Wednesday, March 20, 2024

In Today’s Huntingdon Valley Insider:

📅 Wednesday, March 20, 2024
• Fundraising Effort Launches to Aid Children of Murder-Suicide Victim in Lower Moreland
• Local Police Departments Spearhead Statewide Crackdown on Aggressive Driving
• Memorial Day in Abington: A Tribute to Heroes and Community Green Initiative
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Fundraising Effort Launches to Aid Children of Murder-Suicide Victim in Lower Moreland

A crowdfunding campaign has been initiated for the family of Durdona Sultanova, a resident of Huntingdon Valley, following her tragic demise in a murder-suicide incident on March 16 in Lower Moreland Township. The fundraising effort aims to support Sultanova's two young children, who are now without both parents, and to cover the funeral expenses for the family.

The appeal to the community reads: "In loving memory of Durdona Sultanova, a woman known for her kindness, generosity, and warm heart, we are reaching out for support. The shocking event of March 16th has taken away a beloved member of our community far too soon. Durdona was a beacon of light to those around her, always ready to lend a helping hand. Today, her young children face a future without their mother and father, and are currently in the care of Donna’s sister. In these trying times, any support you can offer to help cover funeral costs and provide for the children will be a testament to the collective compassion and solidarity of our community."

The campaign has garnered significant support, with $44,472 raised to date, reflecting the community's strong response to the family's plight.

Local Police Departments Spearhead Statewide Crackdown on Aggressive Driving

n an effort to enhance road safety, police departments across Abington Township, Cheltenham Township, and Jenkintown Borough are collaborating with over 300 other municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Pennsylvania to target aggressive driving practices. The campaign, which commenced on March 18 and will extend until April 28, aims to address and mitigate high-risk driving behaviors. These behaviors include distracted driving, speeding, ignoring work zone protocols, and various forms of aggressive driving such as tailgating, sudden stops, careless passing, and running red lights.

This initiative is a segment of the Pennsylvania Highway Safety Program, supported financially through PennDOT by federal funds allocated from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 80 municipal police units in the regions of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties are participating in this campaign.

The need for such a crackdown has been underscored by the alarming statistics from 2022, where aggressive driving was linked to 7,248 accidents, resulting in 119 deaths and 510 serious injuries across Pennsylvania. Preliminary data from 2023 in the five mentioned counties already shows 1,297 incidents of aggressive driving, leading to 39 fatalities and 99 critical injuries.

PennDOT advises the public on how to deal with aggressive drivers, suggesting tactics such as staying out of their way, remaining calm, avoiding eye contact, and refraining from engaging with rude gestures or blocking the passing lane. They also caution against following aggressive drivers and recommend calling the police if necessary, emphasizing the importance of safety when using a cell phone to report such incidents. For additional guidance on handling aggressive driving situations, PennDOT encourages visiting their official safety webpage.

Memorial Day in Abington: A Tribute to Heroes and Community Green Initiative

The Abington Township Police Department is gearing up to commemorate Memorial Day with a special tribute. This year, the ceremony will mark the 75th anniversary of Officer Thomas Mathews' end of watch, along with a new plaque dedication in memory of Constable Daniel O’Brien, who also fell in the line of duty in Abington. The police academy plans to honor their bravery and service with a ceremony, the details of which are outlined in the distributed flyer.

In a move to engage and give back to the community, Abington Township has introduced a new initiative offering free mulch to its residents. Available for pick-up at Baederwood Park and Crestmont Park, this mulch comes from the leaves collected throughout the year. It's an environmental effort spearheaded by the Abington Township Public Works Department, aiming to recycle natural waste into a valuable resource for gardening and landscaping.

If you’re happy and you know it, celebrate it on International Day of Happiness. Other than being in a neutral state, happy is how we should mostly be. Unfortunately, emotions like anger and sadness are increasingly becoming a default way to be for a lot of us, so here’s a day to cheer up and appreciate the good things and silver linings in life. 

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