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Swarthmore ‘dry’ no more
Does hotel project violate citizens' wishes? By DesireGrover firstname.lastname@example.org t has been 10 years in the planning, but the Town Center West development project at Swarthmore College seems to be moving forward after the Borough Council gave final approval to the project last month in a 5-1 vote. PennDot is currently reviewing the college’s traffic plans and expects to issue a permit soon. “We review it and vet it and make sure that we’re comfortable with it before we actually issue them a permit to construct it and we’re in that process now,” said Fran Hanney, PennDOT’s assistant district traffic engineer for Traffic Services. Council members and college leadership see the project as a positive way to create jobs and increase tax revenue. “Town Center West will provide the opportunity for closer, stronger connections between borough residents and the college community,” said Maurice Eldridge, vice president for College and Community Relations, in an email. “The inn and restaurant will contribute new tax revenues to the borough, it will generate jobs, it
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his winter, people on the East Coast endured a “polar vortex.” Now motorists are dodging gaping bunkers in a “pothole vortex.” Recognizing that municipalities are working hard to fix the
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Going from Chester to China is local girl’s summertime goal
By DesireGrover email@example.com hester native Destiny Davis, 15, was recently accepted as
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will provide new retail and dining options, and it will foster increased foot traffic to the borough’s existing commercial district.” The development will consist of a 40-room hotel facility with an 80seat restaurant within the hotel between the open spaces of Field House Lanes, which runs parallel to Route 320/ Chester Road. Yet some longtime residents have created a coalition of opposition to the project because it threatens to make Swarthmore no longer a “dry” town because the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued Town Center West a liquor license specifically designed for the hotel and residents say this is a violation of the borough’s 2011 referendum against selling liquor in the municipality; a referendum that passed in a tight 499-428 vote. “There are many members of the citizenry of Swarthmore, currently a ‘dry’ town, who are opposed to the building Continued on Page 4
Spring programs at area senior centers reach variety of interests
By HeatherDale bout 10 years ago, Kim McDaniel was at a conference in Denver. She and fellow senior center directors had opted to visit a local center when the bus they were
traveling on broke down. Naturally a social bunch, they started to chat. One director from Ohio told the group that she was looking forward to taking center members hot air ballooning soon after the conference.
For more information, contact the following senior centers or log onto www.scs-delco.org. Chester Senior Center (610) 497-3550 Good Neighbor Senior Center (610) 586-8170 Friendship Circle Senior Center (610) 237-6222 Schoolhouse Senior Center (610) 237-8100 SCS Programs in Aston, Brookhaven and Concord: (484) 496-2143
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McDaniel was surprised. “They are too frail. It’s a liability to do something like that,” she said. And then the director from Ohio said something that changed McDaniel’s entire perspective. “You have to program for the people you want in your living room as well as the people you have.” “It really challenged us,” said McDaniel, the director at the Schoolhouse Center. It is that same zeal that colors the spring offerings for the Center for Life Long Learning this year. For the past 22 years, Senior Community Services (SCS) has offered the Center for Life Long Learning (CLLL), the umbrella name for adult education classes held at the agency’s four centers and up to six other sites in
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the county from YMCAs to libraries to municipal buildings. Courses range from a one, two-hour class session to 13 threehour class sessions. In 2013, CLLL offered 489 courses with a total of 2,924 class sessions. The courses offered are apparently popular. Schoolhouse saw its av-
erage daily attendance at about 165 and the Center Without Walls art courses are so popular that a new location has been added to the existing two in Aston and Concord. CWW Program Manager Farah Esfahani said she is pleased to offer a watercolor class at the Brookhaven Municipal Building beginning the first week of March. “This is good news for those who have been on
the waiting list to take this class,” she said. The art classes have been extremely popular with participants ranging in age from their 40s, 50s to even 80s and at all levels of expertise. McDaniel said that targeting programming can be a challenge, although she has also seen a wide range in age in the participants at the Schoolhouse Center.
By DesireGrover firstname.lastname@example.org he Chester Senior Center (CSC), 721 Hayes St., was bustling with residents and CSC members who came wanting to learn more about social services within the city. “The Community Awareness (event) brings in various vendors and they have our members become familiar with what’s out there for them; to show them what’s available especially for our seniors,” explained Viveca Holmes, CSC program coordinator. Last Thursday public service vendors lined the perimeter of the public area’s walls. Some of the organizations and services present were Community Action Agency’s Weatherization Program, Legal Aid, food stamp (SNAP) benefits, LIHEAP, PECO, veteran’s services, Safelink, housing services, Chester City Fire Department and more. “We like to keep peo-
ple informed and aware about the ways to prevent having a fire situation or a smoke situation. These are things they are already familiar with, but it’s not at the forefront of their thought,” said Chester firefighter Travis Thomas. Also present was Lt. Charles List, supervisor of the Crimes Against the Elderly Unit in the county district attorney’s office. List said he was happy to inform seniors about protecting themselves from various scams that are on the rise. “We brought with us some information on how to protect (seniors) from identity theft. A lot of them are being scammed, especially by roofers, and unfortunately they are also scammed by people getting them to sign over Power of Attorney.” said List. “There are lots of different things done to take advantage of the elderly and we try to prevent it.”
