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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
September 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
William R. Toal Jr., 83, of West Chester, a retired Delaware County Court judge and a former prosecutor, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, at his home. He suffered from polymyositis, an inflammatory disease affecting the muscles, and died from complications related to the disease, son John said. Judge Toal was elected a judge in 1973 and then president judge in 1990. Three years later, he was appointed senior judge by the state Supreme Court and served until 2010, when he retired. Before his time on the bench, he worked in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office and rose to the rank of first assistant.
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
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
NEWS
February 19, 2016
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks after stepping off a school bus Wednesday morning in Chester, police said. Shortly before 11 a.m., police were called to Ninth Street and Highland Avenue, where the victim was wounded. Students were exiting the bus when four shots rang out and the teen was struck. Medics took him to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, police said. The shooter was also identified as a 16-year-old boy, and both the victim and the assailant are students in Chester High School programs.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DELAWARE COUNTY residents of a certain age will remember Shooster's Drive-In Restaurant in Chester. It was a popular hangout for teens, but it catered to everyone with an appetite for burgers, shakes and chicken in the basket. You might have run into Bill Haley and his Comets there, the singers who were among the groups that started rock 'n' roll back in the '50s, and who had an office and studio in Chester. The ditty, "We're boosters for Shooster's," rang out from local radio ads for many years.
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September 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
William R. Toal Jr., 83, of West Chester, a retired Delaware County Court judge and a former prosecutor, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, at his home. He suffered from polymyositis, an inflammatory disease affecting the muscles, and died from complications related to the disease, son John said. Judge Toal was elected a judge in 1973 and then president judge in 1990. Three years later, he was appointed senior judge by the state Supreme Court and served until 2010, when he retired. Before his time on the bench, he worked in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office and rose to the rank of first assistant.
NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
On a pleasant morning this week ripe for playing outside, Jahmad Lundy, 11, was doing what many adults would find abhorrent: He was sitting in front of a computer screen in a beige, air-conditioned room, transfixed by an online program displayed on a large television monitor. The program was graphing out sound waves inside the room, and Lundy - who wore a black T-shirt - watched as the lines on the screen grew larger and smaller depending on how loudly he spoke. Earlier in the day, Lundy and several other children worked through what looked like a Nintendo game, focusing on the green pipes and pixel-block landscapes on their monitors, or - if they were without a computer - on someone else's screen.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Dorothy Edynak DiMarcangelo ended her elementary-school teaching career in Haddon Heights in 1956, but that did not end her teaching. "She was a wonderful mom," son Mark said. "She helped us with our homework," he said, and "she inspired us to succeed and enjoy what life offers. " Mark is a radiologist; his brother, Michael C. Jr., is a family-care physician; and their sister, Corinne Santisi, earned a M.B.A. degree. On Sunday, June 12, Mrs. DiMarcangelo, 86, of Marlton, died of cancer at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Mount Holly.
NEWS
April 12, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
THE INCIDENT was a classic teen Romeo caper: A Chester High School senior sneaked on a bus for a field trip he wasn't supposed to take, all because he wanted a girl's "digits" - her phone number. He told administrators he expected to be suspended, the usual punishment for breaking the rules. But they had a surprise for him. Instead of getting booted out, he'd have to perform school service, whether helping out with maintenance, sorting books, organizing closets, even working events such as the senior girls' tea. "We used to be a place where, quite frankly, children were treated like criminals.
NEWS
April 12, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
The incident was a classic teen Romeo caper: A Chester High School senior sneaked on a bus for a field trip he wasn't supposed to take, all because he wanted a girl's "digits" - her phone number. He told administrators he expected to be suspended, the usual punishment for breaking the rules. But they had a surprise for him. Instead of getting booted out, he'd have to perform school service, whether helping out with maintenance, sorting books, organizing closets, even working events such as the senior girls' tea. "We used to be a place where, quite frankly, children were treated like criminals.
NEWS
April 9, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Harry Van Gorder Armitage, 99, of Kennett Square, a longtime surgeon in Chester, Delaware County, died Thursday, March 31, of congestive heart failure at Kendal Crosslands. The family produced three surgeons: Dr. Armitage; his father, Harry Marshall Armitage; and an uncle, George L. Armitage. All three were born in Chester, graduated from Chester High School, earned degrees at medical schools in Philadelphia, served internships at Chester Hospital, and became chiefs of surgery at the hospital that is now Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
The 16-year-old suspected in the shooting of a Chester High School teenager as a crowd of students exited a school bus has turned himself in to authorities, police said. Josue Fernandez surrendered with a lawyer afternoon, police said. He was charged as an adult with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering others, and possession of a weapon on school property in the Wednesday shooting. Fernandez, of the 1000 block of Hunt Terrace, was remanded to jail after not posting $500,000 bail, according to Chester police.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks after stepping off a school bus Wednesday morning in Chester, police said. Shortly before 11 a.m., police were called to Ninth Street and Highland Avenue, where the victim was wounded. Students were exiting the bus when four shots rang out and the teen was struck. Medics took him to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, police said. The shooter was also identified as a 16-year-old boy, and both the victim and the assailant are students in Chester High School programs.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo and Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writers
A Media man has been charged with threatening Chester police for arresting a 17-year-old girl who allegedly vowed in an online post to "shoot up" several Delaware County schools. David Milbourne, 23, was charged with making terroristic threats and harassment for threats made on Instagram. His arrest came just a day after police arrested the teenage girl for allegedly posting her threat on Instagram. Chester police said Milbourne's alleged threat was "in response" to the girl's arrest.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
WILLIE GIAMPALMI was a busy man, but he liked it that way. He worked for 40 years as a delivery truck driver for the Daily News, but at the same time, he was a doorman for a tavern in Milmont Park, Delaware County. And after he retired from the Daily News in the mid-'80s, he wasn't about to sit still. He went to work at the Clayton Park Golf Course for 30 more years, working in the clubhouse. And, oh, yes, he also volunteered as a delivery man for Meals on Wheels. William "Willie" Giampalmi, the son of Italian immigrants, an outstanding athlete in his youth, and a Navy veteran serving on Liberty Ships in World War II, died Sunday.
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