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This week’s issue . . .

Implementing Aging-in-Place:
The First Follow-Up Report

By Bill Davis
Chair, AIP Committee, Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Last June 29, an article appeared in these pages describing the formation of the Aging-in-Place Committee (AIP) of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association (SSCA). As was mentioned at the time AIP was created to implement, or assist in implementing, a number of the official recommendations put forth by the Borough Task Force on Aging-in-Place. After six productive months of effort, what follows is the first follow-up report on the progress AIP has made.

Regarding Borough recommendation #1, “Encourage Borough Residents to make concrete plans for their future” and Borough recommendation #11,“Promote the health and safety of older residents.”: AIP is planning its first annual Wellness Fair, to be held at the Inn at Swarthmore, this March 24. Entitled “Enhancing Senior Well-Being in the Body, Mind, and World,” this one-day event will feature thought-provoking presentations regarding everyone’s future, and showcase vendors whose businesses are dedicated to concrete solutions for the wants and needs of seniors.

Regarding Borough recommendation #4, “Use Swarthmore’s Vision Statement to establish Swarthmore as an Age-Friendly Community”: AIP successfully applied to AARP to join its national Age-Friendly Community Network.

Regarding Borough recommendation #5, “Explore cooperative measures and organizational means to provide a full range of educational information and support services to older adults”: AIP has created a comprehensive directory of local organizations and nonprofit associations, which is linked to the Borough website. The directory includes contact information and a brief description for each listing, with a link to identify organizations and services especially relevant for seniors. In addition to the online version, there are plans to publish and distribute a print edition of the directory.

Regarding Borough recommendation #6, “Establish an Aging-in-Place Implementation Committee to work with Borough Council…”: SSCA created an Aging-in-Place committee specifically to implement some of the Borough Council Task Force recommendations on Aging-in-Place. At the Council’s request, in September of 2017, AIP created a funding proposal that SSCA submitted to Council regarding financial support for aging-in-place projects. The SSCA proposal was received positively by the Council.

Regarding Borough recommendation #8, “Spearhead the creation of a resource network for older adults, and possibly the larger community, using the TimeBank or Village Movement models”: AIP has researched the feasibility of establishing a Swarthmore TimeBank and will sponsor several meetings for local residents interested in participating in a TimeBank. The meetings will be held at Borough Hall at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, January 22, led by leaders of the extremely successful Phoenixville TimeBank. In addition to the progress described above, AIP is researching additional funding sources to maintain successfully its ongoing projects and initiate others. The next AIP follow-up report will include detailed information about fundraising efforts.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Eric Rupp, as Trevor the chimpanzee, treats his next-door neighbor, played by Jess Stinson, to a bit of grooming, in Trevor at the Players Club of Swarthmore. Photo by Rose Azrael.

Ready for something different? The Players Club of Swarthmore presents Trevor by Nick Jones, directed by Leigh Jacobs of Wynnewood, on the Raymond W. Smith stage. Performances are January 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., January 28 at 2 p.m., February 1 at 7:30 p.m., and February 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at

Eight years ago, a chimpanzee named Trevor starred in an infomercial with Morgan Fairchild. Now, Trevor’s showbiz career is on the rocks, but he dreams of a TV comeback with Morgan. He lives alone with Sandra, a middle-aged widow. She knows that …

Swing Time: ‘Boogie Woogie Radio Hour’
at Hedgerow

Filling the airwaves from WBGW-AM in Texas (via the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley) are the golden voices of Shaun Yates, Sarah Gafgen, and Carl Smith, stars of the Boogie Woogie Radio Hour. Photo courtesy of Wide Eyed Studios.

“The show must go on,” they say, and the old entertainers’ watchwords are put to the test in Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, which continues its run at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley through January 28.

It’s 1948 and Radio WBGW is the biggest little radio station in the biggest small town in Texas in Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, an original musical adventure written and acted by Hedgerow alumna Sarah Gafgen and company members Shaun Yates, and Carl Smith.

“The premise of the piece is that a small, scrappy radio station recruits a big New York troupe to join them for their first broadcast for a live audience. Things don’t work …

Beat Cabin Fever: Advice from
The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library

Did the recent weather give you cabin fever? Our very own Swarthmore Public Library provides means of escaping (and not just because you can check out books about Hawaiian travel. In preparation for the next storm, keep in mind that the following great resources and more are available at no charge to cardholders:

Hoopla: Nearly half a million movie, TV, music, e-book and graphic novel titles are accessible from your computer, tablet or smartphone. As a library cardholder, you can register for Hoopla Digital and borrow up to five titles per month — and you don’t have …

What’s the Story with Story Corps?

