Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.
Lee Hagon-Kerr Named Director of Music Ministry
Lee Hagon-Kerr was recently named director of music ministry at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. A 2006 graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., Hagon-Kerr earned a Masters of Music from the Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn., and has served as a music minister or a Lutheran Church in Wilbraham, Mass. She will continue as director of upper school choral music at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr.
Andrew Bunting Returning to Swarthmore Area
Andrew Bunting will soon return to the Swarthmore area, according to sources at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, where he has been hired as Vice President of Public Horticulture. Bunting worked for Scott Arboretum for 27 years, and established Fine Garden Creations, Inc. in Swarthmore. He left the area four years ago for a leadership position at the Chicago Botanic Garden, then moved to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which he leaves to return to our area. In his new position, Bunting will lead PHS’s urban design, public landscapes, pop-up gardens, and Meadowbrook Farm.
Panther Magic at King Field
One of the greatest Strath Haven football teams ever brought some Panther magic to George L. King Field last Friday night as members of the 1999 PIAA Class AAA state championship winners reunited (along with family members) on the field between quarters. Haven’s varsity dominated as it had twenty years before, rolling over Ridley High School 49-13 for the Panthers’ third consecutive Central League blowout. The campaign continues Friday night, September 13, as Haven visits Radnor High School for a 7 p.m. game. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson.
RV Swim & Tennis Club 1000 Lap Club
On Labor Day, Rose Valley Swim & Tennis Club recognized the 35 members of its 1,000 Lap Club for 2019. Joan Stankiewcz lapped the field several times, recording 8,430 laps, or nearly 144 miles in Rose Valley’s 30-yard pool. Steve Sheaffer led male swimmers with 2,534 laps — not bad for a tennis player! Photo by Jennifer Reynolds.
Welcome Maya Rose Barr
Frances Sheehan and Ricardo Gelman of Swarthmore are thrilled to announce the arrival of their first grandchild, Maya Rose Barr, born August 7th, weighing 6 lb. 10 oz.
Maya lives with her parents, Julia and Marcus Barr, both Strath Haven Class of 2007, in South Philadelphia. Julia is the director of Employee Giving at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health; Marcus is web designer at Hartford Funds.
Proud paternal grandparents are Mike and Barbara Barr of Wallingford.
Move-in help at Swarthmore College
Carrying on a Swarthmore College tradition, upper class members did the heavy lifting for incoming first-year students during dorm move-in this week. Photo by Laurence Kesterson.
SHHS Ultimate Youth Club Championships
Congratulations to the twelve Strath Haven High School ultimate players who represented Philadelphia at the USA Ultimate Youth Club Championships in Blaine, Minnesota on August 3 - 5. Photo by Billy Hodges.
Owen Arthur Eugene Snyder
John and Alana Snyder are pleased to announce the birth of Owen Arthur Eugene Snyder on July 30, 2019. Owen was born 10 lbs., 2 oz. and 23-1/2 inches long with a full head of dark hair.
John, formerly of 127 Rutgers Ave., son of Nancy and William Snyder, grandson of Jacob and Jean Snyder of Swarthmore, graduated Strath Haven High School in 2000.
John, Alana and Owen now reside in Sioux Falls, S.D., where they own and operate a statewide publication called 605 Magazine, a wedding publication and a media production company.
Swarthmore Smiles Opens August 19th
Monday, August 19 is opening day for Swarthmore Smiles, the new dental practice of Dr. Mark Forwood at 107 Rutgers Ave, Unit S2 (formerly the office of Dr. Dennis Hoffman).
Dr. Forwood, who grew up in Wallingford, welcomes patients of any age, with a focus on preventative care and state of the art dentistry.
A graduate of Strath Haven, Lehigh University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Mark lives in Wallingford with his wife Christina and 2-year-old son Jackson. He looks forward to becoming part of the Swarthmore community, and invites patients to visit his freshly renovated office, and to make dental appointments at 610-543-7444.
SSC SeaSharks Wins Championship
The Swarthmore Swim Club SeaSharks girls 10 and Under swimmers won their Age Group Championship at the Suburban Swim League “A” Championship meet, held on July 27th at Wallingford Swim Club. The team won first place in the Medley Relay and third place in Free Relay. Team members are (left to right) Anna Karpyn, Julia Parker, Lyla Kelly and Julia Smirnova. Photo by Elizabeth Parker.
SSC at Delaware County Elite Meet
Swarthmore Swim Club was well represented at the Daily Times Delaware County Elite Meet, held on July 30th at Rose Tree Woods Swim Club in Broomall. Representing the Suburban Swim League in competition against the Delco and Inter-County Swim Leagues were Swarthmore SeaSharks (left to right) Anna Karpyn, Assistant Coach Clare Scharscan, Gavin Shifflett, Lori Mesaros, Ella Shifflett and head coach Brooke Hagen. Photo by Michael Karpyn.
