In the News This Week…

Welcome Home:
Chester Children’s Chorus Opens
Its House on October 27

The dramatic staircase at 112 Park Avenue now leads to the offices of CCC and (front to back) Executive Director Kirsten Halker-Kratz, Administrative Assistant Elisa DeNofio, and Director of Development Cynthia Staniszewski.

After two decades of “music in a box,” the Chester Children’s Chorus moved early this year into a new home at 112 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. The Chorus invites all its supporters and neighbors to visit and celebrate during its open house next Friday, October 27, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Once a single-family home, the building has …

Rose Valley Museum, 116 Years in the Making, Opens Next Weekend at Thunderbird Lodge

Morris chairs and a double-backed bench from the Rose Valley Shops are a handsome complement to the distinctive hearth in the first floor studio of Thunderbird Lodge, where the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society holds grand opening events next week. Photo by J. Scott Laughlin.

More than a century after its founding, Rose Valley has finally found a home for the unique collection of artwork and objects wrought during its formative period as an Arts & Crafts colony. The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge will open its doors at 41 Rose Valley Road to the public during an opening weekend next Friday through Sunday, October 27-29. The weekend will include a members only preview reception, a ribbon-cutting and blessing of the building, a costume party, docent tours of the museum, guided Rose Valley tours in a Ford Model T pickup truck, a community-wide picnic on the grounds, and a lecture by Thomas A. Guiler, Ph.D. of Winterthur, comparing Rose Valley to the concurrent arts and crafts communities of Byrdcliffe and Roycroft. Rose Valley appears the way it does today because …

Crum Creek Deer Hunt Is On

For the 8th consecutive year, Swarthmore College is conducting a public archery hunt of the deer population in the college’s Crum Woods, on the west side of the creek. The hunt is on during the college’s fall break (October 13-21), between October 30 and November 10, and over Thanksgiving break (November 22-25). Signs will be clearly posted in the woods to indicate dates and locations.

Hunters will be active mainly in the early morning, late afternoon, and evening hours, only in preapproved areas, and must abide by all rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its Game Commission.

If you encounter any problems, please call Swarthmore Public Safety. More information about the College’s deer population management is available at swarthmore.edu/crum-woods-stewardship-committee/frequently-asked-questions.

Trunk or Treat at WPC

A Halloween bonanza awaits trick or treaters on Sunday afternoon, October 29, at Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Brookhaven Road. The church’s annual Trunk or Treat invites neighbors to decorate their car trunks …

 

Clearing the Way to Interfaith Understanding,
Eboo Patel Builds Bridges

Eboo Patel

Faith is a powerful force in the lives of most Americans, whether Jewish or Islamic, Protestant or Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist or atheist. It’s a force that animates thoughtful people to commit themselves to compassionate causes. But as in the rest of America, we and our neighbors navigate treacherous divisions along social, cultural, and religious lines. On November 1, Swarthmore will welcome a man heralded for his ideas and abilities …

Scott Lecture Shine Light on Sunny Borders

Karl Gercens of Longwood Gardens will share insights from his deep experience of ornamental horticulture with attendees of his lecture on “Sunny Borders in a Changing Climate,” coming up …

Artists Equity Opens Juried Show at CAC Sunday

Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity opens its 2017 juried show at the Community Arts Center with a reception on Sunday, October 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition contains members’ works selected for display by juror Jan Baltzell, herself a renowned artist …

Donald Teskey, In Studio and ‘en Plein Air’

Donald Teskey, Ballyglass, 2015, oil on canvas, 39 x 47 inches

Donald Teskey, the subject of an upcoming show at Swarthmore College’s List Gallery, will host an open studio session at the college’s Beardsley Hall on Thursday, October 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 28, the Irish painter will lead a plein air painting workshop in the Crum Woods meadow from 1 to 4 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, October 29.) Teskey is in a residency at Swarthmore which will continue through December 12, encompassing not only the exhibition hanging November 2 – December 10, but also talks by the artist on …

Travel to ‘Other Desert Cities’ at PCS

It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs, and the drinks aren’t all that are on the rocks for the Wyeth family holidays. In Other Desert Cities, author Brooke seeks the blessing of her parents to publish a tell-all memoir, and the family’s reactions are as explosive as the revelations she would share. The 2011 play by Jon Robin Baitz, already an American classic, is a mordantly funny and caustic look behind …

Halloween Paraders Will Take New Route

Swarthmore Town Center has joined with the Swarthmore Lions Club, and the traditional town Halloween parade route has been changed and improved, with more treats and no tricks along the way. All children are welcome to don costumes next Saturday, October 28, and register beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the Campus & Community Store, 10 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore. The parade will go off at 11:30 a.m., proceeding along Park Avenue and finishing at the Swarthmore Farmers Market in Central Park. There will be treats for all children. Contact James Verdi at (267) 992-8785 for information.

