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Friday, September 30, 2011

FREE OcTrolley Fest Coming Up In October

Darby Borough and Neighbors are Feeling OcTrolleyFestive

On Saturday, October 15, OcTrolleyFest will again roll through Darby Borough and neighboring communities with heritage, history, harmony and fun. Since 2005, OcTrolleyFest has celebrated area treasures including the historic, and still used, trolley line which first came to Delaware County as a horse-drawn streetcar line in 1858.  “It’s a celebration of transportation heritage and community,” said Jan Haigis, co-coordinator of the event sponsored by Sharon Savings Bank, Eden Cemetery, the Darby Borough Historical Commission and others. ”It’s a chance to take a new look at the historic treasures in our own backyard, meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and have fun istorical Commission .”  

Once more free rides (space permitting) will be available between 11:00 am and 1:00 PM on a 1947 vintage streamlined trolley car (PCCll) through 366 years of Pennsylvania History.  “The rides will start from the Darby Library at 11:00 where kids can also make scarecrows out of recycled milk containers and march in the Pumpkin Parade at Noon,” said Haigis.   There will also be historical displays, announcement of the winners of the Art Contest, a showing of the Scribe Video “Precious Places,” a Time-Line,  and a concert of old favorites at the Darby Recreation Center, 10th and Ridge.

A special treat begins at 1:00 pm with guided tours of Eden Cemetery on Springfield Road in Collingdale. Eden is America’s oldest African-American public cemetery company and the resting places of five people especially significant to transportation history:  William Still and Octavius Catto who worked for human rights and the desegregation of Philadelphia streetcars, John Drew who created a successful Jitney Service so domestic help could get to their jobs in Lansdowne, and Carolyn LeCount and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper who, a hundred years before Rosa Parks, led sit-in protests with the same goals; the freedom for everyone to ride in peace and dignity.  
All events are free and open to the public. For further information, please call (610) 583-0788 or visit  

PA Veterans Museum Offers FREE Admission

The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, which opened to the public on Veterans Day 2005, is open noon to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. PA Veterans Museum is in the Media Armory, 12 East State Street, Media, Pa. The entrance is behind Trader Joes. Call 610-566-0788 for more information. It's also FREE admission for families  which can be a big help to those on a shoestring budget.
   Check out the video on under the entertainment tabs and you'll get just a glimpse of what's inside.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Check Out All This FREE stuff happening in Delco!

