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Back when Nick Colleluori was a formidable defensive lineman for the Ridley Raiders, the Thanksgiving Day game was a momentous occasion. Not only because of the tradition steeped in his family’s history with Thanksgiving football, but also for the significance of what that meant in his life. “It represented a change and what that change was and time was moving on,” his brother Pat Colleluori said. “It’s amazing how

fast time goes on. The last football game that my brother ever had the opportunity to play in was Ridley against Interboro. We’re approaching 10 years since his passing.” Colleluori died Nov. 28, 2006, after fighting non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, with which he was diagnosed a year prior. Before that, he was known for his spectacular lacrosse abilities, seen at both Ridley High School SUBMITTED PHOTO and Hofstra University in New Nick Colleluri hauls down an Interboro running back during the two York. Yet, those close to him knew teams’ traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry game back in 2003. It was the last game Colleluori played before being diagnosed with the cancer which sport had his heart. COLLELUORI » PAGE 2 that would take his young life.



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Vicki Otmani told the seventh-graders at Ridley Middle School she was preparing for this race her entire life — partly because of the challenges she faced as a youngster “I was bigger than most kids and hairy. I was called ‘Doug’s hairy sister’ and kids in baseball teased me about being bigger and hairier. But I didn’t let bullies get to me. Big is good for rowing. The first time I stepped into a boat, I loved it. I loved being challenged and doing different things. I fantasized about rowing across the ocean,” said Otmani. Otmani and her partner Megan Biging rowed across the Pacific Ocean, beginning in June. The women broke the world record in a classic boat named the Sedna, completing the race in 57 days, 13



Ridley quarterback Cade Stratton gets ready to fire a pass downfield as Brock Anderson tries to keep Interboro’s Tarjah Fiakai at bay in last Thursday’s annual holiday gridiron clash. The Green Raiders edged the Bucs, 29-22.



Taylor foundation to administer Eddystone youth fund accounts By Barbara Ormsby For Digital First Media EDDYSTONE >> Delaware County Common Court Pleas President Judge Chad Kenney gave the okay for Taylor Community Foundation to administer the Ed-

dystone Youth Fund account, according to an announcement by borough council president Bill Stewart at council’s November meeting. “It’s very good news that we finally closed the matter of the Eddystone Boys Club,” Stewart said.

Stewart said planning for programs for the young people of the borough will begin in December with programs scheduled to begin in early 2017. About $160,000 in escrow funds resulted from the dissoFUNDS » PAGE 2


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concern was always that of his family and their struggles and sacrifice. During his time, he’d counsel patients and raise funds to purchase beds for caregivers. It was because of his concern for the patients’ loved ones, and his belief that his own experience could be of benefit to others, that Nick conceived and created the HEADstrong Foundation from his own hospital bed, so that the organization could grow to help countless families. He advocated on behalf of it until passing that responsibility to his family before his death. To continue his work, his parents put their house up as collateral to buy a building, transforming the first floor into offices for the

foundation and renovating the second floor into a twobedroom apartment for patients and families to stay, free of charge, while loved ones received treatment in the area. They started by distributing comfort kits to patient families. That has expanded to providing financial assistance, housing, peer advocacy and even family meals, such as the annual Thanksgiving meal they provide for patients and their families at the Abramson Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Colleluori stressed how none of this would be possible without the kindness of the Ridley community, describing them as an integral partner in assisting HEADstrong in its service

to others in the past decade. He said both of his parents, Pat and Cheryl, plan to be at the game and are very appreciative. “My mom is obviously very moved and humbled by the honor,” he said, adding that it was very special to see some of the players on the field who knew Nick, who looked up to him as a neighbor or a camp counselor at the Ridley Area YMCA. Then, they will go to the Abramson Cancer Center, where they intend to continue the tradition created to remember a son and brother loved so very dearly. Colleluori said it is their hope this year as in ones past that this meal gives them the opportunity to connect with their families. “It can be mentally defeating to be in the hospital on Thanksgiving,” Colleluori said. “We provide this meal to not just the patients and the staff but we also encourage family and friends who are visiting.” And, for a moment, the intent is that they can savor that moment, to just be with each other and share that for that day. “I’m with my loved ones and we’re having this meal,” Colleluori said, noting they hope the patients and the families can focus on “just the notion of having Thanksgiving for what it’s worth and, frankly, that they’re together.”

Students were amazed by her achievements — but not ready to row across the ocean themselves. “It’s inspiring. I would be scared to row across the ocean. But she set a goal and did it despite everything,” said Summer Guardino. “I thought it was brave and so courageous to stand up to the ocean,” said Christian Taylor. “You can achieve more if you put your mind to it.

They achieved it. It is amazing that there was four hurricanes in one summer,” said Brandon Ritter. Some were encouraged by the way she stood up to bullies. “It was good that she stood up to those bullying her because of her height and body hair. She stood up to everything and nothing stopped her,” said Jeremy T. Nixon, Science teacher Joanne Reese followed the voyage.

Otmani is her personal trainer. Reese invited her to speak to the students because she is so inspirational. “I talked to my class about the Pacific Trash Vortex and the endurance you need to achieve goals and how you have to respect differences. When you are working out and struggling, and the woman who tells you can, rowed across the Pacific Ocean, you know you can do it,” said Reese.


“Yes,” his brother said, “he played Division 1 lacrosse, but his first love was football.” Today, as the Ridley team takes the field against its traditional Turkey Day rival Interboro High School, they will be doing so in memory of Nick and the organization he created, the HEADstrong Foundation. Colleluori explained that the Ridley/Interboro rivalry is a special tradition for the people in both communities - one that’s even more intense for every member suited up for both football teams. That’s in part due to the significance of the sport within their own families. For the Colleluoris, Nick and Pat’s dad, Pat, played football at Cardinal O’Hara High School and was team captain. He also was one of the first captains for the annual Delaware County Hero Bowl, held to raise funds for college and continuing education expenses for the families of fallen police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel. “We as kids growing up as athletes, that really meant a lot to us because there’s a lot of history, a lot of tradition,” the younger Pat Colleluori explained. Growing up, he added,

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hours and 30 minutes. They faced four hurricanes — Agatha, Blas, Celia and Darby — with massive waves and furious winds. There were times that they wanted to quit. Six out of nine competitors made the voyage to the end. The middle school students had a chance to look over the Sedna, the fourtime Guinness World record winning boat. It stood proudly outside the school. Otmani’s race was not


Nick Colleluori, No. 56, takes part in coin flip before Ridley High’s traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry game vs. Interboro back in 2003.


