Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from the region.
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The Healthy Children, Healthy Schools initiative will address mental health, behavioral and substance abuse problems in schools
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer took a need identified through the annual school summit and, with the help of the county council and community partners, expanded it to address a critical need in the school-age population. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Kids Initiative was born out of a joint effort by the district attorney, district council and district schools to address the behavioral and mental health crises and substance abuse among students.
After a life of service, Patrick Davis retires from Chester County law enforcement
Ask J. Patrick Davis to recap his career in the Chester County Police Department and he will tell you he enjoyed every minute. “It was like sitting in the front row at the biggest show in the world,” he proclaims. But anyone who suggests with this humble statement that Davis – who goes by the friendlier, more familiar name “Pat” – has been a mere bystander in the world of policing, a passive member of the audience, for the past four decades or more watching the players on stage reenact the drama of their time would be terribly mistaken.
Pottstown-based animal-assisted therapist’s new book helps readers discover self-love
Animal-assisted therapist and author Annalisa Smithson takes readers on a 21-day journey of compassionate, playful self-discovery in her new book. “Unconditional: Learning to Love your Authentic Self” is an easily digestible pilgrimage to self-love presented in 21 snack-sized chapters, the author explained. Smithson, a Limerick resident and formerly Birdsboro resident, founded Pottstown-based Unleashed Counseling (formerly Animal-Assisted Therapy, LLC), a private therapy practice providing mental health services for people with depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders, in January 2020. In 2021 she released Emotional Support Animals.
Woman killed at Upper Merion gas station; Arrest warrant issued for Philadelphia man
Authorities are looking for a Philadelphia man in connection with the shooting and shooting of a woman at a gas station in Upper Merion. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Upper Merion Police Chief Thomas Nolan announced Saturday that an arrest warrant had been issued for a Philadelphia man who killed 31-year-old Tamara Cornelius on Friday night while they filled up at a gas station in Upper Merion Township.
MCCC is hosting an in-person and virtual career fair
Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with potential employers during the Spring 2022 Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Career Fair. The event, scheduled for Thursday, April 14, will offer attendees the choice of attending in person or online. The on-campus portion will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the atrium of the Health Sciences Center on MCCC’s Blue Bell campus. The virtual session will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. via Zoom.
The Phillies’ Kyle Gibson is feeling a little better after the unforgettable outing
Right-hander Kyle Gibson hammered his glove to set the exclamation mark on his 10th and final strikeout Saturday in what became a 4-2 Phillies triumph over the Oakland A’s at Citizens Bank Park. It was the fourth time in nine seasons that Gibson, now 34, had double-digit strikeouts and a morale win he went through seven innings. He did so in style: in the first seven innings of the game, he only allowed two hits and not one batter from A to reach second base.
Flyer Notebook: Lou Nolan honored for 50 years of service
You’ll spend 55 years living up to your legacy as an original Flyers employee, the last 50 of them in the role of the team’s voice in the arena… it’s only natural that you won’t enjoy everything about the job. Most things, just not everything. “I’m not sure I like all of the changes,” Lou Nolan, a half-century hockey announcer, said Saturday before being honored for his service at the Flyers game versus visiting Anaheim. “I think the game has changed. The speed… with the fact that there are so many young players now.”
Union’s stinginess stings Crew in another clean win
A third straight clean sheet last week meant a promise of pizza and beer from manager Jim Curtin, who took a page out of Premier League winning coach Claudio Ranieri’s book. So four shutouts in a row get you what? “They made jokes about a Rolex for each of them,” Curtin said Saturday night, “but I can’t swing that.” That’s not in the budget.”
McCaffery: Whether or not 76ers center Joel Embiid is an MVP, Julius Erving has every right to speak his mind
A superstar and a gentleman, an MVP and a champion, affectionate and entertaining, Julius Erving tops the list of great athletes who knew how to navigate the frenzied rapids of Philadelphia’s sports fan mood. He’s never been booed, and for one reason: He never deserved to be booed. Yet 46 years after his classic Philadelphia introduction by Dave Zinkoff, Erving is verbally attacked by a segment of the population easily moved by sports-talk puppeteers.