Fill a Hole in Your Landscape With a Street Tree

By Karol Bock

Trees are now available from Swarthmore Borough’s Tree Committee to borough residents who wish to plant a street tree this year, perhaps to replace a tree that has been lost. The ordering deadline is Monday, March 19, 2018. A limited number of trees is available.

Order forms are available at the Borough office or on the Borough’s website at The cost of a new tree is $125, including planting and mulching. Trees will be planted this spring as weather permits. For more information, please contact me at 484-472-8639.

Not to be planted under utility lines; require a curb strip greater than 5’ wide.

Acer rubrum — ‘Red Sunset’ — Red maples are common in the northeast U.S., and this is an exceptional cultivar for a street tree. It has a pyramidal to rounded outline reaching 40’ to 50’ at maturity. Autumn colors are brilliant orange and red.

Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ — sugar maple — This large maple (60’ tall) is one of the most attractive trees for its scarlet fall color. This selection is one of the better maples for our area. This tree grows fast when young and needs plenty of room to mature.

Quercus nuttallii — Nuttall’s oak is a tree native to southeastern Pennsylvania and farther south. It has an irregular rounded crown at maturity and will reach 60’ tall. Leaves resemble pin or red oak. Autumn color is a showy red.

Suitable for planting under utility lines and in narrower curb strips (less than 5’ wide).

Carpinus carolina — American hornbeam or ironwood is a native tree that reaches 20’ to 30’ in height with a rounded outline. It has small to medium leaves that are dark green in summer changing to yellow, orange and scarlet in autumn. Older branches have an attractive winter look with a smooth gray, muscled looking bark.

Briefly Noted . . .

(Left to rightJ Swarthmoreans Dr. Rick Gelman, Dr. David Pollack and Amy Pollack, Cordelia Delson, and Donald Delson at the launch event for the newly named Foundation for Delaware County. Photo by Robert O. Williams/The Williams Group for TFFDC.

Frances M. Sheehan of Swarthmore welcomed guests to The Inn of Villanova for the March 1 launch of The Foundation for Delaware County, of which she is President. Formerly the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, TFFDC is the largest foundation serving Delaware County, operating public health programs and making grants to nonprofits that serve children, seniors and families. The foundation then announced $330,000 of grants from its restricted funds, including a $30,000 grant to Senior Community Services of Folsom. TFFDC also launched a new website at

Ron Anderson of Wallingford has been named to the Board of Directors of the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame. The current volunteer President of Nether Providence Athletic Association, Anderson has served for decades as a leader at all levels of NPAA youth sports, and was instrumental in the merger of NPAA with Swarthmore Recreation Association in basketball and baseball. Founded in 1939, the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame honors and celebrates sports legends and enthusiasts in the county.

Jiaozi are Chinese dumplings, and Jiaozi is also a band that formed last year comprising Strath Haven High School students Kevin Stabinski, Kyle Nerz, Emma Lee, and Reid Rothman. All write songs, and most of them sang on the band’s first EP (Kevin plays guitar) entitled Perspectives, which was just released and is available on Amazon Music, iTunes, and Spotify. Delicious!

On February 13, 4th and 5th graders at Wallingford Elementary School welcomed literary luminary John August, author of Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, and screenwriter of family favorites such as Frankenweenie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following an enthusiastic presentation to the entire 4th and 5th grade classes in the school multi-purpose room, August met with various students in the WES library. From left to right are WES students Hudson M., Ryan B., Reed H., Rowan D.-B., Ian C., author John August, WES Librarian Martha Lambertsen, Vincent H., Finnian C., Jack G., Luke A., and Colin L. WES students were given the terrific opportunity of purchasing Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire and having it personally dedicated and signed by Mr. August, The author visit was arranged by Mrs. Lambertsen and Children’s Book World of Haverford.


The Rotary Club of Swarthmore applied for and received a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation, matching the $3,000 the club raised, all to be donated towards health care in Haiti, where it helped these youths and others obtain free dental care from the Cite Soleil dental clinic. Clinic staff wrote in thanks to Swarthmore Rotary: “It is so heartwarming when someone helps to make it possible to say ‘Yes, we can help you!’ to one more child or adult visiting our clinic. This clinic now has equipment to provide fillings, teeth cleanings, a dental chair and a generator to provide power … Rotary has allowed us to make a measurable impact in the lives of our dental patients. Instead of defaulting to extracting teeth, our dentists can provide fillings to our patients in two clinics!”