Nick Colleluori, seen here with a friend back in 2003, loved the rivalry his Ridley High had with Interboro. The Foundation named for him now is taking part in the tradition. children would look up to the players participating in the Thanksgiving Day game. For those fortunate to play in this game, Colleluori said it is the “epitome of being a Ridley athlete.” On the field, his brother was known as quite a force, having been the recipient of the 2004 Hank Fraley Award, named after a former Philadelphia Eagles player and given to a Del-

aware Valley high school football player who has gained the most from his experience. That was a year before his diagnosis. In September 2005, the athlete learned he had nonHodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was given a terminal prognosis. Throughout his treatments, from long hospital stays to emotionally challenging times, his biggest

only to face the ocean but to educate others about the Great Pacific Garden Patch. “There are five islands of trash in the oceans. They bring about shipping issues, clog up natural movement of the earth, the weather systems, clog fishing lines and affect the animals in the ocean,” said Otmani. Otmani showed the students the inside of a bird that had 5 percent of its body weight filled with plastic. “Ninety-five percent of birds dissected have 5 percent of their body weight

from plastic,” said Otmani. When Darby, the fourth hurricane, struck, Otmani was ready to give up. She was in tears and called her husband Chris. He quoted from the movie Rocky: “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give ... it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” “I thought of all the naysayers and it solidified me. If I don’t do it for me, this is for everyone who said I can’t. No one can stop you from achieving what you set out to do. I set a goal that I grew into,” said Otmani.

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Seventh-grade students look over the Sedna, the boat that was used by Megan Biging and Vicki Otmani to cross the Pacific Ocean this summer and break the world record in the Great Pacific Race. The New Music Concert Series at Delaware County Community College highlights the expansive musical experience available in the 21st century by presenting virtuosic and cutting-edge musicians from around the globe.


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lution of the former Eddystone Boys Club, presided over by Kenney. The boys club charter called for the club funds to be used for the benefit of the children of the borough. Council intervened legally when it was learned that distribution of some of the funds included donations to youth organizations outside of the

borough. Kurt Slenn, president of the philanthropic foundation, proposed to council several months ago that the foundation administer the youth fund account and assist the fund’s advisory board in setting up programs. There would not be any charge for the service. During the meeting, council honored three men associated with corporations for providing schools supplies and backpacks for the 250 children in kindergarten

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through fifth grade who attend Eddystone Elementary School. Honored were Richard Hentosh, a former borough resident, who owns the Lala Box LLC Co. in Brookhaven, and who provided school essentials, and John Galloway of Eddystone Rail Co. and John Kolarick of Dynegy Liberty Electric Facility, whose companies provided backpacks for each child. Mayor Allen Reeves and Police Chief Edward Mokshefsky affixed the names of each child to the backpacks. “It was a very touching gesture on the part of our corporate partners,” Stewart commented. Council also honored police officers Shane Coyle and Ryan Sweet for their quick action during a robbery at McDonald’s Restaurant in the Eddystone Crossing Shopping Center in which the suspect was quickly apprehended and the $14,000 taken during the robbery recovered.

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Cancer survivor defies the odds, serves up Thanksgiving meals By Kathleen E. Carey kcarey@21st-centurymedia. com @dtbusiness on Twitter P H I L A DE L P H I A >> E i g ht years ago, Joseph Clifford III was given a 1 in 4 chance of surviving. The thought of being in the hospital on Thanksgiving filled him with despair. When it was inevitable, he found a new focus – he planned to return a year later to serve HEADstrong meals to others as was being given to him. This year was the seventh year Clifford participated. “The turnout was so great this year,” he said. “I think it was our best year ever in terms of turnout.” While they served hundreds Thursday, Clifford shared a moment he had as HEADstrong volunteers visited the patients in their rooms to give them comfort kits Wednesday. He spoke of a very sick patient who was unable to eat because of his dietary restrictions. “He just wanted to smell the turkey and it made him cry,” Clifford said. “It made him cry.” Being able to be there in those times really mattered to the cancer survivor. “You get through to people,” he said, “and it makes it all worth the while.” On Oct. 10, 2008, the 1996 Monsignor Bonner alum was diagnosed with leukemia. The married Springfield resident had two children – a 2-year-old daughter, Molly, and a son, Joseph, who had just turned 6 months old. A f t er rec eiv in g his bloodwork, he was immediately sent to the



Members of the Colleluori family serve Thanksgiving dinner to a patient at the Abramson Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. “They said (I had) about a 25 percent chance to survive,” Clifford said. “That was from Day One walking in.” At first, he was perplexed. “I was just confused, didn’t know what it was really,” he said. “As you start to learn a little bit about it, fear does sink in.” Clifford didn’t know what to do. “Obviously with having young kids, the thoughts that go through your head like, ‘Will my son ever know who I am?, Do I make a videotape so that he knows me?’,” he said. One thing he knew for certain – he didn’t want to be in the hospital for Thanksgiving. “I remember just ticking off the calendar because I didn’t want to be there for Thanksgiv-

ing,” the 38-year-old said. “I wanted to get out for T h a n k sg iv i n g , t h i n king, ‘When will I get out? When will I get out?’” He didn’t. “As the date crept closer, I finally came to the realization that I was going to have to be there,” Clifford said. “I was like, ‘What a bummer’ because Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite holidays.” He was struggling with being in the hospital for so long and not being able to see his kids. “That’s what bothered me the most,” Clifford said. “My daughter, I remember, she was like limping around when I was in the hospital,” he said of the then-toddler. “My wife took her to see the doctors and they got X-rays to see what was wrong with her leg and they couldn’t figure it out. “Finally, it dawned on

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fering and emotional pain that lay ahead. In March 2009, Clifford received a bone marrow transplant from his brother, Kevin Clifford. He explained that when you get a new bone marrow transplant, it’s like you get a new immune system. All of your organs seem foreign. It’s the reverse, he said of receiving a new organ and your body attacking it, your organs attack it. “Things got very hazy because I got very sick from the transplant,” Clifford said. “I was put in the ICU. I remember I had a hole in my esophagus, I was suffocating myself. Everyone thought I was going to die that day.” He didn’t. “Once I got through the one day of that pain and not choking to death from the esophagus being ripped apart, I knew I was good,” Clifford said. The road to recovery



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Dunfee played football for the Sharon Hill Ramblers and coached for 18 years. He grew up in Sharon Hill. Seeing the Ramblers receive more than $14,000 worth of sporting equipment and apparel for 200 children in his borough, he found it hard to express how honored he felt. Having Philadelphia Eagles player Zach Ertz in town to talk to the youngsters make it a touchdown moment with Eagle cheerleaders and Swoop on the sidelines cheering on the kids. “It is so necessary for our young boys to play football. To be able to get the equipment for our Ramblers and their coaches means so much. Without this the kids go without and now they can play safely for

years to come. The coaches and people in our borough do a fantastic job teaching them life lessons and how to play safely,” said Dunfee. Dunkin Donuts, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and Good Sports Inc. surprised the players with the equipment as part of the TouchDDowns for Kids program. Good Sports is out of Boston, Mass., and this is the third year it has worked with Dunkin Donuts and the Eagles. Dunkin Donuts donates $250 to Good Sports every time the Philadelphia Eagles score a touchdown. Ertz, the TouchDDown for Kids ambassador, personally donates an additional $250 for every touchdown he scores. Since 2014 TouchDDown for Kids has raised $42,700. Dunkin Donuts and Good Sports has donated over $105,000 in equipment to 12 local organizations. In order to receive grants for equipment you have to


