Morning Briefing: To mask or not to mask up; Vintage Nintendo donation gives Goodwill a


Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.


After a bit of rain overnight, it looks like we will have a nice day on tap. Expect the high to hit about 87 degrees with a mix of sun.

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Mask wearing returns to some schools as COVID rates increase

With the increasing number of positive COVID-19 tests in Delaware County, a number of school districts are again looking to require students and staff to wear masks when classes resume this fall. At a special board meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Monday evening the board revised its health and safety plan calling for masks this coming fall. New Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille updated the board on the plan. He noted that Delaware County has moved from moderate spread to substance spread this past week and the positivity and hospitalizations rates are both rising. Positivity rates of testing have gone from just over 1 percent to above 3 percent in the past four weeks, while cases has gone from the single digits to more than 40 per day over the same time.

No new mask mandate in Chester County as topic continues to divide Americans nationwide

Chester County isn’t mandating a return of masks for people while indoors just yet. “The CDC has provided masking guidance and the county will not issue any mandate,” said Rebecca Brain, public information officer for the Chester County Commissioners’ Office. “The decisions to wear a mask and be vaccinated are personal ones. Our ‘ask’ is to respect the choices of fellow Chester County residents, whether or not they reflect your own,” she said.

Vintage Nintendo games net $30,000 for Goodwill

The sale of some gaming equipment on the e-commerce site for Goodwill Keystone Area has resulted in a record amount for the agency. When the brand-new Nintendo game system and package of 27 game cartridges — still in their original packaging and in mint condition — came into Goodwill’s Hanover store in York County recently, employee Nichole Garcia thought the items might be something special. She was right.

‘She brought a community together’: Butterfly garden honors memory of Eliza Talal

 A year after tragedy struck a local family with the death of their 5-year-old daughter, community members came together earlier to dedicate a butterfly garden in her honor. A portion of Fischer’s Park was transformed, the area complete with a stone seating wall, plants chosen to attract butterflies, twinkle lights, and a plaque detailing the story of Eliza Talal. “So when the sun went down, it looked really beautiful,” said Lansdale resident Kylene Spade. Eliza, an autistic and nonverbal child, went missing from her Towamencin Township home on Aug. 4, 2020, as Tropical Storm Isaias brought heavy rainfall, wind and flooding to much of the Montgomery County area.

To shake hands or not? An age-old human gesture now in limbo

As the pandemic took hold, a Kansas City-area meeting and event planning business began hawking “I Shake Hands” stickers to help ease awkward social encounters. “We didn’t want the sticker to say, ‘We Don’t Shake Hands’ because that is kind of off-putting,” said John DeLeon, vice president of operations and sales at MTI Events, adding that the idea was that anti-shakers could simply choose not to wear one of the stickers. “But if someone had the sticker on in that group, then that was the indication that it was OK.”


McCaffery: Phillies fans finding Bryce Harper’s value reason to shout

Citizens Bank Park was quiet early Friday afternoon when Joe Girardi looked toward the empty seats and imagined. Soon, he knew, there would be 30,000 fans enjoying an August series between the top two teams in the NL East, most screaming for the Phillies, plenty chanting for the Mets. There would be groans and roars, fights and high-fives. There would even be, as it happened, half a streaker running across the field. All of that would come in the natural flow of baseball energy and $15 suds.

Eagles Notebook: Avonte Maddox excited to practice in front of real fans

Last year the Eagles played three home games in front of limited crowds of 7,500 clad in masks before the city of Philadelphia shut it down due to rising COVID-19 infections. Sunday, with the restrictions lifted, the Eagles are expecting about four times as many fans for the first of two scheduled open practices at Lincoln Financial Field (7 p.m.). Tickets are $10, parking is free and while there might be a slight traffic snarl due to the Phillies-Mets game that begins at 1:05 p.m., there should be plenty of room to accommodate both fan bases.

Pro Football Hall of Fame: Call to Hall well worth wait for Harold Carmichael

Eagles all-time leading receiver Harold Carmichael thanked who he had to thank, said what he had to say and still had two minutes left on his meter at his Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Saturday in Canton, Ohio. A member of the 2020 Centennial Class, Carmichael had to wait a year to collect his bust and gold jacket due to the pandemic. It was well worth the trouble for the 71-year-old Carmichael, who broke through in his 31st year of eligibility thanks largely to the efforts of Hall of Fame voters Paul Domowitch and Sal Palantonio, among others.


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