Wallingford-Swarthmore School District:
School Board Approves
General Fund Budget
By Katie Crawford
The 2018-2019 proposed final General Fund budget was rolled out at the April 23rd meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board. Business administrator Martha Kew reminded the board that the total amounts of state and federal revenue contributions to the district remain open to conjecture until their own budgets are settled.
The total budget of $79,927,934 represents a 1.7% increase in overall expenditures. Sixty percent of the proposed budget is allocated for instructional programs; 28% towards support services, which include everything from transportation to guidance; 2% towards student activities; 9% towards debt services; and .5% towards the budgetary reserve.
Eighty percent of revenue for the district will come from local sources for the 2018-2019 school year. WSSD ranks number one out of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania for the least amount of taxable commercial properties. This year, the district is recommending a 2.4% increase in local real estate taxes. This will amount to roughly an additional $402 per year for a house valued at $377,000.
In order to meet expenditures, the district will withdraw $451,134 from the fund balance. Kew emphasized that the district continues, “to work diligently to reduce the structural deficit,” yet the budget could not be met this year without seeking an additional withdrawal. The capital budget includes initiatives for Chromebooks for incoming 9th graders, the purchase of more efficient snow removal equipment, and additional …
New Hair Salon Turns up the Volume
Turn it up! High Volume Hair Studio opened last week at 9 S. Chester Road in the Ville of Swarthmore. Proprietors Angela Drabik and Anna Mazepink, both Delaware County natives who now live in Drexel Hill, worked at the Hair Cuttery in Ridley for many years before busting loose to dream up and open High Volume.
Spacious, tidy and bright, the salon’s look is the product of six months of building out, installing fixtures and painting — work donated by Anna’s boyfriend, Angela’s husband, assorted parents and in-laws. During that phase, the owners got to know Swarthmore, which they characterized as a “beautiful small town with a great sense of community.” They look forward to working with new clients from the borough and nearby, and, as their book of business grows, adding new stylists to work the additional chairs in the shop.
Services range from a $10 men’s shape up and a $21 women’s cut to $100 balayage and $200+ keratin treatments. The studio is open Tuesday through Saturday; call 484-471-3264 or visit their Facebook page.
May Fair and Book Sale at the Furness Library
The Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford will hold its annual May Fair on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by for freshly grilled food, face painting, games and prizes for kids, plants sale, baked goods, a visiting fire truck, a costume jewelry counter, a moon bounce and of course, the first day of HKF’s spring Book Sale! Come join Helen Kate staff, board members, and volunteers at this much loved family event.
The Book Sale features thousands of books in all categories — fiction, mysteries, cookbooks, art, gardening, history, rare books, and much more. Donors to the Library’s Annual Appeal are invited to a special preview on Friday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Book Sale continues through Tuesday during regular library hours. Hard-backed books will be half price on Sunday, and then $2 a bag Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15.
All funds earned will provide library programs, materials and services to the community. The Helen Kate Furness Free Library is located at 100 N. Providence Road.
Potters Guild Sale Next Weekend
Featuring a wide selection of functional and decorative handcrafted pottery, the Potters Guild’s annual spring sale opens in The Duke Gallery at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, next Thursday, May 3, with a preview party, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For a $5 ticket, party-goers will enjoy refreshments while they have first choice among the works of the Potters Guild’s 30 members. The sale continues all weekend long from May 4 through May 6. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to the sale is free and shoppers will be treated to a wide variety of pottery created by the skilled ceramicists of The Potters Guild. Items available for purchase include everything from fanciful figurines, sculptures, vases, tiles, flower pots, bowls, and mugs, to garden ornaments, small fountains, tea pots, tiles, clocks, decorative masks, and large serving platters and bowls. For more information, contact CAC at 610-566-1713, or visit communityartscenter.org.
In the interest of community health, several local Crozer-Keystone Health System offices are putting a special focus on women’s health with Think Pink mammography events during the month of May. Facilities are equipped with the latest 3-D mammography technology, and Crozer Keystone offers additional inducements to schedule an …
Musicopia Benefit at SHHS Next Friday
Strath Haven High School musicians are putting their talents forth to benefit budding musicians elsewhere in the Philadelphia area. The SHHS Musicopia Benefit Concert next Friday, May 4, gathers talented artists in many musical genres, in a fundraiser for the non-profit organization Musicopia, whose mission is to provide music education …
Relay For Life on for
Saturday at Strath Haven’s King Field
The annual Relay for Life, a 12-hour festival of fundraising and fellowship, will take place this Saturday, April 28, at George L. King Field in Wallingford. Beginning at 10 a.m., students, faculty, staff and their families will walk laps on the track behind Strath Haven Middle School, in a marathon day benefitting the work of the American Cancer Society in providing support for patients battling cancer and their caregivers, as well as to fund research.