Swarthmore Resident Competes in Delco Vocalist Competition
JJ Vavrik of Swarthmore finished as runner-up in the recently concluded Delco Vocalist competition at Media Theatre. Five finalists in the competition were judged on vocal quality, stage presence, and song choice. Contestants were invited based on their performances at recent auditions. JJ sang “Love Who You Love” from A Man of No Importance by Ahrens and Flaherty. He points out the importance in musical theater of understanding the nuances of the character and the context of the songs, as well as “sounding glorious vocally.” The 22-year-old Temple U. Musical Theater graduate has been a singer for most of his life, in august groups like the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, Pennsylvania All-State Choir, and the Strath Haven Silvertones. However, JJ says, “I used to think of myself as an actor first.”
Now he is intent on “acting in plays, or musicals, or films. I hope to pursue this line of work for the rest of my life.” That career has begun well: he has learned the entire show of the Media Theater’s Forever Plaid and is prepared to step in for any of the four major roles if needed during the run. Following that, he will be understudy for Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. JJ thanks his family for their constant support, and his vocal coaches for making his voice what it is today.
HOM Wins Best of Philly Award
Harvey Oak Mercantile owner Shannon Dietzmann Elliott picked up a “Best of Philly” award recognizing H.O.M. as the “Best Place to Find Celestial Jewelry.” Shannon said that Philadelphia Magazine editors “were interested in trends related to all things spiritual this year, including zodiacs, crystals, and minerals. H.O.M. has a variety of designers specializing in jewelry inspired by astrological signs, birthstones, and chakra stones. These pieces are attractive, easy-to-wear often, and allow shoppers to personalize what they wear and what they give, and most of it is made right here in Pennsylvania.” The photo is by Lucas Elliott
Editors Compare Notes
Editorial Summit: Swarthmorean editor Chris Reynolds (beard) and new Panther Press editor-in-chief Evelyn Meeker (no beard) compared notes last week at Swarthmorean offices. Meeker, a rising junior from Swarthmore, takes the reins of the Strath Haven High School newspaper for the next two years, an approach intended to enhance continuity and consistency in the monthly-ish student run print paper and website. She is looking for fresh ideas and talent to keep the Panther Press vital: “I’m honored to help provide a voice for student opinion and journalistic expression. Everyone at Strath Haven cares about something, and in the Panther Press, there will always be a place for music, art, opinion, and all kinds of contributions.” She encourages writers, photographers, designers, and artists to get involved early in the 2019-20 school year – or even before. Reach Evelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reynolds said the Swarthmorean’s door is also open to Havenites:
“We welcome student writers and photographers who want to get involved in local journalism as contributors, or who wish to explore internships. Give us a call at 610-543-0900, or email email@example.com.”
Delaware County Senior Games Celebrates Winners
Four of the athletes who represented the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District in the 2019 Delaware County Senior Games attended the post-games Winner’s Circle reception on July 16 at the Drexelbook. They are, from left, Jean Terrell of Swarthmore, Anthony Valerio of Swarthmore, Sam Parsons and Pat Parsons of Wallingford. This June, 680 athletes aged 50 and older participated in events held across the county, including among many others swimming, track, bowling, bocce and pool. Also competing in the Games were Swarthmoreans Chuck Becker, Samuel Brennan, Carol Brennan, and Sam Hill, and Donald Casey, Ron Conner, Jim Hughes, Richard Kitchin, Nancy Sorg, Ann Swan, and Mary Lou Yancey, all of Wallingford. The Delaware County Senior Games are sponsored by Delaware County Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Destination Delco, and the County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA).
Elliot and the Magic Bed Performances Upcoming
Upper Darby Summer Stage cast members of Elliot and the Magic Bed prepare for performances on August 7, 8, and 9, with 10:30 a.m. matinees each day and a 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday, August 8. From top, Clockwise: Luke Branes-Huff of Wallingford plays Basil Gruesome, Kenneth Bruce of Drexel Hill plays Greenbeard the Pirate, Ali Buchanan of Upper Darby is Elliot and Genevieve Bruce of Drexel Hill plays Elliot’s mother. Elliot and the Magic Bed, the penultimate show in the six-week Summer Stage season, was commissioned in 2003 for Summer Stage, and was written by Summer Stage alumni Marcus Stevens (writer of the book and lyrics) and Brian Lowdermilk (composer,) both of whom originated in Wallingford and now create works for professional theater in New York and London. Photo by Jim Mergliano.
CCC Swim Program Wraps Up
More than 75 elementary students in this summer’s Chester Children’s Chorus Swim Program learned to float, tread water, swim, and enjoy the water safely, thanks to a dedicated crew of swim instructors from Swarthmore and the area. Gathered at the Swarthmore College pool recently were (left to right) Henry Dawes, Luke Mutz, Max Carp, Megan Laird, Chris Schmucki, Riley Muller, Ben Wolters and Rachel McCabe. Other 2019 swim instructors included Sophia David, Brendan Doherty, Michaela Venuto, Jack Brake, Jasper Kolimago, and Kristine Quintero. If you’re interested in learning more about the CCC swim program, or want to help next year, contact Katie Fisher at 610-888-0451 or Susan Brake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Mayor's Job is Never Done
Swarthmore Mayor Marty Spiegel was seen on Monday evening directing traffic at the corder of N. Chester Rd. and College Ave. due to a downed tree on N. Chester Rd. near the college admissions visitors lot. Photo by Andy Shelter.
