SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Area Educational Foundation (SAEF) recently honored a diverse group of extraordinary arts and achievers and alumni who have forged a significant impact and influence in their fields worldwide.
Inductees include Brad Miller (’73); Devon Gilfillian ’08; Jon Yost (’85); Valerie Broussard (’09); Doug Gramiak (’84); Charles Gallagher (’80); Dave Ash (SHS Educator 1984-2020); Paul Kerrigan (SHS Educator 2004-2020); Anne Marie Scalies (’94); Michael French (’72); Kevin Cooper (SHS Educator 1990-2019); Susan Morgan Hallam (’79); and Richard Linn (’73).
Each honoree will be displayed in the new Hall of Fame digital kiosks located in the Springfield High School dining hall area and art education hallway.
The 3 A’s Hall of Fame Awards program is sponsored by CCRES, Inc., which works with over 1400 behavioral health and educational staff who support over 10,000 children in school, home and community settings. For more information, visit http://www.ccres.org/.
For more information about Springfield Area Educational Foundation, visit http://www.saef.net/.
Players Club of Swarthmore presents ‘Disenchanted’
The Players Club of Swarthmore will present “Disenchanted,” now through June 26. Directed by Ally Perez and Anne Marie Scalies, “Disenchanted” features Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm.
The original storybook heroines are none-too-happy with the way they’ve been portrayed in today’s pop culture so they’ve tossed their tiaras and have come to life to set the record straight. Forget the princesses you think you know – these royal renegades are here to comically belt out the truth.
The award-winning show contains adult language and content.
Cast includes Kelsey Brown, Sophie Hirsch, Noelle Joy Fiorentino, Georgette Hamaty, Valentina Raffaelli, Ellen Cohn, Doris Chan, Cinnamon Duff, Eileen Wiley, Erika Dandridge, Zoi McNamara, Amy Goldman, Kristina Koltsaklis, Eileen Wiley, and Meg Cranney-Sok. .
Thursday performances are at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm For tickets, visit http://pcstheater.org/main-stage/disenchanted/. For information on group rates, email [email protected]
Media Borough becomes affiliate of Bee City USA
Media Borough Council unanimously voted this spring to become a Bee City USA®, joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Council’s action is the culmination of months of effort by Transition Town Media (TTM) and the TTM Protecting Biodiversity Group who together with Media Borough’s Environmental Advisory Council recommended the concept to Media Borough Council.
Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with a healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds, and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food humans consume.
The Borough Council’s vote was made after a presentation by Linda Coulston of TTM Protecting Biodiversity Group and Walt Cressler, Chair of Media Borough’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC).
Each Bee City USA® affiliate should hold public awareness activities; publicly acknowledge the commitment to the program through a standing committee, signage and web links; and prepare an annual report on habitat enhancement activities. Bee City USA especially encourages school gardens and educational programs for children. Media Borough has designated The Environmental Advisory Council the facilitating committee for Media’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator conservation. Julie Smith, a Media resident, will serve as co-chair of the Bee City committee along with Linda Coulston. The Environmental Advisory Council meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm, except during August and December, and invites all residents of Media Borough to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.
For more information about Media Borough’s Bee City USA program, contact Mark Paikoff at [email protected]
Rotary whiskey raffle raises over 11,000 for local and international projects
The Rotary Foundation of Media Whiskey Raffle, recently held at Margaret Kuo’s Kitchen in Granite Run, raised over $ 11,000 for local and international projects of the Rotary Club of Media. The raffle consisted of six highly rated whiskeys, with the top prize of Macallan 18-year-old sherry cask whiskey going to local Rotarian James Meinel. The second place prize, went to James Pierce, a member of the Rotary International fellowship, Whisk (e) yDRAM. Other winners included local residents Chip Lillie, Heidi Hamel and Scott Staub; and Rotarians Gene Kane and Susan Garrison. The event was both in-person and on zoom, with those attending in person having the additional opportunity to receive door prizes.
The Rotary Foundation of Media was established in 1983 to provide a charitable non-profit for receiving contributions to benefit the local community and the purposes of Rotary International, which are fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting education, saving mothers and children, growing local economies and protecting the environment.
Over the years The Rotary Club of Media has undertaken projects both large and small in the local community, including the Rotary ballfield at Springton Lake; the Media community clock, and more recently, the Media- Upper Providence Free Library community room and the Media Elementary School playground. Internationally, the Media club was the prime mover in a Rotary International Global Grant to provide a new septic system, well and a pavilion for Braintree School in Uganda.
This past year, the Foundation has provided funds for the Media Food Bank, Circles of Giving, which is an organization providing assistance to local residents impacted by COVID, the Media Arts Council, and the Women’s Shelter Christmas Program. Internationally, it matched funds from the club and individual members to contribute $ 5,000 to Shelter Box for Ukrainian refugees.
Most recently, the club initiated a $ 76,000 Global Grant for a Human Milk Bank in Bengalaru, India, which was spearheaded by member Govinda Malya. With a Global Grant, the Media club works with other rotary clubs, including the on-site club in India, to raise funds, which are then matched by The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary is working with the Dharwad Rotary Club of Seven Hills, a 52-member female club who teamed up with SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, a not-for-profit entity, to create a state-of-the-art Human Milk Bank (HMB). The hospital has 1,800 beds and a 52 bed Neonatal ICU (NICU) and performs over 5,000 deliveries per year. About 40% of those newborns are lower birth weights and 25% of them are pre-term babies. About 2,500 newborn babies were transferred to NICU per year requiring intensive care. Almost half of the neonates are put on artificial feeds due to lack of adequate mother’s breast milk. Milk will be provided free of cost to babies below the poverty line.
Contributions to the Rotary Foundation of Media makes these and other projects possible. For more information about the Rotary Club of Media go to http://www.mediarotary.org/. To learn how to become a member of the Rotary Club of Media, contact Susan Garrison at [email protected] To receive an entry form for the next raffle, contact Larry Smoose at [email protected]
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