Danny Mandolesi inducted as Eagle Scout

by June Portnoy

On Sunday, May 31st, Danny Mandolesi of Hulmeville, received his Eagle Scout badge during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony. Over 90 guests, consisting of family members, friends, fellow Scouts from Danny’s Troop 82, parents of Scouts, community members and dignitaries attended this ceremony.

Some highlights of this special event were the presentations made by such distinguished government officials as State Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson, State Representative Tina Davis and State Representative Frank Farry. Also, Veterans Ed Horan and Dick Bryan from the Marine Corps League attended to present Danny with a Good Citizen Certificate.

According to Danny’s parents, the day started out very special when Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, who was unable to attend, phoned Danny directly from Canada to personally congratulate him. In addition, Congressman Fitzpatrick sent an American flag that had flown over the Capitol to the ceremony, which was presented to Danny by Farry.

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A Woman’s Place awards ceremony recognizes community partners

by June Portnoy

A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, recognized and awarded its community partners, volunteers and staff members at its Annual Breakfast and Community Recognition Ceremony held last month at the Northampton Valley Country Club.

This year’s honorees included: Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. and Village Improvement Association. The reception’s theme was “Keep Calm and Flourish.”

After a breakfast buffet and a special musical performance by Holicong Middle School’s H-Factor, AWP Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba recognized this year’s community partners. She said, “To be 100% successful at achieving our vision of a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish, we cannot live in a silo. True success means moving beyond our walls and building relationships with others.”

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Yardley Country Club ‘Tees It Up Fore Charity’

Beginning this month, the Yardley Country Club is launching a new annual initiative that will also expand their community engagement.

Called “Tee It Up Fore Charity,” the program gives club members the ability to support worthy, non-profit organizations that they have a special interest in, therefore giving back to the community and giving non-members the opportunity to experience the private club.

Every member at Yardley Country Club is entitled to receive one gift certificate, which can be redeemed for a foursome of golf and includes complimentary cart fees. Members can donate the foursome to the charity or a not-for-profit community or school organization of their choice. The charity can then auction off or otherwise sell the foursome and retain 100% of the profit.

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Neshaminy Education Foundation announces grant recipients

The Neshaminy Education Foundation recently awarded over $7,700 in grants to 11 teachers or groups of teachers throughout the district.

The 2014-2015 grant recipients are:

  • Theresa O’Neill – $311.79 Neshaminy High School Senior Art Digital Portfolios; *Amanda Henry –  $1,000 Neshaminy High School Nearpod Premium Accounts;
  • Joanne Strack, Sharon White and all certified nurses – $175 Neshaminy High School Spring Health Fair;
  • Ashley Hall –  $1095 Neshaminy High School Virtual Business – Restaurant Simulation;

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VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital welcomes new Medical Director

VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital recently named Julie Thorndyke, DMV as their new Medical Director.

Dr. Thorndyke is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received the Gentle Doctor Award for excellence in patient care. During her studies, she performed externships in Cardiology, Zoo Animal Medicine at the Bronx Zoo in New York, and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thorndyke went on to do specialized training in Small Animal Medicine and surgery with an Internship at Angell Memorial Animal Medical Center in Boston.

VCA Neshaminy is located at 4197 E. Bristol Road in Oakford, PA. They can be reached at 215-355-1116, or visit them on the web at www.vcahospitals.com/neshaminy.

PHOTO CAP: Julie Thorndyke, DMV, Medical Director

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NHS student wins first place in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony on May 27th at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

Kiara Marable of Levittown, a ninth grader at Neshaminy High School, won first place in the high school division for her essay, entitled “Monsters,” in which she expressed the impact of losing her father to cancer when she was just nine-years-old.

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Local employees perform day of giving at Penndel Food Pantry

by June Portnoy

Over 75 employees from International SOS Assistance Inc.’s Trevose office volunteered their time and labor to thoroughly clean, improve the safety and enhance the aesthetics of the Penndel Food Pantry on Friday, May 8th.

The Penndel Food Pantry serves approximately 80 to 100 people, mostly the working poor, three times a week. Its building is also a transitional shelter that houses four families, primarily women and children, who can stay for up to a year.

International SOS (Intl.SOS) is a global company that offers medical and travel security risk services to business travelers.

“As part of our central mission, we have a theme that centers around the care and compassion for the community,” said Grant Jeffery, CEO of Americas at Intl.SOS. “Volunteering our time today is an example of one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects in which we engage during the year.”

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John H. Lindsey, Jr., earns professional designation

John H. Lindsey, Jr., CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®, Wealth Manager at Harvest Group Financial Services in Langhorne, has received the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP® ) certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) in accordance with their certification and renewal requirements.

With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, John has worked at Harvest Group since 2012 and is responsible for building long-term relationships with his clients through comprehensive financial planning which starts with understanding their financial goals, time horizons, and individual circumstances. Utilizing his in-depth training and skill in analyzing and assessing his clients’ financial circumstances, John works with his clients to develop their financial freedom through diversification, managing risk, and creating income.

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Dean’s List member

Megan Aslanian, of Langhorne, was recently named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2015 at Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA.

To attain Dean’s List status, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0.

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Congrats to Penndel Wildcats Cheerleaders!

The Penndel Wildcats Athletic Association Youth Competition Cheerleading Squad has been on a rampage on the Eastern seaboard. They captured the National and Grand Championship titles during the “Battle at the Capitol,” held in National Harbor, Maryland on March 22nd, and the National and Grand Championship titles during the “Grand Cheer and Dance National Championship by the Sea,” held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on March 14th and 15th. And they took first place in their division during the “Cheer Tech National Cheerleading Championships” held March 7th and 8th in Wildwood, New Jersey.

The girls are, front row from left, Delancy Turchi, Alivia Murphy, Grace Heenan, Ashley Drummond, Amaya DeShield, Vanessa Delello, and Hannah Stanton; back row, Molly Swartz, Chloe Barber, Kylie Amarhanov, Dana Harris, Giovonna O’Sullivan, Tiera Jallah, Siera Jallah, Marisa DeNucci, Jordan Winchester, Mia Courtney, Maggie Wiley, and Hailey Cross. The coaches are Dana Burroughs and Stephanie Delello (not pictured).

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