Ladies of Mount Carmel entertained by Fitzpatrick Irish Dance

 

The Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers of Doylestown were the featured program entertainment for the women’s organization at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church during the group’s monthly meeting in on March 11th.

The dance group, consisting of 16 young ladies, ages 11 to 17 years of age, delighted the ladies and guests with their Irish tap, talent, music and most of all, their tremendous energy. The dancers were accompanied by their parents and the Fitzpatrick Dance School’s teacher and director, Maggie Fitzpatrick Guenther.

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Doylestown Historical Society celebrates 50th Anniversary of Operation 64

As the world in the tumultuous 60’s was focused on civil rights and anti-war, the people in Doylestown were rising up to reject a federally funded Urban Renewal Program to remove a number of “obsolete” buildings in the town center and replace them with parking lots and modern buildings. During the first week of June, 1964 citizens such as those who participate in the Nature Club, the venerable Village Improvement Association, merchants and politicians joined together with local residents. The plan, called “Operation 64,” was begun to preserve declining structures and renew the beauty of Doylestown.

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Operation 64, an in-house exhibit of memorabilia, including the exchanges between top federal and state officials with the community leaders. This will be open to the public from mid-May on Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm in the Doylestown Historical Society exhibition area. Out-of-doors before and after posters will be viewable around town and in stores as Doylestown businesses display the Operation 64 logo, photos and the displays by artists. The events will culminate on Sunday, June 8th, the 50th Anniversary week, with a celebration offering music and food at the DHS park behind 56 S. Main Street.

Operation 64 resulted in the renewal of many buildings in the center of Doylestown through local volunteerism. Within a year, the ambience of Doylestown’s downtown improved, attracted consumers, and businesses reportedly saw sales increases from 11% to 50%. Officials from across the country began to arrive to consult with Operation 64 leaders to apply the Doylestown model to their own towns.

Today, Doylestown is ranked by Travel and Leisure magazine as #13 of “America’s Favorite Towns.” Doylestown’s Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for the architecture of multiple blocks of businesses and single-family homes.

DHS visiting hours are Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm. DHS is also seeking volunteers and new members. Help with Operation 64’s 50th anniversary events by calling 215-345-9430 or e-mailing info@doylestownhistorical.org.

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Central Bucks theater students fight AIDS

 

Hundreds of kids from Central Bucks School District’s three high schools and four of its middle schools raised more than $4,500 in their Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit concert in February. The event, hosted by Central Bucks High School West, featured numbers from “Aida,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” “Dear Edwinna,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Bye-Bye Birdie.”

Pictured are Mary Callum and Sami Evans in a dance number from CB West’s “Crazy for You. Photo by Jade Hebling.

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Vendor alert

The Buckingham Flea Market is registering vendors for their Sunday, April 27th event from 8:00am-2:00pm. Spaces are $25 for 25’x25’, and the rain date is Sunday, May 4th. Location is Holicong Park, Route 202, Buckingham.

For info and to reserve a space call Leah at 215-345-5355.  For more information visit www.buckinghampacivic.org. The event benefits the Buckingham Community Garden, supporting students growing fresh vegetables for local food banks.

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Actress and author Mary Lou Quinlan featured at “The Ladies of Mount Carmel” event

Actress and author, Mary Lou Quinlan, was the featured attraction at an April 8th evening event at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Doylestown. The special Program was sponsored by the Church’s women’s group, “The Ladies of Mount Carmel”. Ms. Quinlan brought life to her book-reading performance of her New York Times Bestseller, “The God Box: Sharing my mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go”. The audience of over 200 was totally captivated by the heartwarming and at times, emotional performance.

Ms. Quinlan lost her mother and best friend, in 2006. Mary Finlayson, kept “God Boxes”, containing little slips of petitions and prayers to God, that contained her concerns and hopes for family, friends, and even people she did not personally know. She felt that by then letting go of those concerns, and placing them in a box, God would then handle them. Mary Lou Quinlan’s New York Times, Bestseller was written in memory of her mother and has evolved into an off-Broadway, one woman play, that has been performed worldwide. Ms. Quinlan has donated over $200,000 to charities, church groups, hospices and schools with her performances.

The true story has been an inspiration to many, who have also started their own God Boxes. Ms. Quinlan, who is a product of Catholic education, has very generously donated her performance as a gift to OLMC and proceeds from her book signing after the performance were for the benefit of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community.

