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The Dever Family:


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2019 March

Cover photo by: Michele Moran

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Expert Contributors Automotive Repairs & Service Bill Fritsch Fritsch’s Liberty Auto Service 2109 South Sproul Road, Broomall 610-356-1845

Hair Salon Mary Rosato, Owner Salon Bella 590 Reed Road, Suite 5, Broomall 610-353-9133

Electric Service, Residential/Commercial Andrew Martella, Sr. Martella Electric Company 484-997-3097

Heating & Air Conditioning Len Sciulli Len Sciulli & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning 500 Abbott Drive, Broomall 610-328-4341

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Georges P. Martin, D.M.D. Marple Dental 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 304, Broomall 610-359-8181

Painting & General Contracting Services Tom Rafferty Rafferty Painting & General Contracting 610-626-9141

Financial Planning Michael S. Brady, MBA LPL Financial 780 Parkway Blvd. Broomall 484-472-7704

Roofing, Siding & Carpentry Kevin O’Donnell O’Donnell Roofing Co. 311 Lenox Road, Havertown 610-449-8188

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Contact Publisher: Bob Blaisse Email: Phone: 610-453-5536 COMMUNITY SUBMISSIONS Have Feedback? We would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Olivia & Craig Whitney at for information on how to submit ideas, articles, updates, reminders, events, high resolution photos and more. We will do our best to include as much community information as we can without space limitations.

With each new edition of Marple Friends & Neighbors, mailed monthly (or downloaded at:, Marple pride gains ground. And why not! Marple Township has a rich history, talented residents, thriving businesses, and a quality of life that comes from having great schools, respected places of worship and caring friends and neighbors. March is Women’s History Month, declared annually to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. So, in this month’s edition you’ll find a few feature stories about Marple’s past and present Women. For her contribution to our magazine, I want to thank my wife, Jean Blaisse, and our Content Coordinator, Olivia Whitney, our magazine Designer, Kim Cesati, our Photographer, Michele Moran, my Executive Assistant, Liz Burnett, and all our women Reader Leaders of Marple Friends & Neighbors magazine. Without their monthly contributions to our contemporary society through our magazine: recommending families for our cover, taking photos, organizing features, sending us new advertisers, and beautifully designing our magazine each month, we’d never make our print deadline. Thank You, Ladies!

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ON THE COVER The Dever Family at Kent Park in Marple Township

March is somewhat of an in-between month. The weather is unpredictable as our season slowly transitions to spring. We are truly grateful that this long, cold winter is almost over.


ver Family: The DeMarp le

This month we have some great articles featuring the experts in Marple. Bill Fritsch tells us about the importance of car maintenance habits. Tom Rafferty gives us some tips on finding the right contractor for all those springtime renovations you have planned. We also hope you enjoy our story about our family, The Devers. They’re definitely a modern family with a lot on their plates. We loved learning about how they manage it all and find time for each other.


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As always, we are looking for more families to feature from the area! If you know of a family that you would like to nominate to be in our magazine, please reach out to us! 2019 March Moran Cover photo by: Michele www.MicheleMoranPhotogr

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Craig & Olivia Whitney Content Coordinators

March 2019



Expert Contributor Written by Bill Fritsch Fritsch’s Service Station

The Best Habits for Car Maintenance


ou may think that you only have to spend money on repairs for your car as they are needed, but more times than not, spending money on proactive maintenance now will actually save you money in the long run. The following habits for car maintenance will improve the lifetime of your car and save money on expensive repairs in the future.

Keep an Eye on the Gauges The gauges on your dashboard are the first signals of need, and you should take each signal seriously once you see it. Most importantly, keep your eye on the gas gauge and don’t let it get too low. Driving with low gas may damage the fuel pump, which could lead to a number of unexpected consequences.

Read the Owner’s Manual The owner’s manual will be the best resource for understanding which services are the most important for your car, and how each should be done.

In addition to the gas gauge, keep your eye on the temperature gauge. If it goes up to HOT, pull over and call for a tow truck. It may only be a bad hose, a simple fix, but if you keep driving the engine will overheat and very expensive repairs will be needed.

