Friday, December 7, 2012

A Christmas Carol at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

TheatreworksUSA brings “A Christmas Carol” to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center December 21
‘Tis the season for merriment and fun! The professional touring troupe presents the timeless classic for every member of the family!

A Christmas Carol, performed by the professional actors of TheatreworksUSA, comes to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on December 21 at 7:30pm. Catch the holiday spirit with this classic story of a man whose cold heart is warmed after a Christmas Eve encounter with the supernatural.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. Tickets are $6 - $9, a price the entire family can enjoy. (Members save $1). The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 North Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, PA, minutes from the Main Line and Center City Philadelphia. The Performing Arts Center offers free parking and is wheel-chair accessible. The performance is approximately one hour and recommended for children ages 6 and up.

Ebenezer Scrooge greets every Christmas with his usual attitude of “bah, humbug!” To him, the holiday is simply a waste of a work day, and he resents having to pay his loyal employee, Bob Cratchit, for having the day off. As for the poor in the streets, Scrooge feels they should all disappear, and “decrease the surplus population!”

Scrooge is then visited on Christmas Eve by his former business partner, the long deceased Jacob Marley. The Specter is forever burdened with chains in the afterlife for having been so cruel while alive, and Marley warns Scrooge that he will suffer the same fate unless he changes his ways. He then explains that on this Christmas Eve, Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, representing Christmases past, present, and future, who will show him the error of his ways and, ultimately, the result of having such a cold heart.
The professional actors from TheatreworksUSA perform the holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol at UD Performing Arts Center December 21 at 7:30pm. 

Theatreworks USA’s A Christmas Carol began its national tour in fall 1999. Since 2000, two companies of this production have criss-crossed the country every holiday season. Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

Monday, October 22, 2012

CAADC Weatherization Program

From Community Action Agency of Delaware County website:

Weatherization Available to the Public and Local Businesses
CAADC has a new opportunity available to home owners, landlords and business owners to help them save on energy costs.  CAADC has been providing Weatherization services to eligible low-income families for thirty (30) years.  Now CAADC is making this service available to the public at a very affordable cost.  A portion of the revenue will support the Agency’s social service programs which helps over 30,000 needy individuals each year.
Click here to view the Private Weatherization flyer.
By sealing gaps in a property and insulating attics and roofs, Weatherization can save a household up to 30 - 35% during the winter and the summer.  Potential improvements include attic insulation and venting, sidewall insulation, furnace repair or replacement, heating duct insulation, replacement of damaged windows and doors, and air sealing of windows, doors and other air gaps in a home. 
Financing options are available including home loans as low as 1%. CAADC will help customers through the application process.  Interested residents and businesses should call 610-521-8770 to schedule an initial Home Energy Audit or for more information.  With the selection of the recommended energy saving measures, the fee for the Home Energy Audit (valued at $350) will be waived.  CAADC’s Weatherization crews are certified by the State of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Weatherization & In-Home Energy Conservation

Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) partners with several local utility companies and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to provide comprehensive services and information designed to increase household efficiency, reduce energy costs and conserve energy.
CAADC provides weatherization services to income-eligible households.  Services are designed to reduce household energy costs through a variety of energy conservation measures which can include the following:  a comprehensive home energy audit, diagnostic air flow testing, weather stripping and caulking, heater inspection and service, attic insulation, window repair or replacement.
Click here to view the Weatherization flyer, which gives more information on eligible repairs and annual income guidelines. Click here for an application.
For more information, contact Weatherization, 94 Jansen Avenue, Essington, PA 19029.           
Phone: 610-521-8770.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Liheap Assistance


LIHEAP will begin to accept applications on November 1, 2012.

Eligibility Income Guidelines for the 2012-2013 are as follows:

Household Size                      Maximum Yearly Income      Maximum Monthly Income
1                                                                                            16,755                               1,396.25         
2                                                                                            22,695                               1,891.25
3                                                                                            28,635                               2,386.25
4                                                                                            34,575                               2,881.25
5                                                                                            40,515                               3,376.25
6                                                                                            46,455                               3,871.25
7                                                                                            52,395                               4,366.25
8                                                                                            58,335                               4,861.25
9                                                                                            64,275                               5,356.25
10                                                                                        70,215                               5,851.25

Applications are not available until November 1, 2012; Consumer may also apply online at on or after November 1, 2012.

