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Paul Jacobs

Brief News Items

The post office is launching its program to distribute free Covid-19 rapid tests. The details are available at the new website. The ordering process is really easy, it took me about 30 seconds. The website claims that you will receive 4 rapid tests per house in a week […]

Some Numbers For MLK Day

School district data from here shows the racial divide (from the last available data in 2017). WSSD and its’ neighboring districts combined are 69% white and 18% black. WSSD itself is 74% white and 8% black while the adjacent Chester-Upland district is less than 2% white and almost […]

MLK Activities in the Area

The weather forecast looks uncertain for this weekend, with winds on Friday, very cold weather Saturday, a wintery mix Sunday and rain possible on Sunday. But, there are a number of activities taking place in and around Wallingford over this weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. The […]

If You Can’t Win, Change the Rules

Republicans in the state legislature are advancing a hastily crafted constitutional amendment to change the redistricting rules the state uses. Currently, the commission crafting the maps is made up of one member of each party from each of the state’s legislative bodies as well as one member chosen […]

January Covid Update

Staff shortages are starting to bite as Omicron hits Delaware County. The DelCo Times reports that Springfield Hospital is temporarily closing its ER due to staffing issues. Schools across the country are also showing strain from missing staff. Here in WSSD, the school district has started falling behind […]

Crime In Nether Providence in 2021

The Nether Providence Police Department has posted the month by month crime statistics for Nether Providence to their new website. Chief Splain also helpfully answered some questions I had about understanding what the tables mean. It’s great that the police department is making this data readily available to […]

WSSD Schools Closed Again, Slowing Covid Hopefully

The district emailed a little earlier this morning. Good Morning, All Wallingford-Swarthmore School District schools and buildings will be closed today, Friday, January 7, 2022. Operational staff will report as directed for inclement weather removal.  All school activities, clubs, and athletics are canceled. Stay safe.Dr. Wagner Marseille Snow arrived […]

Township Commissioners Sworn In

Yesterday was the swearing in of the township and county officials elected in November. The county ceremony was scaled back due to Covid concerns with many fewer attendants than 2019’s crowded ceremony. Monica Taylor was chosen as chair, and Elaine Schaefer as vice chair for the most diverse […]

WSSD Schools Closed

Phone calls and emails have been going out announcing WSSD schools are closed today due to the possibility of snow. Although accumulated totals for today’s snow do not appear to be dramatic, the timing and unpredictable of this weather track is  less than desirable. WSSD will be closing […]