Delco Press Club Presents Author Showcase at Sunday Brunch – Delco Times


MEDIA — Books are the new business cards. The Delaware County Press Club will present Books & Brunch, a showcase of authors, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, Jamey’s House of Music, 32 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne. The program will feature five Press Club members who have published books. Covering a variety of genres, participating authors include:

Doreen McGettigan who began her writing career as a columnist for Philadelphia area newspapers. She is an award-winning ghostwriter, speaker, author and blogger. As president of Intrepid Marketing Inc., McGettigan is a consultant and coach in writing, publishing and marketing. Her book, “The Stranger in My Recliner,” is the true story of a Delaware County couple who took in and cared for Sophie, an 80-year-old homeless woman for three years. The book highlights the lack of support available for people struggling with mental health issues and the trauma of homelessness.

Kathleen Piperno is a partner at the law firm Eckell Sparks. She practices exclusively in family law, including child support, custody, divorce, equitable distribution, protection from abuse, termination of parental rights and adoption. Piperno is the first female partner in the firm’s family law division. She is an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves on abuse protection and a board member of the Domestic Abuse Project. Her book, “Fearless in Heels,” is based on real-life stories of domestic violence. Piperno brings the seriousness of this issue to life and educates victims so they gain the confidence to know they have a choice.

Joann Pierdomenico and Vincent James are the authors of the ’88 Ways Music Can Change Your Life’ book series, which features stories about the impact music has on people’s lives. The second edition features more than 100 stories and inspirational quotes from musicians, music teachers, and music lovers around the world, including many stories from Grammy-winning and platinum-selling artists and songwriters. The series includes two volumes “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life” and “88 More Ways Music Can Change Your Life”. The duo are also founders of Keep Music Alive, a national nonprofit music education organization; Teach Music Week in March and Kids Music Day in October.

Rich Pagano has written weekly sports history columns for Town Talk and Delco Press newspapers for 33 years and currently writes for The Spirit newspaper. His book, “The Baron of Leiperville”, is the story of James Dougherty, a larger-than-life sportsman whose hotel, bar and fight arena in Leiperville was a mecca for boxing from 1916 to 1947.

Tiffany Joyner is the founder of Straight from His Plate, a group of Christian writers that helps adults develop their literary work as a tool for ministry; and Read, Write, Ignite, which empowers communities through literacy-focused initiatives. Her first book, “Furry Mouse,” takes kids on a creative, light-hearted journey of fashion using impactful solutions to fear.

Books & Brunch will be an opportunity to learn more about some of the authors of the Press Club. Local authors will show up and showcase their books at 11:30 a.m., and will be available for one-on-one discussions with guests, who can purchase signed copies of the books.

Brunch items from Jamey’s Blues Brunch menu will be available, accompanied by music from the Philly Blues Kings featuring Maci Miller and an open mic jam. All guests are welcome to bring an instrument if they wish to join the jam. The Blues Brunch continues until 3 p.m.

All Press Club events are open to the public. Books & Brunch patrons will be responsible for purchasing their own food and beverages, so there is no set cost to attend. There is a $5 food or drink minimum per person. As a courtesy to the venue, people should register if they plan to attend. For more information and to register, visit

Attendees are encouraged to consider bringing a new book or two for K-8 students for the Press Club book drive or formula and first aid items for war relief efforts Ukrainian.
Membership of the Press Club is available to individuals, businesses and students working in all fields of communication and communication related fields. For more information on eligibility and to join the Club, visit The Press Club season runs from September to May.

Founded in 1979, the Delaware County Press Club includes professionals, active and retired, from the fields of communications, including print and broadcast journalism, public relations, marketing, writing and photojournalism, as well as teachers and communication students and professionals in related fields.

The Broomall Fire Co. Carnival starts tonight

The Broomall Fire Co. will be sponsoring the Majestic Midways Carnival, Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, and again the following weekend, April 29 through May 1. The event will take place at the grounds of Broomall Fire Co., Malin Route and West Chester Pike, Broomall.

The carnival will take place on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; 3pm-11pm on Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
In addition to the various rides, face painting and escape rooms will be on site, both for the benefit of the fire company.

For more information, visit

$2.5M in Grants Benefit Delco Residents

State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, D-165 of Springfield, recently announced that Delaware County and organizations within have received $2.5 million in grants to help create local learning programs , invest in electric vehicles and charging stations, and strengthen security measures at a local place of worship. Funding was awarded as follows:

Beth El-Ner Tamid received $20,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to strengthen safety and security measures at the synagogue.

Delaware County has received two grants, both worth $300,000, from the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program, to move toward the use of electric vehicles. A grant will be used to purchase 69 electric cars for use by county departments, including 29 dedicated to the new health department for county health care visits. The second grant will allow the installation of 22 Level 2 dual socket charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers.

The following grants have been awarded through PAsmart and will provide regional employment and education opportunities:

Bayada Home Health Care received $650,000 to expand its home care nursing residency apprenticeship program to multiple counties and establish a nursing apprenticeship program.

The Wistar Institute received $649,551 to expand its biomedical research technician apprenticeship program.
Arcadia University received $632,258 to expand its early childhood education program to enroll and train 12 new enrolled apprentices with targeted recruitment of people from marginalized groups, such as people of color and socio-economically disadvantaged communities. This funding will also help provide educational supports such as laptops, financial support to alleviate housing/food insecurities, childcare costs, and scholarships.

“Investing in apprenticeship programs is critical because they enable individuals to obtain high-demand, high-paying jobs,” O’Mara said. “This nearly $2 million investment from PAsmart will not only benefit Delco’s labor market, but also families and individuals and will undoubtedly boost our local economy.

Questions can be directed to O’Mara’s office by calling 610-544-9878.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]

Lawyer Kathy Piperno recently published her first book, “Fearless in Heels,” based on real-life stories of domestic violence. She will be among the guest authors at the Delaware County Press Club’s Books & Brunch on Sunday, May 1. (PEG DEGRASSA/MediaNews Group)

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