Briefly Noted…

3-31 SEPCA Swarthmore Rotary

Swarthmore Police Chief Brian Craig was installed on March 11 as president of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, which comprises municipal police leaders from the five-county Philadelphia area. He was joined for the ceremony at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia by a table full of friends from Swarthmore Rotary Club, including (standing left to right) Hillard Pouncy, Brian Craig, Perri Evanson, George Whitfield, (sitting left to right) Lisa Lee, Hogie Hansen, Anne Hansen, Ken Wright and Joan Wright.

Writer/director/filmmaker/Swarthmore native Derek Pastuszek has shown his film [solitary] in film festivals around the world, and it’s finally our turn. On Saturday, April 8, [solitary] will be screened in a program of short films as part of the Media Film Festival. For more information and tickets, visit

3-31 Sign City USA

Swarthmore Borough being known for 37 years as one of the best Tree City USA members is now applying for membership in “Sign City USA” and should have no trouble getting accepted with its approximately 45 signs for one traffic circle. — Wolfgang Nadler, Swarthmore

3-31 WES lemonade

In a WES tradition going back decades, students in Sue Gaur’s 2nd grade class at Wallingford Elementary School raised $1,823 at their annual LemonAID Stand. Selling lemonade and soft pretzels to a captive market of thirsty students and staff at WES, Mrs. Gaur’s 2nd graders moved a lot of product — lemonade donated by Wawa and pretzels discounted by Philadelphia Pretzel Factory of Broomall — during snack times from March 15 and 17. Their collective donation will help fight cancer through Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Yellow-shirted partners in the venture are, from left to right: (bottom row) Paisley M., Zac C., Caroline R., Isabel L., Keegan G., Leah M., Maxine M., & Scarlett M.; (top row) Kailey S., Amelie G., Makaih G., Abhi K., Brody D., Ryan S., Carly T., Harry P., Will L., Jaelen K., Van J., Anna K., Ella H., & Gable V.; (standing) Miss N. Mrs. Gaur, and Aasir J. Ethan L. missed the picture.

Edward Newton, a junior majoring in computer science at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2016 semester. Edward, a resident of Swarthmore, is the son of Shaun Eyring and Richard Newton, and a graduate of Strath Haven High School.

3-31 Adam Fernandez

Wisler Pearlstine, LLP is pleased to announce that partner Adam L. Fernandez of Wallingford presented on the topics of Mediation and Dispute Resolution on March 3 and the First Amendment and Cyberbullying on March 24 as a part of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Liberty & Law Civics Education Program in the Norristown Area School District. Both sessions took place in a 6th grade class at East Norriton Middle School. On March 3, the class discussed the key components of a successful mediation and students practiced playing the role of a mediator to resolve fictional disputes. On March 24, the class reviewed the limitations on the freedom of speech in the context of bullying and cyberbullying.

3-31 sanctuary pic

Organizers and panelists at last Wednesday’s conclave at Swarthmore College on “The New Sanctuary Movement: Promise or Peril?” included (left to right): Aurora Camacho deSchmidt, Swarthmore College Professor Emerita; Joyce Shin, Pastor, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church; Joyce Tompkins, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Swarthmore College; Lee Smithey, Professor in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies; Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion; and Peter Pedemonti, Director of the New Sanctuary Movement, Philadelphia. The event was the first in a collaboration among Swarthmore College’s Religion department and Interfaith Center, and local congregations involved in the Interfaith Council. Photo by Martin Warner

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