This week . . . December 14, 2018

Onward and Upward!

After nearly 30 years under the wise stewardship of Don Delson and Beth Gross, your hometown newspaper will become the pride and the project of two new owners, both entrepreneurs from Swarthmore.

Robert Borgstrom and Todd Strine are Swarthmore residents who have also lived across the Crum, and bring a native understanding of the value of the Swarthmorean to its community. Change will come to the newspaper — more likely evolutionary than revolutionary — but there will be no change in the determination of staff and owners to cover the stories, large and small, that show the richness of our corner of the world.

The purchase is expected to close at the end of the year. Publication of the Swarthmorean will continue weekly, with the exception of Friday, December 28, when we take our traditional holiday break. 

We send deep thanks to the dozens of Swarthmoreans who have stepped forward with creativity and generosity and determination that the hometown paper would survive. Can we get a “Hallelujah”?

Chris Reynolds
Diane Madison

Santa Prepares for Annual Visit!

Santa Claus is coming to town! Once again, Santa is planning his annual Christmas Eve visit to Swarthmore.

Newcomers to town, however, may be surprised to learn that in Swarthmore, Santa has been making this unique tradition of visiting the children, aged 10 years or younger, in their homes since the 1890s!

Santa arrives between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve to visit for a few magical moments. If you would like Santa to visit your child or grandchild, you can reach Santa’s elves directly by calling (610) 543-0901, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or you can request your visit with the man in the Red Suit by visiting the website www.swarthmoresanta.com.

 

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The stories in this week’s issue . . .

• Lifting Every Voice – Chester Children’s Chorus welcomes new managing director Dana Semos of Rutledge

Swarthmore Delegation Attends International Climate Negotiations

• Two Pastors; Two Anniversaries at Wallingford Presbyterian

Alternative Christmas Shopping Continues at SPC

• Seasonal Song at SUMC

Celebrate Winter Solstice at UU Church

Listen, and Join in at ‘Oh, Mystery!’ Concert at Pendle Hill

Join Press Club and Steve Highsmith for Holiday Celebration

 Come Run, Come All to the SRA New Year’s Day 5K and Kids’ Races

• Kindergarteners’ Kindness in Action at SPNDS

• Briefly Noted… 

• Letter to the Editor

Notice to Readers & Advertisers

The Swarthmorean office will be closed from Friday, December 21, until Wednesday, January 2. There will be no issue on Friday, December 28.

We look forward to publishing The Swarthmorean on Friday, January 4, 2019!

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PROBLEMS WITH DELAWARE COUNTY 911 CALLS!

As of 12:54 pm:

The Delaware County Emergency Center is receiving reports that landline phone users are having problems calling 911. The scope of the problem is still being determined. Cellular phone calls are reaching the 911 center. If you are trying to call 911 from a business or a residential landline, and are unable to get through, please use a cell phone. If needed, the direct number to our 911 center is 610 892-5324.

Wallingford- Swarthmore School Board: Board Reviews WES Play Area Plans

By Chris Reynolds

Three fields are better than one, goes the thinking behind the plan for Wallingford Elementary School’s play areas, as presented Monday night to the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board.

WES Principal Gabriel Savage praised the work of former Interim WES Principal Joe Bucheler and the committee which came up with the vision and a detailed set of implementation plans. “The plan that we are going to execute will honor the work that they did.” Principal Savage and engineer Nick Cirilli described in words and through an aerial photo three fields now in various states of repair. 

For this fall, the main play area will be in Section #1, which is on the north side of the school’s Providence Road frontage. The area is ready for sodding now. Principal Savage emphasized that this area will be supervised by a teacher at all play times.

Work will begin in summer 2019 on sections #2 and #3, which Mr. Savage described as a big job requiring heavy equipment to stage work which would not be feasible while students there. Section #3 will soon be reseeded, to be used as a relief area when the first playground gets worn during the fall. This will begin a process of rotation which will be standard practice in future years. “We will move as needed when it is time to give field #1 a rest. I believe that decision will come down to me,” Savage said. 

Personnel Matters

Shawn Conti was introduced and voted in as new Assistant Principal at Strath Haven High School, replacing new SHHS Principal Kristopher Brown. He comes from Interboro School District, where he was Assistant Principal, and Chichester School District, where he was Dean of Students and a Social Studies teacher. 

