MEDIA – Media Theater Artistic Director Jesse Cline and Executive Director Patrick Ward were honored at Towne House Restaurant on Tuesday June 7 by the Media Business Authority for 28 years of service to the theater and the city of Media . The event was sponsored by the Media Theater Board of Trustees, Meridian Bank and Iron Workers Bank, and brought together MBA members, Media Theater Board members, staff, long-time subscribers , as well as friends and family from the theatre.

Honorary remarks were made by Dave Sibley, member of the Media Business Authority, Dave Krull, chairman of the Media Theater Board, and Bob McMahon, media mayor, who presented an honorary plaque to Cline and Ward. For more information on Media Theater and upcoming shows, visit

Newtown Square minister releases ‘Human Gifts’ book

Author and United Methodist minister James Hallam recently released a new book, “Human Gifts: Giving to Transform Ourselves, Others and the World.”

Hallam, a part-time lecturer at Neumann University and a faculty member of theology and strategic leadership, said the book was 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 inheritance.

Hallam believes that the roots of human flourishing lie in our relationships with self and others and sees Jesus as the ultimate model for meaningful life on earth. Hallam holds a BA from Dickinson College, an M.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Div. and Doctor of Ministry from Drew University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Hallam lives in Newtown Square 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 our journey and figure out how to make the world a better place,” says Hallam. “The values ​​I wrote about make us our best as members of the human family.”

For more information or to order Hannam’s book, visit

Concord presents a concert in a park

Concord will present Irish Thunder, Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m., at Concord Township Park, 701 Smithbridge Road. The rain date will be Thursday, June 23.

Delaware County Community College offers summer camps for children

Summer camps for kids at Delaware County Community College begin June 27 and run through August 4. is closed on Fridays.

To register or learn more about available camp classes, contact the College’s Community Education Division at 610-359-5025 or visit

This year, unemployed Delaware County residents can claim up to $1,000 in summer camp expense credits for a child so caregivers can better focus on finding a job or back to work. Earlier this year, the Delaware County Board approved the Delco Strong Summer Camp Solution program, which can help reduce the barriers faced by caregivers who struggle to find work — a situation made more difficult by the summer school closures and the difficulty of finding childcare. Find more information about the Delco Strong summer camp solution at

Delaware County Community College has been running summer camps for kids for over 15 years and has been running youth programs since 1996. This year the college is offering summer camps for kids in Acting for the Camera, Arts and crafts, beginner piano, coding, cooking classes called “Call All Chefs!”, Dance to Broadway and Disney classics, drums including an introduction to music theory, photography with a smartphone or digital photography, and an introduction to film and television.In addition, the College offers babysitter training with certification from the American Heart Association in CPR for children and infants, first aid, and water safety New babysitters will also learn about safe toys, how to care for and feed infants and toddlers, diaper changing techniques, and how to prevent accidents and handle emergencies.
For summer coding 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft, Apple and more. Camps are run in coordination with Black Rocket, a national leader in technology education with over 200 locations worldwide that offer cutting-edge courses in coding, game design, app development, virtual reality and more. .

Children staying all day must sign up for the “Lunch Bunch”, which costs an additional $30 per week. Caregivers should be sure to let college staff know when registering if they are interested in Lunch Bunch.
Find more information about

Delaware County Comptroller Recognized for Financial Reporting

The Delaware County Comptroller’s Office has been awarded a “Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, recognizing County Comptroller Joanne Phillips and her staff for their full annual financial report for the year. ending December 31, 2020.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is considered the highest form of recognition in the field of government accounting and financial reporting, and earning this award represents a significant achievement for the Office of the Comptroller. of Delaware County. Phillips and his staff have earned the GFOA Certificate of Achievement every year since taking office in 2018.

The GFOA commended the Delaware County Comptroller’s Office in a letter, noting its hopes that Delaware County’s example would encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of reporting excellence. financial.
“2020 and 2021 have been incredibly difficult years and my staff have persevered. This report was completed during a challenging time that required essential workers to continue serving the public during the pandemic,” Phillips said. “In 2020, we rebuilt our office to ensure everyone could work safely and we organized remote communications and secure technology to share information with independent auditors who were working offsite. I am proud to say that my office was staffed daily and made available to the public to ensure there was no disruption in service to our residents.

A copy of the full annual financial report, certificate of achievement and letter of recognition, as well as other financial reports and audits, are available free of charge on the Office of the Comptroller’s website at

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 that oversee municipal finances and are used by many stakeholders – creditors, grantors, developers, rating agencies and business owners – to assess the county’s financial condition. In 2021, the county’s bond rating was upgraded, and the Comptroller’s strong financial reports helped that effort.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]

Newtown Square author James Hallam recently published his new book, ‘HumanGifts: Giving to Transform Ourselves, Others and the World’. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)