Judge’s Decision, Issued Thursday, Clears Way for HEADstrong Site in Swarthmore

By Claire Wolters

Editor’s note: On Thursday, August 31, after press time, Judge Spiros Angelos issued his ruling in support of Swarthmore Borough Council’s grant of a zoning exemption to permit siting of the HEADstrong Foundation’s “Nick’s House” at 200 N. Chester Road. The article below is as it appears in the Swarthmorean’s print edition of September 1.

On Thursday, August 24, lawyers for Swarthmore Borough, the HEADstrong Foundation, and borough residents presented oral arguments in the case of Anthony and Deborah Carunchio v. the Swarthmore Borough and HEADstrong Foundation, which concerns the legality of the borough’s grant of a zoning exemption which permitted the Foundation to move into a large home it has purchased at 200 S. Chester Road.

The statements were presented to Judge Spiros E. Angelos at the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in Media, whose final decision will be rendered in the upcoming weeks. The ruling will determine whether HEADstrong’s “Nick’s House” is permitted or prohibited from opening in Swarthmore Borough.

HEADstrong provides temporary housing for caregivers and cancer patients who are receiving advanced treatment at nearby hospitals. It was founded by Nicholas Colleluori during his own battle with the disease, and has operated under the leadership of his parents, Cheryl Colleluori and Pat Colleluori, since Nick’s passing in 2006. The foundation’s first Nick’s House location in Folsom hosts two families at a time. The Swarthmore location, a short commute from Philadelphia hospitals, is large enough to house up to seven unrelated families in a homelike setting which HEADstrong says assists in patient recovery and family morale.

The opponents, who filed an appeal in January, are 16 neighbors of the property who have joined together. They cite zoning laws in the borough which prohibit more than three unrelated persons from living together in a dwelling zoned for single-family residences only. The neighbors argue that HEADstrong should not be exempt from this RB zoning. They have also expressed concerns about parking and safety issues, including a potential increase in traffic.

“No one in this courtroom, or possibly this country, can quarrel with the mission of HEADstrong,” said James Byrne, lawyer for the opposition. “But it’s in violation of zoning laws” for the residential property.

Borough Council had a different take on the situation, and granted the Foundation an exception to the RB zoning laws in December, under the borough’s Fair Housing ordinance. This ordinance (#1298) reflects federal law in making it unlawful to discriminate against handicapped persons, including those with conditions like cancer, by refusing “to make reasonable accomodations in rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations may be necessary to afford such person[s] equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.”

Is an Exception Warranted?

Thursday’s hearing addressed the borough’s decision, and whether HEADstrong’s situation warranted the exception. In dispute were the definitions of equal opportunity, discrimination, and dwelling.

Byrne said that to prove discrimination, HEADstrong would need to demonstrate that borough residents without cancer could potentially reside in a multiple-family home. Because no seven unrelated families, with or without a handicap, are allowed to reside in a dwelling zoned RB, he argued that the accommodation was not an equal opportunity, but an unfair advantage. “[HEADstrong] tried to use this handicap as a sword, instead of a shield,” said Byrne, and he urged the judge to put aside emotions in order to examine “equal justice under law.”

Mathew McClure, lawyer for the HEADstrong Foundation, said the case was less about zoning than it was about the requirement of equal rights under federal law.

“Equal opportunity,” said McClure, “means equal results in the broadest sense of the word.” McClure said that to be denied this shared residence in the borough would effectively discriminate against cancer patients by refusing them a homelike community environment in a time of hardship. McClure said this denial would qualify as discriminatory effect, even if the intent had been to follow zoning procedures.

Robert Scott, lawyer for Swarthmore Borough, added that denying HEADstrong access to a residence in the specific zoning district would mean that no dwelling in the entire borough could be used to house this community of cancer patients, contravening the Fair Housing Ordinance. “The borough has an affirmative obligation to provide the accommodation,” Scott said.

Four of the appellant neighbors were in attendance, as well as a small group of HEADstrong supporters including Nick’s parents. Judge Angelos set no timetable for his decision, which will determine whether Nick’s House can begin to operate in its large, welcoming, and currently empty Swarthmore location.

Children’s Chorus Benefit Concert Coming Next Saturday

The Chester Children’s Chorus will be performing next Saturday, September 9, under the direction of of it’s founder, John Alston.

