TOWNSHIP OF RIDLEY – James Dougherty, a veteran of the Ridley Township Police Department, is the new Police Department Captain and Daniel Smith is now the Department Lieutenant. Dougherty has been a member of the police force for 30 years. Smith joined the force in 1998.
Both men were sworn in at the recent Township Commissioners Meeting by Justice Jack Whelan of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.
Dougherty will replace Scott Willoughby, who is now retired due to disability.
Rose Tree Place announces lineup of fall events for area seniors
Rose Tree Place, a Watermark retirement community, recently announced its range of courses and excursions this fall. All offers are open to residents and seniors in the area who are vaccinated; RSVPs are required.
Seniors in the area are invited to join Rose Tree Place at the following events: October 7, 11:15 am to 12 noon, seniors can meet at Linvilla Orchards for a guided tractor history tour; October 20, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Andrew Wyatt Art Show presented by Pat Richardson of Mobile Art Show; October 27, 2 to 2:45 p.m., ballroom dance class, presented by Gene and Ray of LaPierre Ballroom Dance Studio; October 28, 2 p.m. to 2 p.m., guided bus tour of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. The guests meet at Laurel Hill Cemetery; October 28, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Delaware County Ghost Stories presented by Dr. Joseph Edgette; and on November 9 from 7 to 8 p.m., the Paul Del Rossi Big Band presents an evening of music and dance.
All events at Rose Tree Place are free and require an RSVP in advance due to limited availability. Rose Tree Place is located at 500 Sandy Bank Rd., Upper Providence. To find out more or to reserve a spot, contact Karen Holahan, Community Life Manager at Rose Tree Place at 610-565-1405 ext. 105 or [email protected]
League of Women Voters Presents Chester City Candidates Forum
The Central Delaware County League of Voters will host a Chester City Council Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12.
The event will be broadcast live on YouTube.
The County Presents a Candidates Forum will feature the three candidates vying for two openings for Chester City Council. Election day is November 2. The candidates are Democrats Stefan Roots and Portia West and Green Party candidate Kearni Warren.
Tiffany Griffin, lawyer and member of the LWV-CDC, will be the moderator. The Applicant Forum is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on YouTube. To access the live stream, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OrSv4C3qMM.
Questions submitted by noon the day before the forum are more likely to be considered and used. No questions will be accepted via the live broadcast.
To submit questions to candidates, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIvCLcmOvHtv4Shl_EQQGBkx7Y4N39xjcd25RZvaUkE5mu2g/viewform?usp=send_form
To register for events, contact the League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County at 610-566-5474.
The Fall Craft Fair takes place Saturday in Havertown
A Fall Craft Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 at the Yard Pub, formerly Tip O’Leary’s, 300 West Chester Pike, Havertown. The event will feature gifts, wreaths, soaps, portraits, jewelry and more.
For more information, call Lauren Weber at 610-470-5109 or email [email protected]/.
The Delco Film Festival returns this weekend
The sixth annual Delco Film Festival is back, after a gap year, and it will be both online and in person, with free admission, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 8 and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 9. The festival is hosted by The Foundry Church, 25 Cedar Rd., Wallingford.
A wide variety of short films, feature films, documentaries and more will be presented. On October 9, the following feature films will screen: A Hidden Star at 2:15 pm; Cuba Libre, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The place we’re going, 5-6:30 p.m. and Coffee with God, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Delco Film Festival is part of Delco Arts Week. Visit http: //Facebook.dom/delcofilmfesetival for more information.
The Players Club Presents “You Are a Good Man Charlie Brown” October 8-17
“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” will open on Friday October 8 at the Players Club of Swarthmore and run through Sunday October 17. Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang take the stage and explore life’s big questions as they play baseball, wrestle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crush and celebrate the joy of friendship. This beloved musical is directed by Vincent Raspa. There will be double mornings for Sunday shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
For more information on tickets, times, and current COVID policy guidelines, visit http://www.pcstheater.org.
Darby Fire Co. reminds residents of fire prevention tips
To honor Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, Darby Fire Company partners with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for over 90 years , to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” “
According to the NFPA, dead batteries are the cause of a quarter (26%) of smoke alarm failures. All alarms should be installed and maintained properly in each home, replaced every 10 years, and should reflect the needs of all members of the household, including people with disabilities.
“Without proper preparation, a small emergency can turn into a major incident with injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Booth, firefighter and president of recruiting and retention. “Education and emergency response planning can be tailored to meet the needs of everyone in the household and are essential in preventing tragedies. “
DFC is encouraging community members to adopt this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme and would like to share some tips.
* A continuous set of three loud beeps — beep, beep, beep — signifies smoke or fire. Get out, dial 9-1-1 and stay outside.
* A single beep every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and needs to be changed.
* All smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years.
* The beep that continues after replacing the battery means that the alarm is at the end of its life and
the unit must be replaced.
* Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
Darby Fire Co. is currently looking for individuals to join their team as Firefighters and Junior Firefighters. To learn more about Darby Fire Company and how to get involved, visit http://JoinDarby1.org to fill out an application form.
Christ Church invites the community to visit the pumpkin
The annual pumpkin patch at Christ Church, 104 Nevin St., Ridley Park this year is packed with an array of pumpkins of all sizes and varieties. The pumpkin patch will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
With the help of Verone’s Collision, the Ridley Park Police Department, the Ridley High School Cross Country Team, local Boy Scouts, neighbors and the Christ Church congregation, the church lawn is filled to the brim with pumpkins, waiting for people to come and pick their pumpkins.
Pumpkins arrive at Ridley Park from the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, New Mexico. Every pumpkin purchase supports the agriculture of the Navajo Nation another season. In addition, twelve percent of this year’s proceeds will go to the Kara Barnard Youth Literacy Fund. The fund promotes youth literacy and puts books in the hands of children and families in need. The church will also be hosting a book drive at Pumpkin Patch for new and lightly used children’s and youth books. Donations can be dropped off during Pumpkin Patch opening hours. This Saturday, October 9, Christ Church will kick off pumpkin season with a celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., featuring live music by the Refrigerator Band, popcorn, pumpkin picking and garden games. For more information call 610-521-1626 or visit: https://www.christchurchridleypark.org/pumpkin-patch.
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