Swarthmore librarian Lucy Saxon will present information about StoryCorps to The Gathering Place on Wednesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. Come at noon for soup and a roll for a modest fee from Occasionally Yours and enjoy dessert and beverages …

Pendle Hill Welcomes Sunday Speakers

On Sunday afternoons, January 21 and 28, Pendle Hill invites the public to come hear two speakers read from and discuss their recent books. On January 21, educator and spiritual counselor RegE Walker of Philadelphia shares insights from Life is Funny, But It Ain’t No Joke, a humorous and wise account of his journey from egoism to recognition …

Indoor Season at Tyler Arboretum

Camp IN this winter at Tyler Arboretum in Media. Next Saturday, January 25, Tyler welcomes families to pitch their tents in the newly-renovated Barn Loft for an overnight stay, complete with nature exploration in a hike on Tyler’s grounds, an outdoor campfire with weenie roast and s’mores, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Bring your …

Chanticleer Comes Alive in Lisa Roper’s Talk

Lisa Roper of Wallingford is both a master horticulturist at Chanticleer in Wayne and a gifted photographer whose photos are collected in the book Chanticleer Now and Then. On Monday, January 29, she will share her work in both areas in the 2018 Winter Lecture sponsored by the Gardeners of Rose Valley at the Old Mill.

Lisa will talk about how Chanticleer came to be a nationally known private garden combining classical and whimsical hand built elements in various “rooms,” give insights into the garden’s design process, and talk about her favorite plants and her …

Landscapes of Portugal, in Wanderings at One

Warm sun and cool breezes, spectacular palace gardens and cork oak forests; terraced vineyard and olive groves beckon travelers to join the upcoming Scott Associates international garden trip to Portugal. On Thursday, February 1, at 1 p.m., Scott Arboretum Director Claire Sawyers will share the intel from the scouting trip she made in …

Cross-Pollinate and Grow

Swarthmore College professor Shelly Costa is innovating to enhance understanding between the College community and the Swarthmore Quaker Meeting (SQM). Knowledge will flow both ways.

In the first “SQM-inar,” which begins next Saturday, January 27, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Costa will present a sample of the material and instruction that she includes in her Swarthmore College course on Gender, Race, and Science. Students including Meeting members, College undergraduates and staff will learn side by side, exchanging points of view through intergenerational and inter-community sharing. The free class will also meet on …

MLK Jr.’s Delco History

Many Delaware County residents do not know that early in his career Martin Luther King, Jr. had a strong presence here. Join the Faith and Life class at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Sunday, January 21, at 11:15 a.m., to hear Bruce Stephens speak about these early years of King. Bruce will give special emphasis on King’s years …

‘Women of Achievement’ Nominees Sought

Who are your heroes? Delaware County’s Women’s Commission wants to hear about them. Now through Thursday, January 25, nominations are being accepted for the awards which will be presented at a celebration on March 21, during Women’s History Month. Nominees will be considered based on their embodiment of the 2018 …

PAWS Is (Are?) Back at Furness Library

Students age 5 and up and other developing readers can sign up now for sessions this winter and spring with therapy dogs from PAWS. The gentle and friendly dogs are good listeners, and readers can build confidence in 15 minute sessions with a PAWS dog at the Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford. Sessions will be held Sundays, February 4 …

Hardy Plant Society Hosts ‘Container Savvy’ Talk

Jessica Walliser, author of Container Gardening Complete, will deliver the annual Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture next Sunday, January 28, at Chang Hou Hall of Swarthmore College. Walliser will share inspiration and tips for container gardening projects for the upcoming season. The Pittsburgh resident is a prominent author, columnist, and …

Indivisible Swarthmore Hosts Electoral Organizer
on January 31

Join Indivisible Swarthmore: Moving the Needle at its January 31 meeting for a Skype presentation and discussion with Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, an experienced electoral organizer. The session will be hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Rd. in Swarthmore, with light refreshments offered at 7:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 8:00 p. m.

Ahmed will address “Electoral Engagement: Best Practices Among Diverse Communities,” sharing her experiences and insights as she has successfully organized GOTV efforts in highly diverse populations and developed ways …

Anthony Goicolea Opens ‘Figure/Ground’
at List Gallery

Exploring nature and how it is altered by human’s interaction with our natural world, List Gallery’s new exhibition “Anthony Goicolea: Figure/Ground” assembles the photo prints and mixed media works of contemporary artist Goicolea. The show opens this week, with a lecture by the artist at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, followed at 5:30 by …

Share a Little Love

Newspaper editors in search of romance … yours. Tell us how you and your beloved met, fell in love, made a commitment, and took it to the next level, whatever that may be. We’re looking for love, for our February 9 edition, where we’ll share your story and others in our Valentine’s Day issue of the Swarthmorean.

