Friday, January 31, 2014

Sounds of Upper Darby

“Sounds of Upper Darby”
International Mother Language Day

January 31, 2014 – Upper Darby, PA. Upper Darby Township and Upper Darby Multicultural Commission will Present International Mother Language Day 2014.

On February 22, 2014 Upper Darby Township and the Upper Darby Multicultural Commission (UDMCC) will host International Mother Language Day at Beverly Hills Middle School.  Beverly Hills Middle School is located at 1400 Garrett Road, Upper Darby, PA.  The school has ample parking and is accessible by public transportation.
Last year, Mayor Thomas Micozzie proclaimed February 21, 2013 as International Mother’s Language Day.  He remarked that:

“Upper Darby Township is proud of the diversity of culture and the rich traditions that so vitally enhance our community. It is key to protect linguistic diversity in our township cultural acceptance. International Mother Language Day endorses the fact that languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. It is important to note the Upper Darby Township and School District incorporates over 62 languages and dialects in this very proud and diverse community.

Language is fundamental to communication of all kinds, and it is communication that makes change and development possible in human society. There is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in strengthening collaboration and attaining quality education for all.”

In November 1999, the General conference of the United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural organization proclaimed the 21st day of February of every year as International Mother Language Day. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. This is an event in world history where citizens of a country gave their lives in a non-violent protest movement to retain the right to use their mother language.

The event on February 22 will celebrate cultural diversity and multilingualism.  There are fun activities for children and families.  Everyone is invited. The event is free and open to all.

For additional information, call Raya Fagg at 610.734.7784 or email  

The Upper Darby Multicultural Commission was developed in October 2013 by Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie and Former Councilman Reverend Nate Goodson to cultivate the growing diversity in Upper Darby Township.  The UDMCC will provide information for diversity models for policy recommendations on crime, housing, education, nutrition, and economic development. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Notario Fraud Project

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Raya Fagg
Upper Darby Township Welcome Center
(610).734.7784 or

“The Wrong Help Can Hurt”
The Notario Fraud Project

January 2, 2014 – Upper Darby, PA. The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center has partnered with Vanessa Stine of the Notario Fraud Project to present an information session about fraud in the immigrant community.  The one hour session will be held at The Welcome Center on Monday, January 27, 2014, from 10 AM to 11 AM with time for questions. 

In many Spanish speaking countries, a notario, which is a public notary in the U.S., is a lawyer.  There is an issue with individuals advertising legal services as notarios, and thus confusing immigrants and tricking them into paying thousands for the "expertise."  On top of that, not all lawyers are good lawyers - there are some lawyers who willfully mislead clients and cheat them out of thousands by telling them they have a way to get papers when in reality there is no legal path for them.  Stand up and say enough is enough - help combat notario and immigration fraud in the Philadelphia area.  

The Notario Fraud Project was started by Vanessa Stine, a Villanova University Law Student, to raise awareness about the issue.  Stine has a mission to educate about the legal remedies available to victims of fraud.  The project has conducted research, interviews, and identified possible solutions for residents who have been deceived through illegal practices. 

The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center is dedicated to assisting residents new to the country.  The center is located at 7000 Walnut Street and open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 
The event is free and open to all, however, space is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling Raya Fagg at 610.734.7784 or emailing   

The Upper Darby Township Welcome Center and its programs are sponsored by Upper Darby Township, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor

Good Things Come to The Goodwill!

Happy New Year!! 

Several new classes will be offered at the Job Resource Center in Lansdowne this month:

Note: All classes will be held at the Upper Darby Goodwill located at 201 E Baltimore Avenue

Free GED Classes
The Job Resource Center is partnering with Pathways PA to offer free GED classes in the Job Resource Center classroom.  Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 7th and will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.  Classes will operate on an open enrollment system (interested individuals can join at any time) and typically last 10 weeks.  To enroll, call Britney Gaines at (610) 543-5022 ext. 261, or email  Getting your GED is a great first step in making yourself more marketable to potential employers!

Free Budgeting & Financial Literacy Classes
The Job Resource Center is partnering with Clarifi to offer a series of free financial literacy workshops in the Job Resource Center classroom.  Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 14th and will be held in the afternoons from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  These workshops are designed to help participants establish a budget, save more money, improve credit, and reduce debt.  Sign up for one workshop or all three!

-          Tuesday, January 14th: Saving for your Goals
-          Tuesday, January 21st: Show Me My Money! A Lesson about Budgeting
-          Tuesday, January 28th: Understanding your Credit Report

To register, stop by the Job Resource Center or give us a call at (610) 623-2973.  While class attendance is free, childcare will not be provided. 

Free Job Search & Employability Skills Classes
Finally, we will be hosting a new round of Job Search & Employability Skills classes in the Job Resource Center classroom on Thursday mornings and afternoons during the month of January.

-          Thursday, January 9th:      Computer Job Search for Beginners (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
-          Thursday, January 16th:    Computer Job Search for Beginners (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
                                                  Basic Microsoft Word (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
-          Thursday, January 23rd:   Computer Job Search for Beginners (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
                                                  Interviewing Skills (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
-          Thursday, January 30th:    Computer Job Search for Beginners (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
                                                                  Mock Interviews (1:00 – 3:00 p.m., by appointment)

To register, stop by the Job Resource Center or give us a call at (610) 623-2973.  Pre-registration is required, as class space is limited.