Line dancing at Good Neighbor Senior Center
Exercise while you have the time of your life dancing to all the latest steps!
Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning is offering FREE line dancing from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday at Good Neighbor Center,
1085 Hook Rd
in Sharon Hill. Come out and dance to all the latest and old school hits while getting in some exercise. Instructor: Lenora Elridge.  Join in at anytime during the semester. No fee.  To register or for further information, call 610-586-8170.   
FREE Training For Volunteers
Because of an increase in adults seeking English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction in the Upper Darby area, Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) will be holding a just-announced training for volunteer ESL tutors. 
The free 10-hour training for volunteer ESL tutors will be offered from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Crossroads Community Church,
104 Heather Road
in Upper Darby (one block east of 69th and Chestnut streets). Attendance at all four sessions and pre-registration are required. Once trained, volunteers meet with their adult students twice a week at a mutually convenient public location in Delaware County, such as a local library. DCLC has an urgent need for volunteer ESL tutors in Upper Darby, and this training is being held to better meet that need. To learn more, visit or call Susan at 610-876-4811. 
For 36 years Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) has been serving adults in the area, helping them to increase their communication skills and to participate more fully in the society by teaching them to read, write, and speak and understand English. Free services are provided in Adult Basic Education (reading, writing, and math), English as a Second Language, and GED Preparation. The Literacy Council is the oldest, largest and only organization in the county whose sole mission is adult literacy. 
In addition to the ESL tutor training, a free tutor training session for volunteer reading tutors will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, July 18, 20, 25, and 27, 2011, 6:30-9 p.m., at Delaware County Literacy Council, 2217 Providence Avenue in Chester. Attendance at all four sessions and pre-registration are required. To learn more, visit or call Susan at 610-876-4811.  
FREE Medicare 101 for boomers and others 
Do you have basic questions about Medicare? Are you new to Medicare, soon to be eligible, or just want to learn more? An APPRISE counselor will give you an overview in "Medicare 101 for Boomers and Others" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Upper Darby/Sellers Library, 76 S. State Road in Upper Darby.
Participants will learn about Medicare enrollment, benefits and health plan options, what Medicare pays for, what it doesn't pay for, and who to contact if you have a problem. A second program, to be held in October, will help participants make wise decisions about Medicare coverage choices and Prescription Part D plans for 2012.
APPRISE is a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) designed to help Medicare beneficiaries make informed decisions about their coverage. The volunteer counselors receive specialized training and save Pennsylvania's Medicare beneficiaries $2.1 million annually.
This program is free and open to the general public. It will be held in the second floor meeting room (no elevator). Registration is required, and seating is limited. For more information and directions, please contact the library at 610-789-4440.
Free Voice Lessons Offered
  The Delaware Valley Show Chorus offers free voice lessons for motivated women who love to sing and perform, 7:30 to 8:15p.m., Wednesdays, at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave.
  Lessons are taught by Master Director Gene Bender who has extensive experience in directing choruses and musical productions throughout the region for over 40 years.
  Bender has been Music director for the Mask and Wig Club of the University of Pennsylvania for 18 seasons and has also served as a faculty member at the Walnut Street Theatre. 
  Those interested may attend any Wednesday night. For more information, call Paula at 610-293-0505 or e-mail
  Job Search Handbook Available
  The Delaware County Workforce Investment Board is making available the popular handbook, "Organize Your Job Search and Market Your Assets,” at the new Workforce Investment Board website.
  To download a free copy visit Those without computer access may call 610-447-1432 to receive a free copy.
 Stargazing Returns To Widener Observatory
  The Widener University Observatory has resumed its public stargazing sessions. All are invited to see the stars, planets and other celestial wonders using the observatory’s 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes. Widener astronomy professors, with assistance from undergraduate students, will be on hand to offer assistance.
  Upcoming stargazing sessions include Monday twilight viewings 7 to 8p.m., Oct. 3, 10 and 24. In addition, the observatory will host a Friday evening session 8 to 9p.m., Oct. 7.
  The viewings will run throughout the 2011-12 academic year on Monday nights and one Friday night a month.
  For a complete schedule and to register, visit or call 610-499-4003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.
The Widener University Observatory is on the fifth floor of Kirkbride Hall, 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester.
Take A Hike
  There will be a Sierra Club Hike, 1:15p.m., Saturday (Oct. 1) at Mineral Hill, Middletown Twp. Participants should meet in the parking lot of Middletown Memorial Park, on Baltimore Pike on the right, a half-mile mile west of Media, just west of Ridley Creek. The one and a half mile hike will be hilly. E-mail for more information.
Peace Center Film Series Continues
  The Peace Center of Delaware County First Friday Large Screen Free Film Series continues at 7p.m., Oct. 7 at 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield.
  The 2010 Spanish film, “Even The Rain (Tambien la Lluvia),”  is in Spanish with English subtitles, and concerns a film crew, headed by its director and producer, who arrive in Bolivia to make a film about the conquest of Latin America by the Spaniards  500 years ago.  Filming coincides with the "water wars" of 2000 in which protests against the government's privatization of the water supply rocked the nation. Lines between past and present imperialism, fiction and film, become blurred, especially in the film-within-a film scenes.
  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments.  For more information and directions, visit or call 610-544-1818.  
Free GED Classes Offered At DCCC
   In these difficult economic times, and amidst drastic cuts in funding, Delaware County Community College continues to offer free General Educational Development (GED) classes to residents in Delaware County. This program, funded by a federal grant issued by the PA Department of Education and the Bureau of Adult Basic Literacy Education, enables residents to a brighter future by completing their education.   
   Fall 2011 classes will be held in Chester, Media, Sharon Hill and Upper Darby. In addition, Basic Math classes are available at the Media and Sharon Hill locations for students needing additional help to prepare for employment or to review basic skills.
   The program will introduce a new class to improve English language skills, including reading and writing.  These classes will be held at the Sharon Hill and Upper Darby locations.
  The program is open to residents 18 years and older who have not gone through the traditional primary and secondary education process.  The GED classes, taught in a classroom setting, cover Social Studies, Science, Literature, Writing and Math. Students will also have access to a Career Counselor for guidance and recommendations throughout the program.
  Schedules and registration forms may be obtained at any Delaware County Community College location or online at Classes fill quickly, and seats are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
Free Storytelling Session with Patchwork Storytellers Guild.
Sunday October 23, 2011 (2:00 – 5:00 pm) at the Creative Living Room in Swarthmore
Join the Storytellers of Patchwork Storytellers Guild for an informal “cracker-barrel” story session. A “cracker-barrel” is a traditional form of group storytelling where one story acts as the catalyst for the next story and so on, forming a patchwork of related tales.Everyone is welcome.  This event is family friendly; however, it will best enjoyed by children who are 10 years or older.Refreshments will be served.This event is Free.


Ridley Park— Join Douglas Brunner, M.D., chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Taylor Hospital, and medical director of the Taylor Regional Rehabilitation Center, for “What You Need to Know about Stroke,” on Thursday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Library in the downstairs conference room (100 N. Providence Rd., Wallingford). Learn the different types of strokes; their signs and symptoms; who is most at risk; and treatment options. Dr. Brunner will be joined by Maureen Glick, R.N. and Dana Simpers, R.N. who will conduct free blood pressure screenings and offer interactive activities and giveaways. Dr. Brunner will be available to answer questions after the lecture.
Call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) to register.