He also said if seniors experience any scam or suspicious activities they can call a hotline for help: (610) 891-4700. Seniors also had an opportunity to learn how to save energy and money. PECO spokesman John Lowry shared tips about how to read their PECO bills to take advantage of cost saving opportunities. “A lot of times there are good things going on and notices of free things that PECO is giving out but (seniors) have to fill out the form at the bottom and mail it back to PECO,” explained Lowry. “A lot of people don’t read (the inserts) and they’ll just chuck it into the trash. We’re trying to educate the community to take a minute and look at the bill. I’m here educating seniors about understanding how to read their bill.” Lowry also cautioned people not to let strang-
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CAADC offers free tax assistance The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is operating five free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites serving low-and moderate-income families. All sites are staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Last year, CAADC assisted over 1,000 households with completing their taxes. The free sites are: Wesley House, 701 Madison St., Chester; the Toal Building, 2nd and Orange sts., Media; Sharon Hill Commons, 401 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill; the Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn; and at St. Alice Church, 150 Hampden Road, Upper Darby. The sites will operate through April 15 th by appointment only with hours Monday through Saturday varying at each site. To schedule an appointment, call (610) 891-6327 or (610) 891-5101.
Jazz dance offered in Darby
Center members (from left) Pauline Jones, Agatha Palmer and Elmit Palmer enjoy the class. People wanting to shake off winter doldrums or shed a few pounds can join Jazzy Tap sessions at Friendship Circle Senior Center, 1515 Lansdowne Ave. in Darby. The exercise class incorporates jazz and taps steps and can be done either seated or standing. The course will be taught by Amanda Kirchner, of Louise
School of Dance. No prior dance experience is required. Jazzy Tap is held on Tuesdays at 11 A.M. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Donna Schumacher at (484) 534-2033 or email email@example.com.
Art offered in Brookhaven
Senior Community Services is offering a watercolor course from Thursday, March 20th through Thursday, May 29th. Classes meet from 10 A.M. to Noon at the Brookhaven Municipal Building, 2 Cambridge Rd. There is a cost for the course. The course will be taught by instructor Agnes Wilson-Bakow, a professional artist for 25 years. Currently, she teaches evening classes in watercolor at Sun Valley High School and does volunteer art work at a local assisted living facility. She is a juried member of the Delaware Valley Art League and had gallery representation at Tyme Gallery in Havertown. For more information, contact Lori Detweiler at (610) 237-8100.
LWV to discuss human trafficking
The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County holds its luncheon on Friday, March 21st at Noon at
the Media Borough Hall Community Center, 301 N. Jackson St., Media, with the topic Human Traf�icking with two guest speakers. The first guest speaker is Det. Mark Bucci, a 24-year veteran of the Delaware County Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the District Attorney’s Office/Special Victims Unit. He is currently assigned to Child Abuse and Human Trafficking and has worked with the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, as a expert in computer forensics, as an undercover agent, and in community outreach. The second speaker will be Pearl Kim, chief of the Human Trafficking Unit and an assistant district attorney in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division. As a Special Victims unit prosecutor, Kim handles Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases. To more effectively reach out to underrepresented communities, she was designated the Asian Outreach Liaison and has been cross deputized as a special assistant district attorney in Montgomery County. For more information including cost, contact Hank Thorne at (610) 566-5474 or by e-mail at hthorne@ verizon.net. Continued on Page 10
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There’s an Alternative to the Imperial Presidency
By LeeH.Hamilton n his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a dozen actions he plans to take by executive order. Plenty of people were happy about this. The speech was applauded by pundits who have given up on Congress and believe
the only way to move forward is by strengthening the presidency. The present government is paralyzed, they argue. A stronger presidency would get Washington moving again. Others are alarmed by this approach. The president, they say, is trampling on the constitutional separation of powers, grabbing powers for himself that were meant to be shared with Congress. The problem with this debate is that it’s missing a key part of the equation. Yes, our system needs a strong presidency. But it also needs a strong Congress. We are best off as a nation when the two consult, interact, and work together as powerful branches. Every president in recent memory has expanded the power of his office and been accused of a power grab. They’ve
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Dear Editor: s a small business independent pharmacist, I write to commend the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for aspects of their recently proposed rule that will improve Medicare Part D for beneficiaries, in particular the effort to expand patient choice of pharmacies. For several years, Medicare has experimented with restrictive preferred pharmacy networks that often limit the best prescription drug co-pay options to certain chain pharmacies, which limited choices for beneficiaries and didn’t necessarily result in cost savings. In recognition of these
issues, CMS has proposed that any pharmacy willing to accept the terms and conditions of a contract, can participate and offer reduced co-pays. This will expand the options available to seniors about where they can obtain the best co-pays offered by the Part D plan, and will let seniors focus on selecting a pharmacy based on service and their particular needs. CMS recognizes that the best way to reduce costs in Medicare Part D is to foster competition, and I urge all readers to voice support for these proposals to CMS and to their elected officials. Kayode E-M Balogun, R.Ph., M.Sc Owner, Avenue Pharmacy Chester
had plenty of motivation to do so. The modern world demands decisive action. Americans tend to support presidents who act forcefully. Congress is complex and hard to work with. Yet there are limits to this approach, because in the end there is no substitute for legislation. Executive orders lack the permanence and force of law, so they can be hard to implement and can be cancelled by a later president. They don’t benefit from consensus-building and consultation with voices independent of the president’s. Consensus-building can’t happen in a vacuum, however. Without a strong Congress able to find its way effectively through the thickets of lawmaking, this president and his succes-
sors will surely continue to address the nation’s challenges on their own. The question is, how far down that road can we go before Congress becomes irrelevant, with too much power — and too much potential for the abuse of power — in presidential hands? The march toward presidential unilateralism dangerously undercuts our constitutional system. Before we give up on the separation of powers, let’s try strengthening Congress. This may not be the easy route, but if we don’t take it, representative democracy itself is in doubt. Lee Hamilton is director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.
