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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.

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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

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.

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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 





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.

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Lightening up the Darkest Day

A tradition for at least five years now, the “all speeds and all abilities welcome” Swarthmore Men’s Track group gathered at 5:30 a.m. on the shortest day of the year to celebrate “The 12 Plyos of Christmas” (plyos = plyometric exercises). The call went out to the group to “Be of good cheer/on the darkest day of the year. The dudes with the mostest/will welcome the solstice.” After a brief warm-up jog, the workout took a form that had a certain familiar (golden?) ring to it:

12 Stars a-springing
11 Sumos squatting
10 Jacks a-jumping
9 Russians twisting
8 Crunchers crunching
7 Straight legs lifting
6 Inches holding
5 Bur-r-pees
4 Mountain climbers
3 Pushups pushing
2 In and outs
and a 10 … second … bent … arm … plank!

Anyone interested in hanging with a group of local dudes/dads that get up early in the morning to move their bodies (some quickly and others not so quickly) should send an email to

Caleb A Baukman and Grace M. DeMarco, both of Wallingford, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Kutztown University.

Jamie Kenney of Wallingford was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bucknell University.

Abigail Lombard of Wallingford was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Lehigh University.

Christina Semeraro of Wallingford has been named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.


Cara N. Toland of Swarthmore graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, specifically in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Corey T. Miller of Swarthmore earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Science with a concentration in Earth Science from Emporia State University.

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Last Friday, CADES celebrated the 10th anniversary and rededication of its “All Abilities & Access” playground. “A decade ago, CADES’s ‘village’ — including staff, parents, board, friends, family and neighbors — had the insight to use a U.S. Department of Labor grant as the foundation for fundraising and bringing the playground to fruition,” CADES Executive Director Julie Allman said. “Our current village has continued their support and encouragement to keep the playground vibrant and growing.” State Senator Tom McGarrigle and State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky presented citations to CADES for its continued excellent work in serving adults and children with a wide variety of disabilities.

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Maddy Cunningham (Strath Haven ‘13) graduated cum laude with a B.S. in biology from St. Joseph’s University on May 20. Maddy is off to San Francisco to do a year of service in a prenatal clinic, then on to medical school. Maddy is pictured here with her brother, Aidan (Strath Haven ‘18), who is playing Hugo Peabody in the current YPTW production of Bye Bye Birdie at the Swarthmore Players Club. They are the children of Beth Camagna and Mayor Kevin Cunningham of Rutledge.

Rosanna Heidt of Swarthmore and Ryan Cooney of Wallingford have been named to the dean’s list at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the spring semester.

Timothy McCullough of Rose Valley graduated magna cum laude from York College with a bachelor of science degree in early elementary education.

Michelle Zoch of Wallingford has been named a member of the Beta Kappa Chi honor society this spring at Alvernia University. Michelle is studying nursing at the university.

Kevin Morris of Wallingford was recently inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society for AACSB Accredited Business Programs at Widener University.

Jamie Morris of Wallingford earned the Graduate Award for Excellence in Service from Alvernia University’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement. Jamie is in the nursing program at the university.

David Henderson of Swarthmore, a graduate student at Saint Joseph’s University, was inducted into the national business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, during the spring semester.

Sean M. Gillham of Swarthmore earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford was been inducted into the St. Lawrence University’s chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the international honorary society for philosophy.

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WES librarian Martha Lambertsen and the Wallingford Elementary School community welcomed children’s author Sara Pennypacker, who spent a full day recently at WES, presenting her work, answering questions, signing books and talking with students. Pictured here with Mrs. Lambertsen and Ms. Pennypacker are (l. to r.) Leah R., Caroline R., Carly T., Anna K., and Kailey S. Her newest book, Pax, has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past year, joining her many other smash hits including The Summer of the Gypsy Moths, the Clementine series, and Flat Stanley. At WES, Ms. Pennypacker spoke with audiences of 1st through 5th graders about how her experiences as a child shaped her into the author that she is today, and emphasized that the best books aren’t necessarily written by celebrities, but rather by storytelling enthusiasts. Ms. Pennypacker signed and personalized each book that was ordered from sponsor Children’s Book World by the many avid readers at WES.

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Strath Haven High School’s boys’ tennis team won its first round match at the 2017 PIAA Tournament on Tuesday, May 16, only to fall in the Class AAA quarterfinal round to Unionville last Friday. Led by head coach TJ Adams, this is the first time in 16 years that Haven has represented the Central League and District 1 in States. The senior-led team is pictured here after their Tuesday win, left to right and back to front: Harrison Hotham (senior), Dylan Taylor, Finn L’Armand, Jacob Knauer (senior), Ben Troutman (senior), Ian Terry (senior), Michael Lu, George Steinke, Justin Snyder (senior), Xandy Hammitt (senior), Clay Gaieski and Cole Wirth. Photo courtesy of Jean Steinke.

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The Strath Haven Middle School’s 8th Grade baseball team finished off their undefeated season with a 12-5 win over Paxon Hollow. This group was also undefeated as 7th graders. Back row (l. to r.): Coach Matt Lucas, Gabe Federico, Luke Edwards, Simon Bolinger, Koll Peichel, Luke Jacobson, Alex Hemmingway, Robbie Guilday and Ian Connell. Front row (l. to r.): Brage Davis, Jack Ryder, Christian Thack, Chris Willette, Chris Felder, Evan Schmidt and Marc DeCarlo. Not pictured: John Francis. Photo courtesy of Tracy Federico.

