Dennis I. Markowitz to be honored as FBA’s ‘Person of the Year’

Dennis I. Markowitz, of Langhorne, will be honored by the Feasterville Business Association as their “Person of the Year” at the 2014 Frolic to be held at Brook Side Manor at Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, on Saturday, March 29th, it was recently announced by Rose McMenamin, president of the FBA. Cocktails will be at 6:00pm, to be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:00pm.

Dennis is the founder and tax partner for the Financial Group Plus Companies in Southampton. He is marking his 50th year as a tax accountant in 2014. He is a Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and is an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He additionally is a licensed insurance agent and is Medicare-certified.

In making the announcement, McMenamin says that Dennis is being singled out for special recognition for his long-time service to the FBA, including fundraising efforts and other business endeavors. A member of the professional business association for 20 years, he is its current treasurer, an office he’s held for numerous terms. He has also served terms as president and vice president.

In addition he has been active on many FBA committees, including its budget, nominating, golf and scholarship committees. Dennis also has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for his work as a volunteer in its education program. He is vice president of the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the Society of Tax and Accounting Practitioners.

Dennis is a veteran of the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant, and is a graduate of Temple University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting.

Marking their 47th wedding anniversary, he and his wife, Hope, have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Tickets for the Annual FBA Frolic are $60 per person. Anyone interested in attending may call 215-206-5664 or 215-436-9768, or email  

PHOTO CAP: Dennis Markowitz


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DCJF delivers $1,000 in emergency relief in February

Lower Bucks County saw two devastating fires during the month of February. On Sunday, February 16th, a fire on Pensive Lane in Falls Township displaced two families. Just over a week later, on February 24th, another fire on Holly Drive in Penndel destroyed another home and left a third family in need of assistance. In both cases, within days the Detective Christopher Jones Foundation initiated the paperwork to get all three families funds to help them start the process of rebuilding.

DCJF would like to thank its supporters once again. Without the support from the community, this emergency relief would not be possible.        

If you would like to learn more about DCJF or become involved as a volunteer, you can find information on the web at Make sure to like their Facebook page as well to get updates on all their events. 


Shady Brook Rotary honors Emma Vellucci


At their monthly dinner meeting, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook honored Emma Vellucci (right), an eighth grade student at the Maple Point Middle School, as their “Student of the Month.” Emma was accompanied by her proud parents and brother. She presented herself to the group as a well-rounded student, active in many school activities as well as after-school community projects.

Emma was presented with a check and plaque by Club President Irv Perlstein (left).


New donation center is now open

Goodwill Keystone Area recently opened a new donation center in Bucks County.

It is located at 2 G-H Summit Square Center, Langhorne. Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday, noon to 5:00pm. The phone number is 267.364.6091. This location is only a donation center.

Below are items that they are UNABLE to accept:

  • Unsafe, broken, or non-working items;

  • Air conditioners;

  • Any recalled items;

  • Dehumidifiers;

  • Hazardous chemicals;

  • Household chemicals;

  • Infant furniture (cribs, highchairs, car seats, strollers, etc.);

  • Kerosene heaters;

  • Large appliances;

  • Large exercise equipment;

  • Lawn mowers;

  • Mattresses;

  • Small engines;

  • Tires;

  • Weapons;

  • TVs.

Goodwill has received a high-volume of TVs that do not work and cannot be resold or recycled. As a result, Goodwill does not accept TVs. However, they do accept computers, monitors, printers, etc. Goodwill participates in the Dell Reconnect computer recycling program, making e-cycling convenient and easy. Dell Reconnect is designed for residential consumers who wish to recycle older computers. Goodwills from across the country – including Goodwill Keystone Area – have partnered with Dell Reconnect to help divert millions of pounds of e-waste from landfills each year.

In 22 Pennsylvania counties, including Bucks, Goodwill Keystone Area helps persons with disabilities as well as people who are at an economic disadvantage, or may lack education or work experience. Goodwill provides job skill training to youth and seniors. The stores fund a variety of programs and services to help people become hopeful and independent. Donations provide the source and fuel to change lives. For a list of stores and donation centers within Goodwill Keystone Area, visit


St. Mary introduces Next Day Orthopedics for quick access

In response to the growing need for urgent orthopedic care in Bucks County, St. Mary Medical Center has introduced Next Day Orthopedics. This customer-focused service is designed to help patients who need immediate treatment for a sudden injury or dramatic increase in back, joint, hand, or muscle pain. With one call, a person can get an appointment to see the right orthopedic sub-specialist to treat their specific orthopedic problem within one business day.

This new service is targeted to individuals who need to quickly see a physician for an unexpected orthopedic issue, such as a strain, sprain, or minor fracture. Next Day Orthopedics is intended for those who don’t necessarily need a trip to the Emergency Department, yet can’t wait days or weeks for a scheduled appointment with an orthopedic specialist. A nurse navigator will triage calls made by patients to the St. Mary physician referral line at 215.710.5888 and help schedule a convenient next-business-day appointment with the right orthopedic specialist experienced in the specific care a patient needs. Patients who are requesting specialized orthopedic care are welcome to call even if they previously were seen in an emergency room, urgent care center, or primary care office. Providing the right care with the right physician is the most important goal of Next Day Orthopedics.

