Delco gets an­other lit­tle slice of Hol­ly­wood treat­ment

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - OPINION -

A look at the week that was, the is­sues and peo­ple who made head­lines, and a few darts and lau­rels for those who de­serve them.

LAU­REL: To an­other lit­tle slice of Hol­ly­wood here in Delco. This week’s episode of “The Gold­bergs” pop­u­lar ABC sit­com about a sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia fam­ily had the gang do­ing a bach­e­lor party at none other than Delco’s leg­endary nightspot Pul­sa­tions. The club was lo­cated on Bal­ti­more Pike in what used to be the equally iconic Longhorn Ranch Restau­rant.

DART: To the stand­off be­tween Up­per Darby teach­ers and school board. The teach­ers’ union this week over­whelm­ingly re­jected a ten­ta­tive new deal of­fer­ing teach­ers nearly a 3 per­cent pay hike over four years. Now both sides need to go back to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble in or­der to reach an agree­ment. Teach­ers have been work­ing with­out a con­tract since their old deal ex­pired in July.

DART: Speak­ing of Up­per Darby schools, the school board is mov­ing for­ward with get­ting a feel for what it might cost to build a new mid­dle school in Clifton Heights. Well, for starters, it might cost them any sense of neigh­borly con­cern. Res­i­dents re­main out­raged that the board is mulling the use of the long­time bor­ough ath­letic field for the new school.

LAU­REL: To a lit­tle ex­tra jin­gle in your pocket this year. Delaware County Coun­cil held a pub­lic hear­ing Wed­nes­day night on the 2019 bud­get plan, in­clud­ing a tax cut that will amount to about $25 bucks for most res­i­dents.

LAU­REL: To Sher­iff Jerry San­ders. He was at the hear­ing ask­ing for more money for his sher­iff deputies. They de­serve a raise.

LAU­REL: To a mov­ing cer­e­mony this week as the na­tion bid farewell to the man known sim­ply as “41.” Ge­orge Her­bert Walker Bush was a pa­triot and states­man who of­fered a life­time of ser­vice to his coun­try.

DART: The pres­i­dent’s pass­ing re­minds us of just how crass and ugly to­day’s po­lit­i­cal cli­mate has be­come. For one day on Wed­nes­day much of that was put aside. Let’s hope it con­tin­ues. It also should be noted that the se­nior Bush specif­i­cally wanted Pres­i­dent Trump to be present de­spite the hard feel­ings em­a­nat­ing from Trump’s com­ments about the Bush fam­ily dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign. Let’s hope that spirit takes root.

LAU­REL: To the Se­cret Santa who paid off $29,000 in lay­away ac­counts at the Wal­mart out in Ken­nett Square. Now that’s what we call the spirit of the sea­son.

DART: To the dis­cord that could mean the end of the line for the Mill­bourne Fire Co. The com­pany has been des­ig­nated as “Out of Ser­vice” for months in a dis­pute with bor­ough coun­cil over staffing and use of the fire house build­ing. Now it could start to cost the bor­ough. Up­per Darby has in­di­cated that as of Jan. 1, they will bill the bor­ough for fire calls re­sponded to by town­ship per­son­nel.

LAU­REL: To Jim Gray: The long­time stal­wart who manned the counter at the Yeadon Post Of­fice has called it a ca­reer, but not be­fore mark­ing 32 years as the solo per­son run­ning the counter. Peo­ple like Gray be­come part of the fiber of our com­mu­ni­ties. We salute him on a great ca­reer.

LAU­REL: To the stu­dents at Wi­dener Univer­sity who took it upon them­selves to re­vive the li­brary at Stetser El­e­men­tary School in Ch­ester.

DART: To the knowl­edge that so many things that most schools and stu­dents take for granted, a li­brary for ex­am­ple, are not al­ways a given in some of our less well-to-do dis­tricts.

LAU­REL: To An­gels Rise. That’s a new men­tor­ing pro­gram tak­ing root in Ch­ester. More than 200 peo­ple filled a lo­cal ball­room re­cently to get the de­tails. It’s the lat­est push to of­fer a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to young peo­ple in the city.

LAU­REL: To the two dif­fer­ent ways of in­ter­pret­ing the risk as­sess­ment study Delaware County Coun­cil had done on the Mariner East 2 pipe­line pro­ject. The study down­played any dan­ger, say­ing res­i­dents had at least as much chance of be­ing killed in car crash of house fire. Mean­while, op­po­nents of the mas­sive Sunoco pro­ject say it only un­der­scores their con­cern about the dan­gers in­volved in putting that kind of pipe­line car­ry­ing these volatile ma­te­ri­als in densely pop­u­lated neigh­bor­hoods.

LAU­REL: To all those who are con­tribut­ing to our an­nual Merry Christ­mas Fund, which ben­e­fits the work of the Sal­va­tion Army in Ch­ester. As al­ways, Delco opens its heart - and wal­lets - to those in need.

DART: An­other grim re­minder this week of just how bad the opi­oid cri­sis is in the county and re­gion. A mother and fa­ther from Up­per Darby now face third­de­gree mur­der charges in the ac­ci­den­tal over­dose death of their 10-mon­thold daugh­ter. So sad.

LAU­REL: To Gov. Wolf and county of­fi­cials. They are team­ing up to give out free doses of the opi­oid drug Nalox­one, which can re­verse the ef­fects of an over­dose and lit­er­ally bring a vic­tim back from death’s door. Good idea. LAU­REL: Beer & Cof­fee? It has to be Wawa. The iconic Delco con­ve­nience store is team­ing with the folks at 2SP Brew­ing in As­ton for a spe­cial cof­fee-fla­vored stout beer. A cou­ple hun­dred peo­ple lines up out­side the Wawa on Naa­mans Creek Road in Concord this week to be first to get a taste of the spe­cial hol­i­day brew.

LAU­REL: Now we know that Gritty has ar­rived. The Fly­ers’ new mas­cot is get­ting his own bob­ble­head. Just in time for Christ­mas, no doubt.

LAU­REL: To the Ea­gles. They did some­thing Mon­day night they had not done all year. That would be win two games in a row. Now they face an­other must win in an epic show­down late Sun­day af­ter­noon in Dal­las.

DART: To the Markelle Fultz saga. The one-time No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft is back on the shelf again. This time doc­tors in New York have di­ag­nosed him with some­thing in­flam­ma­tion in his up­per chest. This story can’t get any weirder.

LAU­REL: To an­other sea­son of All-Delco school se­lec­tions, headed by Al­lDelco Foot­ball Player of the Year Kennedy Poles of Penn Wood High School. Ku­dos to all those who earned All-Delco ac­co­lades this year.

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