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The check engine light is the most serious signal of all. Once the light goes on, bring the car in and get it looked at. It could be simple, but the more you drive with that light, the more repairs will be needed. Change the Oil This is the number one basic service of them all. In the past it was common to change the oil and filter every 3,000 miles. Today, advances in engines and oil has manufacturers recommending 5,000 to 7,500 miles between changes. Make sure to check the owner’s manual for this information or ask your mechanic. Check the Tire Pressure You don’t need to check the tire pressure often. If you have a newer car the light will come on if you need to worry about it. Don’t panic on the few days when temperature dips down to the single digits. As we have explained in a previous edition, when the outside temperature drops so does the tire pressure, but it will restabilize once the temperature rises again. Be Battery Proactive Batteries normally last about five years. After the five years, test the battery and replace it if the results are low. If the engine cranks slowly when you turn the car on in the cold, you should bring it in for a check.

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The scheduled maintenance should not be the first time the temperature gauge, check engine light, and slow battery should be looked at. Simply put, the better you take care of your car, the longer it will last. M

History Spotlight

Marple Women in History: The Lucases Written by Doug Humes


or Women’s History Month, we remember two Marple women who contributed much to teaching about and preserving Marple’s history: Hilda Lucas and her daughter Susan. Hilda Shadel was born in 1910, moved to Havertown and attended high school there. During the Depression, her father, a builder, found a place in Maine that would ship pre-fabricated log homes to the U.S. He ordered one and it was delivered on a truck to Sproul Road in Broomall, and once it was put on its foundation, the family moved in. Their log home is still there, two doors up from the former ambulance building! Hilda later married Walter Lucas, and they built the first house on Lewis Road. From early on, Hilda had a passion for photography, and historic places. Over her 92 years she collected thousands of photos of sites in every township in Delaware County. She was one of the founders of the Marple Newtown Historical Society. She fought to preserve things worth preserving – such as the Massey House. The Marple Historical Society is fortunate to have her photo collection documenting Delaware County in the 20th century.

The apple did not fall far from the tree. Hilda’s daughter Susan was a volunteer at the Massey House from an early age, and an active historical society member. She wrote articles on local history, and her passion carried over into her Marple Newtown High School history classes. She died far too young in 2001. The Marple Historical Society helps preserve her memory by awarding the annual Susan Lucas Scholarship each year to a MNHS student who intends to study history. You can honor the memory of the Lucases as well by contributing to the scholarship fund. Go to the Society’s website for more information. M

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Hilda Lucas points to daughter Susan sitting on porch of Williamson House Photo courtesy of Marple Historical Society

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Resident Feature

The Dever Family:

A Team in Marple Written by Craig Whitney Photography by Michele Moran Photography

The Dever Family at Kent Park in Marple Township


he Devers are a very active family, fully committed to the Marple community. The Dever children are all multi-sport athletes who put the majority of their time and energy toward their teams and their friends. Through the many teams and activities in the Devers’ lives, they have built a strong network of friends and teammates in Marple.

Marple would be the perfect place to raise their three daughters, and Saint Anastasia would be the perfect church and school for them as well. Their oldest daughter, Mikayla, is currently 16 and attends the Academy of Notre Dame. Julia, 15 years old, is also at Academy of Notre Dame. Christina, 12, still goes to Saint Anastasia where Mikayla and Julia graduated.

Ed and Colleen Dever first met in high school; Ed attended Bonner and Colleen Prendie. The two would become close and their friend groups would begin to merge over the years, but they were still only friends when they left for college.

All three girls have had very positive and impactful experiences with their schools and the communities in the school. All three play basketball and lacrosse for their school, two sports that Ed and Colleen love and have been able to share that passion with their children. Mikayla is more serious about lacrosse and Julia is slightly more focused on basketball, but the two sports are fundamental parts of both of their lives and Ed and Colleen love how involved they have been in these teams.

It would be until after graduating college that the two would start dating. Only a year after they started dating, they were engaged and ready to start their lives together. “We had spent enough time in Drexel Hill and Upper Darby,” Ed explained. “We were ready for the other side of the Blue Route, something a little farther from the city with more space.” When their youngest daughter Christina was born 12 years ago, the Devers finally moved to a bigger home and the community they would want to raise their children in. They were driving down streets in Marple when they found a neighborhood with beautiful large trees and sidewalks on every street. Right away, Colleen knew this would be the home for them. “We wanted a strong community that stayed close together, and that’s exactly what we found in Marple,” Colleen said. 6

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Mikayla is described by Ed as the one with the biggest heart, always ready to give. “She is always trying to do the right thing, always eager to give to others,” Ed said lovingly. Ed stressed that Julia has a big heart too, but that she can also be tough as nails, in his words. When playing sports, she will fall to the ground more than anyone else and still be the first one back up. Christina was described as the sweetest member of the family, she’s always happy and can always make people smile.

