Monday, June 30, 2014

Fare & Square Announces Free Healthy Shopping Tours in July

Members will learn how to shop for healthier ingredients to prepare more
nutritious foods on a budget

Fare & Square, the nonprofit grocery store, has partnered with the Food Trust to offer Fare & Square members free Healthy Shopping Tours aimed at teaching shoppers how to cook healthier meals on a budget.  The tours will be held every Tuesday in July, beginning on July 1st to help promote healthier meal choices.  

A nutritionist from The Food Trust will give the tour and provide tips on eating healthier and making more nutritious recipes from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. every Tuesday in the month of July.  Participants will learn how to:

Eat healthier on a budget
Stretch ingredients to prepare more healthy meal choices
Buy quality and healthier ingredients at low cost
Cook healthier foods through healthy recipes, which include in-store tastings of a recipe weekly

Members that participate in the tour will receive a Fare & Square coupon as an incentive to purchase healthier ingredients to prepare more nutritious and affordable meals at home. For more information please visit or call 484-483-2500.

The following recipes will be shared during the month of July:
Week 1:  Theme- Produce (Recipe – Easy Fruit Salad)
Week 2: Theme- Canned Produce (Recipe – Confetti Bean Salsa with whole grain tortilla chips)
Week 3: Theme- Grains (Recipe – whole wheat quesadillas)
Week 4: Theme- Dairy (Recipe – yogurt parfaits)
Week 5: Theme- Protein (Recipe – Hummus dip)

The west side of Chester was a food desert until Philabundance opened Fare & square on September 28, 2013.   There are more than 34,000 residents in Chester and more than half earn less than 200% of the poverty level according to the American Community Survey, 2008-2010 estimates.   People living below the poverty line generally don't consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day.  Many of these adults are also overweight or obese and many suffer from other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.  

The Food Trust offers nutrition education and free, healthy two-hour cooking workshops for adults at over 150 sites including libraries, churches, YMCAs, schools and community sites in Philadelphia, Norristown, Lansdowne, Chester, Reading and Allentown and after-school  and summer programs for youth in recreation centers, churches and community sites. These SNAP-Ed funded cooking and nutrition education workshops, a component of Project P.E.A.C.H. (People Eating and Cooking Healthy), empower adults and youth living in lower-income communities with the tools and knowledge needed to make healthier eating choices on a limited budget and lead more physically active lifestyles.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

School is out

Now that school is out, I am back in school. I have gone back to Widener to finish up a few coursework for my degree. My first class back was School Architecture; Planning, Design, Construction, and Maintenance, a lot of work but a great class with Dr. Rentschler. Shout out to the Lancaster Cohort a great group of people to work with. Lancaster has beautiful countryside and the best cherries from Cherry Hill Orchards. We toured two of Lancaster’s brand new grand school facilities which are awesome in design. I learned a lot. Now I am off to the next course. Sorry but my postings will be slim. I will still post if you send in your events.

Play Hoops and Learn about Asthma

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Widener Professor Releases new book on Gender and Race

CHESTER, Pa. Dr. Sarah Roth, associate professor and chair of history at Widener University, has published “Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture” with Cambridge University Press. In the book, Roth examines how white women played a critical role in shifting how African American men were perceived in the decades leading to the Civil War through their contributions to popular culture media.

Roth examines a range of literature from antebellum America, including some obscure selections, to show that as the reading and writing of popular narratives emerged as largely feminine enterprises, a radical reshaping of black masculinity in American culture occurred. She shows that narratives created by white female authors often made white women appear superior to male slaves, leading to the demasculinization of black men and consequently impacting the political landscape of antebellum and Civil War-era America.

“I began this book because I was looking for a way to understand how ordinary white people in the 19th Century thought about race,” Roth said. “There were studies focusing on the theories intellectuals had about race, and a lot had been written on both the abolitionist movement and on political arguments in favor of slavery. But I wanted to know how middle-class people not directly involved in either the slave system or in antislavery efforts viewed African Americans in the decades leading up to the Civil War.”

Roth explains that when scholars have written about race, middle-class whites, particularly white northern women, have been left out of historical literature with the exception of the tiny minority who were active in the abolitionist cause. However, middle-class northerners were the people who in the 1860s would either go off to fight and die for the Union themselves or would stand by as their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers did so. Therefore, to understand what the Civil War meant to this middle-class white majority within northern society, Roth found it important to understand the evolution of their racial views in the decades preceding the war.

In “Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture,” Roth uses short stories and novels to uncover those racial attitudes. “This seemed an effective means of getting at popular perceptions about race, since the reading of fiction expanded monumentally among the middle class during the antebellum period, and much of the most widely read fiction dealt explicitly with race and slavery,” she said.

Roth sees the audience for her book as students, academics and members of the general public who have an interest in the history of race in America, the causes of the Civil War and the impact white women had on both.

“Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture” is available through Amazon beginning in July 2014. Roth earned her bachelor’s in history from Southwestern University and her master’s and doctorate in American history from the University of Virginia. In addition to her role at Widener as associate professor and chair of history, she also serves as coordinator for the university’s African and African American Studies Program. She is a resident of Wallingford, Pa.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Community Awareness Bike Ride for Injured Rider Daniel Boone Jr.

On Saturday, August 9th, 2014 join the Boone Family, friends, community, and supporters for "A RIDE INTERRUPTED...MINOR SETBACK, FOR A MAJOR COMEBACK" Community Awareness Bike Ride.

The project supports better awareness campaign for the community of Chester, PA. & Tri-State areas regarding the importance of riding bikes properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet, attention to proper cycling safety.

Date: Sat. Aug. 9th 2014 9am until Noon

On Thursday, Aug 15, 2013, Daniel Boone Jr. of Chester, PA. (Age 77) between 5-6pm EST. was struck and seriously injured while riding his bicycle after visiting with his mother (then age 94). Dad was riding in the bike lane westbound at 9th & Carla's in Chester, PA, (dad was not wearing a helmet). The driver fled from the accident, and witnesses came forward. Dad was transported to Crozer Medical Center.

Dad sustained a fractured skull, pelvis, collar bone, and multiple damages to his brain. He would lay in a medically induced coma for 9 days.

Thank you all for your thoughtfulness, compassion, and prayers, after 8 months of trials, miracles, and recovery, dad is getting stronger every day. The first week of April 2014, dad was discharged from the caring hands of the staff at Brinton Manor Rehab Center, and continuing his recovery in the Northwest with Deborah and I. His rehabilitation through the Grace of God has included strengthening his speech, and learning to walk, eat,
neurological bodily functions, and reasoning development. Family, and close friends that have walked with him through this amazing experience "rejoice in the name of the Lord", fore we are steadfast for dad's full recovery! God has brought our father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, friend, neighbor "a mighty long way, in a very short time".

Event Bicycle Route
Route to begin at primary staging area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on 620 Engle Street Chester, PA.

Connects three complimentary water & rider greeting stations
1. Parking Lot near 9th Kerlin St.
2. Accident location 9th & Carla
3. Wellington Ridge Senior Homes 3001 W 13th St.

Route will proceed west on 9th to Highland Ave.

Complete Loop back to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on 620 Engle Street

Estimated number of participants

Current Supporters:
Boone Family of Chester, Delaware, Tacoma, Bike Works, Helmets R Us, Nutcase Helmet Inc, Philadelphia Bik'in Blazers Bicycle Club, Rainier Riders Bicycle Club, Helmets R Us, Nutcase Helmet Inc., Raleigh of America Inc.

Project Contacts

Media Contact:
Gary Boone
206 919-5925

Local Event Coordinator:
Danette Boone
302 669-7317