Philadelphia Author Visits Neumann University to Highlight William Penn Success – Delco Times

ASTON — Philadelphia author Jim Murphy will discuss how William Penn transformed a “screaming wilderness” into America’s fastest growing city at a University cultural arts form event Neumann, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Fred P. Meagher Theater at Neumann University. , One Neumann Drive, Aston.

Murphy, a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, is also the author of “Real Philly History, Real Fast,” published in 2021 by Temple University Press. He will sign copies of the book – which took him 11 years to write – after the program.

He has given his William Penn presentation more than 20 times at area libraries, historical societies, condominiums, senior living centers, community organizations, and even at the annual meeting of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia. , with excellent reviews.

“People are shocked to learn how little they know about Penn and its city of Philadelphia,” Murphy said. “Few people realize that Philadelphia started 58 years after New York, but was the largest, most important and most cultured city in America in 1770. This was mainly due to Penn and Ben – William Penn and Ben Franklin “, did he declare.

Murphy promises to show attendees an “unusual photo” of Philadelphia and tell them an easy way to remember the streets of Philadelphia he learned from his mother.
For those who enjoy learning about the past, he writes a free history blog twice a month at

Murphy, editor/manager of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union’s award-winning “Choices” magazine from 2003 to 2012, lived in Delaware County for approximately 60 years. He now lives in Philadelphia.

He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1962 and studied English at LaSalle University and later at LaSalle College, where he graduated in 1966. He now lives in Philadelphia.

His speech, titled “The Incredible Success of William Penn,” costs $10. For more information or to register, call 610-459-0905 or visit

Archeology Festival returns to Newlin Grist Mill

People are invited to visit the historic Newlin Grist Mill, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 10, for a day of archaeological fun with the annual Archeology Festival, held in partnership with the County Planning Department of Delaware. Visitors can discover the rich archaeological heritage that lies beneath their feet by helping professional archaeologists excavate and clean up found artifacts.

This year’s festival will also provide visitors with the unique opportunity to view the excavation of the original waterwheel pit in the ground of Grist Mill Section 1704. Local organizations will present exhibits of archaeological materials and information about excavations that have been carried out in the area, and professionals, including a wildlife expert and an archaeological illustrator, will share their knowledge with the public.

The youngest can enjoy the “Kids’ Dig” and pottery assembly activities. Food vendors will also be on site during the day.

Newlin Grist Mill’s ongoing archeology program aims to assess archaeological resources and explore research questions concerning the development of the historic Newlin Grist Mill complex while enhancing public knowledge and providing opportunities for public participation to the archaeological process.

Admission and parking are free for this event. For more information, visit or call the site at 610-459-2359.

The Nicholas Newlin Foundation was founded in 1960 to preserve our historic lands and buildings for public enjoyment and education. In an area of ​​urban growth, the Foundation maintains open land as a haven for plants, animals, and birds, as well as people who come to enjoy them. In the digital age, it offers visitors a glimpse into the vanished life of the rural 18th century.

Abruzzese Delco announces the sale of tickets for a fundraiser in aid of Don Guanella

The Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco will host its 15th annual fundraiser to benefit the Don Guanella and Divine Providence communities and the Italian Language Scholarship Fund, from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 at the of Phoenix Ballroom, 1661 Mill Rd., Upper Chichester. Cost is $35 for adults; $10 for children 7 to 13 years old; and free for children under seven. The ticket price includes a buffet dinner, desserts, coffee, wine, beer and music by Vito Lombardo of Brooklyn, New York.

Tickets are limited and always sell out quickly. Everyone must pay in advance, as there will be no appointments. The deadline for ticket sales is Thursday, September 15. For tickets, call Nick Rapagnani at 610-212-9888, Rose Patton at 610-505-4599 or Maria DiMattia at 610-405-3864. Donations of raffle baskets and basket items are also needed.

Flea markets kick off at Upper Darby High School

Fall flea markets begin at Upper Darby High School on Lansdowne Avenue, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. The flea market benefits the Upper Darby Marching Band.

The second Upper Darby High School Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 and will benefit the 7th and 8th District Fire Police Association.

For more information about the flea market or to rent space, call 215-834-2157.

Haverford Township Adult School Fall Course Registration Begins

Haverford Township Adult School is back with a printed brochure and in-person learning opportunities. The fall semester begins on Monday, September 26. People can view the course catalog and register online at

In-person registration is available Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Oakmont Administration Building, 50 E. Eagle Rd., Havertown. For registration assistance, call 610-853-5919.

Drexel Hill author publishes romance novel

“The Quarterback Sacked by Love,” a new book by Drexel Hill resident Rogin Radocha, has just been published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Pro football quarterback Casen Walls plays for the Philadelphia Golden Eagles and is coming off a losing season, he and his team to play their first game of the new season in London, England for an exhibition game of the league. Casen can’t help but blame himself for the loss of the team due to his turmoil over his failed engagement with actress Steffi Stevens, and he vows to put the drama behind him and focus on the season ahead. come. During the first night in England, Casen has a very steamy one-night stand with a reporter named Collins Baker. Collins has had a tough life and doesn’t want to get close to anyone. When a mission given to her by her boss brings Casen and Collins together, will they end up changing their minds about love?

Radocha, married and mother of two boys, works full time in the hotel industry.

“The Quarterback Sacked by Love” is a 108-page paperback with a retail price of $12. The e-book costs $7. For more information about the book, visit

St. Kevin’s Trip Club taking bookings for trip to Woodloch Pines

The St. Kevin’s Trip Club in St. Kevin’s Parish in Springfield is taking reservations for a trip to Woodloch Pines Resort, Oct. 17-21. The trip includes four nights’ accommodation, 12 meals, round-trip transportation from St. Kevin’s, evening entertainment, swimming pools, sauna, boat rides, games, and activities including a haunted wagon ride.

The price is $925 dbl., $797 dwt. and $1149 sgl, and includes all gratuities for meals, taxes and baggage handling.

To reserve a spot, contact Mélanie at 610-957-5031. Full payment is required to confirm the reservation.


In our ‘Community Briefs’ column of Saturday August 27, I mistakenly identified Ralph Orr as Mayor of Eddystone in a photo and article about a BHCU donation to Eddystone Primary School. In fact, Ralph Orr is the former Mayor of Eddystone Borough and Rob Yannuzzi is the current Mayor of Eddystone. I apologize for any confusion this error may have caused —Peg DeGrassa

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

Lola R. McClure