The “Sneakers for Smiles” Initiative, founded by Aston Township resident Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo, a national anti-bullying, school violence prevention expert has hit a milestone of 1,000 pairs of sneakers sent to kids across the United States in less than three-years.
The recipient of the 1,000 pair was Janiya Haley. Haley is a freshman at Lincoln University. She was one of many students in the tri-county area that submitted an essay to be nominated, according to a press release.
The core of the initiative is focused on raising funds to send sneakers to kids who have been a victim of bullying or struggling to buy cool sneakers. Based on this gesture, the hope is this little action brings a little light into to their world.
The initiative of Cerullo’s 501C3 nonprofit TAB (TeachAntiBullying.org), has raised enough money and support, along with Cerullo’s own funds to continue making kids across the country smile when they are having a bad day, especially during hardship.
Bullying is a pervasive problem today and children take the biggest hit.
For more information, visit www.dr.claudiocerullo.com or to purchase his book, www.lulu.com/inside-the-mind-of-a-bully.
Chef Dana treats for Upper Chi library fundraiser
Want to taste a pie created by celebrated regional chef Dana?
Then participate in Friends of the Upper Chichester Library Pie Sale and own tasty baked goods fashioned by the culinary connoisseur.
Pies are $20 each and include such chef Dana’s favorites as old-fashioned apple, old-fashioned cherry, bourbon pecan, chocolate pecan, pumpkin, caramel apple, and sweet potato pie.
Proceeds benefit the Upper Chichester Library.
Order and pay for the pies at the library on 3374 Chichester Ave. #19, Upper Chichester, or call 610-485-0200 by Dec. 6.
Pies should be picked up at the library on Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dana is one of Delaware County’s premier celebrity chefs, having made pies for Jill Biden, Dick Vermeil and Jimmy Rollins. He has been part of the James Bear Celebrity Chef Tour, which selected Dana’s pies as one of the top 10 desserts on tour.
He authored “The Sweet and Savory Union,” in which he explains his love for blurring the lines between sweet and savory, according to a press release.
Heart + Paw senior pet adoption
Heart + Paw Glen Mills, 479 U.S. 202, is hosting a Senior Pet Adoption Day in partnership with local rescues to celebrate Senior Pet Month, on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come out to meet adoptable senior pets looking for a new, loving home.
Heart + Paw is partnering with Angel’s Retreat and Senior Dog Haven. Adoption fees vary. There will also be a fun raffle.
Founded in 2018, Heart + Paw offers full-service veterinary centers that are reimagining pet care in every way, providing state-of-the-art care that today’s pet parents expect.
From routine wellness, dental care, radiology, and surgeries to grooming and daycare, all pets are treated with a low stress approach. Now operating in 28 locations across 10 states, Heart + Paw care incorporates advanced technologies, top-of-the-line amenities, equipment selected based on years of practice and research, and a fresh philosophy for pets, pet parents and the veterinarian teams, according to a press release.
Springfield Library programs
Springfield Library has upcoming programs:
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: “Eastern State Penitentiary: A History with Author Dr. Paul Kahan.”
Spectacular escapes, official corruption, and reformation and retribution plagued the Eastern State Penitentiary from its 1829 conception to its 1971 demise. Kahan chronicles the tensions that plagued this local landmark since the arrival of its first prisoners. Kahan earned his Ph.D. in history from Temple University and has published several books.
For more information on Kahan, visit www.paulkahan.com. This program will be held in-person in the lower level program room as well as on Zoom. Registration is required and you must indicate if you will be attending in-person or virtual www.springfieldtwplib.com/events.
Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.: Sounds of the season presented by DK Duo.
Come hear the musical sounds of the season with local musicians Dylan McGuire and Kristen Conrad.
DK Duo blends diverse musical talents and vocals in holiday classics and favorites. This program is planned for adults to enjoy a musical evening out.
Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required at www.springfieldtwplib.com/events. For more information on DK Duo:www.facebook.com/DKDuoMusic.
Senior Community Services annual party
Christine Helmandollar, director of Senior Community Services’ (SCS) Aging at Home Program said this year’s annual network party will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Ave., Folsom.
Presenters of this year’ event will acknowledge the importance and success of SCS’ Aging at Home program, including Arthur Weisfeld, executive director of Senior Community Services; Barbara Nicolardi, director of COSA; Jeff Campbell, volunteer Aging at Home handyman; and local business representatives.
The purpose of the networking event is to grow the local business referral base and increase the number of volunteers in the program.
Aging at Home helps seniors residing in 16 municipalities — including Aldan, Collingdale, Darby, East Lansdowne, Glenolden, Lansdowne, Ridley Park, Morton, Norwood, Prospect Park, Tinicum, Ridley Township, Rutledge and Yeadon — to receive assistance from volunteer handymen, chore support, online shopping support, safety calls, home-vetted referrals, yardwork and other senior resources connected to both Friendship Circle and Schoolhouse Senior Centers.
“It continues to be a village community-based program,” comments Helmandollar promoting our local businesses and constantly encouraging neighbors to help our neighborly seniors. This year the program celebrates its tenth anniversary, and has served over 900 older adults from Yeadon to Woodlyn.
Chester group gets urban farming grant
Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program has invested more than $2.7 million in urban agriculture since 2019.
In total, 139 projects in 19 counties across the state are expanding fresh food access in locations often served by a single convenience store.
The program funds microgrants of $2,500 in matching funds for one-time projects or a single entity, as well as collaboration grants. Collaboration grants provide up to $50,000 in matching funds for cooperative or regional efforts to share resources, support community development, and combining products of small farmers, building collective power of to supply fresh food in underserved neighborhoods.
Eligibility to be considered urban was determined by criteria from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Among the awards:
• Delaware County: Chester Housing Initiatives, $50,000 for installation of greenhouse and design of urban rooftop garden
Program on the athletic recruiting process
The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum presents a free seminar on “How to Navigate the College Sports Recruiting Process.”
Tom Kovic, president and founder of Victory Collegiate Consulting, will offer advice to those interested in knowing the inside game of negotiating the athletic recruiting process. By the end of the seminar, families will understand the strategies that college coaches use when recruiting prospects for all sports, according to a press release.
The museum in the Radnor Township Municipal Building, 301 Iven Ave., parents and their student-athletes to the free seminar on Sunday Nov. 12.
Doors will open at 1 p.m., with the seminar to begin at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.delcosportsmuseum.org or www.victoryrecruiting.com.
Although the seminar is free, those planning to attend should register in advance. To register, contact Jim Vankoski at (610) 909-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aston Lions have bingo on Sunday
The Aston Township Lions will present bingo on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Aston Community Center on Concord Road.
Tickets are $20. Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 1 p.m. There will be cash prizes, raffles and door prizes and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Must be 18 years old to play. Proceeds will benefit the children’s party and community food baskets.
Hunting set at Ridley Creek State Park
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold two days of regulated hunting for white-tailed deer on Thursday, Nov. 30 and
Thursday, Dec. 7 at Ridley Creek State Park.
In an effort to increase the ecological diversity of the park, these hunts will be conducted for antlered and antlerless deer by permit only. To ensure the safety of all park users, all of the park and a portion of Gradyville Road through the park will be closed to all activities on these dates for the entirety of normal park operating hours.
Park rangers and wildlife conservation officers will be stationed throughout the park during the hunts.
Hunters applied for permits and will be selected by a random drawing.
Before the regulated hunts, successful applicants will receive complete packages of safety rules, procedures, and maps showing open-hunting areas. Immediately prior to the legal hunting time, participants will be required to attend a mandatory information and safety session conducted by DCNR state park staff and Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers.
For more details, call 610-892-3900.
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