On February 21, 2018, the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) presented the 2018 “Project of the Year” award to the Chester Road Roundabout. The award was for Creativity, Innovation, and Excellence. Pictured, left to right, are Jamie Kouch, Nicole Kline, and Joe DiSantis from McMahon Associates, Traffic Engineers, Jane Billings, Swarthmore Borough Manager, and Janet Semler, Swarthmore College Director of Capital Planning and Project Management.

Letter to the Editor

School Safety: Motivations and Preventions

To the Editor:

Our school board recognizes the importance of emotional factors involved in motivating killers: The Swarthmorean, March 2, cites “address the mental health needs,” “see changes in their child’s emotional well-being,” and “students … knowing the perpetrator was struggling mentally.” But unfortunately, “There are no reliable cures for insecurity, resentment, entitlement and hatred, or for angry young men with violent fantasies” (says Sacramento psychiatrist, Amy Barnhorst. New York Times. Feb. 19)

There is also no cure for shame and its motivating effect. The late Philadelphia psychiatrist Donald L. Nathanson, made a study of the shame family of emotions and concluded that human beings respond in one or more ways. These are to withdraw in depression, to attack the self by acts such as cutting, or suicide, to avoid the feeling by using drugs, alcohol or exhibitionist opinion or by attacking the perceived source of the shame.

Given this situation and the risk of being attacked, it would seem that we have no recourse but to rely on increased security measures at schools, constant work to reduce the availability of weapons, and — with less attention to civil rights than to public safety — take a pro-proactive approach to investigate, disarm, and attempt to help those who might be at risk of acting on their feeling of shame by attacking.

For The Tomkins Institute
John Brodsky

Katharine Hayes Porter Obituary

Katharine Hayes Porter passed away February 24, 2018 at Paoli Hospital, Paoli, Pa., with loving family members around her. She was 88, and had lived a full and remarkable life.

Born on December 1,1929, in Wallingford, Pa., she was the daughter of the late James and Katharine Hayes.

After graduating from Swarthmore High School, and then Bradford Junior College in Haverhill, Mass., where she received her associate degree as an art major in 1949, Kathy attended the Philadelphia School of Art (now the University of the Arts). She then taught drawing and painting at Wallingford Community Arts Center for more than 50 years. During that time and after she retired from teaching, she had commissions and sales in her main mediums of oil, watercolor, and pen and ink; her work hangs in various locations in the United States, Great Britain and Germany.

Kathy married William F. (Bill) Porter on July 7, 1952 and they relished living at beautiful Quarry House in the woods of Rose Valley, Pa., for 54 years. In 2009 they moved to White Horse Village in Newtown Square, where they enjoyed the community with many longtime friends. Kathy and Bill loved their many Border Terriers, and enjoyed traveling throughout the world.

Kathy’s decades of volunteer work included designing programs for the Savoy Company and scenery for Rose Valley Variety Shows, as well as several roles at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and with the Providence Garden Club of Pennsylvania. She’ll be remembered for her fun-loving nature, compassion, keen intellect, remarkable insight, artistic talent and more.

Kathy is survived by daughters Katharine Porter (Dan) Gregory and Marjorie Porter (Dave) Stoddard; four grandchildren Kate Gregory, Tim (Danielle) Stoddard, Dan Stoddard, Amy (Jonathan) Hennigh; one great-grandson Ethan Porter Stoddard; brothers Jim (Libby) and John Hayes; and many loving nieces and nephews. Her husband Bill passed away in 2010.

A memorial service celebrating Kathy’s life will be held Friday, March 9, 2018 at 2 p.m., at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore, 19081. Please join us for a reception in Fellowship Hall at the church, following the service.