Also approved as newly-hired teachers were Christine Turner, NPE Special Education; Josephine Johnson, SHMS Science; Shelby Harper, SRS Elementary; Hayley Daub, NPE Music; Alycia Woodruff, SHMS Special Education; Helen Wortham, SHMS Science; and Allison Schmid, WES First Grade. Other new hires are Sarah Fairchild, SRS School Psychologist, and Elisa Goldman, NPE Media Specialist. Retirements were accepted from SRS Kindergarten teacher Catherine Latella and District technology specialist Jacob Rulli.

Personal Matters

SHHS Senior Abigail McElroy presents to the Board.

Abigail McElroy, a rising senior at SHHS and a resident of Wallingford, spoke powerfully during the public comment period regarding an element of the sophomore Health curriculum, specifically the “degrading” presentation administered in recent years by an organization named Amnion Pregnancy Center.

“While the majority of the curriculum focuses on giving students choices, the presentations given annually by Amnion do the opposite,” McElroy said. She noted that the group – which has as its goal the elimination of abortion – purports to “empower young people to make healthy decisions about life and their relationships.” In fact, she said, their presentation shames students who are sexually active and seeks to scare others with an illustrated narrative describing “the steep slope of arousal” which begins with hand-holding and ends far below, ruined on the rocks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. 

“Abstinence is an option,” she said, noting that Pennsylvania law requires that this be made explicit in sexual health curricula, “but Amnion goes so much further when they claim that any physical contact will ruin us for our future partners.” She asked that Amnion not be invited back to Strath Haven, and that the District more carefully investigate the qualifications and agendas of outside groups presenting to students.

Briefly Noted . . .

Cindi Clark has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer at CADES. Cindi has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and began working at CADES 30 years ago as an occupational therapist. For the last 14 years, she has been the director of Early Intervention at CADES. Cindi, a mother of eight children, lives in Kennett Square.

As of Monday afternoon, the winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 9.) Tom Gates, 10.) Galina Chititsyna, 11.) Matthew Schroeder, 12.) Sheila Linderman, 13.) Martha Hodes, 14.) Gigi Simone and 15.) Linda Hauck.

Swarthmorean Bill Menke (right), his daughter Anna Pritt, and her son Calvin wait for ice cream at Fenton’s in Oakland, Calif., on Bill’s recent westward jaunt. Anna’s twin daughters Gwendolyn and Matilda stayed home to prepare for their second birthday. Bill’s daughter Kris Ives took the picture.

 

Molly Hannah Andersen of Swarthmore graduated last week from Drexel University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods.

She made the dean’s list for every term attended.

Molly is headed to Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill., this Summer for a one year dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian.

Molly was a 2013 graduate of Strath Haven High School.

YuWen Michelson successfully completed her year as a Fulbright scholar in Laos. She will continue her service abroad in the coming year representing the U.S. in the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching Program).

JET is a professional international exchange program throughout Japan. Those selected are invited to Japan as representatives of their home countries and play a key role in promoting understanding between nations.

YuWen is a graduate of Strath Haven High School and Hamilton College. She is the daughter of Ginny Lang and Dean Michelson of Cape May, N.J. (formerly of Swarthmore).

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 600 graduate students in a ceremony Friday, May 18. Commencement was held on Memorial Field at the university.
Tronya Boylan of Wallingford earned a Doctor of Education in School Administration from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Letitia Carney of Rutledge earned a Master of Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Olivia Debiase of Morton earned a Master of Social Work in Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Charmaine Kemp of Swarthmore earned a Master of Social Work in Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Susan Raab of Swarthmore earned a Master of Education in Higher Education from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Gwen Soffer of Swarthmore earned a Master of Social Work in Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
Deborah Tancredi of Wallingford earned a Master of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner (Individual/Lifespan) from Widener’s School of Nursing.
Arto Woodley of Swarthmore earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 800 undergraduates in a ceremony Saturday, May 19. Commencement was held on Memorial Field at the university.
Avery Bass of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Informatics from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Bridget Bieda of Swarthmore earned a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health in Allied Health from Widener’s Center for Extended Learning.
Maxfield Dankanich of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Bali Du Aime of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Joshua Gallone of Morton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Sara Gladstone of Morton earned a Bachelor of Hospitality Management in Hospitality Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Tyler Hoinkis of Morton earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
Paul Keenan of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Marissa Lanholm of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Yang Lu of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Vincent Marra of Morton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Thomas Platt of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Mary Reuther of Morton earned a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health in Allied Health from Widener’s Center for Extended Learning.
Paul Rice of Morton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Kyle Schreiber of Morton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Andrew Sokol of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
Timothy Watts of Wallingford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Widener’s School of Business Administration.

