April 10, 2014 |
A few springs ago, I spoke at a graduation event for a Delaware County high school honor society, a group of smart, engaged students headed to terrific institutions of higher learning, public and private, affordable and not even close. Almost every institution was located in Pennsylvania. Exotic turned out to be Delaware. This reminded me of an acquaintance who was distraught that her daughter was going so far away to school. Where? "Maryland," she moaned, as if the child were relocating to Guam.
April 8, 2014 |
Traffic backups throughout Bucks County soon might become more common, but for once it's for the right reason, County Commissioner Charles Martin said. Millions of dollars will soon flow in to repave roads, replace bridges, and more. Bucks is one of many counties that can look forward to major road improvements this year after an announcement last week that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is pushing to fix roads and bridges. That means roadwork delays, Martin said.
April 6, 2014 |
Ruth C. Bullard, 96, an antiques dealer, community leader, and Republican committeewoman, died Tuesday, April 1, of causes related to aging at Harlee Manor in Springfield, Delaware County. Mrs. Bullard was instrumental in starting the Morton School Library and worked there as a volunteer from 1957 until Morton merged with the Springfield School District in 1966. The same year, she was appointed secretary of the Springfield school board in the merged district. A longtime worker, she retired from the post in 1995.
April 3, 2014 |
DARBY TWP. Already accused of inappropriately touching second graders, a Delaware County teacher is facing new charges, and officials are investigating how school officials handled pupils' allegations. Paul Hochschwender, 54, of Broomall, a second-grade teacher at Darby Township School, is being held in Delaware County jail on multiple assault counts for allegedly touching four 7-year-old girls and - several years before - a student, now 18. On March 12, Hochschwender was charged on similar counts related to three pupils and released on $100,000 bail.
March 31, 2014 |
CHRISTIAN MASSEY will be larger than life tonight, bigger than the "gentle giant" ever was when he walked this earth. Photos of Massey will flash across the gigantic video screens that loom above the court at Wells Fargo Center during halftime of the Sixers-Pistons game. The photos will be part of a moving tribute from Special Olympics Pennsylvania to the kind-hearted mentally disabled young man, who cops say was slain in the fall over a pair of headphones. Had he still been alive, Massey would have participated in a scheduled exhibition game between his old team, the Delco Dunkers, and an All-Star team of Special Olympic athletes from Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, Special Olympics officials said yesterday.
March 22, 2014 |
MILLBOURNE Twenty-one years after Millbourne was placed on the official state list of fiscally troubled communities, Gov. Corbett traveled to the tiny Delaware County borough Thursday afternoon to announce the end of its "financially distressed" status. Millbourne, with about 1,200 residents, had been under Act 47 since 1993, which made it eligible for state grants and assistance. Mayor Thomas Kramer said the borough had not overspent its budget for the last five years and had taken aggressive steps to cut costs - even enlisting goats to clear weeds.
March 17, 2014 |
Dorothy Reed Schone, 84, of Gloucester City, a former illustrator for technical publications, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday, March 10, at the Voorhees Center of Genesis Healthcare. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Schone graduated from the former Notre Dame High School in Moylan, Delaware County, in 1947, and worked as a draftsman at the General Electric Co. in Delaware County into the 1950s. She then joined a temporary employment agency and worked as a draftsman for several firms in Philadelphia and South Jersey into the 1960s, her daughter, Patricia, said.
March 16, 2014 |
SPRINGFIELD (Delco) A Catholic educator from Lancaster County will become the next president of Cardinal O'Hara High School, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Friday. Thomas Fertal is to begin the job in June, marking a change in leadership as the Delaware County high school also searches for a new principal. Fertal, 46, now principal of Lancaster Catholic High School, will replace William McCusker, who has led the school since 2001 and announced this academic year that he planned to retire.
March 10, 2014 |
It's hard enough to get along with people with "normal" emotions, let alone those with mental illnesses that make feelings intense, unpredictable, and volatile. Having a family member with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or major depression can feel like being trapped on an emotional roller coaster, said Edie Mannion, director and cofounder of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Training and Education Center. She helped develop a class for family members who want to get off the carnival ride.
March 8, 2014 |
Citing a dramatic increase in heroin-related deaths, Delaware County officials announced Thursday they are pushing for legislation to allow police officers to carry a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. They said they also are exploring the possibility of a pilot program with the Pennsylvania Department of Health that would equip police, often the first to arrive at the scene, with naloxone nasal spray, more commonly known as Narcan. They said 52 heroin-related deaths were reported in the county in each of the last two years, with 12 so far in 2014.