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Deal is struck to save Beaver Valley By Leslie Krowchenko For Digital First Media CONCORD >> “Save the Valley” is no

longer a catch phrase. A n agreement has been reached among Woodlawn Trustees, The Conservation Fund and Eastern States Development Co. and McKee-Concord Homes, the two companies planning to develop 240 acres of Beaver Valley, to preserve the land as open space. The Arlington, Va.-based non-profit will be joined in the ef-

fort by Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford and Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del. Although the purchase price has not been disclosed, the organizations must raise $8 million to “close the gap,” said Blaine Phillips Jr., senior vice president of The Conservation Fund. The groups hope to finalize the agreement in late spring 2017. “It is not a done deal – we still DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA FILE PHOTO have funding obligations to close on the property,” he added. “We Garnet Valley residents packed meetings to protest the Beaver Valley BEAVER » PAGE 3 development.

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MEDIA>> The third annual Media Santa’s Parade and Fun Run/ Walk is expected to draw thousands Sunday, Nov. 27. People are invited to gather on State Street to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Christmas around the world, Mummers, festive floats, musical acts, live reindeer, and many more holiday surprises. The parade begins at 5p.m. The parade is preceded by a one mile Fun Run/Walk along the parade route. The family-friendly event starts at 4p.m. Registration begins at 2:30pm during a celebratory block party on State Street between Veterans Square and Orange Street. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress in their holiday finest. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The block party will feature live music by Jimmy Shoe & the Shine, dancing with Salsa in the Suburbs, Painting with a Twist, a roving photo booth to capture the day, hot chocolate and other goodies, plus many free giveaways for everyone. The admission fee is a donation to the Media Food Bank or an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots. Last year’s event drew hundreds of runners and walkers decked out in holiday regalia, plus thousands of spectators who lined State Street for the main event. Everyone is welcome.


Media spending to rise, taxes to remain the same By Susan L. Serbin For Digital First Media

Council approved an $8.35 million general operating fund budget for 2017, retaining the tax rate of 3 mills, or $300 for a home assessed at $100,000. Finance Committee Chair Peter Williamson said the budget was not required to be in balance, but added that the imbalance pertained to the capital fund bud-



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ness. If 51% of the world’s population did this, she says, the world’s energy field would turn from violence to kindness. Others will pay that kindness forward, she says, and the entire world would be a much better place. “Did you know that doing or receiving an act of kindness, or even reading about or observing an act of kindness, raises our happy hormone levels,” Trustone asked rhetorically during a recent interview. Endorsed by Jack Canfield, well-known author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the book was written to make a difference. Canfield wrote, “Judith Trustone is the Grande Dame for social change. She is committed to all of the good things in the world. Her work is on the same level as Maya Angelou’s.” The idea for the global revolution and the book, which is available through Amazon in both e-book and printed versions, took root during Trustone’s volunteer work inside prisons. The Delaware County resident was already seeking an antidote to the rampant

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bullying, meanness and the growing culture of violence exemplified by Columbine, Newtown and the Boston Marathon killings. At the time, Trustone was teaching creative writing to prisoners at Graterford Prison, giving a voice to the voiceless through her writing, editing and publishing. While teaching at Graterford for seven years, she founded Sagewriters, a publishing company, to publish books with social merit by people in prison, their families and advocates. Sagewriters published the work of over 30 authors and worked with 1500 potential authors across the country. Her work in prisons inspired her previous book, “Celling America’s Soul: Torture & Transformation in Our Prisons and Why We Should Care,” which is now in its second printing. The book is a compilation of the stories of the prisoners whom she met during her time at Graterford. Since its publication, Trustone said, both she and the book, have been barred from prisons but she continues to work with the residents through letters, phone calls and mutual contacts. Trustone also has published a third book, The Cat’s Secret Guide to Living With Humans. Seeking ways to halt some of the violence and pent-up anger within the prison walls, when she was volunteering there, she also created “kindness cards.” Her idea for the cards originated from the reaction she would get when she gave people thank you notes af-



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Swarthmore resident Judith Trustone is pictured holding her book, The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violnce, Racism and meanness, in her home office last week. Trustone’s book explains the Kindness Revolution and how the world can become a better place by putting her simple acts of kindness in effect. For information, e-mail Community Kindness Circles for a variety of groups, churches and schools. In a Kindness Circle, participants stand or sit silently in a circle, holding hands, drawing the “Light of Kindness” into their circle. The total instructions on creating a Kindness Circle is printed on Trustone’s Kindness Cards and on her website. The Kindness Circle can be done alone or with others. To make her Kindness Circles global, Trustone has made DVDs depicting Kindness Circles, as well as documentaries about their effect, so people everywhere can start one. The author said the documentaries have been shown on PBS and at universities around the country. She also released a training DVD on YouTube, to teach others how to create a Kindness Circle and shift from fear and anger to kindness and peace. Local school, church and community groups may also invite Trustone to come in person to facilitate a Kindness Circle. She recently led a Kindness Circle for over 100 participants at the Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Wallingford and Swarthmore Borough Hall, and participated in a panel discussion at the Delaware County Peace Center in Springfield. She will discuss and sign her new

book 7-9 p.m. Wed., Dec. 7 at Head Room, 24 Veterans Square, Media. “Everyone is just so hungry for kindness,” she remarked. “The recent election has tested our kindness to each other. We need to heal America and move on.” Trustone is no stranger to activism. The self-proclaimed women’s activist has pushed for female causes for the past 50 years, she said. Growing up in Hatboro, Trustone moved to Media in Delaware County in 1960. Through the years, she has worked for Fair Housing, studied Vipassana meditation techniques at the Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne, Massachusetts and has served as an apprentice to a Native American medicine man in Washington State. “The beauty and simplicity of the Global Kindness Revolution,” Trustone explained, “is that anyone can do it, anytime, anywhere, alone or with others. There’s no cost, no courses, no certificates, just a commitment to doing whatever you can to strive to be kind all the time.” For more information, visit check out TrustOneKindness on YouTube, visit w w w.Trustonekindness. com/, or e-mail or

provements, equipment and projects suggested by a capital improvement task force. “There is not enough surFROM PAGE 1 plus from the general fund the capital fund revolves for all of these projects, so around a “wish list” of im- we are whittling down the list,” Williamson said of the prioritization. W hile he noted the preliminary budget will change, it is likely to be in the capital fund with the operating budget staying the same. The budget information is posted on the bor-

ough’s web site by clicking on the “Inside Government” tab and selecting Finance. Final budget approval is expected to be on council’s December agenda. In actions relating to the borough’s holiday season activities, the board approved free parking in the Baltimore Pike, three-level garage. It starts with State Street festivities following Thanksgiving and continues to the end of the year.

ter noticing kind things they did. She saw how her notes uplifted and encouraged more kindness so she came up with the idea to pass out the kindness cards. She gave the prisoners the cards, in both English and Spanish to pass on to others, and soon began passing them out to people outside in the community. The cards read, “Thank you for your kindness. Kindness is the antidote to violence and meanness. Pass this to another with the courage to be gentle. Heal hatred. Soothe, nurture and energize yourself. Join our Global Kindness Revolution and our virtual Kindness Circle or start your own Community Kindness Circle. Be Kind All the time!” Trustone has distributed over 100,000 of her Kindness cards, inside and out of prison walls in the United States and in three South American countries. She hopes the idea will spread and the cards will soon be distributed throughout the world. She currently has Kindness Ambassadors in six other countries. She also hosts “Kindness Circles” in prisons, schools, and local communities. For nine years, except for a two-year respite after a car accident, the 77- yearold community kindness activist has been leading


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gotiating the terms of an agreement to keep the property “forever as open space.” The township earlier pledged $500,000 in an effort to preserve the parcel, with an additional $250,000 committed by Delaware County Council, and he noted both had reconfirmed their financial support. The two groups are planning to hold a press conference Monday on the site. The parcel, bordered by Route 202, Smithbridge Road, Chadds Ford Township and the PennsylvaniaDelaware state line and straddled by its namesake road, has been the subject of discussion for almost five years. The latest iteration of the plan, a 160home development known as Vineyard Commons, received preliminary land development/subdivision


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$6.62 million for police and fire; $1.195 million for public works and sanitation; and $842,045 for general government/administration. Sanitation collection for 2016 is projected to be $240 annually; a $10 increase from 2016. Commissioner Mark Osborn, chairman of the finance committee, reiterated that the budget is preliminary. “The finance committee will be meeting to find any additional reduction of expenses to try and reduce the real estate millage between now and adoption of the final budget,” said Osborn. The 2017 preliminary budget is available for review at the municipal building during regular business hours. Final adoption is expected at the 7 p.m., Dec. 21 meeting of the board of commissioners.

approval from the board last year. An appeal regarding the decision was filed on behalf of Jack Michel and Diana McCarthy, cofounders of Beaver Valley Conservancy, and Eileen Mutschler, all of whom own property on Beaver Valley Road. The appeal was heard by Common Pleas Court Judge G. Michael Green, who remanded the decision to the supervisors. In a joint statement, Michel and McCarthy noted they are “absolutely delighted” with the agreement. T hey noted the property has been available to the public for many years and the action will insure that accessibility will continue. “From the beginning, we have said the Beaver Valley property is unique in, among other things, its rich historical significance, its connection and adjacency to the First State National Historical Park and its environmental importance to the Brandywine Creek watershed,” they noted. “We are grateful to these organizations for recognizing these attributes and helping to conserve Beaver Valley.” McCarthy added the group would be willing to



(From left) Ken Hemphill and Emily Holt, who are both part of the Beaver Valley Preservation Alliance along with Diana McCarthy and Steve Autman of the Beaver Valley Conservancy and Fitzy Groves of Save the Valley pose in front of the Isaac Green House which dates back to the 1800s and is located on Beaver Valley Road. aid in securing donations. “If we are asked to help, we will gladly participate,” she said. “We have already identified some f unds pledged and will be glad to assist.” Beaver Valley Conservancy was one of several grassroots groups formed in response to the proposed development and

Phillips credited the agreement to “civil advocacy, legal action and great negotiating.” “They all played a critical role in the way it happened,” he said. The agreement does not pertain to an adjacent 60acre parcel, also owned by Woodlawn Trustees with equitable owners Eastern

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A swastika was found Sunday night scrawled on the inside of a gender-neutral bathroom stall on the second floor of McCabe Library, spurring heightened vigilance across the Swarthmore College campus. The discovery occurred shortly after a vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance. College authorities removed the graffiti and according to information published by the student-run Daily Gazette, an “Out of Order” sign was posted on the door of the stall. Monday afternoon, Liz Braun, dean of students, sent out an email announcing the incident. “I am writing to you with anger and bewilderment,” wrote Braun. She went on to say that


homophobic movements. This imagery, indeed any imagery or speech that seeks to threaten individuals or communities based on their religion, sexual orientation, race, disability status, gender, nationality, political views or any other characteristic has no place on our campus and will not be tolerated.” Braun on Monday reminded that these incidents in no way define the college. “They strengthen and unify us in our fight against them,” she wrote. “I am thankful to belong to a community such as ours that does not tolerate such action, and has both the will and the ways to fight it.“ Braun asked anyone with information to notify the college’s Public Safety office or any member of the college’s Bias Response Team. “We know this action affects the entire community but also recognize

the disturbing discovery – the second time this semester that a swastika was found in the same location – comes at such “a fraught time.” Braun added, “We are heightening our vigilance at McCabe and across our campus. We are resolved to banish these acts of hatred from our campus.” Swarthmore police said Monday afternoon that they were aware of the incident but no formal complaint had been filed. In her email, Braun referenced a letter from college President Valerie Smith from earlier this fall: “Embraced by German Nazis in the 1930s and ‘40s, the swastika has become for Jews worldwide a symbol of intimidation, suppression, and the threat of extermination. Additionally, it has been associated with white supremacist and

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the White House changes political parties. Memeger was appointed by outgoing President Barack Obama. As of Dec. 24, Louis D. Lappen will assume leadership of the office as acting U.S. attorney. Lappen is currently the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and has served in the Department of Justice since 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Duke University School of Law. During his tenure as United States Attorney, Memeger expanded the office’s core enforcement mission by implementing novel youth crime prevention and prisoner reentry programs as part of a three-part strategy to combat violent crime in Philadelphia. Those efforts included a partnership with Strawberry Mansion High School, the implementation of restorative justice “youth courts” in

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A small staff of volunteer firefighters in Middletown were in for quite a surprise Saturday when they helped deliver a baby in true drivethru fashion. Capt. Chris McGough was one of six firefighters on duty around 6:55 p.m. when they overheard a dispatch for maternity along Knowlton Road. “We thought nothing of it,” McGough said. “But then we heard the Delaware County fire board call about a drive-up maternity, and that’s when we heard the husband beating on the


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first start of all that blustery wind,” McGough said. “They were pretty fortunate. We run about 600 calls a year, but there are times that nobody is here.” Mensack, a trained EMS, found the woman to be actively in labor — “she was giving birth then and there,” McGough said — and it was clear there was no waiting for the ambulance to arrive. So, there in the parking lot, from the passenger seat of the car, the part-time lifesavers helped deliver a new one. “Everything lined up just right,” McGough said. “We happened to have the right people here at the right time, and were fortunate that those people are cross trained as firefighters, EMS and paramedics.”

The nature of a volunteer fire department is that there are rare occasions when no one is stationed on duty, McGough said. But, he attributed the close knit group in Middletown to having fostered an environment where volunteers enjoying hanging around the firehose

In addition to the three working to help deliver the baby, volunteers Kyle Mellon, Kate Cardamone and Fire Chief Duke Nasino added with blankets and other equipment. By 6:59 p.m., just four minutes after their arrival, Riddle Hospital paramedics arrived on the scene as-

sumed patient care responsibilities. A Facebook post later that evening on the Middletown Fire Co. No. 1 page wished mom, dad and their new daughter all of the best. “I can definitely say this was the first birth at the Middletown Fire Co.,” said McGough.

