December 4, 2023

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Brinker Simpson & Co. cuts ribbon on new headquarters in Media

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at Brinker Simpson & Co.’s new offices last week. The firm moved from their previous offices on Sproul Road in Springfield to a new headquarters at 1400 N. Providence Road, Rose Tree Building 2, Suite 2000E, in Media.

Brinker Simpson is a leading accounting and financial advisory firm in the region.

The new space about 2.5 miles from their previous headquarters features an innovative open-concept design, offering a collaborative work environment to foster connectivity among team members. It also includes private conference rooms, individual offices and plenty of available workstations and seating options to accommodate team members who work remotely and in the office.

Brinker Simpson is the region’s largest independently owned, full-service public accounting firm, with key partners Michael Simpson, managing partner; Bob Simpson, founding partner; Donna Stilwell, partner and chief operating officer; and Tom McGarrigle Jr., partner.

The firm offers accounting, tax, auditing, business consulting, business valuations, fraud investigations and forensic services, state tax nexus consultations, outsourced accounting and CFO services, and litigation support. Brinker Simpson & Co. represents high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses.

Brinker Simpson serves clients in various industries, including family-owned businesses, manufacturing and distribution, retail and hospitality operations, healthcare and skilled nursing facilities, professional service entities, real estate development and management firms, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and homeowners’ associations. Brinker Simpson also performs peer reviews for other public accounting firms, participating in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and state programs.

The firm is consistently named one of Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms for where to Work. In 2019 and 2021, Brinker Simpson & Co. was recognized as the Best Accounting Firm for Women to Work for in Pennsylvania.

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Brookhaven resident turns 100

Anne Whiteley-Taylor who recently turned 100 was born in Brookhaven to Louis and Bessie Whitely on Oct. 30, 1922, and is a third-generation resident. She has lived in Brookhaven her entire life.

Borough Council and Mayor Denise Leslie honored Whiteley-Taylor with an official proclamation of her life and family, along with flowers, at the Nov. 7 council meeting.

Centenarian Anne Whiteley-Taylor was recently honored at the Brookhaven Borough Council meeting. (COURTESY OF BROOKHAVEN BOROUGH)
Centenarian Anne Whiteley-Taylor, surrounded by her family and friends, was recently honored at the Brookhaven Borough Council meeting. (COURTESY OF BROOKHAVEN BOROUGH)

Our Lady of Peace Parish holds Christmas Bazaar

Our Lady of Peace will hold a Christmas Bazaar, Friday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Nelson Hall, behind Notre Dame deLourdes School, Fairview Road. Swarthmore. The bazaar will feature basket raffles, toy wheel, chances on TV, Shark vacuum, Basket of Cheer, Deacon’s Attic and vendors.

Breakfast with Santa costs $8 per adult and $5 per child. The kitchen will be open during the bazaar. For information, contact Rosie Moran at 610-256-9127 or [email protected].

S’mores Sunday planned at Swedish Cabin

The Friends of the Swedish Cabin will present S’mores Stories, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Swedish Cabin, 9 Creek Road, Drexel Hill.

Supplies for making S’mores will be provided, but people should bring their own chair and beverages. This is a free family-friendly event that is open to people of all ages.

The historic log cabin, located along the banks of the Darby Creek, was built by Swedish settlers in the mid to late 1600s and is the the last remaining cabin of its kind. Everyone is welcome.

Delco Chamber names Citizen of the Year

Frances Sheehan, president of The Foundation for Delaware County, recently received the Delaware County 2022 Citizen of the Year award, recognizing her leadership and impact in Delaware County.

The honor came during the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce annual lunch at Drexelbrook Catering and Events Center.

Sheehan, a longtime resident of Swarthmore, was also named to City and State, PA Top 100 Nonprofit Leaders list. She is the first president of the foundation, a community organization that invests in area nonprofits to support programs addressing housing, food access, racial inequity, public health and other social priorities.

Sheehan holds an MBA from Temple University. Prior to her role as foundation president, Sheehan spent 15 years overseeing the Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville, Chester County, as its founding president and CEO, and previously headed Planned Parenthood of Chester County.

Frances Sheehan, president of The Foundation for Delaware County, recently received the Delaware County 2022 Citizen of the Year award. (COURTESY OF FOUNDATION FOR DELAWARE COUNTY)
Frances Sheehan, president of The Foundation for Delaware County, recently received the Delaware County 2022 Citizen of the Year award. (COURTESY OF FOUNDATION FOR DELAWARE COUNTY)

Sheehan is currently board treasurer of the Delaware County Estate Planning Council and of Children First. She has served on a variety of boards of directors, including the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and as president of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest opens Nov. 25

The 29th season of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest kicks off on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and will run through March 5. To set the tone for the season that is about going all out and rekindling traditions old and new, the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. is hosting a weekend long Ugly Sweater Contest.

Opening weekend festivities will include a prize wheel with giveaways and a special ugly-sweater themed cocktail. There will also be a selfie photo station to capture those ugly sweater looks that guests can share on social media using the hashtag #RiverRinkUglySweater.

Winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest will be chosen and announced throughout the weekend on the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest social media accounts and win a grand prize featuring ice skating tickets and other fun surprises. More details about the Ugly Sweater Contest can be found at

The celebration will round out with pop-up live entertainment including Orchestra 2001 and DJ RocDaSpot presented by the Women’s Coalition for Empowerment on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m., and vendors for a Small Business Saturday Market that same day.

All of the best Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest traditions will return, from Philadelphia’s only signature outdoor National Hockey League-sized ice skating rink with stunning waterfront views, to the 60-foot holiday-lighted Ferris wheel; thousands of sparkling lights; a 37 foot holiday tree; S’mores kits for purchase to cook around the firepits; festive, heated cabins; the return of the indoor lodge, and everyone’s favorite food and drink offerings; this year’s park promises a winter wonderland for cozy and safe gatherings indoors, outdoors and more.

Back by popular demand for a second season is FCM’s Black Iron BBQ. Utilizing its 700 pound smoker, guests can expect classic barbecue technique with a twist of Philly flavors. Skelly’s Amusements, a wintertime favorite, is cooking up a number of delicious delights, including s’mores kits, hot cocoa, fried Oreos, and funnel cake. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Lodge favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s will return with their signature cheesesteaks, boneless wings, crab fries, and more.

Visitors will be able to cozy up with a few extra layers and see all of the sparkling lights from 60 feet above with a ride on the Ferris wheel. Cabin rentals are available for 90 minute increments. For the third year in a row, firepits can be reserved in advance to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all ages, Cabin and firepits can be reserved at Advanced timed ticketing will be offered for ice skating at

The Holiday Tree Lighting Powered by PECO will take place on Friday, Dec. 2. The most exquisite event of the season, the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront will light up Penn’s Landing on Dec. 31 with shows at 6 p.m. and midnight.

Cherry Street Pier will join in on the winter festivities.

The annual New Year’s Eve parties at Cherry Street Pier will return on Dec. 31 with a family party from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a late-night bash from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the adults. The resident artists will be featured in our holiday gift guide at, making the pier a one-stop-shop for purchasing gifts, strolling, dining, taking in art and culture, and ringing in the New Year.

Holiday Markets will also occur at Cherry Street Pier on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.