This week’s issue . . .

NEW YEAR, NEW COUNCIL IN SWARTHMORE. State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky visited Swarthmore Borough Hall on Tuesday, January 2, for the swearing-in of new Council members Sarah Graden and Betsy Larsen. From left are: Krueger-Braneky, Graden, incumbent members Michael Carey and David Creagan, Mayor Tim Kearney, Larsen, and incumbents Lauren McKinney, Ross Schmucki, and Mary Walk. Council elected Creagan President and Walk Vice President. Council committees (and chairs) are Environment (McKinney), Finance and Budget (Carey), General Government (Graden), Planning and Zoning (Larsen), Public Safety (Walk), and Public Works (Schmucki).

The Year in Review, in Reverse
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waR3house3 Warms the Weekend with Two Shows

This weekend, guitarist/singer Amy Klein brings her band from New York to Swarthmore to head a triple bill at waR3house3 on Friday, January 5, with openers The Hidden Lights and Grace Vonderkuhn.

On Saturday, January 6, the performance space is the venue for NEDA Night Out, a benefit to support the National Eating Disorder Association, hosted by Emma Borgstrom and featuring the Todd Fausnacht Band and Brittany Luna.

Tickets for each evening are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Come at 7 p.m. or later; showtime is 7:30. Bring your own libations, and enjoy light fare. waR3house3 is at 100 Park Avenue, WH3. Info:

Lauren Jones, Leslie Norton and Steven Piccirelli take the stage in the Players Club’s Swarthmore’s newest production, Italian American Reconciliation. Photo by Denise Kolodziej.

Romance and Laughter in the Big City in PCS’s First 2018 Show

Huey and Janice tried marriage. Didn’t work. But now, despite all sensible arguments against it by his buddy Aldo and his girlfriend Teresa, Huey wants to give their love another try. Is Huey a romantic, a fool, or both?

That’s the question at hand in Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley, which opens this weekend on the main stage at the Players Club of Swarthmore.

For Shanley, playwright of Moonstruck and Doubt among other blockbusters, New York is familiar turf, and this staging brings the city to the Swarthmore stage. Kristy Boyer Chen directs this snappy, insightful comedy, which stars Vincent Ali, Steven Piccirelli, …

Break Winter’s Spell at Scott Garden Series

Shut-ins, break free from winter weather’s grip with a foray to a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Thursday, January 18, at Swarthmore College’s Lang Performing Arts Center cinema. There you will hear of and see some of the glorious gardens that make up the Persian Garden World Heritage Site. Michael Brown will explore five of the nine …

You Gotta Have Faith

Local artist Joe Faith “invites viewers into conversation” with his abstract and plein air paintings in a gallery talk, January 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Barn Gallery at Pendle Hill, as he opens the exhibition “Faith View.” A Philadelphia native who studied at PAFA and Tyler, Faith writes that, “I create pieces meant to draw the viewer to the spirit of the land, …

(Very) Young Artists Show Work at Borough Hall

In the new year, new art from new artists is on display as Swarthmore Friends of the Arts presents an exhibition of artwork by students at the Swarthmore Friends Nursery School. Opening with a reception on Friday, January 5, at Swarthmore Borough Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. (bedtime!), the show runs through January 29. The reception and the exhibition …

Silly Joe Entertains Saturday at Wallingford Pres

Launching its First Saturdays for Kids program this year, Wallingford Presbyterian Church welcomes children and their families this weekend to see and hear Silly Joe, a comical fellow who jokes and sings about the everyday life of kids. The free program is geared towards children under 6; their siblings and parents are welcome. The show …

Discovering a Dilemma

Sandra Boone-Murphy

Europeans’ “discovery” of pagan people often meant exploitation, genocide and seizure of land and identity of those so unfortunate as to be discovered. The ideology used to justify this expropriation had its roots in 15th century Christian doctrine, according to The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, a collaboration between filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild and author Stephen Newcomb. The film argues that the phenomenon continues through this day because the doctrine is embedded in our laws and institutions. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 8, in the Barn at Pendle Hill, followed by a discussion facilitated by Sandra Boone-Murphy. Boone-Murphy is a friend and neighbor of Lenape tribe members, and an “ally” of the Lenape Tribal Councils of New Jersey and …

Discussion Group Explores Architecture,
Design, and Social Justice

At the January 17 session of the Swarthmore Discussion Group, leaders in two professions will share and compare ideas on the impact of design on social equity.

Jules Dingle, AIA is a principal of DIGSAU, architects of the Swarthmore College’s “Matchbox” and the newest residence hall of campus. Bon Ku is an emergency medicine physician and assistant dean for Health and Design at Thomas Jefferson University. Both are advocates of human-centered design as a form of social justice and a means …

Who are those masked men? They’re among the 108 hard-core runners who rang in 2018 with a 5K spin around Swarthmore in the SRA New Year’s Day Race. Winners were Colin Bodels and Francis Kolimago; Madeline Forbes and Carol Kolimago. Pre-race temperature was 11 degrees F, so kids’ races were held in the Swarthmore College field house. Photo by Andy Shelter.

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

On December 26 at 6:04 p.m., Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association firefighters were dispatched to assist Brookhaven Fire Department with a fire at the Hilltop Condominiums at 5200 Hilltop Road. Initial reports were for “fire out the windows with entrapment.“ Initial attacks by firefighters were driven out by intense flames and the threat of a roof collapse, and upon collapse of the roof structure, the attack was limited to attack by master streams. Master stream use was further hampered by a lack of water. The aerial ladder and accompanying pumper from Swarthmore were released at 9:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

From December 11-31, the Swarthmore fire company also responded to these alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 51 calls for medical assistance in Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, Ridley Township, and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including accident with injury, sick person, seizures, fall with trauma, cardiac emergency, head injury, change in mental status, unconscious person, semi-conscious person, respiratory difficulty, extremity pain, injured person, tachycardia, congestive heart failure, pediatric emergency, back pain, subject down, allergic reaction, hypotension, fracture, hemorrhaging, abdominal pain, overdose, …

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