Briefly Noted . . .

Last Tuesday, bestselling author Phil Bildner spent an energetic and full day at Wallingford Elementary School, reading to and talking with the WES student body. A former New York City public school teacher, Bildner has published more than 20 books, including many sports-themed and historical fiction titles. WES’s PTO and librarian Martha Lambertsen brought Bildner to the school, and Children’s Book World made his books available for purchase and personal inscriptions by Bildner. Among the 4th and 5th grade classes, 14 students were chosen by lottery to join Bildner for lunch and dessert in the WES Library. The conversation covered heady  real life topics, personal interests, achieving goals, and realizing dreams. Fourth and 5th grade “diners” are (l. to r., front row) Olivia G., Samantha C., Emily B., Katie S., and Eli P. and (l. to r., back row) Sebastian R., Colin L., Michael M., Luke A., Leah C., Manny P., Fletcher N., Kamil W., and Elizabeth C. The grown-ups are Martha Lambertsen and Phil Bildner.

It’s a girl! Tony and Joan Watson of Swarthmore are delighted to announce the birth of their twentieth grandchild.
Eleanor Jane, born February 27, 2018 is their eighth granddaughter.
Ellie lives with her mom and dad, Marianne and Jeff Watson, and “big” sister, Martha, in Media.


Thomas E. Spock, an alumnus of the former Nether Providence High School (antecedent of Strath Haven High School) will be inducted into the Delco Hi-Q Hall of Honor at the annual Partners in Education Celebration to be held at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center on April 19. Tickets for the Celebration are available at Spock participated in Hi-Q in 1973 and 1974, captaining both the Hi-Q and varsity soccer teams — a duality that boded well for his career. Tom studied economics at Swarthmore College, earned his MBA from Stanford University, and enjoyed a successful career as an executive in the media and sports industry including positions with the National Football League and NBC. He is a founding partner of Scalar Media Partners LLC, a boutique consultancy advising the media, entertainment, sports, and related technology industries.

More than 40 young artists and their families attended last Sunday’s Growing Green EcoArts Fest, taking part in a bunch of kid-friendly crafts and learning experiences about environmentalism. Activities were led by local merchants and organizations, including event sponsor and host Swarthmore Community Center. Erin Magargee and June Burnheter decorated reusable tote bags, which were given by SCC to each child. Photo by Quincy Carpenter.

Book It! Winners.

Braving a blustery April 7 morning, runners and walkers made it from Wallingford to Swarthmore in the 2nd annual Book It! Run to benefit the Helen Kate Furness Free Library and the Swarthmore Public Library. 

Overall winners were Jay Henriques and Diana Davis. Age group winners were: age 1-11: Jacob Albanese and Olivia Kennedy; 12-19: Luke Vacha and Morgan McErlean; 20-39: William Gilchrist and Madeline Delaney; 40-59: Mark Wenger and Marjorie Adams; and 60-69: Joel Cooper.

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