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of a Swarthmore College Inn serving alcohol due to the potential for various problems that can be caused by the drinking of alcohol, such as public drunkenness, DUI driving, underage drinking, just to name a few,” said Robert Smalls, a resident in the coalition. Concerned Swarthmore residents are preparing to fight the liquor license in an appeal case scheduled for next Monday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court before Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon. Small said the coalition has a few expert witnesses who will talk about the problems with alcohol the area has had. “Swarthmore voted, in a 2011 referendum, to keep our town ‘dry’ but
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we find we still have to go to court to enforce the decision of the citizens,” said Smalls. Eldridge says the 2011 referendum has no standing regarding the college’s liquor license because of a referendum voted on in support of the college’s particular project in 2001. The vote was tight even then, 797-711. “A voter referendum in 2001 approved liquor and wine to be served in a restaurant in a hotel on college property,” Eldridge said. “The (state) Liquor Control Board has ruled the 2011 referendum has no bearing on the 2001 vote,” said Eldridge. “Town Center West’s carefully defined liquor license will be the only one in the borough, which means Swarthmore will otherwise remain a ‘dry’ town.”
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CUSD cuts administrative staff in line with Recovery Plan By DesireGrover email@example.com hester Upland School District (CUSD) announced last week that nine employees have been laid off “throughout the ranks” of its administrative office and, although late within the year, the budget problems called for immediate action. “Some (lost jobs) are administrative assistant positions but all of them come from the ranks of the administrative budget line,” explained Gregory Shannon, CUSD superintendent. “It’s important to us that, in these situations, we try to do them in as thoughtful and skillful a way as pos-
sible and most of all, we want to hold our children and schools harmless to the extent we can.” Last Wednesday in a small press conference, Joe Watkins, the stateappointed CUSD receiver, and Shannon announced that job cuts were made to save the district about $1.4 million. The district is currently operating with a $20 million deficit in a $125 million budget. The officials, however, declined to identify specific positions affected. “We’re trying to close our budget deficit and trying to make this a strong school district academically and fiscally,” said Watkins. “We think we’re mak-
CUSD Receiver Joe Watkins and Superintendent Greg Shannon said cuts were mandated by the Recovery Plan.
ing tremendous progress towards that end.” Watkins also said the district is following the “recovery plan” mandated by the state that calls for various measures to be taken to cut expenses and “rightsize” the district. According to the district’s press release, the reductions are an attempt to bring “Chester Upland’s administrative staffing levels in line with other districts with similar school enrollment levels.” “My job is to make sure the (recovery) plan is executed and one of the things the plan calls for (is) rightsizing the district, which meant that at some point we might have to reduce the size of the administrative staff,” explained Watkins. ”Now remember, this doesn’t have to be forever because as the school district continues to grow, as it becomes a stronger and fiscally solvent district, we will make sure that people are in place accordingly.” Last year the district lost 17 employees and the state planned to close two elementary schools due to loss of students. With the help of commu-
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“We plan to continue our enrollment efforts,” said Shannon. “We believe that as we demonstrate, through our actions, that we are building a better product, parents vote with their feet and to the extent that we can build a better product, parents will not only be attracted to our district but they’ll remain.” Employees impacted by the cuts were given termination notices last
Wednesday and Thursday. Shannon reiterated the cuts were not made lightly and those impacted would receive assistance applying for unemployment insurance and help regarding COBRA health benefits. Pay for those affected by the downsizing would continue through the end of the pay period and medical benefits through the end of the month.