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Look forward to the happiness and success that is coming At a church service, a minister offered an invitation for people to come forth to the altar for prayer. Then the minister encouraged, “At the altar, we Catherine have some of Galassothe church Vigorito leaders who A New You are available to offer you prayers of healing.” And with that, he gestured with a sweeping motion indicating the way for the people to walk down to the large, circular altar. Comforting piano music filled the room while a few in the congregation began making their way down the aisle. A line was forming. And before long, edging closer and closer, most of the congregation was situated around the altar. The minister and the church leaders were taken by surprise by the response and the magnitude to the invitation for prayer. Later that afternoon, the minister asked his church leaders, “What type of prayer was most needed?” The leaders revealed, “Two out of three people who came to the al-

tar asked for prayers for their discouragement and depression.” Next they continued, “Many people said, ‘I feel unworthy. I’m depressed. And I don’t have much of a future anymore.’ For many carry the scars of childhood or pains of the past all through their lives.” Through the years, disappointments, mistakes or unjust circumstances, possibly, have taken their toll. Plans may not go as expected. We could fall on hard times. And mounting problems can seem to overtake us, until we’re pushed down to the point that we just give up. Recently, I read in the Scriptures how even Elijah yielded to discouragement and became depressed as well. Elijah was one of God’s greatest prophets. He was not only the worker of miracles, but he also experienced one miracle after another. • Elijah, a widow, and the widow’s son were provided for during the famine. • Miraculously, Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead, and the child was restored to life. • God had sent ravens

to feed Elijah. • And Elijah prayed for a rainstorm that ended the drought. So why would a man who had experienced some of the most powerful displays of God’s power be crippled by fear and hopelessness? Unable to regain control of his emotions and in the depths of despair, Elijah was physically and emotionally broken down and fragile. He wasn’t eating. And with a self-focused perspective, he was drowning in self-pity. Depressed about himself and his work, Elijah isolated himself from other people. He had no strength. He was battling to maintain his faith. Feeling a deep sense of failure, Elijah thought that his best days were over. Seeing no way out of his situation, he was ready to quit and wanted his life to end and uttered, “I’ve had enough, Lord.” “Elijah came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. (1 Kings

19: 4, 5) But when God is in charge, there is always hope. Thus, do not underestimate what God can do. Even if the odds are stacked against you, don’t give up on life for God is not finished with you yet. Interestingly enough, God gave Elijah a prescription to deal with his depression. • First: Get enough rest. (1 Kings 19:5). • Secondly: Eat healthy foods. (1 Kings 19:6). • Third: Spend quiet time with the Lord and by himself in prayer. (1 Kings 19:12). • Fourth: God had Elijah tell Him about the problem, for God knows and designed our need to feel heard and understood and perhaps to deal with the false beliefs that were fueling Elijah’s depression. (1 Kings 19:13). • Fifth: Start moving forward with something productive to do. (1 Kings 19:15-16). Patient and gracious, God wanted Elijah to stop crying over the past and to stop running away from his present. And today, perhaps, God is saying the same thing to you. It’s time to, “Live

again.” God has entrusted you with extraordinary gifts and talents with which to bless the world. You have come too far. You’ve worked too hard and sacrificed too much to give up on the desires of your heart now. This year, at daylight savings time, I reset the clocks in our home. Likewise, you can reset and start anew. Your life is not over because of a mistake or setback. God has new friendships, new opportunities and new joys with which to bless you. Your best days are not your yesterdays. Hence, look forward to the happiness and success that is coming. Daily, remind yourself: “I will not allow a setback to hold me back,” “I’m not going to quit,” “I will prevail over temporary troubles.” Like a letter we address, stamp and then bring to the post office to send out to a friend, send out your words in the direction you want your life to go. Positively declare, “God is guiding me to victory,” “I will conquer this challenge,” and “Opportunities are coming my way.” Remember, God loves you, treasures you and is guiding you. Have a sensi-

tive ear to the still, small voice of God. I believe that soon He is going to use you in a miraculous capacity and will help you to make a difference in the lives of others. Elijah regained his strength and continued to do his God-given work. And his story reminds me of these words from the hymn: “Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged: take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows, share? He knows our every weakness—take it to the Lord in prayer.” God bless you as you move ahead to the wonderful future that’s in store, knowing that God is preparing the best path for you.

more, holds Sunday worship at 8 a.m. (Rite I), 9:15 (suitable for children) and 11 (Rite II). On Wednesdays, Eucharist is celebrated at 9:30 am., and Compline, a peaceful and reflective service, at 7 p.m. The choir sing its traditional service of Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in celebration of Advent. The service includes Bach’s Cantata 140, “Wachet auf!” (Sleepers, wake!), featuring soloists Tracy Sturgis (soprano) and Matthew

Maisano (baritone) with chamber orchestra accompaniment, and works from Palestrina and Lassus. For information, visit or call 610-544-2297. Linwood Heights United Methodist Church: 1627Chichester Ave., Linwood, holds worship for all ages at 10:40 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. This week, guest preacher the Rev. Stacey King-Chaney brings the

message “Purpose, Power, and Possibility.” Missing Link recovery group meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays in the parsonage parish hall. For information, call 610-485-2300 or visit website Trainer United Methodist Church: 3705 W. Ninth St., Trainer, hosts teaching and sharing for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by prayer and praise service at 10:45. The Rev. Jim Ford brings the mes-

sage “At-One-Ment,” assisted by Bill Trader. Nursery and Junior Church are available. Legacy Clothes Closet is open noon-2 p.m. Food donations are accepted weekday mornings. Trinity United Methodist Church: Eighth and Butler streets, Chester, holds Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. Communion is first Sunday of the month. For this first Sunday of Advent, the Rev. Jim Ford brings the message “At-

one-Ment,” assisted by Joel Romaine. Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County: 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media, holds a single multigenerational service at 10 a.m., led by Marylin Huff with Worship Association Emily Cairncross. Jim Scroggs renders the music. This week’s theme is risk taking. For information, call 610-566-4853 or visit

ist Church: 212 W. Springfield Road, Springfield, holds Breakfast with Santa from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Cost of $7 per child (free for parent/guardian) includes games, crafts, story time. A professional photographer is available for additional cost; seating is limited. For tickets, visit or call the church office at 610-5441400. Immanuel Lutheran Church: 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, holds its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3. The bazaar includes homemade foods, including lunch items, strombolis, soup and cookies, and Annie’s Attic with quality used items including Christmas decorations, kitchen items and retired jewelry. For information, call the office at 610-586-5860. Prospect United Methodist Church: Eighth and Lincoln avenues, holds its Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tables are available for $20. To reserve a table, call Shelli at 610-233-6393. National Religious Retirement Office: The 29th Annual Retirement Fund for Religious Collection will be held at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the weekend of Dec. 3-4. The drive supports the day to day care of over 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests throughout the country. Last year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia contributed over $129,077 to this collection. In 2016, local religious orders received a combined total of over $1.1 million dollars in financial assistance made possible by the national appeal. Sacred Heart Parish: 316 E. Broadway Ave., Clifton Heights, holds its Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the rectory basement. The bazaar feature new and used Christmas gifts for all ages, raffles on a basket of “Christmas Spirits,” and other items, a Christmas Lottery Tree with 50 Pa. scratch-off tickets, and food for sale, including baked goods and frozen pierogi. Santa appears from noon-2 p.m. For information, call 610-6230409. St. Paul AME Zion Church: 712

Washington Ave., Media, holds a Christmas Bazaar from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3. Celebrate the season with homemade wreaths, home accessories and other items available for sale. For information, call the church at 610-566-9043 or visit www. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church: 199 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights, holds its Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with crafts, attic treasures, baked goods and select outside vendors. Santa visits at 11 a.m. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, call 610-622-3636. Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church: 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, holds its traditional “Slavic Christmas Luncheon with St. Nicholas” at noon Sunday, Dec. 4, immediately after the 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy. The lunch includes ham, kielbasa with sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, pierogies, halushki (cabbage and noodles) and other traditional Slavic holiday foods. The event features a “Theme Basket” raffle and a visit from St. Nicholas. Advance tickets are requested. Requested donations are $15 for adults and $8 for children 8 to 12 years; children 7 and under are free. Remaining tickets sold at the door are $3 than advanced cost. All attending are asked to donate to the church’s food drive with a non-perishable food item. For tickets, email or call 610-544-1215. St. Timothy Lutheran Church: 535 Lamp Post Lane, holds a Ladies Afternoon of Shopping 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the church social hall. Representatives from Avon, LuLaRoe Fashions, Mary Kay cosmetics, Shaklee products, Denim Pouch and more are participating. There are door prizes and light refreshments. Donation of $5 requested at the door; no reservations are necessary. Prospect United Methodist Church: 800 Lincoln Ave., holds an American Red Cross blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. To register, visit www. and enter sponsor code “Prospect Park Community.” The church’s Jus Soup program runs 11 a.m-1 p.m.

Thursday through the end of April. Come out to socialize and enjoy soups. Christ United Methodist Church: 600 E. Dutton Mill Road, Brookhaven, welcomes Santa from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. His visit includes kids crafts, cookie sale, silent auction, hot dog lunch for $2 and more. For information, call 610-874-1270 or visit www. Christ United Methodist Church: 600 E. Dutton Mill Road, Brookhaven. The church’s food pantry is open 11 a.m.-noon the fourth Wednesday of each month. Community dinners are held from 5:30-7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. There are no dinners in July, August, November or December. For information, call 610-874-1270 or visit Drexel Hill United Methodist Church: 600 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, has begun a new outreach program: Project Reach, Service, Care. A free, catered community lunch along with a free clothing and hygiene-products cupboard will be provided 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of every month, at the church. All are welcome. First Baptist Church of Oakeola: 600 W. Oak Lane, Glenolden, hosts zumba classes 6-7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Cost is $7. For information, visit www.oakeola. or call 610-583-5277. First United Methodist Church: 350 W. State St., Media, offers a free yoga for beginners class 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Donations welcome. For information, call 610-566-3172 or visit www.mediamethodist. org Glenolden Church: 200 S. MacDade Blvd., Glenolden, hosts Glen Cafe and Flea Market. The Coffee House Cafe features new Christian bands 7-10 p.m. each Friday. The flea market is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. New vendors welcome. Bring your own table. For more information, call 610659-7362. The Healing Rooms of Delaware County: meets Monday nights from 7:30-9 at 28 S. New Middletown Road (Route 352).

Come out to prayer for those in need of healing. For information, call 484-422-8145. Imago Dei Metropolitan Community Church: 1223 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, holds Silent Meditation 3 p.m. Sundays. The gatherings are an opportunity to silently reflect for up to one hour on spiritual principles that are especially appropriate for those who are in recovery or seeking healing. For information, call 610-358-1716 or Media Church of Christ: 423 Jackson St., has thousands of clothing items available for free until gone. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Anyone is welcome. Prospect Park United Methodist Church: Holds Mom’s Morning Out nursery school for ages 18 months and up 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $15 per day. Activities include crafts, music, circle time and organized play. For information and registration, call 484-540-3132. Norwood United Methodist Church: Chester Pike and West Ridley Avenue. Little Blessings Christian Preschool is a parttime, Christian preschool, holds classes 9 a.m.-noon MondayFriday, for ages 3-5. The school recommends a 3 day or 5 day program, but is flexible and works with parents’ schedules. Enrollment is open throughout the year until reaching maximum capacity. For information, call 610-583-4780 or email norwoodlittleblessings@yahoo. com Second Baptist Church of Media: 400 E. State St., holds Bible study classes on Wednesday from 10:30-11:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. The text is “Distorted Images of God,” instructed by Pastor Warren D. Mays. Contact Pastor Mays if you plan to attend the morning or evening class at 610-5650660 or Resurrection Life Church: The Church Street Thrift Shop opens 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first and second Saturdays of each month, September through June. The shop has clothing for all ages, housewares, shoes, baby items and more. The Church Street Thrift Shop is an

outreach ministry of Resurrection Life Church. Donations of clothing and household items can be dropped off during shop hours or by calling 610-8764062 for an appointment. St. Joseph’s Church: Concord Road, Aston, holds Adult Scripture Study from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. This year’s topics are the letters of St. Paul to the Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians and the two letters to the Thessalonians. In these letters of encouragement, correction, and instruction written from prison, Paul lovingly inspires and offers challenges to greater discipleship. The classes offer greater understanding and in depth DVD presentations by scripture scholars. Cost of $20 includes a study guide. The class runs seven weeks with a break in Advent for optional study of the infancy narratives of Luke and Matthew, then resumes for an additional six weeks. For information, contact Ms. Maugeri at c.maugeri@ or 610-494-4358. St. Luke CC Fellowship Hall: 320 Tilghman St., Chester, has new line dancing classes from 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $7. Come out and join the fun with beginner and intermediate dances. For information, 610876-5197. Woodlyn Baptist Church: MacDade Boulevard and School Lane, Woodlyn, has started a new season of Sunday School with new classes for ages 2 through 102! Classes start Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Children’s Church meets during the 11 a.m. worship service to explore Biblical teachings and have snacks. Girls’ and Boys’ clubs also resume Sunday at 6:30 p.m. G.E.M.S. (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) and C.S.B. (Christian Service Brigade) are for girls and boys in grades 1-12. Bring friends and enjoy team building, fun activities, crafts, life skills, achievement badges, service projects, sports, outdoor activities, mentoring and Bible lessons. For information, call 610-833-5577 or visit www., www. or follow the church on Twitter @WoodlynBaptistw

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First United Methodist Church: 350 W. State St., Media, holds Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School is at 9 a.m. children’s Sunday School is during the worship service. Media Food Bank opens 7-8 p.m. Thursdays and 10-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. For information, call 610-566-3172 or visit www. Trinity Episcopal Church: 301 N. Chester Road, Swarth-


Holy Myrrh-Bearers Parish: Fairview Road, Swarthmore, announces that regular bi-weekly pierogie sales are back. Potato/ cheese-filled pierogies are $8 per dozen. Order by noon on the following Sundays for pickup on Friday between noon-3 p.m.: Sundays Nov. 27 and Dec. 11. To order, call the parish office at 610-544-1215 or email Buyers leave their name, phone number, and number of dozen requested. The church holds its annual Holiday Food Collection for the needy in the community from through Sunday, Dec. 11. Donations of any canned or boxed, non-perishable food items can be dropped off 4-6 p.m. Saturday or 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, or use the convenient drop-off box at the entrance to the Educational Center anytime during the week. The church holds a Kielbasi sale through Dec. 11. Cost is $12 per ring or $10 for four links. To order, email or call Kathy at 610-328-4731. Pickup time is 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 18. St. Joseph Parish: Concord Road, Aston, holds four study sessions for Advent on the infancy narratives of Jesus found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Nov. 29, Dec. 13, 20. Cost of $10 covers all materials. Sessions are in the Neumann on the lower level, which is handicapped accessible. For information, email Cathy Maugeri at or call 610-494-4358. Covenant United Method-