Eagles tight end Zach Ertz talks to Sharon Hill Rambler players. Top row are Derrick Graham, Terrence Oliver, Zach Ertz, Jordin Jones and Javonte Hines; on the bottom row are Raheim McIver and Hykeem Green. apply. Sharon Hill’s Ram- Green applied when a lot of blers President, Hakeem his the equipment was destroyed in a shed that was overrun with mice. Green is a councilman for the borough, too. He was surprised that he won but elated. “This is awesome. We had to turn 70 kids away because we did not have enough helmets. When we won the Good Sports Essay and Contest we were ecstatic. Having Zach Ertz here is an added bonus,”

said Green. Ertz has been TouchDDowns for Kids ambassador since 2015. He has played for the Eagles for four years. “This is huge. Being able to be here and donate time is unbelievable and that I have this opportunity to do this. It’s a lot of fun,” said Ertz. Ertz told the children, parents and coaches how at first he didn’t like football when he played in sev-

enth grade, did not play in eighth grade, but his mom told him to go out during his first year of high school and has loved it ever since. Listen to your mom, he told the kids. He explained how important time management and showing respect for coaches helps you on the field. “Strive for good grades that will be the framework you need now and in the future,” said Ertz.


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Widener students team with Salvation Army for the holiday By Rick Kauffman @Kauffee_TH on Twitter CHESTER >> Widener University students learned the virtues of Thanksgiving through helping those in need on Wednesday — by donating their time and resources at the Salvation Army. Dozens of visitors were greeted a warm meal of turkey with gravy, stuffing, macaroni and all the fixings gave the group of volunteers from the university, many of whom were first-timers, a sense of the spirit of the holidays. “It was eye-opening, I definitely had a good time getting to know some of the people who have had a different lifestyle than my own,” said Bailey Young, 20, of Widener’s Hospitality and Management studies. “I was happy to spend


lay ahead – but his mind was set on serving meals on T hanksgiv ing w ith HEADstrong. He said his nurses were so happy to see him, he felt great. “I remember (Nick’s) dad was just so blown away that I was there,” he said. “I remember he was telling some of the patients that were there, ‘Look at Joe Clifford. He just had a transplant.’ Everyone looked at it like, ‘ Wow! Look how good he’s doing’ and I think it helped them too.” Clifford’s involvement didn’t end at Thanksgiving. He went on to run the patient service programs through the Patient Service Committee from the

time with them, I can see that it goes a long way.” Michelle Sanders was trading dark turkey meat for a bit of white meat from her son, D.J. Saunders, 7, and enjoying her time together with the many visitors. Young had taken a moment to laugh and talk with the mother and son as they ate. The Widener students went to local stores to gather donations for the meals they later prepared. Everything was freshly made by the students at the university kitchen before moving bringing the essentials over to the Salvation Army Wednesday afternoon. For the past 11 years, students in the co-op program in the Center for Hospitality Management at Widener University have prepared a Thanksgiving feast for the families at the Salvation Army in Chester. This year was different

six HE A Dtable annual events, Thanksgiving being one of them, to the HEAD2head peer support program. “It’s basically me fulfilling my promise to Nick and the foundation to help continue further his mission,” Clifford said. “And, it sort of legitimizes why I went through what I went through and the reason why I’ve accepted it and I wouldn’t change it because I’ve had the opportunity to do it.” He and his wife, Kim, even grew their family with a set of twins, Kasey and Alley, now 5 years old. “I wouldn’t even change what I went through because of what I gained,” Clifford said, adding that he deals with chronic illnesses, such as a lung disease, because of the transplant. “I felt like I had to get to that place so when I go back and I meet with

with underclassmen in the Introduction to Hospitality Management class helping out. “Everyone here was so sociable and open,” Young said of his first experience volunteering. Asking Sanders what was a virtue to hold onto during the holiday season, she said “unity” was among the most important. “No matter what our situations are, you have to be mindful that family supports everything,” Sanders said. “It gets you through the hard times.” Sanders said that through strife and difficult, she always remembered that her instilling great values in her son is the pinnacle of importance. “It helps even through the struggles,” she said. RICK KAUFFMAN — DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA “It’s important to be thankful for life and opportunities Bailey Young, center, speaks with Michelle Sanders, left, and her son, B.J. Saunders, right, like this with the Salvation at the annual Thanksgiving event where Widener students prepare and serve food to nearly 200 individuals at the Salvation Army in Chester. Army.”


Pat Colleluori, Nick’s brother, enjoys a moment with some of the children getting treatment at the Abramson Center at the University of Pennsylvania. these patients, it resets me.” He ha sn’t forgot ten what it was like to be the patient wearing the hospital attire, his heart aching from missing his family.

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A member of the Colleluori family gets a hug from a patient at the Abramson Center at the University of Pennsylvania. and then introduce me to a new family, which is the HEADstrong Foundation,” he said. A nd , now, C l i f ford hoped to pass that to others with each meal he

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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.

Swarthmore, 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 www. or call 610-544-2297. Linwood Heights United Methodist Church: 1627 Chichester 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 message “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

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 c.maugeri@ or call 610-4944358. Covenant United Methodist 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 www.covumc. com or call the church office at 610-544-1400. 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 610-623-0409. 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 HMBChurch@ or call 610-5441215. 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 www.christumcbrookhaven. com 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 610-659-7362. 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 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.

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Services 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 610-5663172 or visit Trinity Episcopal Church: 301 N. Chester Road,

Events Holy Myrrh-Bearers Parish: Fairview Road, Swarthmore, announces that regular biweekly 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





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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.

