Board Considers SHHS Student Performance, Stress, and Personalized Learning

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board
By Katie Crawford

Strath Haven High School was the focus topic of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board meeting on Monday night, with principal Dr. MaryJo Yannacone covering topics ranging from the current enrollment numbers at the high school to alleviating student stress.

The high school welcomed 20 new students to the district in 9th grade, six new 10th graders (two of whom are reentering the district), eight new 11th graders (four reentering), and four new 12th graders (two returning). Grade size in the high school fluctuates from 257 in the 10th grade to 335 in the 9th.

Dr. Yannacone highlighted the outstanding performance of the high school students on the Keystone exams, as well as the strong performance of this year’s senior class on the PSAT exams they took as juniors. She stated that 11.11% of the seniors achieving “commended performance,” was the highest percentange in her 15-year tenure.

In addition, 85.3% of students taking Advanced Placement exams received a passing grade (a 3, 4, or 5). This statistic is particularly impressive given that all students taking AP classes at the high school are now required to take the exam.

It is, however, telling that alongside these impressive statistics, Dr. Yannacone is leading the 12th grade faculty team in researching the stress levels of seniors. The team’s ultimate quest is to understand what faculty and administrators can do to support the mental health of students navigating this time in their lives. The team is going to be reading, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan.

The book discusses the suicide of Madison Holleran, who was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and a track star when she took her own life in 2014. Holleran was a New Jersey resident who attended Northern Highlands High School. Fagan’s book explores the pressures surrounding teenagers today including the constant feed of tweaked social media images.

Senior Exploration Personalizes Learning

In addition to seeking ways to support student wellness, the high school continues to look for ways to personalize learning for all students. Senior Exploration is a popular strategy for achieving this goal. The variety of paths chosen for Senior Exploration seems to be increasing, as does participation for the 2017-2018 school year.

Seniors may choose dual enrollment at area schools such as Delaware County Community College and Swarthmore College or they may choose from an abundance of online courses. Advanced chemistry, advanced German, and college algebra are some of the subjects seniors have chosen to pursue.

Students receive a discounted rate for tuition from Delaware County and receive college credits for the courses. Swarthmore College’s course offerings are free, but students receive no credit. While most students pursuing these opportunities drive, there is public transportation available, and Dr. Yannacone stressed that transportation issues should not limit a student’s choices.

For students choosing independent study, the interests range from pastry art and screenplay writing to a storm water management study aimed at eliminating the muck in the pond on the high school grounds.

Students are also pursuing internships in field careers by working with an athletic trainer, spending time in an elementary school classroom, and volunteering with the Swarthmore Fire Department.

Seniors may also participate in paid employment. Students have worked at local venues such as Wawa, CVS, 320 Market, and Sproul Lanes. Ten hours a week of work during the 15-week semester are required. Businesses and individuals interested in supporting the program commit to providing 150 hours of employment, which does not have to take place during school hours.

A Moving Musical Weekend

Vice President Marylin Huff, who attended both events this past weekend honoring Jack Hontz, praised the organizers and participants for their excellent work. She also noted the overwhelming and moving participation in Friday night’s halftime show of alumni of the district who returned to the field to honor their late band leader.

Be There as the Co-op Celebrates 80 Years

Join in the 80th anniversary celebration of the Swarthmore Co-Op next Saturday, October 7. The party starts at 6 p.m. at and outside the Co-op at Dartmouth Avenue and Lincoln Way and runs till 10 or so.

What’s good? Try a pig roast provided by Media, PA based Grilladelphia Gourmet … CO-OP made vegetable lasagna … beer by 2SP … and live music from Swarthmore’s finest, Sonoma Sound!

Tickets will be $30 for owners/$35 for non-owners/$5 for kids under 11. Purchase yours today at swarthmore.coop/events/80th-anniversary-celebration.

Swarthmore ZHB Hears Pros and Cons on Riverview Road Hospitality

The Swarthmore Zoning Hearing Board heard testimony on Tuesday night, September 26, from the owner of a Riverview Road home now hosting guests for short- and medium-term stays, and from her neighbors who oppose the use of a garage apartment as accommodations for these guests.