Get in touch with us at, and we’ll follow up to help you tell your love story.

Briefly Noted . . .

John Wehmiller of Swarthmore took this photo at 1:45 p.m. on January 12, on the Blue Route overpass on Route 320. It shows firefighters from the Swarthmore and Garden City departments saluting the funeral procession for Philadelphia Fireman Matthew LeTourneau, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty on January 6 while battling a fire in North Philadelphia. Mr. Wehmiller stated that it was a solemn and moving scene, and that he hoped this photo could be used to honor our local fire company for all the good work that they do in support of our community.

Kira Lorraine of Wallingford, a student in Leslie Taylor’s Graphic Design 3 class at Strath Haven High School, designed three coffee labels for a senior class fundraiser. The coffee — in limited edition bags – is for sale at the Community Cup Coffee pop up store located at 17 S. Jackson Street in Media and also available online at Proceeds support the Class of 2018.

Josie Beard of Swarthmore was the belle of the ball on December 21 at the Community Interactions Holiday Ball at Springfield Country Club. “She is always dressed to the nines, and she likes to be out and about,” said Meg Nielson, CI’s Director of Communication and Outreach. On this night, Josie was more radiant than usual: December 21 was also her 87th birthday. She is (chronologically) the oldest of more than 300 residents of community homes and programs that CI manages in Pennsylvania and Delaware for people with autism, intellectual and behavioral challenges. Josie lives in Swarthmore with several other CI clients and staff.

Writers Guild of Delco officers (left to right) Bob McLaughlin of Ridley Park, Rich Schiffer of Ridley Park, Jennifer Lincoln of Swarthmore, Lawrence Dorman of Swarthmore, and Richard Fasy of Ridley Park unveiled new Guild posters at the group’s January 13 meeting at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The Guild next meets February 10; contact Jennifer Lincoln at for info. Photo by Timothy O’Donnell.

Floating Photographer

By Chris Reynolds

What does the legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. mean to you today?
Asked at Trinity Church Swarthmore during the MLK Day of Service projects.

Peace, equality, love, kindness.
Cherilyn Scanlon (left)

Service and leadership. And compassion.
Cameron Wiley
Swarthmore College
Atlanta, Ga.


Standing up for what you believe in, and showing that if you see something wrong, you’re willing to do something to change it.
Winnie Kenney (left)

It’s about service to your community as well as standing up for the rights of people who are really vulnerable.
Sharon Graham

We are honoring him today. People are helping people who don’t have as much.
Maya Grande (left)

It feels good to help other people who don’t have the same opportunities as we do.
Katie Stack




Helping your fellow man.
Michael McKinney






Doing something good for people in need.
Heather Bellini







His legacy means more than just service. We should pursue activism in our own communities.
Audrey Fox (with Liam and Ezra Hill)


Report from the Fire Company

The initial dispatch to the 300 block of Saybrook Ln. Nether Providence Twp. was for flames in the bedroom apartment. The fire was quickly brought under control by first arriving units using tank water. Units remained on the scene for several hours for overhaul — opening of walls, ceilings and voids to check for fire extension — and salvage — protection of the building and contents from water, smoke, heat and damage from the elements. Photo by Pat O’Rourke Jr.

By Rich Cresson

From the beginning of 2018 through January 14, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 35 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including accident with injury, sick person, seizures, fall with trauma, cardiac emergency, head injury, change in mental status, unconscious person, respiratory difficulty, tachycardia, pediatric emergency, back pain, hypotension, abdominal pain, assault, suicide attempt, sick person, medical alarm, cerebrovascular event, and lift assist.

Automatic Fire Alarm: Ten responses total. Three were to Nether Providence: the 300 block of Austin Ct., Springhaven Country Club, and the 100 block of Manchester Rd. Four were in Swarthmore, in the 100 block of Yale Ave., Dartmouth House Apts., CADES, and N. Swarthmore Ave. at Cedar Lane. One alarm was in Morton at Elwyn Services, and two were in Springfield Twp., with frozen/broken sprinkler pipes at 725 S. Chester Rd., and at 709 S. Chester Rd. at Swarthmore Dialysis.

Automobile Accidents: Two in Morton: one (with injuries) at 35 S. Morton Ave. and one at 2 E. Sylvan Ave. in Rutledge. There was one accident with injuries in Swarthmore at Yale and Cornell avenues.

