Notice to Readers & Advertisers

The Swarthmorean office will be closed from Friday, August 12, until Monday, August 22. There will be no issue published on Friday, August 19.

Mulch Available

Mulch is still available.

Two cubic yards for $65.00 and $105 for 4 cubic yards.

Please call the Borough Office at (610) 543-4599 to place an order.

Legacy Tree Sale Continues

The Swarthmore Tree Committee reminds you that the Legacy Tree Sale of white oak saplings continues through August 22.

The 2-3 foot high container grown trees are $12 each. They are hardy, long-living, and require little care.

Order and pay through the Swarthmore Borough office, (610) 543-4599, and pick up your trees at the Swarthmore Farmers Market in September.

Save the Date! House Tours

The Swarthmore Historical Society will once again be showing off some of the great houses in Swarthmore.

On Sunday, September 18, from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., you can visit one or all of the eight houses that represent the different styles that make Swarthmore so unique.

Tickets will go on sale after Labor Day weekend at various locations in the ville.

For more information, visit


Planning Commission to Hear Zoning Variance Request for 200 S. Chester Road

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The Swarthmore Borough Planning Commission will meet Wednesday evening, August 17, to consider the Fair Housing Accommodation request of the Headstrong Foundation, which hopes to purchase the house at 200 South Chester Road in Swarthmore.

The special hearing convenes at 7:30 p.m. at Swarthmore Borough Hall, and is open for public participation and comment. Copies of the request and supporting documents are available for review at the Swarthmore Public Library and the borough office.

The Foundation seeks to use the house to provide a temporary residence for cancer patients and their families during their courses of treatment at University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Children’s Hospital. In order for this use to be permitted, Planning Commission member Jon Penders said, “The applicant is requesting an accommodation from the borough’s zoning ordinance definition of ‘family,’” which in part describes a family as “Not more than three unrelated persons occupying a dwelling unit, living together.’’

“If an accommodation is granted to that definition,” Penders said, “then the Headstrong Foundation may occupy the residence with up to seven patients and associated caregivers as a “Family” in the RB zoning district, which permits a Single Family residence.”

The Federal Fair Housing Act provides for housing policies and license and permit issuance to be applied equally to all people, regardless of disability. “The borough has encountered a couple of these accommodation requests related to installation of ramps and the like over the years,” Penders said. Members of the Planning Commission will assemble on Wednesday as an Accommodation Request Review Board. Their decision will be binding, though subject to appeal by the applicant or by another interested party recognized at the hearing.

What is The Headstrong Foundation?

The Headstrong Foundation owns and operates a similar residence in Holmes, Pa., called Nick’s House. Its namesake, Nick Colleluori, founded the organization ten years ago, inspired by his family’s devoted support, and moved by the sacrifices which his and other families made in order to support their own during their illness and treatment. Nick was 19 when diagnosed with lymphoma, and his family dropped everything to be with him during a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, said his mother Cheryl Colleluori. “There were six of us sleeping in a room, but we did what we needed to — keep the family together. Nick had insight and sensitivity, and he recognized the lack of resources to help families that are displaced by this disease. And he did something about it by founding Headstrong.”

Nick died in 2006. Within five years, the first Nick’s House was hosting families, one or two at a time, in Holmes. The much larger Swarthmore iteration of Nick’s House would accommodate up to seven families or 14 persons at a time, requiring installation of an additional handicap-accessible entry with wheelchair lift, and a few reversible interior modifications. The building would retain its residential character, according to the accommodation request, and no medical services would be provided on site.

Cheryl Colleluori expects that if permitted, Nick’s House in Swarthmore would afford families a tranquil and safe village setting during their average stay of 6 to 8 weeks, while also providing easy access by SEPTA to the facilities and advanced therapies offered at Penn and CHOP. The Foundation does not charge families for their accommodations.

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SRA Camp All About Showing Appreciation

Elsa from Disney’s Frozen made a special appearance at this year’s SRA Day Camp.

Elsa from Disney’s Frozen made a special appearance at this year’s SRA Day Camp.

