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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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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