Monday, April 23, 2012

Economic & Leadership Summit

Listing of Events

The Multicultural Community Family Services (MCFS) will have their first annual Economic & Leadership Summit to be held from May 2, through May 5, 2012.  

The Economic and Leadership Summit will comprise of a series of workshops and seminars to be held during the 4-day event.  Summit Presenters, Panelists and Exhibitors will include representatives from local universities and trade schools, small business entrepreneurs, as well as leaders in the area of public policy, public safety, government, finance and budgeting.

The goals of the summit are to: (1) Engage participants in exploring the presenting challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship; (2) Raise awareness about the important role entrepreneurs play in job creation; (3) Motivate participants to become current and future generations of entrepreneurs; and
(4) Empower participants in developing self-awareness and leadership capabilities necessary for being
 effective change agents in the areas of education, community safety, personal finance and entrepreneurship. 

The Multicultural Community Family Services is a not-for-profit social service organization. MCFS was founded in 2003 to provide advocacy, educational, job readiness, counseling and recreation support services for African immigrant and refugee children and families who were resettling in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties.

Today, MCFS provides educational, job readiness, behavioral health, home care, and community outreach services to more than 800 diverse residents of Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.

To register for the event, click the link under the picture or contact Roselyn Gray at 484-461-8660.  Registration for this  closes on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Contact Portia Kamara  at the same number for additional information or questions.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Got Drugs? Drug Take Back Scheduled

UPPER DARBY TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APRIL 28 AT Upper Darby High School, 601 Lansdowne Ave., Upper Darby, PA

Press Release from Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Prevention Department

Upper Darby, PAOn April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Upper Darby Township and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to [site] at [address].  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills. 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Upper Darby Township and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Plant a Lifetree in Your Community

"This has been the most powerful message I've seen."

This is just one of many quotes that can be found on the Lifetree Cafe website.  Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Cafe is located at the Regency Café in Lansdowne PA at 29 N Lansdowne Ave.  

Discussions are held every Sunday evening from 6PM-7PM with contemporary topics.  This May,  some of the topics include "Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Abuse", "Mormons", "In The Beginning", and  "China's Dark Secrets"

Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Pastor David Anderson at 610-622-6161 or

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Get a Pal in PAL

In the mid 1940's, a police Sergeant noticed a group of boys playing ball in a busy police parking lot.  He encouraged the children to move inside to a a safer place, an old locker room at the station.  More boys begin to show up to play, and Sgt Gus Rangnow found his niche: helping children.*

The Police Athletic League, or PAL, promotes itself as "Cops and Kids working together for a better tomorrow". 

The Upper Darby chapter of PAL continues this tradition with PAL Basketball sign ups this Saturday, April 14 at Beverly Hills Middle School from 9AM to 3PM.  Additional sign ups will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 6PM to 9PM and Wednesday, April 25 from 6PM to 9PM.  There is a cost of $50.00 due at registration.

The season runs from April 30 through July 31, Monday through Friday from 6PM to 10PM and is open to youths age 9 to 17.  

To make this season successful, coaches are definitely needed.  A meeting for coaches has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 at 7PM during sign-ups.

Applications will be available at the schools, The Municipal Building, and The Upper Darby Welcome Center.

For more information, contact Aaron Arlington at 267-242-4103 or Missy Murray at 610-772-4919.

Additional information about Philadelphia's history with PAL can be found here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Second Cobbs Creek 5K/Fun Walk

"I love running off pavement. The race was nice running; it’s a beautiful route. Hard to believe it’s an urban area."
Joe Piette, Darby Cobbs Partnership

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On Saturday, April 21, 2012 Cobbs Creek Park will have their second 5K run and One Mile Fun Walk.

This event is being run by the professional team that puts on the Annual Broad Street Run.  The course is designed to show the beauty of the park, promote the safety of the park, and engage residents in a healthier lifestyle.

For those not up to running, a One Mile Fun Walk is also available to highlight the beauty that is Cobbs Creek Park.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Celebrate on Skates

On Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, come out to CN Skate Palace in Aston for Holcomb Behavioral Services Annual Skate Party!

This event is free to any Delaware County Resident.

To RSVP or additional information, please call 484-444-0412

Monday, April 2, 2012

Free Tax Preparation

Don't miss your last chance to get free tax assistance from PathWaysPA!  Volunteers will be at the Upper Darby Welcome Center on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 1:30PM to 4:30 PM.
Call 610-874-7784 for your appointment today!