By Megan Richardson

Another great summer is in the books for Swarthmore Recreation Association’s Day Camp.

Summer 2016 was filled with many fun activities for our campers, as well as giving something back to those who serve our wonderful community.

We would not have been able to complete such a successful camp without the helping hands of Dan Shaffer, Bill Kane, Joyce Perry and all of our amazing staff.

This summer we were all about giving back. Together, as a camp, we collected over 350 pounds of canned goods to donate to Philabundance. We would like to thank all the children and families involved in bringing in these donations.

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Campers in groups K through 3-6 were involved in writing thank you and appreciation letters to our local Swarthmore Police officers and firefighters.

The children were able to meet the great Elsa from Frozen during our Disney-Sing-Along event directed by Liam Shaffer.

Meanwhile, our sports camp enjoyed weekly trips including bowling, Sky Zone, and mini-golf, as well as keeping cool with our waterslides.

Once again SRA would like to thank everyone involved in making this camp so successful, and we cannot wait for what Summer 2017 has to offer!

Megan Richardson, the daughter of Theresa and Scott Richardson of Swarthmore, is a camp counselor for the Swarthmore Recreation Association.

SRA Bocce Concludes Its 27th Season – Trump Helicopter Hovers Over Court

Participants in the SRA Bocce Tournament this year are, back row, l. to r.: Sondra Mervine, Pat Donato, Bere Saxon, Judy Sennett and David Grove; center, l. to r.: Christine Donato, Kathleen Spare, Lee Seaman, Judy Politzer, Sue Lathrop, Ed Shifflett and Heather Gray; front, l. to r.: Maresa Mahoney, Sandy Ferlainie, Beth Jones, Howard Garfunkel, Lyn Podolski, Joe Torregrossa, Gretchen Shifflett and Jim Saxon.

Participants in the SRA Bocce Tournament this year are, back row, l. to r.: Sondra Mervine, Pat Donato, Bere Saxon, Judy Sennett and David Grove; center, l. to r.: Christine Donato, Kathleen Spare, Lee Seaman, Judy Politzer, Sue Lathrop, Ed Shifflett and Heather Gray; front, l. to r.: Maresa Mahoney, Sandy Ferlainie, Beth Jones, Howard Garfunkel, Lyn Podolski, Joe Torregrossa, Gretchen Shifflett and Jim Saxon.

By Joe Torregrossa

SRA Bocce held its 27th season in June at our home bocce court on Wellesley Road.

The season culminated with the traditional tournament and BBQ on June 27. Twenty- seven players participated during the season, including five first time players. The bocce playing was, as usual, quite spirited and congenial, and without the controversies that seemed to plague other seasons.

Tournament play was particularly energetic this year. Finalists in the tournament were veteran Judy Politzer and rookie Christine Donato, facing off against rookie Sandy Ferlanie and veteran Mary Lou Parker. Judy and Christine earned the victory, 11-2, and claimed the coveted Winners’ Cup.

Notwithstanding her loss in the tournament finals, Sandy Ferlanie was awarded Rookie of the Year honors for her consistent and energetic play during the entire season.

Male Rookie of the Year honors went to Ed Shifflett. The Bobby Berger Award for good sportsmanship, named in honor of the late longtime player Bobby Berger, was presented to the always upbeat veteran bocce player, Lyn Stellacone Podolski.

While the tournament play was exciting in and of itself, the bocce group was even more struck by the presence of a helicopter hovering over the court during the tournament. According to Mike Letts, longtime bocce group player and spokesperson, the helicopter belonged to the Trump organization. “We checked with the FAA and there was a Trump helicopter in the area at the time.” Mike added, “according to the FAA, the helicopter is equipped with an ‘immigrant sensor’ and we think it picked up the scent of our bocce balls, which are imported from Italy and, of course, the game itself was brought to America by Italian immigrants. Also, we were serving salsa and guacamole during the tournament and that could have played a part in triggering the sensors.” Fortunately, the helicopter did not hover long and the group was able to resume tournament play without further interruption.

