Author: Katie Kohler

Good News; Community Transit hits the 7’s jackpot and marks a milestone

The wheels on the Community Transit (CT) bus go ‘round and ‘round and by doing so, keeps the Delaware County senior citizen community in motion.  “Without Community Transit, the aging community would come to a halt,” said Kim McDaniel, a Senior Community Services (SCS) center director. “They are the key to getting people not just here, but to the doctors and other places. They really are dependent on them.” Last Friday morning Community Transit of Delaware County marked the 7,777,777th trip provided to residents of the county and acknowledged SCS’s 40th anniversary. SCS was one of the inaugural agencies to provide...

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Advocate uses comedy to deliver serious message

The self-proclaimed “Kevin Hart of crackheads” held an audience of 280 people rapt at the 20th anniversary celebration of the partnership between the Delaware County Department of Human Services and Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania last Wednesday at the Drexelbrook. Keynote speaker Tonier Cain, paced in an invisible small box on the dais, using her hands for emphasis, while she shared details of her horrific childhood, 19 years of prostitution, homelessness and drug addiction, and, finally, her redemption. “I don’t know if I move around because I have a lot of energy or it’s the crack in my system...

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County celebrates 20 years of behavorial health partnership

In recognition of 20 years of behavioral health leadership and the partnership demonstrated by the Delaware County HealthChoices program, more than 280 individuals joined County Council, the County Department of Human Services and Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania for an awards program and anniversary celebration last Wednesday in Drexel Hill. Along with providing mental health inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, which are offered 24-hours, seven days-a-week through crisis services, the HealthChoices program provides substance abuse treatment, detoxification, and rehabilitation services for residents struggling with addiction. “Magellan does their work outside the box,” said Jonna L. DiStefano, administrator, Office of Behavioral...

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Calls are many; people are few Volunteers, where are you?

When the fire alarm rings, who will answer the bell? It almost seems silly to ask when Delaware County is dotted with fire stations. Collingdale, Sharon Hill and Clifton Heights, for example, are all located within two miles of each other. But the question is serious. The current number of 72,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania is far less than the mid-1970s high of 300,000. State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, believes reasons for the decline include more stringent training requirements, consolidations of fire companies and a simple but key factor...

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Path of Destruction? School leaders fear dismantling of public education

As school districts finalized their budgets for the next school year, local school officials and advocates called on the state to do its fair share for education during a press conference last week at the Southeast Delco Kindergarten Center. On average, states across the country cover 45 percent of school funding costs but Pennsylvania’s contribution to education funding is only 37 percent, one of the lowest in the country. As a result, schools are overly dependent on local school districts which account for 56 percent of school funding. Calling the state of education funding unfair and inadequate, speakers repeatedly...

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