Lawmakers discuss rising flood-insurance premiums, task force for PA

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, held a news conference on June 12th in his district office with fellow lawmakers, experts and local residents to demonstrate support for his proposal to address skyrocketing flood-insurance premiums. Santarsiero began by saying, “This is a problem for our residents and their neighborhoods. It is a problem that demands action.”

Many residents and businesses located in flood zones have seen a steep increase in their flood-insurance premiums as a result of the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act and the mandatory update to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps.

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Local employees perform day of giving at Penndel Food Pantry

by June Portnoy

Over 75 employees from International SOS Assistance Inc.’s Trevose office volunteered their time and labor to thoroughly clean, improve the safety and enhance the aesthetics of the Penndel Food Pantry on Friday, May 8th.

The Penndel Food Pantry serves approximately 80 to 100 people, mostly the working poor, three times a week. Its building is also a transitional shelter that houses four families, primarily women and children, who can stay for up to a year.

International SOS (Intl.SOS) is a global company that offers medical and travel security risk services to business travelers.

“As part of our central mission, we have a theme that centers around the care and compassion for the community,” said Grant Jeffery, CEO of Americas at Intl.SOS. “Volunteering our time today is an example of one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects in which we engage during the year.”

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A Woman’s Place awards ceremony recognizes community partners

by June Portnoy

A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, recognized and awarded its community partners, volunteers and staff members at its Annual Breakfast and Community Recognition Ceremony held last month at the Northampton Valley Country Club.

This year’s honorees included: Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. and Village Improvement Association. The reception’s theme was “Keep Calm and Flourish.”

After a breakfast buffet and a special musical performance by Holicong Middle School’s H-Factor, AWP Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba recognized this year’s community partners. She said, “To be 100% successful at achieving our vision of a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish, we cannot live in a silo. True success means moving beyond our walls and building relationships with others.”

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Scenes from the CB School District Art Show

  1. Ava Morgan, a student at Pine Run Elementary, models her “Hippie-Henna” hand.
  1. Mill Creek Elementary student, Bella Skurbe, displays her work consisting of black printing ink and color pencil shading.
  1. Jack Cochran, of Kutz Elementary, points out his work.
  1. Butler Elementary student, Kole Miller, with a heavy sculpture.
  1. Katie Meeks (Groveland Elementary) shows off her “Butterfly on Pink Flower.”
  1. Corey Brillman (Buckingham Elementary) with a slice of ceramic pizza.
  1. The talented and dedicated Art Education staff at Central Bucks School District.
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New Yoga and Mediation Center in Chalfont

Pictured is Pooja (Erica) Andersen, Meditation Instructor at the newly opened Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, located at 15 W. Butler Road, in Chalfont Plaza, Chalfont.

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MBIT Multimedia Technology student finalists in 10 Day Film Challenge

Students in the Multimedia Technology program at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology recently competed in the Pennsylvania 10 Day Film Challenge sponsored by the non-profit organization, 10 Day, Inc.

The film produced by the students in the Multimedia Technology program was one of 33 films submitted to the competition. The focus of the film challenge was to expose high school students to the world of filmmaking.

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Caleigh Fink is runner-up in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony last month at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

Caleigh Fink of Doylestown, a seventh grader at Unami Middle School, was a runner-up in the contest for her essay entitled “Time’s Ecstasy.” Her essay earned her a certificate and movie tickets.

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Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge presents scholarship awards

by June Portnoy

The Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge (PNL) #2665 awarded $7,500 worth of scholarships to nine area graduating high school seniors, six of whom attend Bucks County high schools, and one additional Bucks County Community College (BCCC) student, during its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at the Morrisville Senior Center.

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Zachary Fung wins Bucks County Symphony Youth Concerto Competition

This year’s winner of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Concerto Competition was cellist Zachary Fung, a 14-year-old from Chalfont, with his performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ “Cello Concerto #1.”

He will perform this work with the symphony at its Family Concert in December.

Zachary is an eighth grade student at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. He began playing the piano at age four and cello at age nine.

He is a member of Youth Chamber Orchestra and String Trio of Temple Music Prep, Center for Gifted Young Musicians; Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO); and Piano Trio in Settlement Music School. He has also been a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Players.

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Farmstead Adventure Camp accepting summer registration

“A day in the country is worth a month in the city.”

Fulper Family Farmstead’s unique camp program is the epitome of this quote, and your children can see first-hand what this quote truly means by coming to camp here this summer.

For the past nine years, the Fulpers have opened their barn doors to children for the ultimate fun-on-the-farm camp experience.

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