Roosevelt Elementary students ‘Love Reading’

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School celebrated reading all day on February 28th in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students came to school dressed as book characters and Clifford the Big Red Dog visited in the morning. There was a “We Love Reading” assembly in the afternoon, which featured student performances – poems, songs, and Dr. Seuss trivia. Photos by Kelly Maroney.

 

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Ella Kuebler, Raymond Vereen, and Gabriella Pearson with Clifford the Big Red Dog.

2. Rosemarie Reeves gives Clifford a big hug!

3. Jacob Berry gets comfortable with a book.

4. Avery Whittle has a lifelong friend!

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Morrisville Little League hosting ‘Pitch, Hit, & Run™’ competition

Morrisville Little League will host a free Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ competition for area youth on Sunday, April 27th, from noon to 6:00pm at Williamson Park on Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville.

Pitch, Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: ages 7 and 8 (report time of noon), ages 9 and 10 (report time of 1:30pm), ages 11 and 12 (report time of 3:00pm), ages 13 and 14 (report time of 4:30pm); and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2014 MLBTM All-Star Game®.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, contact local coordinator, Tom Rossi, at tdrossi@verizon.net or 215.292.2911, or access Morrisville Little League’s website at www.morrisvillell.org.

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CEC’s own ‘Westminster Abby’ accepted into Westminster Choir College

It was when her mother handed her the sheet music to a song from “The Phantom of the Opera” that Abigail Merk from Morrisville discovered her love for “this strange music.”

The Conwell-Egan Catholic senior has had a fondness for music since she began taking singing lessons at Holy Trinity (Morrisville) in the second grade. Her mother (and piano teacher), holding a trio of degrees in Organ Performance, Music Therapy, and Music Education, is credited for fostering that love.

“When it comes down it, my mom is the reason I love music. She’s always exposed me to new things, whether I liked it or not, and that’s what opened my eyes in the first place,” Abby said. “We have such a connection; we’re kind of like a team. If I’m really frustrated or not getting something right, I can go to her and she’ll reassure me that I don’t have to be perfect and that I will continue learning. I do the same for her.”

Abby was recently accepted into the prestigious Westminster Choir College of Rider University, one of the world’s leading schools in music. Westminster is a four-year music college and graduate school that prepares men and women for careers as performers and as music leaders in schools, universities, churches and professional and community organizations.

Students from Westminster perform with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors of our time, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Westminster’s choirs have been featured on more than 180 commercial recordings.

Abby was a four-time All-Catholic Chorus selection at Conwell-Egan Catholic, as well as a choir member of the Capitol Singers of Trenton & Trenton Community Singers. She has also been a longtime member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, an organization that fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer.

Abby received her letter of acceptance the day of the annual CEC Christmas Concert. She will be attending Westminster in the fall, studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts in the Voice Performance program.

PHOTO CAP: Abby Merk

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Solid Rock Youth Center’s Cargiver’s Day

The Solid Rock Youth Center is holding a Caregiver’s Day for mothers of children with disabilities and wives of husbands with disabilities. The ladies will be pampered at a “spa” day, including massages, hair styles and cuts, nail art, paraffin hand bathes, a hot lunch, crafts, and more.  Their special needs child is invited back to the youth center that evening for a night full of fun, food, and games, such as: Wii, pool, air hockey, and other activities.

This free event will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Their children are invited back that evening from 6:30-9 PM. Both will be held at the Solid Rock Youth Center, 50 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA. Registration is required. Anyone wishing to register or receive more information should contact the youth center at 215-736-3706 or email director@solidrockyouthcenter. More details are on our website at: www.facebook.com/solidrockyouthcenter.

The SRYC gives the teens a safe and fun environment to pursue recreational, educational, and spiritual development, allowing them to build character and leadership skills based on Christian morals and values, though various events and activates.

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Seniors complete unique jigsaw puzzle of Morrisville’s Presbyterian Tower

 

by June Portnoy

Bill Buch, a Morrisville Presbyterian Tower resident, recently presented a unique gift to six of his neighbors at the assisted living apartment building for seniors.