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Pennsylvania must get fiscal house in order Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Pennsylvania is broke. Again. Yes, in the Keystone State version of a broken record, we are once again swimming in red ink. The latest numbers released in a report by the nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office pegs the state’s current deficit at about $500 million. And that’s just to make it through the current fiscal year. The imbalance is expected to balloon to $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year unless the Legislature takes action. So, naturally, Pennsylvania does what it does best. It decided to borrow money and keep its fingers crossed waiting for a solution. The State Treasury Department announced it will cough up another $600 million to keep the state from overdrawing on its main bank account. Don’t we all do that when we balance the family checkbook? That now means Pennsylvania is $2.2 billion in debt to the treasury, holding its fiscal breath until tax collections start to flow in. Don’t hold your breath, folks. The state’s tax collections are lagging as we stand four months into the fiscal year. How dire is the situation? Gov. Tom Wolf said the state may be forced to shut down some of the state’s eight unemployment compensation call centers and lay off workers because the Senate adjourned without providing sufficient funding. It’s more than a little ironic that the first people to feel the brunt of the state’s latest economic peril is those already out of work, and some state workers who may soon be joining them. On Nov. 8, we elected our state representatives. Every seat in the state House was on the ballot, along with half the seats in the state Senate. These folks never lose their jobs. They make up one of the biggest, most expensive legislative bodies in the country. It’s about time we demanded more bang for our buck. Not just better beer laws. Yes, this newspaper has for some time now been a big proponent of privatizing liquor sales in Pennsylvania. The state has taken some

halting steps. Republicans have professed their zeal to blow up the Liquor Control Board and turn the whole process over to private enterprise. Democrats, led by Gov. Wolf, have resisted such efforts, instead looking to modernize and expand state store service while adding the convenience of beer and wine sales in supermarkets, and adding variety in the form of 12- and six-pack sales at beer distributors. But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s not exactly the most critical issue facing the state. Not when the red ink continues to rise. Not when public schools continue to struggle under an underfunded system that still tilts away from the neediest districts. And not when that “ticking time bomb” in the budget process — the massively underfunded public employee pension plans — gets closer to detonating every day. Take a look at the results of the Nov. 8 elections. For the most part, incumbents held sway and were returned to Harrisburg. Republicans retained big majorities in both the House and Senate. It’s time to address the serious money issues facing the state. Only then should we raise a glass and celebrate the tiny steps being made to bring the state into the 21st century when it comes to booze. Gov. Wolf will deliver his budget address in February. No doubt he will once again call for a variety of taxes to cover an increase in education funding that has been his hallmark since winning the office two years ago. And no doubt those calls will be ignored by Republicans who hold the purse strings in Harrisburg. (It’s one thing for Republicans to always oppose tax hikes, but they’ve done little to control state spending.) But one thing is unavoidable. Pennsylvania has a budget problem. A very big budget problem that is only going to be resolved by an increase in revenue — read that as new taxes — or cuts in spending. Doing what we have always done will no longer suffice. It’s time for Harrisburg to get serious about the serious issues facing the state. Balancing the checkbook should be at the top of the list.

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CT scan can detect lung cancer Heavy smokers, past and present, may want to ask their doctor if they are eligible for lung cancer screening. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, occurring more often than breast, Linda prostate, colon Finarelli and ovarian canTo Your Health cer deaths combined, according to a release from Chestnut Hill Hospital. An estimated 224,390 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, and an estimated 158,080 are expected to die from the disease, accounting for approximately 27 percent of all cancer deaths, the American Lung Association website states. A CT scan to help detect lung cancer in the early stages is now available for those who meet strict criteria. When caught in the early stages, the survival rate is almost three times the five-year survival rate for those whose cancer is identified in later stages. “The benefit of a CT scan is that it can detect cancer before there are any signs or symptoms of cancer,” said Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen, director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program for Temple University Health System-Fox Chase and a thoracic surgeon at Temple, Fox Chase, Chestnut Hill and Einstein hospitals. “If you can catch it in the early stages, when it’s treatable,” normally with surgery, “the five-year survival rate is upwards of 85 percent. “When you don’t treat it and it progresses — when you catch it in the later stages, the five-year survival is 10 percent to 30 percent.” The low-dose CT scan, which uses an X-ray machine to scan the body with low doses of radi-

ation to make detailed pictures of the lungs, is not for everyone, “it’s for high-risk people,” Erkmen said. Since 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid approved the scan for adults age 55 to 77 who have a “30-pack-year smoking history,” which means having smoked an average of one pack a day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years. In addition, those eligible must either be current smokers or smokers who quit within the past 15 years. In addition, a patient visit must be scheduled with a physician “to discuss the harms and benefits and how it relates to each individual patient” before a scan can be scheduled, Erkmen said. The physician “can address a lot of fears and concerns.” The only negative is a false positive, which may result in “added care, cost and worry,” she said. The scan may show nodules, “but it doesn’t mean it’s cancer. We need to follow people closely.” A false-positive occurs in about 25 percent of the scans, Erkmen said. “Usually we do additional imaging studies three to six months later. Less than 5 percent of the time do we proceed with a biopsy.” Radiation is a risk, but the scan is a very low dose, she said, lower than normal CAT scans and “lower than you would receive in a year’s worth of ambient radiation living on the earth.” “There are no injections, it is non-invasive and takes less than five minutes,” she said. “The patient does not take their clothes off and there are no food restrictions. “It’s important to get the scan done where there a multidisciplinary team for the [pre-screening] visit, a qualified radiology team and multidisciplinary follow-up,” she said.

A recommendation in 2013 to scan smokers meeting the prescribed parameters grew out of the results of a landmark National Lung Screening Trial by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Erkmen said. Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers are required to cover it, she said. The National Lung Screening Trial compared two ways of detecting lung cancer: low-dose CT scan and standard chest X-ray, according to the National Cancer Institute website. “The study findings reveal that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 15 to 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays.” Between Temple-Fox Chase and Chestnut Hill, about 30 to 40 scans are done every week, Erkmen said. Approximately 1 percent to 2 percent of those scanned have shown signs of cancer, she said, reinforcing the benefit of the scan to detect cancer before any symptoms appear. “The potential impact is 12,000 lives saved,” she said. “The real impact is with smoking cessation … being aggressive to get people to stop smoking. You can save 90,000 with smoking cessation. “Lung cancer screening is an optimal time to get people to quit smoking or stay smoke-free. The risk of lung cancer decreases if you quit smoking.” For those who quit smoking, the risk after 15 years is so low — below 4 percent — that they are not eligible for lung cancer screening, Erkmen said. “The most important thing is that people can get help to stop smoking.” Linda Finarelli writes a monthly health column. Readers can contact her at and follow @ lkfinarelli on Twitter.

Letter to the Editor Give Trump a chance

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Benched, Burton comeback carries Knights to crown DISTRICT 1 CLASS 6A FINAL >> NORTH PENN 48, GARNET VALLEY 38


Garnet Valley quarterback Nick Juliano is embraced by wide receiver Matt Burba as time expires in the Jaguars’ 48-38 loss to North Penn in Friday’s District 1 Class 6A final.

Ricci: Loss can’t mar legacy of 2016 Jags By Matt Smith @DTMattSmith on Twitter


Springfield’s Ja’Den McKenzie, who rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, breaks through the line for a big gain against Academy Park.

Academy Park advances in state playoffs, to face Wood By Todd Orodenker For Digital First Media

Two District 1 titles in a row. Three in the last four years. A state semifinal appearance. No, none of this gets old for the Academy Park Knights. Especially not after a thrilling 24-18 victory Friday over Springfield to earn the Class 5A District 1 championship. They will face mighty Archbishop Wood next week for a berth in the state title game, but that daunting task was hardly on anyone’s mind on this rainy, yet beautiful, night. Not after the way Academy Park (13-1) won this game.


“This was a game, man. It felt great, it felt great stepping up when my team needed me,” lineman Togba Porte said. “Amara (Kenneth) stepping up. It just felt great.” The exuberant Knights were so excited they celebrated a bit early, giving coach Jason Vosheski a Gatorade bath with nine seconds left. But, after running those final ticks off, they stormed the field after the clock hit zero. There were hugs, there were tears, there were a plethora of photos with friends and family. Nobody wanted to leave. Everyone wanted to soak this in. AP » PAGE 2


Dazhon Miller, who had a 62-yard scoring run for Academy Park, works the ball through a gauntlet of Springfield defenders, including Dan Gluck and Dwayne Snipes.


Porte, AP rely on experience to get job done With an authoritative baritone that blankets an open field like the steady rain falling Friday night, Togba Porte made known the primary difference between his Academy Park team and Springfield. “We’ve been here Matt before,” the defensive DeGeorge end, who sings the Columnist national anthem before home games, intoned as he stalked the sidelines. “They haven’t.” “It’s not bragging,” Porte would clarify later, “just facts.” Under the bright lights of a district final, this one in the rejiggered District 1 Class 5A, Porte knew that the pressure would SPRINGFIELD >>

strike both sidelines at some point, like a linebacker bursting into the backfield (of which the collision packed plenty, too). When that inevitably occurs, Porte implicitly asked, who reacts first? Or best? Springfield responded admirably, like a top seed and the champion of a Central League that generated two district finalists. But Academy Park’s answer to adversity, time and again, reflected its championship pedigree. As much as uncovering one more explosive offensive play here or an extra defensive stop there, that resilience paved the path for a 24-18 Academy Park win and the Knights’ third district title in four seasons. DE GEORGE » PAGE 2


Academy Park defensive end Togba Porte, right, receives the District 1 championship trophy from Dr. Randy Ireson, vice chairman of District 1.


Chester’s Swain makes name for himself Rich Pagano Columnist

On April 11, 1964, an all-star team of thirteen 12 year olds from the Chester Central League captured the World Biddy Basketball Championship. They won the title by defeating Jersey City, 61-55, before 1,200 fans at St. Peter’s College. Coached by Timmy Gill and Vaughn Caton, Chester beat Puerto Rico, 59-57, on Friday night before advancing to the finals

against Jersey City. For those of you who are not familiar with Biddy Basketball, it was conceived by Jay Archer, an East Stroudsburg State College graduate, in 1951. Archer explained, “Biddy basketball was really adult basketball brought down proportionally, to fit the size and physical ability of the players by changing the size of the PAGANO » PAGE 2

TOWAMENCIN >> It was not the speech that Mike Ricci wanted to give. The Garnet Valley head coach wanted one message to resonate with his players following Friday night’s 48-38 defeat to top-seeded North Penn in the District 1 Class 6A final: celebrate what you did. The Jaguars (11-3) advanced as far as they did when many people weren’t giving a 10th seed from the Central League much of a chance. And that makes what they accomplished so special. The Jags won three games and played for a title in the highest classification in District 1. That is, until the 2016 Jaguars came along. “It’s a high school football game and you can’t win every game. We’re big on controlling what we can control,” said Ricci, the coach at GV since 1986, except for one season. “We control our attitude, we control our attitude and we control how we play together. We did a phenomenal job with that throughout the year. Are we disappointed we didn’t win the game? Absolutely, but we’re going to choose to celebrate all the great things we did throughout the season because this team — and this season — deserves to be celebrated.” The Jags didn’t claim a Central League title, but in many ways what they achieved in the postseason is more satisfying than winning a league title. They hit the road and they conquered. “Making it this far, seeing all the alumni coming out and showing their support, it means a lot,” said senior Jacob Buttermore, who ended his spectacular year with more than 1,000 yards rushing and the school’s single-season scoring record. Buttermore had a rushing and a receiving touchdown and also kicked a 33-yard field. “It means more than winning a Central League title because of who we beat. We’re road warriors.” The Jags set many records, both team and individual. They scored more points in a season (528) than ever before. “We can appreciate what we did,” Buttermore said, “but it might just take a little while.” Not only was Garnet Valley vying for its fourth straight win away from home, it was looking to spoil yet another undefeated season. First it was No. 3 Neshaminy, and then it was No. 2 Perkiomen Valley. Two monsters down, but still one to go. GARNET » PAGE 2

Coach Tim Gill (left) and coach Vaughn Caton (right) stand with players Phil Pennington (left) and Eddie Swain (right) as they hold the trophy after capturing the World Biddy Basketball championship in 1964.







sweep 46 yards to the house to give Academy Park a 2218 lead. Key lead blocking from John Ellis helped make it happen. With exactly one minute to go in a wild third quarter, the Knights had their lead back. “Man, it was amazing. I wouldn’t be able to do it without my O-line and my receivers blocking for me,” Burton explained. “I just followed them and they took me to the end zone.” The Academy Park defense took it from there. Brandon DiChiacchio relieved Fanelli, picked up two first downs, but the Springfield drive fizzled out. The Knights ate nearly four minutes off the clock before punting back to the Cougars, who sent Fanelli back in, but he just went backwards and was re-injured. Smartly, though, Springfield took a safety with two minutes, 16 seconds left instead of punting the ball from its own seven. The Cougars recovered the subsequent onside kick and moved the chains twice,

but a mess of Knights met DiChiacchio in the backfield and forced a fumble with under a minute to go. “I knew we would (do that),” Porte said. “All we had to do was keep our composure — that’s it. We just had to keep our heads up and we just had to stay calm, that’s it.” Springfield (12-2) made the Knights waste every second off the clock, but the celebration was eventually on for the visitors. The hosts were distraught. “We had to back each other up, but unfortunately, we came up short tonight,” wide receiver/defensive back Greg Tamaccio said. “We had Brandon coming in as the backup, we just had to back him up and we tried. We just came up a little short.” Fanelli threw for 87 yards, DiChiacchio for 35. The real star for Springfield was McKenzie, who carried 25 of his team’s 37 rushing attempts for 167 yards. Combined with his 22 receiving yards, the junior had all but 30 of his team’s total offense.