The following tudents have been named to the University of Delaware dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester: Anthony Campanella, Daniel Morreale and Margaret Orr, all of Swarthmore; Brianna Hadley of Rose Valley; Renee Yavor of Rutledge; Tanisha Hira and Joy McCusker, both of Morton; and Jordan Hodges, Claire Hollyer, Julia Kane, Thomas White and Henry Wolgast, all of Wallingford.

Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester. Among students earning dean’s list honors are: Rachel Carp, Anna Morreale and Matthew Stewart, all of Swarthmore; Brian Felter of Morton; and Julia Olszewski and Ryan Sheehan of Wallingford.

Caleb Baukman and Grace DeMarro of Wallingford; Brian Burke of Swarthmore; Grace DeMarro of Wallingford and Dominic Toriello of Morton were named to the dean’s list at Kutztown University for the spring 2018 semester.

 

Briefly Noted . . .

Medics and Ambulance 14 were dispatched from Swarthmore (Station 14) at 11:34 a.m. Friday, June 8, to Swarthmore College, where a contractor had fallen through an opening in the upper floor of a building under construction. Tower 14 was used to remove the man from the Biology, Engineering, and Psychology (BEP) site, and lower him to the ground. The patient was transferred to the Trauma Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Paramedics from Crozer-Keystone and EMTs from Swarthmore assisted the crew from Ambulance 14 of the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association.

During Commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2018, at Lehigh University, Daniel Gibbs of Wallingford received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree with High Honors.

Elisabeth Alfieri of Morton and Theresa Callahan of Swarthmore were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie Kenney of Wallingford graduated from Bucknell University on May 20, 2018.

Ryan Cooney of Wallingford was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with high distinction on Saturday, May 12, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus quadrangle.

The following local residents named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Rosanna Heidt of Swarthmore and Zachary Newlon of Wallingford.

Michael Chenoweth of Morton received a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University at Commencement ceremonies on May 19.

Julia Gyourko of Swarthmore was awarded the Scott Prize in Arabic, which recognizes excellence in modern languages, from Wesleyan University. Julia formerly attended Strath Haven High School.

Quinn Wirth of Wallingford graduated from Gettysburg College on May 20, 2018.

Nicole McNeely of Wallingford has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Eve Atkins of Swarthmore gradutated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from Muhlenberg College.

Nicole McNeely of Wallingford has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

“The Sapovitz Park basketball courts are in almost constant use, but there was no place for anybody to sit,” said South Media Initiative for Kids team member and former Wallingford Elementary School principal Ellen Milgrim. That changed on Monday, June 11, with the dedication and unveiling of the 10th community art project undertaken by WES students and faculty and community volunteers. Those volunteers included Darrell Blair (center), one of the planners of the program which started more than five years ago, and a volunteer since. She and husband Chet Blair (right) are two community members who were chosen by WES students like Maia Williams (left) as neighbors deserving to be honored with portraits on the benches. “Ms. Blair thought of this project,” wrote Jaelen Knox, while Daija Bradwell described Viet Nam vet and school crossing guard “Mr. Chet” as “kind, loyal, and generous.” The students worked on the project this spring with teaching artist Emily McDonald, Nether Providence Township, the Community Arts Center, and dozens of volunteers including WES and Swarthmore-Rutledge School staff, WES alumni and parents. The celebration began with ice cream at the South Media Fire Company, which hosted for the 5th consecutive year.

Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Energy Cooperative Association (the Energy Co-Op), which was held last Saturday at the Inn at Swarthmore. Mayor Kearney delivered opening greetings to the members of the nonprofit.

Todd Kitchin, owner of the Allstate Insurance Agency in Swarthmore, was among nine Allstate agents who cooperated to raise $9,000 for the Providence Animal Center in Media. During May, Kitchin and his colleagues collected supplies, toys, and food for the animal rescue facility, earning the grant from the Allstate Foundation, which will go toward construction of new kennels at the former DelCo SPCA on Sandy Bank Road.

As of Monday afternoon, the first winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 4.) Clark Linderman, 5.) Fred Dickinson, 6.) Zong Luo, 7.) John McKinstry, and 8.) Anne Papa.

Briefly Noted . . .

 

 

Mary Dennis has opened a massage studio at 110 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. Her business BC Health and Fitness was formerly at 631 S. Chester Road; she now will share space with Indigo Healing Arts Collective. Mary offers massage therapy in a variety of styles — including Swedish, deep tissue, and pregnancy massage — at 110 Park, and also makes home visits. Contact her at 484-431-1332 and bhcf.massage@gmail.com.

As of Monday afternoon, the first winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 1.) Dick Nenno, 2.) Lori Sonntag, and 3.) Nancy Crickman.