FREE Handwriting Analysis Program In Marple

Guest Speaker Phil Pearlman will share insights on your handwriting.
The Friends of the Marple Public Library in Broomall are pleased to announce that noted handwriting expert Philip Pearlman will present a one hour power point program on the analysis of handwriting samples using the theory of, "The Line". This theory and approach takes the science and art of handwriting analysis one step further in understanding ourselves, our friends and human behavior.
Included in this program will be commentary on the sample lines provided by members of the audience. Mr. Pearlman will interpret the writing samples provided by audience members and discuss the writers personality characteristics such as motivations, value systems, and emotional outlook on life. Audience members are invited to participate by anonymously submitting their writings samples to our speaker at the beginning of the program.
We are delighted to have Mr. Pearlman join us for this educational and insightful program. Audience members will discover many of their hidden personality traits during this program. This program is FREE and open to the public.
Marple Public Library 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall, Pa 19008 –Information at 610-356-1510

Learn About Bats In FREE Program

Learn All About Bats on October 19

Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association and the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park will host an All About Bats program on Wednesday, October 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Ridley Creek State Park in the Ballroom of the Mansion.

Brenda Malinics, a Certified Bat Manager and 25-year advocate for bat preservation, will give the presentation. Topics will include; bats around the world, bats in PA, the importance of bats, the plight of bats, as well as practical tips about bats such as how to handle a bat in your house, what to do with an injured bat, and how to build a bat house. The presentation will be supplemented by exciting props which Brenda has acquired over the course of her passion for bat conservancy.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated. To pre-register, please contact CRC at or 610-892-8731.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FREE Blessing Of Animals At Neumann

he Blessing of the Animals, a popular annual event at Neumann University, will take place on Sunday, October 2, at 4 p.m. in the St. John Neumann Circle on the Aston campus. The event will open a week-long celebration of the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi.

Fr. Philip J. Lowe will bless animals of all kind in the St. John Neumann Circle. Last year, more than 50 pets – including hamsters, fish, parakeets, rabbits, dogs and cats – were among the animals blessed at the event that marks the feast of St. Francis, which is officially celebrated on October 4.
FREE event. For more information about the Blessing of the Animals, call 610-361-5307.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

FREE Concert In Media

   Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace  
      In Concert at Media Presbyterian Church, October 16, 7:30 PM:
            Acclaimed Nashville Artist Featured in Free Event for Community

Media, PA (September 7, 2011) – Matthew Smith, the acclaimed singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN whose work is known to church members around the world, will appear in a free concert featuring his full band, old hymns and new music at Media Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 16 at 7:30 PM.  The community is invited to the evening, which offers an opportunity to listen to well-known hymns reimagined, join in a hymn-sing and enjoy a potluck dinner at 6 PM.  Admission is FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Media Presbyterian Church is located at
30 E. Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA
, and is accessible to all.  Please contact the church office, at 610.566.3944, or visit, for more information about the concert and the church’s services and programs.

Smith is an East Nashville singer-songwriter who has found cross-generational appeal by writing brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He is the founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has gained popularity across denominational lines and is now used at churches in the U.S. and around the world.  Born out of a college ministry, Smith’s reimagined hymns – which honor tradition with a modern musical approach - have found wide acceptance among college students and the church at large.  His latest album, Watch The Rising Day, explores the tension of living in a broken world while awaiting Christ’s return and the restoration of all things. 


Want To Quit Smoking? Do it this fall with FREE help!

 A six-session SmokeFREE course is offered by Riddle Hospital at Rocky Run YMCA, 1299 Baltimore Pike, Middletown; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, and 8, 6-8 p.m. and at Interboro High School, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2 and 9, 6-8 p.m.
Participants may be eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy (patch, lozenge or gum).
This is a Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control project, supported by the Health Promotion Council.


  Putting more candles on a birthday cake may make some reluctant to celebrate, but enjoying a birthday is a milestone for some 11 million Americans who have a history of cancer, including 2.5 million breast cancer survivors. Readers can make a FREE Pony Bead Pink Ribbon pin, pink ribbon cake pops and pink cupcake tree, courtesy of A.C. Moore . 
Every  local A. C. Moore store will hold a FREE TO THE PUBLIC event on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. where participants can “make and take” their own pony bead pink ribbon pin, to signify awareness of breast cancer.  And, people can make a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program at check outs. 
·         Make the FREE Pink Pony Bead Ribbon Pin
·         Make pink ribbon cake pops
·         Make special pink ribbon cupcake trees

FREE Ice Cream At Carvel's Today!!!!

Today, Thursday, September 22nd is Carvel's annual Customer Appreciation Day!  To celebrate, participating Carvel locations will be giving away NEW Lil’ Flying Saucers for FREE.  This sure would make a cool after school snack for the kids!  Go HERE for more details.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FREE Presentation For Wheelchair Users

Travel Instruction for Wheelchair Users
   The Delaware County Transportation Management Association will host a FREE presentation – Going Places with Public Transportation: Travel Instruction for Wheelchair Users – on Tuesday, September 27th at 10 am. The presentation will be held at the Granite Run Mall, on the upper level near Boscov’s. The presentation will cover how to plan a trip on public transportation, how to pay the fare, and how to be safe and enjoy the ride. The presentation will also feature an out-of-service SEPTA vehicle to provide the opportunity to see first-hand how to board and secure wheelchairs and other mobility devices. This free presentation is designed for persons who use mobility devices, agency staff, caregivers, and family members.
   The presentation is free, but seating is limited. For more information or to reserve your seat, call the Delaware County TMA at 610-892-9440.

