This week’s issue . . .

Swarthmore Borough Council:
Bright Lights in the Darkness
By Katie Crawford

The March 5th meeting of Borough Council came on the heels of an unexpectedly powerful and destructive storm the previous Friday night. As of Monday night’s meeting, roughly a third of the borough was still without power (including the homes of some council members). Council President David Creagan thanked the police department, the fire department, borough manager Jane Billings, and all of the borough employees for their tremendous efforts in responding to the storm.

Sarah Graden, reporting for the General Government Committee, discussed how the recent weather crisis inspired a conversation about how best to use social media as a means of communicating within the borough during emergencies and disasters. Council will continue to explore this issue.

During public comment, Aurora Winslade and her partner Seth Calderhead had the opportunity to explain their side of the ongoing story regarding the use of the large living space above their detached garage. Winslade had also sent a letter to council prior to the meeting with the intention of “clarifying factual misunderstandings of the property.”

The space in question was built and permitted in 1978 for the use of “family.” Accompanying Winslade were two of the current lodgers who she emotionally described as part of her extended family. She stressed that she chose Swarthmore as a …

What a Ride!

The Stoutland family joined dad Jeff on the field following the Eagles’ victory in Super Bowl LII (left to right): Jeff, Jake, Allison, and Madi.

One of the strengths of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this year, experts say, was the offensive line. Successful NFL teams involve a group that requires a certain combination of attributes. Individually, these men must be intelligent, assiduous, and enormous — don’t come around unless your height starts with a 6 and your weight starts with a 3, then spend years strengthening that body, learning and perfecting technique.

That’s the starting point. Then comes the tricky part: to work together intuitively in complex blocking schemes, these men must develop a cohesiveness which can’t be taught. But it can be cultivated, and Jeff Stoutland is getting a lot of the credit for cultivating the cohesion as well as the conditioning and the technique of the Eagles O-line. Stoutland, who lives with his family in Rose Valley, has for five years coached this group of gargantuan and good-hearted players. The family feeling among the linemen spreads beyond the Eagles complex in South Philly and into the Stoutlands’ home life.

Following a wild ride through the playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the Eagles victory parade through Philadelphia, the Swarthmorean spoke with Jeff and his wife Allison Jo Stoutland.

The Swarthmorean: Was the whole family on board for the playoff ride?
Allison: Yes. Madi is a junior at Millersville University, so she could come home. Jake is at Duquesne teaching. He came back to the playoff game and was hoping we would win and once we beat Minnesota, he had to get permission to stay an extra two weeks. He said he wasn’t going back until after the Super Bowl, and then after the parade.

Jeff: In the parade, we were on bus 12, the offensive line bus. We had a lot of fun.

Allison: The Super Bowl parade … I couldn’t have been on a better bus. I’m partial to offensive linemen, and we love those guys like they’re our own. The parade itself was amazing, but being on the bus with them made it even more wonderful. …

March into Spring Next Saturday

Spring comes a few day early this year, as the Hardy Plant Society puts on its 22nd annual March into Spring seminar on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured speakers include Perennial Diva Stephanie Cohen, Jerry Fritz of Linden Hill Gardens, author Barbara Ellis, horticulturist Chuck Hinkle, designer Sharee Solow, and Kirk Brown …

Prime Time Session on the Bus

Wallingford resident Tom Collins, co- founder of the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey and former director of scheduling for SEPTA, will talk on Tuesday, March 13, as part of the Prime Time Luncheon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. He will discuss the impact on bus transportation on the Philadelphia area, and about the collection in …

Haven Hoopsters Host Harlem Wizards

The Strath Haven Middle School Home and School Association sponsors the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District faculty basketball team, the Haven Hoopsters, in a matchup against the Harlem Wizards on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. The tilt is at Strath …

An American Classic at PCS

The Players Club of Swarthmore producation of The Member of the Wedding includes cast members (from l. to r.) Jackson Strine (John Henry), LeAnne J. Mangano (Berenice) and Emi Branes-Huff (Frankie).

Opening next weekend and running through March 31, the Players Club of Swarthmore presents The Member of the Wedding, from the novel by Carson McCullers. This American classic is directed here by PCS mainstay George Mulford, with a cast that features several local actors, young and older. Emi Branes-Huff of Wallingford plays 12-year-old tomboy Frankie, a troubled adolescent coming of age in a small southern town in 1945. Eternallly relevant, the show examines attitudes on race and sexual identity. Other leads are LeAnne J. Magnano of Claymont and Jackson Strine of Media. The cast includes Owen Burk and Ann Ramsey of Swarthmore, Kayla Strine of Media, Carrise Magnano of Chester, David Griffith of Boothwyn, Mark Ivan Branche and Nolan Maher of Philadelphia, and Madalyn DeFelice of West Chester. Ten performances are scheduled for Fridays, March 16, 23, and 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 17, 24, and 31, at 8 p.m., Sundays, March 18 and 25, at 2 p.m., and Thursdays, March 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Buy in advance and get information at or at the theater, 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.

How Does Your Water Taste?

Curious about the quality of your home water supply? Concerns often arise about the taste and quality of our drinking water, particularly during the winter months, when road salt enters our waterways. Consumers are also increasingly aware of issues such as disinfection byproducts, emerging contaminants and lead exposure. If you have questions about any of these topics, home treatment options or you would just like to increase your understanding of how our drinking water system works, please join Tracy Bouvette, executive director of the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, for a discussion on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Borough Hall. The event is sponsored by the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council.

