Thursday, March 22, 2012

Community Meeting Reminder


UPPER DARBY, PA 19082-3135

Thomas N. Micozzie                                                                                                                                 

                                                COMMUNITY MEETING

                                     YOUR CHILDREN   

Presented by Upper Darby Township
Officer Tom Nee, UDPD Community Affairs
March 24, 2012
11   AM
Prayer Chapel Fellowship Hall
7099 Locust St, Upper Darby, Pa.19082
                                      (Locust St. & Hampden Rd.)


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Community Meeting: Child Safety Information

On Saturday, March 24 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Upper Darby Township will present the meeting:

The meeting will be held at the Prayer Chapel Church of God Fellowship Hall.  This is an opportunity for residents to hear from Superintendant Michael Chitwood, Mayor Tom Micozzie, Township Council and members of various Township departments about ways to identify danger in your community and speak to your children.

The meeting will have a presentation by Officer Tom Nee and be opened for questions at the end.

For more information you can call The Weed & Seed Site Coordinator Joan Scanlon at 610-734-7793

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upper Darby-Lansdowne Rotary Club Flea Market

On Sunday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, a the Upper Darby-Lansdowne Rotary Club will have a flea market in the Upper Darby High School.  The rain date is set for May 27, 2012.

For further information, please call Duane Johnson at 610-259-1661 (ext 3008).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Citizens Police Academy

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood
An effort to promote a strong partnership between the Upper Darby Community and the Upper Darby Police Department resulted in the first Citizens Police Academy.

This program offers residents an opportunity to get a realistic look at the work of the Upper Darby Police Department.

Residents will work directly with officers and gain first hand knowledge about the departments that protect us, allowing a better understanding and perspective of law enforcement and the Upper Darby Police.

Applications must possess a valid driver's license, be at least 21 years old, and have no criminal record.

Applications can be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent.  They must be returned by Thursday, March 29, 2012.  Classes begin on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.  Each session lasts approximately two and half hours.  

For more information, call 610-734-7686.

Kick Butts!

Former Councilwoman Raya Fagg, Mayor Thomas Micozzie, Weed & Seed Site Coordinator Joan Scanlon

Picture courtesy of Chester Spirit
Communities across Pennsylvania have been "kicking butts out of parks" with the Young Lungs at Play initiative.

Young Lungs at Play is a health initiative funded by the PA Department of Health to promote clean air and bring awareness of the harm tobacco use can have on young children.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM, during the regular Township Council meeting, Upper Darby Township will be recognized for it's leadership in supporting this program.

For those smokers struggling to quit, Crozer Keystone and Ches Penn Health System are offering free smoking cessation groups in the Township.  Currently there is a session at Sellers Memorial Library, (76 South State Road) and a future session scheduled Thursday, Sept 27 at 5 the Municipal Branch Library (501 Bywood Avenue).

Council meetings are held the third Wednesday monthly at the Upper Darby Municipal Building, 100 Garrett Road.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Do You Talk Teen?

Mne Ps dntbleev der is a gNR8N d/c b/t em n thr teen*

If you had to peek below to figure out what the above message means you need to come to Grace Lutheran Church on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7 PM.

Weed and Seed of Upper Darby Township, Inc will be hosting a presentation from the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

This meeting is for parents to learn text lingo, understand how predators use the internet, and learn ways to protect their children while online.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7PM
WHERE: Grace Lutheran Church, 600 Edmonds Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA  19026 (Edmonds and School Lane)

For further information, please contact the Weed & Seed Office at 610-734-7793

* Many parents don't believe there is a generation disconnect betweem them and their teen.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Community Swim Program

The Upper Darby School District and the Department of Recreation and Community Services present a Community Swim Program.

The program is located at the Upper Darby High Scjool Pool. 

Classes offered range from Tiny Tots to Adult Classes. 

For more information, call 610-622-7000 ext 2375

Anything with a Plug

On Saturday, March 10 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Upper Darby High School, Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie and Upper Darby Township Council are offering residents the opportunity to recycle obsolete electronics.