Bill, an avid catalogue shopper, came across a Great Britain company that takes satellite photos of your residence and neighborhood, then converts the photos into 500-piece jigsaw puzzles.

Knowing that residents Ruth Gillmore, Darlene Peterson, Richard Hansel, Linda Swiss, Jean Smith and Bob Foster assemble two to three puzzles a week, Bill thought that this personalized puzzle would be the ideal present for his friends, all between the ages of 65 and 90.

The puzzle arrived in early January, and the gift recipients immediately got to work, assembling it using a high power magnifying glass to help them manipulate the small pieces.

The puzzle piece on which the Presbyterian Towers was photographed was the largest piece and also the starting point, placed in the middle of the puzzle. From that point, the group added the rest of the pieces.

The puzzle includes photos of sites up to a four-mile radius around Presbyterian Tower.  “On the east side, you can actually see as far as Trenton’s Capital Dome,” says Bill. The puzzle also includes such local landmarks as the Delaware Canal, Morrisville High School and the playing fields of Williamson Park.

Bill adds that if you look at the puzzle under a microscope, you’ll see magnolias and blooming trees, indicating the photo was taken sometime during the spring.

Bob Foster, a Morrisville resident all his life, could look at the puzzle and pinpoint specific houses and streets, and as he did so, he gave the other five group members a trip down memory lane.

“My incentive for giving this group the puzzle was to bring like-minded people who all enjoy assembling puzzles together,” says Bill.  “Plus, it’s a great activity to sharpen one’s mind and eyesight.”

It took the group a little over a week of devoting most of their time to complete the puzzle. Bill plans to mount the completed puzzle on a board and then display it in the Presbyterian Tower community room for all to see and admire.

PHOTO CAPS: The Jigsaw Puzzle group, from top left, clockwise, John Grier, Bill Buch, Betty Ennis, Cathy Jablonski, Lorraine Tonan, and Terry Halpin. Photo by George Price.

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Morrisville third graders experience a lesson in giving back

 

The third grade classes in the Morrisville School District are studying about and discussing communities as part of their Social Studies curriculum. They were inspired to help out and wanted to give back to their own community of Morrisville. As part of their 100th Day of School Celebration on February 7th, they concluded a service project to collect canned food items for local organizations. One hundred cans for 100 days!

The teachers, Laura Dyer, Erica Poland, and staff member Marissa Cylinder were thrilled with the success of the collection. The entire third grade collected over 200 non-perishable food items!

Through the coordination of the Morrisville School District 21st Century Community Learning Centers Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Sullivan, the donated food items were split between two local organizations. At Holy Trinity Church, Easter food baskets are donated to those in need in Morrisville Borough. The Food Center at Morrisville Presbyterian Church provides supplemental food assistance to hungry families in Lower Bucks and the greater Trenton, NJ area.

The third grade students experienced a lesson in giving back to their neighbors and would like to encourage others to donate to their communities frequently.

PHOTO CAP: Third graders, standing from left, Alyssa Barrett, Aleighia Guadron-Soto, Cole Parada, Eleanor Quince, Jazmine Harris, Abigail Larkin, and Zachary Rinkevich; seated in front is Jose Gutierrez.

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Volunteers needed for Five Mile Woods

Learn about nature and enjoy the out-of-doors while helping to maintain a 300-acre nature preserve located in Lower Makefield Township. Five Mile Woods is looking for volunteers to help keep the Woods looking good. Join the Friends of Five Mile Woods on the second Saturday of each month to do a variety of jobs including pruning, litter pick-up, and trail lining and building projects.

Upcoming workdays are on the following Saturdays: April 12th, May 10th and June 14th. Workdays start at 9:00am and last until noon. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

Five Mile Woods is located at 1305 Big Oak Road near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. Meet at the Woods Headquarters Building. 

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Design contract for approach roadway improvements at two Trenton/Morrisville bridges approved

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently announced that it has approved a professional services contract for a future project that will involve approach-roadway resurfacing and other improvements in the vicinity of the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge and the Lower Trenton (“Trenton Makes”) Toll-Supported Bridge.