Pasta Aplenty at Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church invites the entire Swarthmore community to attend its annual Pasta Supper on Sunday, October 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event benefits Trinity’s Youth Group Mission Trip …

Scott’s Autumn Highlight Tour, Twice

Scott Arboretum guides take visitors through the various garden collections on the Swarthmore College campus. At noon on Tuesday, October 24, and again …

Moral Dimensions of Trauma

Traumatic experiences can have consequences beyond physical and psychological injury. Trauma can also disrupt our perceptions of morality and meaning in life. In a talk on Tuesday, October 31, at 5 p.m., Dr. Zachary Moon …

Read and Discuss Haunting Stories at TGP

With Halloween approaching, it’s time to curl up with a haunting short story or two. Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery will be the main subject of discussion at The Gathering Place on Wednesday, October 25. A disturbing, even dystopian story …

Industrial Design for Modern Life
at Furness Library

Author Danielle Shapiro will visit the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford on Sunday, October 22, to discuss the influential designer John Vassos, the subject of her book John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life. Vassos conceived …

Art Speaks Again at Media Fellowship House

Media Fellowship House continues its “Art Speaks” series of forums next Wednesday, October 25, at the house at 302 S. Jackson Street. The forum discussion jumps off from a discussion of a painting by Delaware County Artist George Rothacker …

‘Thanks & Giving’ Concert
Fundraiser Saturday

Allison De Salvo and her Musical Train.

Allison DeSalvo’s World of Song band will perform a benefit concert in Swarthmore on Saturday, October 21, to raise funds for the American Red Cross and the millions of Americans affected by the recent hurricanes. Allison will sing her joyful music, accompanied by guitarist Derek Chafin and percussionist Joanna Justice, in a show geared to …

Schoolhouse Center Offers Tuesday Classes

Free weekly classes for adults abound at the Schoolhouse Center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Three of them are now under way on Tuesdays. At 11 a.m., a volunteer group gets together to craft projects to be sold to benefit individuals and groups in need. Bring your skills and good intentions …

Rachel Lancaster and Alexander Savoth

WEDDING

Alexander Savoth of Swarthmore and Rachel Lancaster of New Hope, Pa., were married on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, N.J.

Brothers Nate Savoth and Evan Savoth served as Best Men. Other groomsmen included Alex’s fellow Strath Haven High School Class of 2005 members Michael Murray and Trevor Adams.

Rachel’s sister, Moriah Lancaster, held the duties of Maid of Honor, and Wei-Wei Weintraub, Emily Mastropietro, and Jennifer Bachar were bridesmaids.

The eclectic outdoor ceremony began with a performance by an aerialist to the music of a string trio. Gusten Rudolph, SHHS Class of 2009, played drums with a jazz trio during the cocktail hour.

The bride, now Rachel Savoth, is an aerials instructor at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and a professional aerialist and circus arts performer. With an early background in classical ballet, Rachel graduated from The University of the Arts with a degree in Theater. She performs as an aerialist at festivals, conventions, concerts, and art shows in many localities, including Philadelphia, Boston, and Denver. Her parents, Kim and Sara Lancaster reside in Littleton, Col.

A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Film Art, Alex is an instructional technology specialist at Haverford College. He is a songwriter and lead singer of the band Stereo League. Alex is the son of John and Nancy Savoth of Swarthmore.

The couple is planning a honeymoon in Thailand. They reside in West Philadelphia.

