Dedication of Bobby’s Playground brings community together

by June Portnoy

It was a proud day for the Osterhout family of Holland as they stood in front of the Kaboom! Playground, still blocked off with a long yellow ribbon. Jill and Robert Osterhout III’s son, Robert Edward Osterhout IV, affectionately known as Bobby, passed away tragically at 14-months-old in April of this year. The playground was officially dedicated in his honor last month.

The playground is located at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA’s Holland Summer Day campsite on Holland Road, adjacent to Holland Elementary School.

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Richboro resident wins battle against ‘incurable’ cancer

by June Portnoy

When Richboro’s Harvey Goodman was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer and told his days were numbered, his initial feelings were hopelessness and despair that his life would soon be over. Today, six years later and cancer-free, Harvey reflects on how he fought his battle to survive.

At age 64, Harvey’s life was turned upside down, in October 2008, when his oncologist told him he had Stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the small intestine, with metastasis to the liver. His doctor explained to him that this was a rare, incurable form of cancer.

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Little library tells a big story

by Judi Biederman

There isn’t always a happy ending when cancer is part of the story, but Morrisville resident Georgia Cinq-Mars Tashijan has had several positive outcomes that also are offering benefits to her neighbors and her community.

Georgia and her husband, Ed Tashijan, were in the midst of planning a native garden for their home on Franklin Street when Georgia was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer. Although she continued to work as a registered nurse at Growth Horizons, a Levittown residential group home for adults with developmental disabilities, certain phases of her cancer treatment program required that she take some time off.

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Military hero’s salute

Janice and Raymond Weldie (left), of Feasterville, parents of Airman First Class (A1C) Alexander J. Weldie with the 75th Security Forces Squadron on deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, display a military flag presented by the Feasterville Business Association honoring their son’s heroism and service to his country.

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Fundraising effort supports Yardley boy’s need for diabetic alert dog

by June Portnoy

They say that a “dog is a man’s best friend,” but in the case of Adam Pindziak, age seven of Yardley, a diabetic alert dog is about to become a boy’s best friend. Adam was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, also known as Type 1 Diabetes, when he was just two-years-old. His mother, Morayea, explains that he was constantly urinating through his diapers and getting up in the middle of the night asking for milk.

She took Adam to his pediatrician, who after administering a quick urine test, sent them directly to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to be treated for juvenile diabetes.

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Epilepsy taking its toll on granddaughter of local resident

by Mark D. Marotta

For Levittown resident Tom Nadzam and his family, the fight to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania might well be a matter of life and death for his seven-year-old granddaughter. A retired mechanic living in Middletown Township’s Highland Park neighborhood, Nadzam, 68, has made Bucks County his home for nearly his entire life, raising his family there.

His daughter, Dana Ulrich, and granddaughter, Lorelei, live in Reinholds, Berks County, about midway between the cities of Lancaster and Reading. Lorelei has intractable epilepsy, meaning it is resistant to medication, Dana says.

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9/11 Memorial sculpture design unveiled in Doylestown

by June Portnoy

On Tuesday, September 23rd, The Travis Manion Foundation and Board of Bucks County Commissioners unveiled the design of the 9/11 “Renew, Resolve, Remember” sculpture scheduled to be installed and open to the public by next summer 2015.

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Scouts help out at Third Annual Lemon Ride Bicycle Tour

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 71 volunteered for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) during the Third Annual Lemon Ride Bicycle Tour in Doylestown on July 20th by marking the bicycle routes and running a rest stop.

After a week-long camp working to earn merit badges at the Rodney Scout Reservation on the Northern Bank of Chesapeake Bay, nearly half of the Scouts in Troop 71 volunteered to help over 320 cyclists enjoy the rolling Bucks County countryside as they raised money to find a cure for childhood cancer.

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Yardley resident ‘riding to conquer cancer’

by Judi Biederman

Yardley resident Anita Dietrich Lobley has very personal reasons for supporting an upcoming event to raise funds for cancer research. On October 11th-12th, she will combine her love of biking with the memory of her mom, Jane Dietrich, by participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center.

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Animal Alliance chosen for emergency rescue in Toms River, NJ

On August 14th, a team from Animal Alliance transferred 16 dogs in from Toms River Animal Shelter to the organization’s Planned Pethood Clinic in Lambertville. As an Emergency Placement Partner to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Animal Alliance was called upon to rescue and rehabilitate the poodle and poodle mix dogs, all of which were suffering from fleas, ear mites, parasites, and other painful conditions. Animal Alliance responded immediately and within 30 hours of notification from HSUS, the dogs were situated at Animal Alliance and receiving medical attention.

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