The contract for project scope development, preliminary engineering, and final-design and post-design services was awarded to Cherry, Weber & Associates, P.C. of Bethlehem, PA for an amount not to exceed $426,451.02.

The engineering consulting firm ultimately will design and stage the various elements of a project that the Commission expects to carry out in the vicinity of the two bridges later this year. The primary project focus involves the rehabilitation of the roadways in Trenton and Morrisville that carry traffic to and from the Route 1 toll bridge and the nearby Lower Trenton.

Anticipated construction activities include: milling and resurfacing of designated areas of the approach roadway, cleaning and sealing roadway concrete joints, concrete bridge deck cleaning and sealing, sidewalk and curbing replacements, installation of ADA standard sidewalk ramps, and restriping of the rights of way.

The facilities that make up the project were identified as having various deficiencies in the Commission’s 2013 Annual Inspection Report and through follow-up field inspections performed by Commission engineering and Capital Program Management Consultant staff.

Work in the vicinity of the Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge will involve the Route 1 interchanges at Pennsylvania Avenue in Morrisville and Route 29 in Trenton as well as 10 ramps and approach bridges. Work in the vicinity of the Lower-Trenton Bridge project encompasses Bridge Street intersections at Delmorr, Central and Park Avenues in Morrisville and Bridge Street, Warren Street and the Route 1 exit ramp near the Justice Complex Driveway in Trenton.

The contract with Cherry, Weber & Associates was unanimously approved at the Commission’s meeting on Monday, February 24th. The project is part of the agency’s Capital Improvement Program, which is ultimately paid for through tolls collected at the Commission seven toll bridges.

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MBA hosts networking dinner meeting

On Monday, April 7th, the Morrisville Business Association will host a general networking dinner meeting at 6:30pm at Café Antonio, located at 107 E. Trenton Avenue, Morrisville.

The purpose of this meeting is to vote in and introduce Board members, meet new members, distribute information regarding the upcoming Business & Visitors Guide, and provide an atmosphere where people can network and promote their businesses. The cost of the dinner is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. It’s easy to become a member by going to their website and signing up!

Contact the MBA by e-mail at MVBusAssoc@gmail.com or by calling 215-736-1320. Visit their website at www.MorrisvilleBusiness.org where you can join as a member, make a dinner reservation, or purchase an ad in the upcoming Business & Visitors Guide coming out in May.

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Morrisville Riverfront Preserve needs volunteers

In 2010, Morrisville Borough created the Morrisville Riverfront Preserve by preserving and undertaking restoration of 8.8 acres of land along the Delaware River. This waterfront spot will be maintained as a natural preserve to maximize ecological assets and provide public passive recreation. It is a wonderful place to walk, fish, bird watch or wile away some time.

The first two years were devoted to developing a management plan, treating the site with herbicides, and seeding with native plants and grasses. Since then we have planted 269 trees, 50 shrubs, 105 perennials, removed large amounts of dumped material, improved the southern entryway, started a milkweed patch for monarch butterflies, done preliminary trail work, and installed informational signage. 

For 2014, funding has been secured for additional tree plantings, and access improvements are planned.  There is still much to be done.

The Morrisville Environmental Advisory Council is seeking volunteers to help with projects at the Preserve:

  • Clean ups;
  • Regular trail clearing and maintenance;
  • Monthly weed patrol and spot eradication of invasive plants;
  • Miscellaneous projects to enhance and encourage use of the Preserve.
  • Writers, financial specialists, artists, naturalists, fishermen, educators, photographers, outreach coordinators, historians, and others – your help can be used. 

Many hands make light work, much can get done when everyone pitches in. Morrisville is fortunate to have such an accessible and appealing riverfront. This is a great opportunity for residents to connect to the river, as well as help the environment and our Borough. Having some muscle will help with some projects, but all levels of ability are needed. Help continue the important progress made at the Morrisville Riverfront Preserve.

For more detailed information about the Preserve or to volunteer, contact Debby Colgan at 609-954-5360 or debbycolgan@verizon.net.

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