Letters to the Editor

Ramifications of covenant waiver

To the Editor:

The Swarthmore Co-op agrees that its property is subject to the Biddle tract covenant prohibiting the selling or distributing of alcoholic beverages. Recently the Co-op mailed a letter to more than 150 separate property owners subject to this same restrictive covenant, including Swarthmore College and borough-owned properties. The Co-op board has not voted to sell alcohol, yet the Co-op board has hired a lawyer and mailed an agreement for release of deed restrictions (“waiver”) to all the property owners within the 33+ acres restricted by Biddle’s covenant.

The waiver is not only for the benefit of the Co-op, but will benefit all future owners of the Co-op property. If these waivers are signed by the Biddle tract owners, then the Co-op will be allowed to sell alcohol and even to sell the property with this value-added benefit for future (unknown) owners on that tract.

Since the borough is owner of some of these Biddle tracts, perhaps there should be public meetings (with notice) before the borough signs the waivers. Should the borough sign, favoring one property owner in the business district, yet excluding other Biddle tract business owners? What consequences will there be when the Co-op business eventually closes and sells the land?

Meanwhile, the Co-op seeks this waiver, but its board has not yet voted on whether they want to sell alcohol.

Pat Flanigan
Swarthmore

One party or two in Delco council?

To the Editor:

On November 7, we have the opportunity to vote for two of five County Council seats and a number of other important county positions. Now’s the time to reflect on what we want from our county government and make a plan to vote.

There has not been a single Democrat on Delaware County Council in over 40 years. Republican politicians have used county posts as stepping stones to state and federal office. The GOP faithful point to the fine character of individual elected officials and praise the efficiency of the one-party state that is Delco.

But is it really efficient? We’re taxed at a higher rate than our neighbors in Montgomery and Chester Counties, yet we have fewer county services to show for it (no health department, for example).

So where is all the money going? It’s not easy to find out. County Council meetings I’ve attended have consisted of one unanimous vote after another, with no discussion. Agendas, minutes and even video of County Council meetings are available with a click on the Montgomery and Chester County websites. In Delco, you must file a written Open Documents Request and wait more than a month for a response. Are our elected officials hiding something? The Democratic candidates for County Council, Brian Zidek and Kevin Madden, have built a convincing case that a GOP pay-to-play system funnels our tax money to contractors who, in turn, donate to Republican candidates’ campaigns. Rather than open the books to prove it isn’t true, the GOP has responded with personal attacks on the challengers and testimonials to the saintly character of their own incumbent.

The single most important fact about our county government is that it does not accurately and fairly represent the citizens who live here. This was demonstrated a year ago, when the local GOP threw its considerable weight behind the Republican presidential candidate. While he won Pennsylvania, Donald Trump lost Delaware County by a wide margin. (Hillary Clinton got more votes in Delco in 2016 than Barack Obama did in 2012.) That’s because Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the county, but also because many Delco Republicans broke with their leadership and voted against Trump. We deserve a county government that represents all the people of Delaware County — one that is transparent, efficient, responsive and accountable.

This Election Day, we can take a major step in that direction and end one-party rule here in Delco. Vote on November 7!

Heather Saunders
Swarthmore

Ship ahoy!

To the Editor:

Since it was founded in 1843, the Seamen’s Church Institute has served the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of some 65,000 visiting seafarers on some 1,900 ships docking at terminals along the Delaware River.

Trinity Episcopal Church makes financial donations, but there is a simple way for you, as a community, to help!

The SCI prepares “ditty bags” for seafarers arriving from distant ports. These folks bring you bananas, cars, oil, clothes, pineapple, appliances, etc., from faraway places, yet often can’t leave the ship to shop for basic necessities. This is where ditty bags come in.

Ditty bags contain basic toiletries, small articles of clothing, etc., and are given to the seafarers on Christmas morning. Often, this may be the only gift they receive.

Just drop off donations in the bin in back of the church, on the corner of Chester Road and College Avenue during the month of October. Suggested items include: hat & scarf, work gloves and socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and comb, deodorant, mini sewing kit, pen and stationery.

SCI prefers that toiletries be full sized, not the smaller travel-sized ones. All items will be taken to SCI on November 2.

In December, SCI chaplains and volunteers will distribute the ditty bags to the merchant mariners who are at sea during the Christmas holidays. Share God’s love by sharing with these men and women!

If you would like more information about the Seamen’s Church Institute, please visit SCI’s website at sciphiladelphia.org.

Heather Koelle
Trinity Episcopal Church, Swarthmore

Mitten Tree Time

To the Editor:

Once again, The Swarthmore Public Library will be having its mitten tree.

Please bring new hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, baby blankets and clothing to the library before December 15.

If you prefer, monetary donations may also be taken to the library. These funds will be used to purchase more warm clothing for children and adults, and then brought to CityTeam Ministries in Chester as well.

Thank you for your kindness in helping to continue this wonderful tradition.

Questions? Please e-mail Jane at nyack448@aol.com. Thank you for your generosity. Sincerely,

Jane C. Sottile
Swarthmore

Heat, Smoke and Light. And Headstrong.

Swarthmore Borough Council
By Chris Reynolds

During the public comment period at the start of the October 10 meeting, Tony Denninger of the 500 block of Riverview Road noted the coming anniversary of the removal of trees from the mandated buffer zone between his residentially-zoned Swarthmore neighborhood and the adjoining commercial property, Springfield Square in Springfield Township. He urged Council to be vigilant, suggesting that Springfield Square owner National Realty Corporation may be laying the groundwork for legal action to seek commercial zoning for residential properties it owns at the north end of Riverview. Denninger suggested that Council designate a member as liaison to the Riverview residents for continuing communication.

Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association President Rick Lee noted that this is National Fire Prevention Week, during which homeowners are urged to ensure that smoke detectors are in good order. If a detector does not have a date code, it probably is more than 10 years old, and thus obsolete, even if the batteries are new, Lee said. Replacements should use lithium ion batteries, which will last for a decade.

Council unanimously approved a motion to support the Swarthmore Co-op in its request that the Zoning Hearing Board permit it to lower its marquee sign from its current position to just above the front door lintel. The Board will rule at its meeting on October 24.

Borough Manager Jane Billings anticipates that by year-end, 100 of the borough’s street lamps will be 25-watt LEDs, which are both more energy-efficient and more durable than mercury vapor lamps. This represents about 20% of the borough’s total.

Finally, Borough Solicitor Robert Scott confirmed that neighbors of the Headstrong House at 200 S. Chester Road have appealed the recent ruling of a Delaware County Common Pleas Court judge. The appeal will be considered by Commonwealth Court.

Full STEM Ahead at WES

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board
By Katie Crawford

Wallingford Elementary School was in the spotlight for the October 9 meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board. Principal Josh Peterkin and Gifted Education teacher Larry Miller outlined the path WES is taking in order to create opportunities for all students, not just those students with Gifted Individualized Education Plans (GIEP’s), to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

Leading with the quote, “Smart is not something you are. Smart is something you become,” Mr. Peterkin spoke of how — in the past — opportunities for STEM education were mostly reserved for gifted students. The WSSD advisory council, comprised of all levels of WSSD teachers and staff, seeks to foster a STEM mindset across the district. The council is in its second year. Peterkin described this mindset as a “hands on/minds on approach with the opportunity to solve real world problems.”

Mr. Miller, who became a Gifted teacher last year (after spending twenty-plus years as a 5th grade teacher at WES) highlighted the goals for 2017-2018. Based on the success of last year’s design challenge, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are again going to participate in a design study.

Last year, 3rd grade students developed air powered cars. Fourth grade students created transport devices to protect eggs when they were dropped; if transporters were successful inside the building, Mr Peterkin and Mr. Miller climbed to the roof of WES to conduct the next phase of testing. Fifth grade students designed chairs for specific users whose needs were gleaned from the Simpson series characters from Grampa Simpson to baby Maggie.

WES is also looking into ways to extend STEM activities into the 1st and 2nd grades, possibly with the maker space kits already in use at SRS. Other goals include bringing in outside speakers who work in STEM fields, developing a set of “tools” teachers can borrow for use in their own classrooms, and expanding how STEM topics can be explored in library and art. Miller is also exploring a “Shark Tank”-like idea based on creating effective methods of water filtration.

Identifying Students at Risk

Strath Haven High School is highlighting efforts to fight at risk youth behaviors including drug and alcohol use this month. Students in 10th and 12th grade completed the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, which seeks to “allow students in grades 10 and 12 to anonymously share information about their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use to help communities address root causes of anti-social behavior.” In addition to sharing the survey results, a graduate of SHHS also spoke to parents about his own battle with addiction.