Owners of Swarthmore properties with RB (single-family residential) zoning are free to accommodate up to two unrelated parties in addition to themselves and their own relatives. Many do so, some advertising these accommodations with services like AirBnB and VRBO. Several bed and breakfasts in town have been granted special zoning exceptions to allow hosting of more than two guests at a time, in up to four bedrooms.

Swarthmore Borough manager and zoning officer Jane Billings clarified several of the borough’s 15 rules concerning B & Bs: owners must live in the property as it is being used for guest accommodations, guests can stay no longer than seven days in a month, and the rooms rented must be within the main residence on the property, not in detached or accessory buildings (a rule which also pertains to non-B & B residences).

This last condition is a point of contention between homeowner Aurora Winslade of 207 Riverview Road and her neighbors, several of whom said they began seeing unfamiliar faces around the property early last spring. These were Winslade’s early guests, who were lodging in a recently repaired apartment on the second floor of the detached garage at 207. They have continued to come at a fairly steady rate, she says, drawn through personal referrals, neighborhood connections, and AirBnB listings.

Winslade has recently applied to the ZHB for a determination that the garage is a permissible location for rental, or for zoning relief to make it so, and for a special exception to allow use of the property as a B & B. On Tuesday, the Zoning Hearing Board heard testimony that offers radically different characterizations of the current use of the property as a regular abode for guests in stays ranging from a few days to a month.

“I bought this house to be the primary residence for my family,” Winslade said. She said that it is her goal to create a true family environment for herself, her partner` and two sons, with longer term renters comprising integral parts of the household. “The B & B is a much lower priority for me,” she said; it would be an alternative means to the end of producing income to maintain the house as a home for her family.

Neighbors say they might accept either lodgers or B & B clients, but not if they use the garage apartment currently being rented by Winslade’s guests. Several suggested that owners who share one roof with their renters are likely to be more invested in evaluating applicants for lodging than they would be with separate structures. Privacy concerns were raised, suggesting that sightlines from the 2nd floor garage apartment into neighbors’ decks, yards and homes make neighbors uncomfortable and diminish their enjoyment of their properties. Parking concerns were also raised, although Winslade said that there will be at least four parking spaces at the property, and that her family only has one car.

Attorneys for Winslade and for her neighbors will review transcripts of Tuesday’s two and a quarter hours of testimony, formulate their summary arguments and submit them in brief form for the zoning hearing board’s review. The board hopes to report its decision at its October 24 meeting.

Art Goes To School, and I Go with It

Beth Karn presents Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party to a 4th grade class at Nether Providence Elementary School.

By Beth Karn

After a decade of dedicating myself almost exclusively to family and my work-from-home job, I came out of a sleep-deprived blur a few years ago and took stock of my interests (did I have those anymore?) and my hobbies (none). I decided it was time to do a little something for me.

I felt ready to venture forth into the gratifying world of volunteerism. School and community were logical and convenient options, more appealing now that my kids were all in elementary school. I tried a few things that didn’t feel like a good fit. I was helping someone do something but it just didn’t scratch “the itch.”

A friend mentioned Art Goes to School. An entirely volunteer-run art appreciation program that has existed for 55 years, Art Goes to School serves the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District up until the 7th grade, as well as doing outreach in the wider community. I liked the idea, but would I be able to do it?

The first obstacle I placed in front of myself was my lack of formal art education. The start and end of my art training was Art History 101 circa 1990. I was reassured that formal art training was not a prerequisite, and that I needed only to love art and be willing to learn. Learning! That was novel. I hadn’t done that in a long time. So long that it actually sounded intimidating.

The second obstacle I put up was that I lacked the time to make a true commitment. Nevertheless, I accepted an invitation to attend a Tuesday morning meeting at Swarthmore Borough Hall. A friendly group of women (men are welcome to participate but none are currently in our ranks) gathered a few minutes early to chat with old friends and introduce themselves to newcomers like me. All were invited to enjoy coffee or tea and a baked good someone brought (one part of the routine I really enjoy). Everyone settled in a seat before longtime leader, Mimi Haggerty, started firing off items on her agenda. The group was fun, friendly, and knew how to get things done. I could tell I was going to enjoy this. After a few meetings and observing a presenter in a 2nd grade classroom, I was inspired, and my concern about making a time commitment vanished.