The LIHEAP hotline is 1-866-857-7095 Or TDD 1800-451-5886

Friday, September 14, 2012

Free English Classes

The Upper Darby School District is offering Adult English as a Second Language classes.

Choose from two locations to fit your schedule.

Registration will be held on the first day of class.  All participants must be at least 18 years of age.  Classes run from September 17, 2012 until November 29, 2012.  For additional information, please call 610-622-7000 x 2213.

Class Schedule:

Upper Darby High School
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Multi-Level ESL Classes
Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM
Registration is Monday, September 17, 2012
Accessible by the 101/102 Trolleys, 111 or 115 bus

Bywood Elementary School
330 Avon Road
Multi-Level ESL Class
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-8:30 PM
Registration is Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Accessible by the 101/102 trolleys

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Clear The Air

No Smoking Cigarattes

Thinking About Quitting Smoking?

Crozer-Keystone Health System & ChesPenn Health Services will be hosting a FREE 6-session program led by experts who understand why you smoke.  The program uses a positive behavioral change approach that teaches you how to become a nonsmoker for good!

Free nicotine replacement therapy is available to those who qualify.

For more information or to register call CKHS Community Health Education at 610-447-6009.  Additional resources are available at

Classes will be held at The Municipal Branch Library beginning Thursday September 27th at 5PM.  Call the number above for additional classes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upper Darby School District ELL Services Fair

All residents are invited to the Second Annual Upper Darby School District ELL Service Fair.

On Saturday, September 15 from 10AM to 1 PM, families of the English Language Learning Community will have an opportunity to learn about programs and resources available to them in the Upper Darby School District.  Exhibitors include representatives from Crozer Keystone Health System, The Upper Darby Police Department, The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center and many more!

This is a day of information, food, and FUN!

The fair will be held in The Beverly Hills Middle School.

Save The Date! Upper Darby Events

Mark your calenders for the following events:

Citizen Police Academy. September 18, 2012
A seven week program for residents to learn about the Upper Darby Police Department.
Contact Captain David Madonna at 610-734-7791 or email for additional details.

Shred It Day. September 22, 2012
Held at Upper Darby High School, this event is designed for residents to have a secure place to shed bulk papers. Paper only, no plastic binders. 9:00AM to 1:00PM

National Drug Take Back Day September 29, 2012
This event is a great way to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  Held at Upper Darby High School from 10AM to 2PM.

Fire Prevention Parade & Demonstration October 7, 2012
Follow the parade from Drexel Hill Middle School to Aronimink Elementary School then join in festivities to learn about fire safety!

Community Day. October 13, 2012
Partners from the community are available for a day of fun and information.  Held at Upper Darby High School from 10AM to 2PM.

Annual Rabies Inoculation Clinic. October 23, 2012
Bring your pet for their rabies shot.  Held at the Municipal Building, 100 Garrett Road.  9:00AM to 11:00AM.

Youth Reality Tour (Drug Awareness). October 21, 2012
Children in grades fifth and up along with their parents can learn the consequences of drug use.  This powerful presentation will be held at The Primos Library Branch.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. December 5, 2012
Join Upper Darby Township at The Municipal Building for a celebration of the start of the holiday season.  6:45PM

Upper Darby Town Hall Meetings


Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie has scheduled Town Hall meetings throughout Upper Darby Township.

He has already held a meeting on September 10, 2012 at the Upper Darby Senior Center on Watkins Avenue.

The remainder of meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, September 18, Highland Park Elementary
Tuesday, September 25, Drexel Hill Middle School
Tuesday, October 2, Aronimink Elementary School
Monday, October 8, Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Company
Tuesday, October 16 Westbrook Park Elementary.

All meetings begin at 6:45 PM.

For additional information, visit

Friday, September 7, 2012

Let your child have a BLAST!

