Newtown cop finishes top ten in National Fitness Challenge – Delco Times

NEWTOWN – The Newtown Township Police Department announced this week that Constable Christopher Signore placed in the top ten among officers who participated in the National Tactical Officers Association’s National SWAT Fitness Qualification Challenge. . The fitness qualification challenge consists of numerous fitness and agility assessments for police officers involved in SWAT units.

The goal of the NTOA SWAT Physical Fitness Qualification Challenge is to create a physical fitness standard for all SWAT Operators to improve the longevity, safety and effectiveness of SWAT Operators. The test consists of: an 800 meter run in police uniform; a 400-meter run performed with a 25-pound object in each hand, wearing a 25-pound vest and a gas mask (no filter); three minutes of burpees in police uniform; two minutes of squats performed with a 25-pound object in each hand, a 25-pound vest and a gas mask; and one minute of pull-ups performed in police uniform.

Signore has worked for the Newtown Police Department for over three years and was previously employed as a police officer with Millbourne, Eddystone, Ridley Park, West Whiteland and Aldan Police Departments. A graduate of Ridley High School and Delaware County Community College, Signore is a Use of Force and Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Newtown Police Department and teaches Jiu Jitsu to police officers, with his certification through the GST program. from Gracie University. He is also an operator for the Central Delaware County Swat Team, responsible for special missions as an explosive breaker and sniper. In his spare time, he enjoys training in mixed martial arts, honing his shooting skills, and playing guitar. To learn more about the National Tactical Officers Association’s National SWAT Fitness Qualification Challenge, visit

The Delco tourism agency launches the Winter Trail Pass

Visit Delco, PA, Delaware County’s official tourism promotion agency, has launched a new initiative to inspire visitors and locals to get out and explore Delco’s favorite attractions and outdoor spaces — and get rewarded.

The message “Ready. Together. Delco! Winter Trail Pass” is launched in conjunction with the grand opening of Flight on Ice Energy Transfer Veteran’s Memorial Rink, Delaware County’s newest outdoor rink and winter wonderland experience.

People are welcome to visit aClick “Get Yours”. A passport will be instantly delivered by SMS and email. There’s no app to download and the pass can be saved to the phone’s home screen for easy one-click access. People can then visit a participating business such as the new rink, check in, present their phone, and immediately take advantage of available discounts. When they check in at five participating locations, they’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card for a local Delco business.
“We are thrilled to offer visitors and Delaware County residents the opportunity to enjoy rewards while exploring new and existing local attractions,” said Steve Byrne, Executive Director of Visit Delco, PA. “Walk through our parks, gardens and arboretums. Explore the region’s magnificent historic sites and museums. Fun for the whole family at our new outdoor skating rink and other local attractions. There’s so much to experience in Delaware County this year!

Visit Delco, PA is the official tourism promotion agency for Delaware County. The agency is responsible for marketing Delaware County to residents, business and leisure travelers, meeting and convention planners, in addition to promoting the development and expansion of business, industry and Trade. For more information, visit

Radnor Black Student Union members deliver gift baskets to Jefferson

Radnor High School students and Black Student Union members Keyara Crawley, Elani Dwyer, Shahminah Mahar-Ullah and Kadijatu Turay delivered nearly 50 gift baskets to Jefferson Hospital on Dec. 10 for distribution to women of color diagnosed with a breast cancer. BSU has been collecting items for baskets since mid-October.

All items were contributed by students and community members via an Amazon wishlist and dropped off at RHS and Radnor ABC House. Donated items included hats, headbands, scarves, lip balm, hand sanitizer, feminine products, lotions, soaps, and more. Each BSU member also wrote a letter to put in the baskets, expressing their support and care for the recipient.

Vaccinations and COVID-19 boosters continue to be offered free of charge at Delco

Delaware County will offer all three COVID-19 vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – this Saturday, Dec. 18 at Delaware County Wellness Center in Yeadon and Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester. First and second doses, as well as booster/third doses are available for all individuals.
The Pfizer vaccine is available for people five years and older, with a second dose 21 days after the first dose. Parents or guardians must give consent for ages 5-17 and must plan to be present during vaccination.

Boosters can be given to people over 18 who received their second dose of Moderna more than 6 months ago; People aged 16 and over who received their second dose of Pfizer more than six months ago; People over the age of 18 who received Johnson & Johnson single doses more than two months ago; Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals are eligible to receive an additional dose of Moderna or Pfizer 28 days after their second dose.

All vaccines are free and do not require ID or health insurance. Vaccines are available Saturday, Dec. 18 at Delaware County Wellness Center, 125 Chester Ave., Yeadon, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: and Keystone First Wellness Center, 1929 W. Ninth St, Chester, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Appointments are highly recommended. Walk-ins are welcome, but walk-ins are asked to arrive at the vaccination clinic at least one hour after the start time.

To make an appointment, go or call the Delaware County Wellness Line at 484-276-2100.

Delaware County continues to implement its successful COVID-19 Home Immunization Program, providing vaccines and boosters to homebound individuals, and their family members/people who are sick. take care of them. To schedule a home vaccination, residents should call the COVID-19 call center at 484-276-2100. Home visits will be scheduled for next Tuesday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit For more information on vaccine hesitancy, visit

Riverfront Alliance donates to send youth soccer teams from Chester to Florida

The Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, a consortium of private sector companies and nonprofit institutions that work together to develop programs that serve as a catalyst for the physical, economic, and social development of Delaware County’s waterfront, continues to support Chester’s local youth programs.
Charles Thompson, Chairman of the Chester Panthers Youth Empowerment and Athletic Association has sent a letter to Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Chester City Council asking for donations to fund the remaining expenses of Chester’s 9U and 14U Football Division to attend the Championships 2021 UYFL nationals in Florida.
In just 5 days, the Riverfront Alliance was able to apply for and receive the necessary funds of $7,200 from its board members, who represent the following organizations: Power Home Remodeling, Crozer and Agronomed Pharmaceuticals. These donations ensure that the football team will be able to participate. For more information, visit

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