Each semester we have a new portfolio with roughly eight prints of artworks. Members do independent research on these and report back to the group. We discuss the art, the artists, and how to present them to children of various ages. In four years with Art Goes to School, I have been consistently delighted at the degree of insight, enthusiasm, and participation from the students we reach.

Art Goes to School offers a refreshing departure from my work sifting through Excel spreadsheets, devouring ratings and impressions data. And it offers me the opportunity to interact with a great many fun, smart, and curious children, not to mention adults.

It’s amazing how you make time for something you really want to do. If you love art and are looking for a volunteer outlet, please come to one of our meetings. Call Mimi Haggerty at (610) 565-0138 and visit artgoestoschool.org.

My Visit to Passchendaele Battlefield and Ypres

British battlefield cemetery at Tyn Cot.

Summer Travels
By John Pierson

“I died in hell” wrote the English poet Siegfried Sassoon, “they called it Passchendaele.” This summer – July 31st to be exact – marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the most ferocious battle of World War I.

Gravestone at Tyn Cot.

My visit to that battlefield and to Ypres in Belgium was for me a journey of understanding and remembrance. While it is wholly possible, even necessary, to underscore the pointlessness of the war, it is just as necessary to remember the enormous sacrifice of those who lost their lives.

Every evening at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, there is a ceremony remembering the more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died on the battlefield of Paschendaele and the Ypres salient but who remained missing. Sassoon never liked the memorial, calling it a “sepulcher of crime.”

Evening ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres.

But this summer, while historians continue to argue over who was to blame and who was responsible, I was moved by the gentle rolling hills of Flanders, over which armies once fought so violently, and by the quiet cemeteries at Zonnebeke and Tyn Cot — testimony to what nationalism can unleash and the sacrifice of soldiers who fought.

Soldier comforting his dying horse.

Hedgerow Previews, Opens ‘Blithe Spirit’

Noel Coward’s ebullient and eerie comedy Blithe Spirit opens next Friday, October 6, for an October run at Hedgerow Theatre that will be punctuated by special and supernatural events, starting even before the opening.

Call it the shape of things to come, perhaps: the preview performance on Thursday, October 5, is open to the public, with all seats on sale for just $20 apiece.

On Thursdays, October 12 and 26, the blithe spirits will be on the house as Hedgerow offers pre-show cocktails. And following the Sunday matinee on October 22, stay for a post-show discussion with the theatre artists who brought you the performance. Details and tickets are at hedgerowtheatre.org.

Coward’s classic, one of the most beloved and often-presented comedies in the canon, concerns a novelist and socialite who get more than he bargained for when he engages an eccentric medium to conduct a séance to provide him with material. Once summoned, the ghost of his first wife devotes her afterlife to disrupting the married life of the second.

The run of Blithe Spirit continues through October 29 at Hedgerow, at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley.

Immigrants Transform Maine Towns, and That’s a Good Thing

Will Richan speaks at Swarthmore Friends Meeting on Sunday.

Dr. Will Richan, emeritus professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University, will present a talk this Sunday, October 1, on a fascinating phenomenon in his native state of Maine. Richan is a longtime Swarthmore resident who has lived in Chester for the past 15 years.

At the dawn of the new millennium, Auburn and Lewiston were economically distressed twin cities with almost no residents of color. Today, the towns are economically vibrant and ethnically diverse. What happened in the interim? The Maine towns became home to thousands of refugees from Africa, most Somalis. Richan explains that, “When the U.S. government airlifted them out of Somalia, they were taken to larger cities. But then the Somalis found their way to this Maine community on their own. Word within the Somali community was that there were good schools, cheap housing, low crime rate, and a friendly attitude.”

“What ensued,” Richan says, “was a transition that was remarkably peaceful and, despite some negative reactions at the outset, on balance the response was positive.” Richan will explore the transformation of his home town in this talk, which is free and open to all, and will begin at 1 p.m. at the Swarthmore Friends Meeting, 520 E. 24th Street in Chester.

What’s Happening Around Town?

Kids Can Volunteer, Too!