The Chester Children’s Chorus will present a concert next Saturday, September 9, in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chester. The church is also the location of Chester Eastside, Inc., which will be the beneficiary of donations taken at the concert.

CCC’s family-friendly program begins at 7 p.m. and will include classical, gospel, and jazz pieces, arranged for the chorus by its founder John Alston. The concert is free; a collection will be taken to support the educational and social service programs of Chester Eastside. For information, see swarthmore.edu/chester-childrens-chorus and chestereastside.org.

Is the Swarthmore Co-op Still Needed?

By Pam Bartholomew

Shoppers can now buy vegetables at convenience stores, wine at gas stations, and order almost everything else to their doorstep. Just don’t ask where the stuff comes from. The Swarthmore Co-op, in contrast, has been a trusted source of local products for 80 years, and may be needed now more than ever.

Food cooperatives are the polar opposite of factory produced, low-cost, container-shipped products from who-knows-where. As a result, there seems to be a new cachet, a new level of “cool” associated with the idea of neighbors participating democratically in a cooperative venture — not to make a profit or to benefit investors and CEOs, but to ensure healthier, stronger communities.

The Co-op’s new general manager, Mike Litka, has been on both sides. With 31 years of experience at other co-ops, Whole Foods, and Di Bruno Brothers under his belt, he recently said, “What brought me back to the cooperative model and to the Swarthmore Co-op specifically, is the ability to work locally rather than for a corporate organization based somewhere else. We establish roots and relationships with local farmers and food producers that go beyond just selling their products, to being vested in their growth and success.”

Across the nation, renewed interest in the cooperative movement is evident in the more than 350 cooperative groceries in towns large and small. Closer to home, Weaver’s Way Co-op has just invested over $4 million to open a food co-op in Ambler, and South Philadelphia is expecting its first food co-op to open in 2018. The numbers are compelling: co-ops in general sell three times as many locally-sourced products, and ring up a whopping 24 times the organic product sales than their conventional counterparts. Their economic impact on local economies is also on average $246 greater per $1,000 spent than conventional grocers, because the dollars don’t leave town.

Conventional grocery stores increasingly make marketing and advertising claims about their local food and product offerings. The Swarthmore Co-op defines “local” as less than 90 miles, rather than 900 or 9,000 miles. For example, the Swarthmore Co-op supports over 105 local farmers and suppliers, and employs 38 local staff in the process of putting fresh, organic and healthy products on its shelves.

More fundamentally, “local” starts with the roughly 2,150 area residents who are member-owners, more than 40% of whom live in Wallingford, Media, Rose Valley, and neighboring communities. Together, members “own the place” and choose to support the Co-op’s mission. They choose to volunteer and help organize community events, educational programming and outreach services. They choose to spend their money locally and keep it in the community.

Mike Litka added, “It’s gratifying to be able to respond to a member-owner’s request directly and to give back to the community in ways other organizations can’t or won’t … to have people come together in the one thing we all have in common: the desire to eat well.”

Whether as a reaction to globalization, industrial agriculture, or climate impacts, shoppers increasingly want control over their food sources — to know that they are sustainable, healthy and safe. So, as it has for 80 years, the Swarthmore Co-op continues to play a role: the local alternative to shrink-wrapped mystery meats and “least wilted produce” at conventional stores. Summing it up, Mike said, “Real food, real people … really close by.”

Pam Bartholomew is board president of the Swarthmore Co-op.

First Friday • September 1

Blonde Sugar & Honey, 104 Park Avenue
4 pm to10 pm. It’s a GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION as our newest merchant, Blonde Sugar & Honey, opens its doors to the community! Come check out their vintage furnishings and whimsical home decor. And from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, enjoy live Irish music as you shop their selection of hand-crafted treasures.

Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra & Hobbs Coffee, 121 Park Avenue
7 pm. Fresh off their performance at Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia, the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra return to the Central Park amphitheater for a special Labor Day Weekend concert. Hobbs Coffee will be grilling their Good Boy Burgers starting around 6:30ish. SwUKEstra will take the stage at 7 pm. BYOB.

Occasionally Yours, 10 Park Avenue
Offering their jumbo lump crab cakes and pasta with homemade sauces — a delicious start to the Labor Day Weekend. Grab dinner before heading to the SwUKEstra concert or the Strath Haven football game. Serving dinner ‘til 7:30 pm. Eat in or dine out and BYOB! Call ahead for take-out: (610) 328-9360.

Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts, 5 South Chester Road
3 pm to7 pm. Get ready for back to school by making fun pencil pouches out of duct tape and re-sealable bags!

Breathe Om Yoga, 100 Park Avenue – 2nd floor
7 pm -8:30 pm. Enjoy an uplifting Yin Yoga practice with the glow of candlelight before the hustle and bustle of back-to-school. Feel peaceful and centered. $15. Contact Donna at breatheomyoga@gmail.com to register.

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store, 4 S. Chester Road
9 am to 7 pm. All day Friday, get FlitebyNite LED-lit Frisbees for $9.99 and 50% off all Onyx Green Sustainable/Recycled School Supplies.

waR3house3, 100 Park Avenue – WH
5 pm to 8 pm. With a beverage in hand, browse the unique treasures and killer vinyl collection at waR3house3 and be sure to submit a “Penny for Your Thoughts.” Your verbal or anonymously handwritten notes and observations in return for a penny. In October, waR3house3 will host a reading of these thoughts.

Is TimeBank Right for Swarthmore?

By Louise Coffin

Have you ever wondered . . . How can I find a way to share a skill of mine? How will I ever find someone to help me? How can I support my neighbors and contribute to my neighborhood?

Perhaps the answer(s) to these questions lie in a community TimeBank, or for all of us, a Swarthmore TimeBank. A TimeBank is a network system based on equal exchanges. Someone offers an hour’s worth of services to another who is looking for that sort of help, and, in return, the person who provides the help receives an hour of credit towards a skill or service that he or she needs. It’s a two-way street. Hours are the currency, not dollars.

Perhaps you know about party planning or bookkeeping or gardening or computer applications. And you need help in cleaning out your basement or editing a letter or trimming a hedge. A TimeBank makes it possible for you to swap one of your skills or services in exchange for help accomplishing one of your needs.

We all have abilities and talents to share — even if, at first glance, we’re not sure we do. We all have need for others’ abilities and talents. TimeBanks create a computer-based way to “bank” the skills and needs of a community’s members and enable a community-wide search to match specific services with specific needs. In this way, TimeBanks can establish and enrich communication and connection. Nearby there are successful TimeBanks in Allentown and Phoenixville. And TimeBanks, USA, a national organization, estimates there are about 500 TimeBanks across the country comprising as many as 50,000 members.

What if there was a Swarthmore TimeBank? Are you interested? Would you like to participate? To build a local community of mutual support and care? To reach out and connect with neighbors?

The Aging-in-Place committee of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is thinking about sponsoring a Swarthmore TimeBank, to bring all the members of our Borough closer together and to work towards making Swarthmore a truly age-friendly community. Before going forward, however, SSCA needs to know if you are interested. Stop by the SSCA table at the Farmers’ Market on September 2, 9, or 16, to ask questions and talk with us about a Swarthmore TimeBank.

You can also e-mail sheilambell22@gmail.com or call Bill Davis at (610) 529-0399 to express your opinion. Please let SSCA know your thoughts by September 16.

Street Trees: Such a Deal, for Your Home and Swarthmore

By Karol Bock for the Swarthmore Tree Committee

In listing Swarthmore’s greatest assets, most of us would include our tree lined streets and public spaces. Trees provide aesthetic as well as environmental benefits to our community. In recent years, many of our glorious trees have reached maturity, have started to decline and many have been removed. Fortunately, all of us can have a part in maintaining our tree canopy for future generations to enjoy.

In anticipation of our twice-yearly Street Tree Sale, the Tree Committee would like to encourage your participation in our fall 2017 Sale. Help us keep Swarthmore green by planting a street tree!

The details and description of this fall’s available trees will be announced in the Swarthmorean and posted on Nextdoor Swarthmore later this month.

• Trees will be available to Borough residents for $125, which includes delivery, planting, and mulching.

• These trees must be planted in the right of way (12.5 feet from the center of the street). In most instances, trees are planted between the sidewalk and the curb. If you have no sidewalk, or minimal distance between the walk and the curb, a Committee member would be happy to assist you to determine whether there’s an appropriate location for a street tree.

• When the list is ready, you can decide what tree you’d like, and complete the form which is available on the Borough website and/or available at Borough Hall.

• Deliver your check to Borough Hall. Delivery and planting will occur based on the weather this fall.