“It’s like her goal is to always make people happy,” Ed marvelled. “It’s great having three girls, I can’t imagine my life without them, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Ed said with a loving sigh that comes with raising three daughters and making it to the other side in one happy piece. Sports have always been very important to all the girls and to Colleen and Ed, but it’s not just the games and the practices with the other girls their age that make their time in sports special. There is a true friendship and community that comes from a team working together all season toward a common goal. Last summer, The Devers and several other families from the girls’ teams travelled to the Outer Banks in South Carolina and spent two weeks together relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather.

“ ” We wanted a strong community that stayed close together, and that’s exactly what we found in Marple.

Ed and Colleen Dever

“It was a wonderful memory for our kids, I’m very happy that we managed to get it all together,” Colleen said. The trip to the Outer Banks was a fun trip that they don’t take all the time; most summers they spend in Sea Isle City or Cape May. Ed and Colleen both grew up going to Sea Isle every summer but they now spend a lot of vacation time in Cape May since Colleen’s parents bought a beach house there. Ed worked as a bartender at Ocean Drive in Sea Isle for several summers and still loves spending time there. continued on page 8

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first. That first act of creativity and boldness would pay off in years of friendship, fun and teamwork for all of her daughters. “It can be stressful and hectic, but I love it, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life once they get older and we don’t go to their games every day,” Colleen joked with a hint of seriousness. “It’s a great community within Saint Anastasia. True friendships have been nourished in these teams, and families have come together because of it.”

The Dever Girls (left to right): Christina (12), Julia (15), and Mikayla16)

“If you go down in late July or early August, you’ll see half of Delaware County, that’s just a truth we’ve come to accept,” Colleen laughed. Ed and Colleen have always been involved in their daughters’ sports in some way or another. Colleen has been coaching girls’ lacrosse since her daughters were very young, first starting at the Marple Newtown JV girls team when they desperately needed a new coach. She would then transition to coaching Saint Anastasia when Mikayla was old enough to play, but she and some other moms from the school had to create a team

Sports being a tool for friendship and bonding is something that the Devers have always understood and appreciated. Ed has coached the girls’ basketball teams, and he still plays pickup basketball with some other men from Saint Anastasia at least once or twice a week. Colleen has played basketball too, and is currently very excited at the thought of getting tennis lessons and becoming skilled in that sport as well. Sports, when used wisely, become a fun and collaborative language that brings a team together and builds friendships that last a lifetime. Ed and Colleen have been able to build lifelong friendships at every stage in their life, from their friends from high school to the families of their daughters’ friends. Similarly to Ed’s professional relationships, a network of friendships have been built and spread around the Marple community. Since coming to Marple 12 years ago, the Devers are very thankful to have found many close friends and neighbors along the way. M

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Southeastern PA Orchid Society Meetings & Events Written by William Keating


ounded in 1947, the society is a non-profit organization comprised of a diverse group of people who share a common interest in the plant family known as Orchidaceae-Orchids. The Society promotes the enjoyment of orchids and the protection of orchid habitat through education, conservation and research. We meet monthly from Sept. through June. SEPOS members include novices, casual growers, windowsill growers, under light growers, greenhouse, and professional growers. Visitors are always welcome. SEPOS is recognized as one of the more active orchid societies and has one of the largest show tables at each meeting. We usually have 100 or more plants on the show table at any given meeting. We also enjoy the accredited American Orchid Society (AOS) judges who are members. The judges evaluate all the plants and award selected plants and explain the reasons for their selection. Prior to the main meeting, we have a beginners class to educate and answer questions from new orchid enthusiasts. At the main meeting, we have a guest speaker chosen from among the most knowledgeable orchid personalities from around the world. Refreshments are included. SEPOS hosts one of the largest international Orchid Shows in the Northeast. This annual show runs April 5 -7 in Hall E. at the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. It occupies approx. 12,000 square feet. Visit the SEPOS web site for more information at


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Bringing People Together Written by Bob Blaisse, Publisher