Some facts (source):

  • In America today, 1 in 4 youth --14.3 million children, among them are more than 40,000 kindergartners --are alone and unsupervised after school (America After 3 p.m., May 2004).
  • Between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. juveniles are at the highest risk of violence. 
  • Teens who do not participate in after school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, March 2001). 
  •  The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex. (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2002). 
  •  The most common activity for children after school is watching television - on average 23 hours a week. (A.C. Nielsen and Company, 1992. 
  • Students who spend no time in extracurricular activities are 49% more likely to have used drugs and 37% more likely to have become teen parents compared to students who spend one to four hours per week in extracurricular activities. (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Adolescent Time Use, Risky Behavior and Outcomes: An analysis of National Data, 1995). 
  • Teens who do not participate in after school programs are three times as likely to skip classes during the school day and participate in the use of marijuana. 
  • Students in quality after school programs have better academic performance, behavior, school attendance, and greater expectations for the future (U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, 2000). 
  • After school programs have the power to reduce crime, increase safety, bring neighbors together, and foster community pride and ownership. Programs help youth succeed in providing academic support and the chance to form meaningful relationships with adults of their community by encouraging them to get involved in the neighborhood through service projects.
Don't let your child become a statistic.  Join the Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation for another year of the after school program After School Blast.  

This isn't your typical after school program.  Children who attend will receive homework help, club activities, daily snacks, participate in service projects, have game time, go on field trips and much more.  This program is also aligned with the Upper Darby School District Curriculum.  

This Monday-Friday program is held at Christ Lutheran Church, 7240 Walnut Street, Upper Darby, PA. Blast has service available (at no additional cost) on in-service days and early-dismissal days.  

Space is limited, call 610-352-7037 to register your child TODAY.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


The Delaware County Citizen Corps will be handing out emergency preparedness materials to the public this weekend at the following locations and we are looking for some more hands to help.

Friday 9/7: 69th Street Terminal from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. .

Saturday 9/8: Ridly Home Depot from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon; Upper Darby Home Depot from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; Marple Home Depot from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; Concord Home Depot from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Please e-mail Ed Kline at if you can attend. Other events are scheduled including a FREE MRC Oriantation on September 17th and a FREE Personal Emerency Preparedness Training on September 26th. For more information or to register please contact Ed Kline at or by calling 610-892-8134. Thank you for your assistance!!!
Saturday evening 9/8: Concord Twp Community Day 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Fireworks are at dusk if anyone wants to stay longer!!!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Voter ID Update

Harrisburg – Since the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was enacted in March, PennDOT has been working closely with the Department of State to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to obtain photo identification. Voters who lack verification documents necessary for a secure Pennsylvania Photo ID (non-driver's license ID card), will be able to obtain a new Department of State voter identification card for free by visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center.

"Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one, and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch

The Department of State Voter ID is valid only for voting purposes. For this reason, if a resident has the necessary documents, PennDOT’s primary focus is to issue a secure Pennsylvania identification. 

If the customer was born in Pennsylvania but does not possess a birth certificate with a raised seal, PennDOT works directly with Department of Health to certify the customer's birth record. If the customer still cannot qualify for a PennDOT secure ID, the department will then work to issue the new Department of State Voter ID card. 

Residents who want the new Department of State Voter ID will need to provide their name, address, Social Security number, proof of residency and previous name and/or address if changed in the past 12 months. The applicant must complete a Department of State ID application form and sign a document affirming that they are a registered voter but have no other form of identification that can be used for voting. Staff at the Driver License Center will contact the Department of State to confirm that the person is registered to vote. Once verified, the person will receive the free Department of State Voter ID, which is valid for 10 years.

PennDOT has posted signs to assist customers seeking Voter Identification cards at the state's 71 Driver License Centers. The downtown Pittsburgh center has the new Department of State Voter ID cards available today. PennDOT serves about 2.4 million customers at the centers each year.

For more information on voting and the types of photo ID's that can be used at the polls, visit or

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

Looking to start your own business, but don’t know where to begin? Start by attending a seminar at The Upper Darby Welcome Center!
The Upper Darby Welcome Center and SCORE has partnered to bring this event to residents who are interested in creating a business. 
A representative from SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” will give an introductory overview to explain the factors needed for a successful business.  This seminar will also show you what other resources are available in the community.