Smythe – DeMarco Wedding

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Maggie Smythe and Patrick DeMarco

Robert and Susan Smythe of Swarthmore are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter, Maggie, to Patrick DeMarco on Thursday, April 13, at the Algiers Courthouse in New Orleans.

Maggie, a graduate of Strath Haven High School and Carleton College, is starting her third year of medical school at Tulane University.

Patrick, a graduate of Bishop Eustace Prep in Pennsauken, N.J., and St. Joseph’s University, is currently the manager of the Music Industry Studies program at Loyola University.

The delightful ceremony was attended by immediate family.

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The 9th annual Marietta Avenue Easter Egg Hunt was held last Saturday, April 15. The kids are bigger, but not too big for candy-filled eggs. Photo by Megan Slootmaker

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The entire class of 2018 looked on as a sobering tableau played out at Strath Haven High School this Tuesday, during the mock crash staged annually in the week before the junior prom. In the all-too-real scenario, two fatalities, an arrest, multiple injuries, and two carloads of grief ensued from a head-on collision between teen drivers, one intoxicated and one texting. The school is deeply invested in the production and its message of prevention, SHHS Principal MaryJo Yannacone said: “Our seniors involved in the theater program play the roles of the student drivers and victims. Our makeup crew works with Media Theater to provide the realistic makeup, our student volunteers at the local firehouses participate as emergency responders, and our student emergency team members provide support to the observers.” The cast included Nether Providence police units and fire and ambulance teams from Brookhaven, Garden City, Media, Morton-Rutledge, Parkside, and South Media. The mock crash was produced at Strath Haven and nine other area high schools by State Farm Insurance, Main Line Health including Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation, Media Theater, and DJ Sound.

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Wallingford-based acoustic band The Wiretappers will be among the bands playing live at Vinyl Revival in Lansdowne as part of the festivities for Record Store Day, this Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Wiretappers are a trio forged at Strath Haven High School, where guitarist Jacob Brewer and vocalist Sarah Scarborough are seniors, and mandolinist Graham Brewer is a recent graduate. Graham says: “Our sound takes influence from bluegrass and country to jazz and blues. Our aim is for a diverse musical palette spanning genres while sticking to the simplistic roots of acoustic sound.”

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Yuwen Michelson

Yuwen Michelson, daughter of Dean Michelson and Ginny Lang of Swarthmore, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Following her expected graduation this spring from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., Yuwen will spend the next year teaching at a school in Laos, as she did as a volunteer during summer 2014. She is a 2013 graduate of Strath Haven High School, and is a Sociology major at Hamilton.

Two local residents were inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: David Spencer of Swarthmore was initiated at Penn State University and Laura Conway of Wallingford was initiated at Arcadia University.

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce the graduation of Dr. Peter Joseph Vanni of Swarthmore, with a Doctor of Education degree in sports health and fitness with a sports leadership emphasis, with honors.

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Last weekend, the Nether U12 2005 Girls soccer team won the Bob Urban Nether Tournament in Downingtown. The team consists of 5th and 6th graders from Wallingford, Swarthmore, Springfield and other nearby towns.

For the first time in a year, Swarthmore poet Bob Small will read his poetry live, this Sunday, April 23, at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center at 419 Green Lane in Philadelphia. The reading begins at 3 p.m. and also features Nicole Marie Mancuso and Charles Carr.

Dr. Patricia Robinson-Linder of Wallingford is directing a new production of an old play – Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – for Exclamation Theater in Maple Shade, N.J. The play opens on Sunday, April 23, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and runs through May 7. The production features actor Jessica Fields of Swarthmore. Information is at

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UP With Down Syndrome: The 27th annual Walk for Our Kids will be held next Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springfield Mall. The event is the major fundraiser for the Delaware County Down Syndrome Interest Group, which supports families of children born with Down syndrome, social events for children and adults with Down syndrome, educational programs, and other services. To participate in the Walk for Our Kids, call in advance to (610) 544-4025, donate $20 or more and get a T-shirt, or come a bit early and register on the morning of the walk. Above: Members of the Maguire family who joined the 2016 Down Syndrome Interest Group walk are, from left, Tina, Michael, Jason and Sarah Maguire, Kylie Stuhltrager, Amy, Aaron, Chrissy and Kevin Maguire.


Maddy Cunningham, Strath Haven ‘13, and currently a senior at St Joseph’s University, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of 2016. Maddy is a biology major and plans to attend medical school. She is the daughter of her proud parents, Beth Camagna and Mayor Kevin Cunningham of Rutledge.

Alia Federico, a sophomore at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, was named a Founder’s Scholar for 2017 having earned a GPA of 3.8 or higher. Alia was in the SHHS class of 2015.

Wedding: Jenna Pastuszek and Benjamin Epstein

Jenna Pastuszek and Benjamin Epstein were married on October 7, 2016 at The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jenna of Swarthmore is the daughter of Alex Pastuszek and Katie Newsom Pastuszek. Jenna is a 2005 graduate of Strath Haven High School (where she met Ben). She received her BA in history and her MT in elementary education from the University of Virginia, and her MM in vocal performance from NYU. She currently teaches voice at the University of the Arts and will be playing Daisy Hilton in Side Show at the Media Theatre from March 8-26!

Ben of Wallingford is the son of Richard and Shelley Epstein. He is a 2004 graduate of Strath Haven High School. He received his BA in history from Loyola College in Baltimore, and his MA in sports management from Cal State Long Beach. He currently works in sales at Vox Media and is a co-host of an NBA podcast, Limited Upside.

Jenna and Ben live in Brooklyn with their rescue dog and cat.