Author: Barbara Ormsby

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 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 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 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 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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