Reserve your space NOW by calling 610-734-7784.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Re-Registration Requirements for the 2012-13 School Year

School begins in two weeks.  Don't delay, register today!
All students transitioning from elementary to middle school and/or middle school to high school will be required to re-register for the 2012-13 school year.  All students entering 6th grade and all students entering 9th grade must re-register before the start of the 2012-13 school year.
Students must be re-registered at the district's central registration office, 7000 Walnut St., (the purple door) Upper Darby, between the hours of 7:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday.  Please call the office to schedule an appointment (610-352-2400).
The re-registration period for these transitioning students begins immediately.  For a registration form, and for a list of the documents needed to successfully re-register, please click here.

Delaware County Literacy Council

Open House Shines International Light on Local Adult Literacy

On Wednesday, September 12, the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) will open its doors at 2217 Providence Avenue in Chester from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a special Open House to celebrate International Literacy Day.

All are invited to hear about literacy from a variety of perspectives, to enjoy light refreshments, and to learn about the Literacy Council’s free services and volunteering opportunities. DCLC provides free one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction to adults in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language (ESL), and GED preparation.

Scheduled to appear at the event is Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Philadelphia Union soccer team. Lahoud is a native of Sierra Leone—one of several West African countries well represented among DCLC’s adult students. Immigrants from Africa, Asia, South America, and other parts of the world come to the Literacy Council for both ESL instruction and basic literacy services and often receive help from a volunteer literacy tutor.

Lahoud is scheduled to talk about his journey from Sierra Leone to the ranks of Major League Soccer, first playing for Chivas USA in Los Angeles and now playing for the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester. Lahoud is also scheduled to sign autographs following the program of speakers during the event.

Visitors also can learn about the “Real Men Really Read” Campaign from Jonathan Abdur Raheem King of Brothers of Concern, who will say a few words about the Chester initiative. Also, local Rotarians will be recounting some of their local and international activities relating to literacy.

The event will be streamed live on the Delaware County Daily Times’ “Live from the Newsroom” web site, and several Daily Times’ bloggers will be in attendance to meet readers and share their thoughts on literacy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or call 610-876-4811.

The Literacy Council was founded in 1975 by volunteers who recognized a need for reading tutoring in the Chester area. For 37 years, the Literacy Council has worked with Delaware County adults who wish to read, write, speak and understand English. Currently, more than 50 adult students are waiting for tutors. To learn how to become a volunteer tutor, come to the September 12th Open House or call Susan at 610-876-4811.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Anti-Drugs Seminar

OALA, a Haitian Community Group, will host an Anti-Drug seminar on Thursday, August 9th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the New Life United Methodist Church on South State Road in Upper Darby.  This informative event is free to the public.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

English, GED, and Civics Classes

English, GED, and Civics classes are starting the week of July 16.

Enrollment has already begun.
Upcoming Enrollment Dates:
  • Thursday, July 5 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 9 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
One Penn Center, Suite 555
1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

After enrollment, classes will be held in Center City, Olney, and Upper Darby. 

For more information, contact Talease Cleveland at 215-557-2558 or

Monday, July 2, 2012

Holcomb Behavioral Health Summer Programs

girl exerciseSPORT is a brief evidence-based program that helps middle and high school youth evaluate multiple health-related behaviors including sleeping habits, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, stress management, nutrition, and activity level - all things important to adding years to one's life!

Teen Intervene:
Now Available FREE to Delaware County Youth!

 Teen Intervene is an evidence-based intervention program for teenagers, ages 12-19, experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. Teen Intervene uses the stages of change model and motivational interviewing in the program.

 Parenting Wisely 
Parenting Wisely is a FREE interactive parenting program available in two versions: for parents of young children and parents of teens. Parents will learn skills including: reducing problem behaviors, increasing communication & conflict resolution, and increasing family unity.

Upcoming Meetings, Events, & Trainings
Check out what's happening in Delaware County!

Holcomb Events & Trainings:  
Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition Meeting

First Tuesday of every month - 8:30 a.m.
Held at: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention/Education Office
126 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063
For more information, click here! 