The stats were irrelevant to him considering the heartbreaking result. “It’s got to be next-man up, and we just couldn’t finish,” McKenzie said. “That’s all that matters, we’ve got to finish. It doesn’t matter how you start, but it’s how you finish.” Academy Park started strong, taking an 8-0 lead on Miller’s eight-yard run early in the first quarter — part of his team-high 89 rushing yards. Springfield hung around, earned a safety late in the second quarter and took the lead on McKenzie’s 11-yard run 84 seconds before halftime. At that point, momentum was squarely on Springfield’s side. But, Academy Park simply refused to relinquish its crown. The king stayed the king. “I think some of the kids expected to get to this point, if they sat in the coaches office maybe they would think a little differently,” Vosheski said. “You fight and you fight and you fight to get the kids to believe, and they believed from day one.”

a 62-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to tie the game at 15 … 18 seconds after a Ja’Den FROM PAGE 1 McKenzie scoring burst of 41 yards. The special ingredient Miller, who carried the was the ineffable poise of experience. While finalists ball 12 times for 89 yards, also had an eight-yard from the last four district score in the first half. He championships were represented Friday (including finished the half with just 14 yards, but the knowlSpringfield’s loss to Great edge that a breakthrough Valley two years ago), the Knights’ crowns in the old was never far away. “He’s a great running Class 3A in 2015 and 2013 back,” Wright said of entitled them to the decisive edge in the familiarity Miller. “Once our linemen open up the hole for him, category. he just goes.” “We’ve been here beEvery time Springfield fore,” said AP linebacker/ staggered Academy Park running back/unofficial spokesman Teddy Wright. (13-1), the Knights had a riposte at the ready. “We know what’s going to AP trailed at halftime, happen. There’s going to be 9-8, thanks to McKenzie’s adversity.” first touchdown run and a That wisdom ensured safety. As four-year starter that even as the Knights trailed, they never let their Chris Thomas observed, the Knights had been there belief ebb. It’s how, after a stagnant first half, running before: In all three of their back Dazhon Miller busted district final victories, the

Knights’ overcame a halftime deficit. AP fell behind late in the third quarter, courtesy of Jack Coary’s 35-yard field goal, making it an 18-15 margin, soon erased by Kareem Burton’s 46-yard jet sweep. And late, after Springfield (12-2) surrendered a safety on fourth-and-43 from their 7 to attempt an onside free kick that the Cougars’ Chris DiRenzo grabbed, the defense had one final stand, led by Amara Kenneth. The end sacked backup quarterback Brandon DiChiacchio, upping his tackles-for-loss total to 3.5 on the night, and jarred loose the ball for Cyle Martin to scoop up. There’s no denying Springfield’s role in this drama, pushing the Knights to their limit. But the arsenal was winnowed down as the game dragged on. They lost quarterback

Johnny Fanelli to a shoulder issue, first caused by a flagged late hit as he slid on a run, then aggravated when Porte spun him down on a 15-yard loss. Vince Puppio, who caught four balls, limped off late, as did McKenzie (25 carries, 167 yards) at several junctures. “It was a little bit of nerves early, trying to come out here,” receiver/defensive back Greg Tamaccio said. “But it’s just another game, coming out and playing.” “You get the best of everybody,” Kenneth said. “They weren’t letting up, and we sure weren’t letting up either. We got the best of each other, and we came out on top.” With the stakes their highest, the Knights projected calm. Mistakes would be made — McKenzie would break contain, penalties would hand

Springfield first downs, a turnover would be mixed in, when Dwayne Snipes wrestled a ball away from Wright. Springfield would move the ball (16 first downs to AP’s nine). But ultimately, one unit or another on Academy Park would swing the difference. First, it was the offense. Later, the defense. Always, though, someone with a stylized sword on their helmet. “The defense, we were down, but the offense really stepped it up for us,” Kenneth said. “Coming in, this game was supposed to be a defensive game. We let up a little bit, and the offense really stepped it up for us. We’ve got to thank them for that. And then we had to close the game.” How about another word that starts with “d”? Like “dynasty.” Coach Jason Vosheski demurred. But the lone

player along for all three rides, the offensive lineman Thomas, was a little more accommodating. “When I came into Academy Park, playing football for these guys, I didn’t even know that would be possible,” Thomas said. “I played in, was going to play my game, and knowing that I had the opportunity to have a third title in four years as a fouryear starter, it’s an honor. It’s an honor to go down in Academy Park history known as one of those guys to look up to.” “That’s my first time someone saying, ‘Academy Park dynasty,’” Porte said. “That sounds good.” Music to his ears.


ally quick,” said defensive lineman Joe Thomas, who intercepted one of Udinski’s passes at the line of scrimmage and returned it 45 yards for touchdown with 3 minutes, 52 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. “He’s a great quarterback. He found the open guys and it was just a good job from him.” Udinski often hooked up with West Virginia-bound receiver Ricky Johns, who had eight catches for 215 yards. The Knights (14-0) had multi-talented skill players all over the field that made life difficult for a Garnet Valley second-

ary that had been playing very well during the postseason. “Their quarterback is exceptional, No. 8 (Johns) is exceptional. They have talented players all over the field,” Ricci said. “He gets rid of the ball really quickly. We got to him a couple times, but he did a masterful job. We made some mistakes during the course of the game that we can’t afford to make in a game like that.” Garnet Valley trailed 21-0 in the first quarter. The Knights needed just five plays to score their first two touchdowns, spanning 148 yards. Run-

ning back Nick Dillon’s 65yard touchdown catch, after a Garnet Valley defensive back stumbled in his tracks, was the first big play for the North Penn offense. Johns followed on the next possession with an 83-yard scoring reception. The Jaguars pressured Udinski, but oftentimes he was able to throw on the run and hit one of many targets. “They were giving us the longball and we really looked at that,” Udinski said. “Ricky has been a deep threat all year for us, so seeing him get behind the defense is big for us. He just made some tremendous

plays.” Garnet Valley limited North Penn’s ground attack to 75 yards, but that didn’t matter. Udinski and the North Penn receivers overwhelmed the Jags with their athleticism. “They’re a great team and they proved it tonight. For a district championship, they came to play, no doubt,” Udinski said of the Jags. “Their defense really stepped up big against our run game and I think that kind of opened up our pass game. It was kind of a perfect night for passing, there’s no wind and it was a good temperature. That really helped us tremen-

dously.” Ricci was proud of the fight the Jags showed after falling behind three touchdowns. Buttermore’s field goal at the end of the second quarter made it an 11-point game. But every time the Jags scored, North Penn answered. “That is the kind of team we’ve had all year,” Ricci said. “Our kids never quit, they stick together and they play with pride. I couldn’t be prouder of this group.” Nor th Penn, which claimed its seventh district title and first since 2011, plays St Joseph’s Prep in the state semifinals Saturday at Northeast.

with taller boys (height limit 5’6”). With a lane that angled out as it went toward the basket, smaller players had a better chance for rebounds during foul shooting because the taller players were further from the basket. From its beginning in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biddy Basketball grew to all fifty states and many foreign countries. The tournament eventually became truly international, but in the early years it was dom-

inated by mostly American teams. With Jersey City capturing the first title in 1952, Chester’s 1964 squad became the thirteenth American city to win this international title. Along with the championship also came the title of “Mr. Biddy Basketball”. In 1964, that honor was given to Chester’s Eddie Swain. Swain set the pace and was sensational throughout the three-day tournament. At only 5’1 1/2” tall, he was head

and shoulders above every boy in the tournament. Chester earned their trip to the International Biddy tournament by capturing the Eastern Regional championship when they defeated New York City, 67-44. Gebhart reported, “Swain fired in 21 points, handed off several slick assists, and helped crack the visitors’ press in the second half when Chester outscored its rival, 35-15.” In Chester’s contest with Union City, Swain poured in 29 points to give Chester a 59-43 victory and advance them to the semi-finals against Puerto Rico. Gebhart wrote, “Amazing Eddie Swain, who seems to improve with the competition, was again the hero of Chester’s victory, along with back-court mate Silvester Jennings. Swain dumped in 29 points, including 18 of Chester’s 24 first half points, and was the talk of the tourney after demonstrating his fancy backcourt skills.” Ed Gebhart, former sports editor for the Chester Times, wrote, “Eddie’s final game performance, with twenty-two points, a string of nine straight when Chester was fourteen points down, and three steals within fifteen seconds to break up the game in the last period, was as fine an exhibition of skill that I ever have seen, regardless of the

level of competition.” Swain and three of his teammates were selected to the 20-man All-America squad. It was the second year in a row that Swain was so honored. Chester’s Sylvester Jennings, Chuck Anthony, and Johnny Walker were also chosen on that All-American team. Swain turned out to be the tournament’s high scorer with 72 points, an average of 24 per game. “Throughout the entire tournament, Eddie was head and shoulders above everyone he played against,” recalled Tom Trotman, one of Swain’s teammates. “His speed, quickness, and outside shooting were so much better than everyone else. He was like a 12 year old Mike Marshall.” Mike Marshall was one of Chester High’s all-time greats and a magical ball handler, having graduated two years before Eddie at Chester High. Swain received his “Mr. Biddy Basketball” trophy from Vinnie Ernst, who was from Jersey City and had been “Mr. Biddy Basketball” twice (1954-55) before going on to becoming an All-American at Providence College and MVP of the NIT tournament as a sophomore. Eddie actually became the first AfricanAmerican player to receive the honor.

Swain was also honored by “Sports Illustrated” magazine by appearing in their “Faces in the Crowd” feature. Even today, the magazine continues to scan the country for young new faces that excel in the world of sports. Everyone who appears in the feature receives a silver bowl with the words “Award of Merit” engraved on it. Sports Illustrated’s editor wrote, “We enjoy scanning the crowd each week for new faces, for men, women and youngsters whose deeds are worthy of salute.” And there is no doubt that Eddie’s deeds were worthy of a salute. The entire Chester team was made up of 13 boys, no older than 12 years of age. Those players consisted of the following: Tom Trotman (who later played basketball at Sun Valley High School), Eddie Swain, Brion Harris, Danny Emmanuel, Louis Diehl, Dominic DiFernando, Butchie Seaman, Robbie McCarthy, Sylvester Jennings, Phil Pennington, Bruce Mears (who later played basketball at Ridley High School), Johnny Walker, and Chuck Anthony (who today is a world renowned jazz guitarist). NEXT WEEK >> Eddie stars at Chester High and Cheyney State College.


“It’s amazing seeing everything that we started in January, and we built, come to fruition,” Vosheski said. “And the kids played tremendous.” Academy Park, down 15-8 early in the third quarter after Springfield workhorse Ja’Den McKenzie’s 41-yard touchdown run, was staring at a season-ending loss. The resilient Cougars had run off 15 straight points and had all the momentum in the world. Enter Dazhon Miller, whose 62-yard scoring run — two plays after McKenzie sent Springfield into euphoria — tied the game. The defense then held the Cougars to a 34-yard Jack Coary field goal (Springfield quarterback Johnny Fanelli was injured midway through the drive), which set up Kareem Burton to make amends. Benched earlier in the game, Burton took a jet

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North Penn was simply too talented. Quarterback Reece Udinski set the record for most yards in a season by a District 1 quarterback. He torched the Jaguars on 23 of 27 passing for 448 yards and five touchdowns. He ended the year with 3,850 yards, or more than a 1,000 more yards than Marple Newtown’s Anthony Paoletti, who broke the Delco record this year with 2,793 yards. “He got the ball out re-

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ball, lowering the height of the basket, shortening the court, shortening the foul line distance, and adding new rules necessary for the betterment and welfare of the young players.” Another innovation designed by Archer was the Keylock Formation, which enables smaller players to more effectively compete

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The Springfield FC Shamrocks Girls U12 soccer team captured the championship at the Haverford Welsh Cup for the third year in a row on Saturday Nov. 19, 2016. This time winning the Gold Bracket with a 2-1-0 record. Needing to win their third game, the defeated Haverford 2-1 to bring home the title. Pictured are - Front row (sitting) - Kiley Raum, Erin Treude, Second row (kneeling) - Carly Coleman, Nicole Seeley, Kate DiGregorio, Tessa Purcell, Alexis Aaron, Sophia Ward, Third row (standing) Assistant Coach Anthony DiGregorio, Grace Ellis, Kaylyn Maffei, Caroline Kirsch, Anabel Kreydt, Mia Valerio, Maria McCallen, Head Coach Paul Ellis.


Congratulations to the Annunciation BVM Parish Runnin’ Raider boys cross country team, which became Philadelphia Archdiocesan CYO Champions on Sunday, Oct. 30 with their first place finish at Belmont Plateau. Congrats also to Drew Konieczny who finished first among the Cadet Boys to become CYO Champion. Four other age-group trophies were won as well at the Championship meet. The coaches offered a special thanks to the eight 8th graders who always “step up their game” to make the cross country program the success it has become: Kieran Donaher, AJ Frank, Drew Gillespie, Drew Konieczny, Anthony Lawson, Lauren McAdams, Brian McGarrity and James Welde.

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Thirty-one days of Delco-style Christmas fun — part 1


Sisters Tammy Steele and Leigh Parris were out early seeking Black Friday bargains at the Springfield Mall.

Black Friday madness takes root Holiday shopping season kicks off in Delco By Kathleen E. Carey @dtbusiness on Twitter

Yet again, shoppers were out in droves in the late hours of the night and the wee hours of the morning, as they scoured aisles for deals and just reveled in the fun of kicking off the holiday season. Shoppers flocked to the stores from Thanksgiving onward to capture the highly anticipated deals in a season that the National Retail Federation said will reap $685 billion in sales with consumers expecting to spend an average $935.58 shopping for the holiday. And although Black Friday is among the top retail days of the year, many out at the shops Friday were there for the fun. “I feel like it’s better to get up early and go out,” Allie Rosengarten said as she entered the Kohl’s in Haverford shortly after 5 a.m. “It’s more of an experience that way than to get up at a regular time and go during the day.” Rosengarten was shopping with her friend, Marie Tierney, who said she was looking for good deals. The Haverford High School seniors would’ve started earlier but Rosengarten said her junior’s driver’s license prevented her from any in-person shopping between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The duo’s enthusiasm was not dampened. “It’s a good way to kick the holiday season off,” Rosengar-


Jackie Ford of Clifton Heights takes a break while hunting Black Friday bargains at the Springfield Mall. ten smiled. Dru Ciotti agreed. Inside the store, the early morning Black Friday shopping veteran brought a pre-dawn neophyte with her this year, her friend, Carole Trebich. She presented her with an offer: “We need to go. It’s so much fun.” Ciotti has had her postThanksgiving ritual for about a decade. “There’s no shopping on Thanksgiving” the Haverford resident said of her own personal standard, “so we come out at like 4 o’clock in the morning. The store is empty and also Kohl’s is great because they restock all the doorbusters.” Trebich, also from Haverford, said she was having a good time.

