Aston Township, Delaware County PA

Neumann Roller Hockey Wins Second Consecutive National Championship

neumann-rollerhockeyThe Neumann University Roller Hockey Club won their second consecutive National Championship by defeating the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), 4-1, on Saturday, April 9.  The club, who also won the 2015 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) Championship, finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 24-1 before winning the ECRHA Regional Championship in Feasterville, PA and then sweeping through the national tournament.  The 2016 National Championship was played in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from April 6-10.

You can find additional details on the tournament games on our official club website here:  http://www.neumannathletics.com/news/2016/4/9/club-sports- rh-claims-back-to-back- national-championship.aspx

 

Sincerely,
David Deal
Coordinator, Intramurals & Club Sports, Neumann University

Aston Native Helen Litwa Finds Peace Through Volunteering

Helen Litwa

Aston native Helen Litwa displays her latest piece of artwork. photo by Loretta Rodgers

Helen Litwa has worn many hats in her lifetime, which include mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, artist, historian, volunteer, restaurant owner, and good friend.

Litwa, who was raised in Aston Township, speaks passionately and fondly of her childhood, playing in local fields and attending the one room Old Village Green Schoolhouse on Pennell Road. Read more

Thank You to the Volunteers!

Commissioner, Carol Graham, Chairperson, Parks & Recreation Committee and Kiera

Commissioner, Carol Graham, Chairperson, Parks & Recreation Committee and Kiera

As chairperson of the Aston Township Parks & Recreation I would like to thank everyone who gave their time to volunteer for our very successful Easter Egg Hunt/Bunny Meet & Greet!

Special thank you to our special guests:  Evelyn Spayd and Andrew Guthrie who were the stars of this great event! Read more

Casey Berardi Recognized for Achieving Eagle Scout Designation

Eagle Scout Casey Berardi is congratulated by his mother, Lee Berardi, Scout Leader Glen Clark and Aston Commissioner's President Jim Stigale. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Eagle Scout Casey Berardi is congratulated by his mother, Lee Berardi, Scout Leader Glen Clark and Aston Commissioner’s President Jim Stigale. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston resident Casey Berardi was recently presented a proclamation by Aston Commissioner’s President Jim Stigale for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Casey, the son of Charles and Leslie Berardi, is a 2014 graduate of Sun Valley High School and is currently attending Warren Wilson College in North Carolina where he is studying political science and global studies with a minor in Spanish.

For his Eagle Scout project, Casey, a member of Scout Troop #225, planned and organized a community health fair. He communicated with various health organizations and during the fair, which took place in April 2014, information was distributed to attendees by Main Line Health facilities and a blood drive also took place.

As a result, 41 units of blood was collected during the drive, which surpassed Casey’s goal.

Casey began scouting while in the second grade when he joined Pack #292 as a Wolf Cub. He advanced to Webelo Scout , where he earned the prestigious Arrow of Light Award.

Casey crossed over to Boy Scouts with Troop#225 in 2007.

While at Sun Valley, Casey was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well as the  marching  and concert bands. He also participated in the drama club, chamber choir, concert choir, and was a committee member for the class of 2014.

At Warren Wilson College, Casey is co-convener of the student caucus, which is the governing body of his school. He also participated in the World Climate March, and the HkonJ March for environmental justice and social equality in the United States.

Scouting has played a vital role in Casey’s life and along with the direction of his parents, helped him to learn the importance of giving back to the community.

Casey has volunteered for Scouting for Food, Adopt a Highway, and Cub Scout Day Camp.

In he future, Casey hopes to become a Pennsylvania State Representative.

“We are all very proud of Casey and his wonderful achievement,” said Commissioner’s President Jim Stigale. “We know he will be very successful in whatever path he chooses.”

Aston Commissioners Recognize National Library Week

Aston 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham presented Aston Public Library Director Stephen Sarazin with a proclamation in recognition of National Library Week, which will take place April 10-16. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham presented Aston Public Library Director Stephen Sarazin with a proclamation in recognition of National Library Week, which will take place April 10-16. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston Commissioners, March 16, recognized the week of April 10-16 as National Library Week.