Other Delaware County Events & Trainings:

   Communities That Care (CTC) Meeting 
Second Thursday of every month - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.   
Held at: SE Conference Room, 1st Floor  Crozer-Community Hospital  
 2600 West 9th Street, Chester, PA
For more information, please contact Neilda Mott at 610-364-1212.
Venturing Crew 154 Meeting
1st and 3rd Sunday of each month - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Venturing is open to any youth who has completed 8th grade.
Held at: Lima United Methodist Church
209 North Middletown Rd. (Behind the Granite Run Mall)
For more information, please call 610-358-1394.

PFLAG Meeting
PFLAG stands for: Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
2nd Tuesday of every month - 7:00 p.m.
Held at: Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County
145 West Rose Tree Rd., Media, PA 19063
For more information, contact Joan Bortnicker at
Prysm Youth Group 
PRYSM Youth Group of Delaware County provides Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth and their Straight Allies
with a safe, caring, and respectful environment.
Every Wednesday - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Held at: 126 E. Baltimore Pk., Media PA 19063
 For more information, please call Lacey at 484-444-0412.

Delaware Co. Certified Peer Specialist Professional Development Group
4th Wednesday of every month - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Held at: Darby Institue for Recovery and Community Integration
401 Chester Pike, Darby, PA
For more information, click here!

PRO-ACT Family Education Program
First 3 Tuesdays of every month - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 This FREE program offers information, help, and healing to family and friends
who are concerned about a person's drinking or drug use.
Held at: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention/Education Office
126 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063
For more information, click here! 

Want to see your meeting, training, or community event here?     
Email Aria Walerski at with the details of your event!
*Please note all events must be received by the 25th of each month. 

  For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 484-444-0412.

PA Voter ID

NEW Voter ID Law

ALL voters will be required to show a photo ID before voting at a polling place in the November 2012 Election
See a complete list of acceptable photo IDs. If you do not have one of these IDs and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License CenterNO ONE legally entitled to vote will be denied the right to do so.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Volunteers Needed

The Delaware County Literacy Council is seeking volunteers to assist with a new group of students.  The new students will be assessed at an orientation on July 9th and 10th.  This assessment determines the skill level and placement for the correct class. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with tutoring in reading (Adult Basic Education), ESL (English as a Second Language), or math.  The training is free, but you MUST register in advance.  

The form for volunteers can be found on the website here.

The deadline to register for the July trainings (with application) is July 11, 2012.  Trainings will be held at two locations on Saturday, July 21 and 28 from 9:00AM to 2:30 PM.  The trainings are located at:

Delaware County Literacy Council
2217 Providence Avenue, Chester PA
 Upper Darby Municipal Library
501 Bywood Avenue, Upper Darby PA

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Don't Be a Party to Teenage Drinking

Did you know that one-third of teenagers have attended parties in which parents were present and substance use, including alcohol and other drugs, were being used? 

The "Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking" public awareness campaign was developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol to minors. Please sign the pledge by clicking on the link below. It only takes a moment of your time and shows that we are ready to eliminate underage drinking in our community!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Healthy Hoops

The AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation Presents The Healthy Hoops Program!

Children between the ages of 3-15 (accompanied by their parents) can learn how to control their asthma, manage their weight, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Quality Community Health Care located at 2501 West Lehigh Avenue.

To register, call 215-863-6666

Monday, June 11, 2012

Immigration 101

** In partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center will present a seminar for residents interested in becoming a United States Citizen.

** After the presentation, residents will be able to sign-up for a FREE Civics class to be held at the Welcome Center beginning in July.

** Light Refreshments will be served.

** Your small child is welcome to attend.

To RSVP: call Raya Fagg at 610-734-7784 or send an email to

Wednesday, June 20, 2012; 10:00 A.M. to Noon

Upper Darby Welcome Center
7000 Walnut Street
Upper Darby, PA 19082

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Youth Connection Summer Camp 2012

Holcomb Prevention is hosting a summer program that targets teens entering seventh, eighth, and ninth grades! The Youth Connection summer camp offers week-long workshops that use evidence-based curricula and is split into two parts: 1 1/2 hours of programming and 1 1/2 hours of teambuilding or leadership adventure activities. Each week-long workshop is Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Studies show youth are more likely to engage in risk taking behaviors during these years including drug and alcohol use. Alternative activities focusing on leadership, community involvement, and increased family communication are protective factors that have been shown to increase positive behaviors. The cost of this summer program is only $25.00 per week-long session.