This weekend is Homecoming at the high school, kicking off with the Wall of Honor Ceremony on Friday morning. This year’s honorees — Tasha Coleman, Ryan O’Neill, and Zinzi Clemmons — will speak about their experiences to the senior class. On Friday night, Strath Haven’s football team squares off against Upper Darby. The weekend culminates with Saturday night’s Homecoming dance. All students will be breathalyzed upon entering and exiting the dance, whose theme is “Undersea Adventure.”

Exuberant Gardens Win Recognition

Amid mountain mint, Muhly grass, echinacea, coreopsis and dozens more native plants, Jacqlyn Diamond encourages wildlife to visit her Swarthmore garden, and clients to experience nature daily.

The Delaware County Master Gardeners recently presented awards to winners in the 27th annual Delaware County Garden Contest. Entries in seven categories were judged in June and July during peak garden season; harvest time brought the awards to several local fine garden proprietors.

Jacqlyn Diamond of Harvard Avenue in Swarthmore was first place winner in the Ornamental Native Wildlife Gardens category. A psychologist and therapist by profession and a gardener by nature, Jacqlyn finds serenity in working amidst her lush native plant collections, among the pollinators and birds they attract, and with the chickens that fertilize her garden. She noted recently that her clients, too, find therapeutic benefits by getting outside.

“I advise clients to incorporate nature into their treatment — to spend 10 minutes outside every day, and as they progress, to take their shoes off, to plant and care for something,” Diamond said. “People come into therapy because they feel disconnected from their contemporaries, from their families, from themselves … and connecting to the world they live in helps restore these connections.”

Camille Morrison of Rose Valley has expanded her hobby farm to cover a carefully planned and intensively productive garden including vegetables, fruit, and flowers. Her Wetherill House Farm tied for second place in the Residential Vegetable Garden category. “It was a great year for the garden, especially beans,” Camille said this week. “I just picked the last of the Italian pole beans. The cannellini did well, but I have to grow more of them next year … and only two zucchini plants!”

The site was shared by previous owner and former Rose Valley Borough Council President Mary McLaughlin as a Victory Garden during World War II. In that spirit, Camille and husband Kevin Morrison open up their garden for the gardening efforts of neighbors, who share the patch with a flock of chickens (common theme)!

Among other winners, Eiki Koyama of Wallingford tied for third place in the Ornamental Pollinator Gardens category. The awards were presented September 30 at the Master Gardeners Fall Fest in Smedley Park.

Lindsay Charlton Page and Martin Murray

Wedding

Joy Charlton and David Page of Swarthmore are very pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Lindsay Arizona Charlton Page to Martin Elliot Murray on July 2, 2017, in a lovely and lively outdoor ceremony at Tyler Arboretum, in Media, Pennsylvania. Lindsay’s cousin, Judge Durke Thompson, officiated, and Charlotte Page, sister of the bride, served as attendant and flute soloist.

Lindsay graduated from Strath Haven High School, class of 2007, and the University of Virginia, class of 2012, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature and a Masters of Teaching degree.

Martin, the son of Allan and Sheila Murray of Sheffield, England, is a graduate of The Eckington School and the University of Manchester. He has played semi-professional soccer, and has been a coach and a teacher at multiple levels.

The couple honeymooned on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes, and reside in Budapest, Hungary. They both teach at the American International School of Budapest, where they met.

Julia Gelman-Sheehan and Marcus Barr


Wedding

Dating since they were 16 years old, Julia Gelman-Sheehan and Marcus Andrew Barr were married in a self-uniting ceremony at Bartram’s Garden on September 23, 2017.

Attendants included fellow Strath Haven High School Class of 2007 members Amber Magee, Nina Regojo, Katie Swinburn, Liz Wasserman, Jason Devor, Michael Lerario, Rich MacCleary, Karl Reddick, John Paul Waraksa, and Michael Barr, Jr., of SHHS Class of 2003.

The bride, now Julia Gelman Barr, is the senior associate director of Annual Programs in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. She is the daughter of Frances Sheehan, president of the new Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation in Media, and Ricardo Gelman, an emergency medicine physician at Penn Medicine-Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

Marcus Barr is a web designer at Hartford Funds in Chesterbrook. He is the son of Michael Barr Sr., a former teacher in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, and currently the technical director of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, as well as an educational instructor for United States Soccer, and Barbara Barr, who is retired as a clinical scientist from the Crozer-Keystone Health System.