To Your Health

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

support Donald Trump because he has pledged to nominate supreme court justices who beTo the Editor: lieve in the sanctity of life at all I am upset to find my local stages and will protect the banewspaper is a voice against the Republicans and, specifically, our bies in the womb. Trump will secure our borders and restore law President-elect Donald Trump. I and order to make our country am also offended at his supportsafer. (I am especially heartbroers being referred to as down ken about the innocent children trodden. The incidents written about at killed in poor neighborhoods due local colleges have been found to to gang-led crossfire.) Our presbe hoaxes. I attended Trump ral- ident-elect has promised to create jobs, which would help our lies and they were uplifting and poorer citizens. positive. We have seen videos of Presently, Trump has been foDNC leaders paying people to discused on setting up his cabinet rupt Trump rallies. and preparing for his adminisI am tired of being insulted tration. In my opinion, we should because of my opinion. I heard give Trump a chance. I pray that Obama actually say that his bigour country will heal. I hope that gest enemies were the Republicans. (What about Islamic terror- Americans can treat each other respectfully and work together. ists?) Hillary called Trump sup— Connie Labowitz, Springfield porters deplorable and racist. Clinton also referred to my religion as reactionary. Locally, our Tips to help prevent digital Trump signs were stolen from eye strain our property. I am a retired reading specialist and I taught children of To the Editor: all backgrounds for 34 years. I As Pokémon Go continues to

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be popular, it is not unusual to see users walking around their neighborhoods trying to locate digital characters based on the popular ’90s franchise. However, it is important for those walking around parks, malls and universities, trying to catch Pikachu or one of his friends using the Pokémon Go app, to be aware that this type of continual exposure to a digital screen may result in a condition called digital eye strain. Digital eye strain — a group of eye- and vision-related problems — can occur after prolonged use of devices such as computers, smart phones, TV screens and tablets. Symptoms include: itchy/burning feeling in the eyes, redness in the eyes, headaches, neck aches, fatigue, dry eyes and/ or watery eyes. According to The Vision Council’s 2015 Digital Eye Strain Report, 65 percent of Americans suffer from digital eye strain. Experts from The Eye Institute of Salus University recommend the following tips to dimin-

ish digital eye strain: 1. Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes. Using what doctors call the 20-20-20 rule, make sure you look away from the screen every 20 minutes and stare out at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This exercise gives your eyes a chance to rest from straining for long periods of time. 2. Position your device appropriately. Hold your smartphone at the furthest comfortable distance you can, which should be at least 12 inches from your face. The increased distance makes it easier for the visual system to focus on the device for longer periods of time. 3. Adjust screen settings. Increase the text size, adjust the brightness and minimize blue light output in color settings on your device to a comfortable level. 4. Blink more frequently. Blinking helps to clean and moisturize the surface of the eye. Insufficient blinking contributes to eye fatigue and, eventually, to eye strain.

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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.

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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, will 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 ball, lowering the height of the basket, shortening 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.

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 dominated 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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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 with taller boys (height limit 5’6”). With a lane that

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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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Rich Pagano is a columnist for Digital First Media.



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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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What’s happening in and around town VEST-A-COP HOLIDAY BINGO Vest-A-Cop will hold its Second Annual Holiday Bingo Saturday, December 3, at Milmont Firehouse, 714 Belmont Ave., Milmont Park. Doors open at 5 p.m.; Bingo begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $30, which includes 10 games. The event is a BYOB; no minors are allowed.Bingo prizes will include cash, gift cards, electronics and specialty items. Raffle tickets will be available for gift baskets, 50/50 and door prizes. Tables of 8-10 may reserve a table but all tickets must be purchased together. To get tickets, call Monica at 610-329-1642, Carole at 610-637-1179 or Marc at 484-840-3621.People may also mail check payable to Vest-A-Cop to P.O. Box 461, Ridley Park, PA 19078. Vest-A-Cop was formed following the shooting Corporal Marc Hanly in August of 2015. After learning that many local municipalities do not fully fund tactical bulletproof vests for their officers, police officers and their families partnered with Taylor Community Foundation and formed Vest-A-Cop to insure that all officers who protect the community would be protected. Since its inception, Vest-A-Cop has raised close to $50,000 by hosting various fundraisers and was able to purchase 13 new vests for Delaware County law enforcers this year. To learn more, visit www.

RIDLEY TREE LIGHTING Ridley Township will hold its Christmas Tree Lighting 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 at the Municipal Building, Morton Ave. and MacDade Blvd. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:45 to visit with the children. Hot chocolate, soft pretzels, entertainment and more will be available for all who attend.

76ER TICKETS AVAILABLE The Ridley Educational Foundation and the Ridley High Basketball Boosters are hosting Ridley Night at the Sixers on Sunday, December 18 when the Sixers take on the Brooklyn Nets. Game time is 6 p.m. Upper Level tickets are $20. Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a Sixers drawstring bag. In addition, anyone buying a game ticket is eligible to purchase raffle tickets to win a unique fan experience. 20 lucky fans will be part of the High Five Tunnel to welcome the team to the court and 5 fans will be introduced as the Starting Five. Chances for these experiences will be sold at the Ridley Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game on Dec. 16. Tickets for the Sixers game can be purchased by using the link on the Ridley School District website at Enjoy a Sixers game with members of the Ridley Community and support the Educational Foundation, Ridley High School basketball, and Coaches vs. Cancer.


how to make documents, files, save, as well as learning other critical functions. This class is just in time to write that holiday letter. Schoolhouse Center will also offer a class in learning to use a cell phone 1 p.m.Monday, December 5. The class will help participants, who should bring their phones, to get comfortable using it. On the agenda is texting, e-mailing, searching the internet, using the camera and downloading. More information on both classes is available by calling Schoolhouse at 610237-8100. Pre-registration is essential and cost of each class is $15.

LEGION AUXILIARY TO MEET The American Legion Auxiliary Delaware County Council’s next meeting is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Crum Lynne Post 777, 137 Walter St, Crum Lynne. All Auxiliary members are invited to attend to show support for the Council.This will be a brown Bag luncheon. Unit 777 will provide desserts and beverages for this meeting. Call unit president Jen to RSVP.A Christmas auction is planned after the meeting.Each attendee should bring a donated new article for the auction. Greeting cards will also be exchanged among members

MONDAY NIGHT BINGO The Ridley Park Seniors Group will sponsor Monday night bingo 7-9 p.m. every week at Ridley Park Borough Hall, Ward St., Ridley Park. Cards cost three for a quarter and fifteen games will be played. Everyone is welcome to attend. Also on Mondays, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., card games are available to play, including poker, pinochle and canasta. No admission is charged. Ridley Park Seniors always welcome new members and visitors. The group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at borough hall. Dues are $8 for the entire year. For more information, call Marie at 610-494-5707.

