Ivins Outreach Center volunteers help community members in need

by June Portnoy

Ivins Outreach Center recently welcomed two employees from BBD, LLC, its auditing company located in Philadelphia, to volunteer their time at this Morrisville non-profit organization, gaining firsthand insight of its Staying Put in Lower Bucks Program. The mission of Ivins is to serve Morrisville and its surrounding communities by mobilizing aid to families, individuals and older adults in crisis.

“Staying Put is a non-medical, membership-based program, run exclusively by volunteers, that enables seniors 55 and older living throughout Lower Bucks County to age gracefully at home and remain active in their community,” explained Milli Kerner, Older Adult Education/Member of Staying Put in Lower Bucks.

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Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series returns to Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks Museum, located at 101 Barrack Street in Trenton, NJ, celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series on Friday, July 8th and Friday, July 29th. The gates open at 7:00pm and the music starts at dusk to magically and musically transport you to the 18th century. Reserved seating is available on their balconies or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the performance from the ground.

The Taptoe recreates a summer evening in long-ago Trenton, when the musick and the guard would march through a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. The evening will be illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights.

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Morrisville Senior Center receives community help

The Morrisville Senior Servicenter recently received a little help from their friends.

The Center is getting a facelift. More than a dozen volunteers from Home Depot in Falls Township, Behr, and Long and Foster Real Estate came out to refurbish the walls at the facility. The walls were primed and sealed, and painted in the Craft Room, a storage area and hallways. Flowers were planted and yard debris was cleared.

The next phase of the renovation includes painting the upstairs Game Room and Computer Room and installing new entryway carpeting.

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PENN-MORRIS Pharmacy: Experience the difference

by June Portnoy

PENN-MORRIS Pharmacy recently opened at 229 Plaza Boulevard, Suite 16 in Morrisville, catering to the Morrisville and Yardley communities.

If you’re asking what makes this independent, family-owned pharmacy different from all the other pharmacies in the community, PENN-MORRIS’ Pharmacy Manager, Mike Krevitskie has the answer. He likens your experience here to your experience at your favorite coffeehouse.

According to Mike, people who like coffee realize that you can get this beverage at many different locations, and yet many coffee drinkers have an allegiance to a particular one and will only purchase their coffee at that venue. It doesn’t matter if the coffee tastes practically the same wherever you buy it or even if the location where you purchase it costs more than a different place because these people are loyal to their favorite coffeehouse.

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Buxmont Organic Gardening Club hosts ‘Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers’

by Christine Wolkin

Most novice gardeners are quick to break out the pesticides in order to protect their budding garden, but did you know that there’s a cheaper and more organic way to battle and help control pest outbreaks? Recently, Bucks County Master Gardener Kim Lawrence introduced the Buxmont Organic Gardening Club to the natural enemies of garden pests with her presentation, “Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers” at the Churchville Nature Center.

A member of the club herself, Kim spoke on the lifecycle of beneficial insects that are likely to occupy gardens in the Bucks County area and beyond.

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The bonding of two girls in Morrisville: A symbolic story of the social media age

by Patricia Gonzales Persico

Who would ever think that a girl from Philadelphia and a girl from New Jersey could meet in Morrisville and form the ultimate friendship? Well, that’s actually not hard to imagine, but these two girls are special…

Melanie and Jessica met in the fifth grade at M.R. Reiter Elementary School and were the new kids in the neighborhood, trying to navigate new life in Morrisville with their families. As soon as they met they began an immediate friendship which would continue to present day.

They bonded through school activities, participating in cheerleading with the Morrisville Cheerleading Squad. Melanie would go over Jessica’s house after school, where they would talk, listen to music, and watch movies just like most girls their age.

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Teal Tea Foundation celebrates 10 years

The Teal Tea Foundation was organized by Morrisville resident Jean Shipos in 2007, with the help of family and friends.

Jean is an ovarian cancer survivor, diagnosed in 1994 and still fighting the disease. The group started to put together annual Tea parties to raise money to support ovarian cancer awareness and then organized as a 501(c)3 in 2008 as the Teal Tea Foundation because of its annual teal tea parties.

Pictured is a table scene from their 2009 Tea Party.

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Santarsiero announces nearly $50K in fire company, EMS grants

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, recently announced that three local fire companies and an EMS company are receiving more than $48,000 in state grants. The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue.

With the grant program set to expire on June 30th, Steve recently voted in favor of H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House awaits action in the Senate.

Fire and EMS companies in the 31st Legislative District that received grants are:

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Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank Father Eckert, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, for the use of the YMCA, Officer McIntyre of the Morrisville Police Department for weighing the food, Kathy, Jo Ann, Diane and Carol for organizing the unloading, sorting, and boxing of the food, the volunteers who helped in picking up the food on the walking routes and riding routes, and especially the retirees from the Morrisville Post Office and all the volunteers who helped in the unloading, sorting, and boxing of the food, the customers who left food and the Letter Carries who collected the 29,000 pounds of food.

The food was distributed to four Food Banks in the 19067 zip code.

 

Frank Powell

Food Drive Coordinator

Morrisville Post Office

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CEC hosts 30th Annual Spirit Night!

It was another year of great fun and tradition as CEC’s 29th Annual Spirit Night was held April 21st- 23rd. From fully choreographed dances, to custom-made costumes (thanks to the team mothers) and 50-foot murals depicting a “Mobile Apps & Games” theme, Spirit Night is one of the most anticipated (and well-attended) student-run events of the year.

Over 3,000 people filled the audience over the three nights, cheering on as students danced the night away. Students were on their feet for the entire show, demonstrating unbelievable energy, sportsmanship and pride for their team.

“Spirit Night continues to be an incredible display of who we are as a school – a proud, passionate family,” said President Janet Dollard. “The amount of support from the CEC community and beyond is outstanding. It’s something that truly sets us apart.”

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