Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Let’s Shatter the Myths about Drug Abuse

Have you heard the news? The National Institute on Drug Abuse is holding the third annual National Drug Facts Week from January 28 - February 3, 2012. Taking part in National Drug Facts Week means you have the opportunity to help shatter the myths about drug use for teens.

Every day, teens are bombarded with conflicting messages that may leave them feeling confused and unsure of who to ask for information about drug use. With 7.4% of teens reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past year and 22.6% of 12th graders reporting using marijuana in the past month, it’s crucial to reach teens with the facts.

Wondering how you can take part? There are plenty of ways to get involved in National Drug Facts Week. You can:
  • Host a local event in your community -- don’t forget to register it online
  • Distribute the Drugs: Shatter the Myths booklet to teens
  • Take the National Drug IQ Challenge, which is updated each year
  • Become a social media partner
For lots more ideas and the latest news, visit the National Drug Facts Week website (

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Registration for FREE College Services for Delco HS Students

Registration for FREE Tutoring & SAT/ACT Prep Programs for
Delco HS Students Begins This Week
At The College Access Center-Widener University Campus

Parents and students from Delaware County are invited to register for a host of FREE after school College Preparatory programs  this week at the College Access Center located at 400 E. 21st Street ( on the corners of 21st Street and Providence Avenue) on campus of Widener University in Chester, PA..  Now entering its fourth year, the College Access Center has proven itself to be one of the most valuable places to go for information about college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and learning how prepare for life after high school. 

The College Access Center is the result of a unique partnership involving the Presidents of six local Colleges and Universities (Widener University, Swarthmore College, Delaware County Community College, Cheyney University, Neumann University, and Penn State University-Brandywine Campus).

This collaborative effort led to the creation of the Chester Higher Education Council, a nonprofit organization established to address the educational needs of county residents.  Their first major initiative was the College Access Center of Delaware County, located at 400 E. 21st Street, a building owned by Widener University.

The Center provides FREE College Preparatory services to high school students including a weekly SAT/ACT Class conducted by a Kaplan-Trained Facilitator, 1-on-1 Counseling, Homework Help, Tutoring, along with monthly workshops on admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.

Students interested in an ongoing and intensive pre-college experience can also sign up for the Center’s signature outreach initiative called the Road Map to College, which is a special program aimed at 9-12th graders who meet twice per week throughout the year to learn how “navigate” their way to college.  Participants also hear about careers from invited guests lecturers, take trips to colleges, and are provided regular mentorship from current college students.

To register your child for these FREE services, please call (610) 499-1391 as classes will fill up very fast.

More information about the College Access Center programs and services is available online by logging onto

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Delaware County Medical Reserves Training

You are invited to attend the next Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Orientation Training at 7 pm on January 29, 2013 at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Room 103, 200 Yale Avenue, Morton, PA 19070.  The MRC offers medical professionals and non-medicically trained volunteers the opportunity to receive training and be part of a team to support public health and disaster operations.  

Please register with Ed Kline at or by phone at 610-892-8134.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Upper Darby School Budget Input

The Penn Project for Civic Engagement has partnered with the Upper Darby School District and formed an advisory group to gain community input into the budgeting priorities for the 2013-2014 school year.  
The following information was taken from the Upper Darby Parent Coalition website
  Your voice is important to this process.  Please make every effort to attend the sessions.
Residents of Upper Darby School District are invited to participate in workshops about how to close an anticipated gap in the 2013 – 2014 school district budget. These workshops offer a chance to learn more about the District budget, work through different ways of balancing the District budget, identify tensions and trade-offs in the budgeting process and develop ways to address those tensions and trade-offs. The results of these forums will include residents’ priorities, a sense of the trade-offs among them and a set of values-based principles to help guide decision-making. The School Board/Administration has agreed to respond to the community by reporting how they used the forums in their decision-making.
Schedule of Community Budget Forums

Registration starts 30 minutes before each Forum. All residents of Upper Darby
Township are encouraged to attend one or more of the Penn Project for
Civic Engagement’s Community Forums.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watkins Senior Center
326 Watkins Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Tuesday, Mar. 5
7 p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Beverly Hills Middle School
1400 Garrett Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Sunday, Mar. 10
3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Drexel Hill Middle School
3001 State Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Monday, Mar. 11
7 p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Westbrook Park Elementary School
199 Westbrook Drive
Clifton Heights, PA 19018

Monday, January 21, 2013

Spring ESL 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 take place from February 4 until February 14, 2013.  

All participants must be 18 years old or older. Classes will be held from February 4, 2013 until April 25, 2013.  

Class Schedule:

Upper Darby High School
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Multi-Level ESL Classes
Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM
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
Accessible by the 101/102 trolleys

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free Walk-in Flu Clinic for Delco

Delaware County Council announced a free flu shot clinic in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Participants must be 6 months of age or older.  

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Place: Penn State Brandywine, Tomezsko Classroom Building (Lounge), 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media PA.

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, The Delaware County Council, and the Delaware County Flu Task Force.

For more information, call:

Delaware County State Health Center at 610-447-3250 or Delaware County Intercommunity Health Coordination at 610-891-5311.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Free Dental Services for Kids on MLK Day

From the Upper Darby School District Website

 Martin Luther King Day of Service - January 21, 2013

FREE Dental Hygiene services will be offered on MLK Day this year, January 21, 2013, as a community outreach effort at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.  The services include:
  • Application of cavity-preventing seals (“sealants”) on kids’ teeth
  • Oral exams
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Health care tips and instructions
Kids ages 6-13 are welcome!
The sealants provided during Harcum’s free service help to prevent future tooth decay and cavities, and aid in overall oral health. Harcum’s Sealant Saturday dental faculty & volunteers realize the importance of preventative care and strive to help children, families and the community to learn the value of oral care in overall health and wellness.
Sponsored by:
 The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists' Association and Harcum College
Hosted by:
The Cohen Dental Center at Harcum College
750 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Appointments are at 9 am & 1 pm.
Call ahead for an appointment!  Limited space is available.
610-526-6113 or 610-526-6015

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


The Penn-Del Amateur Radio Club and the Delaware County Skywarn Program are hosting a one day Ham Radio License class on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM at Maximillian's, 3001 Naamans Creek Rd, Upper Chichester, PA 19061.

Seating is limited so register early to secure your seat.

Please email any questions to

This is a one day session to quickly and easily become a licensed ham radio operator.  The "Ham in a Day" program has an excellent success rate.  There is no studying in advance, you attend for one day, and you're done!

Reserve your seat by sending a check for $45.00 to

Penn-Del ARC
2625 Central Ave, Upper Chichester, PA  19061
(Include a note with your name, phone number, and email address.)

"Test-Only" and "walk-ins" will not be accepted.

On February 13, bring a pencil, your social security number, and a photo ID.