Delco Press Club presents author showcase at Sunday brunch – Delco Times

MEDIA — Books are the new business cards. The Delaware County Press Club will present Books & Brunch, an author showcase, 11:30 am Sunday, May 1,t Jamey’s House of Music, 32 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne. The program will feature five Press Club members who published books. Covering a variety of genres, participating authors include:

Doreen McGettigan who started her writing career as a feature writer for Philadelphia area newspapers. She is a ghostwriter, speaker, author, and award-winning blogger. As president of Intrepid Marketing Inc., McGettigan consults and coaches on writing, publishing, and marketing. Her book, “The Stranger in My Recliner,” is the true story of a Delaware County couple who took in and cared for Sophie, an 80-year-old homeless woman for three years. The book highlights the lack of assistance available to those experiencing mental health issues and the trauma of homelessness.

Kathleen Piperno is a partner at the Law Firm Eckell Sparks. She practices exclusively in Family Law, including child support, custody, divorce, equitable distribution, protection from abuse, termination of parental rights, and adoption. Piperno is the first female partner in the firm’s Family Law Division. She is an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves in protection from abuse matters and a Board Member of the Domestic Abuse Project. Her book, “Fearless in Heels,” is based on real-life stories of domestic abuse. Piperno brings to life the seriousness of this issue and educates so victims will gain the confidence to know they have a choice.

Joann Pierdomenico and Vincent James are the authors of the “88 Ways Music Can Change Your Life” book series, stories of music’s impact on people’s lives. The Second Edition features over 100 inspirational stories and quotes from musicians, music educators, and music lovers from around the world, including numerous stories from Grammy winning and Platinum selling artists and composers. The series includes two volumes “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life” and “88 More Ways Music Can Change Your Life.” The duo are also founders of Keep Music Alive, a national music education non-profit; Teach Music Week in March and Kids Music Day in October.

Rich Pagano wrote weekly sports history columns for Town Talk and Delco Press Newspapers for 33 years and currently writes for The Spirit newspaper. His book, “The Baron of Leiperville,” is the story of James Dougherty, a larger-than-life sportsman whose hotel, bar, and fight arena in Leiperville was a mecca for boxing from 1916 to 1947.

Tiffany Joyner is the founder of Straight from His Plate, a Christian Writer’s Group assisting adults in the development of their literary work as a tool to minister; and Read, Write, Ignite, which empowers communities through literacy-based initiatives. Her first book, “Furry Mouse,” takes children on a creative, light-hearted fashion journey using impactful solutions in the face of fear.

Books & Brunch will offer the opportunity to learn more about some of the Press Club’s authors. The local authors will introduce themselves and their books at 11:30 am, and be available for individual discussions with guests, who may buy signed copies of the books.

Brunch items from Jamey’s Blues Brunch menu will be available, accompanied by music from the Philly Blues Kings with Maci Miller, and an open mic jam. All guests are welcome to bring an instrument if they would like to join the jam. The Blues Brunch continues until 3 pm

All Press Club events are open to the public. Books & Brunch guests will be responsible to purchase their own food and drinks, so there is no pre-set cost to attend. There is a $5 food or drink minimum per person. As a courtesy to the venue, people should register if they plan to attend. For more information and to register, visit http://thepressclubpa.org/events.

Attendees are asked to consider bringing a new book or two for students in kindergarten through eight grades for the Press Club’s Book Drive or baby formula and first aid items for Ukrainian War relief efforts.
Membership in the Press Club is available to individuals, businesses, and students working in all fields of communications and allied communication fields. For eligibility information and to join the Club, visit http://thepressclubpa.org. The Press Club season runs from September through May.

Founded in 1979, the Delaware County Press Club comprises professionals, active or retired, from the fields of communications, including print and broadcast journalism, public relations, marketing, writing and photojournalism, as well as communications teachers and students and professionals in allied fields.

Broomall Fire Co. carnival begins tonight

The Broomall Fire Co. will sponsor the Majestic Midways Carnival, Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24, and again the following weekend, April 29, through May 1. The event will be held on the Broomall Fire Co. grounds, Malin Road and West Chester Pike, Broomall.

The carnival will be held, 6-11 pm Fridays; 3-11 pm Saturdays; and 1-6 pm Sundays.
In addition to the various rides, face painting and escape rooms will be on site, with both benefiting the fire company.

For more information, visit https://broomallfirecompany.com.

$2.5M in grants benefit Delco residents

State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-165 of Springfield, recently announced that Delaware County and organizations within have been awarded $2.5 million in grants to help create local apprenticeship programs, invest in electric vehicles and charging stations, and heighten safety measures at a local place of worship. Funding has been awarded as follows:

Beth El-Ner Tamid received $20,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to strengthen the synagogue’s safety and security measures.

Delaware County received two grants, both worth $300,000, from the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program, to go toward electric vehicle usage. One grant will go toward purchasing 69 electric cars for use by county departments, with 29 dedicated to the new health department for health care visits around the county. The second grant will install 22 Level 2 dual-plug charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers.

The following grants were awarded through PAsmart and will provide regional employment and educational opportunities:

Bayada Home Health Care received $650,000 to expand their home care nurse residency apprenticeship program across multiple counties and establish a nursing apprenticeship program.

The Wistar Institute received $649,551 to expand its biomedical research technician apprenticeship program.
Arcadia University received $632,258 to expand its early childhood education program to enroll and train 12 new registered apprentices with targeted recruiting of individuals from marginalized groups, such as people of color and socio-economically disadvantaged communities. This funding will also help provide academic supports such as laptops, financial support to mitigate housing/food insecurities, childcare costs and scholarships.

“Investing in apprenticeship programs is critical because they serve as an avenue for individuals to secure jobs that are in high demand with great pay,” O’Mara said. “This nearly $2 million investment from PAsmart will benefit not only Delco’s job market, but families and individuals and undoubtedly boost our local economy.”

Questions may be directed to O’Mara’s office by calling 610-544-9878.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com.

Attorney Kathy Piperno recently published her first book, “Fearless in Heels,” based on real-life stories of domestic abuse. She will be among the guest authors at The Delaware County Press Club’s Books & Brunch on Sunday, May 1. (PEG DEGRASSA/ MediaNews Group)

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