KATIE BILO AT PRESS CLUB C hief Meteorolog ist Kate Bilo will be the guest speaker at the Delaware County Press Club Wed., Dec. 21 at the Spring Valley Banquet and Meeting Facility, 400 W. Woodland Ave, Springfield. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for networking, followed by lunch and the speaker at 12 noon. The club will also hold its holiday gift basket raffle to benefit the Press Club Scholarship Fund. A versatile broadcaster, in addition to her weather duties as head meteorologist on CBS3, Bilo has twice guest hosted CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show The Talk.. During her previous tenure with AccuWeather weather service in State College, PA, she provided forecasts on TV and radio for numerous AccuWeather clients including FOX News, CNBC, ABC News Now and many local stations. She had also been the main morning weather anchor for the Bloomberg Television Network. For tickets, visit www. or email delcopressblub@

The annual Prospect Park Christmas Tree lighting, sponsored by the Prospect Park Beautification Committee, will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m., with a raindate of Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Park Square, between 9th and 10th Aves. A collection will take place COACH BAG BINGO for food donations for the PART (Parent AssociLoaves and Fishes Food ation of Ridley ThespiPantry. 50-50 chances will ans) will host a Coach Bag be available for purchase. Bingo fundraising event at the new Eddystone Fire COMPUTER, CELL Hall, 1112 E. 7th Street, EdPHONE CLASS dystone, 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2. Doors open at6:30p.m. Cost is $30 in advance Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Ave., Folsom / $35 per person at the will offer a Microsoft Word door (if available). Price inclass 10 a.m. Monday, De- cludes 10 games with cards. cember 5. Participants can Checks can be made paylearn what Word can do, able to: PART (Parent As-



Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Ave., Folsom, invites grandmoms, grandpops, aunts, and uncles to a presentation and book-signing event 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, when Judy Schachner of Swarthmore, renowned author/illustrator of children books, will read from her books. Skippyjon Jones, No. 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. sociation of Ridley Thespians). For ticket information, contact Amy Mergott at 610-659-0167 or email The bingo is a BYOB and additional items available for purchase, including extra cards, 50/50 and raffle basket chances, refreshments, soda/water and daubers. All proceeds will benefit the Ridley Drama Group.


Archbishop Prendergast Alumni will present its annual tradition, “Music on the Stairs” 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 5 in the main hall of Bonner-Prendie High School. The holiday music will be lead by music director Meggie Murphy Gribbin, ‘99. Light refreshments will be available immediately following the event. Contact Patti Mellon Germanovich, ‘75 at pattig@ FREE SOUP LUNCH if planning to St James Episcopal sing, arrive at 6:30 p.m. for Church, 732 11th Ave., Pros- a quick practice. pect Park, offers a free ‘Soup’er Lunch every Tues- FRIDAY NIGHT day. Lunch includes soup, COFFEEHOUSE rolls, butter, desserts and beverages, as well as com“Our Community Cup munity fellowship. Every- Coffeehouse,” sponsored by one is welcome. The church the New Avenue Foundation also offers a Sunday service hosts a Friday Night Coffeeat 9:30a.m. at which every- house offering food, live muone is also welcome. sic and family fun, at Chambers Memorial Presbyterian OPEN HOUSE AT Church, 2 E. Sylvan Avenue, EMMAUS Rutledge. Doors open at 5 pm. The show begins at 7:30 Emmaus Home, located pm with an opening act at at the former Margaret 7 pm. The Coffeehouse’s fall Mary Mary Alacoque School Hall 546 Wanamaker Ave., and winter lineup includes Essington, will hold a hol- Julia Zane on December 2, iday open house 6-8 p.m. Keith Shaw on December 9, Dec. 8 for the community and Eric Rapp on Decemto see the facility, meet the ber 16. Admission is whatever staff and find out their philosphy for living as commu- attendees wish to donate. nity.Light refreshments will This also includes a dinner, be served. For mroe infor- dessert and soft drinks. mation, call 610-378-3354 Parking is available in the or e-mail Anne Bradley at church parking lot. Visit Anne.Bradley@EmmausH- http://ourcommunitycup. com for more information. The Coffeehouse is famSTARGAZING ily-friendly, welcomes peoThe Widener University ple of all abilities and is Observatory resumes its wheelchair accessible. Anypublic stargazing sessions one looking for a place to this month. All are invited go on Friday nights is welto see the stars, planets and come. Musicians seeking a other celestial wonders us- venue to play should coning the observatory’s 12- sider the Cofffeehouse. The and 16-inch computerized Community Cup is planreflecting telescopes. Wid- ning its second anniversary ener astronomy professors, celebration with Share the with assistance from under- Love Fest II on Feb. 11, and graduate students, will be is currently seeking sponon hand to offer assistance. sors. Our Community Cup Up c om i n g s t a r g a z - Coffeehouse is a joint projing sessions include Mon- ect of New Avenue Foundaday twilight viewings Dec. tion, a 501c3 non-profit and 5 and 12 from 6-7 p.m. Fri- Chambers Memorial Presday evening sessions are byterian Church. New Avealso held the first Fridays of nue Foundation’s mission is every month from 8-9 p.m. to help create more meanFor t he c omple t e ingful lives for people with schedule and to register, different abilities through visit w w creative social, employment stargazing or call 610-499- and housing initiatives. Ev4003. Because space is lim- eryone is welcome in all of ited, participants are en- our programs and members accept all differences, with couraged to register. no judgements in a safe enTINICUM HOLIDAY vironment. FAIR For more information, contact: Jim Wurster, coTinicum School , 91 Sen- founder of New Avenue eca St., Essington, will hold Foundation at jim@newfdn. its Annual Holiday Fair and org or 610-328-3824. Breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3. The GED CLASSES Holiday Fair benefits the The Delaware County graduating eighth grade Workforce Development class. All vendors will be in- Board would like to reside in the Tinicum School mind local residents that gym. The breakfast with Adult Basic Education Santa will be held 9 a.m. and GED classes are ofto 12 noon. Vendors are fered year-round at varineeded. Cost is $25 per sup- ous sites throughout Delplied table, plus a raffle item aware County. To learn for the 8th grade tombola more, call Kathy Raymond table. For more informa- at Pathways PA (610) 543tion, contact Ann Connor 5022 (x 259). at or TRIP WITH call 610-506-9067.



Resurrection Alumni, family and friends are offering a trip to the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park, June 30- uly 6, 2017. Cost is $2894 per person and includes roundtrip air and sedan service from Phila. airports and visits to Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Columbia Falls, Montana, Glacier National Park, Gandola Ride to summit of Sulphur Mountain, Icefields Parkway and Waterfall, 3 nights in Castle in the Rockies and much more. For information, call 610892-1166.

DCCC SPRING REGISTRATION Registration is now open for new and returning students for the spring semester at Delaware County Community College. Dates for the spring semester are spring semester one, January 17 – May 8; spring accelerated one, January 17 – March 12; spring 2 session, February 6 – May 8; and spring accelerated two, March 20 – May 8 All sessions feature a range of options, including online and hybrid courses. Classes are offered at a number of convenient locations including Brandywine Campus (443-455 Boot Road, Downingtown), Downingtown Campus (100 Bond Drive, Dow ning tow n), E x ton Center (906 & 912 Springdale Drive, Whiteland Business Park, Exton), Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media), Pennocks Bridge Campus (280 Pennocks Bridge Road, West Grove), Southeast Center (2000 Elmwood Avenue, Curtis Building, Sharon Hill), and Upper Darby Center (1570 Garrett Road, Upper Darby). To enroll in a degree or certificate program, new students must apply for admission. College staff members are available to assist with the process. The College offers reasonable tuition, financial aid and scholarships. Start the application and registration process at spring. Current students may register online using delaGATE or in person. For more information, call 610359-5050. Limited seats are available and courses fill up quickly, so do not delay. The College is also offering online winter courses to help students earn credits between semesters. The last day to register is December 9. Courses run from December 12 through January 13.