Bringing People Together Marple Friends & Neighbors

The Women Bringing People Together By Bringing Us Our Magazine Each Month


mentioned in my “Dear Friends & Neighbors” note introducing this month’s edition of Marple Friends & Neighbors that March is Women’s History Month, which is intended to bring awareness to the contributions of women in history as well as in our contemporary society. In my Page 3 memo, I named some women whose “contemporary contribution” to Marple’s hometown magazine is invaluable to me. As we celebrate the contributions of women this month, I want to thank those ladies here again, beginning with my wife, Jean Blaisse, who is always my first choice for a second opinion, and always my biggest supporter from the first day we decided to launch Marple’s first monthly magazine. Thank you, Jean, for your behind-the-scenes contributions to contemporary society each month, as we meet our magazine print deadline. As readers, you’ve come to know our Content Coordinator, Olivia Whitney, who with her husband Craig, brings everything together each month, organizing interviews and content

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with our other agents of feminine genius: our magazine Designer, Kim Cesati, and our Photographer, Michele Moran. Ladies, your craft is memorialized every month, with each new edition of Marple Friends & Neighbors, and our “contemporary society” in Marple Township is better for it! Thank you. I’m thankful too for the contributions of my Executive Assistant, Liz Burnett, who keeps me on time and takes calls with our local business leaders who choose to use their limited marketing budgets for more than just advertising, by choosing “sponsorship” of the residents of Marple Township through their magazine. That brings me to the women business owners and operators we all must thank for their contributions to our “contemporary society,” for their business leadership and sponsorship of the Marple community. These are the women sponsors of Marple Friends & Neighbors magazine who we can thank for Bringing People Together: Jen Sciulli, co-owner of Len Sciulli & Sons Heating & AC; Mary Rosato, owner of Salon Bella; Karen Farrelly, co-owner of D&K Appliances; Samantha Walsh, Operations Manager of Freddy’s Steakburgers; and Lisa Allodoli, co-owner of Broomall Eye Care. Thank you, Ladies! Your leadership and contribution to our contemporary society is recognized every month by the readers of Marple Friends & Neighbors, whom I invite to always Shop Local, and whenever possible, to always choose to do business first with our sponsors in gratitude for bringing our hometown magazine to us each month. M

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Business Profile


Written by Craig Whitney Photos by Michele Moran Photography


r. Georges P. Martin, DMD, and his dedicated staff at Marple Dental have created a family-oriented, modern dental practice for all ages. Located in the heart of Broomall, Marple Dental offers the full spectrum of modern dental treatment in a safe and compassionate environment. Dr. Martin has lived and worked in Broomall and Havertown for most of his career, and takes pride in making each patient feel like a member of his extended family. Dr. Martin has been at his current location in Marple Commons since 2011. His office manager, Kristen Dumigan, has been working with him since 1995. She is a certified dental assistant and is extremely proficient in all aspects of patient management and insurance processing. Anna Verdecchio is Dr. Martin’s fulltime chair-side assistant who has a remarkable aptitude for the demanding skills required for today’s cosmetic and restorative procedures. Most importantly, she naturally projects a kind and calm demeanor that easily puts even the most nervous patients at ease. Dr. Martin and his staff take great pride in providing their patients with the best possible dental experience. That mission begins by making certain that they are ready to receive and seat each patient as close to their appointment time as possible.

(L to R) Kristen Dumigan, Dr. Georges and Anna Verdecchio

Martin D.M.D.,

“We take honoring appointment times with our patients very seriously,” Dr. Martin said. “The whole staff works hard to be available for each patient as they arrive.”

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Not only is punctuality important to Dr. Martin and his staff, but the personal connection and trust that he has developed with patients over the many years of his career is paramount to the practice culture.

…Many of my patients have been with me for over 25 years…

“It was more important to get to know my patients and who I was taking care of,” Dr. Martin said with a smile. “They are like extended family members, many of my patients have been with me for over 25 years, and I make it a point to catch up with them and hear about their lives every time they come into our office.” Evidence of that connection can be seen on the “postcard wall.” Dr. Martin proudly displays the hundred or so postcards that his patients have sent to him and his staff from all over the world. “I think the patients enjoy seeing them as much as we do,” Dr. Martin said. “Every so often I will hear a patient say ‘Hey, I sent that one’, or ‘That was a great trip.’”