Building Fire Alarms: Seven alarms included two in Springfield Twp., in the 1000 block of Baltimore Pike and at Harlee Manor. Two were in Swarthmore on the 200 block of South Chester Rd. for a smoky condition in the house coming from an electrical outlet, and for a home at North Swarthmore Ave. & Baltimore Pike. Two alarms called the fire company to Nether Providence: to the 300 block of Saybrook Lane for flames in the bedroom apartment, and to the 200 block of Canterbury Dr. for a kitchen fire. One alarm was for Walnut Lane in Morton.

Hazmat: Two alarms to Springfield for the smell of natural gas on the 1300 block of Nicklaus Dr. and the 200 block of Harwick Rd., and two alarms to Morton – 200 block of Sylvan Ave. for a gas leak in the kitchen and the 200 block of Harding Ave. for a carbon monoxide alarm.

Wires: One alarm at Woodland Ave. & the SEPTA crossing in Morton for black smoke coming from the manhole and a possible explosion.

Mutual aid calls: Fifteen total, to Morton-Rutledge, Nether Providence, and Springfield fire departments.

Letters to the Editor

Controlling consumer healthcare costs: choose wisely

To the Editor:

The rise in the cost of individual health insurance is an epidemic sweeping our nation. Health care spending in 2015 averaged $10,028 per person, an increase of 26 percent since 2010. Between 2013 and 2017, the average monthly insurance premium for families increased 140 percent to $1,021 while their average deductible increased by 97 percent to $8,352.

Health insurance companies are supporting legislation in the Pennsylvania House and Senate (HB1553, SB678) that would require health care providers to tell patients their likely costs before services are provide, and not to charge patients more than their health plan’s cost sharing. Unfortunately, these bills do nothing to keep insurers from limiting the number of physicians in their networks, nor do they reduce patient charges for deductibles, co-payments or insurance premiums. The legislation does nothing to increase the availability of health care services in emergencies or in health care shortage areas.

There is a good chance that these bills, as currently written, will actually make each of these situations worse. They will increase the power of insurers to determine which physicians and services are available and what they will cost patients. Insurer business decisions will increasingly determine not only what health care costs but how health care is delivered.

There is a better way to facilitate health care coverage and address rising costs. Instead of the current system of arbitrary “covered charges” and “balance bills,” we should employ market-based, independently determined “usual and customary charges” to be used by physicians and insurers for each service. A database already exists which could, and should, be used to determine usual and customary charges within Pennsylvania without favoring either insurers or providers. FAIR Health ( is designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a “qualified entity.” Its database — the largest collection of private insurance claims in the country — is already used by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and at least two large national insurers, including Aetna, a major private insurer in Pennsylvania. Furthermore, patients have easy and free access to FAIR Health data regarding the expected costs and insurance payments for their own health care.

There are two very different outlooks for health care in Pennsylvania. One option is to put a system in place that ensures fair and transparent provider charges and insurance payments, reduces gaps in coverage and preserves access to quality care. The other option is a system marked by increasing administrative hurdles, reduced patient choice and access to services, growing gaps in coverage, and a lack of oversight and accountability as insurance companies determine their pay-outs.

We must take the option that puts the health of our citizens before the profits of insurance companies. Patients, providers and lawmakers must stand together to demand fair and transparent practices from health insurance companies. I urge you to call your State Senator and Representative today. Tell them to support fair and transparent health care billing practices, and help put an end to rising patient costs!

Richard O’Flynn, M.D.
Rose Valley

Election help needed

Dear Swarthmore Community:

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to be more civically involved in 2018?

I am the new Judge of Election for Swarthmore’s eastern precinct (the portion of Swarthmore whose polling place is Borough Hall) and I am seeking people from the precinct who are potentially interested in being clerks and machine operators on Primary and General Election days — the people who help you sign in, and those responsible for the voting booths.

In addition, there were no candidates in 2017 for the position of Minority Inspector for the precinct — and that role should if possible be filled by someone not registered as a Democrat — so I am especially eager to hear from Republicans or those of other parties.

Please feel free to call, 610-604-0669, or email me at for more information.

Jim Moskowitz

Volunteer for Putt Putt Palooza

To the Editor:

CADES is hosting its indoor mini golf fundraiser, Putt Putt Palooza, next Sunday, January 28.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come play the course and help us raise money for communication technology for non-verbal students who attend CADES. Last year, we had 600 people at the event and are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

We need more volunteers. If you would like to donate your time to help us raise money for CADES, or to find out more about Putt Putt Palooza, please go to to sign up. If you would like to donate a raffle prize, contact me at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Anne Merz
Putt Putt Palooza Coordinator

A modest proposal

To the Editor:

I was amused by John Brodsky’s letter in the January 12 issue. John’s premise seems to be that he should not have to pay to park in the Borough.