The event will include activities for the whole family, including a scavenger hunt, a World Cup soccer game, face painting, a survivor/caregiver walk, and a nighttime luminaria ceremony. Performers take the stage to inspire walkers with live music in the afternoon, and food will be available for purchase in abundance. The event is open to all from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. To donate to the event or to join a team, visit: www.relayforlife.org/pahaven.
Toe the Lions at Fun Fair 5K Run & Walk on May 20
Three weeks until the Swarthmore Charity Fun Fair on May 20: Just enough time to buy a new pair of running shoes, break them in, and take your training up a level for a challenging 5K course … or to take care of your chores early, clear your Sunday afternoon schedule, and round up the family for a spring ramble through Swarthmore. Whatever your approach, the Fun Fair 5K Run and Walk is the event for you. Lions Charities will benefit from proceeds from this race, which is supported by Swarthmore Rotary Club.
In its 17th year, the Fun Fair event welcomes participants of all ages and fitness levels. The 3.1 mile course includes some hills as it winds through the streets of Swarthmore and the campus of Swarthmore College. Live entertainment, food, and fun await finishers at Swarthmore Fun Fair immediately after the race. T-shirts are guaranteed to first 100 registrants.
The race goes off at noon on Sunday, May 20, from the Swarthmore train station. Registration and race packet pick-up take place there from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. An awards ceremony will recognize the first three male and female runners, along with winners in eight age groups. Online registration through runtheday.com is $25; the entry fee is $30 on race day. For more information, call James Ryan at 610-909-3127; email email@example.com, and visit www.swarthmorefair.org.
Phyllis Raymond’s Commitment to Learning
Nearly 70 years after it began in Swarthmore, Phyllis Raymond’s journey to the various points of the post-secondary educational compass is finishing where it started. Twenty years after friends recruited her to the board of Wallingford-Swarthmore Community Classes, she’s rotating off, saying, “I am the only one from that era who is still involved, and I love it. But I am 85, and there are young people who are very interested, and doing a great job on the board.”
She has been instrumental to the development of successful and varied courses for WSCC, which offers 50 or more courses each semester to lifelong learners, with classes meeting at Strath Haven High School in evening hours, Swarthmore Borough Hall by day, and various other locations.
Phyllis’s first retirement was in 1994 from Swarthmore College, where she had worked since 1971, the last 20 of which were spent as Associate Dean of Admissions, traveling to convince bright students to come to Swarthmore. Prior to that, Phyllis had also tutored students, and taught briefly; she “never liked teaching.”
But she did love learning, and worked through obstacles to pursue her degrees. Enrolled as a Swarthmore undergraduate in 1950, Phyllis was uprooted when her Swat grad and naval officer husband Richard was assigned to Norfolk. She enrolled at William & Mary, and then finally accepted her baccalaureate diploma from the University of Indiana, where her husband was earning a Master’s after leaving the service. Her husband ultimately topped out with a law degree earned at night while working for the government in Arlington, Va.
Phyllis said, “I was wishing I’d gotten a graduate degree, so when we moved back to Swarthmore, I asked around … and the head of the Political Science department, Roland Pennock, put together a Master’s program for me. I asked if anyone had ever done it; he said no, but we can work something out for you. It was a lot of work over two years, but I did it.”
Phyllis is still in Swarthmore, where granddaughter Hayley Raymond will graduate in May from the College. Maybe some semester, she’ll get to check off another box in her continuing education: in all her years on the WSCC board, Phyllis has yet to enroll in a course there.
