Celebrate Spring and Earth Day at Five Mile Woods

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day with a visit to Five Mile Woods on Sunday, April 27 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road, the preserve is a 300-acre wooded natural area filled with diverse plant and animal life. Knowledgeable guides will offer tours of the Woods featuring the signs of spring from blooming wildflowers to calling wood frogs.  Naturalist John Heilferty will be on hand to show visitors frogs, salamanders and turtles that live in tanks in Woods Headquarters as well as other biofacts that have been found in the Woods.

Refreshments will be provided following tours. Tours are free, open to the public and appropriate for both adults and children. No reservations are necessary. Since some of the trails may be wet please wear appropriate shoes.

Five Mile Woods is located near the intersection of Big Oak and Oxford Valley Roads near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. The preserve is open every day from dawn until dusk. For more information, call 215-493-6652.

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Spring Village hosting ‘Candles of Care’ event

Spring Village at Floral Vale, a 50-bed Memory Care Community in Yardley will be hosting a “Candles of Care” Candle Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, April 24th beginning at 7:30pm. The event will honor their past and present residents, families and caregivers who have been affected by Alzheimer’s or related illnesses.

The evening will begin in their Town Square with a heartfelt ceremony and proceed outdoors to the front circle of the community to light the candles. A dessert and coffee social will follow. If you know anyone affected by any dementias, feel free to join them in this spirit of support and remembrance. Please call Spring Village to RSVP at 215-497-3003.

As many as five million Americans have been affected with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. Spring Village at Floral Vale is an innovative memory care community with a mission of providing care with respect, love and understanding.

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Tucker Chiropractic Center hosting free workshop

The Tucker Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located at 198 N. Pine Street in Langhorne, will host a free trigger point workshop on Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00pm. Attendees will learn how to apply these techniques at home.

According to Dr. Tucker, the trigger point technique is great for achy joints and muscles.

A light dinner will be provided. Guests should call 215-750-8006 to register for space and dinner.

Plan on bringing a partner, as this application is interactive. The Center office is located next to the Langhorne Borough 7-Eleven in the building behind the Pine Watson Shopping Center.

Parking is in the rear. Directions can be found on the Web site, www.DrDavidTucker.com.

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Volunteers needed for Five Mile Woods

Learn about nature and enjoy the out-of-doors while helping to maintain a 300-acre nature preserve located in Lower Makefield Township. Five Mile Woods is looking for volunteers to help keep the Woods looking good. Join the Friends of Five Mile Woods on the second Saturday of each month to do a variety of jobs including pruning, litter pick-up, and trail lining and building projects.

Upcoming workdays are on the following Saturdays: April 12th, May 10th and June 14th. Workdays start at 9:00am and last until noon. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

Five Mile Woods is located at 1305 Big Oak Road near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. Meet at the Woods Headquarters Building. 

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Local walk events spotlighting Autism Awareness Month

by Barbara Long

The various challenges of raising children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder – a general term for a group of complex brain development disorders – are being experienced by an increasing number of families. According to the Autism Speaks website, ASD affects 1 in 88 children and its prevalence is growing.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and among numerous nationwide events spotlighting ASD, three local walks are being held – two at middle schools and one at the Northeast campus of Holy Family College that is being sponsored by SeanMe, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established by Sharon and Daniel Finley of Feasterville.

The Finleys know quite a bit about dealing with autistic children, as their twin sons, now age 14, have both been diagnosed with ASD.

“People are doing research on autism – and God bless them – but in the meantime, we’re living it,” Sharon said.  She continued, “Years ago, when everyone was celebrating various holidays, we wondered what we were going to do. So we started hosting parties at our house, and we saw that we were not alone. Soon the number of people coming to our different parties grew and we needed to expand.”

SeanMe is the vehicle that the Finleys formed to help area families affected by ASD children drive forward. The autistic support organization provides recreational day and week-long getaways, including a summer trip to a needs-friendly beach house in Wildwood, N.J., as well as specialized job training and other assistance for ASD youths and their loved ones.

The nonprofit takes its name from the Finleys’ son Sean, who did not speak until he was more than six-years-old, and then referred to his parents as “MeMom” and “MeDad.” During those early years of communication, Sean spoke about himself as “SeanMe.”

The autism awareness walks at the middle schools, each of which one of the Finley twins attends, are being organized by student council members. Maple Point Middle School in Langhorne is organizing its first walk for autism, slated for April 11th. The other walk at Poquessing Middle School in Feasterville is a continuing tradition, first started in 2008, and will be held on May 2nd.