FREE CKHS Events In October

Crozer-Keystone Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month With a Range of Free Events Throughout October

Crozer-Keystone Health System has planned a range of activities in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness and provide education about breast cancer and how it can be prevented and treated.

Throughout the month, pink lights will illuminate Crozer-Keystone hospitals. In addition, a breast cancer awareness basket will be displayed in the cancer centers at DCMH and Crozer and in the main lobbies at Springfield and Taylor hospitals throughout the month. The basket will be raffled off on Oct. 31. Feel free to submit your entry to win.
  • Oct. 3, Think Pink Day: All Crozer-Keystone employees will be encouraged to wear pink.
  • Oct. 3, Lunch and Learn Educational Program:“Breast Health/Genetics,” in Meeting Room A at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, noon to 1 p.m. Speaker: Thomas Matulewski, M.D., medical director of the Center for Breast Health at DCMH.
  • Oct. 5, Lunch and Learn Educational Program: “Breast Health and the Role of the Breast Navigator,” in the Terrace Room at the Crozer Regional Cancer Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, noon to 1 p.m. Speakers: Mary Rooney, R.N., B.S.N., OCN, breast nurse navigator, and Mary Lou Patton, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., F.S.S.O., F.C.C.M., breast surgeon physician liaison for the American College of Surgeons for Crozer. Lunch will be served.
  • Oct. 5, Chick-Fil-A Partnership: CKHS representatives will be at the Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Springfield and Ridley Park, and at the Granite Run Mall, from 5-7 p.m. to offer breast health information and mammography sign-ups.
  • Oct. 6, Educational Program: “Genetics and the Role of the Breast Navigator,” on the basketball court at the Healthplex® Sports Club. Light dinner will be provided. Registration and dinner at 5:30 p.m., program from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers: Mary Rooney, R.N., B.S.N., OCN; Virginia Speare, Ph.D., Crozer-Keystone geneticist; and Carol Tanzio, CRNP, Center for Breast Health at DCMH.
  • Oct. 7, Information Tables: Informational tables about breast health and cancer pre-vention will be available in public areas at CKHS hospitals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 12: Lunch and Learn Educational Program:“Breast Health,” in the Lower Level Conference Room at Springfield Hospital, noon to 1 p.m. Speaker: Mary Lou Patton, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., F.S.S.O., F.C.C.M.
  • Oct. 17: Lunch and Learn Educational Program:“Breast Health,” in Conference Rooms A and B at Taylor Hospital, noon to 1 p.m. Speaker: TBA.
  • Oct. 18, Educational Program: “Genetics and the Role of the Breast Navigator,” in the Community Room at Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake. Light dinner will be provided. Registration and dinner at 5:30 p.m., program from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers: Mary Rooney, R.N., B.S.N., OCN, and Virginia Speare, Ph.D., geneticist.

In addition to these events, Crozer-Keystone will partner with Strath Haven High School, Chick-Fil-A, Upper Darby High School, Lower Merion High School, Garnet Valley High School and the Marple-Newtown Soccer Association to provide breast cancer information and activities at sporting events throughout the month.

All programs are open to Crozer-Keystone employees as well as the community. Pre-registration is necessary.

For more information or to register for these events, contact Healthline Services at (610) 284-8158.


Crozer-Keystone to Offer Free Vascular Screenings for Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month in September

Peripheral artery disease is a condition that could lead to stroke, heart attack and loss of limbs. While one common symptom is leg pain or leg fatigue, many people with PAD experience no symptoms at all. As part of Peripheral Artery DiseaseAwareness Month, Crozer-Keystone will offer free education and screening events in September.

Screenings are available for men and women who meet the following criteria:
  • Anyone who is 50 years or older and has hypertension, diabetes or a history of smoking.
  • Anyone who is 70 years or older.
At the screenings, participants will have their blood pressure tested and will undergo a brief ABI (ankle-brachial index) test.

Screenings will be held at the following dates and locations:

Monday, Sept. 26
1 to 4 p.m.: Free Screenings
Taylor Hospital
175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park
Vascular Laboratory, Ground Floor

Tuesday, Sept. 27
2 to 5 p.m.: Free Screenings
Physicians will be available to interpret results.
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
501 N. Lansdowne Ave.
, Drexel Hill
Radiology Department, Lower Level

Thursday, Sept. 29
9 a.m.: Lecture and Question-and-Answer Session
featuring Gregory Domer, M.D., chief of the Division
of Vascular Surgery at Crozer.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free Screenings
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
One Medical Center Boulevard, Upland
Clark Education Center

Pre-registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, call 1-866-5-CK-XRAY (1-866-525-9729).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FREE Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting Analysis: The Line at Ridley Township Library

   It's amazing what a line drawn on a piece of paper can reveal.  The direction, shape, slant, weight, and location of a line one draws on a piece of paper, in the air, or in the mind says a lot about one's nature, drives, and trajectory in life. Implications are significant for education, employment, relationships, and more.
   Join handwriting analyst Philip Pearlman 6 pm Wed. (Oct. 5) for an analysis of The Line.
  Pearlman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Temple University. He's been a Graphoanalyst since 1980, and certified in handwriting analysis since 1994. He was published in Sheila Lowe's Vanguard on The Line.  He has lectured in much of the U.S. and in Canada. 
   This free program will be held in Garling Hall. Register by calling 610-583-0593, or emailing Ridley Library is at 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom.