Dr. Martin in front of Postcards from

his patients.

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Dr. Martin grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology. He received his degree in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and officially became an Eagles fan in 1987.

Dr. Martin working with one

Early in his career, Dr. Martin practiced as an associate in several high-volume clinics. His experiences in that type of practice setting made him realize that the impersonal, fast-paced treatment model wasn’t consistent with the way he believed his patients and their family members deserved to be treated. Consequently, Dr. Martin opened his first practice in his own home while raising his young family. Many of his patients still fondly remember seeing the kids running around the office or doing homework at the front desk. Today, Dr. Martin and his wife Pamela share three daughters, one son, and three wonderful grandchildren. Their two eldest daughters, Danielle and Alecia, were raised in Marple. Danielle, who works as a health insurance broker, lives in Broomall to this day, with her husband and two children. After serving in the Air Force, their son Georges is attending graduate school and their youngest daughter Christina works in the field of environmental oversight in Georgia. As the kids grew up and the practice grew, it was moved to Havertown and then finally to Broomall. The last move inspired a name change to Marple Dental because Dr. Martin felt that the Marple community had a unique energy and identity.

of his patients in his office.

While attending his grandson’s many baseball games at NELL, he witnessed how vibrant and cohesive the Marple community is, and he wanted his practice to reflect that positive energy. Having the chance to treat the patients of this community has been a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Martin. The new office is currently in Marple Commons, right down the street from Lawrence Park Shopping Center. “It’s great to be in a suite of professional buildings that is very well-known to the community,” Dr. Martin explained. “From the beginning it was a good fit.” Ultimately, everyone in our community needs to find the right dental office to fit their needs. High-volume dental offices may excel in efficiency and productivity, but they are missing key elements that people need from their dental care experience. Dental treatment is an intensely personal process that requires sensitivity by, and trust in, the professionals who provide us with this important service. The doctor and staff at Marple Dental are focused on one mission: to provide comfort, care, and an extension of home to the families of Marple. M

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Expert Contributor Written by Tom Rafferty Rafferty Painting & General Contracting

Choosing the Right Contractor


hoosing the right contractor to either build, remodel or even paint your home can make the difference between a relatively stress-free project and countless sleepless nights. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your contractor is capable enough to get the job done. While you may think that finding a good contractor is just common sense, you should be aware of the real risks that come with choosing poorly. People do more research when buying a car than they do when choosing a contractor. On one hand, there are many horror stories of homeowners who were conned into paying for renovations that either never happened or were completely botched due to gross negligence. In fact, over the past few years, consumer complaints against home construction and renovation contractors have been on the rise. Even if a contractor seems sincere and is offering you a “great deal,” if you can't verify references or you are being asked to pay upfront without first taking care of the legal formalities, watch out. Probably the most important question you need to ask is whether they have Worker’s Compensation insurance or not. Many people are not aware that if a contractor does not carry Worker’s Compensation and an employee injures himself on their property, then they are liable and will be sued.

Here are some quick questions to ask a contractor right away to get a good sense of their credibility. • Ensure the contractor has sufficient liability insurance should a problem arise, around $1 million in liability coverage. • Ask for references and take a look at the work they have done. • Ask about their employees, how many people are on their crew and how long they’ve been with the company. In addi- tion, ask if they have their own employees or if it will be subcontract work. • Ask if there will be a full-time foreman on the project. • Ask if they have staff in the office to answer any questions you may have. It’s important that the contractor be a phone call away. • Find out if they have a state license or local licenses. • Ask if they belong to any professional organizations related to their business. This will speak to their reputation, local credi bility and the level of commitment they have in their business. Remember to compare apples to apples when getting an estimate. When the price is too good to be true, it usually is. Most importantly remember this: Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten. M


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1 Lincoln Lane . . . . . $470,000 . . . .5 . . . .

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2183 Princeton Place . . $390,000 . . . .3 . . . .

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31 S Malin Road . . . . $300,000 . . . .3 . . . .

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110 Lindbergh Avenue . $343,500 . . . .4 . . . .

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349 Marple Road . . . . $412,500 . . . .4 . . . .

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36 Ann Road . . . . . . $243,000 . . . .2 . . . .

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2881 Lovell Avenue . . . $270,000 . . . .3 . . . .

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740 Winchester Road . .$387,500 . . . .3 . . . .

