Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Christian Temple Jireh, located on Post Road in Morrisville, recently held a Law Enforcement Appreciation ceremony for members of the Morrisville Police Department. Members of the New Brunswick (NJ) Police Department were also in attendance.

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Scenes from the Veterans Monument dedication

1. From left, Mark Goodman, Veterans Square Foundation member; Kevin Treiber, VSF President; Brian Mann, Omnia Architects, designer of the monument; Frank Fazzalore, VSF second Vice President; Kathy Kraeck, VSF first Vice President; and Ed Torres, VSF member.

2. Some members of Cub Scouts Pack 10 were in attendance, from left, Ethan Huegler, Max Donaghy, Andrew Thau, Alex Huegler, Christian Thau and Dean Cadic. Pack Leader Joe Huegler is in back.

3. William C. Bray surveys the names on the Wall of Honor.

4. Members of Newtown Masonic Lodge 427, from left, John Horn, Carl Swope, Joe Scolnick, Jim Umlauf, Peter Carter and Henry Mroz.

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Dedication of Bobby’s Playground brings community together

by June Portnoy

It was a proud day for the Osterhout family of Holland as they stood in front of the Kaboom! Playground, still blocked off with a long yellow ribbon. Jill and Robert Osterhout III’s son, Robert Edward Osterhout IV, affectionately known as Bobby, passed away tragically at 14-months-old in April of this year. The playground was officially dedicated in his honor last month.

The playground is located at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA’s Holland Summer Day campsite on Holland Road, adjacent to Holland Elementary School.

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Morrisville resident publishes first novel

Maria Casale, of Morrisville, has published her first novel, “The Caregiver.” Set in Princeton, NJ, “The Caregiver” is the story of four very different women and of how their lives become intertwined when first Lillian Thomas is hired as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman, and then her patient’s daughter and granddaughter arrive for an indefinite stay. The action of the novel takes place over one summer, which changes the characters’ lives forever.

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Student Music Festival slated for Dec. 12th

The Solid Rock Youth Center is holding a Student Music Festival (Grades 6-12) on Friday, December 12th from 6:30 to 9:00pm, 50 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville. Students will be playing from such categories as classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and Broadway. It will be an evening of entertaining musical competition for the whole family to enjoy. Awards will be given out for first, second, and third place by three judges, including concert violinist Carmina Gagliardi and a student judge. Refreshments will be provided.

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Multimodal state funding will create ‘quiet zone’ 
for Lower Makefield rail crossings

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, and Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, recently announced state multimodal transportation funding to install enhanced safety measures at three highway rail-grade crossings in Lower Makefield Township to alleviate the need for train horns.

The state Department of Transportation funding of $350,000 will reinforce vehicle restrictions at rail-grade crossings on a uniquely and heavily traveled passenger and freight rail corridor, thereby enabling a so-called “quiet zone” at the three crossings.

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Santa Paws to benefit Morrisville Ambulance Squad

On Sunday, December 7th, Mayor Dave Rivella will be hosting the Fifth Annual Santa Paws Event to benefit the Morrisville Ambulance Squad. People can bring in any pet to have its picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This has become a beloved tradition for furry friends and families. The event will be held at the Morrisville Ambulance Squad, located at 139 N. Washington Street, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  A $3 donation is suggested. Any proceeds will go directly to the Ambulance Squad.

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Those overlooked tax deductions

submitted by Martin H. Abo, CPA/ABV/CVA/CFF, Abo and Company, LLC

It’s criminal to take business-tax deductions to which your company is not entitled, but it’s a darn shame to miss those that are lawful. The endless tampering by Congress with tax deductions, credits, capital gains taxes and income tax rates makes it more essential than ever to have tax planning reviewed by your professional tax advisor to determine whether such deductions are permitted or entirely new strategies need to be employed. Think about the following, for example.

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Morrisville Senior Servicenter receives grant from Department of Aging

Morrisville Senior Servicenter was recently awarded $33,054 as part of Pennsylvania’s Senior Community Center grant opportunity through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to launch a program that may have statewide appeal.

This grant will start an Intergenerational Activities Program in collaboration with the Lower Bucks Family YMCA. Daycare children from the YMCA’s Morrisville Daycare will visit the seniors twice a week for intergenerational activities that will include reading, arts and crafts, Wii fitness, and more.

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Women’s Scholarship Tea raises funds for single mothers to pursue higher education

by June Portnoy

Being a single mother comes with many challenges, but being a single mother attending college brings additional obstacles, along with financial hardships, that many women just can’t overcome. That’s precisely why Bucks County Community College (BCCC) Foundation established its “Salute to Mothers” Scholarship. It’s awarded to female students who are supporting at least one child while seeking higher education at BCCC.

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