FREE Senior Forums In Delaware County

Panel will discuss senior safety, consumer affairs, veteran’s services and more

            Delaware County Council, in ongoing efforts to assist residents during today’s economic downturn, will hold two free Senior Citizen Resource Forums in October.
The Senior Forums will take place 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, Drexel Hill, and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the Concordville Inn, Concord. Both events are open to all senior citizens, their families and caregivers.
            The forums, organized by the County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA), will feature a panel of representatives from various county programs who will detail what resources and supports are available to senior citizens.
            “Our goal is to provide senior citizens with the tools they need to navigate today’s challenging economic climate, and to inform them about the many services and programs that are available to them through county government,” said County Council Chairman Jack Whelan.
            “Studies indicate that during a recession, those hardest hit are senior citizens on fixed incomes. Not only do their resources get stretched, but there is an increase in the number of predators who will offer them get-rich fixes that are fraudulent. That’s why it’s important that we educate our seniors and help them find solutions to maintain their quality of life, during all economic conditions,” Councilman Whelan said.
            At each Forum, representatives from the following county agencies will participate in a panel presentation. After the panel presentation, the representatives will be available to speak with individuals.
·        COSA: Seniors can turn to COSA for information on a wide variety of assistance and counseling services including health insurance counseling, crime victim services, legal services, volunteer opportunities, nursing home eligibility and community-based services and in-home supports.

·        District Attorney’s Office, Senior Exploitation Unit: This unit educates seniors about crimes such as identity theft, fiduciary theft, credit care theft or misuse, and financial or physical abuse. During challenging economic times, seniors are more likely to fall victim to exploitation.
·        Consumer Affairs: This is the watchdog for all consumers regarding major purchases and transactions, particularly in the area of home repairs, credit issues and tenant/landlord agreements. More than 50 percent of the complaints filed with Consumer Affairs are by senior citizens who are often more vulnerable to consumer fraud. The Consumer Affairs staff can help seniors do research before a transaction, and they can mediate problems when they arise, to ensure each consumer gets what they are paying for.
·        Veterans Affairs: This department helps veterans and their families apply for certain benefits from the state and federal governments for which they are eligible. These benefits include federal pensions for veterans or their widows and real estate tax exemptions for veterans with 100 percent service-related disabilities. Veterans can also get assistance to gain admission to the Veterans Administration hospitals or treatment programs. Applications for burial and headstone allotments are also processed through Veterans Affairs.
·        Treasurer’s Tax Claim Bureau: The duty of the Tax Claim Bureau is to collect delinquent taxes for school districts, municipalities and the county. Representatives can help seniors understand the collection process and the on-account payment agreements that are offered to people with financial hardships.
Representatives will also be available from Community Action Agency, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service and Social Security. Representatives can also help with the open enrollment for Medicare which begins earlier this year, on October 15.
County Council invites seniors and their family members to attend the Senior Citizen Resource Forums to learn about the many services that can enable seniors to maintain their independence and quality of life in Delaware County.
            “Today’s recession can be particularly hard on seniors who are living on a fixed income. We want to ensure that they are able to remain in their own homes and communities with appropriate supports,” said Council Chair Whelan.

FOR INFORMATION: Both events are free. To register contact Barbara Nicolardi at (610) 490-1524 or send an e-mail to

FREE Job Expo At Springfield Country Club

County Council Partners With Workforce Agencies
To Host Jobs Expo Oct. 13

            Recognizing that today’s economy is forcing more people into the job market, Delaware County Council is partnering with several county agencies and employers to host the 2011 Access to Jobs Expo, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield.
            The Jobs Expo is being organized by the Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) in partnership with County Council, the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board, the County Office of Employment and Training, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
            Jobs Expo sponsors include Delaware County Community College, Fair Acres, Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County and Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack.
Representatives from several companies in the county will be present, looking for motivated individuals to fill their employment needs.
            Companies signed-on to attend include Penn State Brandywine, Aqua America, Fair Acres, Walmart, Community Transit, Values Into Action, AAA School of Trucking, Monarch Staffing, Prudential Fox & Roach and others.
            “This Job Resource Fair is an excellent way for job seekers to connect with several potential employers at one time, under one roof. It’s also an opportunity for companies to meet and screen multiple job candidates,” said County Councilman Tom McGarrigle. “Our goal is to have residents who need jobs connect with employers, and land an interview that will hopefully lead to employment.”
            “We recognize this is a very difficult time for people as companies nationwide are downsizing, and we want people to know there are opportunities, there are jobs in Delaware County,” Councilman McGarrigle said.
            DCTMA Director Cecile Charlton said 500 job seekers attended last year’s Jobs Expo.
         DCTMA will provide free round-trip transportation to the Jobs Expo for residents of the Chester area. Shuttles will run from Chester Community Hospital and the Chester Transportation Center to the Springfield Country Club. To reserve a seat on the shuttle call DCTMA at 610-892-9440. The shuttle schedule is available online at

