Author: Barbara Ormsby

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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We Are the Champions! Area leaders honor Young Ridley Little Leaguers

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com They may be only nine and 10 years old, but the Ridley Area Little League All-Star team, crowned the 2016 Little League East Regional Champions, exhibited their star power at the Ridley Township commissioners’ October meeting when they received, not only congratulatory resolutions from the commissioners, but also resolutions from Delaware County Council. The team also captured the 2016 Pennsylvania District 19 Championship, the 2016 state Section 8 Championship, the 2016 state championship and the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship before becoming the first team from Pennsylvania to win the East Regional title in the seven-year history...

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Rutledge to raise money for projects and mortgage

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Rutledge Borough Council approved the issuance of a $125,000 general obligation note at its September meeting to fund several borough projects and to pay off a mortgage the borough incurred many years ago to purchase the present borough building from the former Rutledge Fire Co. Council President Dave Waltz said the remaining… This content is for Print + Digital and Digital members only.Log In...

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To park or not to park is the Ridley debate

By BarbaraOrmsby bormsby@myspiritnews.com Ridley Park Borough Council heard opinions at its September meeting from several Baldwin Ave. residents about the change of one-side only parking on the street that runs off of Sellers Ave. There was a difference of opinion about the recent parking edict. One young woman, who said she has four young children, spoke of the inconvenience parking on one side of the street causes her while another man told Council he approves of limiting the parking to one side. And it appears that the recent construction of three new houses on the street is contributing to the parking and traffic woes because drive-way aprons for the houses cuts down on available street parking. Another resident said most homes on the street are no longer inhabited by one car families and that is also a factor in the parking problem. In dispute is whether or not the street was once a one-side-only parking thoroughfare. A Baldwin Ave. resident said if such an ordinance exists designating the parking restriction, it should be enforced. The existence of the parking ordinance for Baldwin, which is a dead end street, was not verified by the meeting night. Council President Bob Berger said a no-outlet sign was erected and hopefully that will help with the problem but Council will continue to monitor the situation. Council approved the purchase of a 2017 utility...

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