The couple reside in South Philadelphia.

What’s happening?

Art in the Making at CAC Friday Night Live

The Brett Jolly Experience provides the heartbeat with a blend of R&B, jazz and funk and rock, and ceramicist Justin Benn puts his talented hands to work in artmaking during the Community Arts Center’s Friday Night Live, beginning at 7 p.m. on October 20.

Six-string bassman and bandleader Brett Jolly plays CAC’s Friday Night Live October 20.

CAC’s monthly happening is a fascinating celebration of creativity, open to members ($10 admission) and others ($15) throughout the Center’s space at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Snacks are provided, and guests are free to bring their own food and drink.

Local artist Justin Benn is a CAC teacher who specializes in mailing ceramic masks, which will be available for purchase throughout the evening. A touring music industry pro who makes his home in Philadelphia, Brett Jolly has worked with R&B and pop giants from Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin and Janet Jackson to Bon Jovi and Jill Scott.

Tickets are sold at the door and via the website at communityartscenter.org.

History in the Making in Rose Valley

Plan next weekend (October 27-29) around the events celebrating the long-awaited opening of the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society at Thunderbird Lodge in central Rose Valley.

Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Members preview cocktail party; no charge for RVMHS members; RSVP ASAP. Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon: Opening ceremonies (free), followed during the afternoon. by docent-led tours of the museum and grounds (free for members; $10 for others.)

Saturday, 6-10 p.m.: Costume party: A Pageant of Illustration. Dinner, drinks, music and dancing, costume prizes. $75 per person; RSVP ASAP.

Sunday, 4-6 p.m.: Lecture on the Utopian Movement in American Arts & Crafts by Tom Guller of Winterthur Museum. Tickets: $20 ($15 for members.) RSVP.

The Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society is at 41 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19063. RSVPs, tickets and more information on the Museum and programs is at rosevalleymuseum.org.

Spaghetti and Magic at SPC

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church invites neighbors young and older to its “Third Friday” intergenerational program and dinner next Friday evening, October 20.

The feature attraction is the Amazing Spaghetti, Magician and Entertainer. Pasta dinner (of course!) will be served at 6:30 p.m., preceding the show, all at the church’s Fellowship Hall at 727 Harvard Avenue. A $5 per person donation is requested ($15 per family; all are welcome. RSVP to spcchildren@swarthmorepres.org.

Ben Berger Addresses
the Swarthmore Discussion Group

Ben Berger, associate professor of Political Science and executive director of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility will speak on “What Makes Democracy Work?” at the Swarthmore Discussion Group’s monthy meeting.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 18, with happy hour beginning at 5:15 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. ; and the talk and Q&A starting at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Road.

Idealistic theories of democracy call for informed, attentive citizens. What if most citizens don’t fit that model? Worse, what if even informed, attentive citizens fit the facts to match their preexisting loyalties and social identities?

In their writings, political scientists Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels pose worrisome answers. This talk will examine the debates, evidence, and arguments surrounding their groundbreaking book, Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, and will explore the implications for democracy.

Berger’s book, Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement, won the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award in 2011. Tickets for the event are $45. If you would like more information on the event or a series membership, visit swatdiscussiongroup.wordpress.com.

Celebrate Fall at Scott Arboretum Event

Now that the days grow short and the season is slowing down, local gardeners have a chance to take off the gloves and contemplate the issues that animate horticultural theory and ecological practices.

The Scott Arboretum Fall Celebration provides a forum for consideration of these issues, for one: are “alien plants” inherently bad? Entomology professor Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware says that the answer is not as obvious as you’d think. Tallamy and Rick Darke are authors of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape.

Swarthmore College’s Scott Arboretum invites you to join with your neighbors and meet other gardeners at its annual Fall Celebration next Sunday, October 22, at 4 p.m. This free event takes place at Lang Concert Hall; the talk will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

Pinot and Petals

The finer things in life can be yours next Tuesday evening at “Pinot & Petals,” a special night out with good friends and talented visitors, hosted by the Rose Tree Garden Club at the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley.