In fact, he was ticketed for not paying to park while he was in the process of paying a fine for another ticket.

That dime for 12 minutes seems excessive to me as well. In fact I don’t think I should pay taxes in the Borough. Perhaps I can walk into the Co-op, pull some items off the shelf, and walk out without paying. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Remember, socialism works until you run out of other people’s money!

Jim Smith

This Week’s Issue . . .

The brothers Komarinski — from left, Scott, Derrick and Allen – near the finish line of the Kepler Challenge.

The Komarinski Brothers’
Excellent Adventure

Some families get together for brunch, a barbecue, a ball game. Not the Komarinski brothers. For them, male bonding meant flying to the other side of the world, flying some more, driving up and down mountains. Then they were ready to do what they came for.

What they came for was a shared challenge — “brothers being brothers,” said Scott, a Swarthmorean and familiar figure to early morning commuters and dog-walkers — in the form of an ultramarathon. Called the Kepler Challenge and regarded as one of the world’s most demanding and elemental running events, the race covers the Kepler Track, an ancient Maori trail looping through 60 kilometers of mountains, glacial valleys, and forest terrain overlooking fjords at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand.

Three Komarinskis ran the race on December 2: Scott, age 42, Derrick, 44, and Allen, 37. Oldest brother Mark accompanied them as coach. (Sister Kathleen missed the trip due to recent childbirth.) All grew up in Schenectady, N. Y., with a father who was a marathoner and got his kids into running and other outdoor sports. It stuck. “Allen moved to Auckland three years ago and while hiking the Kepler Track had seen all these runners go by doing the challenge that day. He emailed Derrick and me to say, ‘I’m thinking about …

Book It! The Libraries Benefit
When You Run and Walk

Saturday, April 7 is the date for this year’s Book It! 5 kilometer Run/Walk to support two local libraries. Runners and walkers in the event follow a course connecting the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford and the Swarthmore Public Library, raising money for each. Early bird registration ($30) is now open for this family event, which starts at the Wallingford SEPTA station near Helen Kate, and goes across a scenic course …

Warm up to Chili and Chocolate Challenge

Had enough of winter’s chill? The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County invites you to warm up at its 10th annual Chili and Chocolate Challenge next Saturday, January 20, in Media. The event offers dozens of homemade chili dishes and chocolate creations from church members and friends. Sample up to seven for $15, with extra …

Tyler Arboretum Offers Winter Diversions

Tyler Arboretum in Media offers several winter programs for adults and children during the coming week. Register at On Saturday, January 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., young ladies are invited to bring their dads, favorite uncles, or friends to share a winter adventure. You’ll learn which animals are still active on Arboretum  …

It’s Intensive: Playwriting Course at Hedgerow

Swarthmore resident and playwright Robert Smythe will conduct a playwriting course for Hedgerow Theatre School this winter, 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 January 15. The sessions at Hedgerow House …

Meet New Friends, Keep the Old

All women interested in building friendships are invited to join Newcomers and Neighbors of Delaware County, a social club and nonprofit group which chiefly benefits the Bernadine Center and veteran’s causes. The group’s January 17 meeting will take place at La Locanda restaurant, 4989 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, beginning at 11:30 am …

Wayne Brown Opens Show at MAC Gallery

Wayne Brown

Rose Valley abstract painter Wayne Brown is the subject of a retrospective show at the MAC Gallery in Media, which opens with a free reception this Saturday, January 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. “Wayne Brown: The First Seventy Years” surveys the career of this independent thinker, collecting his work in oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture and prints. The exhibition will be on display through February 3 at the Media Arts Council Gallery, 609-B West State Street …

Lecture Considers Arts & Crafts
from William Morris to William Price

Ryan Berley, curator of the Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge, will speak at Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library on Tuesday, January 23, on the Arts & Crafts Movement, in a lecture that dovetails with a current exhibition at McCabe. Berley will …

Chants Again At Trinity

The theme is “A Quiet Night and a Perfect End” and you may find just that if you participate in a weekly session of Gregorian chant singing at Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road in Swarthmore. Plainchant is the oldest form of western music, with …

Furness Library Technology Day For Seniors

Intimidated by your iPad? Flummoxed by your smart phone? If you got a new device at the holidays, and you’re having trouble understanding one another, come to the 5th annual Technology for Seniors on Monday, January 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. Volunteers from Vanguard will be on hand to help seniors learn …