“It’s fun so far - good deals and hanging out with friends,” she said around 6 a.m. For Ciotti, it’s a jumpstart. “The deals are nice but it’s more about getting into the holiday spirit and thinking about the cool gifts that you’re going to give to the people you love,” she said. “You start to get a little bit into the holiday spirit.” Store manager Marc Bilotta said the season was showing signs of being robust. “We are off to a great start,” he said Friday morning. “We had a very busy night last night. We seem to have everything that the customer needs ‘cause there’s a lot of customers that want to get a jumpstart on Thanksgiving and Christmas so we make it convenient for them by open-

ing on Thanksgiving.” In the midst of being open for 30-straight hours, which will be topped by a week of 24-hour days right before Christmas, the manager praised his customers. “We do have a very good neighborhood crowd,” he said. “They know the team, they want to come the store first.” And, Bilotta said Kohl’s gives them reason to do so. “This is the only time of the year that we do the $15 Kohl’s cash,” he said. “You take advantage of that, why not? You get $15 for $50 (worth of purchases). Nobody else does that ... It’s like you’re getting paid to shop.” He ex plained that offer started Monday and goes through this week. “This,” Bilotta said of his store, “is probably where they are going to save the most money.” Over at the Springfield Mall, sisters Leigh Parris of Brookhaven and Tammy Steele of Norwood were hyped up on caffeine and in the middle of their roll. Describing themselves as “marathon shoppers,” the two started their spree at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving and were starting to slow at 8 a.m. Friday. “Our bodies basically can’t shop anymore,” Steele said. That didn’t deter Parris. “We’re going to take a rest, then maybe go back out,” she said. The two had already hit Toys R Us, Target, Kohl’s, Walmart, the Disney Store and Children’s Place, with a Wawa stop in between. They shared one setback in their approach. “We’re disappointed,” Parris said. “We had to wait for stores MADNESS » PAGE 4

Hello to the holidays! In addition to the shopping, baking, decorating, card writing, gift wrapping and the myriad of other tasks and mustdos that take place within the next few weeks, the Christmas Peg season just isn’t Degrassa the Christmas Managing season without inEditor cluding a bunch of fun community activities. Luckily for those who live in Delaware County, there’s something fun to do in celebration of the holidays every single day in December. Most communities have their own tree lighting ceremonies, caroling events and other hyper-local activities for individuals and families. On most days, it’s safe to say, there is way more than just one thing to do. These events are not even counting all the fun things to do outside of Delco, like Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Herr’s Christmas Snacktacular in Nottingham, the West Chester Christmas Parade, The National Christmas Center in Lancaster, Hershey Park Christmas Candyland, Peddler’s Village up in Bucks Co., the Claymont Christmas Parade in Delaware and so on down the line. The Philly attractions alone could occupy the whole month with fun venues that include the Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Philly Pops holiday concerts, Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest, Christmas Village, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park, Macy’s Christmas light show and Dickens Village, the Seaport Parade of Lights, the Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad displays — let me stop, because I could go on and on. For those who live within the borders of Delco and want to stay close to home this Christmas season, I present to you part one of “Delco’s 31 Days of December.” Just remember, there are dozens of other events out there, some exclusive just to the residents of your own borough or township, so I didn’t include them. Truly, the list that follows is just a tip of the December event iceberg! Keep your ears and options open and you’ll surely come across way more. (To see even more we couldn’t fit here, view the full column on our website.)

DEC. 1 • WREATH WORKSHOP: Join members of the Scott Arboretum staff for the popular Green Wreaths workshop held in the Wister Center at the Arboretum in Swarthmore. Start DEGRASSA » PAGE 4

Dog of the Week: Chewy

Cat of the Week: Morris

Meet Chewy, the tiny, loving Shepherd blend who is waiting on the day his new family walks into his life. Chewy is a full of joy and ready to find a home where he can live a beautiful life with people who love him the most. He is a special Shepherd because he is full grown and only 35 pounds! Chewy was rescued from an overcrowded shelter in the south and brought to Providence Animal Center, formerly the Delco SPCA, where he will have a second chance to find forever. He is dogfriendly and good with kids of all ages. This special guy is microchipped, neutered and up-to- date on vaccines. Consider adding a homeless pet to your family in time for the holidays! In December, pets will be 50 percent off with the coupon found at Hours for adoption are Monday to

Morris is a kind-hearted orange cat who is waiting patiently for his life to change for the better. He is an older fellow, but he’s full of life. If you’re looking for a lap cat, he’s your man. Morris would be best in a home with children of all ages. He is healthy, litter-trained, microchipped and up-todate on vaccinations. Thanks to a generous donor, Morris has a sponsored adoption fee, which means he is free to a great home! Hours for adoption are Monday to Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Providence Animal Center is located at 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media. For information, — Providence Animal Center call 610-566-1370 or visit providenceac. org.

Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Providence Animal Center is located at 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media. For information, call 610-5661370 or visit






• FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: The Festival of Lights runs 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. FROM PAGE 3 1 at Rose Tree Park,1671 off the holiday celebration N. Providence Road, Media. The local holiday atby creating a unique and traction features more festive wreath with a variety of freshly cut greens. than 75 trees and set up colorful displays throughTheir moss-filled frames allow for long-lasting dec- out Rose Tree Park, including a gingerbread orations for your home and also make wonderful house, Santa’s sleigh, and holiday gifts. Register now Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Admission is free. as sessions are limited to Handicapped parking is 18 participants. Participants need to bring prun- available. The Tree Lighters and plastic gloves. The ing Ceremony to kick off Arboretum will supply all the festival, weather permitting with no rain date, other materials. will be held at 7 p.m. FriSessions will be held 2 day, Dec. 2. The annual to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. event celebrates the offiThursday, Dec. 1, and 10 cial opening of the Festia.m. to noon and 2 to 4 val of Lights and features p.m. Dec. 2. Cost is $45 for members a mini holiday concert by the E.T. Richardson Bella and $55 for non-memVoce Choral Ensemble, bers. Pre-registration is complimentary coffee and required by calling 610328-8025 or visiting scot- cocoa from Acme Markets The Scott and a visit from Santa Claus. Arboretum is a unique • HOLIDAY SHOPPING: garden of ideas and suggestions encouraging hor- Thornton Farmers Market will hold a special wine ticulture in its broadest sense through displays on tasting and holiday shopthe 350-plus-acre campus ping event at The Inn at Grace Winery, 50 Sweetof Swarthmore College. water Road, Glen Mills, • REASON FOR SEAfrom 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, SON: St. Joseph Parish: Dec. 2, featuring Thorn3255 Concord Road, Aston Farmers Market venton, will hold a wine and dors and local artisans. cheese event, “I Don’t The free event will feature Mind Waiting on the Lord!,” from 7 to 8:15 p.m. live music, shared plates and wine sold by glass or Thursday, Dec. 1, in the bottle. Everyone is wellower church hall. Father come to the day of holiThorne, chaplain at Neumann University and pas- day shopping fun and entertainment. The event tor of St. Martin dePorres Parish in North Phila- will include celebrity book delphia, leads the event in signing by MTV stars April and Phil Margera. prayer and reflection for Advent. For information, DEC. 3 email • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Neumann UniDEC. 2 versity’s Knight for Education Club will host Break• LIVE NATIVITY: fast with Santa 8 a.m. to The New Hope Christian Church, located at the cor- 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Community Hall, loner of Sproul and Paxon cated in the Mirenda CenHollow roads, Broomall, invites the community to ter for Sport, Spiritualthe 12th annual presenta- ity and Character Development. Admission is an tion of its “Narrated Live unwrapped children’s Nativity” to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The toy for any age. RVSP to neumannsanta1@gmail. program will take place com to reserve a specific on the Church lawn on time. The gifts will be doFriday evening, Dec. 2 ,at 7 p.m. and feature live nated to the Sacred Heart of Camden parish for its animals as well as acChristmas shopping event. tors from the New Hope Parents in the parish can Church Youth Group in a shop for gifts priced from narration depicting the birth of Jesus with a spe- 25 cents to $5, making Christmas shopping possicial emphasis on the reason for His coming. Favor- ble for needy families. • CHRISTMAS FAIR: ite Christmas carols will Holy Cross Parish will accompany the presentation. Children are invited present over 80 talented crafters in a speto come up and pet the animals at the conclusion cial Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satof the presentation. urday, Dec. 3. The craftIn addition, immediers will feature unique ately following the “Nargifts, personalized ornarated Live Nativity,” evments, jewelry, indoor and eryone is invited into the church to see a display of outdoor decorations, food more than 75 different na- and much more. The fair will take place in the Holy tivity scenes. Light refreshments will be served. Cross Gym, Bishop AveThis program is free. The nue, Springfield. • HOLIDAY BINGO: church will also hold a special Family Christmas Vest-A-Cop will hold its second annual Holiday Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. to which Bingo Saturday, Dec. 3, at Milmont Firehouse, everyone is welcome. 714 Belmont Ave., Milm• LADIES NIGHT OF ont Park. Doors open at HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Grab some friends and 5 p.m.; bingo begins at head to a fun-filled night 6 p.m. Tickets cost $30, of shopping, snacking and which includes 10 games. sipping on mocktails at The event is a BYOB; no the Aronimink Elemenminors are allowed. Raftary School, 4611 Bond fle tickets will be available Ave., Drexel Hill, from 7 to for gift baskets, 50/50 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Evdoor prizes. All proceeds eryone is welcome, and will benefit Vest-A-Cop to admission is free. A gift purchase bulletproof vests for all law enforcers in will be given to the first the county. To get tickets, 25 shoppers of the night.

call Monica at 610-3291642, Carole at 610-6371179 or Marc at 484-8403621. People may also mail check payable to Vest-ACop to P.O. Box 461, Ridley Park, PA 19078. • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: St. Bernadette Home and School Association in Drexel Hill invites local families to “Pancakes with Santa” Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in O’Brien Hall. Start the Christmas season off with a festive morning of holiday fun. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 7. Price includes full breakfast and a visit with Santa. Parents should bring their own cameras. For more information, contact Bernadette Yuknek at 610-449-0872 or bam.yuknek@verizon. net. St. Bernadette Church will present a live Nativity Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. At the same time, members of the parish choirs will sing Christmas carols. • CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Saint James Regional Catholic School, 500 Tome St., Ridley Park, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Over 25 vendors will be there, plus a Living Nativity, cookies and milk with Santa, craft fun for the kids, lots of baskets to win, a lottery tree, a basket of cheer and much more. Everyone is welcome. • HOLIDAY GREENS SALE: Fresh, local greens are for sale at Tyler Arboretum, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Hosted by the Country Gardeners of Lima, the annual event will feature festive wreaths, centerpieces, swags, handmade table arrangements, crafts and much more at reasonable prices, all perfect for teachers, and others’ gifts and home decorating. All purchases support the Garden Club’s community educational programs. The sale will be held in the new barn at Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Middletown Township. • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Catholic Community Choir is hosting its third annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Cardinal O’Hara High School. There will be two seatings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served ,and there will be music, crafts, Santa and some special visitors. The cost is $8 and $5 for those 3 and under. Reserve seats before it sells out at • HOUSE TOUR: Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) will host the Candlelight Christmas Tour, which features beautiful local homes in the Chadds Ford area, from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. People come and tour the homes, which are decorated for the holiday season. CFHS is at 1736 Creek Road in Chadds Ford. For more information, visit • CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood, holds its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3. The bazaar will include homemade foods, including lunch items, strombo-


by a bunch of bags acquired by herself and her cousin, Nicole Paradiso, in the morning’s escapades. The two came out at 11 p.m. Thursday, then took a nap between 1:30-6 a.m., before heading back out. Having done the early morning routine for 12 years, Ford said she missed the old days. “I wish it was like before when you had to get up at 2 o’clock in the morning to get to the store by 3,” she said. “I miss that.” Jennifer Patel, who stopped at Toys R Us in between visiting relatives in Media from Boston, said she appreciated the serene atmosphere. “It was pretty easy,” she said. “It’s actually calm.” Her first time out early on Black Friday, she was done


to open this year.” They were in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Lawrence Park at 5:45 a.m., although they didn’t open until 6. Steele named others, “Dollar Tree, Home Goods, they were all closed.” “We could’ve hit every one of them if they were open but we were in the parking lot laughing hysterically,” Parris said. The two of them were headed out to their car, where Parris’ husband, Rich was catching some zzz’s. “He couldn’t hang with us the rest of the time,” Parris said. “He’s a rookie,” Steele ex-

plained. Parris shared what helped keep them going. “I’ve got a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke in my console to keep me awake,” she said. Anna Clark of Folcroft was out shopping with her aunt from New York, Jennifer Garvey, for their first early Black Friday experience. Having started their day at 5 a.m., the two were finished their holiday shopping by 9 a.m. “It’s good,” Clark said. “It’s not too crowded.” Her aunt would’ve liked to have seen some better deals. “Some of these stores have to bring down their prices a little more,” she said. Jacki Ford of Clifton Heights was keeping guard

lis, soup and cookies and Annie’s Attic with quality used items including Christmas decorations, kitchen items and retired jewelry. For information, call the office at 610-5865860. • CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Prospect United Methodist Church at Eighth and Lincoln avenues will hold its Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tables are available for $20. To reserve a table, call Shelli at 610-233-6393. Everyone is welcome to attend. • CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Sacred Heart Parish, 316 E. Broadway Ave. in Clifton Heights, will have its annual Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Sacred Heart Rectory Basement. The bazaar will feature brand new and gently used Christmas gifts for all ages at bargain prices, as well as chances on a basket of Christmas spirits. The raffle table will offer tickets on items donated by local merchants, as well as a Christmas Lottery Tree with 50 Pa. Scratch-Off Tickets. A Christmas Café will offer a menu of meatballs, ziti, hot dogs, Filipino egg rolls, homemade soup and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A limited supply of Sacred Heart’s famous frozen pierogi (to take home) and a baked goods table with homemade cakes, cookies and other goodies will be available for purchase. Santa will be making a special guest appearance between noon and 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the various ministries of Sacred Heart Parish. For more information, contact Sacred Heart Parish at 610-623-0409.

