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MIDDLETOWN — Township officials announced their intent to purchase more than 80 acres of Sleighton Farms property from Elwyn and will seek township voters' opinion on it in the May 21 election.

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SWARTHMORE — Duffers itching to break out their clubs, fans of mini-golf or just folks searching for a mid-winter diversion will have a solid option on Sunday, Feb. 10, when “Putt Putt Palooza” returns for a fourth year at the CADES school building.

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MIDDLETOWN — Motorists along Barren Road near Penncrest High School may notice a clear cut of trees.  It is not a new development, in fact it is part of Tyler Arboretum’s effort to refurbish a rare environment, serpentine barrens, the only one of its kind in Delaware County.

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MEDIA — Few issues in the borough have raised as many questions, concerns and expectations as the fate of the former D’Ignazio’s Towne House site since the iconic eatery was sold in 2015. That interest has been magnified in the last month with demolition on frontage of the Veterans Square structure.

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For the first time in this century, the month of January passed without a single homicide in Delaware County, according to 2000-2018 statistics compiled by the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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You've been warned! Police in Pennsylvania say they will be out in force on Super Bowl Sunday checking for fans who have overindulged on alcoholic beverages and then made the mistake of getting behind the wheel.

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Municipalities in Delaware County will see a change when they open up their solid waste bills this month, and that's related to the county only having four years of trash-holding capacity left and the need to prepare for the future.

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NETHER PROVIDENCE — A “gender-neutral” clothing policy adopted last year by the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board hit a sour note with a parent when her 10-year-old son was told a bow tie would not be acceptable wear for a winter concert.

DOWNINGTOWN — Two area school districts last week filed so-called “petitions to intervene” in a formal safety complaint against Sunoco/ETP. This complaint was filed in November 2018 by seven residents of Chester and Delaware counties and is currently pending before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

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MEDIA — The Media Fellowship House hosted its 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration on Sunday and bestowed honors on persons who have created better communities.

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PHILADELPHIA — For Joe Shuker, it was a strange case of role reversal this past week. Accustomed to collecting food for the needy, the Drexel Hill resident was in disbelief that he was scrambling to find food and other necessities for hundreds of federal workers at Philadelphia International Airport hit by the government shutdown.

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MEDIA — Council unanimously approved a motion to rescind a September 2017 proposed ordinance that would have rezoned the Broomall’s Lake Country Club property. The action came after a short executive session and a much longer amount of vigorous opposition during public comment.

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SWARTHMORE — Council’s January agenda included the item “Discussion of Appointment of Mayor.” That discussion was a half hour, at the end of which Democrat Marty Spiegel was chosen. It was not without complexities.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to score back-to-back Super Bowl victories as they make strides in the postseason after a “doink” of a victory against the Chicago Bears last week that scored them a one-point win and a seat in the NFC divisional round.

ASTON — Sr. James Frances McGlashen will join an elite group of individuals as a centenarian on January 18. She also will be celebrating her 75th anniversary as a Sister of St. Francis.

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Pennsylvania's deputy treasurer of consumer programs and public engagement announced his candidacy for Delaware County District Attorney Tuesday night during a meeting of the Haverford Township Democratic Committee, which he chaired from 2014 to 2018.

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NETHER PROVIDENCE — With emotions still raw over several racially charged incidents that have roiled the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, officials opted for updates and calls for calm Monday night rather than what had been billed as a community forum.

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Delaware County found itself at a crossroads in 2018. Two-party rule came to county government for the first time since its adoption of a home rule charter in the late 1970s. To an unfamiliar observer, at year’s end there is no immediate evidence that for 150 years the county was home to arguably the most successful Republican organization in the nation’s history, as Democrats captured the majority of state legislative seats and the now-sole U.S. House seat, and two scandals unfolded among the Republican ranks.

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BROOKHAVEN — Even as state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was moving to recommend that state Sen.-Elect Lindsey Williams, D-38, of Allegheny County, Pa. be sworn into office next week, activists across the state, and here in Delaware County, were delivering a petition supporting her.

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BROOKHAVEN — Council unanimously adopted a final 2019 operating budget totaling $5.69 million, reflecting a .05 real estate tax increase. Millage was set at 4.85 mills, an increase of 0.5 mills over the 2018 budget.

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MEDIA — Representatives of the firm that completed a risk assessment study of an accidental leak in the areas near gas transmission pipelines in Delaware County spoke directly to the public Monday evening to provide an overview of the risks associated with living in these controversial areas.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — An Upper Chichester man who previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and related charges for a December 2017 car crash that sent four nuns to the hospital has been sentenced to county intermediate punishment.

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UPPER PROVIDENCE — Each December members of the Rose Tree Fire Department recognize one volunteer for a particular type of service. At this year’s township council meeting, Fire Marshal Alan Mancill presented the Staci Jo Allen Memorial Award to Justyn Roth.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Delaware County Council will hold a public presentation of the Pipeline Risk Assessment on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the County Council Public Meeting Room, located on the first floor of the Government Center, 201 W. Front St., Media.

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SWARTHMORE — A group of Swarthmore College students Wednesday presented college President Valerie Smith with more than 1,000 signatures on a petition asking for the higher education institution to divest from seven companies that have contributed to what they claim is the Israeli Apartheid.