Enjoy wine and cheese beginning at 7 p.m., segueing into a demonstration of creative floral designing presented by award-winning designers Anthony Giunta and David Adsitt, which runs from 7:30 through 9:30 p.m. Door prizes and raffles will be offered to lucky winners.

Tickets for the evening are available from any Rose Tree Garden Club member, including Becky Erdmann at (610) 874-2588 and Kelly Caulfield at (610) 566-6852. The Hedgerow Theatre is at 64 Rose Valley Road.

Author Talk at CADES on
Parenting a Child with Autism

Media resident Cheryl Borrelli, author of Dear Nicky, Love Mommy, will be greeting, reading, and signing copies of her book in a free event on Tuesday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the lower gym at CADES, 401 Rutgers Avenue in Swarthmore.

The book (on sale there for $20) is an exploration in journal and letter form of her trying, fulfilling, and inspiring experiences, raising her son Nicky, who has autism.

Call Lori Hepford, Parent Teacher Organization president CADES’s George Crothers Memorial School, with any questions at (484) 226-4912.

Red Cross Blood Drive
and Spaghetti Dinner at WPC

Wallingford Presbyterian Church invites the public to give and to receive on consecutive days this month.

On Wednesday afternoon, October 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the church’s deacons will host a Red Cross Blood Drive at the church, 110 East Brookhaven Road in Wallingford. Walk-ins are welcome, but please try to register first at redcrossblood.org, or with the church office at (610) 566-1644, ext. 2.

On the following evening, October 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 277, sponsored by Wallingford Presbyterian Church, will serve a spaghetti dinner open to all hungry people. Adults who preregister (phone number above) eat for $8; it’s $10 at the door, Children under 10 years old eat for $5, and Cub Scout in uniform at free. Family tickets are $30.

Who Is Driving the Ship of State?

Stephen Walt

Where is U. S. foreign policy headed? In the Trump era, the question is baffling. Stephen Walt, Belfer Professor Of international affairs at Harvard University, will put forth some possible answers in the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture at Swarthmore College on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The talk at Science Center 101 takes off from Walt’s thesis that President Trump was elected in part because of growing dissatisfaction at the failures of U.S. foreign policy. However, he suggests, early indications are that our international ineptitude continues. The talk is free and open to all.

Birders, Flock to Hawk Mountain Day Trip

Spectacular views of the annual fall hawk migration are in the air for those who sign up for the Tuesday, October 24 (rain date Tuesday, October 31), day trip offered by Wallingford Swarthmore Community Classes.

Experienced birder Laura Matika will serve as the group’s guide, while volunteers posted at lookouts will spot and identify birds of prey. Participants will carpool or travel on their own to the area, which is north of Reading for this daylong jaunt. Bring binoculars. The trail features some strenuous hiking and one handicap-accessible lookout.

The cost is $32 per person, plus a $7 trail fee; register at www.wscclasses.org. For more information, call (610) 566-5786 or e-mail wscclasses@gmail.com.

Undercover Quilters Show: Sew Many Memories

Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 20-22), some of the top quilters in Delaware County and beyond will show more than 125 handmade quilts in the Undercover Quilters’ 2017 Quilt Show.

The show, entitled “Sew Many Memories,” will be held at the Brookhaven Municipal Building, 2 Cambridge Road. Demonstrations, vendors, raffles, door prizes, food and drink are all on offer —you may never want to leave.

Tickets: $8 for adults; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Information is at undercoverquilters.com.

Tech Fest at Springfield Mall

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit invites families with students of all ages to explore career and technical education opportunities at Tech Fest, which will take place on Saturday, October 21, noon to 3 p.m. at Springfield Mall.

There will be abundant information and experts on hand to take questions about the 19 programs offered at the three Delaware County Technical High School campuses in Aston, Folcroft, and Marple Township. Information is at DCIU.org/CTE.

Briefly Noted. . .

The Nobel Buzz. She didn’t get a call from Sweden, but for Kathy Siwicki of Rose Valley, the announcement of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine came with a recognition of work she did nearly 30 years ago as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of 2017 Nobelist Jeffrey Hall.

Siwicki is a chaired Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, where she has taught and researched for most of her career since her work in Hall’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Her 1988 article presenting research on circadian rhythms in fruit flies was cited as a key publication in the Nobel selection of Hall, Michael Rosbach, and Michael Young. Siwicki’s research has paved the way to greater understanding of biological rhythms in other species, including humans. “I thought it was pretty important at the time, but had no idea it would lead to anything this big,” she said recently.

