Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Annual Youth Concerto Competition

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra announces its Annual Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, April 25 at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown, PA. The auditions are open to all students up to 14 years of age who play an orchestral instrument other than piano.

Contestants may play a piece of their choice from the standard repertoire for instrument and orchestra. Preferably, contestants will play from memory. Contestants must provide their own accompanist for the audition.

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Pine Run honors 31 associates

The Annual Long-Term Service Recognition Dinner, held on Wednesday, January 28th, in the auditorium at the Pine Run Community Center, was an exciting event full of signature moments. Thirty-one associates were honored with speeches and gifts for their tenured service at the retirement community located on Ferry Road in Doylestown.

Pictured is Shirley Beck, honored for 25 years of service, flanked by Pine Run Executive Director Cathleen Stewart and Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health.

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New PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program serves Central Bucks residents

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and family get information, support and resources for recovery. Participants connect with trained volunteers who have been in the same situation.

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Girls’ Soccer teams donate to Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital

The Central Bucks East and West Girls’ Soccer teams recently presented the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital with a donation of over $3,000.

The donation directly supports women in the community who are being treated for breast cancer. Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month, the teams held fundraising events and a Kick for Pink soccer game raise funds to support patients who cannot afford wigs, are underinsured or are not insured for cancer medications or treatment.

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The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks

The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks, a non-profit social, recreational, and community organization established to welcome new residents to the Central Bucks area, is seeking members. For over 30 years, the Newcomers Club has been helping new residents to the area. The club’s mission is to provide information, support, and social activities for members to meet friends and learn about the community.

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PennDOT to improve U.S. 202-Route 313 intersection in Bucks County

Preliminary work is underway on the $11 million project to improve travel and reduce congestion at the intersection of U.S. 202 and Route 313 (Swamp Road) in Doylestown Borough and Buckingham and Doylestown Townships, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced earlier this month.

Crews are working along U.S. 202 to install drainage and clear trees and brush in preparation for starting road construction activities in late March.

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Successful fundraiser

Pictured from left, Leslie Bilotta, Tianne Haines, Heather S. Giampapa, and Jadwiga Healy hold a check for A Woman’s Place (the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County), money which was raised from a successful Fashion Show and Auction held in November by a number of Central Bucks businesses.

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Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center hires new Chief Operating Officer

The Hepatitis B Foundation recently announce that Louis P. Kassa III has been hired as the Chief Operating Officer of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center and its nonprofit research entities.

Formerly the chief operating officer of a national behavioral health organization, Louis will oversee daily operations at the Pennsylvania Biotech Center, which is home to the Hepatitis B Foundation and its research entity, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute.

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Read to Be Rich donates books for newborns

Read to Be Rich (RTBR), a non-profit based in Bucks County, recently donated over 100 books for newborns to Child, Home & Community. The mission of RTBR is to promote early literacy by donating infant books to newborn babies. CHC will distribute these books to young moms and their babies in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Pictured are Erling Salveson of RTBR; Diane Jones of CHC; and Russell Bragg of RTBR.

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CB East and West students win awards at Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition

The recent Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition featured over 100 pieces of artwork in a variety of mediums with 11 area high schools participating. Two winners were from Central Bucks High Schools.

Vicki Wirkijowski (pictured top), a junior at CB East, won Best in Show for her oil, “Blue Boy.” Sara Powell (bottom), a senior at CB West, won an award in 3D Work for her sculpture, “Taken From the Tree of Knowledge.”

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