Newtown Historical Commission calls for history-loving volunteers – Delco Times

NEWTOWN – The Newtown Board of Supervisors is looking for a few interested people to join its Historical Commission.

The ordinance establishing the commission took almost 20 years to draft and was finally passed this year. The commission will help the township protect its inventory of historically rich resources that have become a staple of Pennsylvania and American history.

The Newtown Historical Commission will consist of seven individuals residing in Newtown to perform the following duties: identify properties and historic structures in Newtown Township; Encourage historic preservation by educating residents about historic structures and buildings in the township; help owners of historic structures nominate them for the National Register of Historic Places; make ownership of a historic structure affordable; Discourage demolition of historic structures or, if demolition cannot be avoided, preserve documentation and resources relating to the structure as much as possible.

Current historic properties located in Newtown include: Hood Octagonal School House, 1842 at 3500 West Chester Pike; the Square Tavern, 1742, at 298 N. Newtown Street Road; the Paper Mill House, 1770, 1845 at 2 Paper Mill Road; the Bartram Bridge, 1860 at 4284 Goshen Road; Old St. David’s Church, 1715, and Anthony Wayne’s Grave, 1809 at 763 Valley Forge Road.

Leonard Altieri, III, Esq., Newtown Supervisor, said, “The preservation of historic resources and structures is one of the key directives of Newton Township’s strategic plan. The Historic Preservation Ordinance will provide protections for our historic structures, establish a historic commission made up of residents, and create a foundation in the township for additional protections. Like the story itself, this prescription is designed to continually evolve.

Commission members will meet monthly and serve a four-year term. Those interested in serving should contact Suzanne Wolanin at [email protected] or call 610-356-0200.
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Chester Children’s Chorus is holding open auditions in April

For the first time in its 28-year history, the Chester Children’s Chorus will hold open auditions for children aged 7-17 who reside or attend school in Chester, from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at CCC office located on the campus of Swarthmore College. A program of Swarthmore College and located on its campus, the Chester Children’s Chorus is a non-profit organization that provides year-round music and math education for children in Chester.

Auditions have always been held in every Chester sophomore class, under the direction of CCC Executive and Artistic Director John Alston and Deputy Music Director Sean Tripline. Auditions at the school were suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic, which has resulted in fewer children participating in CCC’s music and math curriculum throughout the year at a time when it is most needed.
“We know that the pandemic has affected the well-being of children. They had to adjust to interrupted schooling and reduced socialization,” Alston said. “Music allows children to express themselves without judgement. They may not be able to fully explain how they feel, but music can help them process those feelings. And most importantly, the singing is joyful, exciting and fun.

More than 85 Chester children are currently taking part in the program, a 20% drop since the start of the pandemic. In addition to music, CCC offers one-on-one math lessons taught by a full-time math teacher and students from Swarthmore College.

Open auditions for the program will intentionally be informal. Children do not need to prepare any music but are welcome to perform a favorite song if they wish. Alston and Tripline will discuss the program with each child and participate in activities to assess musical abilities.

If selected, the children will join the program during CCC’s summer program beginning in June and hosted on the Swarthmore campus. During the school year, children are required to attend two rehearsals per week, including math instruction, and participate in seven to 12 concerts each year. Round-trip transportation to the CCC and meals are provided.

“The CCC community is proof that with love and practice, kids will succeed,” Alston said. “And whether they’re performing Handel’s Messiah or The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’, the CCC kids fill the stage with joy and exuberance. We are delighted to welcome even more talented children to our family.
Auditions can be scheduled by calling or texting 610-348-8234 or emailing [email protected]

BHCU celebrates new branch in Havertown with Brick and Brew discount

To celebrate the opening of its new branch in the Manoa Mall in Havertown, BHCU, Your Delaware County Credit Union will be offering a 15% off coupon for next week at The Brick & Brew Gastropub, 31 E. Eagle Road, Havertown. As they seek to connect with families, community groups and businesses in Havertown, BHCU and its member and community partner, Brick & Brew, want to meet local residents and help the community relax during the winter season. taxes. The offer is valid until Friday, April 8.
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Holmes Presbyterian Church Hosts Spring Festival

Holmes Presbyterian Church, 375 Holmes Rd., Ridley Township, will host a Spring Fling, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30. The rainy date is Saturday, May 7. There will be flowers, garden flags, baked goods and hoagies for sale. Vendors will sell gifts, just in time for Mother’s Day, and there will also be a garage sale corner.
The group of young people will organize a cereal box race in favor of Pains et Poissons. Children can choose from a variety of crafts to do, and there will be fun and storytelling throughout the day.

If you have any questions, call the church office at 610-532-0346.

Spring flowers abound in 38 Philadelphia-area gardens in America’s garden capital

With 38 public gardens all located within a 30-mile radius, the Greater Philadelphia area has more gardens nearby than anywhere else on the continent, giving the area the distinction of being called America’s Garden Capital. Many gardens in America’s Garden Capital are celebrating reopening for the 2022 spring season – the gardens will collectively boast of flowering trees, hundreds of vibrant tulips and fragrant wisteria, and springtime colors. Spring is the season when America’s garden capital comes alive, and the gardens invite all locals to join in. Every garden, including local gardens like Tyler Arboretum, Chanticleer, Brandywine River Museum, Haverford College Arboretum, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College,

Longwood Gardens, and others, are offering a free Passport to America’s Garden Capital, a compact booklet highlighting the diverse gardens this region has to offer.

Passports are available in each garden, free of charge, while supplies last, and an online version is also available for those who prefer a virtual tour. Organized by geographic region, the passport provides essential information, must-see experiences in each garden and also provides a link to access online garden itineraries.

Visit all 38 gardens to get the passport stamped and win a prize. To see the full list of all 38 gardens, plan an upcoming visit, and access their websites, visit:

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]

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