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Vest A Cop board members and supporters at the annual Vest A Cop Holiday Bingo in December. The annual bingo and annual golf outing, as well as donations from residents and businesses, resulted in $46,000 in security grants to 24 police departments in Delaware County in 2024. Vest A Cop also purchased 11 vests this year, totaling over $12,000. (Courtesy of VEST A COP)

RIDLEY PARK – Vest A Cop announced this week the recipients of the 2024 Vest A Cop Departmental Safety Grants.

The law enforcement protection grants were made possible through the generosity of donors, as well as supporters and participants of Vest A Cop's annual holiday bingo and golf outing.

“Thanks to the generosity of the community, we were able to provide $46,000 in security grants to 24 police departments,” said Carole Nasella, Secretary/Treasurer of Vest A Cop. “In addition, we have 11 vests valued at $12,200 in 2024 provided. On behalf of Vest-A-Cop, we thank everyone who continues to support our mission to protect our first responders.”

Recipients will receive either the exact amount of the purchase or up to $2,000, which will be used toward the purchase to provide Delaware County law enforcement officers with life-saving emergency equipment. The grants were awarded as follows:

Bethel Parish: Individual first aid kits for each police vehicle; non-invasive ventilation cleaning devices; Stinger flashlights and Streamlight safety wands.

Brookhaven: Point blank shield for ballistic rifle.

Clifton Heights: two Axon Tasers with holsters and batteries.

Collingdale: Eight door panel kits for self-care of officers in the event of minor/serious injuries.

Colwyn: two ballistic, custom-fit vests.

East Lansdowne: three ballistic shields.

Eddystone: 30 individual first aid kits containing tourniquets, rolled gauze, ventilated chest seals and gloves.

Folcroft: a ballistic shield and $2,000.

Glenolden: ballistic shield and tourniquets.

Haverford: six Simunition bolts for patrol rifles for active shooter training.

Lansdowne: 2 SWAT ballistic shields for active shooters.

Lower Chichester: two body cameras; two tasers.

Marcus Hook: four ballistic helmets.

Norwood: Ballistic protective shield for active shooters.

Ridley Park: Outer vest carrier for every officer.

Ridley Parish: 40 individual first aid kits.

Sharon Hill: an active ballistic shooter shield.

Municipality of Tinicum: ballistic plates to protect against rifle threats for every officer.

Highlands: Axon Taser with holster and battery charger.

Upper Chichester: a ballistic shield and tourniquets for each officer.

Upper Darby: CAT tourniquets for each officer.

Upper Providence: OC sprays and holsters for each officer.

Yeadon: two SWAT ballistic shields for active shooters.

Additionally, so far in 2024, Vest A Cop has provided 11 customized ballistic vests to officers from the following police departments: Upland, Sharon Hill, Tinicum Township, Prospect Park, Chester Township and Colwyn.

Vest A Cop's board members include Nasella, Cpl. Marc Hanly, retired Capt. Alan Davis and retired Sgt. Jim Nasella.

The non-profit organization Vest A Cop works to ensure that all first responders have the necessary life-saving equipment as they work to protect the lives of their community.

Through fundraisers, Vest A Cop helps procure tactical vests and safety equipment for first responders who are not provided this equipment by their employer or who cannot afford this equipment when hired or may not be eligible for the Department of Justice bulletproof vest come partnership program.

If a community member or business is interested in donating to Vest A Cop, visit for more information or email [email protected] or mail a donation to Vest A Cop, Box 461 Ridley Park, PA 19078.

The annual Vest A Cop Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, May 13th at Rock Manor Golf Course in Wilmington. Visit a registration form and a sponsorship form.

Ridley High School graduate signs professional contract with Philadelphia Union II

Ridley High School is proud to announce that 2019 graduate Mike Sheridan has signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Union II, a member of the MLS NEXT Pro League. This significant milestone marks the culmination of Sheridan's dedication, talent and hard work in achieving his dreams in the world of football.

Mike Sheridan, Ridley High School graduate (Courtesy Philadelphia Union II)
Mike Sheridan, Ridley High School graduate (Courtesy Philadelphia Union II)

Sheridan's journey from Ridley High School to a professional soccer career is a testament to both his exceptional goalscoring abilities and his unwavering commitment on and off the field.