By LorettaRodgers firstname.lastname@example.org hester Council, last week, terminated a lease agreement between the city and Achievement House Cyber Charter School, which for the past year, has been located in the police station at 160 East 7th St. Mayor John Linder said the termination was a mutual agreement between the city and the school. “They were leased for one year with the understanding that we would extend the lease for six months, “Linder said, “and the lease would be terminated at the end of six months.” Councilman Nafis Nichols said the contract requires 90 days notice be given to either party before the agreement
could be terminated. In other matters, Andrea Garrett was appointed assistant director of the summer food service program, with no benefits. Her employment shall not exceed 10 hours per week. Council approved the hiring of full-time police officers Michael Caufield and Ricci Pyle, effective March 24th. The officers are required to live in the city for the first three years of employment. Thereafter they may live within 50 miles of City Hall. Council authorized the Chester Water Authority to install replacement piping on Harwick St. from South Route 291 to West 3rd St; Trainer St. from West 3rd St. to West 4th St.; Clayton St. from West 3rd St. to West 4th St.; and to clean the lining in various loca-
tions throughout the city. A Central Ave. resident complained about the “infestation of cats” in the city. “There are so many cats that they have taken up residence in people’s yards, including my own, and they are spraying and digging in the trash,” said the resident. “It is a health hazard.” Councilman William “Al” Jacobs said every time an animal is picked up, it costs the city $250 to transport the cat or dog to the Chester County SPCA. He said the focus of the city has been on dogs, but the animal control officer has been out for six or seven months. “We are in the process of hiring someone,” said Jacobs. “We have been in touch with an animal rescue group in Philadelphia about the cats.”
By LorettaRodgers email@example.com nown as The Felony Lane Gang because of using the farthest teller window at a drive thru bank, the group recently struck in Delaware County. During Brookhaven’s recent Council meeting, Police Chief Randy McGoldrick said the TD and Citadel banks were hit, but due to proper teller training, the potential thieves left without stealing any money. McGoldrick said people should be vigilant and not
leave valuables, including wallets and pocketbooks, in cars, especially while working out at the gym. “This gang is in operation up and down the East Coast,” McGoldrick said. “Usually two of them sit outside the gym and watch men and women, but mostly women go inside. Many women do not bring pocketbooks into the gym because they fear the lockers are not secure.“ McGoldrick said the perpetrators take a center punch, open the car window and grab the purse. “They don’t go to a bank
there at the scene because they run the risk of the bank teller knowing the person on the ID,” McGoldrick said. “Instead, they travel to a close, condensed area with several banks.” He said they take people’s identification and hire prostitutes to dress in wigs and sunglasses making them look like the person on the driver’s license. “They are very good at this,” he said. “The bottom line is that when you go to the gym or anywhere, do not leave your pocketbook
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COSA leader named Woman of Achievement
PEOPLE Local attorney celebrates 20 years Yeadon attorney and Magisterial District Judge W. Keith Williams, II, is celebrating 20 years as a practicing lawyer. The Penn Wood High School (’83) graduate earned a degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University in 1987 and law degree from North
Carolina Central School of Law in 1993. A veteran trial litigator with courtroom experience, Williams built his practice on fighting for the rights of others and extensive community involvement. In 2012, he was elected district judge for Yeadon and East Lansdowne boroughs and since has coupled courtroom experience with commitment to community service to serve his constituency. Williams has been an avid supporter of
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Denise V. Stewart, director of the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA), recently received the 2014 Woman of Achievement Award at a reception hosted by the Delaware County Women’s Commission that selected Stewart for embodying the qualities of this year’s theme, Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, every day to her family, friends, job, community and church. County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle joined the award presentation and later presented Stewart with a bouquet of flowers after she gave her COSA report at the County Council public meeting. “Denise certainly deserves this recognition and in Delaware County, we are privileged to have someone of Denise’s caliber and dedication leading our Office of Services for the Aging. She is truly an asset to county government and to our community,” McGarrigle said. A veteran in the field of aging for 33 years, Stewart began her career as a care
on her first time leaving the United States to visit Xi-an, China in June this year. “I’m hoping to see culture and the Great Wall of China and learn history,” said Davis. “I think the people will be nice.” The P2P program aims to help young people develop personal and professional skills while they create professional connections and memories that will last them a lifetime. Davis is currently working hard to raise funds for the trip that will run from June 27th - July 13th. She has sent out a letter to potential donors and sponsors who can help her raise $5,000 to offset the total cost of $7,000. “While attending People-to-People meetings, I was presented with the opportunity to travel to China with other youth. I will visit local schools in Xi’an, teach Chinese students the English language, and have homestays with residents (there),” said Davis in her donation letter. She expects to also visit China’s most known towns like Beijing and Shanghai. She said she’s looking forward to learning some kung-fu, play sporting activities with local students and meet with Chinese delegates. Her mother, Ronette Lateefah, hopes the trip will also help her daughter overcome her shyness. “I hope she becomes a little more
outgoing and more mature,” said Lateefah. “They say once (children) travel and come back, you see a difference. You definitely see more maturity in them and responsibility so I’m excited about her going on this trip.” Davis held her first fundraiser last Sunday in Aston and she plans a second fundraiser, a brunch, in April at the Market Street Ballroom in Marcus Hook. She also started a donations page at www.gofundme.com/74nzrc. For more information, contact deslovesfam@ gmail.com or call (610) 547-0235.
Ronette Lateefah (left) is excited that her teenage daughter, Destiny Davis (right), has the opportunity to spent time in China this summer with an international youth program.
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manager at Senior Community Services in 1980 and continued holding positions such as special services manager, nursing home admissions director, ambulatory care social worker and social work supervisor. At COSA, Stewart served seniors as Home and Community Services program director before being named deputy director and, in 2013, becoming director, succeeding Louis Colbert.
