Author: Barbara Ormsby

What’s in a name? Morton says pride, parity and history

It has been more than 50 years since the Pennsylvania Department of Education mandated the merger of school districts, resulting in the consolidation of dozens of small districts in Delaware County into a total of 15 districts. Morton School District was ordered to merge with Springfield and the name of the new district became Springfield School District (SSD). But if Morton Borough Council has its way, that will change and the SSD will include the name of “Morton.” At its June meeting, Council decided to begin a discussion among members that probably will result in a formal request to the Springfield School Board to include the name “Morton” in its official and legal designation. “A school board, whose members are overwhelmingly Springfield residents, may not fully appreciate the importance of this one, small act to the taxpayers and students of a town a tenth their size,” said Councilman Bob McGrath, in a draft of his proposal. “Or of the gravity of the message that their failure to do so would be sending to our small, tight-knit community,” he continued. McGrath pointed out that Springfield Township and the Springfield School District are duplicate names of another township and school district in nearby Montgomery County. “And the confusion continues from there,” McGrath said in his draft proposal. “Does Morton pay its fair share for education? Many think not. Does Morton have...

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Child Hero, Young toddler saluted for saving infant sister from fire

The Ridley Township Board of Commissioners honored a young hero at its May meeting for acting on his own initiative to safely remove his baby sister when a clothes dryer caught fire in the basement of the family’s Leedom Estates home on May 7. Commissioners honored seven year-old Jackson Bauer with a citation presented by Sixth Ward Commissioner Mike MCrea. The police department gave the youngster a back pack that included a police badge, a water bottle and a shirt. Bauer received a standing ovation from the board and the audience after the presentation. Jackson’s father, Nathan, explained what...

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School board okays million-dollar field makeover

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com The athletic complex at Ridley High School will undergo a $1,426,688  renovation project, according to action taken by the Ridley School Board at its April meeting. School district Superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel said the work will not require new bonds or a tax increase. Work will not start until after the mid-June commencement exercises for the school’s Class of 2017, which takes place on the athletic field. The costs and the contractors include: turf replacement of the athletic field,  $476,482, Jones Turf Management; track repair, resurface and restripe, $365,600, American Athletic Track and Turf;  tennis courts...

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Township joins growing list of tobacco-free playgrounds and parks

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Ridley Township commissioners took action at their March meeting last week to make all parks and athletic fields in the township 100 percent tobacco free, effective immediately. Ridley joins a host of other communities to enact similar legislation, under the guidance of the “Young Lungs at Play” program. “Tobacco-free parks provide children with a clean and healthy place to play, as discarded tobacco waste makes parks and playgrounds look dirty and uninviting, as well as costly to cleanup,” said Commissioner Tom Donahue, who spearheaded the ban over the past month. Donahue quoted from EPA reports that...

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Giving Thanks (and Food) Area family brings holiday joy to cancer patients

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com The Colleluori family of Ridley Township continued a 10-year tradition this Thanksgiving by preparing and helping to serve the traditional holiday feast to patients receiving inpatient care at the Abramson Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and their families. The tradition honors the memory of 21 year-old Nicholas Colleluori, who died of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just two days after his family shared their last Thanksgiving with him at his bedside at HUP. Nick’s death sparked formation of the HEADstrong Foundation that provides direct financial assistance to families with a member undergoing cancer...

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