Fall is a great time to plant a new tree! With cooler weather and more rain in the fall, taking care of your tree is even easier than of a spring planted tree! For more information on the history of the tree committee and street trees in Swarthmore, go to Swarthmorepa.org.

Engagement: Kelsey Hansen and Dylan Terenick

Becky Hansen Welsh of Swarthmore is delighted to announce the engagement of her daughter Kelsey Hansen to Dylan Terenick. Kelsey is also the daughter of the late Cris Hansen. Dylan is the son of Trace Terenick of Ridley and the late Dan Terenick.

Dylan surprised Kelsey by proposing at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, while friends showed up unexpectedly to record the event.

Former Swarthmorean, Vahe Gregorian, will officiate the fall 2019 wedding.

Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Bobbie and Chip Harvey with their daughter Phoebe (center) enjoy front row seats to the solar eclipse in Lebanon, Oregon.

Summer Travels
By Bobbie Harvey

Saturday
What they say: that the shadow of the moon races toward you faster than the fastest rocket; and that the moon, which you never see, slides across the sun like the lid over a long lens. It is at that moment people scream. And then, eclipse glasses off, it’s dark, and cold. The wind blows. Birds return to their nests.

The stars appear. Events as we know them occur backwards: the sun, encircled by a silver wedding band, becomes a diamond ring as it begins to reappear. Glasses back on, the crescent sun appears on the other side, becoming larger, larger, till it’s what we know again.

I wonder: will we be bored at that point, more than an hour in? Will we leave, as at a concert people crowd the doorways even before the applause?

I am on an airplane, flying to see my first — and most likely last — total solar eclipse.

We have a daughter and granddaughter in Portland, Oregon, and it took me awhile to realize that the eclipse there would not be total. I’ve seen a partial eclipse but, as Annie Dillard wrote in her essay Total Eclipse:

“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of one. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it.”

To reach the narrow, 70 mile band of totality we’d have to drive about an hour south to Salem, or northwest or southeast from there. And we’d have to leave on Sunday, the day before, to beat the traffic from the million people expected to flood into Oregon for the event. But, as of late last spring, there was nowhere to stay.

Finally, our daughter Phoebe sent me an article from People Magazine of all places. A woman who owned a 43-acre wedding venue in Lebanon, about another hour southeast of Salem, was selling tickets to camp on her property. Her daughter needed fertility treatment. A worthy cause. And so, tomorrow, that’s where we’re headed.

Phoebe is freaking out about the traffic. She tried to convince me to sit in her back yard and watch the partial. It’s going to be 95% here, she argued. No wedding ring, no moon shadow — no, I said. If the traffic is too bad, we agreed, we’ll stop in Salem. Phoebe, an oncologist with Kaiser Permanente, used to work at the clinic there — but I really don’t imagine we’d be able to sleep in the parking lot!

Sunday
Crazy no traffic. Phoebe had never gotten to Salem so fast. Just an hour and a half to Lebanon and the campground: tall pines, blue sky, the smell of sun-warmed needles. Cows and goats in the field next to our tents. Chicken dinner, s’mores over the campfire, “Summer of ‘69” from the band. Now, soon, bed.

Monday
The sun looks like the waxing crescent, and there’s a strange metallic haze in the air. It looks like evening, but not quite. The phones in this field keep buzzing with emergency alerts: Do not look directly at the sun! Beware of falling rocks – rescue teams will be in short supply. Wildfire danger!

Now it’s a golden crescent moon lying on its side. The air is noticeably cooler. Though the people in this field are talking, there’s an odd stillness in the air.

Now the sun is a smile . . .

Tuesday
And that was all I recorded.

What I remember: That the sun-smile looked carved on a great black jack-o’-lantern of sky, its corners gradually disappearing. And then — boom! The moon-lid snapped shut. We were cold. We took our glasses off and screamed. A luminous ring surrounded the black hole of the sun; broad bands of light shot out. We saw Venus, high in the sky. An airplane crossed the sun. A bright white nub of brilliant light shot out just where the moon took its first tiny bite from the sun, and then it was over. A minute and a half in what felt like a few seconds. In retrospect, it felt as if I wasn’t really there.

We did leave then. Four hours back to Portland. Real life resumed.

Now I understand the eclipse-chasers. I might be one, if I were younger. I wish I could see again what I forgot to remember.

Briefly Noted. . .

