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MEDIA —With Civil War monuments in the news recently, particularly those situated in the South, it is interesting to reflect on local monuments in our area. One of these, Delaware County’s Memorial to the Civil War, known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, features a Union soldier leaning on his rifle atop a 30-foot column and is located on the east side of the Delaware County Courthouse facing Olive Street.  The story of its creation is of particular interest during these times.

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MEDIA — Delaware County's most senior medical official issued recommendations pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which has killed more than 100 people and sickened thousands in China.

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NORRISTOWN — More than 30 superintendents from districts in five counties across the greater Philadelphia area announced their intentions to tackle charter school reform during a press conference Monday at the start of National School Choice Week. 

A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket sold for the Jan. 24 drawing matched all five balls drawn, 21-25-35-41-43, to win $200,000, less withholding. Lima Beverage, 14 S. Pennell Road, Media, earns a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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MEDIA — Changes keep a'coming to Delaware County as county council hired a human resources specialist to revamp hiring practices and as it prepares to host an ethics reform hearing next month.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Two Wallingford residents living right behind King Field at Strath Haven Middle School have filed a petition for a temporary and permanent injunction against the Wallingford Swarthmore School District, citing “extreme sound and light pollution,” according to Media attorney Gerard Schrom.

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ASTON — Much to the the dissatisfaction of the majority of residents who showed up to oppose it, commissioners Wednesday night voted 5-1-1 to approve the conditional use request of Springbrooke LLC for the development of a 36.5 acre parcel located at Pennell Road and Springbrooke Boulevard,

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ASTON — A meeting planned to discuss a conditional-use application submitted by Springbrooke Industrial LLC for the proposed Springbrooke Trade Center at Pennell Road and Springbrooke Boulevard was abruptly canceled, sparking questions from local residents.

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MEDIA — The solid Democratic Delaware County Council met for more than two hours Wednesday and already began making changes by scheduling nightly meetings, live streaming meetings and setting hours during the week to make themselves available to the public and to county employees.

CHADDS FORD — State Sen. Tom Killion, whose district has been held by Republicans since the 1800s, has announced his re-election bid for the seat he has held since 2016, and which straddles the boundaries of two suburban Philadelphia counties that have recently seen Democratic victories at the polls.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — Democrats officially took control of county government Monday morning with the swearing in of Dr. Monica Taylor, Christine Reuther and Elaine Paul Schaefer, who joined incumbent Democrats Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek on the five-member county council.

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NETHER PROVIDENCE – In fiscal year 2018, 22,491 refugees were admitted to the United States, a 58-percent drop from the 53,716 in 2017, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Of that number, approximately 6 percent were from Eritrea.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — It was standing room only Friday morning in the John V. Diggins Ceremonial Courtroom, where four new faces joined the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in a historic swearing-in ceremony often fraught with emotion and never lacking for applause.

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MEDIA — “Actress, musician, humanitarian, champion of the lost and friend to all,” was the opening of the program card for Celebrating the Life of Ann Crumb. The title says it all, according to Ruth Crumb, Ann’s aunt who developed the program.

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MEDIA — Delaware County Council unanimously approved hiring McGrath Human Resources Group for $102,452 to perform a compensation study of county and court employees with a goal to begin implementing parts of that study by the end of 2020.

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SWARTHMORE — Council approved the 2020 budget by a 6-0 vote. Councilwoman Betsy Larsen was excused. At just under $5.4 million, the overall budget was 3.5 percent higher than 2019. Property tax rate remains at 5.673 mills. Each $100,000 of assessed value calls for $567.30 in taxes.

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MEDIA — The house at 430 N. Monroe St. is arguably one of the best-known homes in the borough. For the hundreds (or thousands) of people who pass it daily, the stately gray stone structure makes one think, “I wonder what it’s like inside?”

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Wawa is taking a proactive approach to help customers who may have been affected by a months-long data breach this year that may have compromised credit card information used at any of the convenience store chain’s 850 locations up and down the East Coast.

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ASTON — The excitement was palpable on Monday morning as children, some in wheelchairs and using crutches, waited patiently for township officials and representatives from Energy Transfer to cut the ceremonial ribbon, marking the official opening of “Smiles in the Playground,” a special-needs accessible playground located on the grounds of the township community center.The playground is the long-awaited dream of resident Kit Spayd and her mother, Aston 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham.“Today has been 12 years in the making and it just all seems surreal,” Spayd said. “Look at the faces of these children; they are so happy. This is what it's all about. Now, children with special needs have a safe place to play.”Energy Transfer donated $305,000 for the all-inclusive playground that features swings, slides, a large climbing area, see-saw, merry-go-round, and other activities that allow children of all skill sets to play freely.“It is great to be here for the long-awaited opening of this playground,” said Hank Alexander, Energy Transfer vice president of business development. “We are honored to be part of this dream and bringing an idea to reality. We know this playground will bring smiles and inspire children ... Great things happen when we all remain committed to a goal. Energy Transfer is committed to giving back to the community. As they play here, we hope the children will develop friendships, make memories, and have many happy moments.”Spayd and her husband Nick are the parents of two daughters, one of whom has special needs. Spayd said when her daughter was younger she hoped for a special swing to be placed in a township playground for Olivia and other children in need.“Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined this,” she said. “It's just beautiful.”Ashlyn Marabella, multiple disabilities support teacher at Sun Valley High School, was on-hand for the ribbon cutting with her students, who seemed more than anxious to christen the new playground.“This is really incredible,” Marabella said. “It is an amazing experience for all these students to be included by the community. I know they appreciate it very much.”And Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale, in his remarks, summed up the day nicely.“The children in our community will be able to play with no limitations to their imagination. The smiles that will be seen at this playground will be priceless.”

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PHILADELPHIA — Media resident Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, recently received Global Philadelphia Association’s Globy Award for Heritag during the organization’s 2019 Globy Awards held at The Westin in Philadelphia.

Delaware County officials are looking to employ some new tools in tracking a mysterious petroleum smell that keeps popping up along the Delaware River and other potential hazards, Emergency Services Director Tim Boyce said Tuesday.

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MEDIA — Almost as soon as the last turkey leftover was eaten, Delaware County’s very-first pop-up Christmas bar opened in Media and it has been "jingle all the way" ever since.

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MIDDLETOWN — In an annual tradition, the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC) recently presented awards for environmental stewardship at the Barn at Tyler Arboretum in Media. This year, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College received the Organizational Stewardship Award; Apple Leisure Group of Newtown Square received the Corporate Stewardship Award; Tracy Bouvette of Swarthmore received the Environmental Leadership Award; and Kurt Leininger of Malvern as Volunteer Stewardship Award. The annual event is hosted by CRC to recognize extraordinary contributions by individuals and organizations for work and dedication to our watersheds.

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MEDIA — It has no proposed tax increase - for now - and only one member of the public voiced concerns with the $358 million county budget being presented. But some county council members found issues of perceptual concern.

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MEDIA — Along party lines, Delaware County Council approved DELCORA’s establishment of a Rate Stabilization Trust stemming from their asset sale to Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater. Republicans approved the measure and Democrats opposed it.