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Home for the Holidays – Bigger and Better

The first Swarthmore Santa 5K Run/Walk drew 121 runners and walkers to a festive ramble through town to start off Saturday’s Home for the Holidays. The fastest male was Greg Thomas at 17 minutes, 12 seconds. Fastest female finisher was Morgan McErlean in 21:54.

Michelle Radabaugh of Blond Sugar & Honey, her brother, “co-best dressed” Running Elf Kevin Radabaugh and Patrick Francher, Swarthmore Town Center board member. Kevin finished the race second overall in 20:36.

Warming up with Sharon Graham (left) and Mary Gay Scanlon (center), Jodi Dawes (right) ran as a Christmas Tree, sharing “best dressed” honors. Photos by Shannon Dietzmann Elliott.

Proudly displaying their national re-accreditation certificates are Executive Director Cindy Murray and Site Coordinators, Pat DeHaven, Beth Camagna and Linda Healy.

Following an extensive review of best practice standards, TCDN Swarthmore After School Club and Wallingford After School Club programs received national reaccreditation through the Council on Accreditation. The accreditation process consisted of a self-evaluation, feedback from hosts, advisory Board members, families, staff and children, and a three-day site visit from a national Endorser. The Endorser determined that the programs overwhelmingly met national standards in administrative, human resource and programming quality practices. Said Director Murray, “We are very proud of this accreditation, as it indicates a long-term commitment to quality and a genuine dedication to the children and families we serve.” TCDN provides out-of-school time programming in four locations throughout the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, serving approximately 250-275 Kindergarten through 6th grade school age children, daily.

Jack Brake has been selected as one of 142 Schwarzman Scholars who will study at Tsinghua University in Beijing during the 2018-19 academic year, immersing himself in lectures, travel, and Chinese culture in pursuit of a master’s degree in Global Affairs.

Schwarzmann Scholars are chosen from the U.S., China and elsewhere for their “exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences,” according to the foundation.

Brake, who will join the third class of Schwarzmann scholars, is a 2014 Strath Haven alumnus who has studied at the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar, completing UVa’s Politics Honors program earlier this year, Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors. Jack is the son of Susan and Ben Brake of Swarthmore.


Kearney to Launch Campaign: Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney welcomes constituents and neighbors to a reception this Saturday, December 9, 4 to 6 p.m. at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The event is a fundraising launch of Kearney’s campaign for Pennsylvania State Senate from the 26th District.


Potters Guild member Bonnie Ann Burnett is one of more than 60 artists participating in Community Arts Center and The Potters Guild Holiday Sale through December 9 at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Bonnie creates uniquely local plates using old wood ash from Community Arts Center’s historic fireplace chimney, using a special process to apply it to plates before firing, producing an array of colors and textures.


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