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name can be made to The Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086; Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (at the above address); or Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

Arrangements J. Nelson Rigby Funeral Home. Condolences:

Norman Weir Obituary

What is the measure of a man? When Norman Weir was born in 1929 in the humble little town of North Shields on the rugged northeastern coast of England, there was not a lot of anything to go around. His father, James, was a paper-hanger and painter, and his mother, May, was dedicated to taking care of their little family. A brother, Jimmy, was born, and then a sister, Mavis. In the early ’40’s, WWII was raging, and after many bombing raids, the children were evacuated to the English countryside to live on a farm until it was safe to go home. When Norman was 19, his second sister, Kathleen, was born. As a very young man, he joined the Royal British Navy and worked as a stoker. He escaped death after falling 40 feet into the hold of his vessel and suffering a severely fractured skull. A few years later, he contracted tuberculosis, and was sent to the Naval hospital. He was the only man to survive the disease out of the 20 others on that ward, during a time when there were no antibiotics to treat them.

Norman went on to work as a mechanical engineer. In December, 1953, he met Eithne Mary Kerins, a midwife-trainee from Ireland. He switched her place card so that he could sit next to her at dinner that night. They were married in June of 1956, 61 1⁄2 years ago. Norman had always loved babies, and over the next ten years, their first six children, Sherwin (Robert Ferguson), Aidan (Susan), Amanda (John Buoni), Declan (Jean Marie), Brendan (Marci) and Michael (who passed on in 2005), were born. The family lived in Coventry and then moved to Thornbury. He received a job offer from Boeing that was too good to refuse, so in January of 1966 Norman and his family, the youngest only 3 months old, emigrated to America on the U.S.S. United States liner. A new country, a new job, a home in Swarthmore (where they lived until 2003) and three more children: Karen, Andrew (Tessie) and Brian, completed their American dream. Designing fuel systems for helicopters at Boeing was the perfect job for Norman. Over the course of his employment there, which lasted about 35 years, he designed many projects, including an aerial refueling boom and the fuel system for the Osprey Helicopter or the “Tilt-Rotor,” as he called it. It has been said that he was personally responsible for bringing varsity soccer to Swarthmore High School.

Always interested and engaged, he was known to play soccer and rugby, ski, play chess, do complex calculus equations in his head, tell amazing stories of years gone by, putter in the garden, do battle with marauding squirrels, wallpaper and paint every surface of his home, make delicious lasagna, cheesecake, bouillabaisse or chocolate chocolate cake, pray earnestly, sing boisterously and celebrate every one of his 18 grandchildren. His joy was completed with Amanda (who passed on in 2014) and Sara Ferguson; A.J., Tristan and Maddie Weir; Rachel, Brendan, Claire and Arwen Buoni; Emily, Ethan, Colleen and Molly Weir; Patrick and Kenny Weir; as well as Maliah, Joshua and Caleb Weir.

The measure of man is not in what he has, but in what he leaves behind him. He leaves a legacy of love, laughter, loyalty, unselfishness and song. He leaves 27 people who would not have been on this earth if he had died as a young man, which by all odds he should have. But God had a different plan. Though he was only 5’4”, Norman Weir was a giant among men. As his grandchildren have their own families, his story will continue past his almost 89 years, influencing us and encouraging us to love each other, do what is right, and to put God and our families ahead of all else. It was a life well-lived.

Briefly Noted . . .

Linton Stables was the big winner at the 2018 Chili Cookoff at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, taking first prize in the meat category as well as the coveted People’s Choice award. Phil Coleman took second prize honors for his meat chili. Other prize chili chefs were David Page, first prize and Nancy Magee, second prize in the vegetarian category. All are Swarthmore residents. The judges were Mayor Tim Kearney, Bill Randall of Hobbs, and Nanette Tobin. In the attached photo, left to right (obviously!): Nancy Magee, Phil Coleman and Linton Stables. David Page had already departed to attend the Swarthmore College men’s basketball game and learned of his win later on.

Swarthmorean Cricket Brien reports that Tyler Arboretum has won a national Wood Design Award for its 2017 renovation of its 1834 vintage bank barn. Brien, who is Tyler’s executive director, noted that “Tyler’s barn has been a constant during the transformation of this magnificent arboretum from working farm to public garden.” The timber-framed building was preserved and repurposed in a partnership with Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., and now serves as a hub of the educational and entertainment programs at Tyler. The project won in the category of Durable and Adaptable Wood Structures in the competition organized by the Washington-based Wood Products Council.