HOLIDAY EVENT FOR AUTISTIC Jaden’s’ Voice & Faith In God Family Restoration Corporation will host their First Annual “Celebration Beyond the Spectrum Holiday Event” 9-11 a.m. December 18 at The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. The event will celebrate 500 – 1000 Autistic children and young adult’s learning differences and talents while appreciating the gift they are so many.

Kate Bilo of CBS 3 will be Delaware County Press Club’s Dec. 21 speaker at the Spring Valley Banquet and Meeting Facility in Springfield. For tickets or information, e-mail thepressclubpa@gmail. com/. The goal is to encourage and empower parents to no longer apologize or create excuses for their loved one’s unique behaviors associated with them being diagnosed with Autism. Holidays are when friends and families come together and families with an autistic loved one need to celebrate with others who have similar challenges and can relate to their concerns. The event will feature free toys, give-away bags, playtime, food, resources for caregivers and an opportunity to win a free trip to Disney World. To register for the free event, visit

RED AND GREEN SALE AT BOH The Beacon of Hope (BOH) Clothes Closet will have a Red and Green Sale this Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Any item containing red or green is $1. Shoppers can also visit the “Trinkets & Treasures Table” and fill a bag of trinkets for $3. Located on the top floor of Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1001 Washington Ave, Prospect Park, the BOH offers new and gently used clothing for the entire family. The next BOH Opening will be Saturday, January 7.

CALENDARS FOR SALE West Catholic Girls Alumnae Association is selling 2017 Yearbook Photo Calendar depicting photos from the 1950s-60s to benefit the West Catholic Scholarship Fund for current students. Calendars cost $10 each, plus $2 for mailing. Make check payable to WCGAA and mail it to:WCGAA, 1325 Robinson Ave., Havertown, PA 19083.

CHECK OUT A HOTSPOT Patrons of the Ridley Township Public Library are now able to check out and take home a mobile Hotspot just as easily as they would a book or DVD. The Hotspots will provide Internet access to users in almost all locations. Mobile Hotspots are small, portable devices that provide wireless Internet access for any device that can connect to a wireless signal, such as a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or gaming device. Mobile Hotspots typically use mobile broadband service from cellular providers for 3G or 4G Internet access. Use them on your vacation, for your next conference presentation, or to temporarily add wireless connectivity to a home that does not have it. To check out a device, patrons must be over 18 and in good standing with the library. Hotspots can be checked out for one week with no renewals and will offer unlimited data usage during that time. There is a $3 per day late fee on the device, but once the loan period is up the device will be deactivated. Hotspot devices may be booked in advance by phone (610-583-0593) or at the circulation desk. Hotspot rentals are currently free during their pilot program with TMobile.






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. This year’s Freedom


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 ANNE NEBORAK – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Club. Linda Houldin was awarded the President Award. She is with singer Bobby Rydell. 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 ANNE NEBORAK – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA and assigned to a C-47 Aircraft DC-3 as an aerial en- Freedom Medal honoree Richard Phillips speaks to the gineer, flying troops and audience. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Behind him is John transporting supplies. Coco McComb, commander of American Legion Post 805. flew gasoline to General Patton’s Tank Corps in the actually part of an Atomic nizations. He has been acBattle of the Bulge and af- Bomb assembly team. He tive in veterans activities ter the war, was assigned was assigned to the 4th in the community and has to the U.S. Headquarters in Tactical Depot Squadron received numerous awards Frankfurt, Germany. Dur- as an Electronics Techni- for his efforts. Spano’s Freeing his service years, Coco cian for the bomb, sched- dom Medal was presented was awarded the Good Con- uled to go to Germany. After by Dominic D’Alessandra, duct Medal, the European- two years, Phillips was dis- USMC Veteran, CommanAfrican-Middle Eastern charged. He then returned dant, MCL DET 741. Medal, the World War II Vic- to his job at Scott Paper and Freedom Medal awards tory Medal and the Honor- has been active in local vet- were also given to civilable Service Medal. Coco erans organizations and ians who promote and furhas four brothers and all five causes ever since. Phillip’s ther the DCVMA mission. of them served in World War Freedom Medal was pre- The Dedication to EducaII. Coco had a successful ca- sented to him by John Mc- tion award was given to reer with Prudential Insur- Comb, commander of Amer- Kathleen Breslin, Delaware ance Company, retiring af- ican Legion Post #805. County Community Colter 30 years of service. Co• Samuel Malandra, U. lege (DCCC) vice president co’s medal was presented to S. Army veteran became a for institutional advancehim by Dennis Murphy, U.S. combat engineer during the ment and director of the Army Veteran and DCVMA Korean War and served with DCCC Educational Foundaco-vice president. the 8th Army, 185th Army tion; and Jeffrey LaMonica, • David Fortune, U.S. Ma- Combat Engineers, partici- DCCC associate professor of rine Corps Veteran, joined pating in securing the Main history and coordinator of the Marines in 1965, doing Supply Route about seven the Global Studies Program. his basic training at Parris miles south of Seoul. Mal- Presented by Linda Houldin, Island, S.C., and beginning andra was honorably dis- DCVMA founding member his service with training charged in 1954, returned and executive director of the at Camp Geiger and Camp home, started his own car- Delaware County Historical Lejeune, both in North Car- pentry business, and has Society, Breslin’s medal was olina. In 1966, Lance Cpl. been active in many veter- accepted by DCCC President Fortune was transferred to ans organizations, including Jerry Parker on her behalf. Camp Pendleton, Calif., for VFW Post 7390 and AmeriThe Dedication to Our advanced infantry train- can Legion Post 805. Malan- Country and Education ing and then headed to dra has participated in over Freedom Medal award was Vietnam. He was assigned 2000 Veteran interments, given to the Wilbur C. and to the Alpha Company, 1st as well as volunteering his Betty Lea Henderson FounBattalion, 9th Marine Regi- time to mentor and counsel dation and accepted by Bill ment, 3rd Marine Division, young veterans. Malandra’s Taylor, on behalf of the foun3rd Marine Amphibious Freedom Medal was pre- dation. The medal was preForce, later known as “The sented by Benjamin Napier, sented by DCVMA PresiWalking Dead.” In Vietnam, U.S. Army Veteran, DCVMA dent Fizzano, who praised he was assigned as a team board member. The Henderson Foundation leader in two major battles, • June Howard Micozzie, for its dedication and realong with various search U. S. Air Force veteran, en- cent generous donation of and destroy missions. Dur- listed in 1952 and was sta- $100,000 to the DCVMA. ing a patrol assignment, For- tioned at Lackland Air The President’s Award tune was severely wounded Force Base in San Antonio, was presented to DCVMA and was shipped back to Texas. She was transferred founding member Linda Philadelphia Naval Hospi- to James Connally Air Force Houldin who has made it tal. Cpl. Fortune was hon- Base in Waco, Texas, where her personal mission and orably discharged from the she performed duties as a le- passion to honor veterans Marine Corps and placed on gal secretary. In 1953, a tor- by educating today’s youth disability retirement. For- nado hit Waco, killing 100 about the sacrifices they tune received over a dozen people and leveling parts have made for our counservice medals and awards, of the town. Micozzie was try. In 2004, Houldin was including the Purple Heart, transported back and forth approached by local vetthe Vietnam Service Medal for 12-hour shifts, assigned erans Steve Neri and Stan with two Bronze stars and to help in various ways. She Short about the possibility the National Defense Medal. was discharged in 1954. Mi- of building a Veterans MeHe worked for 31 years at the cozzie’s Freedom Medal was morial in Newtown Square Philadelphia Defense Supply presented by her son, Up- on West Chester Pike and Company before retiring. per Darby Township Mayor assigned Houldin the task Fortune’s Freedom Medal Tom Micozzie. By her side of finding donors. Houldin was presented to him by was her husband, retired said she will always beSpringfield Police Chief Joe Republican state Rep. Nick lieve that God put Claude Daly, U.S. Marine Corps Vet- Micozzie, who served the deBotton in her path. The eran and DCVMA co-vice 163rd Legislative District developer was so inspired for 36 years. by the mission, he donated president. • Bob Spano, U.S. Ma- the land to build the me• Richard “Dick” Phillips, U.S. Air Force veteran, rine Corps veteran, served morial. The entire deBotattended the Williamson on active duty in Okinawa ton family has been a maFree School of Mechani- and Subic Bay, finishing his jor benefactor in the concal Trades in Middletown service with the rank of ser- struction and upkeep of the Township and during his se- geant. After discharge, he memorial as well. Soon afnior year, enlisted in the U.S. worked for the Upper Darby ter the 2013 dedication, the Navy active reserve corps in Police Department and later DCVMA partnered with the a Hell Cat squadron at NAS returned to his family’s floor Delaware County Historical Willow Grove. In 1951, Phil- covering business. Spano Society, of which Houldin is lips enlisted in the U.S. Air has been active in two Ma- executive director, to offer Force and went to Sandia rine Corps Detachments, an education program to Base in Albuquerque, N.M., American Legion, VFW students in grades K-12. In where he trained as a me- Post, AMVETS, and about the free program, students chanic. He found out he was a dozen other veteran orga- are taught about military


