Author: Loretta Rodgers

Brookhaven parade kicks-off holiday season

Brookhaven residents lined the streets last Saturday afternoon to watch the borough’s annual holiday parade, which for locals, marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. Dedicated to the Girl and Boy Scouts, the parade featured four string bands — Hegeman, Greater Overbrook, Broomall, and Aqua; the Sun Valley High School Marching Band, antique cars, fire apparatus, police vehicles, clubs, organizations, dance schools, scouts, local businesses, Brookhaven Town Watch, Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade is organized each year by a committee that includes chairman and Brookhaven Councilman Vawn Donaway, Stephanie Donaway, Linda...

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Brookhaven fire department gets new thermal cameras

The Brookhaven Fire Department was recently awarded a $16,355 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which makes it the largest single contribution made to the department by a business operating in the borough. The fire department used the funds to purchase two hi-tech, color thermal imaging cameras, capable of locating hot spots, ventilation points, trapped people and more. “We are so grateful for this generous grant that helped us purchase these cameras,” said Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella. “It was time for us to replace our old cameras, which were 10 years old and outdated, so this...

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Honoring the Fallen; Trainer vets memorial was a dream realized

Trainer Councilman James Cassidy said he remembers former borough Mayor Russ Cole often speaking about wanting to have a veteran’s memorial in the community. Cole’s dream became reality when a memorial — complete with hardscape, American flags, and memorial bricks — was erected at the entrance of Henry Johnson Park on Veteran’s Drive. “I thought it would be a great idea to have a memorial,” Cassidy said. “So, I drew some sketches and spoke to local contractor Alan Boates, who helped us tremendously.” The actual memorial has been up for about a year, but the red engraved bricks were...

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The Big Sweep; Dems trounce Republicans in most contested races

As the night wore on, the mood changed drastically at the Springfield Country Club, where Republican candidates gathered to wait for election results. Initially, it seemed the GOP would retain their seats and claim victory as they have in the county for decades. But, it was not to be. At the end of the night, with 100 percent of precincts reporting throughout the county, with the exception of Republicans Christine Fizzano Cannon and Jack Whelan, who were victorious in their quests for judge of the Commonwealth Court and judge of the Court of Common Pleas respectively, Tuesday’s county elections...

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Aldan gets new mayor, councilman

Aldan Council unanimously appointed Carmen Maniaci mayor of the borough. He is filling the unexpired term of Mayor Joseph Blackburn, who was appointed in April to fill the unexpired term of longtime Mayor James Hopely who retired for medical reasons. Blackburn resigned or due to job obligations. Maniaci, a Republican, has been a resident of Aldan for 20 years. He is married with two children and works for Delaware County as manager of the Shipping and Receiving Department. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Mercy Vocational High School and attended Delaware County Community College. Maniaci,...

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