FREE Workshops For Parents Of Special Needs Children

DCIU Helps Parents Navigate Their Children’s Education
Parents of Special Needs Children Can Take Advantage of Free Parent Trainings

Morton, PA – Workshops that help parents to better navigate the often challenging roadmap of educating their children with disabilities are being offered for the 2011-12 school year. Workshops include:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011- 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Drexel Hill Middle School, 3001 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Specific Strategies for Teaching Social Skills
Presenter(s): Cathy Osborne, DCIU Professional Development Specialist
Do you see your child with special needs struggling to interact with his/her peers?  Does your child with special needs say he/she has no friends?  This workshop is for YOU!  It will provide families with strategies to teach and reinforce social skill development at home and in the community.  An overview of what educators call the “Hidden Curriculum will be discussed.  The power of directly teaching expected behaviors across all settings will also be an important part of the discussion.  The link between poor social skill development and inappropriate behavior will be addressed.  Opportunities to learn about specific strategies such as social stories, graphic organizers, power cards and problem solving strategies will be provided.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Drexel Hill Middle School, 3001 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Inclusive Programming for Students with Special Needs
Presenter(s): Cathy Ash, DCIU Professional Development Specialist
Does your child have an IEP?  Is he receiving some or all of his IEP supports in the general education setting? This workshop is designed to provide an overview of best practices for educating students with special needs in inclusive classrooms.  Discussion will focus on helping parents understand how curriculum, instruction and assessment are utilized with students with special needs in the general education setting.

To register for any DCIU course, workshop, or event, visit our online catalog and registration system at  Select “Coursewhere” from the Quick Links and use the search buttons to view our offerings by category, by month, by location, or by interest. If your selection requires payment, you may pay online by credit card. If you do not have computer access, you may register in person and make payment by money order by visiting the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Avenue, Morton, PA, weekdays between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. For more information, contact 610-938-9000 ext. 2263.

FREE Harvest Festival At Massey House

Experience early American life in 17th century Marple, come to the Colonial Harvest Festival, on October 15, 10:00-4:00PM at the 1696 Thomas Massey House.  The Massey House is located on Lawrence and Springhouse Roads, Broomall next door to the Marple Christian Church where there will be a craft show on the same day. 
Explore the culture, customs, and hardships of colonial harvest time and  learn to churn butter, make candles, apple butter and much, much more.  See a working blacksmith shop and listen to the music of the Marple Community Band. Admission is free and tours of the house will be available.  Don’t miss this fun educational event. For more information see or call 610-353-4967.

Learn About Reiki, E-Books, Ways To Save Money, Elder Law, What's New In Gardening, Osteoporosis And Much More In These FREE Presentations

Find out how easy it is to take advantage of the library’s latest service.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 10:30 AM, Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning will offer E-Books at Delco Library at Friendship Circle Senior Center with Instructor David Belanger, Director of the Delaware County Library System.  (DCLS) offers a downloadable ebook (electorni book) service that allows library cardholders to borrow and read books on their computer or transfer them to select ebook readers.  Learn how to do this procedure.  To register for this FREE presentation, call (610) 237-6222. 
The center is located at
1515 Lansdowne Avenue
, Darby. (on the Mercy Fitzgerald Medical Campus). 

Learn how to heal yourself from a Reiki Master.
On Monday, October 17, 2011, 1:00 PM, Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning will offer Reiki, with Instructor Janet Merrell, Reiki Master, at Friendship Circle Senior Center. This is a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan from the experience and dedication of Dr. Mikao Usui. There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to be healed. No fee.  To register, call (610) 237-6222. 
The center is located at
1515 Lansdowne Avenue
, Darby. (on the Mercy Fitzgerald Medical Campus).
Take charge of your finances—with a  little help..
On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 11:30 AM, Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning will offer Managing Your Money at Friendship Circle Senior Center with Instructor Liz Harris, Assistant Vice President, Beneficial Bank.  Beneficial Bank will help you take a look at your finances and suggest ways to help you save dollars versus spending them.  No fee.  To register, call (610) 237-6222. 
The center is located at
1515 Lansdowne Avenue
, Darby. (on the Mercy Fitzgerald Medical Campus).


Take advantage of this opportunity to bone up on elder law issues.
On Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:00 PM, Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning will offer Talk with the Lawyer at Friendship Circle Senior Center with Keith Williams, Esq. A Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation will provide helpful guidelines to you when you should address key issues as you age. To register for this FREE presentation, call  (610) 237-6222. 
The center is located at
1515 Lansdowne Avenue
, Darby. (on the Mercy Fitzgerald Medical Campus).

