PHILADELPHIA – Frontline Heroes will receive a big “token” of gratitude from the Phillies and their fans.
Fans are encouraged to nominate a deserving frontline hero who has consistently put himself at the helm to serve the city and community during the pandemic. From the nominations, 41 Frontline Heroes will be honored and illuminated on street sign banners around Citizens Bank Park.
Award winners selected for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be invited to a photo shoot at Citizens Bank Park for their official Frontline Hero banner, which will be displayed in time for the Phillies Home Opener on Thursday April 1st.
Frontline Heroes to be nominated include local healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement officers, plumbing workers, grocery store workers, delivery staff, teachers, volunteers, and other key personnel.
To nominate a Frontline Hero for this award, fans must upload a video informing the Phillies about their favorite Frontline Hero and why he / she should be selected for the occasion. The video cannot exceed a file size of 100MB and the ideal video length is 45 seconds. All videos must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Saturday, February 13th at Phillies.com/frontlineheroes. If you have any questions, send an email to FrontlineHeroes@phillies.com.
Students from Widen are opening a mini library in Chester on Saturday
Students at the Widener University Center for Education have set up a mini-library to give Chester residents easy and free access to new books. The Little Free Library, built on the corner of Melrose Avenue and East 17th Street, will officially open on Saturday, February 6th at 11am
Nine students founded the Little Free Library as part of the service learning component of Widener’s Community Engaged Teacher Education, a program that prepares future teachers to succeed in various urban school settings. The students raised $ 1,000 and bought a small free library and new and culturally diverse books to keep them in stock.
Students chose this project because not everyone has books at home and children often rely on their school library and resources. Due to COVID-19, some students lost access to their school library, making books even more difficult to access.
The Widener students hope that the Little Free Library will allow residents of all ages to choose from a wide variety of readings at any time. The Little Free Library is a global book-sharing movement that builds community, inspires readers, and increases access to books.
Delloso, community partner, run free grocery gifts every week
Rep. Dave Delloso, D-162 of Ridley Park, has partnered with the Folcroft Borough and Caring for Friends to run weekly drive-through giveaways for people and families in need of food during this difficult time.
The weekly events are scheduled for the next eight weeks and will take place every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Folcroft Borough Building, 1555 N. Elmwood Ave., Folcroft.
Residents can receive free USDA fresh boxes subject to availability while supplies last. Residents are asked to stay in their cars and wear a mask. Volunteers load the boxes into vehicles. The event organizers will also be on hand to provide information on key government services aimed at helping those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn.
Please contact Delloso at RepDelloso@pahouse.net or 610-534-1002 for details on Pennie, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or pandemic updates.
Rite Aid opens additional COVID test sites in Delco stores
Rite Aid announced that it has opened more COVID-19 drive-through checkpoints yesterday. Trial locations that have just opened in Delaware County include the Rite Aid stores at 4400 Pennell Road, Aston; 950 E. Baltimore Pike, Yeadon; 510 E. Baltimore Pike, Media; and 3599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square.
Among the new locations are several locations in the Philly and South New Jersey areas, which will allow more people in that area to have a self-smear test. In total, Rite Aid will now operate a total of 777 locations in 16 states in partnership with HHS.
Tests are available to anyone four years and older, regardless of whether they have virus symptoms. This reduction in the age of eligibility comes at an important time to help families get tested and stay safe as schools reopen and more extracurricular activities resume.
Pharmacists will conduct the tests through the chain’s drive-through window to ensure the safety of customers seeking other services in the store. All individuals must pre-register online at www.riteaid.com for more information or to schedule testing.
Holcomb Health launches Blunt Truth to debunk marijuana myths
Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems launched The Blunt Truth campaign this February. This media campaign focuses on educating adolescents and parents in Delaware County about the harmful effects of marijuana use, including synthetic marijuana, medical marijuana, and new laws in the United States.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most widely consumed illicit drug in the United States. It is a List I drug under the Controlled Substances Act with a high potential for abuse and no approved therapeutic use by the Food and Drug Administration’s drug establishment process.
According to Holcomb Health, in the 2019 PAYS survey in Delaware County, teens have misconceptions about marijuana use. 56.6% of 12th grade students said it was “not at all wrong” or just “a little wrong” for someone their age to use marijuana.
Holcomb states that, despite increasing efforts to legalize it, marijuana has been proven to be harmful and has many adverse effects on the physical and mental health of its users. Marijuana affects learning and memory, leads to distortion of perception, decreases motor coordination and increases heart rate. Long-term marijuana use has been linked to mental illness in some people, such as transient hallucinations, transient paranoia, and worsening symptoms in those with schizophrenia.
More than ever, adolescents and young adults need education about the effects of marijuana on the brain and body. Because of this, The Blunt Truth aims to expose the misconceptions that these newly enacted laws may represent.
In Delaware County, the Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems Blunt Truth Project is coordinated with funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Department of Drugs and Alcohol.
To learn more about The Blunt Truth campaign or to schedule a virtual prevention presentation, contact Allison Doherty at email@example.com
Senior Community Resources offers a free heart healthy presentation
February has been celebrated as the American heart month since 1963. Senior Community Services will introduce Bonnie Magliochetti, RDH, RN, MA, Community Health Educator at Main Line Health, for this free presentation on Thursday, February 25th at 2 p.m. via conference call or email Zoom in on registration.
During this 45 minute presentation, we’ll discuss tips on how to prepare simple heart-healthy meals and find other ways to prevent heart disease. The moderator will talk about supermarket choices, offer cooking tips and discuss the most common types of heart disease.
Pre-registration is required by calling Eileen at 484-496-2137.
Readers can email community messages and photos to Peg DeGrassa at firstname.lastname@example.org.