Strath Haven High School graduate Tyler Clapp, second from left, stands in front of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with his teammates. Tyler was part of the team that successfully launched the Falcon Heavy on its maiden voyage on February 6, 2018. Per Wikipedia, the “Falcon Heavy was designed to carry humans into space farther, especially to the Moon and Mars, also including potential asteroid mining.”

A song by Swarthmore native Zoe Mulford is part of Joan Baez’s new album, Whistle Down the Wind, released on Friday, March 3, 2018. Baez, 77, a folk music icon, has said that Zoe Mulford’s song, “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” is the album’s “highlight.” NPR played samples of the song in an eight-minute “All Things Considered” interview on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Zoe Mulford divides her musical career between touring in the U.S.A. and the U.K. She lives in Manchester, England, with her husband Bijan Parsia of Wallingford.

William McCullough of Swarthmore, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The College of Wooster. McCullough, a first-year student and graduate of Strath Haven High School, achieved a grade point average of 3.65 or above.

Julia Mullarkey of Wallingford has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2017 semester.

Gettysburg College has announced that the following students have been named to the Deans’ Commendation List for the Fall 2017 semester: Samantha Hann and Quinn Wirth, both of Wallingford.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2017 semester at St. Lawrence University.

Grant Miller of Wallingford, who is in the computing security program, and Matthew Reiter of Swarthmore, who is in the computing and information technologies program, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Letter to the Editor

Supporting CADES

To the Editor:

Theresa and I would like to thank the CADES community for the opportunity to be involved in this year’s fundraising. For over 65 years, CADES has been dedicated to fulfilling its mission to enhance the lives of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. This year is no different.

A goal has been set to raise $30,000 for the purchase and implementation of ProxPad in 15 classrooms. These devices will greatly enhance and help develop the communication skills of these precious children. I know I take for granted my ability to communicate that I may be hungry or thirsty. With this device, these children will now have a “Voice.”

Over the years we have been involved with numerous fundraising events. In my mind none of those efforts had such an immediate and profound effect as these devices will have for these children.

How can you help? Go to the CADES website and purchase tickets for the 7th Annual Beef & Beer. Stop into Occasionally Yours and make a donation … No purchase required. This week our window was decorated by CADES. Please take a look. Follow the goals success with the thermometer display now at $10,000 on its way to $30,000 with your generous and compassionate participation.

Our, not so little, little girl Megan, now 23, works at CADES. She is a one-on-one instructor. Each night she shares with us her challenges and achievements. The next achievement I want Megan to share with us is when her student, using this technology, is able to express, “May I have a glass of water please.”

Please help us to help them and remember, “Everyone should have a voice!!!”

Scott & Theresa Richardson
Occasionally Yours

This week’s issue . . .

The musical Les Miserables is on stage at Strath Haven High School this weekend.

Drama, Laughter, Music: Students at Play

Young and gifted actors take the stage in two local theatrical productions this weekend.

Strath Haven High School presents the last two performances of its spring musical, the redoubtable Les Miserables, the Rice/Lloyd-Webber blockbuster based on the novel by Victor Hugo (as any Honors English student can tell you).

Showtime at the SHHS Auditorium on Saturday is 7:30 p.m.; on Sunday, it’s 7. Panther thespians by the dozens play Jean Valjean, Javert, Cosette, and the poor but righteous Parisians of the early 1800s. Singers are accompanied by a pit orchestra.

The whole production is big, bold and memorable. Buy tickets at the door. SHHS is at 205 S. Providence Road in Wallingford, with parking in the lots of the middle school at 200 S. Providence.

Opening Saturday at the Players Club or Swarthmore is another musical. Really Rosie is a charmer of collaboration by Maurice Sendak and Carole King, telling the story of sassy Rosie telling the story of her fantastic life in an imaginary movie.

Nikki Torchon directs a cast including PCS Children’s Series veterans and newbies from Delaware County and beyond. Performances are at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, March 3 and 10, and Sundays, March 4 and 11, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children aged 3 to 12.

