Registration underway for Andy Lewis 5K Run, 1K Walk in Haverford

HAVERFORD – Discover Haverford is hosting the Andy Lewis 5K Run/Walk, which begins Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Andy Lewis Community Park in the Haverford Preserve, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford Township.

The Andy Lewis 5K race is named for an esteemed Haverford Township Commissioner who died suddenly in 2021 of a rare neurodegenerative disease. Lewis served nine years as commissioner, as well as four years on the Delaware County Board.

“Andy was a strong supporter of the work of Discover Haverford,” says Mike Mallick, Race Chair and Chairman of the Discover Haverford Board of Directors. “This race honors Andy in a way that would make him proud, because he truly loved this community.”

Discover Haverford is a non-profit organization that helps government, businesses, commercial owners and residents work together to promote economic growth throughout Haverford Township. The organization promotes economic growth in Haverford Township by supporting local businesses, promoting Haverford Township as a shopping and dining destination, hosting local store events and programs, and revitalizing the township’s business districts and public spaces, he says.

The race will take place on Parkview Drive and Darby Creek Road.

The cost to register for the run is $30 in advance and $15 for the 1 mile walk. For more information and to sign up or sign up to volunteer that morning, visit

Norwood UM Church Holds Children’s Consignment Sale

The Children’s Consignment and Christmas Corner Sale will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood. A half-price sale will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds will go to Little Blessings Christian Preschool.

Baby items, maternity clothes, children’s clothing from infant to size 18, shoes, toys, books, children’s movies, furniture, Christmas decorations and themed items, and more will be available for purchase.

Senders are wanted and welcome.

For more information on consignment, contact 610-565-0924 or [email protected]/.

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Wegmans eliminates plastic bags in Pennsylvania

Beginning Thursday, September 22, Wegmans will remove single-use plastic grocery bags from its 18 stores in Pennsylvania.

The move is part of the company’s efforts to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags companywide by the end of the year.

“The completion of our company-wide transition from single-use plastic bags is a big celebration as we continue to expand our sustainability efforts and focus on what’s good for the environment,” said said Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans category merchant for packaging, energy and sustainability. “We started this journey in 2019 when we decided to eliminate plastic bags in our New York State stores before the state plastic bag ban. A lot has happened in the last three years, but this first success in New York showed us the impact we could have and inspired us to continue our journey towards eliminating plastic bags by the end of the day. end of 2022.”

While paper grocery bags will continue to be available for a fee of 5 cents per bag, Wegmans’ goal is to switch customers to reusable bags, the best option for solving the environmental challenge of plastic bags. for single use. The amount collected through the paper bag levy will be donated to the local United Way in each store.

Encouraging the use of reusable bags by charging 5 cents per paper bag is an approach that has proven successful in the company’s other markets. In stores where Wegmans has already eliminated plastic bags, on average, paper bags are used for 20-25% of transactions, while the remaining 75-80% use reusable bags or no bags at all.

Wegmans’ elimination of single-use plastic bags goes hand in hand with its commitment to reducing single-use plastics. Wegmans has pledged to reduce its in-store plastic packaging made from fossil fuels, along with other single-use plastics, by 10 million pounds by 2024.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 108-store supermarket chain with stores located along the Eastern Seaboard. In Delaware County, Wegman’s is located in Concord Township at 100 Applied Bank Blvd., Glen Mills.

For more information and timetables, visit

Chester Eastside appoints executive director

Reverend Andrew Jacob was recently appointed executive director of Chester Eastside Inc., which serves its namesake town and its residents with a food pantry, after-school program, summer camp, community garden, wellness center and other local services. It started in August.

After earning his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, Jacob worked for two years as a VISTA volunteer in Brunswick, Maine, developing programs and a drop-in center for homeless, runaway youth. and at risk.

Two chairs and more than 30 years later, he returns to his first roots.

“This is my dream job: working with an agency that deals with issues of social justice and peace,” Jacob said. “I’m going back to my original sense of calling.”

Reverend Andrew Jacob was recently appointed Executive Director of Chester Eastside Inc. (COURTESY OF CHESTER EASTSIDE INC.)

With a Master of Arts in Social Work in Community Organizing/Policy Analysis from the University of Chicago and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, Jacob has the training and experience to lead Chester Eastside.

He served for 11 years as pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, which expanded its ministries to better meet the needs of residents. He was followed by three years as an associate staff member at the local presbytery, serving as a consultant to social justice ministries.

Jacob began a planned three-year calling at Hanover Presbyterian Church in Wilmington in 2008, as the deadline matched the life expectancy of the struggling congregation. Thirteen years later, it is a vibrant community of worship with recently completed building renovations operating as a community center.

“We achieved so much and gained a real sense of purpose, but now was the time for me to make a change,” he said. “The review of the past two years has been such that I thought it was appropriate for the congregation to experience the creativity and energy of a new person.”

The 250-year-old church in the heart of town has changed to meet the needs of its neighbors, operating a food pantry and clothes closet, providing gym space for UrbanPromise Wilmington youth, and supporting Family Promise, which works for preventing and ending homelessness for families with children.

“A lot of times the people in the pews aren’t the people of the community, but five of the nine elders live close enough to walk to church,” he said. “Rather than a sense of ‘us and them’, we strive to be a church within the community.”

Jacob sees parallels with Chester Eastside and the nearly 225-year-old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where the agency has been headquartered since 2012.

A small portion of the land has been converted to Chester Eastside-St. Paul’s Community Garden, with plots tended by town residents, children in after-school or summer camps, and volunteers from local towns.

The garden produced 720 pounds of produce last year, split between the children’s families and the agency’s emergency and healthy eating initiatives. St. Paul’s membership peaked in the mid-1960s, according to its website. Several times in recent decades church leaders have considered moving from Chester to the suburbs, but “concluded that the church should remain a point of stability in the city”.

“I very much look forward to working with the Reverend Lawrence Civale (priest in charge of St. Paul and board member of Chester Eastside),” said Jacob. “Hopefully we can develop a strong relationship that will benefit both St. Paul’s and Chester Eastside.”

The Chester Eastside board is delighted with Jacob’s appointment, chairman John Mackey said.

“Andy’s decades of service to communities like Chester have been his life’s mission,” he added. “The focus of this assignment will extend to driving us to deeper levels of impact for the people of Chester and a higher level of organizational effectiveness.”

Jacob noted that he entered his new position with “two massive ears and a sewn-on mouth”. Listening and learning will be the first steps towards building relationships.

“This is my neighborhood and one of my goals is to do what is necessary to get people on boards, on committees and in community meetings,” Jacob said. “People have power and can influence change.”

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

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