Artists of Morrisville Announce First Show

The Artists of Morrisville, a recently organized nonprofit group promoting the arts will hold its first art exhibition on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 7 to 10 pm at the Renaissance Plaza on East Bridge Street in Morrisville. Works in various media will be shown and will also be available for purchase. Musicians will be performing and refreshments will be provided.
The Artists of Morrisville’s mission is to “expand opportunities for local artists, to promote artistic and cultural endeavors of all types through exhibitions, performances, education, and advocacy, and to enrich the community in which we live.”

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Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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Contracts awarded for Scudder Falls Bridge noise walls along I-95 in PA

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has announced the award of construction and engineering contracts related to the construction of noise walls in Pennsylvania as part of the Scudder Falls Bridge Replacement Project.

The contracts were awarded at the Commission’s monthly meeting on May 23rd.  The Commission expects noise wall construction in Pennsylvania to begin in early summer and be completed later this year. The project includes the construction of six sections of noise walls along northbound and southbound I-95 between the I-95/PA State Route 332 Interchange and the I-95/Taylorsville Road Interchange.

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Duke TIP awards Grand Recognition to Victoria Sullivan for ACT scores

Victoria Sullivan, a seventh-grade student at Holy Trinity in Morrisville, traveled to Duke University last month to be recognized for being among the most academically accomplished middle school students in the country.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test.

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Yardley’s Mikey Junior has the blues – and he wants to share!

by Fern Brodkin

Mikey Junior has established himself as one of the Philadelphia area’s premier blues artists. The renowned singer, songwriter and harmonica player grew up around music. His father, Michael Hudak Sr., had the band 8th Train while Mikey was growing up. Hudak Sr. is also a singer and harmonica player, as well as a piano player, who continues to perform today.

“They used to do a lot of blues and rock…and was one of the first racially-integrated bands in Trenton in the late ’60s, early ’70s,” said Mikey.

Mikey started playing harmonica at age 17. He is self-taught.

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Piazza Nuova Lodge holds Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner Meeting

On Thursday evening May 26th, dignitaries, members, and friends of the Piazza Nuova Lodge #2665, Order Sons of Italy in America enjoyed a festive fun evening during its Annual Scholarships Award Night when graduating students from area high schools were honored in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, the philanthropic arm of the Piazza Nuova Lodge. Earlier this year Piazza Nuova Lodge Scholarship Chairman Joseph Colaccico submitted scholarship applications to area high school counselors and members of Lodge children and grandchildren, advising that it was once again sponsoring scholarships for high school seniors graduating in June 2016 who would attend college in the autumn.

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Senior Servicecenter receives donation

Waste Management recently presented a $2,500 grant to Morrisville Senior Servicecenter Inc. to help the facility improve the services it delivers.

Pictured from left are Center Manager Scott Mitchell, Anjelica Sanders, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Coordinator, Einstein Medical Center; Center Board Chairwoman Marlene Burns; Waste Management Communications Manager John Hambrose; Center Board Vice Chairwoman Susan Krushenski, and Center Board Secretary Susan Parrey.

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Justin Ross achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Justin Ross, of Boy Scout Troop 607 in Morrisville, has recently earned the highest rank in scouting, that of Eagle Scout. He completed a clothing drive for people living in Ukraine as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, after hearing of a family friend’s efforts to send warm clothing back to her hometown there.

Learning that many people living there did not have enough warm clothing to see them through the winter inspired Justin to find a way to help. He created flyers, and with the help of his fellow Scouts, left them in the mailboxes in several communities.

Justin and his team of volunteers collected, sorted and packaged 400 pounds of warm clothing. He arranged for shipment by a Ukrainian company in order to get the packages delivered as quickly as possible.

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Register now for annual basketball camp

Resurrected Life Church and Push The Rock does it again with their annual basketball camp at Morrisville High School.

They are very excited this year to offer the camp, and are equally excited for the impact on the children in this region. It is always wonderful to receive the responses, all the letters, calls, and emails regarding the impact that this camp has had on their youth.

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Verna Wang receives Foundations scholarship

Verna Wang, a Morrisville resident and senior at Morrisville High School, was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Foundations Community Partnership in Education program.

The program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Verna will attend Drexel University in the fall.

PHOTO CAP: Verna Wang

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