DEC. 4 • TRIM-A-TREE PARTY: The community is invited to come and celebrate the holiday season Swedish-style at the TrimA-Swedish Christmas Tree Party 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Swedish Cabin, 9 Creek Road, Drexel Hill. Admission is free. Swedish holiday food from the Julbord, beverages, decorations and Swedish Chistmas music will be available. Participants can help decorate the Christmas tree, Julgran, with apples, heart baskets and straw ornaments. Afterward, tour the cabin and get warm by a roaring fire. People can also shop for gifts at Butiken, too. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 610-449-3577. • GREEN SUNDAY SHOPPING: Join Transition Town Media (TTM) for its fifth annual Green Sunday Holiday Fair 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Media Providence Friends School, 125 W. Third St., Media. There’s ample parking in the lot at Fourth and Olive streets. The event entrance is behind the school on Fourth Street near Orange Street. TTM’s green alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase goods from local vendors to encourage ecological alterna-


The Country Gardeners of Lima will hold their annual Greens Sale featuring fresh wreaths, centerpieces and much more from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Tyler Arboretum in Middletown Township. tives for holiday gift giving. For more details, visit or email The 200-member, award-winning Upper Darby High School Concert Choir joins the LSO in a contemporary medley of carols, Seasonal Sounds, by Randoll Bass, and other special selections under its director Barbara Benglian. • HOLIDAY SHOPPING: St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 535 Lamp Post Lane, Aston Township, will offer a ladies’ afternoon of holiday shopping from 2 to 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4, in the church social hall. Ladies may browse through merchandise offered by representatives of Avon, LuLaRoe Fashions, Mary Kay cosmetics, Shaklee products, Denim Pouch and more. There will also be door prizes and light refreshments. A donation of $5 will be requested at the door and no reservations are necessary. • HOLIDAY RUN: The third annual Mud, Sweat & Cheers challenge 5K trail run will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Blackrock Park on the corner of Black Rock Road and Fairview Avenue in the Swarthmorewood section of Ridley Township. Open to all ages, teams and individuals, the run will benefit the Ridley United Soccer Club (RUSC). To register, visit • HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. For tickets and information, visit • LIVE NATIVITY: Come and celebrate the meaning of Christmas at the Greccio Live Nativity Festival on Dec. 4 at 6:15 p.m. on the front lawn of the Mirenda Center of Neumann University in Aston Township. St. Francis of Assisi originated the Christmas crèche at Greccio, and the tradition extends to us today in manger depictions and Live Nativity celebrations. Children can pet the nativity animals before and after the live nativity, visit Santa and enjoy refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

DEC. 5 • ADVENT ACTIVITY: In these busy and difficult times, silence, simplicity and stillness can be elusive; and quieting the heart in prayer, a challenge. This Advent, renew the contemplative dimension of Christian faith and


Joanne Guinan, left, of Clifton Heights, and Anita McBride, of Upper Darby, were among the early arrivals at Boscov’s in Middletown for Black Friday deals. shopping within a half-hour. “I just went through and picked whatever was on sale,” she explained. Over at Boscov’s, best

friends Joanne Guinan of Clifton Heights and Anita McBride of Upper Darby were filling a blue Honda mini-van with their spoils.

prayer in two special evenings titled “Exploring Christian Meditation,” led by Fr. Joe Meehan at St. John Chrysostom Church, 615 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 9. Each evening will include instruction, guided practice and discussion about this enriching form of prayer. People are welcome to attend one or both sessions. For more info, call 610874-3418 ext. 106.

DEC. 6 • SPECIAL NEEDS SHOPPING DAY: Boscov’s Granite Run located at 1067 Baltimore Pike, Media is offering customers with special needs the opportunity to come in and shop without crowds, without problems and with undivided attention from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The store will have extra helpers to assist shoppers with finding merchandise, holding packages, pushing wheelchairs or whatever else they may need. Boscov’s will also be offering free holiday gift wrap, refreshments and gift bags to make the day fun and joyous for everyone. Organizations who plan to bring a large group of clients, students, senior bus or any customer who needs an aid to assist in the store can register for the day by calling Sarah Haas at 610-565-6009 or emailing shaas@boscovs. com. • TREE LIGHTING: Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The event will feature a live nativity scene at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (the horseshoe in front of the hospital), at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the Cafeteria in honor of the Feast of Saint Nick. Children can pose with Santa and tell him their wish from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Families may bring their own camera for photos. All attendees will receive a special gift • GINGERBREAD DECORATING: Middletown Free Library will present a “Gingerbread House” event at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 6. Teens and tweens can learn to decorate mini gingerbread houses. The class will be led by Donna Marcozzi of the Wayside Market. To register, call Jason 610-566-7828. Next week: Discover holiday events taking place during the remainder of December. Readers can contact Ped DeGrassa at

They were so engrossed in their activities, it wasn’t until they were in the parking lot that they realized they forgot the doorbusters. “Traffic wasn’t bad,” Guinan said. “The lines aren’t really that bad.” She joked about how the two kept the lines of communication open, even while in different parts of the store. “We call, tell each other where we’re at when we miss each other,” Guinan chuckled. McBride highlighted the Boscov employees, explaining that they informed of her purchases and told her what was on sale and what wasn’t. “Customer service in here was really nice,” she said. “They are so nice. Why can’t it be everywhere?”



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Money flows from Harrisburg for capital projects By Alex Rose @arosedelco on Twitter

Local politicians announced Thursday that nearly $8 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants had been secured for local projects and programs. St at e Rep. L ea n ne Krueger-Braneky, D-161, of Swarthmore, said in a release that $1.5 million would be going toward new construction at the Bruder Life Center at Neumann University. “The Bruder Life Center is an integral part of life for students of Neumann University,” said KruegerBraneky in the release. “The increased educational opportunities, along with the ability to host programs for the community, are in-

tegral in raising the already well-regarded reputation of Neumann.” State Sen. Tom Killion, R-9, of Middletown, also announced a $3 million grant to assist in construction of a “plastics-to-oil” recycling plant in Marcus Hook. The $35 million Agilyx Corp. facility will be able to recycle 50 tons of plastics each day that typically wind up in landfills, according to the release, and produce a synthetic crude oil product for use by local refining and aviation companies. “For the past several months I have been working with local elected officials and the Agilyx Corporation to bring a high-tech recycling plant to the region,” said Killion in the release. “The facility is amazing and will help clean up

the environment and create jobs in the region.” State Rep. William F. Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, likewise announced a $3.25 million R ACP grant for the construction of a new Broomall Fire Co. building. The new construction is tentatively planned to replace the company’s current building at North Malin Road and West Chester Pike, according to a release from Adolph, a longtime state Rep. who will be retiring at the end of his current term. “These dedicated volunteers risk their lives to protect the 24,000 citizens of Marple Township and they deserve a top-notch facility,” said Adolph. “The current building is nearly SUBMITTED PHOTO 60 years old and no longer Artist’s rendition of improvements to Bruder Life Center on the campus of Neumann meets the current needs of University in Aston. the fire company.”


Senior Community Services awarded grant for leadership development and succession planning Senior Community Services, which serves older adults in Delaware County, received a $37,000 grant from the Oscar H. and E. Ida Iucker Memorial Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation for Leadership Development and Succession Planning. Announcement of the grant was made by Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO of the Foun-

dation. Senior Community Services Executive Director Arthur Weisfeld has led the small non-profit since its inception, more than 40 years ago. While SCS continues to grow and take on new challenges, Weisfeld said that he wants to ensure that the agency is ready and able to continue on well into the future.

“This grant will help us to create a positive process for leadership development and succession planning,” Weisfeld said. “This generous grant will enable the agency to have facilitate smooth transitions in leadership, and allow us to continue to meet the changing needs of the population we serve.” Senior Community Ser-

vices, based in Ridley Township, is a nonprofit agency that also operates four nationally accredited senior centers in southeastern Delaware County and provides in-home support services for homebound elderly throughout the county. About The Philadelphia Foundation One of America’s oldest community foundations

(founded in 1918), The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) is committed to improving the quality of life in the Pennsylvania counties of Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia). A foundation and a public charity, TPF connects philanthropic resources to societal needs. TPF manages assets of ap-

proximately $370 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships, and promotes greater philanthropy and stronger nonprofits in service to community needs. To learn more, visit www.


More hearings slated on Nether Prov ‘sober living’ facility By Neil A. Sheehan For Digital First Media NETHER



Township zoners are likely looking at two more sessions before wrapping up a hearing on a “sober living” facility that has come under fire from neighbors and the municipality. On Monday night, the zoning board resumed the hearing where it left off in October, with the facility’s owner, Dung Lau, facing questioning from township Solicitor Michael Maddren. The attorney spent a portion of his time during the nearly 2½-hour session seeking to better understand the relationship between corporate entities Lau and his partner, Bill Herron, have established to run Providence Recovery House and a related drugand-alcohol treatment center in Upper Providence. As was learned last month, Providence Living LLC has also set up an apartment for women in Upper Providence to complement the sober living facility, which houses only men. Nether Providence has cited Lau for failing to secure a zoning variance before opening Providence Recovery House in the 200 block of North Providence Road. It is located in a section of the township zoned R-2, or limited to singlefamily residences. Lau argues that the facility, which attracted attention after a client died of a heroin overdose there last year, is permitted under the federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Maddren at one point asked Lau to describe why he considers those staying at the facility to be disabled. “Because they have the addiction disease,” Lau answered, The solicitor also wanted to know why the facility should be deemed a “dwelling,” a designation required for it to be protected under the Fair Housing Act. “It’s a dwelling because we promote community living,” Lau said. On the topic of testing to ensure clients remain drugand alcohol-free, Lau said

each resident is checked at least once a week, based on protocols determined by clinical staff. “If you come to us ‘clean’ (after 40 to 50 days of preadmission treatment), your body will reject it (drugs or alcohol). We will detect that,” he said. Lau said clients can be expelled if they test positive. In addition to Providence Living LLC, Lau has created Providence Recovery House LLC. When Maddren asked what the latter entity does, Lau said it provides sober living services. Residents at Providence Recovery House pay $4,000 a month to stay there, Lau said. However, in response to attorney Vincent Mancini, who is representing a group of neighbors, Lau said clients also are charged an average of $7,200 for treatment services. The exact amount depends on their insurance, he said. All profits flow to Providence Living LLC and are evenly split between himself and Herron, Lau said. Before the board adjourned, its chairman, Jeff Sobel, asked the attorneys about remaining testimony they need. Wendy McLean, the lawyer representing Lau, said she anticipated calling back township Man-


The ‘Sober Living’ house on Providence Road, in the Wallingford section of Nether Providence ager Gary Cummings and the township zoning officer to “probe why this facility is being treated differently than other (such) facilities in the township.” The board will resume the hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. The home was purchased by Lau in June 2014 for $575,000. He also bought an adjacent lot for $150,000 in September 2015, according to county records. On the website for Main Line Recovery, the property is identified as Providence Recovery House, an “exec-

utive 10-bed recovery house located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.” The facility accepts men ages 25 and older “who are

serious about working a program that is sustainable and gets them back on track with their careers, families and personal contentment.”

During their stay, clients work during the day and return in the early evening for meditation, dinner and a 12-step meeting.


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Special-needs shopping day at Boscov’s Boscov’s Granite Run, 1067 Baltimore Pike, Media, offers customers with special needs the opportunity to come in and shop without crowds and with workers’ undivided attention on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 9-11 a.m. The event features extra helpers to assist shoppers with finding merchandise, holding packages, pushing wheelchairs or whatever else they may need. Boscov’s offers free holiday gift wrap, refreshments and gift bags to make the day fun and joyous for everyone. Organizations who plan to bring a large group of clients, students, senior bus, etc., or for customers who need an aid’s assistance for the entirety of their time in the store, please register for the day by contacting Public Relations Manager Sarah Haas at 610-565-6009, ext. “Public Relations” or shaas@


Donate now to Mitten Tree Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has erected the 19th annual Mitten Tree at the Delaware County Court House. Through Jan. 6, the Sheriff’s Office is collecting mittens, scarves, hats and any winter accessories for county children. All items must be new. All items received benefit the emergency shelter and transitional housing clients of the Community Action Agency of Delaware County. For information, call 610-891-4296.


made-in-America gifts. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the Grange Estate. For information, call the Grange office at 610446-4958, e-mail or visit

Apply now through Dec. 9 for DCCC online winter semester Earn credits between semesters through Delaware County Community College’s accelerated winter session. Registration is now open for these intensive, online credit courses. The session runs from Monday, Dec. 12-Friday, Jan. 13. Featuring more than 60 courses, the winter session has something for everyone and can help you jumpstart your education, or complete general education requirements between semesters. Courses include American history, elementary Spanish, English composition, general psychology, introduction to business, medical terminology and more. New, visiting and returning students are invited to apply. For the full course listing, as well as registration instructions and textbook information, visit www. Online courses are just as rigorous and demanding as classroom courses, but students have 24/7 access to technical support, including tutorials. Space is limited, so apply now at www., or call 610-359-5050. Course registration ends Dec. 9.

County legion aux. Get in holiday spirit at meets Dec. 3 Grange Estate Dec. 8

The American Legion Auxiliary Delaware County Council’s next meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Crum Lynne Post 777, 137 Walter St, Crum Lynne. All auxiliary members are invited to attend. This will be a brown bag luncheon, with desserts and beverages provided by Unit 777. Those attending should call Unit President Jen to let her know. There is a Christmas auction after the meeting. It is requested that guests bring a donated new article for the auction. Greeting cards are exchanged among members.


Friends of the Grange Inc. hosts its annual Holiday Party from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the mansion. Admission is $25. Tickets are be available at the door, with checks made payable to Friends of the Grange, Inc. Early reservations are recommended by Nov. 30. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and holiday punches are served. And while enjoying the gaieties, check out the train display in the Carriage House, tour the mansion and check out the mansion’s Christmas trees — all 15 of them. The Grange’s Gift Shoppe is open during the party and stocked with unique seasonal handHAVERFORD >>

Buy tickets now FOR NCNW luncheon PHILADELPHIA >> The Philadelphia Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) honors three women and a youth whose lives and achievements honor and mirror those of its national founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and past national president, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, at its annual Founder’s Day and Awards Luncheon on Dec. 10. The ceremony takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 4200 City Line Ave. Honorees are Gertrude Brown, recipient of the Mary McLeod Bethune Award; Jazmine Smith, recipient of the Dorothy I. Height Award; and Brenda Ashanti, recipient of the Intra-Council Award. The event features vocalist Shacara Rogers; a Fashion Show Extravaganza by Reba Mur’Ray; special guest former KYW-TV report Trudy Haynes; and Cherri Gregg of KYW Radio serving as mistress of ceremonies. This year’s event marks the 70th anniversary of the Philadelphia section. For tickets and information. call Reba Mur’Ray at 215-925-6651 or Lorraine Williams at 215-548-0522.

