school board so weakened by state intervention that its role has been reduced to holding disciplinary hearings. Such a situation might warn off aspiring officeholders. But that's not so in the Chester Upland School District. Full slates of Democrats and Republicans are facing off for five school board seats - and decidedly low stakes - in the Nov. 7 election. The Democratic candidates are Dolores Freeman, Susie Kirkland, William Nix, William Shields and Richard Wilson.
NEWS
January 23, 2001 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As police sought answers in the weekend shooting death of former Chester High School basketball star Michael Anthony Johnson, his family and friends grieved over the loss of a man they described as hardworking, caring and deeply committed to his family. "You just think that if you live a good life, you're not going to die until you're old," Almika Pernsley Johnson, his wife of four years, said yesterday. "I still can't believe this has happened - that he's dead. " Johnson, 29, of the 100 block of Worrell Street, was shot several times as he left the home of a friend in the 200 block of Patterson Street about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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July 11, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
The basketball courts are easily overlooked: Just three blacktops and a dimmed scoreboard bracketed by a couple of sets of metal bleachers. They stretch along an otherwise barren block of Seventh Street near downtown Chester, in the shadows of a railroad overpass. But in the gritty city of 34,000 with a remarkable basketball tradition, the Seventh Street courts are king. For many, they are home - a relief, an escape, the premier athletic battleground. A tiny haven of safety within one of the region's most dangerous cities.
SPORTS
April 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
His basketball story, like so many before and after him, was born in that most famous of Philadelphia arenas. For Bo Ryan, whose Wisconsin team faces undefeated Kentucky in Saturday's national semifinals, the road from basketball fan to basketball lifer passed through the Palestra. It was on his first visit that he discovered to his delight that kids could stand at the baseline and retrieve basketballs during a team's warm-ups and pass them back to the players. "I went down there and I'm hustling and I'm hustling and this one guy took a liking to me because he thought, 'Hey, I can get a lot of shots with this kid feeding me,' " Ryan recalled.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four years ago, Democrats took control of Chester's government with a sweeping victory in a city long controlled by Republicans. They hoped to bring change to a Delaware County municipality plagued by crime, financial problems, and difficulty attracting economic development. The same issues remain today - in fact, Chester's 30 homicides in 2014 set a record. Except now, Chester also has infighting and a growing divide within its Democratic leadership, as State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, the city's senior Democratic politician, is running to unseat Mayor John Linder.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2015
PHILLY-BASED actor Christopher Mann has landed what could be the role of a lifetime - portraying legendary civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore in Tigre Hill's upcoming film, "American Zealot. " A movie about Moore's life would be timely, given all the buzz around the new movie "Selma" and nationwide protests about police brutality following the untimely deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I know he'd have a problem with the way things are," Mann, 50, said of Moore - a Philadelphia lawyer and politician who headed up the local NAACP and led the fight to integrate Girard College.
NEWS
December 6, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Many in public education have long argued they are fighting a war against conservative interests that want traditional urban schools abandoned rather than improved so that charters and private academies can replace them. The argument gains credibility when you consider how badly the Pennsylvania Department of Education has messed up the Chester Upland School District. Now it is trying to remove Joe Watkins, the district's chief recovery officer, from the position he was appointed to by former state Education Secretary Ron Tomalis in August 2012.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester High School freshman Jameisha Johnson is the first to admit that school was not working for her. She struggled academically, had serious behavioral issues, and was placed in an alternative-school program. Then two Widener University professors and their cadre of student tutors stepped in with a pilot program aimed at increasing literacy for at-risk students, simultaneously providing hands-on experiences for their education majors. "My grades went up. My behavior improved.
NEWS
November 17, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I WANT so badly to be angry with Staci Dawson because anger is a lot easier for me to feel than despair. And this foolish mother's story fills me with despair. Not for Dawson, 22, who has made her bed. But for her 3-year-old daughter, who is too young to know that her life just flipped upside down. You might have seen Dawson's pretty, sad face in the news last week as the Delaware County District Attorney's Office trumpeted the length of the sentence Dawson received for her straw purchase of two handguns.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rahim Hicks loved to fish, enjoyed NASCAR, had an entrepreneurial streak, and was a junior member in a volunteer fire company. Jamir Williams failed to finish eighth grade, never learned to read, was found to have ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder, and, according to his family, was profoundly affected by his brother's unsolved killing. Prosecutors say the paths of the two Chester men intersected at 3:30 a.m. July 24, 2010, in the doorway of J&S Seafood on Kerlin Street. Words were allegedly exchanged and five shots fired.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County Court jury on Friday convicted a Philadelphia man of first-degree murder in the 2011 kidnapping and stabbing death of a cab-company manager whose body was found wrapped in trash bags inside a cab in Chester. Shamar Alexander, 30, of the 1000 block of North 46th Street, also was found guilty of possessing an instrument of crime and abuse of corpse. The jury deliberated about two hours. On the night of June 23, 2011, police discovered the body of John "Tony" Dillard, 57, a manager of Germantown Cab Co., inside a cab parked in a lot in the 100 block of Lamokin Street, not far from the Chester High School athletic fields.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The struggling Chester Upland School District adopted a $118 million budget Monday that raises taxes by 3.4 percent, but a $12.3 million shortfall lingers, according to state-appointed receiver Joe Watkins. As the district continues to grapple with financial and academic problems, Watkins said he hoped to close the gap with help from the state. "We are in the process of righting this ship and are confident that we will succeed," he said, noting that the 3,000-student district shaved $6.2 million from the preliminary budget to narrow the spending gulf.
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