Finally, it should be noted that in addition to the players already mentioned, this year’s bocce group included, Dianne Berger, Pat Donato, Howard Garfinkel, David Grove, Beth Jones, Sondra Mervine, Lee Seaman, Jim and Bere Saxon, Judy Sennett, Kathleen Spare, Gretchen Shifflett, Jodi and Bob Dawes, Maresa and Sean Mahoney, Sue Lathrop, Heather Gray, Jason Fagone and Sally Paynter.

Film Festivals: Not All Champagne and Paparazzi

Director Derek Pastuszek (left) and lead actor Kofi Bamfo at the White House screening of [solitary] last month.

Director Derek Pastuszek (left) and lead actor Kofi Bamfo at the White House screening of [solitary] last month.

Derek Pastuszek went west to learn how to make movies. Now a movie he’s made has him traveling to film festivals at all points of the compass. There, the excitement of premieres and celebrity glitz are balanced with the work of finding an audience for the short film he completed last November.

Pastuszek, a 2008 graduate of Strath Haven High School, wrote and directed the 17 minute short film [solitary], a dramatic exploration of the stark and hallucinatory life of a prisoner in solitary confinement. [solitary] has been selected for a number of international film festivals, at which it has won significant awards.

“Festivals vary,” Pastuszek said. “There are big ones like Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes (where the film was accepted into the short film corner) and smaller festivals with more focus. I’m looking for the right place for this film to land, and at every festival I’ve been to, there have been opportunities.”

So far, Pastuszek’s film has screened at film festivals in Vail, Co., Greenwich, Conn., Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. [solitary] won the grand prize in the student film category at the Cinegear Expo in L.A., and the grand prize (student narrative category) in the March on Washington Film Festival. The awards ceremony for the last included a screening of [solitary] at the White House on July 20.

“I enjoy talking about my work, but there are a lot of people at these things tooting their own horns,” Pastuszek said. “Most of my focus should be on writing, less on the networking, but we as filmmakers have our own career agendas, and I have a lot of balls in the air.”

Pastuszek majored in Film and English at Boston University, then went to the American Film Institute for an MFA in screenwriting. He has worked on feature films and TV pilots, written a feature film that is being shopped around, and now is working on a “tiny budget feature film that I could make myself.”

Future fests include Kolkata Shorts International, Southampton Film Festival in England, Hollyshorts Film Festival in Hollywood, and the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival in Cambridge.

The film is under consideration for the Philadelphia Film Festival in October, which, if it is selected, would provide a chance for local friends of Swarthmore native Pastuszek to view a screening without traveling to Cannes or Kolkata.

Once Pastuszek has completed his run of the festival gauntlet, he can finally sign distribution and broadcast deals and release the film.

Briefly Noted…

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Liz Olszewski (left) and Anna Karpyn (right) were two of the four swimmers who represented the Swarthmore Swim Club and the Suburban Swim League at the Delaware County Daily Times Elite Meet, held last Tuesday evening, August 2, at Rose Tree Woods Swim Club. Olszewski notched wins Girls 15-18 100 Meter Individual Medley and the Girls 15-18 50 Meter Breaststroke, while Karpyn finished third in the Girls 8 and under 25 Meter Freestyle. Joining the SSC Elite Meet team were Daniel Lash, who placed second in the Boys 9-10 25 Meter Fly and first in the Boys 9-10 50 Meter Freestyle and Claire Scharschan, who placed third in the Girls 11-12 50 Meter Fly. The Suburban Swim League team won the Elite Meet with a total of 497 points. Photo by Allison Karpyn

Lap Swimmers: This week’s winners of the turquoise with navy writing 2016 1,000-lap T-shirt at Swarthmore Swim Club include: 72.) Steve Melly, 73.) Barbara Whitaker-Shimko, 74.) Richard Shimko, 75.) Ryan Lynch, 76.) Beatrice Dickinson, 77.) Mark Kuperberg, 78.) Margie Linn, 79.) Mary Susan Milbourne, 80.) Morgan McErlean, 81.) David Calloway, 82.) Abby Dawes, 83.) Andrea Bruno, 84.) Laura Matheny, 85.) Michael Karpyn, 86.) Colleen Riviello, 87.) Jodi Dawes, 88.) Gregory Milbourne and 89.) Sue Wenger.

