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Wyndmoor resident appointed to
MontCo Citizens Advisory Committee
Wyndmoor resident Daniel Clifford was recently appointed by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners to serve as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth. The vote by the three- member Commission was unanimous to appoint Clifford.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to assist the Commissioners in assuring the safety and well-being of Montgomery County children and their families. The Office of Children and Youth is the public child welfare social service agency with responsibility to protect children and ensure they have a safe and healthy environment.
Clifford is managing partner of the Norristown office of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby and has been chair of the Springfield Township Zoning Hearing Board since 1997.

Clifford’s appointment to the Committee is through December 2012.


10 Year Old best friends team
up to fight multiple sclerosis
Jeason Greene II, 10, and his best friend Justin Anderson celebrated Justin’s 10th birthday by kicking off their Helping Hands Week Fundraiser at the Troller Car Diner in Mt. Airy on Monday, July 6. This event runs through Sunday, July 12 and 15 percent of the purchase is donated to the National MS Society. The two friends are teaming up again to ride in the MS 150 City to Shore Bike Ride sponsored by the National MS Society. Jason and Justin rode nearly 25 miles in the MS 150 back in 2007 when they were both just 8 years old. They were VIP riders, each raising $1,000 for the cause. Last year the age limit was changed to 10 years old so the pair had to put their dreams on hold. This year they are hoping that with better bikes and padded shorts they will complete 50 miles.
Jason started riding in the MS 150 at the age of five on a tandem bike with his grandmother, a cancer survivor, who has been a VIP rider for the past seven years. Jason’s grandmother, known as “Dee”, offers a riding school to her grandkids and any other interested children. There they learn the rules of the road before heading off to the park to practice their safety lesson and then finally onto the bike path along the Schuylkill River. Dee has recruited several other people to participate in the ride over the years including Justin’s parents and cousins.
Jason will be entering the fifth grade at John Story Jenks Elementary School. Justin will be entering the fifth grade at Chestnut Hill Academy. Both boys also play basketball for Mt. Airy Baseball and soccer for the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club.
The Helping Hands Week will be held Monday, July 6 through Sunday, July 12 at the Trolley Car Diner and Deli, 7619 Germantown Ave. The hours are Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3-9 p.m. Fifteen percent of the revenue will go to the National MS Society. Contact Sara Greene at saragreene002@msn.com to request a coupon for this fundraiser. For directions or more information about Trolley Car Diner and Deli, call 215-753-1500 or go to www.trolleycardiner.com.

For more information about MS or to make a donation, visit www.nationalmssociety.org. First click on “Donate”, then “Pledge to support a MS Bike participant”, then enter the name Jason Greene or Justin Anderson and click on their name when it appears to view their pages and make a donation.


BACK FROM GUATEMALA  A group of 15 members of Teenagers, Inc. returned from las weekend from Guatemala lwhere they worked building huoses for God’s Child Project. This picture was taken on the group’s last day in Antigua, Guatemala in a small chapel at the Dreamer Center, the main center of the God’s Child Project founded in 1991. In front,  leaning down between two project leaders, is Brendan Dwyer (Bishop McDevitt High School) and (from left) Olivia Dean (Central High School), Jane Idler (Gwynedd Mercy Academy), Meghan Dwyer, Autumn Temple (Springside), Meghan McDermott (Gwynedd Mercy Academy), Arianna Neromiliotis, Patrick O’Donnell (LaSalle College High School), Mary Dwyer (Chestnut Hill College), Matthew George (Bishop McDevitt High School), Anne Dwyer (LaSalle University), Tyler Perry (Roman Catholic High School), Patrick Dwyer (LaSalle College High School), Michael Dwyer (Bishop McDevitt High School)  and Marianne Dwyer (Teenagers, Inc. coordinator).


HOMECOMING FOR FLOURTOWN HERO Spc. Andrew Trotto, of Flourtown, returned home via a troop escort last Friday, just in time for the July 4th celebration. Members of the Flourtown Fire Company and police officers, both local and state, were on hand to make sure Andrew’s homecoming was a memorable one. Here Andrew is seen surrounded by family and friends within hours of his return. (Photo courtesy of Candid Shotz by denize)


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