A Tale of Two Projects: Faculty Lecture at McCabe Atrium
Amy Cheng Vollmer, Swarthmore College professor of Biology, will discuss two lines of promising microbiological research in a faculty lecture which is open to the community at large, at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the atrium at the college’s McCabe Library. Vollmer will report on studies of a protein linked to stress survival in bacteria, and …
Congressional Candidates Forum: Gun Policy
After scores of recent mass killings in schools and government offices, at clubs and concerts, in workplaces and in restaurants, all facilitated by high capacity weapons, momentum is growing for sensible and effective control of guns and ammunition. Politicians are under increasing pressure to articulate their positions on gun policy. If …
Earnest, Silly … and Important
Opening with a preview on Thursday, May 3, Hedgerow Theatre revives Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest in a crisp and stylish production on Hedgerow’s Rose Valley stage at 64 Rose Valley Road.
Wilde’s cast of upper class Britons at the turn of the 19th century is all crackling dialogue and arch manners. As did Wilde, the play embodies British dandyism, its superficial gaiety thinly veiling commentary on the hypocrisy of modern life and mores. The play endures as a flamboyant comedy of manners full of mistaken identities, secret engagements, and non-existent lovers, as well as biting social commentary that is agelessly relevant.
Barrymore award winner Dan Hodge directs, conjuring the talent for farce which is a core characteristic of the Hedgerow company. This production brings out the wit and essence of the characters even as they embarrass themselves with vanity, miscalculations, and bad behavior.
Core Hedgerow company members comprise the cast, including Jennifer Summerfield, Jessica Dal Canton, Adam Altman, and Producing Artistic Director Jared Reed. Following the Thursday preview (tickets are $20), the production opens on Saturday, May 5, with performances each Thursday through Sunday until May 27. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35, with several special events planned on various show dates. See hedgerowtheatre.org for details, or call 610-566-4211.
Hope for Honduras Benefit Concert
Sunday is the day; the Swarthmore Friends Meeting House at 12 Whittier Place is the setting; health care for Hondurans is the cause which will benefit from the 2018 Hope for Honduras concert on April 29. The concert features local talent of all ages, led by Strath Haven High School students in the Silvertones choral group and the SHHS Saxophone …
Arla Patch Exhibit of ‘A Heart Story’ Opens at Pendle Hill
Quakertown artist and educator Arla Patch exhibits her 16-piece polymer clay series “A Heart Story” in the Barn Gallery at Pendle Hill, beginning tonight, April 27. “‘A Heart Story’ was sparked by loss and betrayal,” Ms. Patch said. “It was a three-year project, and through it, heartbreak was transformed, stage-by-stage, into a new whole heart.” Patch …
Masterworks Chorale Sings
Rutter and Bach Sunday
The Masterworks Chorale invites the music-loving public to attend its spring concert, featuring the Requiem by John Rutter and selections from Cantata 21 by J. S. Bach.
The concert is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, directed by Kat Bowman and includes Swarthmoreans Mary Huissen, cello and YunJoung Park, piano. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 for adults and $5 for children and students. A reception will follow the concert.
The Masterworks Chorale, founded in 1979 as the Upper Darby Singers, is devoted to the performance of quality choral music, covering a wide range of periods, styles, and languages.
Great Plants, Cheap at SHS Second Chance Sale
On Saturday, May 5, Swarthmore Horticultural Society will sell shrubs and perennials from the containers in downtown Swarthmore from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Offerings include Cornus ‘Ivory Halo’ (Dogwood) for $20, Juniperus ‘Robusta Green’ (juniper) for $20 and Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ at 3 for $10. Carex ‘Ice Dance’ will be 3 for $5. SHS will be selling all plants at the Swarthmore Farmers Market, on the Lafayette Avenue side for convenient pick-up. You may pay for your purchases by cash, check or credit card. All plants must be picked up by 11:30 a.m. For more information, please go to the SHS website at swarthmorehorticuluralsociety.org.
Hot Topic: Community Policing
Make plans now to join three leading local lawmen for a discussion of “Community Policing: Challenges and Opportunities” at the monthly Hot Topics luncheon in Media on Friday, May 11. The League of Women Voters invite you to hear Swarthmore police …
Family Caregivers Speakers Series Continues
Senior Community Services’ free speakers series for family caregivers continues next Thursday, May 3, with a presentation on “The Role and Benefits of Effective Communication in Caregiving” by Sharon White, MSS, LCSW. Caregivers and their …
Kentucky Folktales at RV Story House
Kentucky-born Mary Hamilton has been at this storytelling business for a while — 35 years or so as a full-time professional. She is the author of the 2012 book Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies, and it is from that deep well that she will …