First Marple Newtown School District Resource Officer honored for service – Delco Times

MARPLE — Compassus Hospice in Newtown Square recently honored patient Pati Kreisher for her service to the Marple Newtown School District as the district’s first female School Resource Officer. Marple Township Police Chief Brandon Graeff presented Kreisher with a plaque for her service to the Marple Police Department and the Marple Newtown School District. He also gave her laminated copies of her original job applications to the department.

Kreisher speaks very fondly about working in Marple Newtown High School. When she first accepted the position, they did not even have a uniform for her and she walked the halls in jeans and a T-shirt for the first three weeks on the job. Kreisher said that did not believe in carrying a weapon in the school, and relied on her wits to de-escalate issues.
She had applied twice for the job. As she was being honored earlier this month, she evoked laughs when she asked Graeff if she had told any lies on her application.

Marple Newtown School Superintendent Dr. Tina Kane offered remarks about Kreisher’s importance as a role model to young students, who were inspired to see a female in a nontraditional role. Kane stated that Kreisher’s service challenged young women, including Kane, to believe in their dreams. Kane gifted Kreisher with a bag of Tiger swag, which the honoree quickly donned with great pride.

Wallingford Presbyterian Church’s Strawberry Festival offers food and fun

After a two-year hiatus, the Strawberry Festival is returning to Wallingford Presbyterian Church. Strawberries, sugared or not, are just one of the attractions at their namesake festival, to be held 5-8 p.m., Monday, June 6.

Guests can enjoy hot dogs grilled by members of Boy Scout Troop 277 at Wallingford Presbyterian’s 71st Annual Strawberry Festival, as well as meat and vegetarian hoagies and roast beef and meatball sandwiches. Homemade cakes, ice cream and strawberries, or any combination, will be available for dessert.

Activities for children will include a moon bounce, dunk tank, assortment of games with prizes and a pocket lady. Used books and plants from a local greenhouse and members’ gardens will be also be sold.

Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival will be used to support Chester Eastside Inc. summer camp and the church’s Scout troops.

Wallingford Presbyterian Church is located at Brookhaven and Avondale roads, Wallingford. For more information, call 610-566-1644 or visit

St. Joseph Place holds two information sessions for affordable senior housing

Catholic Housing and Community Services’ newest affordable senior housing that will be coming to Collingdale in October will hold two information sessions in June.

The new development is the conversion of two former St. Joseph School buildings. St. Joseph Place will be professionally managed by HumanGood, one of the nation’s largest and most reputable nonprofit operators of senior living communities. It will offer 50 one-bedroom apartments, on-site property management, a social worker to assist the residents, ample parking, a pet-friendly environment, and close access to the trolley. The stylish, comfortable apartments blend modern living with the buildings’ historical architectural features. The housing is geared to seniors 62 and above, at or below 60% AMI, and many of the units are subsidized.

Information sessions will be held 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Collingdale Borough Hall, 800 MacDade Blvd., Collingdale, and 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 22 at Friendship Circle Senior Center on the campus of Trinity-Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in St. Bernard Hall, 600 S. Wycombe Ave., Yeadon.

The application day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Collingdale Borough Hall. People should arrive with their completed application, which will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The application forms will be available at both information sessions. If unable to attend, call 610-238-4438 or visit to request an application.

Splash Surf Club continues to accept new members

Splash Surf Club in Marple will celebrate the start of their fourth season on Saturday, May 28. The family-oriented swim club offers three pools, private cabanas, yard games, upgraded concessions, and a variety of new amenities ready to be enjoyed during the 2022 season.

This year members will be able to enjoy even more options of water-filled fun with the newly added adult-only heated pool, a new children’s Splash pool with water features and fountains, and a covered pavilion to relax. The main pool received an upgraded diving board and additional shaded areas to cool off. Splash also added over a dozen new cabanas available for rent, all with a poolside view. The cabanas are reserved through the entirety of the season and allow members to enjoy dedicated shaded seating every time they visit. For those who need a water break, a brand new half-court basketball area, 20-foot Gaga pit, and oversized yard games of chess and checkers await. Family-friendly entertainment, live music, and movie nights will be scheduled throughout the season as added benefits for members to enjoy. To kick off the summer, Splash is offering a variety of fun-filled events for the entire family including live music and games all Memorial Day Weekend long. Splash is currently accepting a limited number of new memberships for the 2022 summer season, with no residency requirements. Splash is located at 2705 Sunset Blvd in Broomall, and will be open daily, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting this weekend.

Memberships can be secured online by visiting

Darby Colwyn Class of ’66 holds reunion

Darby Colwyn Class of 1966 will hold its 56th Reunion, 8- 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Yard Pub, West Chester Pike, Havertown.
Ticket price of $30 includes buffet dinner and cash bar. To attend, mail checks payable to: Elaine Kilian to 113 Forest Ave., Folsom, Pa. 19033. For more details, contact

St. John Chrysostom Parish holds e-waste recycling event

St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, will host a Community e-Waste Recycling event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the rear parking lot. PAR Recycle Works, which provides transitional employment and skills to reintegrating adults, is the partner and beneficiary for the event.

The event will accept PCs, CPUs, laptops. Monitors, phones, surge protectors, AV equipment, keyboards, mice, hard drives, motherboards, gaming equipment, printers, scanners, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, fax machines, Christmas lights, electronic decorations, routers and more.
Most items are recycled for free, but flat-screen TVs, air conditioners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and a few other items have modest tipping fees.
For questions, contact Mary at or 610-874-3418, ext. 106.

Department of Human Services extends LIHEAP season to June 17

Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead recently announced that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program season has been extended once more, with the deadline moving to June 17. Snead also urged Pennsylvanians who are behind on or having trouble paying home heating bills to apply for assistance through the LIHEAP to apply for LIHEAP Cash and LIHEAP Crisis benefits ahead of the new June 17 deadline.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program administered by DHS that provides assistance for home heating bills so low-income Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe in their homes. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. DHS has been able to provide increased benefits for this extended LIHEAP season due to the availability of funds through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Pennsylvanians can apply for LIHEAP online at

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