Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region on National Devil’s Food Cake Day.
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Pennsylvania voters are backing a proposal to amend the state constitution to outlaw discrimination based on race and ethnicity, a question added to Tuesday’s primary ballot amid worries over whether federal judges appointed by former President Donald Trump will roll back civil rights protections. The proposal had about 70% of the vote in support of it, with about 45% of precincts reporting. The question is believed to be the first time since last summer’s protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis that voters in any state have decided a racial equity issue on a statewide ballot.
Christopher May, 32, of Paoli, was sentenced to one year and four months in prison, and two years of supervised release by United States District Judge Timothy J. Savage for engaging in an embezzlement scheme through which he stole more than $1.2 million from his former employer. In February 2021, May pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud stemming from this scheme which he perpetrated over the course of about eight months from roughly October 2019 until May 2020, while employed as a staff accountant at a local e-commerce automotive parts retailer based in Paoli.
he Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Monday unanimously approved Timothy Hoffman as the next Assistant Superintendent of Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. Hoffman is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district. He replaces John Nolen, who is retiring at the end of the school year after serving 18 years with the district. “I am both honored and humbled to serve the Unionville-Chadds Ford community as the next Assistant Superintendent,” said Hoffman. “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Dr. Sanville, the School Board, and our staff and students for their continued support. Anything I have ever accomplished professionally has been, in large part, due to the support and collaborative efforts of our entire school community. UCFSD is a great place because of how well we all work together and support each other.”
A community fridge now located outside of Weavers Way Co-op in Ambler is helping ensure people have access to food. “It’s a community project, and I think … what is key is that we’re all working together,” said Yvette Marquez, a Spanish teacher at Germantown Academy’s upper school. Marquez also serves as the co-director of the institution’s community service organization. One of its members, Junior Catherine Shuron, came up with the idea for the project back in January.
The friendly and essential competition continues for the fourth year in a row. The Montgomery County Commissioners have once again given their blessing to the annual American Red Cross “Battle of the Badges” blood drive to see who will recruit the most community blood donors. As always, participants are invited to cast their vote for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or the Norristown Police and Fire departments by coming out to donate blood. The drive will take place on Tuesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Norristown Recreation Center, 1101 Harding Blvd. All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance, a press release noted.
Until something changes, and it will, Joe Girardi will figure out a way to put up with it all. Until Dave Dombrowski makes the franchise-redefining moves that he was hired to complete, his manager will try to tolerate the semi-pro defense. Until the bullpen settles, and the return of Archie Bradley will help, Girardi will tell Phillies fans how well Hector Neris is closing games, as if they weren’t around when Brad Lidge had the job.
You could accept the Flyers’ news release Tuesday, which stated that Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon and the Flyers “mutually parted ways.” And that Gordon’s assistant coach for the AHL club, Kerry Huffman, coincidentally decided to step down from his position. Or, you could think a little more realistically, and conclude that the purge has begun. Although the Phantoms finished 18-7-6 in this, Gordon’s sixth season as head coach, he thought it best to walk away without a published word?
The Eagles found a Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback they could afford. Josiah Scott, a fourth-round draft pick in 2020, was acquired Tuesday for cornerback Jameson Houston and a sixth-round selection in 2023. Scott (5-9, 185) played 80 snaps in six games last season with the Jaguars, the second home for former Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones. The Eagles took Jones off the board in the second round of the 2017 draft.
The house and garden at Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, a hidden gem in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, will open for the season on Saturday, in time for cherry blossom season. The site will be open for visitation Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 12. New for 2021, visitors will see the just-completed Pebble Beach alongside the central pond. Based on newly discovered 1957 drawings made by Shofuso’s original garden designer, Tansai Sano, Shofuso brought to life a traditional Suhama Pebble Beach on the garden’s boat-landing shoreline. This archetypal Japanese Garden motif invokes the spirit of the pebble strewn shorelines of Kyoto’s Kamo River and the rocky coasts of Japan by incorporating elegantly designed stretches of pebbled beach along a garden pond’s lowest contours.