Her service and advocacy extends beyond work. She is a co-facilitator for the Delaware County African American Alzheimer’s Support Group, the board president of Professional Care Management Institute; serves on the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Older Adult Committee, and is the former chairwoman of the Delaware County Women’s Commission. She is an active member at First African Baptist Church of Sharon Hill and
she is a primary caregiver for an aging aunt who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She and her husband, Julian, live in Yeadon Borough and are the parents of two children. Stewart is also a twotime breast cancer survivor. The Women’s Commission presents two awards each year: the Woman of Achievement and the Hall of Fame award. The 2014 Hall of Fame Award was presented to the friends of Dr. Penelope Pether, who was a legal scholar, educator, and mentor. A native of Australia, Pether was a law professor at Villanova University where she taught classes on criminal law, constitutional law and law and literature. She lost her battle with cancer in 2013.
Local young lady looking to the future
Chester resident Theresa Short spent the summer of 2012 in France through an academic enrichment program; graduated from Lincoln University in 2013 with a 3.4 GPA and dual Delaware County Council recognizes COSA Director Denise Stewart (center) as the recipient of the Delaware County Women’s Commission 2014 Woman of Achievement Award. Shown with her here is (from left) County Executive Director Marianne Grace, Stewart’s husband, Julian; Stewart’s mother, Clotilda Parker; Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle and Women’s Commission Chairman Theresa Agostinelli, and (back row, from left) Council members John McBlain, Dave White, Vice Chair Mario J. Civera, Jr. and Colleen Morrone. On the Cover: McGarrigle surprises Stewart with a bouquet of ﬂower as Grace looks on.
degree in Business Management/ Finance and Entrepreneurship and is looking to 2015 when she attains a master’s degree from West Chester University in Public Administration. Short anticipates soon volunteering with public school kids in the Upward Bound program and one day hopes to establish her own community center and mentoring program. Short, a former cheerleader in the Catholic middle and high schools she attended, also hopes to establish a competition cheerleading team as a physically and socially positive program for young girls. “Cheerleading is something I’ve done since I was a little girl,” she said, “and I’d like to provide something positive for the young females in my community.” Theresa Short
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Kirby, Kane cited for recent honors By LorettaRodgers firstname.lastname@example.org ston commissioners recently presented proclamations to township residents Judy Kirby and Kayla Kane who were recently honored by the Delaware County Fireman’s Association. Kirby, a member of the Aston-Beechwood Fire Company, was awarded the 2013 Harry Maitland Lifetime Achievement Award. She began her career in 1974 with the BBQTree CHICKEN & RIB Rose Fire Company FUNDRAISER
career EMS supervisor. Kayla Kane was recognized for receiving the Christopher Kangas Junior Firefighter of the Year award. Kane joined AstonBeechwood at age 14 and has continually worked to improve her knowledge and skills. At age 16, she obtained her EMT certification from the Delaware County Technical School program and has been a top responder as both a firefighter and EMT. She per- Aston Second Ward Commissioner Carol Graham (right) presented Aston-BeechJunior Firefighter Kayla Kane a proclamation for being awarded the Delaware forms checks of vital signs BBQwood CHICKEN & RIB County Fireman’s Association Christopher Kangas Junior Firefighter of the Year. FUNDRAISER CHICKEN & RIB BBQ CHICKEN & RIB BBQAlso To Benefit Geritt Bradley’s pictured are Kane’s parents, Jeff Kane and Rebecca Weller. BBQ & RIB 2014 CelticCHICKEN Cultures Program TourFUNDRAISER FUNDRAISER To Benefit Geritt Bradley’s FUNDRAISER to benefit Geritt Bradley's 2014 Celtic Cultures Program Tour Aston Second Ward Com2014 Celtic Cultures Program Tour featuring mouthwatering To Benefit Geritt Bradley’s To Benefit Geritt Bradley’s FEATURING MOUTHWATERING missioner Carol Graham 2014 Celtic Cultures Program Tour 2014 Celtic Cultures Program Tour (right) presented AstonSat. March 22: 12-4PM FEATURING MOUTHWATERING at St. James Alumni Hall "The Doghouse" Beechwood EMS superviBBQ CHICKEN & RIB Mid-Atlantic FEATURING MOUTHWATERING FEATURING MOUTHWATERING 1499 E. 9th St. Eddystone, PA 19022 sor Judy Kirby with a procPort-a-Pit BBQ FUNDRAISER WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:00 pm lamation in recognition Mid-Atlantic till 4:00 pm (or sold out) To Benefit Geritt Bradley’s WHERE: St. James Alumni Hall “The Doghouse” for 1/2 chicken or 1/2 rack of ribs, 2 sides, roll, soda, 1 cake walk square and 1 balloon pop Port-a-Pit BBQ of her being awarded the $20 2014 Celtic Cultures Program Tour Mid-Atlantic 1499 E. 9th Street,Eddystone, PA Mid-Atlantic For tickets and more info, call Dawn: (610) 554-0815 WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:00 pm COST: $20.00 (includes 1/2 chicken or 1/2 rack Harry Maitland Lifetime Port-a-Pit BBQ Port-a-Pit BBQ till 4:00 pm (or sold out) of ribs, 2 sides, roll, soda, 1 cake walk Achievement Award from square and 1 balloon pop) WHEN: Saturday, 22,Hall 2014 12:00 pm WHERE: St. JamesMarch Alumni “The Doghouse” WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:00 pm FEATURING MOUTHWATERING till 4:00 sold out) 1499 E. pm 9th (or Street,Eddystone, PA Contact Dawn at 610-554-0815 for more info and tickets. till 4:00 pm (or sold out) the Delaware County AssoWHERE: St. James Alumni “TheorDoghouse” COST: $20.00 (includes 1/2 Hall chicken 1/2 rack WHERE: St. James Alumni Hall “The Doghouse” ciation of Firefighters. 1499 E. 9th Street,Eddystone, PA of ribs, 2 sides, roll, soda, 1 cake walk 1499 E. 9th Street,Eddystone, PA
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Bank-robbing gang hits Brookhaven; leaves with no money
in plain sight. Put it in the trunk or take it with you.” McGoldrick said the FBI has made arrests and has been told if the thieves do
not see anything in the car, they won’t waste their time. According to published reports, in most cases, the individuals arrested have South Florida addresses and use rental cars. They
have targeted cars not only at gyms, but at funerals, day care centers, supermarkets, and state parks. They are after wallets or purses containing credit and debit cards, and checkbooks.
