DARBY TOWNSHIP— The Delaware County Intermediate Unit Search Consultants, in conjunction with the Southeast Delco School District School Board are inviting all staff, administrators, students, parents and community members to take a survey and participate in a focus group to provide input on the ideal qualities the next superintendent of schools should possess.
Information about the Focus Groups and a link to take the survey is available on the websites of both the district (www.sedelco.org) and DCIU (www.dciu.org), under the SED Superintendent Search section.
The Focus Group dates for the community are: Feb. 24, 10 a.m. at the District Educational Service Center; Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Academy Park High School Library; and Feb. 29, 9:30 a.m. at Darby Township Elementary School Library.
Participants are being asked to RSVP for a focus group of their choosing by emailing [email protected] or calling 610-938-9000, ext. 2061, with their name and chosen date.
Irish Writers photography exhibit opens at Villanova Art Gallery
The island of Ireland is known for its outsized literary tradition – its novelists, poets, and playwrights have produced many of the world’s most significant works, across centuries, genres, and styles. As a student of that grand tradition, Philadelphia-area photographer Robin Hiteshew has made a decades-long project of capturing the images — and even the essences — of as many contemporary Irish writers as he can. Fifty-eight of his finest portraits will be presented at the Villanova Art Gallery from March 13-April 14 in his exhibit “Beyond the Words: Portraits of Irish Writers.”
The images in the exhibit are about evenly divided between black and white film and digital color photographs. Nearly half of them were shot on the Villanova University campus, while those writers were in town for a reading or as the Charles Heimbold Jr. Chair of Irish Studies, a visiting professorship.
“Beyond the Words: Portraits of Irish Writers” is cosponsored by Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies. The exhibit opens Friday, March 13, with a reception to meet the artist that evening from 5-7 p.m. Villanova Professor Joseph Lennon, Ph.D, the Emily C. Riley Director of Irish Studies, will present opening remarks. The exhibit continues to Monday, April 14. The Art Gallery is located in the Connelly Center on the Villanova campus. Convenient on-campus parking is available. More information is available on the gallery’s website at www.artgallery.villanova.edu.
Hiteshew earned his BA from Temple University and a Masters from Case Western Reserve University. His work has been seen throughout the Philadelphia area and included in a variety of publications. In addition to his writers’ series, Hiteshew also has an ongoing collection of portraits of Irish musicians called “The Face of Irish Music.”
The Villanova University Art Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. -11 p.m. For extended and weekend hours, and other information, contact the Art Gallery at 610-519-4612 or visit www.artgallery.villanova.edu.
Interboro track teams hold mattress fundraiser
The Interboro High School girls and boys track teams will host their 8th annual mattress and more fundraiser 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Shopping for a new mattress can be intimidating, but this event prides itself on being a friendly unpressured environment, with better-than-retail prices. The showroom will display the latest in luxury power bases and mattresses in every size, weighted blankets, luxury pillows, bamboo sheets and even bean bag chairs that convert into youth beds. Friendly and knowledgeable assistants will answer all questions. The Interboro High School Gym, 500 16th Ave., Prospect Park, will transform into a 25-plus bed showroom filled with all sizes and styles. Name brands like Simmons Beautyrest, Malouf, and Symbol are available for up to 50% off retail prices. Watch for area yard signs and for the few lucky high school kids who get to wear the “mattress suit” while promoting the sale to passersby.
For more information, text Bucs to797979 or contact Dave Cox [email protected] or call 215-913-8762.
Night Out For Nadia benefits Nothing Down
Tickets are on sale for “Night Out For Nadia” at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 21. The event coincides with World Down Syndrome Day and all proceeds will benefit Nothing Down, an international nonprofit organization that supports new and expectant parents of a child with Down Syndrome.
The black tie optional event will feature live entertainment, top shelf liquor, dinner, dancing, raffles, door prizes, gift cards and surprises throughout the night. The night is promoted as an event of love, hope and inspiration and will feature several special guests to spread this message of inclusion, equality and love. Every guest will receive a swag bag upon check-in that includes over $50 of incentives inside.
For tickets, which cost $75, or information, call Donna at 484-478-0214 or visit “Night Out For Nadia Supporting Nothing Down” on Facebook. Tickets can also be purchased through the Eventbrite ticket link or through Venmo (@Nightoutfornadia-321).
Peace Center presents ‘The Hospital’ on big screen
The Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, will present a free large screen film screening of “The Hospital” 7 p.m. Friday, March 6. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments.
In this dark 1971 satiric drama, with equally dark splashes of tragic comedy, the late Oscar-winning actor George C. Scott delivers an explosive performance as Dr. Herbert Bock, the brilliant chief of medicine at an urban hospital beset by malpractice mayhem, and even a few murders. Meanwhile, the poor community surrounding the hospital, mostly populated by people of color, is protesting the building expansion that is tearing down people’s residences. As he teeters on the brink of a nervous breakdown, Bock falls for a patient’s seductively charming daughter who offers to change his life forever. The film, rated PG-13, is 103 minutes in length. A short after-screening discussion will take place for those who choose to remain.
First-Friday film screenings organized monthly by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County and other information, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 484-574-1148.
Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected].