Char­ity hockey game set for Satur­day hon­ors Matt LeTourneau

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HAVER­FORD » The Haver­ford Town­ship Skatium, 1002 Darby Road, Haver­town, hosts a char­ity hockey game be­tween the Philadel­phia Fire Depart­ment and Tri County Po­lice Hockey Club at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 17. The game is held in honor of Capt. Matt LeTourneau, fallen Philadel­phia fire­fighter and life mem­ber of the Spring­field Fire Co.

Ad­mis­sion dona­tion is $10 at the door. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit fire­fighter char­i­ties in LeTourneau’s name.

Reg­is­ter for CASA train­ing

ME­DIA » CASA Youth Ad­vo­cates, a non­profit that re­cruits, trains and sup­ports vol­un­teers to ad­vo­cate for the best in­ter­ests of abused and ne­glected chil­dren in Delaware and Ch­ester coun­ties, is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­cants for its March 2018 train­ing ses­sion. CASA seeks ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als who are will­ing to jour­ney with a child and help them nav­i­gate the Delaware County or Ch­ester County Depen­dency Court Sys­tem.

Af­ter com­plet­ing 35 hours of train­ing over the course of about two months, each vol­un­teer will take an oath ad­min­is­tered by the Depen­dency Court judge. They will then be­come el­i­gi­ble to re­view and mon­i­tor the case of a child or youth ex­pe­ri­enc­ing abuse or ne­glect. Vol­un­teers are as­signed a child to walk along­side with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of help­ing build trust, in­ves­ti­gat­ing his or her case, ob­serv­ing, an­a­lyz­ing and de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships to dis­cern and cham­pion the best in­ter­ests of the child and then ad­vo­cat­ing for what is best through writ­ten re­ports and ver­bal rec­om­men­da­tions to the judge.

Vol­un­teer­ing with CASA can be a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for both the child and vol­un­teer. While vol­un­teers only have to com­mit to vis­it­ing their child one time per month, many of­ten find them­selves want­ing to spend more time with their as­signed child as the re­la­tion­ship de­vel­ops and grows. Each case is dif­fer­ent, each child is dif­fer­ent, and for that rea­son, some vol­un­teers even find them­selves com­mit­ting year af­ter year. Most re­cently, CASA awarded a vol­un­teer for reach­ing the 20-year mark.

Ap­pli­cants can ap­ply on­line or by mail, and can learn more about the process as well as dates and times for March train­ing cour­ses by fol­low­ing this link: https://del­co­­un­teer/casa-spring2018-vol­un­teer-train­ingsched­ule

This year, CASA will hold day­time train­ing be­gin­ning March 1 through April 25, and night­time train­ing be­gin­ning March 19 through April 25.

About CASA Youth Ad­vo­cates

Since 1992, CASA Youth Ad­vo­cates has worked to en­sure each child in Delaware County’s child wel­fare sys­tem a safe, per­ma­nent, and nur­tur­ing home. CASA re­cruits and trains vol­un­teer Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates to ad­vise the courts on the best in­ter­ests of an abused or ne­glected child, with sup­port and guid­ance from CASA’s pro­fes­sional staff of so­cial work­ers and at­tor­neys. In 2015 CASA ex­panded ser­vices to Ch­ester County chil­dren.

Up­per Chi se­niors meet Thurs­day

UP­PER CHICHESTER » Up­per Chichester Se­niors Club holds its sec­ond Fe­bru­ary meet­ings at 1 to­day. Thurs­day, Feb. 15. Any Chichester res­i­dent age 60 or older is wel­comed to join. Bingo is played at 1:30. Re­fresh­ments are served.

Hear how to fix gov’t Feb. 17

UP­PER PROV­I­DENCE » The Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church of Delaware County’s Move to Amend for Free and Fair Democ­racy Com­mit­tee and the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Penn­syl­va­nia Leg­isla­tive Ad­vo­cacy Net­work (UUPLAN) be­lieve U.S. democ­racy is in trou­ble and wel­come two speak­ers try­ing to fix it at 10 a.m. Feb. 17. The event is held at the church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Me­dia.

Au­thor Adam Eichen and Rabbi Michael Pol­lack of­fer their mes­sage for Amer­i­cans who are ask­ing, “What do we do now?” Eichen dis­cusses his new book, “Dar­ing Democ­racy: Ig­nit­ing Power, Mean­ing, and Con­nec­tion for the Amer­ica We Want,” co-writ­ten with Frances Moore Lappé (famed for her 1971 book “Diet for a Small Planet”). Rabbi Pol­lack speaks and or­ga­nizes for the non­par­ti­san MarchOnHar­ris­burg govern­ment-re­form group, where he is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

MarchOnHar­ris­burg (http://www.marchonhar­ris­ of­fers train­ing on non­vi­o­lent civil dis­obe­di­ence and takes pledges to risk ar­rest for the Poor Peo­ple’s Cam­paign, a six-week na­tional ef­fort in­tended to launch a “moral re­vival” in po­lit­i­cal de­bate, featuring “ar­restable” ac­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously in 25 state cap­i­tals. As part of the cam­paign, MOH is one of sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing within a coali­tion to pre­pare for ac­tions at the Penn­syl­va­nia Capi­tol build­ing in Har­ris­burg from May 13 to June 21.

MarchOnHar­ris­burg is a group of non­par­ti­san ac­tivists, or­ga­niz­ers and vol­un­teers work­ing to re­pair democ­racy in Penn­syl­va­nia by ad­vo­cat­ing for two pro-democ­racy, anti-cor­rup­tion bills that would end ger­ry­man­der­ing and end le­gal­ized bribery. Since Jan­uary 2016, the group has met with 240 of 253 state leg­is­la­tors and marched a to­tal of 141 miles across the state through two po­lit­i­cal pil­grim­ages. Ad­di­tion­ally, 42 ac­tivists have been ar­rested with MOH while de­mand­ing a vote on the two bills.

Facts on Penn­syl­va­nia Cor­rup­tion From MOH: Penn­syl­va­nia is one of 10 states that does not have lim­i­ta­tions on pub­lic of­fi­cials’ ac­cept­ing gifts. The state is tied for the fifth worst in the coun­try for elec­toral in­tegrity by the Elec­toral In­tegrity Project. Penn­syl­va­nia re­ceived an “F” grade for elec­toral in­tegrity by the State In­tegrity In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

For in­for­ma­tion, call the church at 610-566-4853.

The stu­dents at Drexel Neu­mann Academy cel­e­brated the suc­cess of the Ea­gles on Fri­day, Feb. 9, with a dress down day where every­one wore Ea­gles col­ors. Sis­ter Mag­gie Gan­non, OSF and Sis­ter Cathy McGowan, SSJ sur­prised stu­dents by ar­riv­ing in “un­der­dog” masks. Drexel Neu­mann Academy (DNA) is a Catholic school lo­cated in Ch­ester, co-spon­sored by Neu­mann Univer­sity, Saint Katharine Drexel Par­ish, the Arch­dio­cese of Philadel­phia, and the Sis­ters of Saint Fran­cis of Philadel­phia.

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