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(Left to rightJ Swarthmoreans Dr. Rick Gelman, Dr. David Pollack and Amy Pollack, Cordelia Delson, and Donald Delson at the launch event for the newly named Foundation for Delaware County. Photo by Robert O. Williams/The Williams Group for TFFDC.

Frances M. Sheehan of Swarthmore welcomed guests to The Inn of Villanova for the March 1 launch of The Foundation for Delaware County, of which she is President. Formerly the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, TFFDC is the largest foundation serving Delaware County, operating public health programs and making grants to nonprofits that serve children, seniors and families. The foundation then announced $330,000 of grants from its restricted funds, including a $30,000 grant to Senior Community Services of Folsom. TFFDC also launched a new website at

Ron Anderson of Wallingford has been named to the Board of Directors of the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame. The current volunteer President of Nether Providence Athletic Association, Anderson has served for decades as a leader at all levels of NPAA youth sports, and was instrumental in the merger of NPAA with Swarthmore Recreation Association in basketball and baseball. Founded in 1939, the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame honors and celebrates sports legends and enthusiasts in the county.

Jiaozi are Chinese dumplings, and Jiaozi is also a band that formed last year comprising Strath Haven High School students Kevin Stabinski, Kyle Nerz, Emma Lee, and Reid Rothman. All write songs, and most of them sang on the band’s first EP (Kevin plays guitar) entitled Perspectives, which was just released and is available on Amazon Music, iTunes, and Spotify. Delicious!

On February 13, 4th and 5th graders at Wallingford Elementary School welcomed literary luminary John August, author of Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, and screenwriter of family favorites such as Frankenweenie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following an enthusiastic presentation to the entire 4th and 5th grade classes in the school multi-purpose room, August met with various students in the WES library. From left to right are WES students Hudson M., Ryan B., Reed H., Rowan D.-B., Ian C., author John August, WES Librarian Martha Lambertsen, Vincent H., Finnian C., Jack G., Luke A., and Colin L. WES students were given the terrific opportunity of purchasing Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire and having it personally dedicated and signed by Mr. August, The author visit was arranged by Mrs. Lambertsen and Children’s Book World of Haverford.


The Rotary Club of Swarthmore applied for and received a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation, matching the $3,000 the club raised, all to be donated towards health care in Haiti, where it helped these youths and others obtain free dental care from the Cite Soleil dental clinic. Clinic staff wrote in thanks to Swarthmore Rotary: “It is so heartwarming when someone helps to make it possible to say ‘Yes, we can help you!’ to one more child or adult visiting our clinic. This clinic now has equipment to provide fillings, teeth cleanings, a dental chair and a generator to provide power … Rotary has allowed us to make a measurable impact in the lives of our dental patients. Instead of defaulting to extracting teeth, our dentists can provide fillings to our patients in two clinics!”

On February 21, 2018, the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) presented the 2018 “Project of the Year” award to the Chester Road Roundabout. The award was for Creativity, Innovation, and Excellence. Pictured, left to right, are Jamie Kouch, Nicole Kline, and Joe DiSantis from McMahon Associates, Traffic Engineers, Jane Billings, Swarthmore Borough Manager, and Janet Semler, Swarthmore College Director of Capital Planning and Project Management.

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