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Historic police graduation includes record number of women

Ten female cadets – the most to have graduated at one time from Delaware County Community College’s (DCCC) Municipal Police Academy – were among 67 students lauded at the college’s Municipal Police Academy graduation ceremony held last week at Ridley High School in Folsom. Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, herself a historic figure in her position, noted the occasion. “Among you this evening, are 10 women who have mastered the academics, physical conditioning, driving skills and firearms accuracy required to receive state municipal police officer certification,” she said. “As a woman who served in the U.S. Air Force at...

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Court favors privacy for Sec. 8

In a case involving the Chester Housing Authority (CHA), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled public housing authorities can keep the addresses and names of Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) participants private. The program is commonly called Section 8. “Too often, we have seen public officials try to paint a scarlet letter on the homes of low-income families, vets and others who receive assistance from the government in paying their rent,” said CHA Executive Director Steven A. Fischer. “This ruling clearly states that housing authority clients cannot be singled out.” The case stems from a 2014 Right to Know request...

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Tips for Keeping Your Busy Family Organized

When it comes to busy families, things have a habit of becoming scattered quickly. Here are five ways to keep everything and everyone organized, all the time. 1. Centralize Information. Hang an erasable calendar or family to-do list in a high-traffic area of the home where everyone can see it, so that everyone can add appointments, practices, vacations, school plays and other events. Be sure to hang it at a height appropriate for all members of the family, big and small. 2. Planned Meal Prep. Pick one day a week to plan meals and snacks for the days ahead....

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Tips for Choosing and Using Your 2018 Medicare Health Plan

It’s that time of year again: The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Medicare is a critical source of health care for millions of Americans who are age 65 and older and for younger people with certain qualifying disabilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets this time for people eligible for Medicare to select or make changes to their plans for the following year. For people with Medicare, there is nothing more important than maintaining physical and financial independence. The right health care plan can help. It can ensure...

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Editorial Democrats Run Dirty, Disgusting Campaigns; Have Nothing to Offer

People have long decried “politics” as “a dirty business.” It’s kinda true, especially in the context of people throwing real “dirt” into the game by lying about their opponents. Take the races for Delaware County Council and row offices, for example. Every Republican running for judge (Jack Whalen), County Council (incumbent Dave White and former MDJ John Perfetti) and the row offices (incumbent Sheriff Mary McFall-Hopper, Controller candidate Robert Kane and Register-of-Wills candidate Beth Naughton-Beck) has solid track records of longstanding public or community service. On any given day, many, if not most, of the GOP contenders are seriously engaged in retail politics; pressing the flesh, meeting voter-constituents and listening to the people’s concerns. Go to any of the 49 municipalities in the county and you will find people who know these candidates both by name and reputation because they always show up and contribute to the cause or community, even when they aren’t running for office. They are engaged in true community service, whether fighting the drug scourge, protecting the interests of the elderly, or simply rooting for young athletes and encouraging good citizenship. Can’t say the same for their Democratic challengers. We aren’t familiar with them; we’ve never seen them contributing to Delaware County community life; their names are not known and their campaigns have offered nothing in the way of ideas that would make Delco better....

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