Tree Lands on Home on N. Swarthmore Ave.
A falling tree hit a house, hard, on N. Swarthmore Ave. during Monday’s storm. Photo Chief Ray Stufflet.
Scanlon Attends Q&A at Plush Mills
The day before she was to question Robert Mueller in Congress, U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon fielded questions on Tuesday morning from residents of Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford. After the Congresswoman detailed some of the legislation she has sponsored and her positions on matters from voter access to public health care models to student debt, a group of about 30 residents engaged Scanlon with queries on specific legislation and initiatives to help first responders and veterans; pressed for her perspectives on the U.S. Census, tax fairness, and abortion rights; and sought insights on “What’s going to happen to Trump?”
“Returning Citizens” Talk Criminal Justice Reform
Bobby Harris (left) and Shannon Robinson, both of whom were sentenced as teenagers to life without the possibility of parole, are now “returning citizens.” They spoke this month about criminal justice reform during an event at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. The discussion was sponsored by the church’s Peacemaking and Social Justice Committee. “Work is being done in the Delaware Valley to reform the criminal justice system,” said committee member Lin Floyd. “Our hope is their words will inspire us to learn and think.” Harris had served 29 years, and Robinson 28, when each was released following the United States Supreme Court decision Miller v. Alabama. In a 5-4 ruling, the court determined that mandatory life sentences for juveniles without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional and entitled to review. “I think of myself as a returning citizen,” Robinson said. “We should all get a second chance if we deserve it.” Photo by Leslie Krowchenko.
Rose Valley Receives Grant for Improvements to Thunderbird Lodge
Rose Valley Centennial Foundation President Tim Plummer, State Rep. Leanne Krueger (D-161) and Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society President Morris Potter gathered at Thunderbird Lodge to announce and celebrate the recent Pennsylvania grant of $100,000 for improvements to the building, which houses the museum and RVMHS headquarters. Photo by Leslie Krowchenko.
Nether Swarthmore Baseball 11U Tournament Team Completes Another Successful Season
The Nether Swarthmore Baseball 11U Tournament Team completed another successful season last week. They went undefeated in the Cal Ripken PA District 5 tournament and won their third district championship in four years. The district title qualified them for the Southeast State Tournament in East Greenville, PA, where they advanced all the way to the championship game before falling on Tuesday night. Pictured from left to right: (front row) Mark Ball (Swarthmore), Henry Strauss (Swarthmore), Preston Jensen (Wallingford), Alexander Selverian (Wallingford), Davis Fairbanks (Swarthmore), Dylan Zeitz (Swarthmore); (middle row) Shane Green (Wallingford), Greyson LaFrance (Swarthmore), Luke D’Ancona (Swarthmore), Caden Shuster (Wallingford), Tyler Mickelberg (Wallingford), Matthew Caputo (Swarthmore); (back row) Assistant Coach Tom Ball (Swarthmore), Head Coach Dave Caputo (Swarthmore), Assistant Coaches Eric Green (Wallingford), Dave Shuster (Wallingford) and Ed Strauss (Swarthmore). Not pictured: Brady Nangle (Wallingford). Photo by Jodi Caputo.
Swarthmore High School Class of '49 Holds 70th Reunion
The Swarthmore High School Class of 1949 held its 70th reunion luncheon on June 20 at the home of classmate Mark Dresden of Media. The 14 classmates who were able to attend had a wonderful time together. They were: (seated from left to right) Alberta Magee Fogel, Lois Linton Duling, June Reynard McKie, Beth Schoenberg Brody, Mimi Fussell Lang and Esther Worst Larsen. Standing (left to right): Ann Curry Hornaday, Larry Fogel, Bob Keighton, Bruce Mylrea, Jack Smith, Helen Ware Larkin, Doug Spencer and Mark Dresden. Also in attendance, but not in the picture was Ann Broomall Gaul.
Cris Hansen Memorial Horseshoe Tournament
It was a great day at Cris Hansen Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, a bit hot but the 14 teams and various spectators had an awesome day! Larry Schriner and Geof Chew were the champions and Fran Donnelly and Phil Gricco were the runners up. An item of note, Larry Schriner is now the all-time leader with 10 lifetime wins, and I don’t think he’s ready to stop! The final four are pictured, from left to right, Fran Donnelly, Phil Gricco, Larry Schriner, and Geof Chew.
SRS New Climbing Wall A Hit
Kylie Elliott tries out the new climbing wall at Swarthmore-Rutledge School, where new playground equipment was recently installed. The SRS outdoor basketball courts are scheduled to be resurfaced over the summer.
