Black swim club in Yeadon

plans $5 million expansion

A Yeadon organization that in 1958 became the nation's first private swim club for African Americans recently announced that it had launched a $5 million expansion program.

Plans include the construction of three heated pools, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 150-seat banquet facility, a fitness center, and basketball and tennis courts.

The Nile Swim Club has a membership of 210 families and owns a 4.5-acre parcel of land. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2008.

The organization got its start almost 50 years ago, when African-American residents were denied admission and membership to a now-defunct local swim club.

A group of African-American business, professional, religious and political leaders has agreed to help raise funds for the project. Ambassadors, as the club calls the volunteers, include Jerome Mondesire, president of the NAACP's Philadelphia Chapter; Romona Riscoe Benson, president of the African-American Museum in Philadelphia; State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams; and Yeadon councilwoman Jacquelyn Puriefoy-Brinkley, the club said.

The Nile Swim Club is at 513 Union Ave., Yeadon.

Media nonprofit group

gets transportation award

Values Into Action, a Media nonprofit group that offers home and community support to people with disabilities, has received the 2007 Public Service Award from the Delaware County Transportation Management Association.

The company, started by Marian and Paul Saulino of Springfield in 2005, recently offered TransitChek to its staff and associates. The pre-tax voucher program enables commuters to purchase fare materials on all regional public transit and van-pool providers.

Employees can save more than $400 a year in federal income taxes with the program, a Values Into Action spokesperson said.

The Delaware County Transportation Management Association, a Media nonprofit transportation consulting organization, also presented the Chairman's Award to the Berwyn office of GAI Consultants, the Community Service Award to the Broomall office of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, and the Partnership Award to Urban Engineers of Philadelphia.

Lower Merion donates

train station to society

Lower Merion Township handed over the Cynwyd Train Station to the Lower Merion Historical Society earlier this month as part of efforts to restore the 1880s-era building.

Representatives from both organizations signed the final paperwork to sublease the property on Dec. 3.

Earlier this year, township commissioners and Montgomery County commissioners each pledged $225,000 for improvements, and SEPTA agreed to allow the township to lease Cynwyd Station and a nearby area for a proposed Cynwyd Trail.

The historical society plans to exterminate termites, fix basement walls, and oversee other basic repairs to make the place livable, the group hopes, in a year.

- Ed Mahon