Master Garden Program at Friendship Circle Senior Center

Are you an avid gardener?  Or do you just wish you were?
On Wednesdays, 1:00 PM, October 26 and December 7, 2011, Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning and Friendship Circle Senior Center are offering Master Garden Program with Instructor, Elsie Mueller, Master Gardener.  The Master Gardeners Program is passionate about helping people appreciate and understand the outdoors during the various experiences.  October 26th will focus on indoor plants and why they are important to have in your home or apartments, and December 7th will discuss the winter greens and dried arrangements (gourds to attractive holiday decorations). No fee. To register, call  (610) 237-6222. 
Dem Bones, Dem Bones-- hopefully not “dem dry and brittle bones.”  Find out what you should know about Osteoporosis in a FREE presentation
Senior Community Services’ Center for Life Long Learning is offering Osteoporosis “Dem Bones” on Mondays, October 24 and October 31, 2011, 1:00 PM, at Friendship Circle Senior Center. Instructor Dr. Barry Jacobson, Osteoporosis Center of Delaware County. A condition characterized by weak, brittle bones, osteoporosis affects more than 10 million individuals. Dr. Jacobson will talk about DEXA scan interpretation screenings and available treatments.           No fee. To register, call  (610) 237-6222. 
The center is located at
1515 Lansdowne Avenue
, Darby. (on the Mercy Fitzgerald Medical Campus).

FREE Stargazing, FREE Civil War presentation

Stargazing Returns To Widener Observatory
  The Widener University Observatory has resumed its FREE public stargazing sessions. All are invited to see the stars, planets and other celestial wonders using the observatory’s 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes. Widener astronomy professors, with assistance from undergraduate students, will be on hand to offer assistance.
  Upcoming stargazing sessions include Monday twilight viewings 8 to 9p.m., 7 to 8p.m., Oct. 3, 10 and 24. In addition, the observatory will host a Friday evening session 8 to 9p.m., Oct. 7.
  The viewings will run throughout the 2011-12 academic year on Monday nights and one Friday night a month.
  For a complete schedule and to register, visit or call 610-499-4003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.
The Widener University Observatory is on the fifth floor of Kirkbride Hall, 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester.


Topic: Civil War Hospitals In Delco
  Dr. Joseph Edgette, Ph.D., will present an illustrated slide-show, “Civil War Hospitals in Delaware County,” to benefit the Chester Historical Preservation Committee.
  The lecture will be presented at Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, 7p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12.
  Many people believe that most of the injured during the Civil War received medical attention on the battlefields. Four major sites were used to treat both Union and Confederate casualties in Delaware County: Crozer Hospital, Lazaretto Quarantine Hospital, Villanova University and Williamson Trade School.
  The role played by the Chester Rural Cemetery will also be explained.

FREE Video Of Delco 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Available

Delaware County Council is making available a limited number of video copies of the Delaware County Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS September 11th Memorial Ceremony held Sept. 11 in Rose Tree Park. This year’s ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. At the ceremony, Delaware County honored its police, first responders, military veterans and families with the laying of wreaths at the three memorials in the park. Those interested in obtaining a free copy of the Remembrance video can contact Lauren Contino in the Public Relations Department 610-891-4567 or via email The limited number of copies is free and will be mailed.

Friday, September 16, 2011

FREE Provider Fair For Delco Residents With Disabilities

Delco Provider Fair Offers Information To Individuals With Disabilities and Families
   The Delaware County Office of Intellectual Disabilities invites individuals and families to a Provider Fair 2-7 pm Oct. 12  in rooms 171-172 at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton. The event will showcase programs and services that are available to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
   The Fair will give people a one-stop opportunity to research a wide variety of service providers, including day support programs, companion services, residential services including life sharing, in-home supports, employment supports and respite providers.
  People will have a chance to meet with new providers who have recently been qualified to provide services in Delaware County, in addition to traditional providers.
   Dr. Susan Proulx, deputy administrator for the County Office of Intellectual Disabilities, said it is important for families to know what services are available to they can choose wisely what is best for their individual family member.
"We invite all consumers and their families, as well as established and new providers, to attend the Provider Fair," said Dr. Proulx.
   "In these difficult economic times, we recognize that there is no new waiver capacity for people on the Delaware County waiting list. However, from time to time, we do get openings which we assign to consumers and their families in a priority order," she said. "Our families need to know what service options might meet their needs, in case funding becomes available, or in case they need to change from one service provider to another."
   Individuals and families who are waiting for services should attend to learn about the service options so they will be ready when funding becomes available.
Individuals already enrolled in the waiver program can attend to research their choice of services and providers as new programs are always being developed.
   Supports Coordinators will also attend the Provider Fair.
   The Provider Fair is free and open to the public. For information contact Nancy Lowry, deputy administrator for the Administrative Entity for the county, at 610-713-2154.

FREE Health Presentations Offered

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Hosting Free Bariatric Information Session

Darby, PA (September 13, 2011): When your weight threatens your health and keeps you from living the life you want, it’s time to reach out for help. About 220,000 people with morbid obesity underwent bariatric (weight loss) surgery in 2009 according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Learn if bariatric surgery is right for you or your loved one at a free information session at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Mercy Bariatrics Clinical Program Director Dr. Prashanth Ramachandra and Program Manager Barbara Bunting will lead the session and answer questions.

The information session will take place in Room A on the Lobby Floor of the Medical Science Building. The hospital is located at 1500 Lansdowne Avenue in Darby.