The Players Club of Swarthmore is at 614 Fairview Road; info is at

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District:
Somber Board Responds
to Florida School Shootings

By Katie Crawford

The horror of yet another mass school shooting weighed heavily during the meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board on Monday, February 26, less than two weeks after 17 people were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The tragedy once again has the school community critiquing its level of preparedness should a gunman attempt to attack one of our schools. The recent suggestion by the U.S. President and others of arming teachers as a deterrent to such an attack galvanized the school board to craft a preemptive response.

The board came to the meeting prepared, with board president Dr. Marylin Huff reading the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Resolution Against Arming Educators. The resolution begins, “Whereas, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board is committed to protecting its students and staff, while also providing an exemplary education,” and details its opposition to arming teachers including the fact that teachers are not trained to fire guns, and that armed teachers might make it more difficult for police officers to identify a perpetrator during an attack. The resolution emphasizes the need for more resources for students with mental health issues and concludes, “Therefore, let it be resolved that the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board does not support any proposals to arm educators, and instead will focus on safety and security improvements as well as asking legislators for more support for our efforts in this regard, including support to help us address the mental health needs of our young people.”

The board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution’s passage. Dr. Huff reiterated that the board hires teachers based on their educational background, not their marksmanship scores.

Prior to the passage of the resolution, the board heard from Melissa Carder, a district parent and a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Carder highlighted the reasons that educators should not bear arms, including the risks of accidental shootings, the risk to law enforcement officers when civilians are armed during active shooter events, and the potential loss of liability insurance were schools to allow educators to carry guns.

The strong, unique relationship between the school district and the Nether Providence and the Swarthmore Police Departments was detailed during a joint presentation from Dr. Lisa Palmer, the superintendent of schools, and Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain, who himself is a graduate of the district, and has three children who also graduated from the district. There exists a memorandum of understanding between both police departments and the school district which emphasizes sharing pertinent information with each other. Principals and the superintendent are in frequent communication. Practice drills are performed throughout district buildings and all buildings have critical and emergency response teams.

Chief Splain highlighted the four components of school safety: parents, students, the police, and the school district. He believes his department has received excellent training with regard to an active shooter and that the district is equally prepared. Officers visit schools once a day and report on their visits. They are familiar with the layout of the school and the personnel there as well. During quarterly lockdown drills, the chief walks each building with an index card, noting any ways in which to improve. There are regularly six officers on duty for the Nether Providence Police Department. Splain predicted a minute and a half response time to an active shooter situation from those officers. Within twenty minutes, he predicted, one hundred officers would be on the scene from neighboring departments.

Adding a message to parents, Splain stressed that any parent who has a weapon needs to secure that weapon, as well as any medications. There currently is a drop box for unused opiates outside of the police department. He also encouraged parents to speak up if they see changes in their child’s emotional well-being.

Splain believes one area where the system can improve is in receiving information from students. He believes students are hesitant to report on another peer’s behavior, yet Splain noted how after every school shooting, there are inevitably students interviewed who report knowing the perpetrator was struggling mentally.

Lauren Conway, a district parent as well as a licensed counselor, spoke to the board to encourage the district to do more to help students and families process tragic events such as the recent shooting in Florida, including suggestions for parents about how best to facilitate these conversations. She also questioned how the district is working to proactively check in with students.

Dottie Lee, who has four grandchildren in the district, made an emotional plea to the board to keep them safe. She also asked whether the larger police forces necessary in the event of an active shooter have the same degree of familiarity with the layout of our schools as the local police.

The Trolley Stoppers sing four-part harmony for the homeless on Sunday.

Living in Harmony

Swarthmore Friends Meeting hosts the annual Harmony for the Homeless concert this Sunday, March 4. It’s an all a capella affair, with three delightful groups from Swarthmore and environs. The Trolley Stoppers is a quartet of men of the Media area; 16 Feet is a group of students at Swarthmore College; and Chaverim combines singers from Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford colleges.

Admission to the concert is free, but the organizers suggest and will appreciate a donation of $10 per person, which will benefit the Meeting’s Cooking for the Homeless project. The show begins at 3 p.m. in the Whittier Room of the meetinghouse at 12 Whittier Place on the Swarthmore College campus.