Daniel Morreale of Swarthmore was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Daniel was initiated at University of Delaware.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford was awarded a bachelor degree from St. Lawrence University during Commencement ceremonies held on May 20 in Canton, N.Y.

Gabriel majored in English and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude. He attended Strath Haven High School.

Christina Semeraro of Wallingford has been named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Melissa Leggett of Wallingford, a Health & Occupation major at Elizabethtown College, has been named to the dean’s list.

Andrew Connell of Swarthmore has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Allison Cardow and Samantha Ward, both from Swarthmore, were among those named to to East Stroudsburg University’s spring 2018 dean’s list.

Swarthmoreans David Pollack, M.D. and Amy Pollack were among nearly 200 supporters of the Federation Early Learning Services in attendance at the FELS Love Our Kids Celebration, which raised $227,000 last month. Dr. Pollack, a pediatrician, is board chairman of FELS.

Memorial Service for Kate Dwojeski

The family of Kate Dwojeski extends an invitation to join them in a celebration of Kate’s life on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

The memorial celebration will be held in Fellowship Hall of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (727 Harvard Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with eulogies at 7:30.

Kate, a long-time resident of Swarthmore, most recently of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away from ovarian cancer on February 21, 2018.

Briefly Noted . . .

Strath Haven senior Olivia Fender of Wallingford will be presented with the Most Courageous Athlete Award, which is awarded annually by the Delaware County Sports Hall of Fame. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of two. Olivia underwent treatment for two years before being declared cancer-free. She went on to play four years of field hockey, four years of basketball, and three years of lacrosse at Strath Haven, all while carrying a 3.44 GPA. She will study Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Olivia will accept the award and a $500 scholarship at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 6, at the Concordville Inn. For reservations ($25), call Patricia Mescanti ASAP at 610-793-7931 or email delcohalloffame@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

 

Chinwe Nwadiora Esq., the daughter of Dr. Emeka Nwadiora and Dr. Chika Nwadiora of Swarthmore, a longterm practicing corporate attorney in Hollywood, Calif., recently earned her second law degree, the LLM specializing in Intellectual Property from Fordham University School of Law in New York.

 

 

 

Chinedum Nwadiora Ph.D., the son of Dr. Chika Nwadiora and Dr. Emeka Nwadiora of Swarthmore, a longterm practicing accountant in Louisana, recently earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics from the University of New Orleans. He has since taken the posistion of assistant professor at Towson State University in Maryland, where he teaches Statistics and Behavioral Economics.

Alyssa Taylor of Swarthmore received a bachelor’s degree in Enviornmental Humanities during Commencement proceedings at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, on Sunday, May 20. Alyssa is a graduate of Strath Haven High School.

Matthew Hagenbach of Morton and Colin Waitzman of Wallingford were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Ryan Cooney of Wallingford received his Bachelor’s Degree during 150th Commencement exercises at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, May 12.

The following graduates received degrees during the University of Vermont’s 217th commencement ceremonies:
Dylan Butera of Swarthmore. Bachelor of Arts, Political Science.
Jennifer Davidson of Media, Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, cum laude.
Daniel Murphy of Media, Bachelor of Science, Public Communication, magna cum laude.
Elizabeth Russell of Wallingford, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education — K-6.
Nathaniel Sharp of Wallingford, Bachelor of Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Biology.
Andrew Shores of Media, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre.

The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean’s list:
Dylan Butera of Swarthmore; Jennifer Davidson and Caroline Weathers of Media; and Elizabeth Russell and Nathaniel Sharp of Wallingford.

Tyler Ryan Long of Wallingford earned a Master of Accountancy with a major in accountancy from the University of Scranton.

Daniel Ryan McGuire of Wallingford earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in operations management from the University of Scranton.

Caroline J. Donovan of Rose Valley earned a Master of Science with a major in occupational therapy from the University of Scranton.

Katherine Wenger from  Swarthmore was recently named to the dean’s list at William & Mary for the spring 2018 semester.

Briefly Noted . . .

Michael Chenoweth of Morton received a Master of Science in Nursingfrom Wilkes University during Spring commencement ceremonies on May 19, 2018.

Anna Martin of Media and Quinn Wirth of Wallingford graduated from Gettysburg College on May 20, 2018.

Julia Gyourko of Swarthmore was awarded the Scott Prize in Arabic, which recognizes excellence in modern languages from Wesleyan University. Julia formerly attended Strath Haven High School.

