Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.
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Mass vaccination site to be operating this weekend around the region
In Delaware County: With the goal of vaccinating 140,000 residents in the next seven weeks, Delaware County will hold its first of six mass vaccinations at Delaware County Community College starting this weekend. “Delaware County will be operating a large drive-through clinic at Delaware County Community College every weekend for the next six weeks by appointment only,” said Rosearie Halt, director of Delaware County’s COVID Task Force, adding that those interested must pre-register on the county website at delcopa.gov. Halt added that the county was working with Mercy Catholic Medical Center – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus to operate another drive-through mass vaccination center with Johnson & Johnson doses that will begin next week.
In Montgomery County: Montgomery County’s Office of Public Health received 21,000 additional doses of vaccine this week from the state and officials will open two new vaccination sites, in Pottstown and Lansdale, on Friday. “This week, the county received our largest delivery of vaccine to date. For this week only, we are receiving a double shipment of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, equaling 21,000 doses,” county Commissioners’ Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Arkoosh revealed during a Wednesday news briefing. The 21,000 doses are in addition to the 5,850 Pfizer vaccines the county health department has been receiving weekly.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s office has announced charges against a former police officer in Warminster Township, who also worked briefly in North Wales, for alleged sexual abuse. James Carey, 52, was arrested and charged Wednesday with sexually abusing four teenage boys he met while working as a D.A.R.E. officer, according to the Bucks DA’s office. “A police officer’s creed is to protect and serve his community,” Bucks District Attorney Matt Weintraub said in a statement.
The jury hearing accusations against a Philadelphia man accused of indecently assaulting another inmate at Chester County Prison while he was incarcerated there awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenagers at a Devereux Foundation facility failed to reach a verdict on Wednesday. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about five hours before returning to Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody’s courtroom to announce they were deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous decision. They had been asked to determine Robert Rasheed Flood’s guilt or innocence on the single misdemeanor count of indecent assault for which he was accused. Cody, who presided over Flood’s two-day trial — which featured the testimony of the victim, a 20-year-old from Coatesville — excused the jury in the afternoon about 4 p.m. after the panel said it could not reach a verdict, and sent the jurors home, according to those involved.
A 70-year-old Norristown man was recognized by local leaders Tuesday night for his valiant efforts saving someone from a burning building last month. “I couldn’t leave a person sit back and burn. I couldn’t do that. It wasn’t my heart,” said Norristown resident James “Cowboy” Johnson. “When it was time to move, it was time to move. I reacted real fast and I thought real fast.” Members of the Norristown Municipal Council and the Norristown Fire Department commended Johnson for his “act of valor and heroism when under a hazardous condition” as he “placed himself in a life-threatening position to save the life of another.”
Four wins and one loss into a season Wednesday afternoon, Aaron Nola was given an unspoken mandate for that day’s game: Dominate against the Mets’ No. 3 starter and send the Phillies onto a tough road trip with a victory. Nola did the most important part, providing four responsible if over-active innings in an 8-2 triumph. As for being overwhelming, that would have to happen another time.
There are some events that occur in CONCACAF Champions League with frightening regularity. Others are rare. The Union knew of both trends from afar, but in their debut in the competition Wednesday, they got to experience both. For just the second time in the CCL, an MLS team beat Deportivo Saprissa at home, the Union using Kacper Przybylko’s first-half goal to claim a 1-0 win in Costa Rica in a match that ended, as many affairs do, with questionable officiating and a melee.
“Annie,” the irrepressible comic strip heroine, takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals in SALT’s first 2021 show with in-person or via live-stream viewing. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Audiences of all ages will delight in taking the journey from an orphanage down on the Lower East Side, to a mansion on Fifth Avenue, to the bright lights of Broadway.