Holy Myrrh-Bearers Collect for the Needy

In a season of conspicuous consumption, many in our community still lack the basic comforts and necessities of life. If you are moved to help those less fortunate, an opportunity exists to drop off food, clothing and toiletries at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church, now through Sunday, December 10. Nonperishable boxed or …

Abstract Artists in Focus at CAC’s Annual Show; Reception Sunday

Community Arts Center’s annual Abstraction exhibition featuring compositions by the CAC Abstract Workshop opens this Sunday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and runs through January 27 in the Duke Gallery. The exhibit features work by Abstract Workshop coordinator Nancy Markezin and members Debs Bleicher, Trina Brand, …

David Falcone Plays Sharon J. Ford Concert
at SPL

Next Friday, January 19, Swarthmore Public Library will present extraordinary guitarist David Falcone in concert at Swarthmore Borough Hall. Starting at 7 p.m., Falcone will play a concert of acoustic music in a Celtic mode, warming a winter night for local music fans and families. Falcone’s performance is the latest installment of the Sharon J. Ford Concert and Lecture Series, and is supported by the …

In Stitches Yarn and Needlework Club Meets

Needleworkers of the world unite! Join together for monthly meetings of Swarthmore Public Library’s In Stitches club, where you can sit with other knitters, cross-stitchers, and crocheters to enjoy conversation and the company of others while you work on your projects, The club meets twice a month: third Thursdays (e.g., January 18) from 6 p.m. …

Embrace Winter; Walk with
Scott Arboretum Curator January 18

Mary Tipping, curator and plant recorder of the Scott Arboretum, invites you to discover the buds, bark, and berries on view across the arboretum. Join her on a free lunchtime walk on Thursday, January 18, from noon to 1 p.m., departing from Scott’s offices …

‘The Eagle (and Child)’ Have Landed

Patricia Brooks Eldridge

Swarthmorean Patricia Brooks Eldridge has a book just out, and three more ready for the right publisher. The Eagle and Child quartet is intended for young adult readers, but deals with complicated and difficult times in European and American history.

Book One: The Old World starts in an impoverished, fever-stricken London district of the early 1800s, where we meet Devon Quail. Strong and resourceful, she is destined to traverse and transcend all levels of society at home in England, before escaping to an even more trying passage to the dynamic but daunting United States, where she becomes an indentured servant.

In the nearly six decades following her undergraduate days at Swarthmore College, Patricia Brooks Eldridge has been a poet, novelist, journalist, social activist, and co-founder of an …

Scott Winter Celebration
Features Scott Weidensaul

Scott Arboretum members, meet author Scott Weidensaul. The noted author is the featured speaker at the Arboretum’s annual Winter Celebration this Sunday, January 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Chang Hou Hall in the Science Center at Swarthmore College. Scott members and friends are invited to come in from the cold and have a cocktail or glass of wine with friends. Weidensaul will discuss the newly revised and expanded …

Swarthmore Public Library

The library will be closed next Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King’s Day.

Remember MLK at TGP

Join the Swarthmore Senior Citizens at The Gathering Place on Wednesday, January 17, at noon, for a delicious hot cup of soup and a roll from Occasionally Yours for a small donation. As always, dessert and beverages are provided. The program, which will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 89th anniversary of his birth, begins at 12:30 p.m. …

Wanderings at One: O Canada

Satisfy your wanderlust vicariously, without so much as buying a ticket at Scott Arboretum’s cool-weather series Wanderings at One, which resumes on Thursday, January 25, at 1 p.m. in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center. This month’s vicarious travelogue comes courtesy of Rebecca Robert, Scott’s PR and …

Furness Library Kids Programs Resume Soon

Children and parents rejoice! Two of the Helen Kate Furness Free Library’s popular children’s programs are set to resume in the coming weeks. Children’s Librarian Lori Friedgen-Veitch said that registration opens on Monday, January 15, for Toddler Tales on Monday mornings, and for two Thursday afternoon sessions of Preschool/Kindergarten Stories. The fun continues weekly into the beginning of April. One registration covers …

Train for a Day, Change Lives Forever

Your free time is a precious resource. Thresholds in Delco asks you to invest it wisely in a daylong training program next Saturday, January 20. The training you receive that day will equip you to begin helping change lives of inmates at Delaware County prisons. Research and experience indicate that prisoners who learn better decision-making skills are …

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This Week

At Trinity Church last Martin Luther King Jr. Day, young volunteers helped assemble meal packages for neighbors in need. Come join the effort this Monday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Local faith and fellowship communities are offering varied programs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday will be observed this coming Monday, January 15. All members of the public are invited to take part in the events below.