Books signing at sports museum RADNOR >> Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, 301 Iven Road, Wayne, welcome authors Rich Westcott, Rich Pagano, Jack Lemon and Bob McLaughlin for a book signing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Springfield resident Rich Westcott is easily the most prolific author that Delaware County has ever produced. During the past 50 years, he has served on the staff of various newspapers and magazines and has written 25 books. Rich has appeared frequently on radio and television shows and has made speaking appearances at numerous sites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is at the event to discuss his new book “The Champions of Philadelphia.” Rich Pagano appears with his book on boxing’s Baron Dougherty, “The Baron of Leiperville.” Jack Lemon appears with his book on Ted Meredith. Meredith, who attended Media


Delaware County’s annual holiday extravaganza, the Festival of Lights, returns to Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence, starting Friday, Dec. 2. The free show will run through Jan. 1. High School and Williamson Trade School, was Delaware County’s first Olympic Gold Medal winner, winning two of them in the 1912 games. St. James High graduate Bob McLaughlin is in attendance with his book “Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon, Ordinary Heroes,” on the story of the close life-long friendship of baseball’s Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon who led the Pirates to the 1960 World Series championship. For information on the museum and the event, call Jim Vankoski at 610-9094919 or visit www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty. com

Crozer-Keystone toy drive runs Monday through Dec. 16 Crozer-Keystone Health System has opened its annual holiday toy drive, running through Dec. 16. The Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) is the beneficiary for the toy drive. The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has agreed to continue its participation with this campaign and has a drop-off location inside the chamber office, 1001 Baltimore Pike, Suite 9LL, Springfield. Other dropoff sites are listed at www. Toys should be new and unwrapped. The toys are donated to children under 15-years-old. Appropriate gift ideas for children in this age range are as follows: children’s books, col-

oring books, sports equipment, board games, arts and crafts materials, dolls, action figures, building blocks and puzzles. Drop-off bins are located within Crozer-Keystone at the following locations: • Crozer-Chester Medical Center, One Medical Center Blvd., Upland: POB lobby, North Lobby, Tech Park • Crozer-Keystone at Broomall, 30 Lawrence Road, Broomall: Inside Main entrance • Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, 300 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills: Main lobby • Delaware County Memorial Hospital, 501 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill: Main lobby • Springfield Hospital, 190 W. Sproul Road, Springfield: Main lobby, Healthplex, Corporate office at Pavilion II • Taylor Hospital, 175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park: Next to the volunteer’s office on furst floor

‘Nova explores Christians in Middle East Villanova University welcomes international scholars, government officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for “Christians in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious Minorities and the Struggle for Secular Nationalism and Citizenship,” a conference to raise awareness and seek solutions that will protect and preserve the human and civil rights of religious RADNOR >>

minorities in this fragile region on Dec. 5-6. The event is free and open to the public, with advance registration required. Subjects explored include: Reasons for the decline in pluralistic spaces in the Middle East; the historic role of Christian intellectuals, their contributions to Arab politics and the promotion of religious freedom; prospects for securing the equality of citizens, given current interpretations of Islamic law that tend to segregate and marginalize; strategies to combat the persecution of minority and religious communities, enabling them to remain in their homelands; geopolitical and regional tensions that threaten the presence of Christians and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East; the conflicting objectives of Russia, the United States and their allies; and the impact of the Shia-Sunni conflict on the status of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the region. Held in conjunction with the conference will be a special Opening of an art exhibit titled, “Mary Queen of Peace: Liturgical Objects from the Middle East.” On display at the Villanova University Art Gallery in the Connelly Center, the exhibit will feature icons, vestments and artifacts. For a full list of speakers, information and registration, visit html


Ringing in the holidays with a party like nun other By Peg DeGrassa @PeggyDe5 on Twitter RIDLEY TOWNSHIP>> “Tonight has been absolutely wonderful,” exclaimed Sister Marian William Fitzgerald, OSF, a resident of Assisi House in Aston. “We were treated to an outstanding dinner with plenty of delicious food, warm hospitality and beautiful decorations. The dancing, music and holiday spirit have been wonderful!” Similar words were uttered all night long last Wednesday by the dozens of Religious Sisters who came for the pre-Thanksgiving holiday dinner, hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus Peace Council 4518 in the Crum Lynne section of Ridley Township. The Knights send out invitations to nuns all over the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as a way of thanking them for their generous service to their ministries, communities, schools, hospitals, and the Catholic Church. About 60 sisters attended this year, from assorted orders including Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sisters of Saint Francis, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Sisters of Mercy, Ber-

nardine Franciscan Sisters, Little Sisters of The Poor and others. “The sisters are always giving so we like to give back to them, just to show them how much they are appreciated,” explained Knight Jerry DiMartini of Ridley Township, who led this year’s effort. Jerry and his wife Kathy planned the event with about ten others from the Council. On the night of the event about 25 volunteers showed up to pitch in and give a hand. “This is one of our bestattended events of the year for the Peace Council,” explained DiMartini, as he hustled through the Knights hall, placing baskets of rolls on the tables. Upon arrival, the sisters were greeted by Knights standing near the door, giving each attendee a fresh f lower corsage adorned with Christmas ribbon. The corsages were compliments of Knight Kevin Lyons of Kevin Lyons Funeral Home in Glenolden. Back in the kitchen, volunteers were busy taking turkeys and side dishes out of the oven. The Knights and their helpers cooked a full Thanksgiving-style dinner for the sisters, complete with sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and of course, pies. “This night is one-hundred percent all about the


Volunteer Debbie Liberatore, left, and Sister Lawrence Elizabeth, SSJ share some laughs during the 2016 Knights of Columbus Peace Council’s Christmas celebration for religious sisters residing in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Liberatore’s birthday coincidentally was on the day of the party so all attendees sang “Happy Birthday” to her on the dance floor.

Sister Marie Jerome, IHM, and Sister Regina Elinich, principal of Ss. Simon and Jude School in West Chester, enjoyed the turkey dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridley Township last week during the Knights’ annual Christmas party.

Sisters,” commented Ken Harper of Ridley Park, Deputy Grand Knight. Following dinner, the music played by DJ John Scibello, who volunteered his services for the night, amped up the sounds, from classical melodic dinner music to “get the party started” fun tunes. “The dinner music was just perfect,” exclaimed Sister Therese Michelle, SSJ with a smile. “The music reminded me of 50 years ago and the reflective ball on the ceiling added to the whole scene.”

“Christmas wish,” ranging from peace on earth to getting a selfie with Santa. The sisters also took the opportunity, with mic in hand, to express their deep gratitude for a special night. “I want to thank everyone who cooked this wonderful meal and worked so hard in the kitchen to make this night such a pleasure,” Sister Rita Doyle, IHM, said when it was her turn. Sister Rita resides at Our Lady of Fatima in Secane, but works at BVM in Darby. “We love to come here,” Sister Margaret Donohue,

Many of the sisters hit the dance floor when the music got livelier, along with some of the volunteers who took a short break from collecting the dinner dishes and cleaning up in the kitchen in order to bust a few moves. As the dancers Mummerstrutted around to string band music, Santa (AKA Chuck Sarnoski) and Mrs. Claus (AKA Mike Yuknek) strutted into the room to the delight and squeals of almost everyone. Santa took a chair up front and each sister took a turn at the microphone, telling him their


R.S.M. said sincerely. “We are so touched by the kindness of the Knights and their helpers.” “Everyone goes all out and is so nice, kind and helpful to us,” remarked Sister Bridget McCullough, IHM, who is director of parish ministries at Sacred Heart Parish in Havertown. “I can’t say enough about the Knights and the other volunteers who make this event so special.” According to Grand Knight Tony Grimaldi of Ridley Park, planning for PARTY » PAGE 8



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Delaware County pays tribute to 2016 Freedom Medal honorees By Peg DeGrassa @PeggyDe5 on Twitter SPRINGFIELD >> Standing before an audience of almost 700 attendees, legendary performer and Vietnam veteran Bobby Rydell, chokedup and emotional, proclaimed, “We are united, the United States of America. If you don’t respect our flag and love what it stands for, leave this country – get out!” His words, referring to recent post-election protesting activities, received a thunderous round of applause at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association’s 2016 Freedom Medal Award Dinner at the Springfield Country Club Thursday night. In a climate of absolute patriotism and ultimate reverence and respect for veterans of all branches of service in attendance, the third annual Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association (DCVMA) gala awarded Freedom Medals to six veterans, as well as bestowing Freedom Medal awards to several in the community who have made a notable impact in furthering the mission of the Veterans Memorial. The event, emceed by Rydell, who is a member of the DCVMA Advisory Board, and Fox 29 weather anchor Sue Serio, brought together people of all backgrounds bound by their common love of country and gratitude to our veterans. DCVMA president and U.S. Army veteran Guy Fizzano and Delaware County Councilman Mario Civera assisted in presenting the Freedom Medals to local distinguished veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle Eastern wars. Following a cocktail hour where guests mingled, posed for photos with a George Washington and Revolutionary War soldier, and noshed on hors d’oeuvres, the prestigious affair opened with the Posting of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance led by Marine Corps Bridge Company B, 6th ESB 4th MLG and MCL General Smedley D. Butler Detachment 741 of Newtown Square, accompanied by the FFMA Regimental Band. As the band and honor guards paraded through the center of the room to present the Colors and officially open the event, they were followed by this year’s Freedom Medal honorees, as well as the honorees of the past two years. Hundreds of spectators, seated at their tables, rose to their feet. The noisy room came to a hushed solemn silence. The National Anthem was sung by duo Christopher and Yvette Pecorano and the blessing was given by the Rev. James Kelly, pastor emeritus of St. Pius X Church in Broomall. As guests sat down to dinner, they viewed an emotional short film depicting veterans in various branches of the service coming home and leaving for duty, embracing their crying spouses and children, and photos of them on duty, in varied weather conditions and difficult circumstances. The DCVMA film set the tone for the event, which was sponsored and hosted by the DCVMA, as well as Delaware County Council, reminding everyone of the extreme sacrifices and hardships endured by vets. During the evening, prior to each recipient receiving their Freedom Medal, short biographical films were shown on the large screens suspended around the ballroom so attendees were able to learn about each honoree and their exemplary service to our country. After each honoree was presented with his or her medal, all those in attendance stood and gave a heartfelt long and loud applause.


Freedom Medal Honoree David Fortune, who served in the U. S. Marine Corps, with presenter Joe Daly, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and vice president of the DCVMA.


Guy Fizzano, Delaware County Veterans Memorial president, welcomes veterans to Thursday night’s gala at Springfield Country Club. This year’s Freedom Medal honorees included: • Samuel Coco, U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, began his military years as an aircraft engine mechanic, assigned to Middletown Air Depot. In 1943, he sailed with 20,000 servicemen to England on special assignment where he attended the British Royal Air Force School to study aircraft engine theory. After the course, he was assigned to the 320th Transport Squadron. From there he was assigned to the 32nd Troop Carrier Squadron, promoted to staff sergeant and assigned to a C-47 Aircraft DC-3 as an aerial engineer, flying troops and transporting supplies. Coco flew gasoline to General Patton’s Tank Corps in the Battle of the Bulge and after the war, was assigned to the U.S. Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. During his service years, Coco was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Medal. Coco has four brothers and all five of them served in World War II. Coco had a successful career with Prudential Insurance Company, retiring after 30 years of service. Coco’s medal was presented to him by Dennis Murphy, U.S. Army Veteran and DCVMA co-vice president. • David Fortune, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, joined the Marines in 1965, doing his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and beginning his service with training at Camp Geiger and Camp Lejeune, both in North Carolina. In 1966, Lance Cpl. Fortune was transferred to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for advanced infantry training and then headed to Vietnam. He was assigned to the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, later known as “The Walking Dead.” In Vietnam, he was assigned as a team leader in two major battles, along with various search and destroy missions. During a patrol assignment, Fortune was severely wounded and was shipped back to Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Cpl. Fortune was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and placed on disability retirement. Fortune received over a dozen service medals and awards, including the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze stars and the National Defense Medal. He worked for 31 years at the Philadelphia Defense Supply Company before retiring. Fortune’s Freedom Medal was presented to him by Springfield Police Chief Joe Daly, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and DCVMA co-vice president. • Richard “Dick” Phillips, U.S. Air Force veteran, attended the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Middletown Township and during his senior year, enlisted in the U.S. Navy active reserve corps in a Hell Cat squadron at NAS Willow Grove. In 1951, Phillips enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and went to Sandia Base in Albuquerque, N.M., where he trained


Freedom Medal honoree Samuel Malandra with Bobby Rydell.



Freedom Medal Honoree Samuel Coco, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

June Howard Mizzozzie, U.S. Air Force veteran, watches the video of her life before receiving the Freedom Medal. Behind her are her son Mayor Tom Micozzie and her husband and former State Rep. Nick Miccozzie.