During the school walks for awareness of autism, students carry signs with various messages, such as “Say No to Bullying” or names of themselves or loved ones affected by autism. Sharon noted that these walks help get out information about ASD and they also help bring autistic students into the fold of their peers.

On April 13th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, SeanMe will host a public walk at Holy Family College on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia. To register and for more information about this event, e-mail SeanMe.org@gmail.com. The nonprofit is asking participants to raise $10 in donations, which will help defer the organization’s expenses for the various recreational trips it offers.

For their efforts on behalf of families affected by autism, the Finleys and SeanMe have been publicly recognized, such as with a community grant from the Feasterville Business Association. Yet one special acknowledgment clearly stands out to them – that initiated by their 19-year-old daughter, Danielle, who nominated her parents for Mealey’s Furniture annual “Houseful of Furniture” giveaway last year.

Danielle’s inspirational letter about her parents’ dedication not only to her twin brothers, but also to families affected by autism throughout the community resulted in Mealey’s Westminster store delivering $10,000 worth of brand-new furniture to the Finleys’ home.

“Danielle is amazing,” Sharon enthused about her daughter as well as her daughter’s altruism, which has been on display for many years, including an Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

When asked about what advice she would offer to families raising children with ASD, Sharon said, “Keep reaching out, keeping going, and don’t give up. We’ve been given a special gift.”

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Commissioners to proclaim April 6th–12th National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Bucks

At their Wednesday, April 2nd meeting, the Bucks County Commissioners will proclaim April 6th–12th, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Bucks County, to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

The commissioners’ meeting, which begins at 6:00pm, will take place at Tabor Children’s House, 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown. The general public is welcome to attend for the issuing of the proclamation as well as for the entire business meeting. 

Accepting the proclamation on behalf of Bucks County’s citizens will be Barbara Clark, executive director of Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA). Founded 40 years ago, NOVA supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim to perform with YOBC

World-renowned violinist David Kim will be the featured guest artist at the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s (YOBC) spring concert, 4:00pm Sunday, April 6th at Maple Point Middle School, 2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne. Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Kim’s appearance with the youth orchestra is thanks in large part to an encounter last year with YOBC cellist Eric Cyphers.

Eric attended a spring 2013 solo performance by Mr. Kim at the Hilltown Baptist Church in Chalfont. After the performance, waiting in line for an autograph, Eric was struck by how friendly he seemed, and asked Mr. Kim if he would consider performing with YOBC. They exchanged e-mails and soon YOBC executive director, Colleen Sweetsir, received a message from Mr. Kim proposing the special guest appearance and working out the details.

Mr. Kim appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He also devotes a portion of his schedule each year to bringing classical music to young people in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Kim will join the YOBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3. YOBC students, many of whom saw Mr. Kim perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December, have been working hard all year preparing for the concert. For more information contact Diana Nolan, 215-945-5105. Also visit www.yobc.org.

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Tucker Chiropractic Center hosting free workshop

The Tucker Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located at 198 N. Pine Street in Langhorne, will host a free trigger point workshop on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00pm.

Attendees will learn how to apply these techniques at home.  According to Dr. Tucker, the trigger point technique is great for achy joints and muscles. A light dinner will be provided.

Guests should call 215-750-8006 to register for space and dinner. Plan on bringing a partner, as this application is interactive.

The Center office is located next to the Langhorne Borough 7-Eleven in the building behind the Pine Watson Shopping Center. Parking is in the rear. Directions can be found on the Web site, www.DrDavidTucker.com.

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Free Weight Loss/Detoxification Seminar

On Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00pm, Tucker Chiropractic Center, located at 198 N. Pine Street in Langhorne, will address the need to reduce toxins and the importance of cleansing. This seminar will also explain why some people exercise and still can’t lose weight, as well as why they continue to feel tired and need more energy. 

In addition, attendees will learn natural ways to lose five to 15 pounds of fat in 1.5 weeks. Call 215-750-8006 to R.S.V.P. and reserve your space.

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Free digital postural analysis

On Saturday, February 9th at 10:00am, Tucker Chiropractic Center, located at 198 N. Pine Street in Langhorne, will be using a technology focusing on posture analysis.

An application that is safe will utilize digital photos to measure anatomical landmarks that will assess if your posture is in alignment or deviated from standard relative to your age, height and weight.

The test is simple short and safe. Once completed a report will be generated and e-mailed to you.

To reserve your screening time call 215-750-8006.

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