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CONCORD — Standing before two $3 million stacks of tightly sealed $100 bills, Chester Water Authority spokesman Joseph McGinn put out a call for action, asking rate payers and concerned community members to reach out to their elected officials straight up to the governor, if they like keeping these Benajmins in their pockets.

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Although the dynamic is a polar opposite, Chester Water Authority officials said Aqua's deal with DELCORA cements their position in staving the utility corporation from purchasing their system.

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CHESTER — The Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority board of directors unanimously approved a $276.5 million merger with Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. during its regular meeting Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the authority.

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COLLINGDALE — There was a double vision of Wawa on the 900 block of MacDade Boulevard Thursday morning as the convenience chain closed one store and opened a new store right next to it.

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The only two Kmart department stores left in Delaware County will be shuttered in a recent wave of closures announced recently.

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HAVERFORD — When the Kelly Center for Music, Arts and Community opened its doors three months ago at 4-6 E. Eagle Road in the Oakmont section of Havertown, area residents welcomed a special new venue where they could hear professional performers, singer-songwriters, comedians and more.

MARPLE — Over the past few years, more and more attention is being focused on young children and the part that sport plays in their lives. Are sports helping children develop character and self confidence? What part does the attitude of the parent and coach play in how the children see themselves? Will good experiences in early years lead to a life time of fitness and better health? There are a lot of issues that come to mind and one local gymnastics center takes that responsibility very seriously.

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CHESTER >> The DELCORA on Tuesday board extended its due-diligence period with Aqua through Oct. 1 to get a better idea of what it will cost its ratepayers if a sale to Aqua goes through. Officials also announced Sept. 4 and 11 as the dates for two public informational sessions on the matter.

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MEDIA — Borough council is keeping close tabs on several key projects, pushing them forward through the approval process, and also took time to celebrate a welcome financial boost courtesy of the borough's insanely popular Wednesday night Dining Under the Stars program.

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CHESTER — When DELCORA entered into a six-week due diligence period with Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater two weeks ago, officials say it was years in the making.

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RIDLEY TOWNSHIP — On Thursday, the Boeing Company heralded the opening of its $115 million, 350,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the production of the V-22 Ospreys, and the pride was evident, from the top echelon to the workers on the line who recall growing up ready to build.

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CHESTER — A group of two dozen members of Teamsters Union Local 115  congregated outside DELCORA's offices Tuesday afternoon, as their representatives met with authority officials. They they expressed their concerns and irritations with the process DELCORA is pursing in considering a merger with Aqua Pennsylvania.

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SPRINGFIELD —  Karin Kennedy of Media saw a disconnect in the community. While working as a physical therapist and volunteering at The Free Store in Media, Kennedy noticed an overflow of perfectly good medical equipment that patients no longer needed once they recovered. She also knew about people in the community who needed durable medical equipment, but they either couldn’t afford it, or their insurance wouldn’t cover it. She decided to forge a connection.

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CHESTER — DELCORA has agreed to enter into a six-week negotiation period with Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater to explore a possible merger.

A group of Chester Water Authority customers has filed a petition to intervene in a lawsuit filed by for-profit water company Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. against the non-profit Chester Water Authority and city of Chester over a proposed 10 percent rate hike.

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Katimu Conteh is one of 1,500 Elwyn employees whose pay is increasing to $15 an hour as the human services organization literally puts itsr money where its mouth is in saying the only pathway to a sustainable future is the satisfaction of its staff and those it serves.

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PHILADELPHIA — The largest refinery on the East Coast began the process of closing down Wednesday with more than 100 employees laid off immediately and hundreds more expected to lose their jobs by mid-July.

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A Reno, Nev. family-owned business, Eldorado Resorts Inc., entered into a $17.3 billion acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corp., which operates the Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack in Chester.

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SPRINGFIELD — Martindale’s Natural Market, thought to be the very first health food store in the nation, is in the midst of a month-long anniversary celebration to mark 150 years of keeping it natural.

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Moody's Investors Services moved to downgrade Prospect Medical Holdings - the parent of the Crozer-Keystone Health System - late last month, attributing it to a number of factors from a failure to meet projections to a significant reliance on Medicaid programs.

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PHILADELPHIA —  Phillies fans will have a lot to excite them this season, in addition to the action that they’ll see on the field. From the arrival of Shake Shack and the iconic Liberty Bell from the former Veterans Stadium to additions at the New Era Phillies Team store, the recent enhancements unveiled this week will welcome guests as they descend upon Citizens Bank Park for the 2019 Phillies season.

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Friday was a day to remember in Delaware County. The Whole Foods Market in Newtown Square opened its doors. Customers had anticipated the supermarket’s opening for four years, ever since they got wind of its impending arrival. When I pulled into the parking lot Friday at the Ellis Preserve Shopping Center, where the new store is located, I was admittedly a little amazed. There were at least a dozen traffic directors, in bright orange and yellow vests, keeping order to the unending flow of vehicles arriving. The place was wall-to-wall shoppers, hundreds of eager customers-– you would have thought they were giving groceries away for free!

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HARRISBURG — Electric rates for PECO Energy Co. customers will be going up on Jan.1, but not as much as originally requested by the utility.

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UPPER MERION >> SEPTA is looking to hire an engineering consultant to “advance further engineering of the King of Prussia Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line,” according to a press release. Responses to the RFP (Request For Proposal) for an engineer are due in September, w…

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Harrisburg >> The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to investigate PECO Energy Company’s recent request for a rate increase. The commission voted unanimously to investigate the request.