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.


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.


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.


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


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.” 


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.


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.


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.


Phillips’ Mill Community Association Youth Art Show featured Central Bucks High School students


The Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Show was held last month in New Hope, with participation from nine high schools submitting 79 pieces of artwork. The works included oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage, mixed media, graphite, etching and sculpture.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Central Bucks East student Alexandra Wirkijowski won first place in Sculpture for her “Dusk” stoneware.

2. Central Bucks West student Xavier Lorie won a Phoenix Award for “Paris Street at Night” acrylic.

3. Central Bucks West student Laura Kirsch with her “Stargazer” acrylic.


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. Newcomers offers several different monthly activities that cover a variety of interests, including a book club, ladies’ night out, men’s events, couples happy hour and children’s playgroups.

One goal of the group is to help members learn about the richness of the Central Bucks area. As such, events are held at a variety of local restaurants, parks, festivals and cultural organizations, as well as in members’ homes.

Special events coming up include the club’s February Funkbuster party, which will feature a Mardi Gras theme, and the Summer Soiree, which closes out the club year in June. 

To someone who has recently relocated, Newcomers members are a great source for referrals for everything from new homeowners seeking contractors, to information on preschools, shopping and other local amenities.

The club newsletter offers opportunities for advertisers to reach new members of the community as well. The Newcomers Club also has a community involvement component. Some activities the club has sponsored to help local communities include a winter coat drive, highway cleanup and food collection for the Doylestown Food Pantry.

Persons eligible for membership in the Newcomers Club are new residents residing in Central Bucks County. Annual dues are $35 per household ($17.50 February through June). To join or for more information, visit www.newcomersofbucks.org or call 267-893-7735.