Fitzpatrick meets with district anti-drug advocates

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) met with leading prevention advocates in the nation’s capital this week to focus on drug-free community initiatives and continue his support for community anti-drug groups locally.

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Eight-Year-Old Persuades Parents to Let Him Help Homeless

Just before the holidays, eight-year-old Aaron Hammer of Fairless Hills was given an assignment in school to write a persuasive letter. The third grader took this opportunity to beg his parents for an experience that, in his words, would be the time of his life. When the letter made its way home among piles of homework and papers, Aaron’s parents were astounded by their son’s request:

“Mom and Dad… About the fresh lemonade stand, I have to do it. I’ve got a perfect plan. You can hold a tray of lemonade and we can go around the neighborhood. I can say: ‘Would you like to help the homeless shelter by buying lemonade?’ I really need to do it! I really, really, really, really want to do it. I really do. I’ll do anything to earn for it. I want to help the homeless badly. I will even stop fighting with my sister Kaylin. It will be the best time of my life.”

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Poquessing students accept Rachel’s Challenge

Sixth-grade students at Poquessing Middle School in Feasterville gathered in the auditorium last month to hear and contemplate some powerful lessons drawn from the life and premature death of Rachel Scott, a 17-year-old student who was the first victim of the Columbine massacre in 1999.

The lessons came from Rachel’s Challenge, a nationwide educational outreach program designed to prevent teen violence and bullying based on the writings and life of Scott. The program was founded by Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, and according to a program fact sheet has reached over 17 million people in live settings since it was started shortly after the Columbine tragedy.

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Riley Gillespie to be honored by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

by June Portnoy

For the past nine years, Riley Gillespie, a senior at Neshaminy High School, has been hosting an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise money to help fight childhood cancer. Over the years, Riley’s lemonade stand evolved from a small stand outside his home at which his neighbors could donate, to a huge all-day event, including a car show, held at Maple Point Middle School in Langhorne, drawing hundreds of people every year.

This past September 20th, Riley’s ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Car Show raised $14,300. Over the past nine years, his annual event has raised a total of $107,000. As a result, Riley will be recognized with the Stand Host of the Year Award at this year’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Ninth Annual Lemon Ball. It will be held Saturday, January 10th at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

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Hero’s salute

Lower Southampton Township police officer Remo Daniel DiLello (second from right), who completed three military tours of duty with the United States Marine Corps., was honored for heroism and service to his country with a special military and American Flag ceremony by the Feasterville Business Association prior to a recent Board of Supervisors meeting at the Township Administration Building in Feasterville.

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Feasterville teen honors brother’s service

by Judi Biederman

Katey Suder will be missing and worrying about her brother this Christmas, but she has turned her anxiety into action by developing a program to send holiday care packages to many sailors and marines in his U.S. Navy Amphibious Ready Group. Katey’s brother, Seaman Apprentice Vincent M. Suder Jr., recently finished boot camp and left for active duty on November 14th. He is assigned to the USS Comstock, currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

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‘Children Helping Children In Need’ food drive for Bucks Homeless Shelter

For the past three years the Levittown/Fairless Hills Rotary Club, Pennsbury Partners and the elementary schools of the Pennsbury School District have been conducting a food drive for the benefit of the Bucks County Homeless Shelter in Levittown, which is run by the Family Services Association.

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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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