HAVERFORD – Marie Scully will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday April 29, and the party has already begun,
Scully was born in Scotia, NY. She is the daughter of the late George and Rose Becker Benker. She grew up with two older brothers, Charles and Robert. The birthday celebrant is a 1941 graduate of Haverford High School.
Scully was employed by the Singer Store on 69th Street in Upper Darby, where she taught sewing and slipcovering techniques. Later, she worked at General Electric in Philadelphia in the relay department. Marie met the love of her life, the late Thomas Scully, and they married in 1944, settling in King of Prussia since 1951 and raising their four daughters. The couple had been together for over 73 years. They have one granddaughter, five grandsons, two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
In 1938 Scully joined a pen pal club, paying 15 cents for his Dutch pen pal named Frans. They wrote for over 43 years before meeting for the first time. The married couples then enjoyed traveling several times, back and forth to Holland and the United States. Although 76 years of writing came to a halt when Frans died, the families keep in touch and visit each other when they can.
Scully spent many hours making crafts, founding the knitting group called “Knit Wits” and teaching the art of sewing to young children. Other activities included election council, bowling and the Wayne Woods Garden Club. She enjoyed summers on Long Beach Island with her family and friends.
The centenarian is currently a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Gulph Mills and also the Upper Merion Senior Center. She spends time with her family and friends, watches her favorite TV shows, admires her gardens and goes on occasional outings.
A Neumann professor helps Delco analyze recidivism data
The Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Office hired Dr. Leanne Havis, a professor of criminal justice at Neumann University, as a consultant to help analyze local recidivism data and identify trends for guide decisions that could reduce the county’s recidivism rate.
Currently, the county has what Havis describes as “an excellent case management system.” The Adult Probation and Parole Office, part of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, collects demographic data on race, gender, ethnicity, age, education, number of days between arrests and other factors.
“So they have all the data,” she says, “and you can figure out what actually needs to be done if you look at what the data is actually telling you.”
Danielle Hibberd, Director of Adult Probation and Parole, understood the gap between data collection and effective use. As soon as his department was asked to create a three-year evaluation process to analyze the data it had, Hibberd recognized the need for an academic.
She approached Judge John Capuzzi, chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, with the idea of partnering with an outside adviser. Judge Capuzzi recommended that Hibberd consider Neumann.
Hibberd did his research and presented the biographies of several Neumann Criminal Justice professors to Capuzzi. Both thought Havis would be a perfect fit for the project, and in January Hibberd approached Havis with the idea of a partnership between Neumann and his office.
“I think Dr. Havis can help us be more efficient,” Hibberd said. “Everything is data-driven these days. I have a case management system that has the ability to do so many things, and I want to be able to look at the system and get specific, useful insights from it. She can help us to start analyzing so many factors and go from there.
Havis is eager to begin working with the county. “I’m happy to stay for the full three-year process,” she says. “I hope the adult probation and parole unit will look at the results to get actionable data that will have a practical effect in the real world. I want to help them make data-driven decisions.
For example, if the data shows that the majority of people who are re-arrested do not have a high school diploma, the county could allocate more resources to GED programs. If most repeat offenders are unemployed, more vocational training programs could be a solution. Are existing programs as effective for men as for women? There are many key performance indicators to look at.
“Facilitating the sharing of information with judges and courts is important because they have the most influence on whether or not existing programs are used,” says Havis.
For more information about Neumann University, visit http://www.neumann.edu.
A local sculptor builds a model for the Sports Legends of Delco museum
John Bullock of Newtown Square volunteered to build a model of the United States Coast Guard cutter Emlen Tunnell for the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. Bullock, a friend of the museum, is a member of three prestigious ship model clubs: the Ship Model Society of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Ship Model Society, and the Nautical Research Guild.
The Coast Guard commissioned the Emlen Tunnell, a 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter, Oct. 15, 2021, in Philadelphia. Bullock said the scale of his model will be 1:48, which will make him about 40 inches long when complete.
“We are delighted to announce that once completed, this one-of-a-kind keepsake will be displayed in our museum located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor,” said museum director James Vankoski. “To the best of our knowledge, he is the only professional athlete whose name adorns a naval vessel.”
Emlen Tunnell, a graduate of Radnor High in 1942, was a World War II hero and the first African American inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
McClinton announces $2 million to improve water safety and quality in Yeadon and West Philly
Democratic House Leader Joanna McClinton, 191 of Philadelphia, announced this week that $2 million had been approved to improve travel safety and water quality in communities in West Philadelphia and of eastern Delaware County. One million of the funding will invest in the placement of landscaping strips along West Cobbs Creek Drive to improve water quality in the Borough of Yeadon, as well as the following alterations and installations to reinforce the protections for pedestrians along this same road: ramps; pedestrian crossing strips; and redesigning the traffic light and adding a light bulb at the intersection of West Cobbs Creek Parkway and MacDade Boulevard.
McClinton added that another million dollars had been granted to invest in improvements along Chestnut Street between 34th and 63rd streets in West Philadelphia to make it safer for walkers and cyclists, including installing concrete pedestrian islands at intersections to dramatically shorten the distance someone has to cross the street at any given time.
Funding for both of these projects was awarded through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program, which aims to improve transportation alternatives and improve public mobility and accessibility throughout the state.
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