To reserve your seat or to schedule a one-on-one consultation, call 1.855.LESS.YOU (1.855.537.7968).
Delaware County Memorial Hospital’s Colleen McGee, DO, family medicine physician, and Margie Harper, BSN, CHPN, Palliative Care Coordinator, will present, “The Purpose of Palliative Care,” at noon, Sept. 29, in Meeting Room A at the hospital.
Bring a lunch and a friend to this FREE presentation and learn what palliative care is, who is eligible for the services, the benefits of receiving this type of care and difference between palliative care and hospice.
For information or to sign up, call 610-284-8158.
  John Rizzo, MD, co-chief of the Section of Ophthalmology at Taylor Hospital, will present a FREE seminar, “The Eyes Have It:  Facts About Macular Degeneration” on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Downstairs Program Room of Springfield Library, 70 Powell Road, Springfield.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over 60. Participants will learn the difference between “dry” and “wet” macular Degeneration, tests to help with diagnosis and treatment options.
Call 1-800-CK-HEALTH to register.

FREE Computer Lessons, FREE Ancestry Search, FREE Storytimes

Fall computer classes are starting at Marple Public Library in September.  Computer Basics is the class for those who think a computer mouse eats cheese.  Learn everything you need to be comfortable using a computer.  Dates:  October 3 & 10 or October 18 & 25.  Ask Nick is our one-on-one classes with our computer teacher Nick Petersen.  Ask any computer question-you can even bring in your own equipment.  Dates: Ocotber 17.  Our Internet class teaches you how to search and what you can find on the Internet.  Dates: September 20, October 4 or October 24.  Everybody is doing E-mail-don't be left out.  Take our E-Mail class and learn how to keep intouch with family & friends.  Dates: September 25, October 11 or October 31.  Learn how to search your family history online in our Geneolgy class.  The database is only available free to you in the library-learn how to use it.  Date: September 27.  Classes fill quickly so register today.
Time: 10:15 am to 12:15 pm.  Classes are held in our Computer Lab.  For more information or to register, please call the library at 610.356.1510.
Fall story times for all ages have begun at the Marple Public Library.  Jitterbug Music & Movement for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners on Thursdays through September 26.  Time: 4:00pm.  Toddler story times begin Monday September 19 through November 21 at 10:30am.  More toddler story times are Wednesdays September 21 through October 26 at 10:30am.  Preschoolers will enjoy story times on Wednesdays at 1:00pm starting September 21 through October 26.  All ages will enjoy Pajama Story Times on Tuesdays at 7:00pm beginning September 20th.  Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket.  Ms. Mel will have stories, songs, finger plays and always lots of fun.  No registration is required.  For more information, call 610.356.1510.  Don't miss the fun this fall at Marple Public Library.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

FREE Program Available To Delaware County Business Owners

                                            Delaware County companies think “global”
at World Trade Center event at Ellis Preserve
Local businesses can tap into markets in Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, and more

Homegrown Delaware County companies can learn about exciting opportunities in the global market – from Brazil to China -- at a special trade event being held Sept. 23 at the Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square.
Delaware County Council and the County Commerce Center announced that a sister economic development program, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP), will host the event where local business owners can meet one-on-one with international trade representatives from various markets, including China, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada and other nations.
The Ellis Preserve event is part of Pennsylvania International Week (PIW), two days of meetings and events starting Sept. 22 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, followed by the Sept. 23 at the Ellis Preserve corporate center, 3805 West Chester Pike. The event is free; meetings are by appointment.
The goal of the PIW is to help local companies tap into international markets.
“This is a great opportunity for Delaware County businesses to expand into international markets,” said County Councilman Tom McGarrigle, a small business owner from Springfield. “Local companies might not have considered exporting their product overseas, but at this event they can meet with international trade representatives who can help them get started.”
Two Delaware County companies can attest to the value of tapping into international markets with the help of the World Trade Center program.
“Meeting with the authorized international trade representatives during PIW is really the first step into a new global market,” said Josh Fishbein, international account executive at Penguin Brands in Sharon Hill, a local company known for shoe care products and performance gear.
“Last year I was able to meet with a number of different country representatives and their insight helped me to plan our international approach for the new calendar year,” Fishbein said.
Dr. Lavern D. Wedeven, president of Wedeven Associates in Edgmont, said the trade meetings are an “incredible opportunity” for companies who are looking to begin exporting, or who want to take the next step to expand existing export operations.
“On a recent trip to China, we were able to meet with the Pennsylvania authorized trade representative in Beijing and reviewed the market opportunities there and learned about the Chinese business culture,” said Wedeven, whose company solves problems associated with the “tribology” of mechanical systems. “The authorized trade rep set up meetings, advised on proper protocol and helped ensure that I was prepared so my sales meetings were successful.”
Patrick Killian, Director of the Delaware County Commerce Center, said local companies are assisted through a teamwork effort by his office, the WTCGP and Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
He said the state program has an aggressive international marketing program and a comprehensive export assistance program that local companies can tap into.
WTCGP is the point of contact for Delaware County companies who would like to access the resources of the export assistance program, such as identifying overseas partners, in-country trade assistance and logistical support.
The World Trade Center program at Ellis Preserve is FREE and open to Delaware County businesses. For information or appointment times call Ron Drozd at 215-586-4240, ext. 122, or email to For information about the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia visit For information about the Delaware County Commerce Center visit

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