Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Lafayette Avenue on Monday, March 26, for a “garage fire, active fire, smoke showing.” Apparatus from Swarthmore, Springfield and Morton were dispatched in accordance with a daytime mutual aid response protocol. Upon arrival, firefighters from Swarthmore found a single vehicle garage with fire emanating from trash piled in front of the garage door. The fire was quickly extinguished with a booster hose (red hose coiled on a reel on top of fire engine) requiring less than 150 gallons of water, and the response was quickly reduced to Swarthmore FD only. Luckily, due to the spring vacation from school, three of the junior firefighters were able to respond and assist in the extinguishment of the blaze. The investigation is continuing, but the indication is that the fire was caused by wood particles and wood dust from a floor refinisher and related products contained in plastic trash bags waiting for disposal. Residents are reminded that potentially flammable waste products should be stored outside and away from structures and automobiles, lest they ignite. This photo by Rich Cresson features Captains Conlen Booth and Mike Bailey investigating the cause of the fire.
Local bands The Barrel Monkeys and the Minor Adjustments will perform at the Book It! 5K Walk/Run festivities in Swarthmore’s Central Park on Saturday, April 7, starting at 9:45 a.m. Come out and enjoy the Barrel Monkeys’ original music with a classic rock feel, and the acoustic bluegrass sound of the Minor Adjustments. The BookIt! point to point course starts at Wallingford train station (a short walk from Helen Kate Furness library) at 9:30 a.m., and ends at Swarthmore Public Library in the town center of Swarthmore. The first 125 people to register are guaranteed a t-shirt! All pre-registered runners and walkers will be entered in a raffle to win an overnight stay at The Inn at Swarthmore and breakfast for two at the Broad Table Tavern. And don’t forget there’s an additional prize this year for best crazy hat. Sign up to run, walk, or volunteer at runtheday.com (search Book It), and look for the Swarthmorean staff at the finish line of race day.
Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney (center) marched against gun violence at Rose Tree Park last Saturday with Swarthmoreans Brandon and Abby Lausch and their daughters McKenna (left) and Cora.This Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m., Alan Soffer of Wallingford will take part in an artists’ talk at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, in conjunction with the “Point Counterpoint” exhibition featuring his work along with pieces by Moe Brooker and Brian Dickerson. Museum admission is free on Sundays.
This Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m., Alan Soffer of Wallingford will take part in an artists’ talk at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, in conjunction with the “Point Counterpoint” exhibition featuring his work along with pieces by Moe Brooker and Brian Dickerson. Museum admission is free on Sundays.
Daniel Banko of Washington and his mother Claudia Ferran of Swarthmore met up in D.C. for the March for Our Lives last Saturday. Daniel is a 2017 Swarthmore College graduate who grew up in Swarthmore with Claudia and her husband James Banko. James sent this photo.
Sister Maria McCoy, S.S.J. has joined St. John Chrysostom Parish in Wallingford in the newly-created position of Parish Spiritual Director. The Aldan native holds an undergraduate degree from Chestnut Hill College, a Masters from Creighton University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Lin Leach has returned to the Swarthmore Barbershop on Dartmouth Avenue, where she brings her sharp skills to shape up heads of the Ville. She works on Wednesdays through Saturdays every week.
March 23 began a busy weekend for candidate Mary Gay Scanlon of Swarthmore, who last Friday night opened her campaign office at 117 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore. One of 15 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination for the new Fifth Congressional District of Pa., Scanlon was joined at the event by mayors Tim Kearney of Swarthmore and Kevin Cunningham of Rutledge, as well as Delaware County Register of Wills Mary Walk, Sheriff Jerry Sanders, and other friends and supporters.
The next morning, Scanlon (right) took off for Washington and the March for Our Lives, where she met up with other veterans of the Million Mom March in 2000, an event which catalyzed her activism in the effort to pass sensible gun policy reforms. Her platform calls for stronger, universal background checks, closure of the gun show loophole, reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, disarming domestic abusers, and funding research into gun violence.