Seven new officers sworn in to Chester Police Department


Seven new Chester police officers were sworn in at the January 9 Chester Council meeting. The new patrolmen, pictured above, include Joshua Disylvestro, Eric Bergman, Joseph Benning, Sean Mullen, Zachary Litvinenko, Andrew Pownall  and  Justin Otten.

CHESTER — Seven new police officers were sworn-into the position of patrolman during the City of Chester’s first Council Meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The seven new officers will begin patrolling the community alongside a tenured officer over the next several weeks. “The field training process has already begun for these men,” said Police Commissioner Otis Blair. “Our commitment is to ensure that we are hiring viable candidates who are well-trained and equipped to serve the community of Chester.”

Each new officer will be reevaluated by the Command Staff prior to being assigned to solo patrolling shifts.

“This administration will continue to work in concert with our Police Command Staff to reach the goal of a fully-staffed police department,” said Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland. “We are close to 90% in reaching that goal at this present time. We will continue to look for and hire persons who are qualified and committed to protecting our constituents.”

A full complement for the Chester Police Department is 106.

New patrolmen include Joshua Disylvestro, Eric Bergman, Joseph Benning, Sean Mullen, Zachary Litvinenko, Andrew Pownall  and  Justin Otten.

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to open Feb. 1 at Penncrest High School

The Penncrest High School Emanon Players Club will perform the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 at Penncrest High School, 134 Barren Rd., Media, in the school’s auditorium on the first floor. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door,  cost  $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Comedian Pat House releases new CD

Delaware County comedian Pat House recorded his second album, “I Heard Enough Yesterday,” in November, while he was headlining at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia.  The CD is now available on iTunes and Amazon, and will also be sold after his shows.

The comedian will perform at  Punchline Philly, 33 E. Laurel St., Philadelphia, Feb. 15-17. For tickets or more information, call 215-606-6555 or visit

Female astronaut speak at Society of Professional Women event in Drexel Hill

The Society of Professional Women (SPW), a program of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce, will host its first Trademark Event of the year, featuring  Dr. Rhea Seddon 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Drexelbrook Catering and Special Event Center, Drexel Hill.

Dr. Seddon, a former NASA astronaut and veteran of three space shuttle flights, will share the wisdom gleaned from her trials and triumphs through her varied experiences with area business leaders at this special event  of planet Earth, spaceflight taught her a myriad of important life lessons that we can teach and inspire us all.

A woman of many firsts, Dr. Seddon’s careers span multiple professions including medicine, aeronautics, and business management. All three professions were male-dominated during her tenure. She has been inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a national speaker and award-winning author who today encourages young and old alike to reach for the stars.

SPW Trademark Events typically range from 150-250 attendees, and include valuable networking opportunities prior to and at the conclusion of the program. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

 Group meets monthly to address issue of mental illness and incarceration

The Coalition Against Death by Incarceration Chapter in Delaware County (C.A.D.B.I.) will meet 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Church of the Overcomer, 1016 Sunset St., Trainer and host an  open forum and a focus group discussion on challenges of managing mental illness while incarcerated. A special guest from Moravian College will be on site to interview people and/or families members who have struggled with mental illness issues prior to, during and after incarceration.

CADBI has chapters throughout Pennsylvania. The groups battle various existing issues within the prison system and the judicial system, as well as fight for the rights of those who are still incarcerated. Members go to Harrisburg sometimes about various policies and issues that they feel promote  cruel and unusual punishment. The Delaware County chapter meets every first Saturday of the month at the same time and place. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments are served.

New Hope Christian Church presents family film night

The New Hope Christian Church at the corner of Sproul and Paxon Hollow Rds., Broomall, invites the community to its Family Film Night, 7 p.m. Saturday, January 26.

The featured film will be “God's Not Dead-3, A Light In Darkness,” which has recently been in theaters across the Country. This is the third production in the "God Is Not Dead" series.

The movie stars John Corbett, Tatum O'Neal and others. After a deadly fire destroys the St James Church, Hadleigh University leaders use the tragedy to push the congregation off campus, forcing the church to defend its rights, standing on its Christian principles. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend.

Media UP Library seeks book donations for spring sale

Media UP Library seeks book donationsThe Media-UP Library is now accepting donations of books, records and CDs, DVD’s, puzzles and games for the Spring Book Sale, April 27-29.  Donations can be left at the library,  1 E. Front St., Media in the specially marked bins to the left of the main entrance.  No encyclopedias or VHS tapes are accepted.

The volunteer book Sorters also wish to thank many in the community for a successful fall book sale, especially  the sale’s donors and volunteers, Media Borough’s Police Department and Department of Community Service and those that donated lunches for the volunteers, parking spots, publicity and supplies, including the Ash family, Double Decker Pizza, Professional Duplicating, Delco FOP, The Delaware County Daily Times , Town Talk and County Press.  The library staff also wishes to  thank the Renee B. Fisher Foundation, whose Books for Teachers grant put close to 5000 books into Chester Upland and Southeast Delco school district classrooms.

For more information on the spring sale,  follow the sale on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, email or contact the library at 610-566-1918.

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