By LorettaRodgers email@example.com rainer Councilman James Cassidy, last week, called some properties in the borough “disgraceful.” And that he has not seen any work being done to correct problems with them. He added that trash cans are not to be left in front of houses, stating that residents doing this are in direct
violation of a borough ordinance. Trash cans must be stored 35 feet from a public sidewalk, have a lid and be reasonably clean. In other matters, the borough is seeking members for the Board of Health. Interested residents are asked to leave their name and telephone number with the borough secretary at (610) 497-3838. The updated web site
is near completion and should be active within the next two weeks. Property owners are also reminded that snow must be removed from sidewalks within 30 hours of a snowfall, or citations will be issued. Cassidy reported that the front door of the municipal building will be replaced. The contract has been signed and expected delivery is within four to six weeks.
Councilman calls some borough properties ‘disgraceful’
Observing Women’s History Month
ational Women’s History Month’s roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation. Here are some statistics courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. 161 million: The number of females in the U.S.
as of December 2013. The number of males was 156.1 million. A ratio of 2 to 1: At age 85 and older, this is the approximate ratio by which women outnumbered men in 2012 (3.9 million to 2.0 million).
15 percent: Among people with advanced degrees, this is the percentage of women who held educational certificates compared with 12 percent of men; 51 percent of women held professional certifications or licenses compared with 43 percent of men. 63.7 percent: The percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2012 presidential election, in comparison to 59.7 percent of their
male counterparts. 85.4 million: The estimated number of mothers in the U.S. in 2009.
1.9: The average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2010, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data. The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976. 66 million: The number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2013.
5.2 million: The number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2013; compared with 214,000 stay-at-home fathers.
75 million: The number of females 16 and older who participated in the labor force in 2012. Women comprised 47.2 percent of the labor force in 2012.
41.6 percent: The percentage of employed females 16 and over in 2012 (annual average) who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 34.7 percent of employed males in the same year (annual average). 1.6 million: The number of female veterans in the United States in 2012.
$37,791: The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2012. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men
77 cents: The amount that female year-round, full time workers earned in 2012 for every $1 their male counterparts earned. This ratio was statistically unchanged from 2011.
11.3 million: The number of women college students in fall 2012. Women comprised 56.8 percent of all college students. 31.4: The percentage of women 25 and old-
er who had obtained a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2013.
25 percent: The percentage of women 18 and older with an alternative educational credential — such as professional certifications, licenses and educational — not statistically different from men. However, women had higher rates of alternative credentials than men at the bachelor’s degree and advanced degree levels.
NOTICE is hereby given that the regular scheduled Upland Borough Council Meeting for April 8, 2014 has been cancelled. Council will be meeting on the second scheduled meeting date of April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at the Upland Borough Hall, 224 Castle Avenue, Upland, Pa. 19015. At this time regular business will be conducted. The public is cordially invited to attend. Shirley Purcival, Borough Manager
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Talent showcase set for Saturday Omega Psi Phi Epsilon Pi Chapter presents its 30 th annual Stars of Tomorrow Talent Showcase for Delaware Valley students in grades nine-12 featuring vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, artists and comedians. The event will be held Saturday, March 22 nd at St. Luke Community Church, 320 Tilghman St., Chester. People interested in participating should immediately contact Keith A. Beauford at (267) 528-8405.
Learn about scuba diving
Try Scuba Orientation will be held Saturday, March 22nd from 1 to 4 P.M. at the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington, DE for people interested in learning about scuba diving. Sponsored by the Atlantic Rangers Scuba Club, this will be the last orientation before the start of the Spring Open Water Class. For more information, contact Bob Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rights as a renter to be discussed
People renting an apartment, senior housing or a private home are invited to learn about their rights and find out: Can a landlord legally enter your home without your notice? What if needed repairs are not being completed? Understanding a lease and more necessary information will be covered by attorney Thomas Kerstan on Wednesday, March 26th at 11 A.M. in a free session at the Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St., Chester. Call the center at (610) 4973550 for more information.