Vacation Postcards

Interpid road trippers Hally, Jeb, and Virginia Finney.

Interpid road trippers Hally, Jeb, and Virginia Finney.

On Board Air Odyssey,
It’s the Journey That Matters

By Abby Finney

My children have black belts in road tripping.

Most lightweight road trippers probably only get to ask “Are we there yet?” once or twice before they actually have reached their destination. Not so for my squad, who log (conservatively) about 3,800 miles or over 75 hours in the family Honda Odyssey each summer.

As soon as the school bell rings, my road warriors know it’s almost time to hit the trail… or asphalt. Others might find traveling with their ex-husband, three kids, four dogs and a cat (oh wait, don’t forget the two hermit crabs) challenging. but for us that’s just part of summer. It is our own little traveling reality show.

I’m not saying it’s for the faint of heart. One has to accept the first few hours worth of pathetic yowling until our cat Marcel finally takes his happy pill. And so much fur flies through the car as the dogs play a 14-hour round of musical chairs that I sometimes wonder if our van looks like a giant snow globe on wheels. This whole rolling circus is accompanied by 15-year-old Virginia playing the ukulele or the whole team bellowing whatever had been designated our family song for that summer — they’ve ranged from “Crazy Train” to “Sweet Caroline.”

But all of these wiggling parts and the silly songs, and games of “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to take…,” “What would I do if I were trapped in Target overnight?” or, a fan favorite, “What would we do if we won the lottery?” add up to the absurd concoction that make the ride itself somehow fun. In the midst of all the layers of funk floating around the floor of my poor abused minivan, and the animal dander, and the ignored math packets, dutifully printed and then crumpled into seat pockets, and, yes, the dreaded screens, emerges an adventure as important as the final destination.

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Abby Finney and Mr. Bennett

Some memories are not as cheerful as others. There was that one joyful 14-hour ride from Philly to Birmingham, Alabama, that was scheduled two days after my air conditioning kicked the bucket. Since the cost estimates to get it fixed were $1,200 here and $300 there, I thought it was a straight forward decision. My kids were a little less clear about my financial analysis as we reached about hour three. By hour six, armed with mini-portable fans and covered in damp paper towels, morale was a wee bit low. At the 10-hour mark there was weeping in the car, and the threat of all-out mutiny. I finally relented, and we stayed in a hotel in Knoxville and we turned the AC to Arctic mode and lay on the frigid sheets in the hotel like melted Popsicles until icicles hung from the curtains. I tried to explain to my kids that while this wasn’t a super fun experience it was a memory, AND, by the way, gave them a glimpse of my youth, when we had no AC and when we eventually did, it was only employed during special occasions. They were not impressed by that reasoning.

It’s not all games and Girl Scouts songs (although we do have our own family adaptation of my mom’s camp favorite, “The Peppiest Kids,” much time is spent rotting brains and staring at devices. One summer I bellowed out math facts like a drill sargeant, and I still try to mandate summer book reading times, but much time is spent drooling over small screens. It’s just like the rest of life, except they are not off in their rooms ignoring me, but rather an arm’s length away while I plead “look at that beautiful farm you are not seeing,” while they grunt unintelligibly. The flip side though is that being trapped with your mother in close proximity means that eventually there will be talking, sharing and laughing.

We do actually go places. We drive from Philly to Alabama (to drop off the family zoo). Then while our pets “summer in Alabama” we work our way towards the much cooler climate of Maine. Eventually we leave the rocky coast of Maine and head back south to Birmingham to collect the animal menagerie before we finally come home to Pennsylvania. We eat barbecue in Birmingham and lobsters in Maine. We swim in the 55 degree seaweedy waters off the Coast of Maine and the 75 degree murky lake waters of rural Alabama. We visit with Yankee relatives and southern kin. We get bitten by mosquitoes and burned by the sun in both places and then finally we pack up the van, call it a wrap, and put another summer of road tripping to bed.

