Dennis Markowitz elected President of Buxmont Chapter of PA Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals

Dennis I. Markowitz, of Langhorne, has been elected President of the Buxmont Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals, it was announced recently. He moves up from his position as Vice President.

Dennis, who is marking his 52nd year as a tax accountant, will be directly responsible for overall and day-to-day leadership of the chapter’s more than 450 Certified Public Accountants, Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents and Tax Practitioners in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

He will serve as President for a two-year term. He recently retired as the founder and tax partner for the Financial Group Plus of companies, which was located in Southampton.

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Scenes from “The Day We Remember”

  1. Members of the Penndel Police Department, John Hesdon, Kathy Bevans, Chief Joe Sciscio, Sean Perry, and Al Sigafoos, at the event.
  1. Members of the NHS Cheerleaders were on hand to support participants.
  1. Race winner, Mike Daigeaun, crosses the finish line.

Cold weather clothing collection at Harvest Day

The Jesse W. Soby American Legion is joining with Bucks County Family Services to collect children’s hats, gloves, and scarves during Langhorne Harvest Day on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Donate a hat, gloves, or scarf (sizes newborn to 18 years) for a child in need and drop it off at the Post home, at 115 W. Richardson Avenue, or at their table in town on Harvest Day.

For more info call 215-669-1341.


Layla Goodwin is dancing her way across America

by Lisa DeAngelis

Eight-year-old Layla Goodwin, of Langhorne, has been chosen to represent Pennsylvania in a nationwide project called “Dance Across the USA.”  The project is the brainchild of photographer Jonathan Givens who decided to both commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and to promote dance as a wonderful career and lifestyle by driving to all 48 contiguous states, and flying to Alaska and Hawaii to photograph a dancer at a national park, national historic location, or state park.

These images will be cataloged on his website, and will be eventually combined into a book which will be sold to benefit the national parks and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We believe,” says Jonathan, “that by photographing talented dancers in these nationally significant locations, we will both increase the interest in dance, as well as expose people to the accessibility and majesty of our country.”

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Dr. Madhu Munthala joins VCA Animal Healing Center

VCA Animal Healing Center has announced that Dr. Madhu Munthala has joined their practice. Dr. Munthala has practiced small animal veterinary medicine since 2007 with a special interest in internal medicine, radiology, and alternative treatment modalities. She is also trained as an acupuncturist by the Chi Institute in Florida.

“I believe veterinary medicine is a very emotionally rewarding profession, and I am blessed to be a part of it,” said Dr. Munthala. “I’m excited to be part of the team and work alongside the compassionate and skillful staff.”

VCA Animal Healing Center is located at 1724 Yardley Langhorne Road in Yardley. For more information call 215-493-0621.

PHOTO CAP: Dr. Madhu Munthala


Troop 230 honors two new Eagles

An Eagle Court of Honor took place earlier this month at Washington Crossing Historic Park for Nicholas V. Kusters and Timothy Joseph Swanicke, both of Langhorne and of Yardley’s Boy Scout Troop 230. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Nicholas Kusters returned to his home field.

A long time participant in the Langhorne Athletic Associations baseball programs, Nick led a team of volunteers to overhaul the dugouts at Community Park in Langhorne. His team created new signage, shelving and equipment hangers.

Nick began his trail to Eagle as a Cub Scout in Pack 360 where he earned Arrow of Light before joining Troop 230. He has served his troop as Troop Guide, Quartermaster and Patrol Leader.

Nick attended summer camps in California, New York and Pennsylvania; he counts the camping trips to the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis as highlights of his scouting experience.

Nick also served as Crew Chief of the now disbanded Venture Crew 230. He has traveled to Mount Washington in New Hampshire, Yosemite National Park in California and the Tomogame and the Alagash in Canada.

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Maddie Billet earns Girl Scout Silver Award for work with Doylestown Food Pantry

by Christine Wolkin

Maddie Billet of Troop #2067 in Langhorne knows the importance of a nutritious meal. Which is why when she was presented with the challenge of earning her Silver Award, Maddie knew she wanted to work with Bucks County Housing Group by developing a variety of quick, healthy meal plans for lower income families.

The Silver Award project is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and requires at least 50 hours of planning, developing, and execution; has to benefit a group or community outside of Girl Scouts; and must be sustainable even after the project is completed. Due to the extensiveness of the project requirements, Maddie’s project spanned nearly two school years; she began in seventh grade and completed it by the end of her eight grade.

“My original Silver Award plan was to plant a garden at the Morrisville Bucks County Housing complex. This would give the children living there the ability to plant their own garden, take care of it, watch it grow and ultimately make meals with the produce,” said Maddie.

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Experience some adventure with Cub Pack 19

Cub Scout Pack 19 from Langhorne is welcoming first through fifth grade boys into its ranks. Scouts and their families recently returned from a camping trip to Coast Guard Base Cape May. Scouts toured the base and experienced first-hand the life of new recruits, watching them drill in formation, and run obstacle courses, and awoke in their tents at dawn to the sound of recruits doing pushups with drill instructors barking orders.

Scouts also explored ships used for rescue operations and chasing pirates. One memorable encounter occurred when the boys ran into Admiral June Ryan while eating breakfast in the Galley. A leader of 6,000 personnel, she discussed helping the recruits through the tough weeks of boot camp, but how it’s a life changing event they never regret. Scouts also visited Cape May attractions including the lighthouse and Wildwood Aviation Museum.

Visit for more information on joining Pack 19.


Langhorne Rotary news

On August 11th, at the weekly Langhorne Rotary meeting, four high school seniors were presented a Walter T. Styers scholarship by the Rotary club. The students were the finalists chosen from more than 25 applications. The decisions were based on the evidence of “Service Above Self “during their school career.

The students, Matt Doyle and Emma Stewart, from Neshaminy High School, Megha Madnani from George School, and Danielle Dustman from Nazareth Academy, received checks for $1500, and a certificate from the club. The speaker for the day was State Representative Frank Farry, who also awarded the students a certificate from the PA State House of Representatives. Parents and other relatives were present at the meeting as well.

Past club president Kathy Horwatt spoke about Walter T. Styers, who was a Rotarian for many years prior to his passing at the age of 103. He had left a bequest that supports the scholarship fund.

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New Acting Principal named for Tawanka Elementary School

Poquessing Middle School Assistant Principal Donald Palmer has been named as Acting Principal for Tawanka Elementary School in Lower Southampton Township to replace Michael Rodriguez, who is leaving the District for a position in Delaware.

The appointment of Mr. Palmer was approved by the Neshaminy School Board at their August 16th meeting and is effective immediately. The Poquessing position he is leaving will be filled internally.

Mr. Palmer will oversee the opening of the new Tawanka Elementary School, which is currently nearing the completion of construction and will open on time for the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Palmer previously taught health and physical education at Poquessing before moving to TLC, Neshaminy’s alternative high school, in 2009.

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