Swarthmore Public Library invites preschool-aged kids and their caregivers to send some joy to homebound senior citizens by assembling “breakfast bags” — adding their own homemade cards to brighten each recipient’s day — to be delivered by Aid For Friends (see aidforfriends.org).

The project begins at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, and continues until 3:15 p.m. in the Community Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall.

Come for as long or as short a time as you wish. Bring single-serve breakfast food and drink items like granola bars and fruit cups; a full list of needed items is at www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b49aeaf2fa57-breakfast, where you should go to RSVP. and see the list of items that are needed.

Foundations for Chinese Opera

Swarthmore College Professor Peng Xu shares her love of Chinese opera in anecdote and song, with the assistance of student musicians and guest artists.

The presentation at Lang Concert Hall is free and open to all at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30.

SKOYZ @ HKF!

SKOYZ (skill toys) command the attention and hone the skills of young players as they master tricks in a “flow state of concentration.”

Fourth through 8th graders are invited to sign up for three consecutive after-school sessions at Helen Kate Furness Free Library, on Monday, October 9, Wednesday the 11th, and Friday the 13th, all from 4 to 5 p.m.

Registration is required at the library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford, or by phone at (610) 566-9331, ext. 4.

Giving It Their Best Shots

Photographers from Swarthmore, Wallingford, Rutledge, and Rose Valley will gather next Friday, October 6, for the opening of 21st annual Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers Exhibit at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

Join them for a festive wine and cheese reception there on the 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s free, open to all, and child-friendly. Jessica Graae will play and sing.

The exhibit of work by professional and amateur photographers is open October 4 through 31 during the Borough’s and the Library’s regular hours.

Dance Along the LINES

Characterized by stellar dancers, impeccable technique, and visual originality, Alonzo King LINES ballet “imbues classical ballet with new potential.”

The corps will perform Thursday, October 5, at 8 p.m. at the Pearson-Hall Theatre of Lang Performing Arts Center.

A master class will be held the preceding day at 4:30 p.m. in LPAC’s Troy Dance Studio. Events are free and open to the public, space permitting.

Gallery Talk: Clay Monoprints

Susan Richards talk about monoprints October 8.

Local artist Susan Richards loves making clay monoprints like those in her upcoming exhibition at Pendle Hill. She will share her enthusiasm for the art form and its techniques in a gallery talk on Sunday, October 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Her show “Clay Monoprints: Dreams, Visions, and Alternate Realities” and her talk will both be at the Tree Rooms Gallery at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. The show runs from October 5 through February 1, 2018.

 

Gospel Celebration at Wesley A.M.E.

Wesley A.M.E. Church invites all in Swarthmore and beyond to “enjoy a service in song” this Sunday, October 1, at 3:30 p.m.

The Union Gospel Group, which has been visiting Wesley for more than 40 years from its home in Delmar, Md., will be singing.

Their performance and the service are free and open to all; a free will offering will be taken to support the church, which is at 232 Bowdoin Avenue in Swarthmore.

Klezmer Sukkot, Simchat Torah at Beth Israel

On Sunday, October 8, Congregation Beth Israel is throwing a Sukkot celebration featuring the klezmer music of the Ken Ulansey Duo. Ramp up the spirit of this joyous holiday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with lively song and dance, creating decorations, and pizza lunch in the sukkah ($5 per person).

Simchat Torah dinner and services unfurl like the Torah on Wednesday, October 11, starting with a pasta dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the rolling out of the entire Torah and a festival service.

RSVP for meals by October 5 and October 10, respectively, to (610) 566-4645. The synagogue is at 542 S. New Middletown Road in Media.

Red Sauce or Gravy? Whatever, It’s Last Call

Entries are due by Saturday, September 30, for the Swarthmore Farmers Market “concorso,” celebrating the glories of the tomato as a sauce base.

Whether you call it gravy, red sauce, or something else, every cook should have a go-to recipe for pasta sauce, and this is the time to brag on yours. Submit your recipe for sauce, meaty or meatless, to swatfarmsauceorgravycontest@gmail.com by Saturday. Then get cooking, and bring a quart of your best stuff to the Farmers Market on Saturday, October 7.

A panel of judges will taste, taste some more, and finally select the winners of the Cucchiaio d’Oro and Cucchiaio d’Argento (gold and silver spoon) awards. One entry per person, please, and no store-bought stuff allowed!