My kids squawk about not flying places in lieu of Air Odyssey, (don’t ask me how they think the hermit crabs and their friends are getting on this magical plane), but I know that the fighting, bonding, singing and even some talking make us closer as the miles pass by. Maybe we will win the lottery some day and be able to fly everywhere, but if they were really honest (and didn’t think I could hear the answer), I think they would admit that half the fun is the road trip; flying fur and all!

Floating Photographer

What has been the best thing about your summer?
By Jennifer Reynolds

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Going off the diving board! I just got my white ribbon today. I had to pass a freestyle swim test and tread water for 60 seconds.

John Stephanson, 6
Swarthmore Swim Club

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Spending time with friends and family when I went to Ocean City, N.J., in July. I was with my parents, my sister, my friends and her friends.

Andie Galante, 11
Wallingford Swim & Racquet Club

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Spending time with family at Rehoboth Beach, where we go every summer.

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Going to Long Beach Island with my cousins.

Brenamen Ramsey, 10
Wallingford Swim & Racquet Club

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Going to our grandpa’s wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho, and seeing four of our six cousins from California, Virginia and Massachusetts at Cape Cod.

Aiden Gold, 10

Mira Gold, 8
Wallingford Swim & Racquet Club

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Going on rides at the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Olivia Jones, 5, left

Same answer as Olivia.

Olivia Bivens, 9, center

Spending time with my family at the beach, except for when my little sister got lost.

Aiva Jackson, 8, right
Creekside Swim Club

Letters to the Editor

Act now to reduce climate change

To the Editor:

Recently 6ABC News’ meteorologist Cecily Tynan reported in her Accufacts segment that the U.S. has the world’s most violent tornadoes, with 800 to 1,000 reported each year. With all the property damage, physical injuries and human deaths that flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms and other severe weather events have caused in recent years, do we really want to see how much worse or deadly these weather events can become because we refuse to take aggressive measures to reduce the emissions of global warming pollutants?

A majority of well-respected scientists have determined that global warming/climate change has caused more powerful and frequent rainstorms, snowstorms and intense drought periods. Droughts overseas have caused famines, refugee crises, and violent clashes, and in the U.S., devastating economic and agricultural losses and horrifying forest fires have resulted. Pennsylvania has seen a 52% rise in extreme downpours over the past 60 years.

Climate change has happened and will worsen because our society continues to extract and burn high levels of fossil fuels which create the global warming pollutants. These fossil fuels poison our air, water and soil, thereby attacking the health of current and future human generations and the plants and animals we depend on for food, medicines and oxygen. Global warming has produced 15 of the hottest years on record since the year 2000 and this has meant more days with unsafe levels of smog, causing asthma attacks, hospitalizations and early deaths for those with respiratory illnesses. Increasingly warmer winters will expose us to new insect-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue fever and put new pests on our crops and in our forests.

The best path forward to a safer and healthier future, which bipartisan polling shows that Democrats, Republicans and independents strongly support, includes slashing carbon emissions from existing and new power plants as a part of a state-specific plan that builds a strong clean energy economy. Community members must ensure that our local and state governments and scientific institutions together create a Clean Power Plan that shifts subsidies and research funds from fossil fuels, nuclear power and any energy sources that release greenhouse gases, toxins, and/or radioactive pollutants into the environment to clean, renewable energy sources, ways to increase energy efficiency, and ways to use less energy.

Within the next 20 years we can and must eliminate all dirty energy producers, provide their workers a just transition to other well-paying jobs, and ensure that the expanding renewable energy economy provides living wage jobs and benefits. We have the power to create and maintain mandatory, enforceable reduction goals on carbon emissions, methane and other global warming pollutants.

Pennsylvania residents, please contact and stay engaged with your state senators, state representatives and Governor Wolf so they know that you will not tolerate them supporting Senate Bills 279, 562, 805, 1195 or any similar legislation which is designed to undermine critical environmental, clean energy, and public health protections and improvements.