A press release from Ridley High School said, “Sheridan has left an impact on his teammates, coaches and the entire Ridley community by exhibiting leadership, sportsmanship and passion for the game during his time there.”

After graduating from Ridley High School, Sheridan continued to hone his skills at the collegiate level by playing for Saint Joseph's College of Maine. He then elevated his game through tireless training and competitive play with USL League 2 club West Chester United SC. His outstanding performances in various soccer competitions attracted the attention of talent scouts and led to his selection by the Philadelphia Union II.

“As Sheridan sets the stage for this new chapter in his football career, he carries with him the values ​​he taught during his time at Ridley High School: integrity, courage and commitment. His success serves as an inspiration to current and future student-athletes,” the release said.

Philadelphia Union II competes in the USL Championship, the second division of professional soccer in the United States, below MLS. The team serves as a development platform for young players within the Philadelphia Union organization, providing them with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and potentially advance to the first team.

The Rosary Crew stops in Delco

The Rosary Crew will be at St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join Keith and Estelle Nester in praying the Rosary live with thousands around the world. in a way never seen before.

Keith Nester is a former Protestant pastor and Catholic convert.

He is the author of Unpacking the Mysteries of the Rosary and The Converts Guide to Roman Catholicism.

Keith and Estelle travel the country in their Rosary RV.

This rare opportunity is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 10935. For more information, see

Those unable to attend the event can pray with everyone at www.youtube.com/rosarycrewwithkeithnester.

Mammography screening event planned for Friday in Yeadon

The Delaware County Health Department and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will host free mammography screenings on Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Wellness Center, 125 Chester Ave, Yeadon.

Appointments are limited and registration is required for this screening opportunity.

According to the health department, early detection through mammography screening is about giving hope. Recent data from 2016-20 shows that Black women living in Delaware County are at higher risk of new cases of late-stage breast cancer than those in surrounding areas. Black women had a higher incidence rate of new late-stage cases of 52.7 per 100,000 compared to Chester and Philadelphia counties.

To register for screening, call the Delaware County Wellness Line at 484-276-2100 or schedule an appointment by email at [email protected].

All women aged 40 and over, with or without insurance and without a previous breast cancer diagnosis are eligible to participate. Registrants can also speak with department staff and discuss other health services offered to Delaware County residents.

DCCC lectures focus on Arab American cultural institutions and the legacy of American Jewish women as changemakers

In April and May, Delaware County Community College's Center for Equity and Social Justice is offering two free online lectures in its Dialogues for Diversity series.

On Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m., “Trajectories of Arab Cultural Institutions in America” will examine the significant historical and contemporary Arab institutions in the United States and their lasting legacies to their communities.

Alexa Firat, Ph.D.  (Courtesy of DCCC)
Dr. Alexa Firat (courtesy of DCCC)

From the 1920s Pen League (al-rabita al-qalamiya) in New York City to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, Arab communities have built significant cultural institutions to celebrate and support their artistic endeavors. Moderator Dr. Alexa Firat will travel through these historic and contemporary institutions to shed light on their enduring legacy and importance to their communities.

Firat is an associate professor, adjunct professor of Asian and Middle Eastern languages ​​and studies at Temple University, where she teaches Arabic, modern Arabic literature, Arabic cinema and culture, and more. She is co-editor of Generations of Dissent: Intellectuals, Cultural Production, and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (Syracuse University Press, 2020).

Melissa Klapper, Ph.D.  (Courtesy of DCCC)
Dr. Melissa Klapper (courtesy of DCCC)

On May 2 at 11 a.m., “American Jewish Women's Long Legacy as Changemakers” will focus on American Jewish women's participation in the first wave of feminism and the anti-Semitism they often encountered in social movements.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Melissa Klapper, professor of history and coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program at Rowan University. She is the author of Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies, and Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920” (NYU Press, 2005); “Little Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925” (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Teaching Ballet: An American History (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Both lectures are free of charge. Register for one or both at

Since 2020, the DCCC's Center for Equity and Social Justice has hosted an ongoing series of Dialogues for Diversity discussions and events with changing topics and formats. The Center provides opportunities for meaningful dialogue that raises awareness, promotes education and leads to transformative change, equity and social justice for all people.

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