The Community that Plays Together …

We caught up with Colleen Murphy late Saturday after a day at the gym. She actually got to see a son play in one of the basketball games, but she wanted to be there anyhow for the SRA playoffs.

All this play takes a lot of work, and as interim Executive Director of the Swarthmore Recreation Association, Murphy will spend the next year what makes SRA work so well, what could make it work better, and what the work of future Executive Directors should be.

Her children have participated in track & field, soccer, and basketball, so she already knows what SRA offers kids and their families. “We are a smaller program,” Murphy said, and it’s both easy and important “to be inclusive, to try to make it fun for all children. We let them learn how to be a teammate. Linda McCullough (SRA ED for 13 years) put a lot of her heart and passion into the job, and the programs show it.”

SRA has commissioners and boards for soccer and basketball; Murphy and administrative assistant Nika Haase complement the work of those volunteers. “As a board and a staff, we’d like to take this year and consider what we can do better to support the community. I’ll look at the job from within and evaluate what the future role of the executive director will be, then making recommendations to the board.” There’s no cookie-cutter solution, Murphy said, “We’re unique locally and we don’t have another model to follow. Other programs belong to their municipalities, but we are independent of the borough.”

Although she moved to Swarthmore 15 years ago, “It wasn’t until we had kids that I felt I’d really found my home. There are so much support and caring in this community and SRA is a big part of it.”

Bringing home the hardware from Media Hoops are 5th – 6th grade boys team members (left to right, back row): Coach Todd Parker, Gavin Schmidt, Zehavi Rodriguez, Tristan Blair, Matthew Jackson, Charlie Markey, and coach Dan Hart; (front row): Louis Parker, Danny Wuenschel, Caden Paukstis (holding the championship trophy), Connall Strachan, and Jackson Meza.

Swarthmore Boys Win Media Hoops Championship
By Lynn Meza

On Sunday, February 25, the 5th-6th grade boys Media Hoops championship trophy was taken home by our local team (8 of the 10 boys hail from Swarthmore). Led by coaches and Swarthmoreans Todd Parker and Dan Hart, the basketball team had a stellar season. With a 12-1 record during the regular season (losing one hard-fought game by just two points), the boys went into the playoffs as the #1 seed. In three single-elimination games, they knocked out their competition and took the final win to be named the champions in the 5th-6th grade boys’ division. The boys were all-around great competitors throughout the season. They showed athletic prowess on the court, unwavering support for their teammates, and kind sportsmanship to their opponents. Each player was an integral part of the success of the team. Their families are very proud of the boys — they truly are champs!

Swarthmore Men’s Basketball
Hits the Road for NCAAs

In playoff basketball action last weekend at Swarthmore College, the host Garnet men’s team (22-5) lost in the Centennial Conference championship game to Franklin & Marshall. However, the Garnet earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Swarthmore will travel to the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, for the opening rounds this weekend. Swarthmore’s opening draw is on March 2 against New England College (21-6) who won the North Atlantic Conference Championship. Host Wesleyan (21-6) faces Southern Vermont College (22-5) in the other first round game.

Check the for times and scores.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Poetic Longtime

Minna Duchovnay

Swarthmoreans Minna Duchovnay and Ed Krizek are the featured readers at the next First Wednesday meeting of the Mad Poets Society, scheduled for March 7, 7 p.m., at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford.

Ed Krizek has won prizes in several poetry and short story competitions, and published over seventy articles, poems and short stories in various publications. His latest work is available on Amazon.

Minna Canton Duchovnay has read her poetry all over the Philadelphia area. Her poems have been published in Mad Poets Review, Poetry Ink, Premier, The Elixir, and the anthology, Embers and Flames. She is a member of the 34th Street Poets at Kelly Writers House.

Ed Krizen


The reading is absolutely free, and open to poets and fans and everyone else. Light refreshments will be provided following the guest readings, and an open mic will follow the featured reading, so bring poetry you’d like to share.

Community Arts Center is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Questions? Contact host Sibelan Forrester at 610-328-8162 or



No easels, just work tables for CAC Mixed Media Studio members (left to right) Michele Southworth, Gail Herring, Kurt Winkleman, and Molly Wing-Berman.

