Ari Bortman earns perfect AP score

Ari Bortman, a senior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, recently earned the distinction of earning a top score of 5 on his AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, and was one of only 91 students world-wide to earn every point possible on the test, answering all multiple-choice questions correctly and earning full points for the free-response section of the examination.

The College Board, in an announcement letter to the PHS principals, stated, “This outstanding accomplishment is likely a direct reflection of the top quality education being offered at Pennsbury High School. We applaud Ari for his hours of hard work and also his AP teacher for the ability to engage students and enable them to excel in college-level courses.”

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Julian Leveille receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Julian Leveille, a junior at New Hope-Solebury High School, has been honored for his exemplary service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards programs on behalf of President Barack Obama. Julian was nominated for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service as a local firefighter and as an emergency medical technician.

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Interested in saving injured animals from euthanasia?

Lambertville Animal Welfare (LAW) is seeking donations to help with veterinary care for Tesla, a gorgeous Siamese kitten who was found badly injured in March. Tesla is a stunning cream- colored seven-month-old kitten with “flame point” markings and turquoise blue eyes. He was picked up in very bad shape in Hunterdon County by Nate Barson of Animal Control and Investigative Services, with a large gaping wound on the top of his front leg. He had black smudges all over him, along with several other wounds. LAW thinks Tesla was trying to keep warm by curling up inside a car engine, when the car was suddenly turned on. Officer Barson rushed Tesla to Paw Prints Veterinary Hospital in Ringoes, NJ and after much consultation it was decided that Tesla’s injury was too severe and his leg needed to be amputated. Dr. Milford and the staff at Paw Prints cared for Tesla as he recovered from this major surgery, and he is doing quite well learning to walk on three legs.

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Kathy Faustino is Impact Thrift ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Impact Thrift Stores, Inc. recently announced that Kathy Faustino has been named their 2015 “Volunteer of the Year.” Kathy signed on to volunteer in 2013 while she was shopping at Impact Thrift’s Feasterville store. “Impact Thrift quickly became one of my favorite shopping locations once I learned of the mission to support so many local charities,” she said. “The Feasterville super-sized store is immaculate and the treasure hunt within is amazing as new items arrive in the store every day!”

Kathy has logged over 350 hours volunteering at Impact Thrift. Impact Thrift has been able to convert donated goods into more than $2 million in financial support to area charities, thanks to generous neighborhood donors and volunteers.

Kathy uses her pleasant manner, customer service skills and smiling persistence as a volunteer giving back to the community. Her dependable service working with Bric-a-Brac area manager, Barbe Humphries, and with many other volunteers and staff members insures an amazing shopping experience day after day. “The friendly, hard-working employees, wonderful volunteers and delightful customers enrich and brighten my days,” Kathy asserts.

Kathy has lived in Bucks County most of her life and enjoyed working in medical sales before retiring a few years ago. Kathy and husband, Marty, have two grown children and two grandsons. She says, “I look forward to many more years of volunteering and supporting the mission that makes Impact Thrift an amazing organization.”

Impact Thrift welcomes volunteers at five sites in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Visit www.impactthrift.org to get involved, or call Joan Marie at 267-387-0022, ext. 6105.

PHOTO CAP: Volunteer of the Year, Kathy Faustino (right), enjoys working with Feasterville Impact Thrift Bric-a-Brac Manager, Barbe Humphries.

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Levittown girl gets her wish and meets Stallone – twice!

by Jenn Schaffener

Eight-year-old Nicolette Maroney, of Levittown, was determined – determined to meet her idol Sylvester Stallone. Many years ago, Nikki watched the “Rocky” movies and quickly became a super fan. Everything that surrounds Nikki in her life is Rocky – whether it be her attitude about life or her style. She lives and breathes Rocky. Recently, Nikki was more determined than ever to meet Stallone, knowing that he was filming the new Rocky movie, “Creed,” so close to her in Philadelphia.

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Local child with spina bifida surprised with dream come true trip to Disney World

Two groups have come together over the past year to raise funds to answer the dream of a very deserving child and family through Sunshine Foundation, the original wish granting charity. Lower Moreland High School, along with the Bucks Connect Networking Group, held multiple fundraisers throughout the past year to raise the funds necessary to send Ciarlo on a trip of a lifetime to Disney World and the Orlando theme parks!

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Yardley couple’s mission: Helping Native Americans

by Judi Biederman

There is an old Native American proverb that says, “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” If that is true, then Barbara and John Lawless of Yardley are leaving deep imprints on the world they inhabit.

For more than 20 years, they have been collecting and sending donations to needy Native Americans in western states. Barbara estimates that their efforts have resulted in the shipment of 64 tons of goods and 24,000 books.

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Read to Be Rich donates books for newborns

Read to Be Rich (RTBR), a non-profit based in Bucks County, recently donated over 100 books for newborns to Child, Home & Community. The mission of RTBR is to promote early literacy by donating infant books to newborn babies. CHC will distribute these books to young moms and their babies in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Pictured are Erling Salveson of RTBR; Diane Jones of CHC; and Russell Bragg of RTBR.

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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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