Northampton Herald’s Good Neighbor Profile: Lily Margaret Joyce Reilly

by June Portnoy

Lily Margaret Joyce Reilly, 10, of Richboro, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes three years ago. Prior to her diagnosis, she was drinking liquids excessively, was suddenly irritable and lost a considerable amount of weight. Lily’s mother, Susan Bloom-Reilly, called the pediatrician’s office and after describing her daughter’s symptoms was told to take Lily to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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RSVP recognizes the valuable service of its volunteers

by June Portnoy

During the 40th Annual RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Recognition Luncheon on May 15th, county officials joined RSVP staff in honoring the agency’s 550 Bucks County volunteers. The event was held at the Buck Hotel in Trevose.

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Empowerment Project strives to help women thrive

by Patricia Cangelosi

On March 31st, local nonprofit A Woman’s Place (AWP) kicked off a robust program unlike any in its history: The Empowerment Project. The project aims to equip teenaged and adult women with the skills they need to not only survive, but to thrive and flourish in their communities.

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Northampton’s Good Neighbor Profile

Jake Gregory: A shining example of living life to the fullest

by June Portnoy

Ivyland’s John “Jake” Gregory, age 10, always has a smile on his face. He readily admits to being happy with his life. A fourth grade student at Maureen M. Welch Elementary School in Churchville, Jake is an avid Flyers fan. He also plays hockey and baseball, and is a trumpet player in his school’s band.

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YWCA recognizes Neha Gupta as Teen Volunteer of the Year

by June Portnoy

Neha Gupta, a Pennsbury High School senior, was awarded Bucks County Teen Volunteer of the Year during YWCA Buck County’s Volunteer of the Year Awards Program, held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week at Bucks County Community College in Newtown on Tuesday, April 8th.

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Elizabeth Biester wins Bucks County Women’s History Month Award

by Patricia Cangelosi

On March 20th, in Doylestown’s historic James-Lorah House Auditorium, Elizabeth L. Biester was honored with the 33rd annual Bucks County Women’s History Month Award. Each year, the prestigious award is given to a Bucks County woman whose social, intellectual and creative contributions have enhanced the quality of life for residents in the community and beyond.

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NOVA volunteers win $11K in Eagles Community Quarterback Award

Like a mother, Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) loves all of its 125 or so volunteers equally. But there are those times when one or two of them are simply outstanding.

Such was the case at last month’s presentation of the Philadelphia Eagles Community Quarterback Award to dedicated NOVA volunteers Stan and Shelli Dunn of Doylestown for exemplary service to a community nonprofit. Their award carries with it an $11,000 contribution to NOVA from Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Eagles organization.

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The guiding force in Doylestown’s Global War on Terrorism Memorial

by June Portnoy

The Doylestown Observer recognizes Rich Scott, Commander of the Doylestown Post 175 VFW, as this month’s “Good Neighbor” for his tireless efforts to add the Global War on Terrorism Memorial to the courtyard at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown. The Memorial will be a tribute to the 21 Bucks County fallen heroes who gave their lives fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Ted Staudenmayer, and a VFW Post 175 member, nominated Rich for this Good Neighbor acknowledgement. Ted has known Rich for approximately two years through their membership in Post 175. Rich served in the United States Marine Corps, and Ted in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

According to Rich, about 60% of the Post’s active members are Vietnam Vets.

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Neha Gupta receives Community Service Scholarship

by June Portnoy

Yardley’s Neha Gupta, 17, a Pennsbury High School senior, was recently awarded a $5,000 Zinch Community Service Scholarship from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international organization dedicated to recognizing academic talent.

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Sam’s Hope: A shining light for pets in need

by June Portnoy

Every year an estimated eight million animals nationwide enter shelters. Nearly 50% never find homes and are euthanized. About six to eight percent of pets surrendered are due to a pet owner’s financial inability to care for them.

Citing these statistics, Marianne Iaquinto explains why she established Sam’s Hope, based in Richboro, one year ago.

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