Schuck to take over as head

of Chamber of Commerce

R. Stanley Schuck will replace retiring Robert A. Pucci as president and chief executive officer of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce starting Jan. 1.

Schuck, a Blue Bell resident, was director of external affairs of Verizon Pennsylvania from 1990 to this year.

From 1980 to 1990, Schuck held sales positions with Bell Atlantic/Bell of Pennsylvania, and also managed Bell Atlantic's corporate relationship with Sears and General Electric.

He has served on multiple boards across the region, including the Chester County Economic Development Council, Montgomery County Community College Foundation Board, Delaware County Chamber Foundation, and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Foundation will hold fund-raising dinner

The Every Great Reason Foundation, established in memory of Ellen Gregory Robb, who was killed by her husband almost one year ago, will hold a fund-raiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Radnor Hotel, Lancaster Avenue and Radnor-Chester Road in Wayne.

The foundation aims to give women in abusive relationships a second chance by providing access to counseling, support, shelter, food, child care, work, continuing education and other resources.

Robb, 49, of Upper Merion, was found beaten to death on Dec. 22, 2006. Her husband, Rafael Robb, a former economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter last month.

Tickets for the event, which will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction, are $50.

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Church Road Bridge

is scheduled to reopen

After being closed for demolition and reconstruction for almost 15 months, the Church Road Bridge in Ardmore is scheduled to reopen to traffic on Wednesday.

Lower Merion Township will hold a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on the north, Sibley Avenue, side of the bridge.

The township originally estimated the project to take 18 to 24 months, but weather and other factors enabled workers to finish earlier, said Don Cannon, director of public works.

The 100-year-old bridge no longer has weight restrictions, and will be owned and maintained by the township, said Doug Cleland, township manager.

For more than 20 years, the bridge fell under the Orphan Bridge Act, because there wasn't a clear owner, Cannon said. Funding for the $6 million restoration was 80 percent federal funds, 15 percent state funds, and 5 percent local funds.

Historic elements of the bridge were protected during the demolition, Cannon said, and the truss structure designed for the Church Road Bridge by railroad engineer Herman Haupt was donated to the Railroad Museum near Lancaster.

Springfield Mall hosting

party for homeless children

Springfield Mall will host a holiday party today for homeless children from shelter and transitional housing programs operated by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.

The nonprofit agency expects more than 150 children, and their parents, to attend the event today for face painting, crafts, games, pizza, gift bags, and pictures with Santa Claus.

Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, also has been collecting toys and donations for homeless families in each of its stores. The collection will end tomorrow.

- Ed Mahon