Now as in 1988, her research focuses on Drosophila, the tiny fruit flies at the heart of much genetic research for several human (and who knows how many insect) generations. The Siwicki lab now concentrates on “the learned aspects of sexual behavior in Drosophila — specifically the responses of male fruit flies to unreceptive females.”

 

As pleased as she is to be associated with the Nobel-winning research, Siwicki said the enthusiastic affirmation from former students is most gratifying, “I am getting excited e-mails from alumni who are now in their own careers as scientists. They know what it takes to publish anything, let alone something with this resonance.”

On Saturday, September 23, Luminaria Club co-Presidents Sophia Foglio and George Steinke (pictured with club members and factory manager extraordinare, Anne Clauss below) rallied 200 SHHS Students and their families to make over 18,000 luminaria in five short hours! Many hands make light work for Fun. Food. Sand. Music. The ordering window for the January 1st event begins November 1!

Dr. Virginia Brabender, a Swarthmore resident and professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, recently co-wrote The Impact of Parenthood on the Therapeutic Relationship: Awaiting the Therapist’s Baby, a resource dedicated to exploring a range of reactions patients and clients have to the circumstance of a child entering the therapist’s family.

Released last August, the book demonstrates how these varying reactions can be used to advance therapeutic development and how to achieve well-being in the workplace while waiting for the arrival of a baby.

“This book gives therapists the tools to use these personal life events to strengthen the therapist-patient bond and enhance the treatment,” Brabender said.

The text was published by Routledge and is available on Amazon.com.

Kathie Jessup Harvey cuts the 80th birthday cake for her classmates and their spouses.

Members of the Swarthmore High School Class of 1955, along with spouses, convened at the Inn at Swarthmore last Tuesday evening, October 3, to celebrate their 62nd annual class reunion, and also their mutual 80th birthday, complete with cake. Strath Haven High School Principal MaryJo Yannacone spoke with the alums about what’s up at SHS’s successor school, born in 1983 with the creation of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, and she passed around a copy of the class’s yearbook. The gathering of this vibrant group was organized by Gordon Smith of Moorestown, N.J., who attended with his wife Nancy Smith (Class of ‘56), Karen Miller of Malvern, Mary Lou Hodgins of Seattle, Wash., Kathie Jessup Harvey of Greenville, N.C., Marguerite Hurd of Norfolk, VA, Terry and Judy Kerr of Vass, NC, Virginia Banian of Foxboro, MA, Richard Wright of Wilmington, Del., Martha Wintner of Haverford, S. Damon Kletzien of West Chester, Dorothy Rawley of Media, Roger Zensen of Graniteville, S.C., Carol Lincoln Myers of York (‘56), and Stuart and Bonnie Bowie of Wallingford.

The 21st Celebrate Photography Exhibit is currently being held in Borough Hall through October 31. Twenty-one local photographers have their work on exhibition. A wine-and-cheese opening reception, held on Friday evening, October 6, was well-attended. Jessica Graae provided live music. The exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, the community group responsible for the rotating art exhibits at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Hall’s normal hours of operation. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts visit www.swarthmorearts.org. Photo by Gabi Weisfeld

ARC of Delco to Show Democracy in Action. Members of the Arc of Delco are energetic self-advocates, with opinions and vital interests in issues like threats to Medicaid funding and employment opportunities. This group — including (left to right) Emily Yoder of Thornbury, Tina Curtis of Upper Darby, Amanda Rothstein of Concord, and Jake Spencer of Middletown, shown preparing invitations — have invited Delaware County legislators to join them for a breakfast meeting next Friday, October 20, at the Lazaretto Ballroom in Essington. If you are interested in participating in this democratic undertaking, please call ARC of Delco Executive Director Eileen MacDonald at (610) 544-6600.

Thanks to donations of time and supplies from both the Swarthmore Public Library storytime community and the families of Swarthmore-Rutledge School, approximately 200 breakfast bags were compiled for homebound seniors on October 4. Each bag was topped off with a cheery homemade card. The bags will be delivered by Aid for Friends, a local organization whose mission is to alleviate the hunger and loneliness of isolated homebound individuals.