Foundations awards 12 grants to Bucks non-profit organizations

by June Portnoy

During the 18th Annual Partnership in Youth Services Award Luncheon Ceremony, Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) recognized 12 Bucks County non-profit community programs making a difference in the lives of local children and their families by presenting them each with a $3,000 grant. The event was held last month at the Doylestown County Club.

Foundations Executive Director Ron Bernstein said, “We are so impressed by these organizations’ dedication and are moved by their passion and commitment. We thank them for everything they do for our community.” Helping Ron present this year’s checks, along with a plaque, was Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Dr. Richard Coe, a member of Foundations Board of Directors.

Jenny Salisbury accepted the first award on behalf of Bucks County Community College’s Kids on Campus, a large-scale summer camp on the college’s Newtown campus. The grant will help Kids on Campus offer scholarships to at-risk youth who could not attend this camp without financial assistance.

“We are particularly excited to provide scholarships to children focused in the Lower Bucks area and at our Bristol campus,” said Jenny.

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Newtown Arts Company brings ‘Nuncrackers’ to Newtown Theatre

Holiday frivolity, Nunsense-style, takes over the Newtown Theatre stage December 1st through December 7th, as Newtown Arts Company’s season of live theater continues with “Nuncrackers” by Dan Goggin.

The Little Sisters of Hoboken share their fun and reverently irreverent take on Christmas for six performances opening Thursday, December 1st at 7:30pm, and continuing Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at 8:00pm; Sunday, December 4th at 2:00pm; and Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6th and 7th at 7:30pm (no show Monday).

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Langhorne Rotary news

The first Student of the Month for the 2016-2017 Rotary year is Eric Rotteveel, a senior at the Neshaminy High School. Eric resides in Langhorne with his parents, Cherie and Len Rotteveel. Eric ranks sixth in his class of 568 students. In his spare time he participates in the Model UN program and plays basketball and volleyball. He also volunteers at the Penndel Food Pantry and at the Langhorne Library.

He plans to study engineering in college. The Rotary presented Eric with a certificate and a gift card for Barnes & Noble.

A recent speaker at the Rotary was Chairman of the Bucks County Commissioners, Robert Loughery. He spoke on a number of topics and brought Rotary members up-to-date on the building projects at the Court House in Doylestown.

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LuLaPalooza is coming to Bucks County

Your local LuLaRoe consultants will all be in one spot every Saturday and Sunday, now through December 18th. That’s right, every weekend!

You can find them at the Village of Newtown Shopping Center, located at 2801 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Join them to view, try on, and purchase over 10,000 pieces of inventory. There will also be chances to win your favorite LuLaRoe items through giveaways and raffles every day they are in Newtown.

LuLaRoe sells women’s dresses, maxi skirts, pencil skirts, a-line skirts, sheath dresses, and leggings. They are all simply beautiful, comfortable and affordable.

Find out more at http://www.LuLaRoe.com, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/magicmommas, or call 215-584-2020.

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Inner Circle welcomes two new therapists

Inner Circle (IC) Physical Therapy and Myofascial Release Centers have reason to be excited.

Having just received their award as the “Best of Bucks 2016,” they have recently had two additional therapists recognized as expert myofascial release therapists through the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach seminar series, under the tutelage of the Father of Myofascial Release himself, John Barnes, PT.

With this increasing level of recognized expertise in Myofascial Release, as well as their innovative exercise system, The Four Phase, the therapists at IC are unmatched in the entire Bucks County region to assist their patients in reclaiming their pain-free and active lifestyles.

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Businesses donate home furnishings to Habitat ReStores in Bucks County

The Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County ReStores have received donations of unwanted and discontinued home furnishings from Ashley Homestore of Central New Jersey, the Olive Garden restaurant in Langhorne, and Toll Brothers, Inc. Product donations to the ReStores help fund the construction and rehab of homes for low-income families in Bucks County.

These donations of furniture, doors and fixtures also help divert over 100,000 pounds of items from landfills.

“We are extremely grateful to local organizations for their support,“ said B.J. Breish, ReStore Director. “In addition to strengthening their commitment to the community, joining forces with our ReStores is an economical and tax-deductible solution for local businesses.”

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A blast from the past for our Veterans

“Ten-Hut!”

Veterans, fall-in and step back in time to be entertained by USO favorites “Bob Hope,” “Marilyn Monroe,” “Ann Margaret,” “Phyllis Diller,” and “The Andrew Sisters” when they come to Langhorne on Sunday, December 4th at 2:30pm at Maple Point Middle School.

This one-time tribute show for local Veterans will surely be a blast from the past for those who may remember seeing these celebrities perform for them while fighting overseas. In addition to professional celebrity impersonators, the show will feature The Jesse Soby Color Guard, as well as local favorite Breanna Carson, who will sing the National Anthem.

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Scenes from Neshaminy High School Homecoming

Neshaminy High School held its Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 7th, with a game against Central Bucks High School South. Photos by Chris Allen.

  1. Parents helping out at the merchandise table, front row from left, Jen Mace, Dianne Kelly, Crissy Whitlock and Denise DiFrancesco; back row, Joyce Jackson, Debbie Lapergola, and Cindy OConnell.
  1. Pictured from left are Homecoming King Ryan Reed, Homecoming Queen Cali Tomko, and the Queen’s Court, Tessa Kane, Megan Campbell, and Francessa Marvern.
  1. Ford Bowman (left) and Dan Grindrod dressed for the occasion.
  1. Faculty and staff on hand included, from left, Donna Pirrone, David Fink, Devin Shennard, Lori Shennard, and Shawn DeLosAngeles.
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Veterans Day Ceremony Video

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And the survey says… Bhavana Venkataram appears on ‘Family Feud’

by June Portnoy

On Wednesday, October 26th, Bhavana Venkataram, a former Langhorne resident, had the unique opportunity of living out one of her dreams by watching an episode of “Family Feud” with herself and her family as contestants. Bhavana, 26, has been watching the show since she was 10-years-old.

“Growing up, I remember looking forward to watching ‘Family Feud’ with my mother most summer days on the Game Show Network,” recalls Bhavana.

So, when Bhavana, still living in Langhorne at the time, heard that “Family Feud” was holding auditions at the Philadelphia Convention Center this past January, she knew she had to be there. She recruited four of her family members to audition with her, including: her brother, Vivek Venkataram, her two first cousins, Archana Subramanium and Ajay Subramanium; and her cousin by marriage, Namratha Sheshadri.

In order to be invited to this in-person audition in early January, Bhavana submitted an e-mail with pictures and a short bio of each family member. Within a week, she received a response asking her to choose from two audition days in Philadelphia.

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