SSCA Members Gather During Summer Hiatus
“The Gathering Place” at Swarthmore United Methodist Church is on summer hiatus, but members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association are gathering nonetheless. The Swarthmore Co-op offers a venue for this group weekly at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Browse for a Co-op sandwich, salad, or snack, and enjoy the air conditioning in the company of other SSCA members. Photo courtesy of Louise Coffin.
Ronald Ricchezza and Jacqueline Maben
Jacqueline Maben and Ronald Ricchezza were married in a self-uniting ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The wedding took place at Hedgleigh Spring, the Swarthmore garden of Charles Cresson.
The bride is Administrative Coordinator at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. The groom, a self-employed audio technician, is a volunteer for the Swarthmore Horticultural Society and is an Arboretum Assistant at Scott Arboretum.
Their relationship began at the 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale where Ron was procuring plants for “Alex’s Garden” (at the Swarthmore Post Office). He was directed to go to Jacqui’s line at checkout. Here the seed was planted, germinated and blossomed.
Jacqui and Ron live and garden in Swarthmore.
Nature Lovers Gather to Support Tyler Arboretum
Last Thursday, June 13, 250 nature lovers gathered to support Tyler Arboretum and celebrate its 75th anniversary as a public garden. “Tyler at Twilight” took place under a big tent on the arboretum grounds. Fox-29’s Sue Serio acted as Mistress of Ceremonies, and Swarthmorean co-publisher Rob Borgstrom served as auctioneer. All told, the event raised over $100,000 to support Tyler’s programs aimed at helping children of all ages discover, connect with, and grow in nature. Now in its 17th year, Tyler at Twilight is the arboretum’s largest annual fundraiser and one of Delaware County’s leading summer social events. A dozen local restaurants provide catering, and merchants from throughout the region donate to the auction. This year’s corporate sponsors were led by Clark Capital Management Group. If you missed it, don’t despair. Planning will soon be underway for Tyler at Twilight 2020, coming next June!
King's Automotive Customer Appreciation Day
The moon bounce was the place to be last Saturday, June 15, for some guests at King’s Automotive’s Customer Appreciation Day last Saturday in Swarthmore. Photo by Corinne Hunsicker.
King's Automotive Customer Appreciation Day
Co-owner Jay King (center in photo to the right) welcomed guests for a barbecue, games, and live music at King’s Automotive’s Customer Appreciation Day last Saturday in Swarthmore. Photo by Corinne Hunsicker.
WES 5th Grader Accompanies Peers on Piano
On the same day he took part in the “Moving Up” ceremony at Swarthmore-Rutledge School, graduating 5th grader Ted Croddy of Swarthmore accompanied his peers at Wallingford Elementary School as pianist on the Beatles composition “In My Life,” as it was sung during graduation ceremonies this Tuesday at WES. Photo courtesy of Ted’s proud mother Lisa Croddy and grandmother Donna Kay Jones.
WES Student Celebrates Completion of Two Community Projects
Wallingford Elementary School student Bianca Blake was among 22 students who participated in the 2018-2019 after-school art programs at the South Media Firehouse, where last week they celebrated the completion of two community projects. Led by Community Arts Center teaching artist Emily MacDonald and supported by volunteers from the WES community and staff, last fall the young artists created a cityscape of their community, including their homes, the South Media firehouse, WES, Rita’s Water Ice, Coldstone Creamery, and St. Paul AME Zion Church, and other hot spots. The cityscape is now mounted on the wall of the firehouse meeting room. In the spring, they decorated planters which, under the supervision of Dan and Rosemary at Miller’s Greenhouses, they filled with beautiful annuals. The planters are now located at the firehouse, WES, and St. Paul AME Zion Church in South Media, on whose steps Bianca stands, behind one of the decorated planters. The goal of the program, just completing its sixth year and coordinated by retired WES principal Dr. Ellen Milgrim, harnesses students’ talents and energy to collaboratively make art for their community.
SRS Students Have a Blast at Swarthmore Fire Station
Swarthmore-Rutledge School students, their families and the entire Swarthmore community had a “blast” operating the fire hose and otherwise exploring the Swarthmore fire station at last Friday’s open house. Thanks to the generosity of attendees, the SRS Home & School Community Service Committee’s refreshment stand raised $210 which was donated directly to our much-appreciated Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association.
Swarthmorean Bakes Pies for Production
Claudia Carlsson, Executive Director of the Young People’s Theater Workshop, sent a photo from the recent production of YPTW’s recent production of State Fair, writing:
“During the run of State Fair, we raffled off a pie each night. These gorgeous pies were made by Dr. Jamie Byers of Swarthmore. His daughters, Maria and Annie, seen on the right in the photo were also choreographers for the show, along with Darrin Peters. In the show there is a food contest where ribbons are given for the best pickles and mincemeat. The winners have their photo taken with their family. We did a ‘life imitates art’ moment at the final show and awarded Jamie the blue ribbon. His wife, Dr. Stephanie Chiupek is next to him in the photo. Although he has gotten MANY requests for pies, he is sticking with medicine for the time being.”