Smartphone Course at Schoolhouse

It all looks so easy in the store, but when you get home, your iPhone or other smartphone can be baffling and frustrating. Help is at hand in the form of a two-hour class starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. The cost is $20 for Schoolhouse members and $25 for nonmembers. Call Kim for more information at 610-237-8100.

Jazz Alive in WSSD on Monday

Matthew Gallagher

Jazz is in bloom in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, flowering most fully next Monday, March 12, at the Strath Haven High School auditorium. Beginning at 7 p.m., WSSD Jazz Night will feature Strath Haven ensembles including the Strath Haven Middle School Basie and Ellington Jazz Bands, the Strath Haven High School Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Nonet, and Panther Jazz Band.

Strath Haven will also welcome and honor ace trumpeter Matthew Gallagher, who will spend the day working with SHHS students and will also be featured in the evening concert.

Mr. Gallagher is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits as a studio and live musician in the realms of pop, jazz, R&B, and classical. He is the principal trumpet player for The Philly Pops and Broadway Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, and is …

Spend Saturday Night Out with SPNDS

On Saturday, March 10, the Community Arts Center’s Duke Gallery turns into a rock club for the Night Out fundraiser for Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery School. Get a sitter and get your tickets for the show, which features Paul Voshell and Rick Arzt of Love Seed Mama Jump and Johnny Phat of Mr. Greengenes. They’ll take the stage; you take to…

Choral Evensong at Trinity Sunday

All are welcome to a traditional Lenten service featuring choral evensong on Sunday, March 11, at 5 p.m. at Trinity Church in Swarthmore. The choir will sing pieces on the theme of “The Sorrows of Mary,” incorporating soloists Tracy Sturgis (soprano) and Paula Rivera (mezzo-soprano), and accompanied by a string ensemble. The public can join …

Swarthmore Gave Me My Serenity,
and My Profession

By Ann MacMullan

The Jeanses, yoga instructors.

Jeans Though I currently live in South Philly, Swarthmore is the town I’ll always call home. My family moved here in 1980, and I graduated from Strath Haven High School in 1988. Through some miracle, I eventually found myself working for Martha Stewart, with whom I won three Emmy awards as a television producer and collected a lifetime of experiences. Where else would I have glimpsed a rare ghost orchid blooming in the dank Florida swamp, while canoeing through alligator-infested waters? Or wrapped my arms around a two thousand-year old Brewer Spruce tree in the unending wilds of Oregon?

But after almost ten years of a fast-paced lifestyle, I fell apart. My panic attacks had become so frequent that I was diagnosed with panic disorder, and I lived in fear of another. Returning to the quiet of Swarthmore was crucial to restoring my health and well-being, as was discovering the tools of self-care. And yoga has been a transformative part of that journey.

I’ve explored yoga ever more deeply, receiving my teacher certification in 2015. It was a hard but rewarding process, one that required me to complete a service project. I was determined to bring yoga to the elderly, and chose the assisted living facility where my grandmother Ellie was living. At age 97, Ellie became one of our most active chair …

Scott Associates to Celebrate Spring,
and Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer

The Associates of Scott Arboretum hold their spring celebration on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lang Performing Arts Center of Swarthmore College. Paul W. Meyer will be honored with the Scott Medal and Award, and will deliver a speech about his passion for horticulture, commitment to sustainability, and explorations of the world in search of garden plants.

A champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow Mr. Meyer’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public, but register at 610-328-8025 or online at

Conservatory Classic Jazz Band at CAC

The Tri-State Jazz Society welcomes back the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band for this Sunday’s concert at Community Arts Center, at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. The show begins at 2 p.m.; there are no reservations, but you can buy tickets at the door. Information:

Reading Groups at SPL

Did you know there are reading groups meeting three nights each month at the Swarthmore Public Library? Three groups meet on the third Monday at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday at 2 p.m., and the second Thursday at 2 p.m. To hook up with a group that works for you, call the library at 610-543-0436.

Candidates Forum Wednesday Night at Trinity

Moving the Needle: Indivisible Swarthmore presents a forum at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore on Wednesday, March 14, featuring two Democratic candidates for the party’s nomination as state senator in Pennsylvania’s 26th District.  Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney and Tanner Rouse of Upper Providence will discuss issues in the district and the state. All are invited to come and inform their decision in May’s primary election.  Democratic candidates Nina Ahmad (for Lieutenant Governor) and Jennifer O’Mara (for state assembly in the 161st district) will open with brief remark. The program begins at 8 pm., following a reception with refreshments at 7:30. Trinity is at College Avenue and Chester Road in Swarthmore.

March Madness Under Way at Tarble

NCAA Division III tournament basketball began last weekend, and Swarthmore College’s men’s team is already in the Sweet Sixteen. With two victories last weekend over New England College and Wesleyan, the Garnet won the right to host this weekend’s games at Tarble Pavilion in the college’s Field House. Swarthmore will play SUNY – Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9. In the other game that night at 5:30, Hamilton College will take on Springfield College. The winners of the Friday game will play each other Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Tarble. That game will determine the bracket’s representative in the Division III Final Four games, to be played next weekend in Salem, Va. Go Garnet!

Back to the ‘60s in Rose Valley

It’s not that far out, man … dig this: The Rose Valley Folk Variety Show Takes place next weekend, Friday, March 16, and Saturday the 17th. And you can share in the good vibes yourself as Folk members interpret the theme “Back to the ‘60’s — Feelin’ Groovy,” in song, dance and skits of a distinctly offbeat sort. The scene is happening next weekend at the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane in Rose Valley. Admission is a 1960s-level $5 and includes beer, wine, pretzels and chips. Showtime is at 8, and doors open at 7:30. Tickets are available at the door while they last.

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