Cutting a ceremonial red ribbon at last week’s opening of the Chester Charter School for the Arts were CCSA leaders including (left to right): Salem Shuchman, Capital Campaign Co-Chair; Barbara Klock, Capital Campaign Co-Chair and Co-Vice President of CCSA School Board of Trustees; Tamia Davis, 11th Grade CCSA Scholar and Student Council President; Akosua Watts, CCSA Head of School/CEO; Don Delson, President of CCSA Board of Trustees; Jay McEntee, Chair of The Chester Fund Board of Directors; and Reb Speare, Vice-Chair of The Chester Fund Board of Directors.

Penelope Reed of Rose Valley is a new member of the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, but certainly a familiar face to almost anyone who has followed the arts in Delaware County this past quarter-century. Reed, director emeritus of Hedgerow Theatre, was recently presented with a Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with the Rose Valley theater and acting school. At Rotary’s meeting last week, Reed was congratulated on the award by fellow members and welcomed to the club by Swarthmore Rotary membership chair Craig Fava.

As of Sunday afternoon, August 27, the winners of the Swarthmore Swim Club 2017 1,000-lap shirt are: 85.) Marc Schmidt, 86.) Joanna Stevens, 87.) Sheila Linderman, 88.) Greg Milbourne, 89.) William Gilhool, 90.) Andrea Bruno, 91.) Barbara Fleming, 92.) Virginia Thompson, 93.) Mimi McWilliams, 94.) Cindy Un, 95.) Andrea Knox, and 96.) David Calloway.

Continuing a very successful season, the Rose Valley Swim & Tennis Club “Bees” 2.5 USTA team recently captured the U. S. Tennis Association Middle Atlantic Sectional championship on August 20 in Princeton. Victorious team members include (left to right) Jenna Leggette, Sally Robbins, Kristin Hensley, Liz Oakes, and Stacey Godsey. Rounding out the squad are Liz Orye, Irene Vance, and Maria Steere. In October, the Bees will buzz off to the USTA Nationals in Alabama.

What’s happening. . .

Ahoy! ‘Treasure Island’ Ho!

Robert Louis Stevenson’s rip-roaring pirate yarn Treasure Island blows into Hedgerow Theatre with weekend for a three week run in a new form.

Storyboard: Treasure Island is a creative fusion of theatre and visual art. In this adaptation by producing artistic director Jared Reed, costumed members of Hedgerow’s company read from the script before projections of scenic storyboard artwork created by Phoebe and David Titus of Philadelphia.

With Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins on board and Hedgerow actors on the boards, adventure awaits the characters and viewers alike. All tickets are $20 for this innovative staging, which is performed Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through September 17. See hedgerowtheatre.org.

Full STEAM Ahead, Storytimes and More at SPL

The early fall session of Swarthmore Public Library children’s programs begins on Tuesday, September 5, and runs through October 13. You can register now at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/blog.

Children’s programmer Scott Schumacher is excited about the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Club, which debuts September 7 and meets subsequent Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. The club brings together students age 8 to 11 for experiences involving science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Continuing activities include infant get-togethers on Thursdays at 10 a.m.; Wee Read for 1-2 year olds on Tuesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Toddler Tales for ages 2 to 3.5 on Monday at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and Thursday at 11 a.m.; and Preschool Storytime for 3.5 to 5 year olds, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Library Holiday Hours

Both the Swarthmore Public Library and the Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.

Taste the World at SPL

Swarthmore Public Library invites you to share a meal and more in its Food For Thought cookbook club, which next meets at the library on Thursday, September 7, at 4 p.m.

Stop by the library to peruse this month’s cookbook, Authentic Mexican – Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless, choose a recipe to make and bring to a tasting and discussion on the 7th.

Future sessions will be Thursdays, October 5, November 9, and December 7. Questions and more information: (610) 543-0436 or illsw@delcolibraries.com.

Furness Library Closes the Gap

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford has closed the gap in its weekday schedule, with the beginning of continuous hours on Monday through Thursday.

No longer will after-school study sessions be curtailed at 5 p.m., nor will post-work visitors have to await the 7 p. m. reopening.

The library is now open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The Furness Library is located at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

September Seed Swap

Heritage gardeners can share their harvest for future years through the Swarthmore Public Library’s seed swap program.

Stop by the library this September to pick up a seed packet, fill it with dried seed from your garden’s greatest hits this summer, and then swap them for seeds from fellow gardeners in October.