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick

A Retired Agent Weighs In
on Hillary Clinton and the FBI

To the Editor:

When FBI Director James B. Comey called a press conference and announced that the FBI wouldn’t be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for alleged mishandling of classified material on her private email server, I was dumbfounded, but not for the reasons you might think. I spent 31 years as an FBI special agent, mostly investigating and aiding in the prosecution of criminal cases. I am also versed in the history of the FBI and was not aware of any case where an FBI executive ever made such a public recommendation.

Once a federal criminal case is opened, there are only two ways it can be closed: declination (refusal to prosecute) or prosecution in federal court. In either case, the nearest U.S. Attorney’s (USA) office usually makes the call. The vast majority of cases are closed only after declination. The case agent may have determined that the case is going nowhere, or feels that he has exhausted all leads. In either case, he needs the USA’s imprimatur to either take the case before a grand jury, or close it and move on to something else.

I believe a case could have been made that Clinton was grossly negligent in the unauthorized use of her personal e-mail server. On the other hand, I have had several cases involving corporate executives where a prosecution would have been possible under loose interpretation of an applicable statute, but the subject did not benefit by the lapse in judgment and was otherwise an upstanding citizen. The investigation had already disrupted his family’s life and business; a prosecution would have ruined them. Much would be lost and little gained by the prosecution of such individuals, who otherwise had led exemplary lives. In these few cases, the USA acceded to my recommendations and closed the cases through declinations.

What occurred here was not much different from the way I had handled such cases in the past, except that it was played out at the highest levels of government on a national and international stage, culminating on national TV. It could even be argued that a prosecution here would even have changed the course of history. So here, on July 5th, was Director James Comey, publicly laying out why Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted. His recommendation would have been presented to Attorney General Loretta Lynch after the press conference. He decided, as I had done in past years, that prosecution would do far more harm than any possible good.

Director Comey has been one of the most impressive FBI directors I have known. His integrity and moral compass seem unimpeachable. Agree with him or not, only such a man would have had the courage and credibility to do what he did. The Director handled this situation was in accordance with the highest FBI investigative standards and procedures. That he did it in a public forum was appropriate to this unprecedented situation.

Barry Gwinn
Goodland, Florida

Reduce gun violence

To the Editor:

Two weeks ago Chris Reynolds wrote a very poignant editorial calling for sensible gun control legislation for our country. As many of us realize, it’s not enough to bemoan a situation. The only way change can happen is for concerned citizens to take action. An opportunity for very effective action is right here in Delaware County.

I invite everyone who would like to do something to decrease gun violence to join the organization, Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy. We are 1,000 members strong and growing. We have been very effective in getting politicians at both the state and national level to listen to and work with us to bring about legislation to reduce gun violence.

Joining our organization and getting involved is easy. E-mail our co-president Terry Rumsey at and you will be put on our mailing list. You and your children will be glad that you did.

Larry Lipton
Swarthmore Board Member Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy

I’m Afraid 2

To the Editor:

I’m also afraid, but my fear is that Hillary Clinton will be elected President.

Hillary Clinton showed a stunning lack of judgment with her use of her private e-mail server. Will her judgment become better if she becomes President? T

he DNC also showed a stunning lack of judgment by deciding in advance to back Hillary Clinton and not give Bernie Sanders an equal shot during the primary season. Hillary Clinton managed to accomplish almost nothing while Secretary of State and Senator. Can we count on her to do as much while President?

For most of 2004, I was part of ACT (America Coming Together), which was an organization based on preying on voters’ fear of George W. Bush. This fear campaign did not result in the election of a President Kerry.

Since neither Donald nor Hillary have shown any indications that they would make even an adequate President, my vote must be for either Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate ( or Green Party candidate Jill Stein ( Gary Johnson has had a Town Hall on CNN and Jill Stein has been interviewed on Democracy Now. Both will be on the ballot in Pennsylvania, along with other alternative party candidates.

Bob Small

Yeah Hillary!

To the Editor:

In last week’s issue, a letter to the editor from Vivian Corbin confessed how very afraid she is of the “lynch mob mentality” of Trump’s supporters. I would like to mention that there is an additional huge problem all over the country, namely the fact that so many people dislike or even hate Hillary.