Laurie Levenson

On Sunday, January 14, Media Fellowship House, the Media NAACP, and local houses of worship collaborate to honor the life and work of Dr. King in a program beginning at 4 p.m. at First Church, State and Lemon Streets in Media. Guests are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m. to enjoy the musical prelude and the procession of clerics and speakers. Featured guest speaker will be Laurie Levenson, Esq., law professor and director of the Center for Legal Advocacy at Loyola Law School.

In addition to the stimulating speakers and musicians on the program, Media Fellowship House will induct the first ten selections into its Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame. A reception at First Church’s Fellowship Hall will follow. For information, call Susan Serbin at 610-565-1747.

The Chester Children’s Chorus will sing in a special concert on Sunday evening, January 14, in honor of Dr. King. Directed by director Dr. John Alston, the 130 talented students in the Chorus will share the good news in a performance at the Lang Music Building, with guest speakers Crystal J. Lucky, Ph.D. and Rabbi Jeremy Gerber.

The concert is free and open to the public, but ticket reservations are required. Please call 610-328-8286 in advance to reserve your seats. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and show time is 7 p.m. in Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College.

On Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, Trinity Episcopal Church Swarthmore will conduct its 4th annual Day of Service in the newly-refurbished Trinity Parish Hall. The session includes activities for all ages and skill levels. Volunteers from the Episcopal Church and the community can take part in projects including packing breakfast bags, preparing packaged meals for “Aid for Friends,” and creating cards with messages of hope and friendship for area shut-ins.

In advance of the assembly efforts, the church is accepting donations of the items that will comprise the packages, including individuals serving boxes of cereal, oatmeal, applesauce, tea and coffee packets, raisins and fruit, juice boxes, breakfast and protein bars. Drop off items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays at the church office, Chester Road and College Avenue. Call the office at 610-544-2297 with questions.

On Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church will host “Building the Beloved Community,” an interfaith celebration involving clerics of different faith traditions. Following a 6 p.m. choral prelude by the Philadelphia Catholic Mass Choir, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput will preside over a prayer service and deliver a homily. He will be joined by co-leaders Asheq Fazlullah of the Islamic Networks Group, Rabbi Nathan Martin of Congregation Beth Israel in Media, and Reverend Joyce Shin of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. A dessert reception will follow the service at 7:30 p.m.

The service is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and hosted by St. John Chrysostom, 615 S. Providence Road in Wallingford, Father Edward Hallinan, Pastor. Information is available from Mary Chollet, 610-874-3418 x 106.

Briefly Noted . . .

Lightening up the Darkest Day

A tradition for at least five years now, the “all speeds and all abilities welcome” Swarthmore Men’s Track group gathered at 5:30 a.m. on the shortest day of the year to celebrate “The 12 Plyos of Christmas” (plyos = plyometric exercises). The call went out to the group to “Be of good cheer/on the darkest day of the year. The dudes with the mostest/will welcome the solstice.” After a brief warm-up jog, the workout took a form that had a certain familiar (golden?) ring to it:

12 Stars a-springing
11 Sumos squatting
10 Jacks a-jumping
9 Russians twisting
8 Crunchers crunching
7 Straight legs lifting
6 Inches holding
5 Bur-r-pees
4 Mountain climbers
3 Pushups pushing
2 In and outs
and a 10 … second … bent … arm … plank!

Anyone interested in hanging with a group of local dudes/dads that get up early in the morning to move their bodies (some quickly and others not so quickly) should send an email to

Caleb A Baukman and Grace M. DeMarco, both of Wallingford, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Kutztown University.

Jamie Kenney of Wallingford was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bucknell University.

Abigail Lombard of Wallingford was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Lehigh University.

Christina Semeraro of Wallingford has been named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Letters to the Editor

The full moon accentuates the luminaria-lined street. The picture is courtesy of Jen Armstrong.

Another successful fundraiser
for the Luminaria Club

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Luminaria Fundraiser Committee, it’s with great pleasure we announce our donation of $28,000 to ABC Strath Haven. This year’s fundraiser was our most successful yet.

This remarkable effort could not have been accomplished without help from some key groups in the community. The effort started back in September when the Luminaria Club at SHHS, ably led by Sophia Foglio and George Steinke, gathered in shifts at The Luminaria Factory (a Swarthmore College building kindly loaned by Swarthmore College) in order to make approximately twenty-four thousand luminaria.

