MEDIA — Media Theatres Artistic Director Jesse Cline and Executive Director Patrick Ward were honored at the Towne House restaurant Tuesday, June 7, by the Media Business Authority for their 28 years of service to the theatre and the town of Media. The event was sponsored by the Media Theatre Board of Directors, Meridian Bank, and Iron Workers Bank, and attended by MBA members, Media Theatre board members, staff, longtime subscribers, and friends and family of the theatre.
Honorary remarks were made by Media Business Authority member Dave Sibley, Media Theatre Board Chair Dave Krull, and Media Mayor Bob McMahon, who presented an honorary plaque to Cline and Ward. For more information about Media Theatre and upcoming shows, visit http://www.mediatheatre.org.
Newtown Square minister releases Human Gifts book
Author and United Methodist Minister James Hallam recently published a new book, Human Gifts: Giving to Transform Ourselves, Others and the World.
Hallam, a part-time Neumann University lecturer and Theology and Strategic Leadership faculty member said the book is his way of articulating the significance of the journey of our lives as human beings.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience as a minister, teacher, administrator, 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.
Hallam believes that the roots of human fulfillment lie in our relationships with self and others and sees Jesus as the ultimate role model for a meaningful life on earth. Hallam holds a B.A. from Dickinson College, an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.Div. and Doctor of Ministry from Drew University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Hallam lives inNewtownSquare with his wife, Kerry. Between them, they have seven adult children.
My book is for those of us who want to find a direction for their journey and figure out how to make the world a better place, explains Hallam. The values I wrote about truly make us our best selves in terms of being members of the human family.
For more information, or to order Hannams book, visit http://HumanGifts.net.
Concord presents concert in park
Concord will present Irish Thunder, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Concord Township Park, 701 Smithbridge Road. The raindate will be Thursday, June 23.
Delaware County Community College offers kids summer camps
Kids Summer Camps at Delaware County Community College start June 27 and run through Aug. 4. All camps will be in accordance with Pennsylvania and U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention safety guidelines and will be held Monday through Thursday because during the summer months the college is closed on Fridays.
To register or learn more about available camp classes contact the Colleges Community Education division at 610-359-5025 or visit http://dccc.edu/summer-camps.
This year, unemployed Delaware County residents can apply for up to $1,000 in credits toward a childs summer camp fees so that caregivers can better focus on searching for employment or returning to work. Earlier this year, Delaware County Council approved the Delco Strong Summer Camp Solution program, which can help reduce barriers experienced by caregivers who are struggling to find work a situation made more challenging by the summer closure of schools and the difficulty in finding adequate childcare. Find more information about Delco Strong Summer Camp Solution at pacareerlinkdelco.org/summer-camp.
Delaware County Community College has held Kids Summer Camps for more than 15 years and held youth programs since 1996. This year, the college offers Kids Summer Camps in Acting for the Camera, Arts & Crafts, Beginner Piano, Coding, cooking classes called Calling All Chefs!, Dance with Broadway and Disney classics, Drums including an intro to music theory, Photography with Smartphone or Digital photography, and Introduction to Film & TV. In addition, the College offers Babysitter Training with American Heart Association certification in child and infant CPR, first aid and water safety. New babysitters also will learn about safe toys, how to care and feed infants and toddlers, diapering techniques, and how to prevent accidents and handle emergencies.
For the Coding Summer Camps, kids (ages 8-14) explore the exciting world of coding, led by top teachers and industry talent. Children enjoy a personal education experience using the latest software from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft, Apple and more. The camps are run in coordination with Black Rocket, a national leader in tech-education with more than 200 locations worldwide that feature cutting-edge courses in coding, game design, app development, virtual reality and much more.
Children staying all day are required to register for Lunch Bunch, which costs an additional $30 per week. Caregivers should be sure to let the college staff know when registering if they are interested in Lunch Bunch.
Find more information athttp://dccc.edu/summercamps/steam-summer-camps.
Delaware County Controller recognized for financial reporting
The Delaware County Controllers Office has been 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 ending Dec. 31, 2020.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is considered the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and finance reporting, and attainment of the award represents a significant accomplishment for Delaware County Controllers Office. Phillips and her staff have earned the GFOA Certificate of Achievement each year since she took office in 2018.
The GFOA commended the Delaware County Controllers Office in a letter, noting their hopes that Delaware Countys example would encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in financial reporting.
2020 and 2021 were incredibly difficult years and my staff persevered through it. This report was completed during a trying time that required essential workers to continue to serve the public through the pandemic, said Phillips said. In 2020, we rebuilt our office to ensure that everyone could work safely and arranged for remote communications and secure technology to share information with the independent auditors who worked off-site. Im proud to say that my office was staffed every day and available to the public to ensure there was no lapse in service to our residents.
A copy of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the Certificate of Achievement, and the letter of recognition, along with other financial reports and audits, are available on the Controllers Office website, free of charge, at http://delcopa.gov/controller.
The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement to encourage local governments to go beyond minimum accounting requirements to prepare comprehensive and transparent financial reports each year. These reports are filed with official agencies overseeing municipal finance and are used by many stakeholders creditors, grantors, developers, rating agencies and business owners to assess the countys financial position. In 2021 the countys bond rating was improved and the Controllers strong financial reporting helped in that effort.
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