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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 …
The Swarthmore Co-Op annual meeting was held at the store on April 19. General manager Mike Litka and outgoing Board president Pam Bartholomew reviewed the past year and shared their outlook for the coming year. Co-Op members elected new board members and approved a bylaw revision that allowed voting for board members and Co-Op matters by email. Board members in the picture are (front, l. to r.): Jacqlyn Diamond and Ines Rodriquez; back row from left: Andy Rieger; Lori Knauer; Barbara Amstutz; Jill Gaieski, vice president; Mark Rossi, secretary; John Moots; Stephanie Edwards, treasurer; Donna Francher, president, and Greg Bochman.
Over three snack periods recently at Wallingford Elementary School, Sue Gaur, her 2nd grade class, and a community of supportive and thirsty WES students, staff and parents raised $1,866 for Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society. Mrs. Gaur has been working creatively for 13 years with her WES classes to raise money for ACS through an in-school lemonade stand. She and her 2nd graders sang out the apparently irresistible ditty: “All children in WES land, come to Mrs. Gaur’s Lemonade Stand. Lemonade and a pretzel make a good snack, bring $2 in your backpack. Enjoy some lemonade and make your day sunny; Relay for Life will get all your money!” Lemon AID workers included (top row from left to right): Jayden D., Skylar H., Isaac H., Jonah L., Zach A., Sue Gaur, Elizabeth W., Bianca B. and Luka N.; (middle row from left to right): Cameron D., Ryan S., Lena G., Christian K., Margaret H., Shira J., Ellis W., Eli V. and Holly C.; (bottom row from left to right): Amalia N., Maureen A., Livy T., Luca D. and Cooper M.
Roll up your sleeves for some easy and rewarding environmental work next Monday, May 7, at Crumhenge in the Crum Meadow, as planting continues the first phase of the Crum Woods Restoration and Stewardship Plan, which was called for after the construction of the SEPTA Viaduct and redoing of the sanitary sewer line in recent years. Volunteers will plant plugs of 49 native plants in the grass field below the Holly Collection, helping build a fully functioning meadow including grasses, flowers, and other wet and dry meadow species. The meadow planting has an aesthetic component, and a practical imperative: to restore this flood plain’s capacity to handle inundation.
More than 70 volunteers, including Swarthmore faculty, students, and staff and members of the Swarthmore community, took part in the first planting of 4,000 plugs on April 6 (above). The May 7 session begins at 10 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m., when volunteers will be treated to lunch. RSVP to sustainability project manager Amos Frye ‘19 at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the big picture on the plans for Crum restoration, go to swarthmore.edu/crum-woods-stewardship.
Monday night, April 23, Congressman Pat Meehan honored Strath Haven High School 11th grader Perry Sosi with a first-place Congressional Art award in the Digital Art Category. The 7th District Congressional Art show is a juried show that is held in every Congressional district across the country to encourage and recognize the artistic talent in the nation and in each Congressional District. Perry’s piece is a self-portrait using watercolor brushes in Adobe Illustrator. His portrait was created in Mrs. Taylor’s Graphic Design 3 Class. Perry has plans to study Graphic Design on the College level when he graduates. This is a great honor to win a place in the Congressional Art Show.
Singer and guitarist Doug Hill of Wallingford and music partner Hugh Colocott will perform as 92nd Street this Saturday, April 28, at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville. Showtime is 8 p.m. for this gig, which also features Ray Adkins. Tickets are $12 in advance (call 484-924-8425) and $15 at the door.
Cora Lausch saves an earthworm at the Great Swarthmore Clean-Up on Earth Day 2018. Photo by Tim Kearney.