2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham, who serves as liaison to the Aston Public Library, presented library director Stephen Sarazin with a proclamation on behalf of the board.

Graham praised the work done at the library, making special mention of Sarazin’s dedication as well as all the hard work of the library staff and volunteers.

“Libraries are the heart of their communities, campuses and schools” Graham read. “Libraries bring together community members to enrich, shape the community and address local issues.”

Sun Valley Basketball Player Recognized for Scoring 1,000 points

Aston 1st Ward Commissioner Michael Link presented Sun Valley High School basketball player Kate Lannon with a certificate of achievement in recognition of Lannon's scoring 1,000 points. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

Aston 1st Ward Commissioner Michael Link presented Sun Valley High School basketball player Kate Lannon with a certificate of achievement in recognition of Lannon’s scoring 1,000 points. Photo by Loretta Rodgers

by Loretta Rodgers.

Aston Commissioners, Feb. 17, recognized Sun Valley High School Junior Kate Lannon for her excellence on the basketball court.

The daughter of Mike and Terri Lannon, Kate scored her 1,000th point on Jan. 9 when the Sun Valley Vanguards defeated Chester High School 52-41.

Kate is only the second player in Sun Valley High School history to score 1,000 points before her senior year. Read more

Township Brine Truck Makes Debut to Prep for Winter Storm Jonas

New Township brine dispensing equipment.

New Township brine dispensing equipment.

The Public Works Department used a little ingenuity to make their own brine truck for the winter season. A brine maker is similar to what PennDOT has and uses a mix of salt and water to prep the roads before a winter storm. The Public Works employees went online and found the instructions before constructing it with about $400 in materials. The truck uses a 300 gallon tank and covered more than expected in its first trip around the Township.

It took about three days to make and it was first used to prep the Township for winter storm Jonas. Crews treated the roads 24-48 hours before the storm. The brine helps snow not stick for awhile and helps it come up easier when it’s plowed.

“The brine truck seems to be working really well,” said Russ Palmore. “There might be some upgrades to the truck in the future. We are lucky to have a lot of skilled people,” he said.

Aston Commissioners Hire New Police Officers

Thomas Piraino and Jonathan Curtis were hired as part-time Aston Township police officers. (photo by Loretta Rodgers)

Thomas Piraino and Jonathan Curtis were hired as part-time Aston Township police officers. (photo by Loretta Rodgers)

by Loretta Rodgers.
Aston Commissioners, during a recent meeting, announced the hiring of new part-time police officers Thomas Piraino and Jonathan Curtis, effective Jan. 4.

Piraino is a graduate of Salesianum School and is currently studying emergency management at Delaware County Community College. He is a sergeant  in the Delaware Army National Guard and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Piraino is a member of the Aston Township Fire Department.

Curtis previously worked at the Delaware County Park Police and the Aldan Borough Police Department. He is a graduate of the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy and is employed as a part-time officer in the Chester Township police department.

Curtis is also a member of the Aston Township Fire Department.

Both candidates passed a thorough medical exam, along with a psychological examination.

Proclamation Presented to the Sun Valley High School Band

The Sun Valley High School Marching Band. (photo by Loretta Rodgers)

The Sun Valley High School Marching Band. (photo by Loretta Rodgers)

by Loretta Rodgers.
Aston Commissioners, during the January 20 meeting, presented a proclamation to the Sun Valley High School Band.

Under the direction of Tim Pry, the band was recognized for placing first in every competition this season. The Marching Vanguards also received special awards for receiving the high score in high visual as well as high overall effect. Read more

Stigale and Higgins to lead Aston Board of Commissioners

With his wife holding the Bible, new 1st Ward Commissioner Michael Link was sworn into office by Magisterial District Judge Diane Holefelder.  (photo by Loretta Rodgers)

With his wife holding the Bible, new 1st Ward Commissioner Michael Link was sworn into office by Magisterial District Judge Diane Holefelder. (photo by Loretta Rodgers)

During a special reorganization meeting held Jan. 4, James Stigale and Michael Higgins were unanimously re-elected president and vice president of the township board of commissioners, respectively. Read more

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