Alana Waldt of Swarthmore was named to the dean’s list at Ashland University for the Spring 2018 semester. Alana is majoring in nursing and is a graduate of Strath Haven High School.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford has been inducted into St. Lawrence University’s Irving Bacheller Society, the Department of English’s honorary society. Gabriel is a member of the Class of 2018 and is majoring in English. He attended Strath Haven High School.

Alex Prugh of Swarthmore graduated from Colgate University with degrees in economics and computer science, and achieved Summa Cum Laude status. Alex will be working in the Washington, D.C., area in the fall.

Jamie Bartholomew , SHHS class of ‘03, competed in “American Ninja Warrior,” which was filmed in Philadelphia last week. Jamie, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was cheered on by Pam and Art Bartholomew of Swarthmore, classmates Ben Tropp and Jack Giammattei, and his most ardent fan, Walker Lewis of Swarthmore. Tune in to ANW on June 25 at 8 p.m. to see how Jamie did. (This photo is from an earlier competition.)

Pictured from left to right are Wallingford Elementary School Librarian Martha Lambertsen, Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass, and 4th grade students Sophia Aranda, Lily Newport, and Liliana Fletcher. Early in May, Mass – author of the bestselling Candymakers series and Stead – Newberry Medal winner for When You Reach Me – visited WES to talk with students about their work and their new collaboration entitled Bob. This mystery/fairytale tells of a story of a non-zombie named Bob who with the help of ten year old Livy, searches to try and find his way back home. Mass and Stead each shared samples of their writing from elementary school. Neither of them really enjoyed writing, but they both had a passion and zest for reading which originated at a very young age. It wasn’t until after they tried other careers that they both discovered the joy of writing. An interview of the authors, conducted by WES 5th graders, will be available on the WES library author interview site soon. The author visit was the latest arranged by WES Librarian Martha Lambertsen and Children’s Book World.  Photo courtesy of Kristin Snyder.

Natalie Marra (left) and Amy Caruso (right), both of Wallingford, represented the Board of the Strath Haven Middle School Home & School Association (SHMS HSA) in joyfully presenting a check for $1,600 to the Jack Hontz Endowment Fund on Monday, May 21. Henry Pearlberg (center), chair of the WSSD Music Department, received the gift during an 8th grade assembly on Monday. Thanks to the community’s generosity during the annual spring musical Mary Poppins raffle and the Harlem Wizards vs. Haven Hoopsters event, funds raised will go towards funding music and arts camps for students this summer. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson.

Briefly Noted . . .

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra, featuring several students from Strath Haven among its 96 musicians, will perform its annual Spring Concert for the 2017-2018 season on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., at Conestoga High School, 200 Irish Road, Berwyn, Pa. Admission is free, and the venue has disability access. Under the direction of Maestro Andrew Hauze of Swarthmore, the orchestra will present Bernstein, “Overture” to West Side Story;” Berlioz, “Three Dances from The Damnation of Faust;” Delius, “The Walk to the Paradise Garden;” and Sibelius, “Finlandia.” For directions, please visit our website at www.dcyo.org.

Strath Haven Middle School students, Lauren Karpyn and Luke DiBonaventura, both had big wins last weekend at the National History Day State Contest in Carlisle, Pa. Lauren (8th grade) placed third in the Junior Individual Documentary category with her film, “Success to the Triphena! A Toast to Conflict or Compromise?” Luke Di Bonaventura (7th grade) won first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category with his project, “Super Patriots: Antisemitism, Comic Books and World War II.” Luke advances to the National History Day National Contest at the University of Maryland next month.

Yes, Virginia, there is free parking in Swarthmore, at the push of a button. No more fretting when you park with no change for the meter on a short errand in the Ville. All 30-minute meters in Swarthmore are now equipped with buttons (see arrows) that load the meter with 10 minutes of free parking. You can add coins if you need a bit longer. The meters are installed near the post office, the Co-Op, and other shops.

Nathan D’Ignazio

Nathan D’Ignazio of Swarthmore received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, May 13. Nathan is the son of Connie Gilday and Joe D’Ignazio.

Kira Venturini, a rising Senior at Emerson College, made the Spring dean’s list with distinction, was named to the NEWMAC All Conference Academic Soccer team and will be a captain of Emerson’s soccer team her senior year. Kira is the daughter of Glenn and Marian Venturini of Wallingford.

Eleanor Stief of Swarthmore has been named to St. Lawrence University’s dean’s list for the Fall 2017 semester. Eleanor is a member of the Class of 2019 and is majoring in performance and communication arts. She attended Strath Haven High School.

Samantha Ward of Swarthmore was recently inducted in The East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society in gerontology.