Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q: I received a telephone call from a man, whose accent made it hard to understand him, claiming to be from the United States Treasury Office. He began the conversation by informing me that there was a “deficiency” where my taxes are concerned.

I told him that there must be a mistake, at which point he became belligerent. He threatened me with arrest and other dire consequences unless I make immediate payment. I was quite shaken by the way he talked to me so I hung up on him.

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New Hope-Solebury Community Association presents ‘The New Hope Automobile Show’

The New Hope-Solebury Community Association will present “The New Hope Automobile Show,” Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th, 9:00am-4:00pm, on the grounds of the New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 West Bridge Street in New Hope.

“The New Hope Automobile Show” features the finest in classic and antique vehicles. This year marks the 58th edition of the show, which will celebrate the convertible.

Tickets will be available at the gate: $5 general admission; $3 senior citizens; and free for Active Duty Military, National Guard, and Reserve personnel and their dependents (must show ID). Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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Bucks County Opportunity Council selects new Director of Client Services

Tammy Schoonover has been selected as the Director of Client Services for Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) effective June 16th.

Tammy has built a successful career and strong reputation for serving Bucks County since joining BCOC in 1996. Tammy will assume her new role and responsibilities when Erin Lukoss takes over as Executive Director of BCOC in June.

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Child, Home & Community celebrates 35th anniversary

One hundred-eighty guests – including donors, staff, clients, Board, community leaders, and Bucks County Commissioner Robert Loughery – recently came together at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale to celebrate Child, Home & Community’s 35th anniversary. The group also recognized retiring executive director Beth Styer, for her 29 years of service.

“Each one of you,” said Beth, “is a valuable member of the CHC ‘Team for Success’: long-time donors; new donors who are attending the brunch for the first time; current staff and past staff; Board & Advisory Board members; participants and representatives from schools, hospitals, agencies, civic groups and governments.”

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Deadline extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st, 2015. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

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NOVA board welcomes three new members and thanks outgoing members

The Board of Directors of Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) elected three new members at its annual meeting on May 19th. Three members who were completing their terms were thanked for their years of service to the organization.

The new directors are Kareem Afzal, Marianne Kepler, and Karen Kern. The board also elected the following officers: Vice President – Benjamin M. Derby; Treasurer – Terry Nase; and Secretary – Alexandra J. Brzyski; Carlene Szostak remains as President. Completing their terms are Doris Fiorentino, Dot Gaboda, and Louise McLeod.

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‘Get Your Tail on the Trail’ program wins national recognition

Get Your Tail on the Trail, the community-based initiative geared to promoting outdoor fitness activities in a family-fun environment, recently was recognized by American Trails, the national non-profit organization working on behalf of all trail interests.

At the 2015 International Trails Symposium held May 18th to 20th in Portland, OR, Get Your Tail on the Trail won American Trails’ “Trails for Health Award” for recognizing a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.

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Don’t miss the NBA’s Newtown Antique & Classic Auto Show!

This year’s annual Newtown Business Association Antique & Classic Auto Show will be held on Sunday, July 19th from 10:00am to 3:00pm, on historic State Street in Newtown Borough, and will feature over 150 classic autos, trucks, corvettes, street rods, sports cars, muscle cars and cars of special interest, in all makes and models from 1900 to 1990.

This festive event is attended by thousands of spectators, with trophies being awarded in 12 classes, appearances by Council Rock North’s Sock ‘n Buskin theatre group dressed in the show’s 1940’s theme costumes, food vendors, and a raffle for prizes for car show participants.

The event rain date is July 26th.

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‘Every Hero Has a Story’ at the Bucks County Library System this summer

The Bucks County Library System is looking forward to its busiest time: the Summer Reading Program, which kicked off on Saturday, June 20th. This year’s theme “Every Hero Has a Story!” will help children discover all kinds of heroes – heroes from history, everyday heroes in our communities, animal heroes, sports heroes, superheroes, and some unlikely heroes.

The Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens, from preschool to 18 years old, with various events, story times, and performances planned throughout the six-week program. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child participated in summer reading and, as a result, we raised literacy rates throughout the area?

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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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