Mixing It Up in New SFA Exhibition

What does Tuesday night mean to you? For members of the Mixed Media Studio, Tuesday night means inspiration and fellowship. The group of local artists gets together at the Community Arts Center to create art, encourage and critique each other, and occasionally share treats of pizza, wine, and chocolate.

Their work in various media is collected in a new show opening with a reception this Friday, March 2, 6 – 8 p.m. not at CAC but at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The show -”Mixing It Up” – represents the Mixed Media Studio with dozens of pieces in various modes and media from 7 Studio members: Nancy Barch, Wendy Cotton, Gail Herring, Patricia Kerr, Michele Southworth, Molly Wing-Berman, and Kurt Winkleman.

All are welcome to meet the artists and share refreshments at the opening reception, which is part of Swarthmore’s First Friday. Unplugged guitar and mandolin music will be provided by local musicians Graham and Jacob Brewer, performing under the group name Minor Adjustments.

At 7:18 a.m. on February 21, Company 14 (Swarthmore) was dispatched to the 900 block of N. Orange St. in Upper Providence Twp. to assist Rose Tree Fire Department on a house fire (pictured above). The initial caller stated that a bedroom was on fire and that the family was exiting the home. Tower 14 responded with a crew of three personnel. Due to the time and nature of the alarm, multiple units (in excess of 10) were dispatched to this two alarm blaze to combat the fire. Upon arrival, the firefighters from Swarthmore went to work assisting with fire suppression. Crews encounted heavy fire throughout the single family residence. Due to floor and roof collapse, firefighters were unable to enter the house. The fire was brought under control within an hour, and crews remained on the scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots.

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

From February 12 through February 25, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 42 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, Rose Valley and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including: unconscious person, semi-conscious person, hypotension, medical alarm, cerebrovascular event, fall with trauma, syncopal episode, overdose, injured person, cardiac emergency, tachycardia, auto accident with injuries, head injury, diabetic emergency, heart attack, nature unknown, pediatric emergency, subject down, sick person and respiratory difficulty.

Automatic Fire Alarm: One alarm to Oak Knoll Dr. in Nether Providence Twp. One alarm to the 200 block of School Lane in Morton. One alarm to Sylvan Ave in Rutledge.

Automobile Accidents: One accident with injury at N. Chester Rd. and N. Swarthmore Ave. Building: One alarm to the 900 block of Westdale Pl. in Springfield for a kitchen fire. One alarm to the Springview Garden Apts. in Morton for a dryer fire. One alarm to the 900 block of Orange St. in Upper Providence Twp. for a bedroom fire.

Hazmat: One alarm for a natural gas leak at the intersection of Park and Harvard Ave.

Mutual aid calls: One each to Nether Providence Twp., Morton/Rutledge, Springfield, and Upper Providence Twp.

New Leaders at Swarthmore College

Sarah Willie-LeBreton

Swarthmore College recently named two longtime members of the Swarthmore community to leadership positions at the college. Sarah Willie-LeBreton was named Provost, effective July 1, when she will replace Tom Stephenson in the role. Willie-LeBreton is a Sociology professor and has been Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department since 2013.She served as Associate Provost from 2005 to 2008. She is an alumna of Haverford College (1986).

Salem Shuchman

Salem Shuchman, Swarthmore class of 1984, has been selected by the college’s Board of Managers as its Chair. A member of the board almost continuously since 2000, Shuchman will succeed Tom Spock as chair for a three year term. He is managing partner of Philadelphia-based private equity firm Entrepreneur Partners. Together with his wife, Dr. Barbara Klock (Swarthmore College, Class of 1986), Shuchman has been a major benefactor of Swarthmore College, notably as lead donor for the Matchbox fitness center.


American History, through a Jaundiced Eye

“A Skeptic’s Guide to American History” is the offering for the next semester in the Great Courses video lecture series, beginning on Thursday, March 15, at the Swarthmore Public Library.

Professor Mark Stoler, an expert in U.S. Diplomatic and military history, casts a jaundiced eye upon the conventional wisdom and prevalent interpretations of the American story.