Aston Seniors to hold meeting
The March meeting of the Aston Seniors will take place Thursday, March 27th at 10:45 A.M. in the Aston Community Center with entertainment by guitarist/singer Jim Dorn. Tickets for the April 24th luncheon will be sold at this meeting. Seniors in the Penn Delco School District, age 55 and older, are welcome to join the Aston Seniors anytime throughout the year. New members must submit an application, which can be obtained by calling Diane at (610) 447-1599. There are annual membership dues. Several trips are planned in the next few months and members and non-
members are welcome. For trip information, call Alice at (610) 494-3534.
Delaware County Black History on continuous display
February was Black History Month but such history is an integral part of the culture of Delaware County so from now through May 31 st the Delaware County Historical Society’s (DCHS) Black History Exhibit titled, Black Authors, Artists, and Collections of Delaware County, featuring Black History artifacts and art from the area will be displayed at the Delaware County Historical Society Research Library and Museum at 408 Avenue of the States, Chester. Also, on Sunday, April 6th, from 2-5 P.M., the museum will feature a booksigning event presenting local authors John (Jack) Lemon and Dr. Noble L. Thompson, Jr., as well as a tribute to the late artist, William Dandridge, Jr. Refreshments will be provided. Event is free and open to the public. Black Gold: The African American Athlete at Media High School (19151966) was written by Lemon, a former star athlete and captain of Media High School’s football, basketball, track and field teams who graduated in 1964. A distinguished resident of Media, Lemon has written about his experiences and memories. Never Give Up: My Struggle to become a Doctor, written by Thompson, is a true story of his life in the precivil rights era of Chester as well as his journey and struggles to become a successful neuro-radiologist. The book encourages others to embrace their diversity and never accept defeat. The Dandridge tribute salutes the late self-taught artist with works recognized by his Chester High School teachers and Moore College of Art. He was a painter who sponsored afterschool programs and encouraged children to develop their talents. He also taught art to disadvantaged children and was given an art center where he showed his own work and that of his students through a legacy of commitment to non-violence, selfdevelopment and cultural artists in the community. The on-going exhibit displays artifacts, artwork and photos loaned from the Buffalo Soldiers, The Yes Center (formerly the Yes I Can Center), painter Fred West, Sr.; sculptor Courtlandt Craig, the Nia Center, and selected collections from the DCHS achieves. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call Curator Margaret Johnson at (610) 872-0502.
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JOBS AND CAREER INFORMATION Job search support available An orientation to programs and services provided at the PA CareerLink® Delaware County, located in the Workforce Entry Center of the Delaware County Community College in Media, will be held on Thursdays, March 20th and 27th from 9 to 11 A.M. Call (610) 723-1220 to reserve a seat. Featured will be introductions to the state-of -the-art Career Resource Center and its team, along with information about career development. job search workshops, individual career counseling, assessment services, basic personal computer skill development classes and training opportunities available to residents of Delaware County.
Adult GED prep help offered and a job skills workshop
The Delaware County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) will hold a series of free workshops offering GED preparation including math, reading, and English skills along with essay writing at the PA CareerLink®, 701 Crosby St., Suite B, Chester, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 25th, 26th and 27th from 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and 1 to 3:30 P.M. People needing help identifying and articulating their job skills may come to a free workshop for an in-depth assessment of transferable skills sponsored also by DCWIB on Wednesday, March 26th from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. also in Chester. All workshops require registration. For information, call (610) 543-5022 or (610) 447-3350 from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday to Friday. Community SPIRIT in Action is a bulletin board for people and events. For FREE: Items are posted one-time in the edition closest to the event with no information about money (i.e. ticket prices or registration fees). For a weekly fee starting at $35: Event items may run for weeks prior to the date of event and can include price information. Please indicate the type of listing you want at the time of submission. Payments can be made to Spirit Media Group, P.O. Box 6, Chester, PA 19016 or with credit card by calling (610) 447-8484.
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“We have to program for all different interests, regardless of age. Someone who is 90 could be doing what someone who is 50 is doing. It’s not about the age,” she said. “We try to ensure that the programs are intellectually challenging, fun or creative. We really try to work with those parameters.” Chester Senior Center Director Jamee Nowell said she and the staff gather ideas from other senior centers, schools, business and the Internet. “We listen to everyone’s ideas, and determine what is creative, feasible, and of interest to the members or the larger community,” Nowell said. “We bring ideas from anywhere and everywhere and tweak
them to make them work for our center.” Some of the highlights for the upcoming spring semester include a partnership between the Schoolhouse Center and the Family Caregiver Support Program. Together, with the help of a grant from the Aging Disability Resource Center, educational courses will be offered for caregivers. Topics to be discussed include compassionate self care, cognitive stimulation, elder law, horticulture and more. The courses will begin in March and run through June. The Chester Senior Center will offer a jazz dance class, a chili cookoff and computer courses. “We want people to truly embrace technology and all the wonderful things technology is able to do today—even
for older adults,” Nowell said. “We also want to continue to increase membership and participation in the center by offering new and interesting classes, seminars, and activities for all to enjoy.” Friendship Circle is also breaking the mold of traditional programming by offering a bowling course off-site. The course was offered in the fall and was a success. It is back by popular demand for the spring. Bob Pescatore, the owner of the bowling alley and one of the instructors, said this informational program covers bowling tips, safety and the basics in an easy-tofollow way. He scheduled the four sessions at the same time as the senior bowling leagues, to help those participants feel more comfortable.
