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Community News Coronavirus Family Submission

Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the Covid-19 Pandemic

SEVEN GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS WHO ARE DIVORCED/SEPARATED AND SHARING CUSTODY OF CHILDREN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIc

  1. BE HEALTHY

Comply with all CDC and local and state guidelines and model good behavior for your children with intensive hand washing, wiping down surfaces and other objects that are frequently touched, and maintaining social distancing. This also means BE INFORMED. Stay in touch with the most reliable media sources and avoid the rumor mill on social media.

  1. BE MINDFUL

Be honest about the seriousness of the pandemic but maintain a calm attitude and convey to your children your belief that everything will return to normal in time. Avoid making careless comments in front of the children and exposing them to endless media coverage intended for adults. Don’t leave the news on 24/7, for instance. But, at the same time, encourage your children to ask questions and express their concerns and answer them truthfully at a level that is age-appropriate.

  1. BE COMPLIANTwith court orders and custody agreements.

As much as possible, try to avoid reinventing the wheel despite the unusual circumstances. The custody agreement or court order exists to prevent endless haggling over the details of timesharing. In some jurisdictions, there are even standing orders mandating that, if schools are closed, custody agreements should remain in force as though school were still in session.

  1. BE CREATIVE

At the same time, it would be foolish to expect that nothing will change when people are being advised not to fly and vacation attractions such as amusement parks, museums, and entertainment venues are closing all over the US and the world. In addition, some parents will have to work extra hours to help deal with the crisis and other parents may be out of work or working reduced hours for a time. Plans will inevitably have to change. Encourage closeness with the parent who is not going to see the child through shared books, movies, games and FaceTime or Skype.

  1. BE TRANSPARENT

Provide honest information to your co-parent about any suspected or confirmed exposure to the virus, and try to agree on what steps each of you will take to protect the child from exposure. Certainly, both parents should be informed at once if the child is exhibiting any possible symptoms of the virus.

  1. BE GENEROUS

Try to provide makeup time to the parent who missed out, if at all possible. Family law judges expect reasonable accommodations when they can be made and will take seriously concerns raised in later filings about parents who are inflexible in highly unusual circumstances.

  1. BE UNDERSTANDING

There is no doubt that the pandemic will pose an economic hardship and lead to lost earnings for many, many parents, both those who are paying child support and those who are receiving child support. The parent who is paying should try to provide something, even if it can’t be the full amount. The parent who is receiving payments should try to be accommodating under these challenging and temporary circumstances.
Adversity can become an opportunity for parents to come together and focus on what is best for the child. For many children, the strange days of the pandemic will leave vivid memories. It’s important for every child to know and remember that both parents did everything they could to explain what was happening and to keep their child safe.
From the leaders of groups that deal with families in crisis:
Susan Myres, President of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Dr. Matt Sullivan, President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Annette Burns, AAML and Former President of AFCC
Yasmine Mehmet, AAML
Kim Bonuomo, AAML
Nancy Kellman, AAML
Dr. Leslie Drozd, AFCC
Dr. Robin Deutsch, AFCC
Jill Peña, Executive Director of AAML
Peter Salem, Executive Director of AFCC
 
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP | obermayer.com
 
 

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Community News Coronavirus Submission

Customers Bank Confirms Availability of Services

WYOMISSING, PA (March 18, 2020) Customers Bank continues to closely monitor developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). During this time, the bank is taking action to prioritize the health and well-being of our clients and Team Members. The bank has also taken measures to ensure customers continue to receive a high-level of customer service and uninterrupted access to its financial services.
As such, Customers Bank is limiting access to drive-thru and appointment-only service at the following branches: Berkshire Mall West (Berks County), Muhlenberg (Berks County), Exeter (Berks County), Langhorne (Bucks County) and Kimberton (Chester County). All other branches will remain open and available for business as usual.
This move is being undertaken with the approval and authorization of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking & Securities, explained Timothy D. Romig, executive vice president, managing director & market president – Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “This change is being made after careful consideration of the best methods to protect our clients and Team Members,” said Romig. “We are doing everything possible to continue to provide full access to all banking services and products.”
Clients who need access to a safety deposit box, or other services that cannot be delivered via the drive-thru such as an account opening, or loan application may schedule an appointment with the branch manager to visit the bank and meet directly with a Team Member, reported Romig.
Romig reminded customers, “ATMs and online banking are a safe, secure and convenient alternative to access banking services.” If you want to review daily cash withdrawal and point-of-sale purchase limits, please click here.
Many Customers Bank products and services, including check deposits and bill pay, can be accessed via online banking and consumer and business banking apps. Consumers with a personal banking account who wish to begin online banking can sign-up by using this link.  Business banking clients who are not enrolled in online banking should call their Relationship Manager.
The impacted branch locations and contact information for each branch manager follows:
 