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2209 Rhonda Road . . . $345,000 . . . .4 . . . .

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Calendar of Events

MARCH Saturday, March 9

Man-Up Philly Spirituality Conference @Neumann University 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA Man Up Philly is a once per year conference focused on men to energize and enable us to be better sons, fathers, and husbands, by living our faith and leading our families by example. It’s a day filled with inspirational speakers which over the years has included athletes like Mike Piazza, Rich Gannon, Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy and other notables like Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Camden police chief J. Scott Thomson, who are constantly working to bring their faith into their everyday lives.

Saturday, March 16

Friday, March 29

UDPAC Presents Emmet Cahill, Irish Tenor

Sibshops at Spectra: For Children with Siblings with Disabilities

@601 N Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA Come see the star of PBS’s “Celtic Thunder”! Emmet Cahill’s “Ireland” has debuted at #1 on the World music Billboard charts. Emmet is getting ready to set off on the Celtic Thunder 10th Anniversary tour aptly named ‘Celtic Thunder ‘X’ which will tour the US & Canada Fall 2019. Celtic Thunder are set to appear on the Today Show around St Patrick’s day whilst also opening the St Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. Time: 7:30pm Cost: $30-$35 Saturday, March 23

Designer Bag Bingo @Sts. Simon and Jude 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, PA

Join us for our 2nd Designer Bag Bingo. All proceeds benefit Honor Flight Philadelphia’s trip which takes veterans to Washington, D.C. to view the war memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

Saturday, March 9

Time: 6pm Doors Open (7pm Start) Cost: $35

2nd Annual Get Dolled! Fashion and Beauty Pop Up

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Saturday, March 23

Time: 7:30am - 11pm Cost: $50

Distinguished Women in Business host Get Dolled! It is a fun, fashionable and beauty-filled event with so much packed into the day you’ll be talking about it for days! SIP AND SHOP! All guests get to sip on wine, lavender lemonade, and food bites while shopping beauty and fashion finds in a zero pressure environment. General Shopping Passes are FREE! Free food, Free refreshments! Complimentary wine and cheese. Mini Fashion Show at 5pm. Time: 2 - 7pm Cost: Free, VIP Tickets: $10

Saturday, March 16

Ham & Cabbage Dinner @ Christ Church 2900 Springfield Rd. Broomall, PA Meal includes: parsley potatoes, green bean, applesauce, roll & butter, beverages, and assorted deserts. Handicapped accessible. Time: 4 - 7pm Cost: Free (A free will offering will be accepted)

March Madness Fish Fry & Day Party @Illusion, 403 Baltimore Pike, Clifton Heights, PA Beta Gamma Foundation is hosting a Fish Fry to watch the Elite 8 games. Hang with the Brothers of Beta Gamma for some dancing, fellowship, and some of the best-fried fish in the Philly area! Time: 3 - 7pm Cost: $15

Sunday, March 24

Black History 101 Mobile Museum @Ohev Shalom 2 Chester Road, Wallingford, PA “The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. Curated over the past 26 years, this collection has traveled to 29 US states and 300+ institutions, reaching tens of thousands of people, making it the most-requested traveling exhibit of its kind in America.” Time: 1 - 5:30pm Cost: Free

Tuesday, March 26

From The Air Answer (pg. 11): The water at Newtown Township’s Greer Park, with a Weeping Willow tree at the pond’s embankment, just off “Winding Way” in Newtown Square.

Finding Your Best-Fit College with Rob Franek @Marple Newtown High School 120 Media Line Road, Newtown Square, PA Marple Newtown HS and The Princeton Review have partnered to bring parents and students an engaging discussion about how to find, get into and pay for your best-fit college, led by The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief, Rob Franek Time: 7 - 8:15pm Cost: Free

@Spectra Support Services, LLC 390 Reed Road, FL 1 Broomall, PA Spectra Support Services, LLC is pleased to announce our winter offering of Sibshops! Sibshops are opportunities for children ages 6-12 to meet, connect, and have fun with other children who have siblings with disabilities in a warm, supportive and understanding environment. Pizza and refreshments served. Time: 5 - 7pm Cost: $25 Saturday, March 30