Rockwell and Wyeth: American Storytellers

Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth are among Americans’ most beloved of artists, unless those Americans are critics. For many of them, Rockwell is kitschy; Wyeth sentimental; Rockwell simply a commercial illustrator, and Wyeth forever stuck in the mud in Chester County.

Local art writer, collector and lecturer Fred Dixon will express a warmer appreciation of the subjects at Swarthmore Public Library on Wednesday, October 4, at 2 p.m.

The talk is free; you may wish to buy a copy of Mr. Dixon’s book 700 years of Art History: Pre-Renaissance to Modernism, which will be sold at a discounted price of $35. Register in advance at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/Rockwell_wyeth.

Arts and Crafts at Schoolhouse Center

Every Monday, from noon to 2 p.m. at Schoolhouse Center in Folsom, accomplished woodcarvers help neophytes learn the craft, in a free group, affiliated with the William Rush Woodcarvers. Both novice and experienced carvers are welcome to join the group and experience camaraderie in crafting.

Budding artists are invited to learn to draw with charcoal and pencil in a class that meets every Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Schoolhouse. Instructor Mary Ash provides hands-on help to help you develop this fundamental art skill.

You will need to bring a 9” x 12” sketch pad, a pencil and an eraser; fee for each class is $6 ($5 for Schoolhouse members). Register or inquire at (610) 237-8100, or stop by the Center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Are you available to Drive Miss Daisy, or Mister Dave? Access to convenient transportation is a key element in seniors’ ability to stay in their homes and hometowns, but many seniors lose their ability and inclination to drive in later years.

That’s where the Aging at Home community network comes in with its volunteer driver program, which provides free transportation for seniors to medical appointments, on shopping trips and other errands to residents of eastern and central Delaware County.

The program needs more drivers; if you have some time to give, a car, a driver’s license, and insurance, come to a new driver training session on Wednesday, October 18, at noon at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Get more information by calling Michele O’Brien at (484) 496-2149; preregister at Schoolhouse Center, (610) 237-8100.

Nature’s Narratives: ‘H is for Hawk’

Share your perspectives on the October selection of the Scott Arboretum book club at the Scott Horticultural Library on Wednesday, October 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nature’s Narratives welcomes you to this free monthly meeting, asking only that you first read the book – this month, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald – and register for the session at (610) 328-8025 or scottarboretum.org.

LWV Mounts Trip to New Museum

The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County plans a trip to the new Museum of the America Revolution in Old City Philadelphia. The excursion will be October 25, and the registration deadline is nearing.

The trip begins and ends at the Players Club of Swarthmore, and includes roundtrip charter bus travel plus museum admission in the per-person cost of $55. Register by October 10 at lwvcdc.org/trips or by mailing a check to LWV-CDC, P.O. Box 131, Wallingford, PA 19086.

Is the U.S. Forever Polarized?

Vanderbilt University Political Science professor Marc J. Hetherington wonders “Will Republicans and Democrats Always Hate Each Other?” in the Gilbert Lecture on Wednesday, October 4, at 8 p.m.

A lively consideration of the topic (if no resolution) is expected in this free talk at Chang Hou Hall of Science Center 101.

Lisa Barrickman will read where she wrote, at the Furness Library.

Just Our Kind

Local author Lisa Barrickman wrote part of her new book at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. On Wednesday, October 4, she’ll return there to read from it in a free author talk about the book — A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others — and about writing in general.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Chadwick Auditorium on the lower level of the library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Also on Wednesday at the library, pharmacists from Walgreens in Brookhaven will be giving flu shots from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at no charge to those armed with Medicare or prescription insurance cards. No appointment is needed.

Frankly, Mozart and Jazz Belong Together

Retired Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and Swarthmore College’s own Andrew Hauze will be featured in the first concert of the season by Chamber Orchestra First Editions. “A Journey from Mozart to Jazz” will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at the College’s Lang Concert Hall.

Congressman Frank, a national figure as both politician and champion for LGBTQ concerns, will be the narrator in Gunther Schuller’s “Journey Into Jazz.” Joining the orchestra for the Schuller piece and a new work by composer Gabriel Globus-Hoenich will be the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Pianist/conductor/lecturer Hauze will be the soloist in Mozart’s K. 414 A Major Piano Concerto, which continues COFE’s focus on early and lesser known works of Mozart as well as new music.

