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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Four rules for hiring and retaining your best employees

submitted by Ginny Grimsley, National Print Campaign Manager, News and Experts

Exorbitant student loans constitute just one reason why young people eager to experience the world may want to reconsider college, says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur. There is now $1.2 trillion worth of college debt in the United States and the average borrower will graduate $26,600 in the red, according to The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt.

“None of this guarantees a job or even that a college grad will be job-ready,” says Basler, CEO of E.J. Basler Co. “After four weeks of business school I, the son of a businessman, had realized that the professor had no real-life experience running a business and that I wouldn’t learn the practical principles necessary to succeed. But I stuck with business school for two years until I dropped out, and I haven’t had any regrets 40 years later. Hands-on experience trumps a degree all the time.”

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Fundraising effort seeks support for wreaths at WC Cemetery

by Judi Biederman

In an attempt to remember and respect her dad, Penndel resident Joyce Kulchinsky also is trying to honor thousands of other deceased military veterans by placing a memorial wreath on every grave in the Washington Crossing National Cemetery next December.

Joyce is trying to raise money for “Wreaths Across America,” a program that runs coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies, usually on the second Saturday in December, at national cemeteries across all 50 states, ceremonies at sea and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

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Mark your calendars for the 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival

The 2015 Sixth Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 24th through August 2nd. Tickets are available now on their website, www.newhopefilmfestival.com.

The 2015 Program Guide has the schedule, venues, a description of each film and more. Watch trailers for some of the films in the “News” section of the website.

Judges selected 97 Official Selections with 80 films from 16 countries with many U.S. and world premieres. Countries represented are USA, Sweden, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France, Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, and the Russian Federation.

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Lawmakers discuss rising flood-insurance premiums, task force for PA

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, held a news conference on June 12th in his district office with fellow lawmakers, experts and local residents to demonstrate support for his proposal to address skyrocketing flood-insurance premiums. Santarsiero began by saying, “This is a problem for our residents and their neighborhoods. It is a problem that demands action.”

Many residents and businesses located in flood zones have seen a steep increase in their flood-insurance premiums as a result of the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act and the mandatory update to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps.

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‘Art of the Barn’ Tour & Show welcomes nine new artists

The Art of the Barn Tour & Show, presented by Bucks County Audubon Society, will be held Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th, and features 14 talented local artists, including nine new artists who will be at the barns along the way.

Many of the artists are inspired by the magnificent barns and preserved farms dotted around Bucks County.

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Foster or adopt

Buddy is a Flat Coat Retriever and after five years with a family they didn’t want him because he wouldn’t play with the little children. So he is recommended for an adult household. He is shy at first, but once he gets to know you he is a love. Good with dogs; cats; no aggressions; walks well on a leash; rides well in a car. Easy-going, quiet, no digging, no barking. Knows his sit and down commands. Takes food from your hand gently. He is available through Focus on Homeless Animals, 501 (c)3 Animal Rescue, New Hope. Phone: 215-970-4911. Website: www.focusonhomelessanimals.org.

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It’s that #BucksCountyMoment!

Share your favorite Bucks County moments all summer long. Each year, Visit Bucks County hosts a summer-long social media contest encouraging locals and visitors to capture moments through photos and videos and share them on Instagram.

Through Labor Day, share your memorable moments around Bucks County with the hashtag #BucksCountyMoment to take part in the “It’s That Moment Photo + Video Challenge.” This puts you in the running to win prizes, including an Apple iPad Mini, GoPro Hero camera and more.

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Job Fair June 29th in Washington Crossing

Looking to land your next job? Then plan to attend the Sixth Annual NJ/PA Job Fair on Monday, June 29, between 10:00am and to 3:00pm in Washington Crossing, PA. Attendees can meet face-to-face with representatives from local businesses and national corporations who are looking to fill full- and part-time positions.

Job seekers and employers must pre-register online at www.njpajobfair.com.

Last year, the Job Fair attracted over 500 job seekers and hosted 45 companies. This free community event is sponsored by Washington Crossing United Methodist Church.

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Getting to ‘ripe’ with our favorite fruits

by Anne Biggs, Bucks County Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local®

If you’re buying local produce from a farm stand or the vendors at your neighborhood farmers market, you’re in luck when it comes to determining ripeness. No need to poke or squeeze – just ask! The farmers are happy to help you choose the best fruit for your uses, while your “gentle squeeze” could bruise tender peaches and apricots for the next person.

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