Bucks County Foodshed Alliance 2016 Farm Tour Evenings Continues with Manoff Market Gardens Aug 3

The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, Bucks County chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local® and Doylestown Food Market announce the 2016 series of popular farm evenings that introduce consumers to the local small-scale producers who put the freshest foods onto our tables via direct sales, community-supported agriculture operations (CSAs), farmers’ markets, farm stands and other venues.

The 2016 series comes to a close Wednesday, August 3, with a visit to Manoff Market Gardens, 3157 Comfort Road, New Hope 18938. While the tour is free, donations to offset the cost of BCFA’s programs are strongly encouraged.

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Bucks Women’s Advocacy Coalition celebrates recent successes

The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC) held its third annual Call to Action meeting on Wednesday, May 25th at the James-Lorah Auditorium in Doylestown. In her remarks to attendees, BCWAC President Tam St. Claire said, “It is always exciting to be part of policy changes that further our principles and mission. We urge you, if you are not already doing so, to be part of the action. We supply the tools and mentoring you need to be an effective advocate.”

BCWAC is a growing non-partisan coalition of more than 150 individuals and 37 organization partners that speak with one voice. The Coalition educates and advocates on behalf of women and girls to promote systemic change to achieve gender equity and economic security for all.

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The 4UDREW Foundation hosts Seventh Annual Car Show & Festival

The Seventh Annual 4UDREW Benefit Car Show & Festival is set for Sunday, August 7th, at Doylestown’s Central Park, located at 452 Wells Road. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with family and friends viewing an array of unique vehicles, have lunch from one of the food vendors and shop or gather information from the many business vendors.

In addition, there will be a DJ to provide music, and family fun festival games such as sack races and a water balloon toss. Try your luck on the huge raffle baskets and 50/50 contest. Festival games for the whole family are a staple at this event, with prizes for everyone.

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Application deadline extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The deadline to file a 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application has been extended by six months to December 31st, 2016. However, remember that the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your rebate.

Checks based on taxes and rent paid last year normally begin to hit mailboxes in July.

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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program providing free nutritional produce

by June Portnoy

The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible seniors throughout Bucks County.

“The purpose of this program is to provide seniors at risk with nutritionally fresh, unprocessed food from local farmers markets,” says William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County AAA.

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Cheryl Schrier heading for national pageant in Tampa

Newtown area resident, Cheryl Schrier, was recently crowned Ms. Pennsylvania U.S.A. Ambassador 2016 in Altoona, PA and will move on to represent the Keystone State at the U.S.A. Ambassador national pageant to be held July 27th-31st in Tampa, FL.

She will compete to win the prestigious title of Ms. U.S.A. Ambassador 2016 and the opportunity to nationally promote her platform, in addition to a generous prize package. Titleholders in the charity based U.S.A. Ambassador pageant system spend their year of service promoting their community service platform.

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The Seventh Annual New Hope Film Festival is coming next month

The 2016 Seventh Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 22nd through July 31st, and now is the time to get your tickets and reserve your seat! New Hope Film Festival is excited to announce that advance tickets are available by visiting the “Tickets” link on their website at www.newhopefilmfestival.com.

A link to the official 2016 Program Guide is available on the home page. The Guide includes the schedule, venue names and addresses, a description of each film and many helpful Festival tips about the event. Watch trailers and read about select films by following the “News” link on the website.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q. Usually when I get home I check my phone’s caller ID log to see if I missed any important calls while I’m at work. Last night I had numerous “missed calls” coming from all over the United States as well as some from local numbers.

I did not recognize any of these phone numbers. Later that evening my phone rang again, multiple times, all showing numbers I did not recognize. I am certain that these calls were coming from telemarketers or scam artists.

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New PennDOT Open Data portal puts data at public’s fingertips

Less than a month after Governor Tom Wolf announced steps to make Pennsylvania’s data more transparent and accessible to the public, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched an Open Data portal housing data ranging from roadway pavement conditions to rail facility locations.

The portal, http://data.pennshare.opendata.arcgis.com/, leverages a GIS (geographic information system) platform used in several states and helps local government, planning and business partners as well as the public. The data, grouped by roadways, bridges, rail, facilities, boundaries and projects, can be used for mapping, sharing, charting and more.

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Hundreds gather for Livengrin Foundation’s Ride for Recovery

On Sunday, May 22nd, Livengrin Foundation drew over 1,000 community members to its 12th annual motorcycle run and family picnic. The event raises funds to benefit patient care programs and enhance public awareness for recovery from addiction. Motorcyclists rode through Bucks County, starting and ending on Livengrin’s residential campus in Bensalem.

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