James Freeman, artistic director of COFE, said, “We’ll complete the program with Mozart’s Symphony in A Major, K. 201 (no. 29), one of those miraculous works from the composer’s teen-age years that seem to emerge from out of the blue as full-blown masterpieces.”

The program at Lang Concert Hall is free, open to all, and hotly anticipated.

Amy Laub Headlines Mad Poets Reading

Poet Amy Laub

Mad Poets Society presents its monthly First Wednesday reading on October 4, 7 p.m., at Community Arts Center.

This month’s featured reader is Amy Laub of Upper Darby, a Mad Poets stalwart. In addition to reading her own work, she will be joined onstage by friends reading her favorites among their poems, including Sharon Black, Wayne Brown, Joe Ciluffo, Mary Finnegan, Joyce Meyers, Gloria Parker, and Tim Wade.

Light refreshments will be served during this free session at CAC, 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. For information, call Sibelan Forrester at (610) 328-8162 or e-mail sforres1@swarthmore.edu.

Classics Rock On Monday

On Monday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Emily Greenwood, chair and professor of Classics at Yale University, delivers “A Human Being is not a Thing: Aristotle’s Politics and the Complex Legacies of Classics,” this year’s Martin Otswald Classics Memorial Lecture at Swarthmore College.

Dr. Greenwood’s talk at Science Center 199, Cunniff Hall, is free and open to all.

A Funny Thing Happens
on the Way to Reconciliation

In this year’s McCabe Lecture, Swarthmore College 1992 alumnus Paul Young, Emmy winner and producer of Key & Peele, among other TV hits, argues that the first step in healing our political divide is to learn to laugh at ourselves.

Young’s talk begins at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday, October 7, at the Person-Hall Theater in LPAC. All are welcome, space permitting.

Briefly Noted. . .

Last week, Swarthmore Borough officials accepted the William H. Bates Memorial Award from the Delaware County Planning Commission. The award was awarded to Swarthmore for its Central Park, which was cited as an excellent example in planning, design, and land development. Representing Swarthmore were (left to right): Borough Council President David Grove, Borough Manager Jane Billings, Mayor Tim Kearney, along with County Planning Commission Chairman William C. Payne and Vice Chairman Thomas J. Judge. Plaques were presented to other partners in the project, including the Swarthmore Centennial Foundation, Catania Engineering, and CuetoKearneydesign.

Report from the Fire Company

By Rich Cresson

For the period September 11 through September 24, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 42 calls for medical assistance. These calls were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, and Nether Providence Township, for a variety of emergencies including respiratory difficulty, unconscious person, semi-conscious person, accident with injury, pediatric emergency, sick person, subject down, medical alarm, seizures, overdose, overdose from alcohol, pedestrian struck, diabetic emergency, fall, cardiac emergency, head injury, laceration, suicide attempt, allergic reaction, back pain, and cerebrovascular event.

Automatic Fire Alarm: Five calls, including several to the Dartmouth House Apartments for a malfunctioning smoke detector.

Automobile Accidents: Four incidents, including an accident with entrapment on the Yale Avenue bridge in Swarthmore [see the Swarthmorean September 22 edition] and one incident in Morton. Two more calls were to Nether Providence: one at Providence and Possum Hollow Roads, and one at the Beatty Road overpass.

Building: One incident in Springfield Township for an oven/stove fire; one incident on Drexel Place for food in the microwave; one incident on the 600 block of Yale Ave. for a burned dryer drive belt, and one incident on the 100 block of Rutgers Ave. for a resident using a fog machine indoors.

Elevator Rescue: One incident at 117 South Chester Rd. Hazmat: Three incidents, one mutual aid alarm to Morton for carbon monoxide, one call to Nether Providence, and one to Marietta Ave. The latter two alarms were for natural gas odors.

Trash/Dumpster: One call to Morton.

Assists to Morton: Two, one for an automatic fire alarm and one for a hazmat incident.

Assist to Nether Providence: One incident to for a carbon monoxide alarm.