Freedom Medal honoree Samuel Malandra with Bobby Rydell.


June Howard Mizzozzie, U.S. Air Force veteran, watches Freedom Medal Honoree the video of her life before Samuel, Coco who served in receiving the Freedom the U.S. Army Air Corps. Medal. Behind her are her son Mayor Tom Micozzie and her husband and former history, government and State Rep. Nick Miccozzie. the founding of our nation. Each student who visits the Veterans Memorial through Forces. The Memorial serves the education program re- as a place to learn about war ceives a flag and a copy of and conflict in U.S. history; the U.S. Constitution. The a place to reflect upon bravstudents are taught to ap- ery and sacrifice; and a place preciate the U.S. veterans to honor those who serve to who protect our history, lib- defend our rights-yesterday, erty and freedoms, as well today and tomorrow. In addition to its educaas those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The program tional program, the Memobegan with 50 students and rial offers Casket Flag Raisnow has swelled to 3,000 ing ceremonies on the secstudents. Houldin’s award ond Sunday of each month was presented by DCVMA from April through November, an opportunity to buyPresident Fizzano. A Commanders Award a-brick to memorialize a was presented by the Mar- veteran, and many other ple Newtown Continued events throughout the year. Veterans Alliance to retir- The memorial continues to ing state Rep. Bill Adolph, expand, recently dedicating R-165. According to the Vet- a statue of Pennsylvania erans Alliance, “Bill Adolph World War II icon Wild Bill works tirelessly to assist all Guarnere and soon-to-be veterans, regardless of their completed Hall of Prayers, branch of service or war- providing a quiet place for time affiliation. His respect praying and reflection. For for our nation’s veterans more information, call 610demonstrates on countless 400-8722 or visit www.deloccasions his love of coun- try and his action to sup- The Delaware County Vetport our veteran organiza- erans Memorial is located tions and deeds on a daily at Alice Grim Boulevard and basis as well. He is always West Chester Pike, Newavailable to assist and has town Square. DCVMA co-vice presinever asked for anything – it is always the other way dent Daly summed up the around. Bill Adolph will essence of the evening. He even reach into his own said, “We are blessed to live pocket to see that a veteran in a country where the Godgets the help he needs. For given right of freedom is bethese and many other un- stowed upon every Ameriselfish, helpful acts, we are can citizen. However, mainhonored to present him with taining this most basic of rights has not come without this award.” In addition to the bestow- sacrifice. Since 1776, millions ing of the Freedom Medal of Americans have served in awards, everyone in the ball- the armed forces and thouroom was entertained by sands have sacrificed their students from Wallingford lives to preserve our right elementary school who sang of freedom from those who patriotic songs. Also, singer would subjugate freedom Carolyn Hilton-Finney pre- for the ideology of the state. sented a rendition of “God The Delaware County VeterBless America,” and Rabbi ans Memorial is dedicated Max Hausen asked every- to honoring all veterans, one to stand for a moment particularly those from Delof silence following the Val- aware County who, without ley Forge Military Academy hesitation, gave their life to Cadets’ playing of Taps. preserved the freedoms we The Delaware County all enjoy. It is my belief that Veterans Memorial Asso- it is the moral obligation of ciation’s mission is to pay every veteran and citizen to tribute to the service and honor our fallen to ensure sacrifices of the brave men that their sacrifice is not forand women of our Armed gotten.” ANNE NEBORAK – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA



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‘Ridley Night’ at Sixers game set for Dec. 18 Ridley Educational Foundation and the Ridley High Basketball Boosters are hosting Ridley Night at the Sixers on Sunday, Dec. 18,

when the Sixers take on the Brooklyn Nets. Game time is 6 p.m. Upper Level tickets are $20. Everyone who purchases a ticket receives

a Sixers drawstring bag. In addition, anyone buying a game ticket is eligible to purchase raffle tickets to win a unique fan experi-

ence. 20 lucky fans will be part of the High Five Tunnel to welcome the team to the court and five fans will be introduced as the Start-

ing Five. Chances for these experiences are sold at the Ridley Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game on Dec. 16. Tickets for the Sixers game

can be purchased by using the link on the Ridley School District website at Enjoy a Sixers game with members of the Ridley community and support the Ridley Educational Foundation, Ridley High School basketball, and Coaches vs. Cancer.