Chester dedicates interpretive signage By LorettaRodgers email@example.com ayor John Linder and Chester City Council joined members of the Delaware County Planning Department last week in a ceremony to unveil one of 12 interpretive historical signs that will be
placed throughout the Delaware River corridor in six communities to celebrate the area’s rich history. The signage, which is part of the Community Heritage Project, features photographs of downtown Chester, and is located across the street from City Hall on
the Avenue of the States. The other two signs in Chester will be placed at Ethel Waters Park and at the Riverwalk near PPL Park. “The Chester Planning Department is in support of the county’s project,” said Chester City Planner Bill Payne. “We want to make the
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repairs,” McGarrigle said. “In difficult economic times for local governments, these unexpected costs add to the burden on local taxpayers.” Each year, County Council receives funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Liquid Fuels Program, which funds municipalities’ construction, repairs and maintenance of public roads and bridges. The amount of the allocation is based on a formula of population and miles of roads. Dennis Carey, director of the Delaware County Department of Public Works, said repeated freezing and thawing of roadways has exacerbated the deterioration of the roadways. This year, he said, there has been a “cumulative effect that has increased the amount and the depth of the potholes.” Roads are also subject to “crocodile cracking,” the precursor to potholes.
County Council announced it is making about $250,000 in grants available to local municipalities. This will be a supplemental allocation of 35 percent of the regular Liquid Fuel funds allocated on an annual basis. Delaware County is one of, if not the only county in Pennsylvania, that allocates a percentage of its Liquid Fuels Funds to local governments instead of keeping the total amount in the county fund. Delaware County allocates about 70 percent of the funds to municipalities for road repairs. The remaining amount is used to fund the design, construction and repair of more than 40 countyowned bridges. To report a major pothole on a municipal roadway, motorists should call their municipal office. To report a pothole on a state road, people can call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
County money to help municipalities fix potholes
hit them, they have to pay to replace flat tires, bent rims and broken axles,” McGarrigle said. “This is not only hard on everyone’s public works budget, but it’s a public safety issue and County Council wants to help its municipal partners cope with the pothole problem.” The 2013-14 winter was one of the worst on record for snowfall and the need to salt, plow, resalt, re-plow, and then repair damages to the road. Like craters on the Moon, some residents have started naming some of the larger potholes. County Council announced Operation PAT in Ridley Park, standing beside a pizza-sized pothole. “Now that spring is near (officially starting on Friday, March 21st), our municipalities are left to struggle with the spiraling cost of road salt, road crew overtime and street
Keeping seniors safe, informed and aware of scams was highlight of special day
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ers who come to their door talk them into sharing their bill information. “We’ve had a lot of complaints about people calling them or coming to their door wanting to see their light bill so we’re just educating them and
letting them know that we don’t send anyone to their home or call them. If anything PECO will send you a notice in the mail.” The event was made possible by Folsom-based Senior Community Services, a non-profit agency that operates four nationally accredited senior
centers in southeastern Delaware County and provides in-home support services for homebound elderly throughout the county. SCS works in partnership with the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and is partially funded by the United Way.
city Route 291 more attractive.” Paid for by the county from a state community and economic development grant, the communities where the signage is being placed are responsible for installation costs. In addition to Chester,
signs will be placed in Trainer, Eddystone, Ridley Park, Marcus Hook and Tinicum. Karen Holm, of the Delaware County Planning Department, said the goal of the heritage project is to not only beautify the city and towns, but to encourage economic development. “We identified over 100 potential sites, and
narrowed that down to 30 that we did extensive write-ups on,” Holm said. “We had enough funding with the grant to manufacture 12 signs.” Signage has already been placed in Tinicum at the Lazaretto and on Little Tinicum Island. Payne said the two additional signs in Chester should be installed within a few weeks.
Chester Mayor John Linder is joined by Delaware County Planner Karen Holm, Chester Planner Bill Payne and Councilmembers Nafis Nichols, William “Al” Jacobs, Portia West and Elizabeth Williams at the unveiling of interpretive signage across the street from City Hall.
Celebrate Women's History Month with The Women's Circle! Friday, March 28th at Booker T. Washington Center (611 Central Ave., Chester, PA 19013) The Women's Circle starts at 7PM. This month's topic: Breast Cancer Awareness Guest speakers: Desiree Potts (Coordinator, Stroll for a Cure) Cedra Walton (Breast cancer survivor and the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) Refreshments will be served.
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