Over the coming eight weeks, SPL will screen three 30-minute lectures each Thursday, with a break midway through for refreshments, in the Council Room of Borough Hall at 121 Park Avenue. The sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Enrollment is free; register in advance at, or by phone call to the library at 610-543-3171.

First Friday in Swarthmore

There are several special promotions and events happening in the ‘Ville on First Friday, March 2. Check it out…

Blonde Sugar & Honey, 104 Park Avenue. It’s a BOGO sale at Blonde Sugar & Honey. Buy one pair of LOL Socks and get a second pair for free! With funny designs and sayings like “Exercise? I thought you said Extra Fries,” these socks will bring a smile to your face.

Breathe Om Yoga, 100 Park Avenue – 2nd floor. 7-8:30 pm: Yin Yoga by candlelight and with aromatherapy, led by Donna Schumaker. Relax. Restore. Enjoy. $15. Contact Donna at to register. Space is limited.

Harvey Oak Mercantile, 102 Park Avenue. 4-7 pm: It’s Fun-tastic Friday at HOM! While you shop, enjoy live music, face painting, crafts, sweet & salty treats plus a homemade lemonade stand. In lieu of payment for the festivities, HOM is encouraging donations to the Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library. The FOSWPL will also be in attendance to share information regarding the upcoming Book It! 5K Run/Walk happening on April 7.

Hobbs Coffee, 1 Park Avenue, starting 6:30ish. We’ve waited all winter for this special night of delicious-ness: Hobbs welcomes Twins Fried Chicken and Wrong Crowd Brewery!

Houseplant Hospital, 7-B S. Chester Road. 6-9 pm: Aloha Aloe! Learn more about one of the most sought-after tropical succulents Aloe Barbadensis, also known as Aloe Vera. Take apart and re-pot some rather large specimens that were recently admitted to the Houseplant Hospital. Free to attend. Material costs only. BYOB.

Indigo Healing Arts Collective, 110 Park Avenue. 5:30 pm: Come as you are, let loose, move, and breathe at this special First Friday yoga class. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Students are encouraged to bring a mat, otherwise mats will be provided. $10. Reserve your space via email at

Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts, 5 S. Chester Road. 3-7 pm. Little ones are invited to come to Kandy Kids on First Friday to make Connect Link Bracelets.

Occasionally Yours, 10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm. Please join Occasionally Yours for their famous jumbo lump crab cakes with roasted red pepper sauce. They’ll also offer pasta with a variety of homemade sauces. Children’s portions available. BYOB to dine in, or call ahead to pick up and take home. 610-328-9360.

The Pilates Connexion, 15 S. Chester Road. The Pilates Connexion is pleased to offer not one, but two special classes on First Friday! From 5 – 6 pm, kick off March MATness with a Pilates Mat class during happy hour. Lengthen and strengthen while winding down from a busy week with Pilates and a glass of wine afterwards. Bring a friend or family member. Men are also welcome. 21+ to drink. Valid ID is required. Learn more about their March MATness special – 30 days of unlimited Mat, TRX, or Barre classes – by visiting their website. Then from 7-8 pm, join The Pilates Connexion for Belly Dancing! Belly dance your way through spinal articulations and deep muscle activation of the inner core. Learn slow undulating moves as well as fast percussive moves all to the sounds of drums and cymbals. $10.

Swarthmore Co-op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue. 8:30-10:30 pm: Are you ready for some trivia fun? Gather a team, grab some drinks and see you there. BYOB if 21+. Light table snacks will be provided, and an awesome prize for the winners. Make a reservation for your team by visiting the Co-op’s website.

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, 121 Park Avenue. 6-8 pm: This month, artwork from the Community Arts Center Mixed Media Studio will be on display in Swarthmore Borough Hall. The public is invited to an Opening Night Reception where they can meet and mingle with the featured artists.

Wellness on Park, 100 Park Avenue – 2nd Floor. 5-8 pm Want to eliminate stress, or do you suffer from migraines, arthritis, or inflammation? Allow Wellness on Park to show you how Reflexology can bring relief. Take advantage of an introductory offer of Reflexology for $1 per minute (10 minute minimum). To enhance your experience, add Aromatherapy for an additional $3.

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