In November, the effort shifted to the incredible group of approximately 100 block captains, led by area coordinators, who spread out over the town of Swarthmore and the participating neighborhoods of Wallingford, and encouraged the residents of Swarthmore and Wallingford to purchase luminaria to support the Luminaria Fundraiser. Their efforts were so successful this year that, in December, the Luminaria Factory was reopened, and thanks to some wonderful families from within the community, another six thousand luminaria were made!

In December, the effort shifted back to the SHHS Luminaria Club when they, very ably led by Lizzie Healy, organized the very efficient distribution of the luminaria to the block captains. Over two blocks of time (one of which was very snowy indeed!) the dedicated block captains arrived at the factory and the Luminaria Club counted and packed orders into cars. The effort culminated, on the coldest New Year’s Day in a long time, when the communities of Swarthmore and Wallingford lined their luminaria along their curbs and lit them so that each neighborhood glowed. The full moon that night was but the cherry on top!

Please thank anybody you know in any of the groups, and also thank your neighbors, each and every one of them, because without the wonderful support from the residents of Swarthmore and Wallingford, this beautiful event could never have occurred.

We look forward to the 2018/2019 event!

Luminaria Fundraiser Committee:
Anne Clauss, Chris Darrell, Oonie Lynch, Anne Papa, Georgie Perullo, Jean Steinke and Julie Vrooman

18 reasons to keep a resolution

To the Editor: Here we are: 2018. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time and more money in the Co-op. And in its honor, and reflective of the year, I have come up with 18 reasons why I enjoy shopping at the Co-op.

• loose Brussels sprouts
• salmon filets (custom sliced)
• cheese tastings
• very thin (but not shaved) ham
• enticing specialty items
• gnarly heirloom tomatoes (in season)
• paté, paté, paté
• local apples
• tree hugger wraps (hold the onions)
• high quality meats
• soup, glorious soup
• day-old pastry (O, those almond croissants!)
• phone-in “to go” orders
• water bowls for dogs
• friendly cashiers (and they know how to pack a bag!)
• senior discount Wednesdays
• tons of community outreach
• and finally, the Co-op is a fine meeting place for friends and neighbors.

No doubt Swarthmoreans will come up with their own reasons. What are yours?

Louise L. Coffin

Thank you, thank you, thank you

To the Editor:

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation to the thousands of volunteers for the Swarthmore Recreation Association (SRA) with whom I have had the pleasure of working with since 2005. I left the position of executive director of SRA in December and want to thank the community, coaches, commissioners, extraordinary program coordinators and all the participants for their commitment to this great organization over the years. SRA has grown dramatically over the last decade and relies more than ever on volunteers in our community to help make sure everything runs smoothly. It has been an honor to work with so many community members, parents, grandparents and kids!

I would also like to personally thank the most amazing and dedicated staff I have ever worked with, Don Henderson, Karl and Kathy Swierczek, David and Cindy Herring, Lee Smith, Tom Granahan, Nika Haase, Terry Lynch, Jean Tierno, Dan Shaffer, Megan Richardson, Bill Kane, Joyce Perry and all of the summer camp staff. And of course, many thanks to Swarthmore Borough for the financial support for SRA.

SRA is a unique, incredible, valuable and important organization for our community. Check out the programs and get involved — it is worth it.

Linda McCullough

Parking issues

To the Editor:

I got a parking ticket for briefly parking here while stopped briefly to pay a parking ticket.

I have made Swartmore my home for 50 of my 82 years and my car has made Swarthmore its home for 18 of its 23 years. Everybody knows us. People I do not recognize wave hello to us as we drive on our streets.

I do not think we should have to pay to park in our home.

John Brodsky

Emily Geddes and self-portraits

To the Editor:

What fun it was to see one of our kindergarten classes with their self-portraits in your paper! I hope the photo put smiles on readers’ faces.

I neglected, though, to credit our wonderful art teacher, Emily Geddes.

Self-portraits are a holiday project in her art room, and all of our 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds paint them. To quote Emily, “… after studying the rich, dark lines of Picasso’s self-portrait, the children drew their own … A large mirror, a blank page, a black oil pastel, water colors, and time for observations …” were what she provided.

Cathy Conahan
Interim Director
Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School

Mitten Tree success!

To the Editor:

This letter serves to thank Carol Mackin, other staff members, and all volunteers at the Swarthmore Public Library for their help with the 2017 Mitten Tree.

Much gratitude is also sent to the donors of the large amounts of beautiful and warm clothing and blankets, as well as the monetary contributions, which were used to purchase even more winter apparel.

All of the items were brought to CityTeam Ministries in Chester, and much appreciated.

Happy 2018!

Jane Callan Sottile
Rose Valley