Librarians of the year recognized at Bryn Mawr

Maggie Caverly and Cyd Nathan were chosen 2007 librarians of the year in the 17th Senatorial District, during an April 19 ceremony at Bryn Mawr College.

Caverly has been librarian at Roberts Elementary School in the Upper Merion Area School District since 1999. Nathan has been librarian at Penn Wynne Library in Wynnewood for 17 years. Both were cited for their extra efforts on behalf of readers.

State Sen. Connie Williams presented the awards. She created the program five years ago to recognize librarians who work in a public or school library in her district.

The 2006 winners were Ilene Goldis of Radnor High School, and Asha Verma of the Norristown Public Library.

Lankenau Hospital fair benefits care and research

The Women's Board of Lankenau Hospital will hold its annual Spring Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10 and 11 at the hospital, 100 Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood.

The event is free to the public. Proceeds will benefit patient care and research. More than 30 vendors will offer items including jewelry, crafts, baked goods, plants, and Beanie Babies.

The "fairgrounds" will be the main lobby, along the glass corridor on the first floor, and in the cafeteria and coffee shop on the ground floor.

For more information, call Lankenau Hospital's Volunteer Department at 610-645-2139.

Dave Brubeck to premiere choral work in Bryn Mawr

Singing City Choir will join jazz legend Dave Brubeck in a performance of Brubeck's The Gates of Justice at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. next Sunday at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave.

The choir also will perform the Philadelphia premiere of Brubeck's new work, Commandments. A 45-minute jazz set by the Dave Brubeck Quartet will conclude the program.

One of Brubeck's most significant choral works, The Gates of Justice underscores the spiritual parallels between Jews and blacks. Singing City is an integrated choir founded in Philadelphia in 1948.

General admission is $40; seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more pay $35. For tickets, call 215-569-9067, or visit

Bryn Mawr doctor chosen for honor by foundation

John L. Rombeau, a leader in colon and rectal surgery, has been chosen the 2007 physician of the year for the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Rombeau, of Bryn Mawr, will be honored at the group's 32d annual Renaissance Ball on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency, Penn's Landing.

Each year, the chapter recognizes Philadelphia-area individuals for their efforts to expand research and support services for those suffering from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel disease.

Rombeau is establishing a new practice at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Tickets for the Renaissance Ball are $350 per person and are available by calling 215-396-9100.

Honors scheduled for former commissioner

Joseph M. Manko will be honored for his 27 years of service as Lower Merion Township commissioner by the Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth next Sunday at the committee's annual spring dinner.

Manko, the township's longest-serving elected official, joined the board in November 1979 and was sworn in on Jan. 7, 1980.

He won his seventh four-year term as commissioner in 2003. During his tenure, Manko served as president in 1993 and 2004, and vice president in 1992 and 2005. He retired last July.

The dinner will be held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $75. For tickets, call Linda Benson at 610-649-7200.

Roberts Elementary will be site of Robb memorial

The friends of the late Ellen Robb are creating a gazebo and garden memorial to be located at Roberts Elementary School in Wayne. Robb's daughter attended school there.

Robb was killed in her kitchen three days before Christmas. Her husband, University of Pennsylvania economics professor Rafael Robb, is charged in the crime.

Money for the memorial can be donated at any Wachovia Bank branch, or donors can send a check payable to Ellen Gregory Robb Memorial Fund, Box 60382, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406.

For more information, e-mail the Friends of Ellen at

Save Ardmore Coalition to receive preservation award

The Save Ardmore Coalition, a local civic group, will receive an award from the Historic Architectural Review Board of Lower Merion Township.

The coalition is being cited for its support of historic preservation efforts in the Ardmore area. The award will be presented next month at a private reception at the Merion Tribute House in Merion.

The Save Ardmore Coalition was founded as a grassroots organization focused on the revitalization of Ardmore's business district, but it has expanded its reach in recent months to other issues.