The main reason for this is the decades old defamation by the “Right” labelling Hillary as untrustworthy — now accepted as true by too many — even though most of her life she has worked for children, families and women as well as for a better healthcare system before she became a senator with high approval ratings and a sustained, productive Secretary of State.

I am encouraging everybody to go to the online Huffington Post and read the letter “Dear Hillary: How very dare you!” by Michael Hulshof-Schmidt, a faculty member of Portland State University. He describes in detail systemic misogyny and the double standard awarded to this powerful woman, who once said “the service part has always come easier than the public part.”

Also, considering that President G.W. Bush got away with denying climate change, causing dire consequences, and leading an unjustified war with huge losses and frightful results, makes me think that Hillary’s problems, Benghazi and the separate e-mail server, were blown out of proportion.

I have felt “the burn,” but now I am gladly supporting Hillary to become our next president.

Gudrun Weinberg

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Council Chooses New Pension Fund Manager

Swarthmore Borough Council
By Katie Crawford

At the August 1st meeting of borough council, InR Advisors of Media, Pa., was unanimously approved to manage the borough’s pension plan. The plan has been managed by the Pierce Park group for the past eight years.

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Michael Carey

Michael Carey, head of the Finance Committee, stated that while council has been pleased with the work of Pierce Park, their expense ratio was higher than hoped for, prompting council to seek competing offers from InR and Vanguard. Both the Pension and Finance and Community Development committees spent a great deal of time reviewing the proposals put forth. Ultimately InR was unanimously recommended by both committees.

There were three primary reasons given for selecting InR. First, due to their use of index funds their administrative costs are lower. Second, while all three consulting groups have excellent references, InR in particular, received strong praise from municipalities with similarly sized pension plan portfolios to the borough. Finally, InR has familiarity with the “unique requirements of municipal pension benefits” such as early retirement options and the taxability of retirement income.

Ross Schmucki, head of the General Government Committee, expressed his appreciation for the amount of time both committees devoted to this process, noting that each proposal was in excess of 100 pages. Schmucki also noted how lucky council and the borough was to have Michael Carey as the head of the Finance Committee given his experience in the financial industry. Carey heads Carey Investment Solutions, a private investment firm, and was previously a managing director at Blackrock.

Budget Process Begins

Council is anticipating beginning its work on next year’s budget. An initial step in this process will be soliciting requests from local community groups and department heads regarding their expected expenses in the coming year. As part of this process, council is also going to encourage department heads and local community groups to take a look at the recommendations of the Aging-in-Place committee and to consider what additional costs implementation of these recommendations might entail. In addition to basic expenses, council will also hear “extraordinary requests,” one time proposals to make possible a specific program or idea.

Mary Walk, head of the Planning and Zoning Committee, spoke briefly to council about the pending application from which seeks to offer housing to families whose loved ones are undergoing cancer treatment. The proposed site is located at 200 S. Chester Rd. Their application will be heard on August 17.

David Creagan, head of the Public Safety Committee, reported on the borough engineer’s recommendations for traffic calming measures on Yale Avenue at the last public safety meeting which was well attended by residents. One of the recommendations that will be implemented immediately is the placement of a digital “this is your speed” sign. More costly proposals include the construction of “bump outs” which, while forcing drivers to slow down, would also impact the bike lanes. Signage or temporary speed bumps were also recommended as possibilities. Creagan described the meeting as very thorough and lasting over two hours. PennDOT recommends that before the borough does anything, they share with the community what they intend to do so that residents can respond to the possible impact of proposals. Already approved by PennDOT and slated for completion soon are pedestrian crossing signs and push buttons for pedestrians who need to cross at the intersections of Yale and Rutgers, Yale and Chester Rd., and Harvard and Chester Rd.

Mayor Tim Kearney reminded council of the upcoming First Friday event in the borough, which will include a BBQ in the amphitheater. He spoke of how gratifying it has been to see the amount of activity in Central Park Swarthmore including the ongoing Farmers Market, the library’s use of the amphitheater for their summer programs, as well as simply the presence of people enjoying their coffee or lunch throughout the day.