Freedom Medal honoree Richard Phillips speaks to the audience. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Behind him is John McComb, commander of American Legion Post 805 as a mechanic. He found out he was actually part of an Atomic Bomb assembly team. He was assigned to the 4th Tactical Depot Squadron as an Electronics Technician for the bomb, scheduled to go to Germany. After two years, Phillips was discharged. He then returned to his job at Scott Paper and has been active in local veterans organizations and causes ever since. Phillip’s Freedom Medal was presented to him by John McComb, commander of American Legion Post #805. • Samuel Malandra, U. S. Army veteran became a combat engineer during the Korean War and served with the 8th Army, 185th Army Combat Engineers, participating in securing the Main Supply Route about seven miles south of Seoul. Malandra was honorably discharged in 1954, returned home, started his own carpentry business, and has been active in many veterans organizations, including VFW Post 7390 and American Legion Post 805. Malandra has participated in over 2000 Veteran interments, as well as volunteering his time to mentor and counsel young veterans. Malandra’s Freedom Medal was presented by Benjamin Napier, U.S. Army Veteran, DCVMA board member. • June Howard Micozzie, U. S. Air Force veteran, enlisted in 1952 and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She was transferred to James Connally Air Force Base in Waco, Texas, where she performed duties as a legal secretary. In 1953, a tornado hit Waco, killing 100 people and leveling parts of the town. Micozzie was transported back and forth for 12-hour shifts, assigned to help in various ways. She was discharged in 1954. Micozzie’s Freedom Medal was presented by her son, Upper Darby Township Mayor Tom Micozzie. By her side was her husband, retired Republican state Rep. Nick Micozzie, who served the 163rd Legislative District for 36 years. • Bob Spano, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served on active duty in Okinawa and Subic Bay, finishing his service with the rank of sergeant. After discharge, he worked for the Upper Darby Police Department and later returned to his family’s floor covering business. Spano has been active in

two Marine Corps Detachments, American Legion, VFW Post, AMVETS, and about a dozen other veteran organizations. He has been active in veterans activities in the community and has received numerous awards for his efforts. Spano’s Freedom Medal was presented by Dominic D’Alessandra, USMC Veteran, Commandant, MCL DET 741. Freedom Medal awards were also given to civilians who promote and further the DCVMA mission. The Dedication to Education award was given to Kathleen Breslin, Delaware County Community College (DCCC) vice president for institutional advancement and director of the DCCC Educational Foundation; and Jeffrey LaMonica, DCCC associate professor of history and coordinator of the Global Studies Program. Presented by Linda Houldin, DCVMA founding member and executive director of the Delaware County Historical Society, Breslin’s medal was accepted by DCCC President Jerry Parker on her behalf. The Dedication to Our Country and Education Freedom Medal award was given to the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation and accepted by Bill Taylor, on behalf of the foundation. The medal was presented by DCVMA President Fizzano, who praised The Henderson Foundation for its dedication and recent generous donation of $100,000 to the DCVMA. The President’s Award was presented to DCVMA founding member Linda Houldin who has made it her personal mission and passion to honor veterans by educating today’s youth about the sacrifices they have made for our country. In 2004, Houldin was approached by local veterans Steve Neri and Stan Short about the possibility of building a Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square on West Chester Pike and assigned Houldin the task of finding donors. Houldin said she will always believe that God put Claude deBotton in her path. The developer was so inspired by the mission, he donated the land to build the memorial. The entire deBotton family has been a major benefactor in the construction and upkeep of the memorial as well. Soon after the 2013 dedication, the


Bobby Rydell talks about his experiences in the service as Sue Serio, Fox 29 weather anchor and master of ceremonies, listens. DCVMA partnered with the Delaware County Historical Society, of which Houldin is executive director, to offer an education program to students in grades K-12. In the free program, students are taught about military history, government and the founding of our nation. Each student who visits the Veterans Memorial through the education program receives a flag and a copy of the U.S. Constitution. The students are taught to appreciate the U.S. veterans who protect our history, liberty and freedoms, as well as those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The program began with 50 students and now has swelled to 3,000 students. Houldin’s award was presented by DCVMA President Fizzano. A Commanders Award was presented by the Marple Newtown Continued Veterans Alliance to retiring state Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165. According to the Veterans Alliance, “Bill Adolph works tirelessly to assist all veterans, regardless of their branch of service or wartime affiliation. His respect for our nation’s veterans demonstrates on countless occasions his love of country and his action to support our veteran organizations and deeds on a daily basis as well. He is always available to assist and has never asked for anything – it is always the other way around. Bill Adolph will even reach into his own pocket to see that a veteran gets the help he needs. For these and many other unselfish, helpful acts, we are honored to present him with this award.” In addition to the bestowing of the Freedom Medal awards, everyone in the ballroom was entertained by students from Wallingford elementary school who sang patriotic songs. Also, singer Carolyn Hilton-Finney presented a rendition of “God Bless America,” and Rabbi Max Hausen asked everyone to stand for a moment of silence following the Valley Forge Military Academy Cadets’ playing of Taps. The Delaware County

Veterans Memorial Association’s mission is to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. The Memorial serves as a place to learn about war and conflict in U.S. history; a place to reflect upon bravery and sacrifice; and a place to honor those who serve to defend our rightsyesterday, today and tomorrow. In addition to its educational program, the Memorial offers Casket Flag Raising ceremonies on the second Sunday of each month from April through November, an opportunity to buya-brick to memorialize a veteran, and many other events throughout the year. The memorial continues to expand, recently dedicating a statue of Pennsylvania World War II icon Wild Bill Guarnere and soon-to-be completed Hall of Prayers, providing a quiet place for praying and reflection. For more information, call 610400-8722 or visit The Delaware County Veterans Memorial is located at Alice Grim Boulevard and West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. DCVMA co-vice president Daly summed up the essence of the evening. He said, “We are blessed to live in a country where the God-given right of freedom is bestowed upon every American citizen. However, maintaining this most basic of rights has not come without sacrifice. Since 1776, millions of Americans have served in the armed forces and thousands have sacrificed their lives to preserve our right of freedom from those who would subjugate freedom for the ideology of the state. The Delaware County Veterans Memorial is dedicated to honoring all veterans, particularly those from Delaware County who, without hesitation, gave their life to preserved the freedoms we all enjoy. It is my belief that it is the moral obligation of every veteran and citizen to honor our fallen to ensure that their sacrifice is not forgotten.”






What’s happening in and around town FLYERS TICKETS FOR SALE The Media Recreation Board is selling discount tickets to the Flyers 50th Alumni Game. The game is at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and they are $25 each. If interested, call the Recreation Office at 610-566-5210 x255.

FREE CONCERT Lima United Methodist Church, 209 N. Middletown Road, Media, invites the community to attend a Free First Friday Café, Dec. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments are included. The featured musician/songwriter is Eddy Mann who plays in the Philadelphia area and is known for his roots rock and American folk-style that speaks to a vision of peace and hope. For more information, call (610) 566-7109 or visit


Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Ave., Folsom, invites grand moms, grandpops, aunts, and uncles to a presentation and book-signing event 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, when Judy Schachner of Swarthmore, renowned author/illustrator of children books, will read from her books. Skippyjon Jones, #1 New York Times bestselling series, uses rhymes, rollicking wordplay, and much fairytale fun, to cast a magic spell on readers young and old. Light refreshments will be sold. People can come with or without children. To register, call 610-237-8100. 892-1166.

ter at Delaware County Community College. Dates STARGAZING for the spring semester are spring semester one, JanuThe Widener University ary 17 – May 8; spring acObservatory resumes its celerated one, January 17 – Resurrection Alumni, public stargazing sessions March 12; spring 2 session, family and friends are offer- this month. All are invited February 6 – May 8; and ing a trip to the Canadian to see the stars, planets and spring accelerated two, Rockies and Glacier Na- other celestial wonders usMarch 20 – May 8 All sestional Park, June 30- uly 6, ing the observatory’s 12sions feature a range of op2017. Cost is $2894 per per- and 16-inch computerized tions, including online and son and includes roundtrip reflecting telescopes. Widhybrid courses. Classes are air and sedan service from ener astronomy professors, offered at a number of conPhila. airports and visits to with assistance from undervenient locations includCalgary, Canadian Rock- graduate students, will be ing Brandywine Campus ies, Columbia Falls, Mon- on hand to offer assistance. (443-455 Boot Road, Downtana, Glacier National Park, Upcoming stargazing sesingtown), Downingtown Gandola Ride to summit sions include Monday twi- DCCC SPRING Campus (100 Bond Drive, of Sulphur Mountain, Ice- light viewings on Dec. 5 and REGISTRATION Dow ning tow n), E x ton fields Parkway and Water- 12 from 6-7 p.m. Friday evefall, 3 nights in Castle in the ning sessions are also held Registration is now open Center (906 & 912 SpringRockies and much more. the first Fridays of every for new and returning stu- dale Drive, Whiteland BusiFor information, call 610- month from 8-9 p.m. dents for the spring semes- ness Park, Exton), Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media), Pennocks Bridge Campus (280 PenNOW nocks Bridge Road, West SMOKE-FREE! Grove), Southeast Center (2000 Elmwood AveOpen for nue, Curtis Building, Sharon Hill), and Upper Darby LUNCH Center (1570 Garrett Road, everyday at 11 am! Upper Darby). To enroll in a degree or certificate program, new students must apply for admission. College staff members are available to assist Saturday, with the process. The ColSaturday, December 10th December 3rd lege offers reasonable tuition, financial aid and LUNCH WITH SANTA ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND scholarships. Start the ap1-3 pm CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY!! plication and registration process at We truly appreciate your patronage at OST spring. Current students and look forward to seeing you! may register online using delaGATE or in person. For The party kicks off at 4 pm!! more information, call 610Complimentary buffet at 6 pm. Bring the kids 359-5050. Limited seats are LIVE MUSIC with Rick Choate and in to see Santa and available and courses fill up stay for lunch! quickly, so do not delay. Joseph Nester starting at 6:30 pm. We will have The College is also offera Xmas Kids DJ BRAD HENDRIX will be in the house at 9:30 pm! ing online winter courses menu and Xmas to help students earn credDrink Specials 6-9 pm • $2 Domestic Drafts goodie bags its between semesters. The for the $3 Well Drinks • $4 CRAFT Beers last day to register is Delittle ones! $5 MARGARITAS AND LoNG ISLAND ICED TEAS! cember 9. Courses run from December 12 through Jan38 State Road, Media, PA 19063 • 610-566-9920 uary 13.


For t he c omple t e schedule and to register, visit w w stargazing or call 610-4994003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance. The Widener University Observatory will consider requests for group viewing sessions. Call 610499-4003.  The Widener University Observatory is located on the 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall on 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester.

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The 50-card set showcases county athletes in 15 different sports, as well as numerous coaches and officials who have received national recognition by their involvement in NBA and NCAA championship games and meets; Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series games; and the NFL Super Bowls. The first 25 people in attendance will be able to select 10 compliSUBMITTED PHOTO mentary cards from the set to add to their sport card Kate Bilo of CBS 3 will be collection. Delaware County Press For more information, Club’s December 21 speaker at the Spring Valley Banquet contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919. and Meeting Facility in Springfield. For tickets KATIE BILO AT or information, e-mail PRESS CLUB thepressclubpa@gmail. com/. C hief Meteorolog ist Kate Bilo will be the guest VIGIL TO END GUN speaker at the Delaware VIOLENCE County Press Club Wed., The Sisters of St. Fran- Dec. 21 at the Spring Valcis will join the Newtown ley Banquet and Meeting Foundation and Faiths Facility, 400 W. Woodland United to Prevent Gun Vio- Ave, Springfield. Doors will lence in a nationwide vigil open at 11:30 a.m. for netto #EndGunViolence 4 p.m. working, followed by lunch Wednesday, December 14 and the speaker at 12 noon. at Our Lady of Angels Con- The club will also hold its vent. A short prayer and in- holiday gift basket raffle struction will be followed to benefit the Press Club by a procession to the cor- Scholarship Fund. A verner of Red Hill and Convent satile broadcaster, in adRoads for a silent vigil. All dition to her weather duare welcome to join this si- ties as head meteorologist lent candlelight vigil to re- on CBS3, Bilo has twice member all the victims of guest hosted CBS’s Daytime gun violence and to urge ac- Emmy Award-winning talk show The Talk.. During her tion by our legislators. On average, 91 Ameri- previous tenure with Accucans are murdered with Weather weather service in guns every day and there State College, PA, she proare 12,000 gun homicides vided forecasts on TV and every year in the U.S. “Gun radio for numerous Accuviolence deaths and injuries Weather clients including must not be tolerated.Faith FOX News, CNBC, ABC Leaders United invites ev- News Now and many local eryone to “Join places of stations. She had also been worship across the na- the main morning weather tion to remember those anchor for the Bloomberg who have lost their lives Television Network. For tickets, visit www. to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been for- or eever changed because of the mail delcopressblub@ loss of a loved one, and edu- cate congregants on proven strategies to reduce gun vi- GFWC TO MEET olence.” he GFWC, Woman’s Club The Newtown Founda- of Media will hold their holtion is a Newtown-based, iday luncheon and meeting all volunteer organization at noon on Wednesday, Deformed after the Sandy cember 14 in the Conference Hook Elementary School Room at the Media-Upper shootings. Learn more Providence Free Library. at http://newtownaction. Angela Wolf Quaintance, org/newtown-foundation/. freelance videographer and Faiths United to Prevent editor will discuss her acGun Violence is a diverse ademic preparation in film coalition of more than 50 school at Temple Univerdenominations and faith- sity, including internships based organizations united at and a semesby the call of our faiths to ter of study in Los Angeles. confront America’s gun vi- She will share the business olence epidemic and to rally side of being a freelance support for policies that re- videographer, the process duce death and injury from of creating a film, and she gunfire. Learn more at will show an excerpt from her current project, an independent documentary on DELCO SPORT CARD child abuse titled “A Bird SET AVAILABLE without Wings.” A luncheon buffet of apA first look at the Sports petizers, mini-sandwiches, L egends of Delaware salad, desserts and beverCounty (SLDC) 2017 Card ages will follow. For more Set will be unveiled 11 a.m. information about this to 2 p.m. Sat., December 10 event or about the club, at the SLDC Museum, lo- and to make reservations cated at 301 Iven Ave. in call 610-566-1093 by Sunday, December 11. Wayne.


next year’s annual party would begin as soon as last week’s party ended. Fundraising throughout the year bankrolls the party. In addition to the food, drink and paperware, the Knights bought festively lit-up snowmen table centerpieces as well as a $10 Wawa gift card to give each and every sister. Sisters also received tickets for a door prize drawing. No one leaves empty-handed. DiMartini said, “My wife Kathy and I collect coupons for Boscov’s and go out and

shop for all of these door prizes. We try to buy items that would be useful to everyone.” Saying the Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration is now in its thirtieth year, DiMartini hopes the tradition will never end, “We look forward to doing this here every single year,” DiMartini said with sincerity as he watched the joy lighting up the Sisters’ faces. “We all really enjoy doing this and we want the Sisters to know how much we appreciate them. It’s a labor of love and we hope to be able to host this annual holiday party for many more years to come.”


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