Photo by Lori Knickerbocker
Alumni Enshrined in SHHS Wall of Honor
Late in May, four alumni of Strath Haven and its predecessor high schools were enshrined on the SHHS Wall of Honor. Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Superintendent Dr. Lisa Palmer (left) and SHHS Principal Dr. Kristopher Brown (right) congratulated the honorees (from left) Betty Ann Coleman Wilson, Swarthmore HS Class of 1958, who was an educator for 37 years in the WSSD, a community activist, and a stalwart volunteer with many groups; Thomas Spock, Nether Providence HS ’74 is a long-time media and sports industry executive, founder of Scalar Media and director of NFL Enterprises, who chairs Swarthmore College’s Board of Managers; Enrique Latoison, SHHS ’92, a graduate of Penn and Temple Law School, principal of Latoison Law, legal expert for the NBC Universal family of networks, and founder of the Latoison Law Scholarship. Zoe Mulford, SHHS ’86, an American singer and writer of the 2018 Grammy-nominated song “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” among many other songs on her five albums. She was represented by her father George Mulford.
Rutledge Girls Club Pee Wee Team Off to Strong Start
The Rutledge Girls Club Pee Wee (U10) team has been off to a strong start this season with a 4-0-1 record in their DelVal softball division. Here, the team celebrates its 15-7 win over crosstown rival Nether. The girls’ next home game is at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8 vs. Media at Triangle Park. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Hannah, Sophie, Ella, Willow, Lindsey, Dyllan; (back row, left to right) Adelyn, Abigail, Maisie, Kay, Lizzie, Katie, Molly, Clara.
Welcome Isabel Hoffman
Isabel Filicity Hoffman was born on October 14, 2018, to Shawn and Tara (Rule) Hoffman. Isabel came into the world weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz., and was 20” long, The family, including big sister Nicole, reside in Greenbelt, Md.
Maternal grandparents Dave and Connie Rule live in Wallingford, and paternal grandmother Deb Hoffman lives in Wycoff, N.J.
Margaret Davis Receives Distinguished Service Award
Margaret Davis (right) of Wallingford was one of two recipients of Widener University’s William David Eckard Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. Widener president Julie E. Wollman (center) presented the awards to Davis and to Molly Acri, Widener Assistant Dean of Administration and Registrar (left). Davis, a senior payroll specialist, has consistently demonstrated outstanding levels of service in her 12 years at Widener. Payroll Director Robin Dyroff said, “I consider myself and Widener University very lucky to have her as a part of our team.” For her part, Davis said “I am very happy to know that the employees at Widener appreciate the work that we do in Payroll.”
Scanlon and Pelosi at DCCC
U.S. Congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon (left) of Swarthmore and Madeleine Dean (right) of Glenside joined House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco last Friday at Delaware County Community College to discuss post-secondary education opportunities and education policy. Photo by Scanlon for Congress.
Third Grader Wins Poetry Contest
Tess Berger, a 3rd grader at Swarthmore-Rutledge School, won first place for her poem, “Snow Day,” in the 30th annual Young Poets of Delaware County Poetry Contest, sponsored by Delaware County Libraries.
Tess is the daughter of Debbie Morton and Ben Berger.
Take a Book, Share a Book … at the new Little Free Library
Last Friday afternoon in Thatcher Park, Daisy Troop 556 and parent leaders assembled to dedicate a Little Free Library to Swarthmore. During their meetings this spring, the girls painted and drew designs on the little library and voted on which words and ideas to include with their designs. As one Daisy Scout cut the ceremonial ribbon, the girls linked hands for the Daisy squeeze. In speeches, chair of the borough Public Works, Parks and Recreation committee Ross Schmucki and Mayor Marty Speigel thanked the girls (and troop leaders Quincy Carpenter and Catherine Iversen) for their efforts and creative work, accepted their gift to the town, and described how this project was their start towards being the helpful citizens of our future. Swarthmore Public Library director Amber Osborne and youth services coordinator Scott Schumacher represented our community of readers. The girls filled the library with books they donated, then celebrated with a picnic in the park. (Left to right) Adults: Marty Spiegel, Scott Schumacher, Ross Schmucki, Amber Osborne, Quincy Carpenter, and Catherine Iversen; Scouts: Nadia, Gigi, Diya, Clara, Noa, June T., June B., Emma, Dakota, Erin, Audrey. Photo by Audrey Molineux.
SHHS Ultimate Frisbee Takes Second
The Strath Haven High School varsity boys’ ultimate Frisbee team finished second at the PHUEL Philadelphia area “city” championships on Saturday, May 4, and will be one of the top seeds at the USA Ultimate Pennsylvania State Championships on May 25-26 outside Pittsburgh. This team picture by Don Mennig was taken the previous weekend, when the Panther squad took first place at Hip Hop, a tournament held at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. They went 5-0, beating Radnor 10-8 in the semifinals and Science Leadership Academy 13-7 in the finals. The team is led by coaches Len Magargee and Petter Abrahamsson. Photos by Don Mennig.