Get more information at (610) 543-0436 or swarthmore@delcolibraries.org, or stop in to the library at 121 Park Avenue.

Chris Thile Tickets Available Thursday

Chris Thile will perform September 23 at Lang Concert Hall.

After winning multiple Grammy awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and succeeding Garrison Keillor as host of A Prairie Home Companion, Chris Thile has finally hit the big time: the mandolin virtuoso will be playing Swarthmore College’s Lang Concert Hall on Saturday, September 23. Reservations for the show are required, and will be available starting next Thursday, September 7, at swarthmore.edu/music/concerts-events.

Thile began performing with family bluegrass band Nickel Creek before he was a teenager, and at age 36 has restlessly explored many musical genres and mastered many forms as a singer, songwriter and mandolinist.

In addition to his work as host of Prairie Home Companion, which he took over last fall, the prolific and protean Thile is a member of the progressive bluegrass/folk band Punch Brothers, and just in the past year has recorded new music in a duet with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and Bach Trios with Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma.

The September 23 performance, which will begin at 8 p.m. in the intimate 450-seat hall, is underwritten by the Gil and Mary Stott Concert Fund and presented by the Swarthmore College department of Music and Dance.

It’s Intensive: Playwriting Course at Hedgerow

Swarthmore resident and playwright Robert Smythe will conduct a playwriting course for Hedgerow Theatre School this fall, focusing “on knowing what exactly you are trying to say to an audience, rather than how you are saying it.”

Smythe’s course will meet for three hours each Monday night beginning September 11. The sessions at Hedgerow House (146 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley) will involve writing exercises, unprompted writing, sharing work with other writers, then responding to feedback by writing more outside class.

Students will explore techniques of writing for the stage — writing dialogue and monologue, tension and rhythm, creating form for interpretation by stage artists.

The cost of the 10-week course is $300, and enrollment is limited to 12 students. Classes meet from 7 to 10 p.m. from September 11 through December 4 (no classes October 16, 23, or 30). To register or obtain more information, visit hedgerowtheatre.org or e-mail dmcclellan@hedgerowtheatre.org.

Swing for CADES in Benefit Golf Tournament

Golfers can support the work of CADES, a vital Delaware County nonprofit, while they play one of the state’s top private golf courses at the annual Sun East Golf Classic on Monday, September 27.

The event takes place at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, a unique and challenging Bobby Weed design. The all-day event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., a shotgun start to the round at 9 a.m., with lunch to follow. Entry is $185 per golfer.

CADES, headquartered in Swarthmore, is one of the beneficiaries of the event, which is presented by Sun East Charitable Foundation. Event information and entries are at suneastfoundation.org/golf-tournament.php, along with sponsorship information.

Trinity Thrift Shop Reopens Next Friday

The Thrift Shop at Trinity Church in Swarthmore opens for the season on Friday, September 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All shop proceeds go to church projects and local and national charities. Normally, the shop is open on the first and third Fridays of the month, but in September, the sale dates are September 8 and 15. The church is located at the corner of North Chester Rd. and College Ave.

The shop will be brimming with housewares, tools, clothes and shoes for all ages, including a women’s boutique rack, linens, toys and games, sports equipment, books, and small furniture. A specialty Treasures Shop features jewelry, fine china, art work, and other collectible items.

Founded more than 40 years ago, the all-volunteer shop continues to serve Swarthmore and its community, while relying on that same community for donations. Donations can be dropped off at the church on weekdays.

Register for Friends Sunday Classes

Swarthmore Friends Meeting will be offering religious education classes for children aged 5 and up at 10 a.m. each Sunday, from September through May.

Registration will take place on Sundays, September 3 and 10, beginning at 9:30 p.m., at 12 Whittier Place, on the Swarthmore College campus. If you have questions, leave a message at (610) 328-8699.

Mad Poets Convene Wednesday at CAC

Bill van Buskirk

The Mad Poets Society presents its First Wednesday reading at the Community Arts Center on September 6, featuring poets Camelia Nocella and Bill van Buskirk. Both are longtime residents of the Philadelphia area who have published work widely, and read in venues near and far.

Camelia Nocella

The session begins at 7 p.m.; the two featured poets will precede an open mic session. Light refreshments will be served; there is no charge, though donations will be gratefully received.

CAC is located at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. For information, contact Sibelan Forrester at sforres1@swarthmore.edu or (610) 328-8162.