Nether Providence park expanded

Little Leaguers, soccer players, hikers and nature lovers have a new place to enjoy their favorite sport or outdoor pastime: the expanded Smedley Park.

The Nether Providence park was expanded onto the site of a former paper mill that was contaminated. It's now clean.

Delaware County recently added 25 acres to Smedley Park, for a total of 166 acres. There are baseball diamonds, fishing streams, hiking areas, a playground, soccer and lacrosse fields, and picnic groves.

Smedley Park is at 20 Paper Mill Rd. The new recreational areas are at the end of Paper Mill Road, off Baltimore Pike. For more information, call the Delaware County Department of Parks and Recreation at 610-565-7410.

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Havertown Civic Council to hold a convention

The Havertown Township Civic Council will hold its first organizing convention from 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 21 at the Union Methodist Church, 200 Brookline Blvd., Havertown.

The convention will set the priorities of the Civic Council for the next two years. Officers also will be elected. The council acts as an umbrella for 39 civic groups.

For more information, call Adeline Ciannella at 610-446-3082, Ext. 213.

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Habitat for Humanity gets more than $100,000

Business, civic and community leaders in Delaware County and the tri-state region raised more than $100,000 at a gala event late last month for Habitat for Humanity-Delaware County.

The black-tie event took place at the new Harrah's Casino in Chester. More than 300 guests attended.

The money will be used to fund several new housing projects in the city of Chester within the next year.

Habitat's mission is to provide low-income families the opportunity to own a home. For more information on the Delaware County chapter, go to

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Lankenau offers free child screenings

Free screenings by physical, occupational and speech therapists to determine whether children are developing within normal parameters are being offered by Lankenau Hospital's Outpatient Rehab Services, 308 Lancaster Ave., Suite 100, Wynnewood.

The screenings, by appointment only, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

"No two children are exactly alike, but most children reach key milestones in their development at about the same ages," administrator Mimi Stachowski said.

For an appointment, call 610-658-6003.