ActorsNET plans ambitious 21st season –A western, comedies, dramas & musical

ActorsNET in Morrisville has announced its 21st season. From September 16th – October 2nd, Jethro Compton’s adaptation of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” gallops onstage. Then Thornton Wilder’s American classic, “Our Town” unfolds October 21st – November 6th.

From December 2nd – 18th, Kaufman and Hart’s uproarious comedy, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” romps onstage. In the New Year, “Sherlock Homes,” co-written by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette, runs January 20th – February 5th, and pits Holmes and Watson against the villainous Moriarty.

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Santarsiero announces over $2.1 million in state grants

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, recently announced the award of a $2 million grant for Pennwood Middle School, as well as a $150,000 grant for acquisition and demolition of the MR Reiter School building.

Pennsbury School District will use its $2 million to renovate and enlarge Pennwood Middle School into a high-performance building. The building, aside from an addition constructed in 1972, has had no renovations or systems replacements since it was built in 1952.

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Downstage Center Dance Studio accepting registrations

Downstage Center Dance Studio in Morrisville is accepting registration for the 2016-2017 season. Classes begin Monday, September 12th.

Join their inspiring team of dancers, teachers and friendly staff in the county’s most innovative and non-competitive dance studio. Classes are offered for ages three-adult in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary and Musical Theater.

The beautiful clean facility is surrounded with wall-to-wall mirrors, sprung floors, surround sound, theatrical lighting and two observation windows.

Register online at www.DownstageDance.com or visit them during summer hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  For more information call 215-736-8424.

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Get in on ‘Mayor Dave’s Mule on the Move Challenge’

by June Portnoy

If you’re wondering why you’ve suddenly seen people walking through Morrisville Borough this summer taking pictures of themselves with a mule, there is a good reason! It’s because they are participating in “Mayor Dave’s Mule on the Move Challenge.”

Morrisville Borough Mayor Dave Rivella developed this free contest, which began mid-June. “My overall goal of this contest is to give children an activity to enjoy during their summer break from school and to give them a good excuse to spend time outside,” said Dave. “I also hope they gain a better appreciation and understanding of the borough.”

Mule on the Move Challenge rules are simple. Any child or adult can take this challenge by cutting out the official mule template from “Mayor Dave’s Mule on the Move” site on Facebook. From there, they can save their mule to their computer and then print it out.

They can also obtain this mule template in the kiosk inside the front doors at Borough Hall, located at 35 Union Street, or at the Morrisville Library, located at 300 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. They have the option of decorating or coloring the mule, but that is not required.

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Dear Pennsbury Stakeholder:

I hope as you read this you can reflect upon your household having enjoyed the calm of summer, and time was spent in pleasurable moments that afforded new learning through reading, traveling, or simple conversations.

With the opening of school upon us, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many community members who graciously helped me transition into my new role as Superintendent of Schools in Pennsbury School District.

It is a District with proud traditions that I plan to uphold and a long history of success in academics, activities, and athletics that I plan to support and celebrate with all of you!

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Morrisville Rotary update

On June 19th, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club held its annual Passing of the Gavel ceremony, welcoming the club’s new President and Board Officers for the 2016-17 Rotary year. Outgoing President Claude Magnani, who guided the Club through a successful 2015-16, passed the gavel to Bill Pepitone, a retired New York City police officer and current Councilman in Morrisville Borough.

Bill spoke about the direction he and his fellow Rotarians would be taking as the Club moves forward into the new year.

“We want to bring in new people with fresh ideas, people who are invested in the future of their community and their world,” he said. “We will honor Rotary’s great tradition while also welcoming in a new and exciting future.”

The new President was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Jo Anne, a Montgomery County Police Sergeant, and two of their three daughters.

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Volunteers needed!

Staying Put in Lower Bucks is looking for your talents! Staying Put utilizes volunteers to help older adults in Lower Bucks County remain at home and actively engaged in their community for as long as possible.

They are looking for volunteers to provide support services such as: transportation, friendly social visits, telephone reassurance, assistance in home and yard, minor handyman services, pharmacy/grocery pickups and delivery and help planning social events.

Sometimes the best time of your life is the time you give to others. If interested call Charlie or Rene at 215-428-0500 ext. 103 or e-mail stayingput@ivinsoutreach.org.

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Morrisville School District update

submitted by Mike Kopakowski, Superintendent of Schools, Morrisville School District

The staff of the Morrisville School District is excited to welcome back our students for the 2016 – 2017 school year on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The school district is pleased to announce the employment of additional staff members for the 2016-17 school year.

The hiring of an art teacher, media specialist, and science teacher will enable the district to schedule programs for art, music, health/physical education, and library specials for our elementary and intermediate school students. In addition, the secondary students will have enhanced laboratory experiences in science and an increased selection of electives.

The middle school will be implementing “Pennsylvania’s School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports System” program during the school year. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is an evidence-based, cost-effective, systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students.

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Village Renaissance Faire

The Manning family of Morrisville, Johanny, Katherine, Julianna, Craig and Alexander, are long-time volunteers at the Village Renaissance Faire.

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Senior Servicecenter receives grant

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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