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Twilight Wish welcomes new board member

Twilight Wish Foundation, headquartered in Doylestown, has announced that John Uetz recently joined their board of directors. John is a recent graduate of Villanova University School of Law and is currently an Associate Attorney with the law office of Haviland Hughes in Philadelphia.   

During his time at Villanova, John participated in various pro bono and public interest law programs including the Homeless Advocacy Project, an organization that provides a variety of legal services to Philadelphia’s homeless population free of charge. John also participated in Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, which serves indigent members of the community by providing pro bono representation in civil matters, including landlord-tenant disputes and civil forfeiture cases.

“When I first heard about Twilight Wish Foundation, I knew it would be a great fit for me because I had seen firsthand the impact that granting a wish can have on a senior’s life,” said John. “My grandmother is an amazing cook, but she had only ever cooked at home. Her wish was to be a sous chef in a local restaurant for a day. When her retirement home granted her wish, she talked about how much she enjoyed the experience for months. I saw how much joy it gave her to have that experience and I am very excited to have the opportunity to play a part in making a positive impact on my community by being involved with Twilight Wish.” 

PHOTO CAP: John Uetz

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Sandy Ridge Garden has personal plots available

Sandy Ridge Community Garden, located at the corner of Sandy Ridge Road and Broad Street in Doylestown, is looking for gardeners to join them for their fourth year. Personal plots will be available for the first time, as well as cooperative gardening for individuals, families or groups that wish to get involved.

A kickoff meeting is planned for Wednesday, April 9th, at 6:30pm. There are less than 10 personal plots available so interested parties should RSVP to claim a space or learn more. Come enjoy pizza and help plan for an exciting year of gardening. 

Call Doylestown Mennonite Church office at 215-345-6377 for any questions. You can also find them on Facebook by searching “Sandy Ridge Community.” 

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VIA Community Response Team grants $1,000 to CHC

 

The Village Improvement Association’s Community Response Team gave a generous grant of $1,000 to Child, Home, & Community for purchasing parenting DVD’s for their parent support groups in Bucks County. These young moms and dads will develop the skills necessary to provide their babies with healthy and stimulating environments.

Pictured are Kathleen Meyer (left), VIA Committee Response Team, and Beth Styer, CHC.

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Mystx U-16 Force wins gold l at National Hockey Festival

 

Mystx Field Hockey Club’s U16 Mystx Force team took home gold at the National Hockey Festival over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The National Hockey Festival, put on by USA Field Hockey, is the largest amateur field hockey event in the world. In total, 196 Under-16 and Under-19 teams in 28 pools competed at the 2013 National Hockey Festival held on the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club.

The Mystx Force, with five wins and a tie, claimed the gold medal. The team comprises many players from the Suburban One League.  Council Rock North coach Heather Whalin served as Head Coach and William Tennant coach Kaitlin Rauchut served as Assistant Coach for the Force tournament team. “It was a total team effort, from the keepers all the way up to the forwards. It’s nice to see girls from all different high schools come together and gel as a team. Coach Rauchut was a great asset to have as an assistant coach and the players played a high level of hockey. It reminded me just how much I love this game,” says Coach Whalin.

PHOTO CAP: The U16 Mystx Force, back row from left, Coach Heather Whalin, Jennica Jonovich, Chelsea Duggan, Christen Pennington, Cameron Costello, Caroline McGovern, Gabrielle Acker, Brenna Reilley, Maria Palmieri, Macella Molenari, and Coach Kaitlin Rauchut; front row, Maddie Keppel, Margaret Lynch, Amanda Blum, Chloe Verweil, Gigi Tutoni, Emily Alexis, Rachel Pomerantz, and Marlena Koellner.

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Four time Bux-Mont champions and a trip to Pop Warner Nationals!

 

The Lenape Valley Midget Cheerleaders recently won their fourth straight Bux-Mont Competition and earned a trip to Pop Warner Nationals at their regional competition in Albany. 

In December, they placed third in their division at Pop Warner Nationals in Disney World! Congratulations to the entire team on this amazing accomplishment!

Pictured top row, Jen Gale, Sarah Wenner, Lexi Masny, Olivia Armour, Audrey Cain, Morgan Funk and Emily Patterson; middle row, Mykal-Michele Longino, Sarah LePitre, Marin Bradley, Maria Fehr, Hannah Cleland, Kennedy Farrior, Julia Fagan and Lauren Hughes; bottom row, Audrey Cole, Gianna Darreff, Christine Curran, Erin Dwyer, Tailei Lanigan, Anna Bakas, Devin O’Brien, Kate Bensing and Marissa Ginel.

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