SRS Students on National Bike to School Day
Emmy Kerr and Kasey O’Sullivan were among many Swarthmore-Rutledge School students who rose to the occasion on National Bike to School Day last Wednesday. The annual event promotes National Bike Month and provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate on one day. It’s also a way to keep that energy going and encourage families to continue to bike or walk to school – an environmentally friendly and a healthy alternative to sitting on bus or in a car. Photo by Kimberly Angstadt.
Good Season for Swarthmore Women's Lax
It was a tough ending to a good season for the Swarthmore College women’s lacrosse team, which fell just short of making the postseason. The Garnet lost their final game, 9-8, to Haverford College on April 27. It was also the final game for the three senior captains of the team, captured postgame in this photo by team parent Steve Labows. Seniors are (left to right) Tess Wild, Eliza Wainwright and Kathryn Restrepo, flanked by assistant coaches Elyse Tierney (far left) and Kathy Krannebitter, and head coach Karen Borbee on the right. Restrepo, a Swarthmore native and Strath Haven High School alumna, was among three Haven starters on the Garnet squad, each of whom scored more than 100 goals in her Swarthmore career, without missing a game. Haven talent on the team also included sophomores Kacy Hafertape and Elizabeth Labows, who joined forces with onetime Central League rival and sophomore Sarah Roberts from Penncrest, which is also Coach Borbee’s alma mater.
Opening Day at the Farmers Market
Ringing the bell Saturday to open the Swarthmore Farmers Market season were Swarthmore mayor Marty Spiegel, market manager Andy Rosen, former Co-op general manager Jack Cavanagh, and Congressman Tim Kearney.
Sunrise Talks Green New Deal
Young activists from the Sunrise movement’s Swarthmore College chapter hosted a session on the Green New Deal Monday night at Swarthmore United Methodist Church. About 40 neighbors came to hear and inquire about the case for the plan, to share stories about environmental issues affecting their lives, and to explore opportunities for activism in Delaware County. Panelists included (from left) Zulene Mayfield, Alex Danovitch, Nicole Karsch, Eric Jensen, and Jim Irby.
Environmental Action on First Friday
In an act of grass roots environmental action, Swarthmorean Colin Purrington gave out milkweed seedlings he cultivated during First Friday last week outside Harvey Oak Mercantile on Park Avenue, His customer here is Haylee Reimann, with grandparents Tom and Mary Beth Reimann of Morton.
CCC Sings into Spring
The Chester Children’s Chorus holds its spring concert twice this weekend, on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The talented chorus of 100+ students from the Chester-Upland School District joins in harmony and counterpoint at Lang Concert Hall of the Swarthmore College campus, led by founder and artistic director John Alston and assistant music director Sean Tripline. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:45 for those seeking the best seating. Information is at chesterchildrenschorus.org and 610-328-8180.
The Silvertones in Italy
The Silvertones finished their biennial Italian tour in a hallowed and historic setting, performing during a noontime Easter Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. It was the capstone of an 11-day round of performances, travel, cultural osmosis, and sightseeing for nearly 40 members of the Strath Haven High School ensemble. Led by Silvertones Director John Shankweiler and chaperoned by a dozen fortunate parents, the powerhouse vocal group worked for two years to raise funds and master their repertoire. Photo by Bridgett Scott.
"Soccer for Success" at Spring Play Day
On Saturday, April 27, community members from Swarthmore and Wallingford volunteered at the Chester-Upland Youth Soccer annual Spring Play Day. (See cuys.org.) Nearly 100 students who benefit from the free, after-school “Soccer for Success” program competed in friendly matches while being cheered on by their family members and other fans. Supportive coaches and referees included Strath Haven middle-schoolers Daphne Much and Harry Midgette as well as enthusiastic students from Swarthmore College and Widener University. Daphne is a Wallingford resident who selected CUYS as the recipient of her Bat Mitzvah philanthropy (see the Facebook page entitled “Daphne’s Bat Mitzvah Project for CUYS.” Daphne, who helps out at Soccer for Success whenever she doesn’t have her own soccer practice and games, said, “Soccer brightens kids’ moods and removes them from hard things that are happening in their lives. It makes me happy to see them enjoying sports the way that I do.”
SHHS Juniors to Attend PA Governor's School
Alise Mackey (left), Alana Mackey, and Lauren Park (right), three juniors at Strath Haven High School, will attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International Studies this summer from June 23 to July 14. They are among 60 rising juniors and seniors who were selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the residential program at University of Pittsburgh, which is free to in-state students. Alise, Alana, and Lauren will take classes in argumentation, global studies, and a world language, choosing from Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese. They will also participate in community service activities during their time at the program.
Local Trivia Whiz to Appear on Best Ever Trivia Show
Muffy Marracco grew up in Swarthmore, graduated from Strath Haven High School, Brown University, and Stockholm University (with a Masters in Swedish social studies!). A tutor and movie screenwriter (Girl’s Best Friend, Lifetime), her life has been anything but trivial. Yet trivia is where she has made her biggest splash, as a winner of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The Chase.
