Barbara McCane Daniels writes from St. Louis in recollection of growing up in Swarthmore, where her family lived from 1966 to 1984. “We rented a house on Rutgers Avenue and then moved to a beautiful home at 9 College Avenue. My brothers’ names were Jimmy, Michael, and Stephen McCane. My step-dad, Joe Spafford, was the planning engineer at Swarthmore College and a Borough Council member for many years. My mom, Audrey Spafford, was an elementary school teacher at Swarthmore Elementary… thankfully she is still with us and is 91 years young! My daughter, Auddie, is a wonderful mother to my awesome grandson, Jake, who is 9.”
Now, Barbara says, “Our four generations live together lovingly in one house, with a pie-crust table filled with teacups in the dining room. That pie-crust table is in some of the scenes in my new children’s book Timmy Teacup Transforms. I wrote it to help kids with their self-esteem and learning how to love themselves just the way they are. It is for kids about 3-8 years old. I hope all of our old friends in Swarthmore order one through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or www.timmyteacup.com. Your kids and grandkids will thank you for it. And I thank you, Swarthmore, for being a beautiful town with kind residents and so many memories for me.”
Dennis Morikawa of Swarthmore has received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays, and Neck Ribbon. The award honors Dennis for his legal work on behalf of Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans, as well as his service to Japanese community groups. The Order of the Rising Sun is one of the Japanese government’s highest awards to noncitizens.
Dennis has served since 2000 as Honorary Consul General of Japan in Philadelphia, co-chairs the Japan America Society and the Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia, and is a founder of the Asian-American Bar Association of Pennsylvania. He is Labor and Employment Senior Counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Last fall, Ted Dudley of Swarthmore made an unusual request for his 8th birthday. Instead of gifts, he asked guests at his two birthday parties to bring supplies and donations for two animal rescue groups, the Animal Coalition of Delaware County and Rags to Riches Rescue, whose representative Tish Mayo is pictured here with Ted. Ted’s mom Lisa Dudley of Swarthmore said that he wanted to encourage others in our privileged community to give rather than receive on their birthdays.
Swarthmore-based artist Marta Bartolozzi is among the artists whose works comprise the show “Brandywine Romantics,” opening tonight (Friday) with a free reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Gallery. The exhibition will continue through February 21. Chadds Ford Gallery is in the Chadds Ford Barn Shoppes at Routes 1 and 100.
As the 8th seed in the PIAA Class AAAA tournament, Strath Haven boys’ basketball team will host a game Friday night at 7 p.m. against 25th seed Hatboro-Horsham in the SHHS gym. If you can’t make it, you can follow the action live in streaming audio on delcohoops.com, with Wallingford residents Dave Burman calling play-by-play and Mike Mayer on color commentary. Game time is subject to change, check delcohoops.com on game day for confirmation.