Held at: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention/Education Office
126 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063

For more information,
please call 484-444-0412.

Youth Connection is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems and funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Services.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Connecting Cops & Kids

In an effort to continue an open relationship with the community, The Upper Darby Police Department has introduced a contest for Upper Darby School District children in grades 1 through 4.

“Many times the children of our community are intimidated or afraid to approach a Police Officer and hesitate to ask them a simple question or even ask for assistance in an emergency” writes Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The “Cop Cards” program is designed to eliminate this fear.

“Cop Cards” follows the tradition of baseball card collecting. Spearheaded by Captain Tom Johnson, this program is an open line of communication between officers and children.  By actively working with the officers to obtain a card, children will learn to feel comfortable talking with a police officer under any circumstances and cultivate positive interactions in the community. 

Each card has a picture of an employee, a mini biography, and personal message that each child is encouraged to practice. Children can obtain a checklist from the school’s Principal’s office to keep track of cards they have collected. The checklist can also be downloaded at the Upper Darby Police Website here.

This isn’t the only outreach for the police and the children of the community. In 2008, Sergeant James Reif was asked to address the staff at Stonehurst Elementary on the topic of lock-down drills and other police related issues. One of the 5th grade teachers asked Sgt. Reif to speak with her class because of a number of problems that was occurring. Sgt Reif, after learning that the children regarded the Upper Darby Police negatively, decided he wanted to work with the children and help them become more informed about the role police play in the community. The fifth grade mentoring program was created.  Since then it has now expanded to include seven of the nine elementary schools, with the other two scheduled to be included next year.

The “Cop Cards” trading is between June 15 and September 14.  Children who ask any uniformed officer to count their collected cards can submit their name for contest prizes.  One lucky child will even win a Kindle 3G!

To get started, speak to an Upper Darby Police officer today.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Financial Fitness Club

Ready to take charge of your finances?

Have financial goals but don’t know where to start?

Clarifi is here to help answer those questions and more!

FinanciallyHers, a program offered by Clarifi, will have monthly support groups beginning Thursday, June 14, 2012  at the Upper Darby Municipal Library. Facilitated by an experienced financial coach, this program is designed to help women open up about finances and learn new behaviors to have greater financial success. 
By attending the monthly meetings, women are able to: 
  • Reduce debt
  • Increase savings
  • Find financial balance
  • Learn long lasting financial habits and strategies
  • Gain a new perspective
Meetings will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM with light refreshments.  There is no charge to join.

Register today and take the first step towards gaining YOUR financial freedom!

Email or call 215-563-5665 ext 3103 to reserve your spot now.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Club Crozer Medical Careers - Summer Program for High School Students*

Do you see yourself working as a nurse or a pharmacist? Maybe you envision yourself helping people as a social worker, a paramedic or physical therapist. The medical field is wide open to talented, caring people who have a passion for helping others and a keen interest in the medical sciences.
Is a Medical Career Right for Me?
If this sounds like you, then Club Crozer is your chance to explore allied health and nursing career opportunities in the convenience of a summer workshop. Designed for junior and senior high school youth in the community with an interest in health care careers, Club Crozer offers a five-day, structured week of hands-on learning, emergency care provider training, team building and problem-solving exercises.
Club Crozer 2012
This year's program will be held June 25-29, 2012. Activities begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. and are held at:

Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake
300 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills
More about Crozer Brinton Lake
Apply: Deadline is June 8, 2012
Space is limited and placement into the program is not guaranteed. To apply to the 2012 program, download the brochure and application below, complete the application, and mail it to:
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
EMS Department
One Medical Center Blvd.
Upland, PA  19013
Application Deadline: June 8, 2012

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Contact Club Crozer
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·        Call    610-447-6181

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