Customers Bank
1101 Woodland Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Phone: 610-743-8010
Lucia DeAngelo, VP & Branch Manager, 484-682-8563
 
Customers Bank
1 Hearthstone Court
Reading, PA 19606
Phone: 610-406-9944
Lucia DeAngelo, VP & Branch Manager, 484-682-8563
 
Customers Bank
350 E. Bellevue Avenue
Reading, PA 19605
Phone: 610-743-8000
Lucia DeAngelo, VP & Branch Manager, 484-682-8563
 
Customers Bank
2A Summit Square Center
Langhorne, PA 19047
Phone: (267) 352-3012
Dom Paciolla, VP & Branch Manager, 484-868-6683
 
Customers Bank
513 Kimberton Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: 610-415-9090
Keith Munley, VP & Branch Manager, 484-985-5349
 
For more information, see the bank’s website at www.customersbank.com.
consumers bank

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Community News Coronavirus Submission

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates from Crozer-Keystone Health System

At Crozer-Keystone Health System, the safety of our patients, visitors, workforce and physicians is our highest priority. We are working diligently to comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH)and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to respond to any potential coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our community, to prepare for potential patient surges in our facilities, and to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus. Our hospitals, physician offices and outpatient centers are following the latest CDC and public agency guidelines and are prepared to identify, isolate and treat patients who seek care at our facilities.

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Community News Coronavirus Opinion

Create Mutual Need Networks for the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic

The initial response to the coronavirus by the top people in federal government can be best described as painfully negligent. They didn’t take it seriously. They blew it off. They claimed they had it under control and it wouldn’t come to our shores. Fast forward to today and the nation is in a state of emergency.


The amount of help people who are going to need to get through this is not forthcoming from the government. That’s why able bodied people must come together to form Mutual Need Networks, community based resources to help people get the things they’ll need to fill in the gaps that the federal and local governments up to this point have refused to build.

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Community News Coronavirus

The household products that kill coronavirus

Coronaviruses are some of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate product, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It has an envelope around it that allows it to merge with other cells to infect them. If you disrupt that coating, the virus can’t do its job.

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Community News Coronavirus

Chester young ladies give away 100 FREE lunches

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Due to the school closures, it is a hard time for youth to receive meals. Therefore, Dah’Naija Barnes and Kryshell Gordy will be giving back to the city of Chester by giving out 100 FREE lunches on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 on 22nd and Edgmont in the Church parking lot between 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm.


Tell the youth to come receive a packaged lunch made with love.
They are looking to continue this friendly gesture throughout this pandemic, so donations would be greatly appreciated: @$krissyxx or @$naijbarnes .


Please spread the word!

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Community News Coronavirus Submission

The Foundation for Delaware County announces DELCO COVID-19 Response Fund

MEDIA, PA (March 17, 2020) — The Foundation for Delaware County today announced a $100,000 contribution to the new Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund. Established by the foundation on Friday, the fund is a partnership with area business, government and community partners.


According to the foundation’s president Frances Sheehan,

100% of donations will go directly to vulnerable communities in Delaware County by supporting the non-profit agencies that are already struggling to manage increased need for services at a time when they simply cannot operate with the usual resources and methods.

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Community News Coronavirus Health & Fitness

Chester Against Hunger offering meals to school kids

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Due to the awareness that some children only have access to 3 meals a day when they attend school Lamont Harris and David Ahki’s Place Nelson decided to provide lunch to all Chester School District children this week. (* while supplies last)
Carol HandlingMines Kazeem and Chester UpliftingProgram will assist in mission “Chester Against Hunger”.
Please share!

(I’m assuming it’s free. Though to string all this info together from various places with limited details)

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Community News Coronavirus Health & Fitness Politics

I bet we’re going to get a Health Department now

There has been a lot of noise in the paper about the issue of not having a health department in Delaware County which would come in handy right about now. In yesterday’s Delaware County Daily Times, they state…

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide Pennsylvania with $16.9 million in funding to support coronavirus response. Pennsylvania Department of Health said … Delaware County will not receive any of this funding.

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Community News Coronavirus

Access Delcotimes.com for FREE for Coronavirus updates

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Delcotimes.com is the website associated with the Delaware County Daily Times. They are the paper of record for the county and are doing a fabulous job reporting on the Coronavirus pandemic.