PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program serves Bucks residents

Next sessions run Feb. 5, 12 and 17 at two locations serving Central/Upper and Lower Bucks County

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 recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one.

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National Association Formed to Focus on Improving Veteran Services

The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is proud to announce a strategic partnership with newly formed non-profit, National Association for Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), which seeks to improve service delivery by organizations serving veterans and military families through data-driven collaboration. Over the past several years, industry and government leaders have expressed the need for a national coalition within the veteran serving community.

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BCHIP Recommendations for Hospital Visitors

The Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP), a community health collaborative comprised of Bucks County’s six acute care hospitals (Aria Health- Bucks County, Doylestown, Lower Bucks, St. Luke’s Quakertown, St. Mary and Grandview), the Bucks County Department of Health and Bucks County Medical Society have implemented precautions in their facilities in response to the recent increase in influenza (flu) cases throughout Bucks County.

Additionally, it is recommended that anyone who is ill or has flu-like symptoms should NOT visit family and friends who are hospitalized, but if it is necessary then masks are strongly encouraged. Each hospital has masks available to visitors at the hospital entrances.

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YWCA receives United Way grant to support prevention services programming

YWCA Bucks County has received a $15,000 grant from the United Way of Bucks County in support of its Prevention Services programs that include Girls Circle, Positive Action, and Too Good For Drugs and Violence.

In a statement announcing the grant, Karen Forbes, executive director of YWCA Bucks County, said the grant will support efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of more than 350 children and teens who participate in YWCA afterschool programs, summer camps and teen groups.

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New license plates recognize military service, support Gettysburg Monument preservation

New license plates, designed to recognize veterans and provide funds to preserve monuments in the Gettysburg National Military Park are now available from PennDOT.

“We are proud to highlight the accomplishments of all of our veterans and members of the Armed Forces through special license plates,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch. “Military-themed plates serve as a silent testament to the courage and commitment of our troops in defense of our nation, and preserving our heritage is part of that recognition.”

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Lenape Valley Foundation Recognizes Employees at Annual Staff Breakfast

Lenape Valley Foundation recently held its Staff Recognition Breakfast at Doylestown Country Club.  At the annual event, five staff members were recognized for excellent job performance.

Award recipients included Jake Christie, IT Director; Ali Coppola, Intellectual Disabilities Supports Coordinator Supervisor; Sandra Mandell, Information and Referral Administrative Assistant; Tiffany Manners, Outpatient Therapist; and Mary Ann Venezia, M.D., Psychiatrist. The employees were nominated by their peers for their outstanding work on behalf of the foundation.  Presenting the awards were Alan Hartl, M.S., Lenape Valley Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, and David Bailey, President of the Board of Trustees.

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Community service groups help with CHC client party

Several community service groups — Upper Bucks Kiwanis, Sisters U, and Palisades High School Key Club — donned elf costumes and reindeer ears and helped CHC with a client party for 32 young parents and their children who live in the Upper Bucks area. Upper Bucks Kiwanis wrapped dozens of presents that parents picked out for their children; Sisters U prepared and served a delicious dinner and dessert; and Palisades Key Club members coordinated crafts, games and other entertainment for the 32 children in attendance.

Wawa of Hatfield also contributed several trays of hoagies.

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Suicide Prevention Steering Committee seeking members

Family Service Association of Bucks County is seeking additional members for its Suicide Prevention Steering Committee that shapes, informs and enhances community-wide suicide prevention efforts. The Steering Committee, formed in September 2013, focuses on advocacy around suicide prevention and awareness of suicide in our community.

Meetings are held monthly at Family Service’s Langhorne office located at 4 Cornerstone Drive. Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia is the Chair of the Steering Committee.

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PASR’s Bucks Chapter named a One-Star Chapter

On November 6th, at the 2014 Ruth Abigail Boyer Leadership Conference, the Bucks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was recognized by the state association for expanding and improving the information that they regularly provide to both members and nonmembers.

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Bucks County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated honors leaders at annual ball

Bucks County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated feted notable local, international and corporate honorees at a Harlem Renaissance “Cotton Club” themed masquerade ball on October 25th, at the Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland. Chapter president, Tayna Longino, congratulated co-chairs, Linda Bodley and Karima Bouchenafa, on producing an event that drew guests from around the Delaware Valley and beyond.

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