Pattye Benson

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Surrey Services

Wednesday, October 18: Meet the Tredyffrin Township Supervisor Candidates at Surrey Services

Upcoming on Wednesday, October 18, Surrey Services located at 60 Surrey Way (formerly 60 Chestnut Avenue) in Devon will host a Q&A of the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisor candidates. The public is welcome to attend the free forum from 6-7:30 PM. Questions can be submitted in advance to

Sadly, no League of Women Voters debate is scheduled for the supervisors and school board candidates but the Surrey forum will provide an excellent opportunity to meet and learn about the supervisor candidates in Tredyffrin Township.

Below is the list of six candidates on the ballot. Voters will choose two at-large supervisors and voters in District 2 (middle) will choose one supervisor.

Tredyffrin Township Democratic Committee has endorsed the following supervisor candidates:

  • Supervisor at Large: Matthew Holt, Attorney
  • Supervisor at Large: Murph Wysocki, Attorney *
  • District 2 (Middle): Kevin O’Nell, CEO, Peoplelinx

Tredyffrin Township Republican Committee has endorsed the following supervisor candidates:

  • Supervisor at Large: Raffi Terzian, Physician
  • Supervisor at Large: Robin Bond, Attorney
  • District 2 (Middle): Beth Coppola, Real Estate Agent

* Incumbent

Which Local Non-Profits Lose Contributions in 2010 Budget?

The proposed 2010 township budget includes across the board contribution cuts to all non-profit organizations. I knew that Surrey Services contribution of $10,000 was removed in the 2010 budget, but could not find information on 2009 contributions to other non-profits. I contacted Mimi Gleason and she was able to provide the following 2009 township contributions:

Neighborhood Health Agencies of Chester County $2,400
Surrey Services: $10,000
Great Valley Senior Center: $1,000
Wayne Senior Center: $6,000
Wharton Esherick Museum: $500
Crime Victims Center of Chester County: $2,000
Jenkins Arboretum: $1,500
Total $23,400

We have been focused on the Library, Fire Departments, Police and township staff reductions included in the proposed 2010 township budget. It is important to acknowledge that the proposed township budget also includes $23,400 in contributions cuts to these local non-profit organizations . Across the country, non-profit organizations are seeing their contributions plummeting, whether it is food banks, senior centers, historic preservation organizations, etc. Tredyffrin Township, like many other municipalities is forced to greatly reduce (or totally remove) their contributions to these type of community organizations.

During this upcoming holiday season and time of giving, I would encourage you to make a contribution to your favorite charity. If you are lucky to have the extra resources, please consider making a gift this year – we are all in the same boat together, let’s help each other.

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