“With Next Day Orthopedics, patients are getting quick access to some of the best specialty orthopedic care in the region,” says Dr. Richard Cautilli, Chair of Orthopedics at St. Mary Medical Center. “This convenience is backed by the expertise of our highly experienced board-certified surgeons who have attained the highest levels of credentials and specialty training. Patients calling for Next Day Orthopedics can see the right orthopedic specialist for their specific problem.”


Langhorne Open Space preserves land used for community gardens

by June Portnoy

Whether you’re a novice or master gardener, if you’re looking for a location with excellent growing conditions to plant vegetables or flowers this upcoming season, consider renting space at the community gardens at Langhorne Heritage Farm, located at 222 North Green Street.

“These gardens, located on eight acres of farm soil, provide the full sun exposure required to successfully grow most vegetables and flowers, as opposed to so many residential areas that have become shaded by trees over time,” says Dawn Clabbers, Garden Manager and Board Member of the Langhorne Open Space (LOSI). In addition, the attraction of these gardens is that many people have little or no actual planting space at home.

The rich soil at Heritage Farm is deeply tilled in early spring for gardeners and ready for planting by the first week of April, weather permitting. The site is entirely organic, and the use of herbicides, pesticides and non-organic fertilizers is prohibited.

For your convenience, nine water taps are located throughout the garden space, so all you have to do is simply grab a hose and connect it to the closest tap.

New this year are two volunteer, veteran gardeners who will share the overseeing of the community gardens and serve as point people for any questions and concerns.

“The concept of gardening is very spectral, depending on what you are interested in growing,” explains Dawn. “Some folks want to get an early start with cool weather crops, like lettuce and peas, while others wait for warmer soil and higher temperatures to grow zucchini and tomatoes.”

According to Dawn, weekends can get very busy, so many gardeners do their planting during the week when it’s quieter.

“Many of our gardeners enjoy the idea of being alone with nature,” explains Dawn. “This is a quiet place in a busy world.”

Returning gardeners receive first priority to keep their existing space from the previous year. The community gardens are then opened to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. “There is no limit to the number of spaces you can rent, but we encourage our new gardeners to start with one space,” advises Dawn. “It’s surprising what a 20’x 20’ space can yield in a season.”

Dawn adds that you don’t have to be a Langhorne resident to rent a space at these community gardens. People come from all over Bucks County and as far away as New Jersey to garden here. The idea of providing these community gardens to the public grew out of LOSI’s goal of preserving and making use of open space, as opposed to developing it into homes.

In 1984, The Langhorne Heritage Farm, a historic farmhouse from 1840, was the last remaining working farm in Langhorne Borough. LOSI (first called Save-the-Farm) was established that year to try to save this farm and property, including a farmhouse, large barn, a smaller barn and several outbuildings, from becoming a townhouse development.

In 1986, this organization successfully negotiated and funded the purchase of the farm from its owner to become a park owned by Langhorne Borough. Borough Council members discussed the merits of utilizing the farm’s open space for community gardens, and in the late 1980s they offered eight plots for use to gardeners. Today, there are currently one hundred 20’x 20’ spaces available to rent for gardening. The cost is $50 for one space and $30 for each additional space. 

Langhorne Borough continues to own this property, and from the time of its initial purchase of this land, LOSI was appointed to finance and manage the farm and surrounding grounds, including its community gardens. Heritage Farm does not receive any taxpayer support.

The community gardens open in early April and remain open until the end of October. Space fills up every year by the first part of May, so if you’re interested in renting a space, consider reserving your plot of land soon by emailing Dawn at

You can also rent the Langhorne Heritage Farm for special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings and bridal showers, although no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises, as it is a town park.

For information on renting this historic farm for your next event, visit

Langhorne Open Space depends on the financial and volunteer support of its members. If you would like to become a member of Langhorne Open Space, visit their website. LOSI welcomes your support!


Langhorne film company to produce feature film in Hulmeville

by June Portnoy

Potent Media, an established film company in Langhorne, will begin production of its first family-friendly feature film, “The Sugar Skull Girls” this summer.

“This film is the first in a trilogy,” says Christian Grillo, Langhorne resident and Potent Media owner who will direct and edit all three films.

His wife, Carmela Hayslett, will play The Pale Witch, the main villain in the film, which will be shot in a vacant building in Hulmeville.

“We have shot the majority of our films in this location,” says Christian. “It has become our Hollywood studio.”

Both Christian and Carmela describe the film as a horror comedy that will appeal primarily to ‘tweens and young teens, but will entertain the entire family as well.

Christian compares it to such cult favorites as “Hocus Pocus” and “The Dark Crystal.”