WOW, That’s Old Skool! Rob Base, Johnny O, Cynthia, & Larger Than Life @Springfield Country Club 400 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA The stage is set and the lineup is in place to spark 80’s & 90’s throwback-themed nostalgia in the heart of Springfield Delaware County for one unforgettable night. From the producers who brought you the area’s biggest Old Skool and Freestyle Events over the past 15 years, Flight Entertainment is bringing back their second installment of KETEL ONE VODKA’S WOW THAT’S OLD SKOOL PARTY. Time: 8pm Cost: Tickets Vary $30+ Sunday, March 31

Nicole Gallo Sunshine and Bubble 5K @Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast HS 403 North Lansdowne Ave., Upper Darby, PA 6th Annual Nicole Gallo 5k Run & Walk. This event is in honor of Nicole Gallo ’08 with all proceeds going towards the Nicole Gallo Sunshine & Bubbles Scholarship for Bonner & Prendie Students. The weekend includes mass, a 5k through Drexel Hill, kids fun run, music and food to follow. The event also pays tribute to local first responders and the opportunity to tour emergency vehicles such as the UDPD SWAT Truck and the 911 Mobile Command Center. We hope you can join us as a runner, volunteer, or sponsor! Time: 2pm Cost:5k - $25; Kids Race – Free!

Friday thru Sunday, April 5 - 7

Southeastern PA Orchid Society ’19 Show @The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA Orchids, orchids, orchids! The Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Show is the largest show and sale of its kind in the Northeast. With its mission to promote and support the enjoyment of orchids and protection of their habitat, this show features beautiful exhibits, education, quality vendors, guided tours, and more! Time: Fri., April 5: 12 - 6pm, Sat., April 6: 9am - 6pm, Sun., April 7: 9am - 5pm Cost: $12 (under 12 years old: FREE)

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About Our Photographer Michele Moran is the new Marple Friends & Neighbors

staff photographer. While interviewing Michele and her husband Stephen for last month’s cover, we discovered that besides being the mother of five beautiful children, this supermom is also a professional photographer and owner of Michele Moran Photography, based in Broomall. After supplying her own family photo for our January, 2019 cover, we realized why Michele is a widely known wedding and family portrait photographer. Marple residents are fortunate to have a friend and neighbor with a love for family photography to be our magazine cover photographer each month. Find out how fortunate. Ask Michele Moran to create your family portrait and wedding photos. Contact Michele at

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The Head Coach of Cardinal O’Hara Girls Basketball Written by Craig Whitney Photos by Michele Moran Photography


hrissie Doogan was named the head coach of Cardinal O’Hara this past year, the most recent step in a long journey with basketball and with O’Hara High School. She spent many years as a player and then as an assistant, this next step is an honor for her and for the school. Chrissie played basketball for Cardinal O’Hara, first becoming a part of the varsity team as a freshman. “I would see the older players at O’Hara getting college scholarships, the same people I was playing evenly with as a freshman,” Chrissie explained. “I remember seeing them get scholarships and thinking ‘I can see myself doing that.’”

was a player. She spoke very proudly of her mother who never missed a game and her father who travelled with her to all of the away games and tournaments.

Chrissie would go on to lead the team to three Catholic League championships as a player. She was named All-Delco and AllCatholic player, and was named Catholic League MVP for two consecutive years. Her 1,446 points is the second-highest total in the history of the girls basketball team at O’Hara.

As for the current team, Chrissie is very excited for their future. They are a very young team, with four freshmen and four sophomores. O’Hara won the past two championships so there are high expectations for the whole team, but Chrissie is more interested in the future.

Chrissie would get a basketball scholarship to La Salle and achieve very similar success. She had over 1,800 points and over 900 rebounds and was recognized in the La Salle Hall of Athletes after graduating. She went on to coach La Salle for over 10 years, Cornell for 2, and only stepped away when she started having children and wanted to stay home with them.

“My goal is to have these young players stick together, keep improving and hopefully have the same experience of playing at the Polestra for the championship,” Chrissie explained. “For the 7th and 8th graders considering joining, I would love for them to see the value in this and get the chance to compete for a championship of their own and get a great education along the way.”

Chrissie now has four children, the oldest child Maggie currently playing on the Cardinal O’Hara team as a freshman. Chrissie is very excited to return to coaching, and to return not just for her old team but also as a coach to her own daughter. Her whole family comes to the game just like they did when she

Everyone at Marple Friends & Neighbors wishes Chrissie good luck as she returns to coaching with the team that began her very decorated career. M

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