Author: Katie Kohler

Chester seeks to learn from Norway prison leader

The State Correctional Institution-Chester (SCI-Chester) hosted the warden of Norway’s Halden prison, Are Hoidal, last Monday afternoon to get insights from what many media outlets call, “the most humane system in the world.” Jordan Hyatt, a Drexel criminologist, facilitated Hoidal’s visit to the area that included SCI- Chester and other Pennsylvania prisons during the week. The purpose of the visits was to share perspectives and discuss how to best deal with crime and corrections. “Regardless of what side of the pond you are from, all correctional leaders understand that we are in the human business,” said SCI-Chester Superintendent Marirosa...

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Guest opinion: “Clueless” about cars finds hope in Upper Darby

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the curb next to the air pump at Wawa with a completely flat rear passenger side tire. In the span of fifteen minutes three men asked if I needed help. They each approached me the same way you might a severely injured bear. They weren’t sure if I had the demeanor of Winnie the Pooh or the bear from “The Revenant.” I understand men being respectful. They don’t want to seem threatening by approaching a woman in a parking lot who is clearly in distress. They probably don’t want to just...

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25 Years of Raising a Village

Women’s and Children’s Health Services celebrates improved maternal and birth outcomes with week of events Women’s and Children’s Health Services in Delaware County believes it takes a village to help a mother birth a healthy baby. During the week of September 11th they thanked various members of their village by hosting a week-long series of events to celebrate twenty-five years of serving and partnering with families to help the youngest citizens get off to the best possible start in life. “You don’t reach that landmark successfully without partnering with other organizations,” said Katie Kenyon, Community Development Coordinator. “It’s all...

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Trump aide Conway visits Delco

Kellanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price M.D. visited the Mirmont Treatment Center on Friday as a part of a listening to learn from those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Price also announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an additional $144.1 million in grants to prevent and treat opioid addiction in support of President Trump’s commitment to combat the opioid crisis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will administer the grants. “Those supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in our local...

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Leaders call for unions to help kids

On the day after Labor Day, Congressmen Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) focused their efforts on jobs. They joined area labor leaders at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 654 in Boothwyn to call on Congress to pass legislation the lawmakers authored that will make apprenticeships more affordable for individuals seeking a skills-based education. They are making a bipartisan push for passage of H.R. 3395, the 529 Opening Paths to Invest in Our Nation’s Students (OPTIONS) Act, which enables individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs to fund tools and equipment for the program out of a “529”...

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