NETHER PROVIDENCE— At its July 25 meeting, Nether Providence commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution seeking to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania by supporting legislation calling for nonpartisan redistricting reform.
State-wide, 321 municipalities and 20 counties have passed a Fair Districts Resolution calling for nonpartisan redistricting reform. The Nether Providence Township Council joins Delaware County Council and twelve municipalities in Delaware County, including Chadds Ford, Chester Heights Borough, East Lansdowne Borough, Haverford Township, Lansdowne Borough, Media Borough, Middletown Township, Radnor Township, Rose Valley Borough, Swarthmore Borough and Yeadon Borough.
Gerrymandering is the practice in which the governing party gains unfair political advantage by manipulating electoral district boundaries. House Bill 23 would create, by state statute, an Independent Citizens Commission to draw congressional maps. House Bill 22 would extend the role of the commission, by state constitutional amendment, to state legislative districts, i.e., PA House of Representatives and PA Senate.
The two bills would result in one commission. Commissioners would be randomly selected from a list of qualified citizen candidates. Their work would be accountable to voters to make the redistricting process fair, transparent and provide for meaningful public input.
According to Carol Kuniholm, Chair of Fair Districts PA, “The US is the only major democracy that allows legislators a role in drawing their own district lines. For years Pennsylvania has been one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation. The resolution is an affirmation of our nation's founding principle: government of, by and for the people.”
Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, statewide coalition of individuals and organizations who believe free and fair elections are the foundation of democracy. Its mission is to ensure the redistricting process in Pennsylvania is impartial, transparent and accountable. Learn more at www.fairdistrictspa.com.
Pianist Dalton Ridenhour makes solo debut at Community Arts Center
Missouri native Dalton Ridenhour, who has been a student of the ragtime and stride piano traditions since an early age, makes his Tri-State Jazz Society solo debut at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, 2 p.m. Sunday, August 11. A seasoned piano player, Dalton, based out of New York City, plays locally and internationally with various groups including Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, The Lovestruck Balladeers, Naomi and Her Handsome Devils, Goodbye Picasso, and Mona's Hot Four. His festival appearances have included The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival and The West Coast Ragtime Festival, to name a few, and he has performed for Tri-State Jazz Society previously with Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band and Mike Davis’ New Wonders Jazz Band.
His debut solo CD “Eccentricity” features standards and select rarities making it a great listen for well-versed traditional jazz lovers as well as those new to the genre.
Member admission is $10, general admission is $20. As an introductory offer, people can start a new, first-time TSJS annual membership for $20 at the door and receive free admission to this concert. Full-time students with ID and children accompanied by a paying adult are free. There are no advance sales or reservations. Dancing is welcome at all performances. The Arts Center is less than a mile from the Media-Swarthmore exit of I-476 and has free parking. For information see www.tristatejazz.org or call 856-720-0232.
Tri-State Jazz Society, formed in 1988, is dedicated to the preservation and live performance of early jazz, including traditional New Orleans, Dixieland, swing, ragtime, stride piano and boogie-woogie. The society’s concerts feature leading professional small bands and soloists. All events are open to the public and anyone who enjoys traditional jazz is invited to join. A concert is usually presented monthly, alternating between Wallingford and Haddonfield, NJ, to serve the entire Delaware Valley. Tri-State Jazz Society is a non-profit educational corporation supported by its members.
BLC Community Fair connects Chester residents to health and wellness
More than 5,000 local students, families, and community members will join the Better Living Center Community Development Corporation’s (BLC) 16th Annual Community Fair 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Better Living Center, 501 Yarnall Street, Chester. As part of its mission to empower and improve the lives of Chester and Delaware County residents, BLC’s annual community event provides key resources, information, and services to Chester residents
Over the past 15 years, more than 10,000 community members have connected with essential services at BLC’s annual community event and its back-to-school drive has collected and donated more than 6,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students, with the help of partners Keystone First, Philly Tools for Schools, and Cradles to Crayons. More than $150,000 in donated back-to-school items have been distributed to local teachers and students so far.
The event will feature more than 20 vendors and service providers, including local businesses and non-profit organizations. It will also include a children’s sports fun zone with activities hosted by the Philadelphia Union soccer team.
Funds raised during the annual community event help fund BLC programs throughout the year, including its food pantry, clothing drive, technology center and the YMCA sponsored summer camp. Additional funds raised through BLC’s capital campaign will support new programming with an emphasis on closing the digital divide, including coding, robotics, and application design. The BLC serves more than 3,000 residents each year.
Sponsors of the 16th Annual Community Fair at the Better Living Center include Keystone First, Philly Tools for School, Macedonia SDA Church, UPS, Forman Mills, Chester Community Charter Schools and Wawa.
The Better Living Center Community Development Corporation (BLC) was founded in 2003 and received 501c3 nonprofit status in 2014. BLC provides essential community services to the residents of Chester and Delco to empower them and improve their lives, including a food pantry, clothing drive,
technology center, YMCA sponsored summer camp, and annual community fair. For more information, visit www.betterlivingcdc.org/.
O’Mara hosts second Spotted Lanternfly interactive awareness event
State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will host a second Spotted Lanternfly Interactive Awareness event from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Radnor Twp.
O’Mara last week hosted a Spotted Lanternfly event in Broomall. This event in Radnor Township will feature guest speaker Heather Leach from Penn State’s Department of Entomology. The presentation will include showing the types of trees the spotted lanternflies infest and other ways to spot the invasive insect.
Those interested in attending, or anybody seeking more information, can call O’Mara’s office at 610-544-9878.
Author Bruce Mowday releases new book ‘Stealing Wyeth’
Award-winning local newspaper reporter and author Bruce Mowday will host his first book signing and talk for his new book, “Stealing Wyeth,” Saturday, Aug. 17 at Kathy’s Corner Store in North East, MD. The author will continue with talks and signings, scheduled in four states
Stealing Wyeth is being released August 5 by Barricade Books of Fort Lee, NJ. The book recounts the theft of 15 famous works of art worth millions of dollars from the estate of Andrew Wyeth. Seven of the paintings were by Andrew Wyeth, six by his son Jamie and the other two by other artists. The book details information about the Wyeth family, the theft, the criminals and the law enforcement team.
Books are available through Barnes & Noble, Barricade Books and Amazon. Mowday has authored 20 books on true crime, history, sports and business. All of Mowday’s upcoming events and books can be viewed at www.mowday.com.