Now Muffy will apply her prodigious skills and knowledge of the arcane and obscure in a new program called the Best Ever Trivia Show, scheduled to premiere on June 10 in a 65-episode run on TV’s Game Show Network. Marracco will be one of eight experts (including Jeopardy legend Ken Jennings) who face off against guest contestants in preliminary rounds and then the “Ultimate Trivia Challenge” each episode, with $10,000 on the line.
Marracco said: “Best Ever Trivia Show is an absolute joy to be a part of — I get to show off my knowledge, work with great people, wear all my pairs of eyeglasses, and play alongside amazing experts and impressive contestants. I always joke that my ability to retain trivial tidbits is not the most vital life skill, but I’m so happy it brought me this opportunity!”
Wallingford Elementary School’s Reading Raccoons and Lightning Readers competed against teams from all over in the annual Delaware County Intermediate Unit Reading Olympics competition, held this April at Northley Middle School in Aston. The teams, coached by WES librarian Martha Lambertsen and enrichment teacher Larry Miller, both scored at the highest levels in the competition and came home with blue ribbons. Since October, the 25 WES Reading Olympians have met after school two to four times a month with Mrs. Lambertsen, Mr. Miller, and reading specialist Dr. Valerie Denton, discussing, summarizing, and posing questions about the 45 books on this year’s DCIU Reading Olympics book list.
Olympians included (left to right) back row: Tommy S., Mr. Larry Miller, Elizabeth C., Abigail O., Eme C., Mira G., Charlotte T., Kiera B., Sophia A., and Mrs. Martha Lambertsen; middle row: Liliana F., Leah R., Leah M., Norah M., Lexi B., Harper M., Katie S., Carly T., Sonya B., and Joe L.; front row: Evie F., Elsie S.-B., Avril B., Abigale B., Maddie J.-B., Zachary C., and Patrick O.
Photo courtesy of Suzanne O’Neil.
Rose Tree Gardeners Enter PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
Nothing but the Blues for Rose Tree Gardeners: Members of the Rose Tree Gardeners excelled in their entry “A Kind Lady Lives Here” at the Philadelphia Flower Show this year. The gardeners won two blue ribbons and then “Best of Blues,” scoring a perfect and exceptional 100 points, Celebrating at the show were (from left) chairs of the exhibit Sally Alyanakian and Sarah Makin, and co-chairs Murray Blanchett and Marge Firn. The entry represented a home and garden which welcomed all travelers during Depression Era, sharing the bounties and blessings of life with those less fortunate.
Borough Council Recognizes Swarthmore Men's Basketball
At the outset of its Monday meeting, Swarthmore Borough Council and Mayor Marty Spiegel (right) commended the Swarthmore College men’s basketball team for the superb season in which the Garnet posted a record of 29-4 and advanced to the NCAA Division III championship game. The borough presented a proclamation to coach Landry Kosmalski ( 2nd right) and players Peter Foggo (left) and Nate Shafer (2nd left,) who were warmly welcomed by a roomful of proud fans including college president Dr. Valerie Smith. Mayor Spiegel also detailed some of the other athletic successes of Swarthmore College teams, coaches, and athletes during a period of extraordinary accomplishments.
SRS Students Advance to Final Round of Contest
Three girls among the 17 Swarthmore-Rutledge School students in the March 23 Habitat for Humanity 2019 “Build a House...Build a Dream” contest made it to the final round, including third place finisher Lila Martell (pictured above with her entry), honorable mentionee Maya Hartung, and first place team member Giana Gliko.
Swarthmore Resident Becomes U.S. Citizen
Swarthmore resident Cavonne Sedeno became one of America’s newest citizens at the 321st naturalization ceremony held recently at the Delaware County Courthouse. Ms. Sedeno, born in Trinidad & Tobago, received her Certificate of Naturalization from Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D. Scanlon.
SRS Winners in Habitat for Humanity Competition
Many Swarthmore-Rutledge School 5th graders (pictured above) presented their hand-built dream houses at Saturday’s Habitat for Humanity competition. Among the winners of top honors (pictured below) were Giana Gilko of SRS (on the left, with her friend Sofia Robb of Parkside Elementary), and Lila Martell of SRS. The houses will be on display at SRS over the coming weeks.
Providence Garden Club Wins Prize at Flower Show
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is always a welcome sign of spring. This year the Providence Garden Club, with members from Swarthmore, Wallingford, Rose Valley, Media, and Springfield, won First Prize and a Class Commendation at the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. The winning design, titled “Hora Feliz,” was in the Windowsill division. The judges commented, “An architectural stunner, perfectly arranged with an element of whimsy.” The design team included Elizabeth Garnett, Holly Porter, and Beth Noto (pictured here, left to right). Their intent with this design was to evoke contemplation and relaxation on crisp desert evenings.
