HAVERFORD – Marie Scully will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday, April 29, and the celebrating has already started,
Scully was born in Scotia, NY She is the daughter of the late George and Rose Becker Benker. She grew up with two older brothers, Charles and Robert. The birthday celebrant is a 1941 graduate of Haverford High School.
Scully was employed by the Singer Store on 69th Street in Upper Darby, where she taught tailoring and slipcover skills. Later, she worked at General Electric in Philadelphia in the relay department. Marie met the love of her life, the late Thomas Scully, and they married in 1944, making their home in King of Prussia since 1951 and raising their four daughters. The couple was together for over 73 years. They have one granddaughter, five grandsons, two great granddaughters and one great grandson.
In 1938, Scully joined a correspondence club, paying 15 cents for her Dutch pen pal named Frans. They wrote for over 43 years before meeting for the first time. The married couples then enjoyed traveling several times, back and forth to Holland and USA. Although 76 years of writing stopped when Frans died, the families still keep in touch and visits when they can.
Scully spent many hours doing crafts, founding the knitting group called the “Knit Wits,” and teaching the art of sewing to young children. Other activities included Board of Election, bowling and the Wayne Woods Garden Club. She enjoyed summers on Long Beach Island with her family and friends.
The centenarian is a current member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Gulph Mills and also the Upper Merion Senior Center. She spends time with family and friends, watching her favorite TV shows, admiring her gardens and enjoys occasional outings.
Neumann professor helps Delco analyze data recidivism
The Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Office has retained Dr. Leanne Havis, professor of Criminal Justice at Neumann University, as a consultant to help analyze local recidivism data and identify trends to guide decisions that might lower the county’s repeat-offender rate.
Currently, the county has what Havis describes as “a great case management system.” The Adult Probation and Parole Office, which is part of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, collects demographics on race, gender, ethnicity, age, education, the number of days between arrests, and other factors.
“So, they have all the data,” she says, “and you can figure out what actually needs to be done if you look at what the data are actually telling you.”
Danielle Hibberd, director of Adult Probation and Parole, understood the gap between collecting data and using it effectively. As soon as her department was asked to create an assessment process over a three-year cycle to analyze the data it has, Hibberd recognized the need to bring an academic on board.
She approached Judge John Capuzzi, chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, with the idea of a partnership with an outside advisor. Judge Capuzzi recommended that Hibberd consider Neumann.
Hibberd did her research and presented biographies of several Neumann Criminal Justice professors to Capuzzi. Both thought that Havis would be a perfect fit for the project, and in January, Hibberd approached Havis with the idea of a partnership between Neumann and her office.
“I think that Dr. Havis can help us be more efficient, ”said Hibberd. “Everything is data driven these days. I have a case management system that has the capability to do so much, and I want to be able to look at the system and pull specific, useful information. She can help us start to analyze so many factors and build from there. ”
Havis is eager to start working with the county. “I’m happy to stay on for the duration of the three-year process,” she says. “My hope is that the Adult Probation and Parole unit will look at the results for actionable data that will have a practical effect on the real world. I want to help them make decisions that are grounded in data. ”
For example, if the data show that the majority of people who are rearrested do not have a high school education, the county might allocate more resources to GED programs. If most reoffenders have no job, then more vocational training programs might be a solution. Are existing programs equally effective for men and women? There are many key performance indicators to examine.
“Facilitating information sharing with judges and the courts is important because they have the greatest amount of influence regarding whether or not existing programs are used,” Havis explains.
For more information about Neumann University, visit http://www.neumann.edu.
Local sculptor constructs model for Sports Legends of Delco Museum
John Bullock of Newtown Square has volunteered to construct a model of the United States Coast Guard cutter Emlen Tunnell for the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. Bullock, a friend of the museum, is a member of three prestigious model-ship-building clubs: the Ship Model Society of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Ship Model Society, and the Nautical Research Guild.
The Coast Guard commissioned the Emlen Tunnell, a 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter, on October 15, 2021, in Philadelphia. Bullock stated that the scale of his model will be 1/48, which will make it about 40 inches long when completed.
“We’re excited to announce that once completed, this one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia will be on display at our museum located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor,” stated the museum’s director, James Vankoski. “To the best of our knowledge, he is the only professional athlete whose name graces a military ship.”
Emlen Tunnell, a 1942 Radnor High graduate, was a World War II hero and the first African American elected to the NFL Hall of Fame.
For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://delcosportsmuseum.org.
McClinton announces $ 2M to increase safety and water quality in Yeadon and West Philly
House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, 191 of Philadelphia, announced this week that $ 2 million has been approved to increase travel safety and water quality in the communities of West Philadelphia and eastern Delaware County. One million of the funding will invest in putting in landscaping strips along the West Cobbs Creek Parkway to improve water quality in Yeadon Borough, as well as make the following changes and installations to strengthen protections for pedestrians along that same roadway: ADA-compliant curb cut ramps; crosswalk striping; and redesign the traffic signal and add a bulb out at the intersection of West Cobbs Creek Parkway and MacDade Boulevard.
McClinton added another $ 1 million was awarded to invest in upgrades along Chestnut Street between 34th and 63rd streets in West Philadelphia to make it safer for walkers and bikers, including the installation of concrete pedestrian islands at intersections to significantly shorten how far someone has to cross the street at one time.
Funding for these two projects was awarded through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program, which aims to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the state.
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