This free service is open to all residents of Upper Darby Township.

All hard drives will be destroyed or wiped clean by eFORCE COMPLIANCE at the certified facility located in Philadelphia.

Items accepted are the following:
  • TVs
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Small Appliances
  • Cell Phones
For a complete list of items accepted for recycling, please visit the Upper Darby Township website.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Parenting Classes

Holcomb Behaviorol Health Systems has partnered with the Weed & Seed of Upper Darby Township, Inc to offer two interactive parenting programs.

Geared to parents with children from ages 10 to 18 years, the two classes will help parents learn skills that will:

  • Reduce problem behaviors including aggressions bwtween parents and teens
  • Increase communication and conflict resolution
  • Use multiple problem-solving and effective parenting strategies
  • Increase family unity and strengthening family relationships
Classes will be held on Monday, March 19th & 26Th from 1 to 3 PM at The Welcome Center, 7000 Walnut Street, Upper Darby.  To register, contact Holcomb Behaviorial Health Systems at 484-444-0412.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Stranger Danger

Unfortunately, there is a threat to the children in Upper Darby.  Superintendent of Police Michael Chitwood along with School Safety Chief Lou Gentile has placed a robo-call to families in the district to raise awareness about a suspect who has attempted to lure children into his car.

The suspect is a man described as a white male in his 50's, of heavy build with dark hair and some grey in it.  He is possibly driving a dark green minivan, possibly a Chevy Montana.  

Superintendent Chitwood reported that the first incident occurred on February 19th. He stated that several kids were playing in the alley of Highland and Derwyn when the man approached in the van and asked their names and where they lived. The second incident was on February 23rd around 5PM at Forrest and School Lane. The van, described as blue in this case, pulled up alongside a 15 year old female. When the girl looked over the man was exposed and masturbating. On March 5th, at Brookfield and Huey Avenue, a 15 year old was approached by the man in a green van, with grey interior. He got the student’s attention and was again seen exposing himself and masturbating. This morning at 6:50 in the Stonehurst section of Upper Darby a female student reported that a man fitting the same description called to her to get in the van, get in the van. The student ran.

Again it is time for us to remind our children of the need for awareness and safety. Remind them not to engage in conversation with strangers, or to go near cars. If they feel there is a danger, call 911, or run to a nearby adult and ask them to call 911.

This is the time the community needs to band together and keep a vigilant eye out for our children.  This is a time when the community needs to call 911 for anything suspicious.

The following are some websites that will provide additional information about talking to your children about stranger danger.

The following is a link for a printable Child Safety Kit that parents can use to began protecting their children.  

It takes a village to raise a child.  It takes a community to keep us all safe.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cobbs Creek Park Activities

Struck with Spring Fever?  Here are a few ways to get out of the house, and some fun ways to learn more about wildlife in Cobbs Creek Park. 

March 17th
Birds and Burbs

March 17, 2012
9 am
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
700 Cobbs Creek Parkway (63rd & Catherine Streets)

 Take a  walk with a naturalist to look for birds that spend the winter in Cobbs Creek Park as well as early spring flowers like Snowdrops and Winter Aconite. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Adults and children welcome. Call 215-685-1900 or email for more information. FREE!

March 24th
Winter Trees and Birds

9 am
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
700 Cobbs Creek Parkway (63rd & Catherine Streets)

Learn tips and tricks to identify trees in the winter and then take a walk though the park to see whaqt trees we can identify and what birds have been hanging out for the winter. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Adults and children welcome. Call 215-685-1900 or email for more information. FREE!

Beginner Bird Walk
March 31, 2012

9 am
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
700 Cobbs Creek Parkway (63rd & Catherine Streets)

Learn the basics of bird identification and binocular use. Then take a short walk with a naturalist to look for birds that spend the winter in Cobbs Creek Park as well as early migrants. Get prepared to be sharp for the bird bonanza coming during spring migration.  Binoculars will be available to borrow. Adults and children ages 10 and up. Call 610-685-1900 for more information. FREE!