Talk About Extended Family
With two (retired) pro players anchoring the couch, the Kosmalski family of Swarthmore has a presence, and a plan. With Lauren Kosmalski (standing, left) sometimes traveling for work in the pharma industry; her husband, Swarthmore men’s basketball coach Landry Kosmalski (sitting, left) on the road a lot during the hoops season, post season, and recruiting season; and their three young but speedy children (left to right, Lincoln, Larkin, and Bexley) darting around, a zone defense works best. That’s where grandparents Laura (standing, right) and Len (sitting, right) come in. They arrived in Swarthmore after retiring from Nike in from Portland, Oregon, four years ago, in large part to be near their next generations of family. Lauren said, “I was hoping they’d join us here, and that we’d be part of their plan. I’m so glad we see them almost every day.” Laura said, “I’ve always told them we’ll be the backup. Anything that we can do to take the pressure off Lauren and Landry, we will: sleepovers for the 5- and 7-year-olds, pickups and frequent visits with the kids. Now the season’s over, we’ll get back to regularly being together with the whole group.”
Rotarians Help Haiti
Swarthmore Rotarians Ken Wright (left) and club President Craig Fava load Ken’s trunk with boxes of dental supplies headed for medical aid stations in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Rotarians spent much of their March 21 luncheon meeting at the Inn at Swarthmore repackaging donated supplies for shipment to Haiti from Florida, where Ken and his wife Joan will drop them this week.
At a standing room only watch party in Science Center 101, the crowd rose as Swarthmore closed to within six points near halftime of Saturday’s NCAA Division III basketball championship game. After a cold start, the Garnet kept the game close, but ultimately fell short against Wisconsin-Oshkosh, ending the season and a school record 15 game win streak. The Garnet’s run through the Centennial Conference tournament and then the 64-team NCAA field capped a superb 29-4 season.
Local Resident Competes in Junior NBA Skills Competition
Amanda Anckaitis of Swarthmore and Strath Haven Middle School advanced out of the local Junior NBA skills competition to the regional competition this past Saturday in New York City. The event consisted of a timed dribbling, shooting, and rebounding skills competition. She competed in the 13 and under girls age bracket against local winners from Pennsylvania to Maine and finished in third place. The winner of her bracket won an all−expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the national finals and attend the 2019 NBA Draft.
Heading to the NCAA Division III Final Four!
For the first time in program history, Swarthmore College’s men’s basketball team is heading to the NCAA Division III Final Four following a dramatic victory last Friday against Randolph-Macon College, and a Saturday night nail-biter against Nichols. The Garnet, ranked #6 nationally, trailed virtually the whole game against R-M before taking a 55-54 lead on a Zac O’Dell drive. R-M answered, but Swarthmore guard Conor Harkins dropped a three pointer with 7 seconds left. R-M missed a put-back at the buzzer, and Swarthmore escaped with a 58-57 victory.
In the Elite Eight, Swarthmore led wire to wire, but had to hang on for a 69-65 win over Nichols College after squandering almost all of a 19 point first half lead before Harkins iced another game, sinking two free throws with three seconds on the clock.
The action moves to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for this weekend’s Final Four. On Friday night, Swarthmore will take on #9 ranked Christopher Newport College in the 6 p.m. semifinal, while Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wheaton College tip off at 8. The final will be played on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Go Garnet!
Note: Can’t get to Fort Wayne for the games? Stay in town and share the excitement with other members of the Swarthmore community, at watch parties planned for the games on a big screen at the college’s Science Center 101. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday and, if the Garnet make the final, at 6 p.m. Saturday. Come rally together — it’s free and open to all adults and kids. The games are expected to be live streamed at https://www.cbssports.com/CBSSN. Check in at swarthmoreathletics.com for more game and program information.
Chief of Police Recognized for 20 Years of Service
Recently retired Brian Craig (center) was recognized Monday night for his 20 years as Swarthmore’s Chief of Police, with particular appreciation for his bridge-building with borough residents, employees, and Swarthmore College, and his community service through his leadership in the Rotary Club of Swarthmore. In addition to a plaque presented by Borough Council (including member Betsy Larsen, right), Craig was honored in resolutions presented by State Senator Tim Kearney (left) and by Mayor Marty Spiegel on behalf of State Representative Leanne Krueger. Craig spoke briefly, saying that it had been a pleasure to work with Council and with a department “whose officers show a level of integrity which is unparalleled.”
Council followed the ceremony with its monthly legislative session, during which the body signed off on the Senior Cooperative Housing Ordinance (#1085) developed by its Planning and Zoning Committee (which Larsen chairs,) voting to send the ordinance to the Delaware County Planning Department for review.
Several members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association tried to forget winter by attending the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 5. Mission accomplished, said one afterwards: “It gave us great hope that spring will come.” Photo courtesy of Louise Coffin.
Rev. Msgr. Peter D. Waslo Appointed Pastor
The Very Rev. Msgr. Peter D. Waslo has been appointed Pastor of Holy Myrrh-Bearers Parish in Swarthmore. He was chaplain for the Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Fox Chase, Pa.
Located at 900 Fairview Road, Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic church serves those who live in Delaware and Chester counties. The Parish invites all to come and greet Pastor Waslo at Divine Liturgies, celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.