MEDIA – Media Theater Artistic Director Jesse Cline and General Manager Patrick Ward were honored Tuesday, June 7 at the Towne House Restaurant by the Media Business Authority for their 28 years of service to the theater and the city of Media honored. Sponsored by the Media Theater Board of Directors, Meridian Bank and Iron Workers Bank, the event was attended by MBA members, Media Theater board members, employees, long-time subscribers, and friends and family of the theater.
Statements of honor were made by Dave Sibley, Member of the Media Business Authority, Dave Krull, Chairman of the Board of Media Theater, and Bob McMahon, Mayor of the Media, who presented Cline and Ward with a plaque of honor. For more information about Media Theater and upcoming shows, visit http://www.mediatheatre.org.
The Minister in Newtown Square publishes the book Human Gifts.
Author and United Methodist Minister James Hallam recently published a new book entitled Human Gifts: Giving to Transform Ourselves, Others and the World.
Hallam, a part-time lecturer at Neumann University and a faculty member in theology and strategic leadership, said the book is his way of articulating the meaning of the journey of our lives as human beings.
Drawing on his lifelong experience as a pastor, teacher, steward, counselor and father, Hallam uses lessons from contemporary culture, the Bible and his own personal history to illuminate the nature of gifts, ranging from love and compassion to generosity and legacy rich.
Hallam believes that the roots of human fulfillment lie in our relationships with ourselves and others, and sees Jesus as the ultimate example of meaningful life on earth. Hallam has a BA from Dickinson College, an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Div. and PhD from Drew University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Hallam lives in Newtown Square with his wife Kerry. Together they have seven adult children.
“My book is for those of us who want to find a direction for our journey and explore how we can make the world a better place,” explains Hallam. “The values I’ve written about truly make us our best selves when it comes to being members of the human family.”
For more information or to order Hannam’s book, visit http://HumanGifts.net.
Concord presents Concert in the Park
Concord presents Irish Thunder on Thursday 16th June at 7pm at Concord Township Park, 701 Smithbridge Road. The rainy date is Thursday, April 23.
Delaware County Community College offers summer camps for children
Kids Summer Camps at Delaware County Community College begin June 27th and run through August 4th. All camps are conducted in accordance with safety guidelines from the Pennsylvania and US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and are held Monday through Thursday with no Fridays closed during the summer months.
To register or learn more about available camp classes, contact the college’s Community Education Division at 610-359-5025 or visit http://dccc.edu/summer-camps.
This year, unemployed Delaware County residents can apply for a credit of up to $1,000 towards a child’s summer camp fees so caregivers can better focus on finding employment or returning to work. Earlier this year, Delaware County Council approved the Delco Strong Summer Camp Solution program, which can help break down the barriers faced by caregivers struggling to find work — a situation created by the summer closure of schools and the difficulty of finding adequate childcare becomes even more difficult. For more information about the Delco Strong Summer Camp solution, visit pacareerlinkdelco.org/summer-camp.
Delaware County Community College has hosted summer camps for children for more than 15 years and youth programs since 1996. This year the college is offering children’s summer camps in acting for the camera, crafts, piano for beginners, coding and cooking classes called “Calling All Chefs!”, dancing with Broadway and Disney classics, drums with an introduction to music theory , photography with smartphone or digital photography and introduction to film & television. In addition, the college offers babysitting training with American Heart Association certification in child and infant CPR, first aid, and water safety. New babysitters also learn about safe toys, care and feeding of infants and young children, diapering techniques, and how to avoid accidents and deal with emergencies.
At Coding Summer Camps, kids (ages 8-14) explore the exciting world of coding, guided by top educators and industry talent. Kids enjoy a personalized educational experience with the latest software from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft, Apple and more. The camps are conducted in coordination with Black Rocket, a national leader in tech education with more than 200 campuses worldwide offering cutting-edge courses in programming, game design, app development, virtual reality and more.
Children who stay all day must sign up for the “Lunch Bunch,” which costs an additional $30 per week. Supervisors should be sure to let college staff know if they are interested in Lunch Bunch upon registration.
For more information, see http://dccc.edu/summercamps/steam-summer-camps.
Delaware County Controller for Financial Reporting Recognized
The Delaware County Controller’s Office was awarded a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, recognizing County Controller Joanne Phillips and her staff for their comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 December 2020.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is recognized as the highest form of recognition in the field of government accounting and financial reporting, and earning this award represents a significant achievement for the Delaware County Controller’s Office. Phillips and her staff have since taking office received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement each year in 2018.
The GFOA commended the Delaware County Controller’s Office in a letter, expressing hope that Delaware County’s example would encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain a reasonable standard of excellence in financial reporting.
“2020 and 2021 were incredibly difficult years and my staff persevered. This report was completed at a difficult time when key personnel have had to continue serving the public during the pandemic,” Phillips said. “In 2020 we remodeled our office to ensure everyone can work safely and we established long-distance communications and secure technology to share information with the independent auditors working off-site. I am proud to say that my office was manned every day and available to the public to ensure there were no service outages for our residents.”
A copy of the full annual financial report, certificate of achievement and letter of appreciation, and other financial reports and audits are available free of charge from the Controller’s Office website at http://delcopa.gov/controller.
The GFOA introduced the Certificate of Achievement to encourage local governments to go beyond minimum accounting requirements and produce comprehensive and transparent financial reports each year. These reports are filed with official bodies that oversee municipal finances and are used by many stakeholders – creditors, grantors, developers, rating agencies and business owners – to assess the county’s financial health. In 2021, the county’s bond rating was upgraded and the controller’s strong financial reporting helped in that effort.
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