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, Bernardine 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


Sisters of Mercy sat together at a table during the recent Knights of Columbus Christmas celebration for religious sisters. Sharing a pre-Thanksgiving dinner and conversation are Sr. Antoinette Zimmerman, Sr. Alice Mary Meehan, Sr. Maryanna Connelly, Sr. Natalie Marie Lorriccia, Sr. Clare Martin, Sr. Maureen McCann, Sr. Mariam Theresa Lavelle and Sr. Margaret Donohue. PEG DEGRASSA – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA

Sister Mary Barrar, SSJ, talked with Santa (AKA Knight Chuck Sarnoski) while Sister Sue Lindinger, SSJ, left, and Grand Knight Tony Grimaldi of Ridley Park watch. 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 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.” 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 “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, 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 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.”


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.

PEG DEGRASSA – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA PEG DEGRASSA – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Grand Knight Tony Grimaldi of Ridley Park talks to Sister PEG DEGRASSA – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA Knights of Peace Council #4518 Fran O’Hara, left, of Ridley Mary Jane Hicks, SHCJ, Sister Nora Sweeney, SHCJ, and Sister Rita Mazzotta, IHM, and Sister Therese de Sister Rosemary Hayes, SHCJ, during the annual Christmas Balincourt of the Assumption Sisters, are pictured enjoying Park and Kevin Hook of Folsom worked in the kitchen Party for the Religious Sisters hosted by the Knights Peace during the 2016 Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving/ their turkey dinners last week at the Knights of Columbus Council in Crum Lynne. Christmas celebration for religious sisters. holiday celebration.



Volunteers who cooked, cleaned and served at last Wednesday’s annual party for local Sister Marie Jerome, IHM, and Sister Regina Elinich, principal of Ss. Simon and Jude religious sisters include Brittany Stagg, Jessica Hampel, Elisa DeNofio, Maureen Verbitski, School in West Chester, enjoyed the turkey dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Debbie Liberatore, Maureen Hackett and Maureen French. Ridley Township last week during the Knights’ annual Christmas party.






Swarthmore resident ‘circles’ the globe with acts of kindness By Peg DeGrassa @PeggyDe5 on Twitter SWARTHMORE >> Local author Judith Trustone has started a global revolution without any noise, and without any bloodshed. In her self-created vehicle to change the world, Trustone, a resident of Swarthmore, hopes to kill with kindness, rather than violence, creating a rippling effect through her Global Kindness Revolution. With her recently released book, “The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violence, Racism and Meanness Through Active Mindfulness,” Trustone outlines her plan for changing the world by one little act of kindness at a time. The author proposes at 12 noon every day, people around the world should think a kind thought or do a kind deed. They can set their computers, tablets, smart phones or alarm clocks to noon and after alerted, they should pause, take five clearing breaths and then think or perform their act of kindness. 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 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 after 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 Kind-



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 cently 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


Ethan N. McKellar earns Eagle Scout rank On Sept. 17, 2016, Leedom resident Ethan Nikolai McKellar was recognized for earning the Rank of Eagle Scout, at a ceremony held at Prospect United Methodist Church. He is a proud member of BSA Troop 339 in Leedom, where he has been a member since joining in First grade as a Tiger Cub. McKellar currently serves in the role of Troop Guide. In this role he mentors and assists the youngest and the newest scouts earn rank advancement up to First Class Scout. He is also a member of the prestigious Order of the Arrow, the Honor Roll of Boy Scouts of America. McKel la r of f icia l ly earned the rank on May 16,

ness 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 twoyear respite after a car accident, the 77- year- old community kindness activist has been leading 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 re-

2016, three months after his 14th birthday. He was a student in the eighth grade at Ridley Middle School, where he completed his Eagle service project by renovating and re-organizing the Arts storage areas used by the Dramatic Arts, Chorus and Band, of which he was a member of all three groups. He supported his project by making and selling almost 250 quarts of homemade soup for two weekends with the help of his Eagle Coach, Scott Mann. He proposed, presented and managed the project which totaled 2,01 labor hours through to a very successful completion. McKellar was recently elected president of the

Class of 2020 at Ridley High School and is active in Student Government, Dramatic and Vocal Arts, TV News and Model U.N. He loves to script and shoot his own movies with the help of his fellow scouts and friends. He is currently nearing completion of a documentary about the process of what it takes to put on a successful musical stage production with the Ridley Drama Group. He hopes to go the NYU or Columbia to study Broadcast Journalism, and Film. McKellar has lived his entire life in the Leedom Section of Ridley Township where he lives with his big sister Sarah, Mom Maureen and Dad Mark.

Chester Panthers need help to play in national tournament By Peg DeGrassa @PeggyDe5 on Twitter CHESTER >> Whoever said that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place never met the Chester Panthers. This group of feisty kids just won the United Youth Football League regional conference at Widener University, qualifying the team to go on to the Nationals in Florida for the second consecutive year. In 2015, the Panthers sent their 8-andUnder team to Florida, where they placed third in the nation. This year, after an undefeated season, the boys on the 10-and-Under team captured the local championship and now have the opportunity to at-

tend the 2016 UYFL National Championships. Dec. 3-9 in Plant City, Fla. However, to turn their national championship dream into a reality, they need to come up with the money to go. Under the leadership of Coach Charles Thompson, the team has not only stepped up their practice sessions to prepare for the national tournament, it’s also switched its fundraising effort into high gear. With a goal of $20,000 to fund airfare, lodging, food and associated costs for 33 players and their coaches, and only two weeks to reach the goal, the team has been out tagging for donations at Ninth and Kerlin streets in Chester and at Sam & Sam’s in Upland, offering baked goods in exchange for monetary donations. “These 33 players have worked really hard, trying to do the right thing and make Chester proud,” Thompson explained. “We have experienced coaches and excellent athletes, players that are dedicated and committed to the team. One of our players, JaBree Davis, lost his mom in a tragic car accident on the morning of the big tournament at Widener. He made the decision to still play that day, inspiring all of us. We could see his pain and his hurt, but he had worked so hard, he still wanted to play for the team. JaBree’s strength and commitment helped all of us get through our own adversities and inspired our entire football family.” In addition to their tagging efforts, the team opened a “Go Fund Me” page (w w w.gof undme. com/2z8x810) where people can donate to the cause. As of Tuesday, the team has raised $7,512, but time is running out and airline tickets need to be purchased to leave by Dec. 2. Nicole Cogdell of Brand & Excel Consulting, who is helping the team reach its financial goal, explained the importance of the team’s efforts. She said that last year the goal was half of this year’s at $10,000 and

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