“The Sugar Skull Girls” begins when a man named Demetrius hires a medium to conjure up his deceased granddaughter. However, the spell goes terribly wrong and instead, the medium accidentally brings back three neo-gothic sisters from a supernatural world called “The Shadow.” 

When The Pale Witch realizes the girls have vanished from her tyranny, she sends her pumpkin soldiers and other creatures out to collect them.

Potent Media has cast some well-known film stars in “The Sugar Skull Girls.”

Michael Berryman, who appeared in “My Science Project,” “Weird Science” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Hills Have Eyes,” will play the role of a bumbling henchman.

Lesley Easterbrook, a Hollywood icon known for her roles in all three “Police Academy” movies, as well as “Devil’s Rejects” and “The Afflicted,” will play the voodoo medium who conjures up the sisters from “The Shadow.”

John Amplas, known primarily for his work with George Romero in such horror flicks as “Martin” and “Day of the Dead,” will play the role of Demetrius.

Addy Miller, whose claim to fame is from “The Walking Dead,” will play Luna, the lead Sugar Girl sister.

According to Christian, the Sugar Skull Girls go through many life-changing events over the course of the three films. The underlying theme of each movie is to accept yourself for who you are without trying to fit in with the popular kids. Christian adds that there are many anti-bullying messages throughout these films.

Christian will use the old school techniques of puppetry, in addition to shooting models to provide realism. Thus far, he has built a model of a castle that will be used as one of the sets in his film. In addition, he plans to use the advanced visual effects of CGI (computerized-generated imagery).

Christian founded Potent Media in 2006. His original career was a music producer, but over time he began writing music for movies, which evolved into filmmaking.

Potent Media’s first three feature films included “Booley,” “Deer Crossing” and “Apocalypse Kiss,” all targeted to adults. They have been seen on Redbox, Netflix, Verizon Fios and Vudu.

So what motivated Christian to develop his fourth film for a completely different audience?

“I wanted to appeal to the mass market,” explains Christian, “and the most successful films out today are children’s movies.”

He already has some merchandising ideas related to his film that he believes will appeal to his younger audience.

Filming of the “Sugar Skull Girls” will begin June 22nd, and Christian anticipates that the shoot will take 13 days. He already has global distribution in place with Acort International. Christian needs $50,000 to complete his first film and has currently raised more than half from private investors and returns from his previous films. 

“If I raise enough money, I’ll shoot the first two films back to back,” Christian says, explaining that it is more cost-efficient to shoot two films at the same time.  In that case, the final film in the trilogy would be shot next summer.

Potent Media is asking for help raising the rest of the funds needed to complete its films. To contribute and receive various perks in exchange, visit the film company’s teaser trailer and fundraising campaign at

“The Sugar Skull Girls” will be completed by the end of this year.

PHOTO CAP: Carmela Hayslett as the Pale Witch in “The Sugar Skull Girls.”


Mystx U-16 Force wins gold l at National Hockey Festival


Mystx Field Hockey Club’s U16 Mystx Force team took home gold at the National Hockey Festival over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The National Hockey Festival, put on by USA Field Hockey, is the largest amateur field hockey event in the world. In total, 196 Under-16 and Under-19 teams in 28 pools competed at the 2013 National Hockey Festival held on the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club.

The Mystx Force, with five wins and a tie, claimed the gold medal. The team comprises many players from the Suburban One League.  Council Rock North coach Heather Whalin served as Head Coach and William Tennant coach Kaitlin Rauchut served as Assistant Coach for the Force tournament team. “It was a total team effort, from the keepers all the way up to the forwards. It’s nice to see girls from all different high schools come together and gel as a team. Coach Rauchut was a great asset to have as an assistant coach and the players played a high level of hockey. It reminded me just how much I love this game,” says Coach Whalin.

PHOTO CAP: The U16 Mystx Force, back row from left, Coach Heather Whalin, Jennica Jonovich, Chelsea Duggan, Christen Pennington, Cameron Costello, Caroline McGovern, Gabrielle Acker, Brenna Reilley, Maria Palmieri, Macella Molenari, and Coach Kaitlin Rauchut; front row, Maddie Keppel, Margaret Lynch, Amanda Blum, Chloe Verweil, Gigi Tutoni, Emily Alexis, Rachel Pomerantz, and Marlena Koellner.


Tournament winners


The Hulmeville U-19F select soccer team recently won the Souderton Sisl’r Slam, Montgomery Roger Erb, and Langhorne United Soccer Club fall select tournaments.

Pictured front row from left are Jennifer Cuentes, Kylie Leff, Jenna Ferri, Kelsey Fuller, Harper Wunder, and Brayden Wunder (mascot); back row, Sydney Joiner, Stephanie Altimari, Kinsly Cash, Coach Todd Joiner, Brooklynn Smith, Elizabeth Roberts, Molly McDonald, Nicole Hirsch, Mary Hebbel, Coach Steve Hirsch, and JoAnne Mamie. Not pictured are Kellianne Dalton and Kayela Worthington.