New food pantry opens in Langhorne

by June Portnoy

On July 19th, Second Helping, a Bucks County non-profit organization, celebrated the upcoming opening of its first food pantry located at 1262 Wood Lane, Suite 104 in Langhorne. Food donors and volunteers were among the many guests to attend this wine and cheese gala where they were encouraged to tour the pantry slated to officially open its doors in mid-August.

“Unlike most local food pantries that are open for about two or three hours a day, once or twice a week, our goal is to be open all day Monday through Friday, and maybe even an evening or two, if that better serves the needs of our clients and donors,” said Cindy Kunnas, Second Helping’s Executive Director.

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Local police provide drug take-back services

Prescription drug misuse is a growing concern across the nation. According to a 2011 survey in Pennsylvania, 14% of youth surveyed admitted to taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them and 18% felt that prescription drugs were not harmful.

Police departments throughout Bucks County provide locations where unwanted and unused prescription medicines can be disposed of properly.

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Francis Walter III attains rank of Eagle Scout

Francis Anthony Walter III is Boy Scout Troop 82’s newest Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project took place at Middletown Township Veterans Memorial Park.

He and his volunteers created a 100-foot walking path and scenic respite area with the addition of benches and birdhouses adjacent to the park on Veterans Highway in Levittown. Along his trail to Eagle Francis has served the troop, which is chartered by Our Lady of Grace Parish, as Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Senior Patrol Leader.

He has been active with his troop participating in weekend campouts, annual summer camp and completing a 50-mile backpack and kayaking experience.

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Children’s services and new facility come to low vision non-profit

The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is expanding to include more services for children experiencing vision problems.

“This is something we’ve invested time and money and resources into,” said executive director Anne Marie Hyer. “Kids are an essential part of our community.”

Many students could benefit from Low Vision Evaluations and being matched with the right technology to encourage their success at school. Services will include support groups, recreational activities, a resource guide of services available in the community and a new Children’s Services Coordinator and Committee, which is looking for local volunteers.

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Drew Luniewski is new Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 29’s Drew R. Luniewski recently earned the highest rank in scouting – that of Eagle Scout. Drew chose to give back to the Neshaminy High School Marching Band and their director Michael Lipton for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

Drew led a team of volunteers to complete an observation deck to replace the current wooden one which has become unsafe for use by the director and band members. He raised funds for the project by holding a carwash and online fundraising page. 84 Lumber in Fairless Hills made a generous donation of composite material which helped make the project a reality.

Along his trail to Eagle, Drew served his troop in the roles of Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. He is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow Ajapeu Lodge.

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Hoover Elementary celebrates Neshaminy Kids Club/PTO donation

Thanks to a collaborative fundraising effort, summer Neshaminy Kids Club campers at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Langhorne are enjoying a new picnic area outside the school, as well as new protective wall pads in the gymnasium. Both items will also be used by Hoover students in the future as well.

Outgoing Hoover principal Michael Rodriguez thanked representatives from Kids Club as well as the Hoover PTO for the donation during a ceremony Wednesday, June 22nd at the school, in front of a group of Kids Club campers and staff members.

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Neshaminy School District announces administrative changes

The Central Office Administrative team at Neshaminy School District has announced the following administrative appointments and reassignments, all effective July 1st, 2016:

Mr. Troy Bodolus has been appointed as the Principal of Walter Miller Elementary School in Levittown. Mr. Bodolus is completing an Acting Principal role at Oliver Heckman Elementary School. Prior to his assignment at Oliver Heckman, Mr. Bodolus served as an assistant principal at Maple Point Middle School, and also served in various administrative and teaching capacities in both the Allentown and Reading School Districts.

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Letter from the Superintendent

As the newly appointed superintendent of the Neshaminy School District, I am excited to join the many teachers, administrators and support staff in the District who work together to accomplish all that is necessary to uphold our motto: “We Build Futures.”

This year, the District is pleased to take another step along its “Road Map” project with the opening of Tawanka Elementary School.  We are excited to welcome students to the new school, as well as those moved to Pearl S. Buck Elementary School this year.

No matter where our elementary students attend classes, each will be greeted by faculty and staff ready to make this school year exciting and fulfilling. Students and staff at Ferderbar Elementary School and Poquessing Middle School will also enjoy facilities upgrades that took place over the summer to improve heating, air conditioning systems, and more.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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Jackie Allen earns highest Girl Scout honor

by Christine Wolkin

Earning your Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve, is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Jackie Allen of Troop #2067 in Langhorne accomplished this spring by creating a “Little Free Library” outside of Albert Schweitzer Elementary School.

The Silver Award is typically pursued by Cadette Girl Scouts in their senior year of high school who are looking for a chance to show that they are an organized and determined leader dedicated to improving their local community. The average project requires a total of 50 hours of planning, developing, and execution; has to benefit a group or community outside of Girl Scouts; and must be able to continue after the scout’s involvement.

There are six steps a Girl Scout must take in order to earn the Silver Award.

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