New Little Free Library caters to kids

by Judi Biederman

It is always interesting to hear about someone who has had a dream and worked hard to mount a project that is benefiting a whole community, but it is extraordinary when that person is just five- years-old. Yet that is true of Julianna Simmers, daughter of Jeff and Samantha Simmers and a young entrepreneur who recently started a new Little Free Library on Melvin Avenue in Morrisville.

Her mom says Julianna got the idea to start her library about a year ago when they visited the original Little Free Library in Morrisville to donate books.

“From that point on, it was all we heard about,” says Samantha, adding, “We honestly thought it would be a fad that would just fade away, but she was very persistent.”

Little Free Library is a grassroots effort to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges. There are more than 25,000 of these community exchanges across the world, all operating under the slogan “Take a book, return a book” and offering gathering places where neighbors may share their favorite literature.

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Dean’s List member

Alyssa Polselli, of Morrisville, was recently named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2015 at Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA.

To attain Dean’s List status, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0.

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FCP awards scholarship to Tyler Scott

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded a scholarship to Tyler Scott, a senior at Morrisville High School, through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education 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.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of Foundations Community Partnership presented a check for $1,000 to Tyler, who will attend Bucks County Community College in the fall.

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Scenes from MHS Graduation

  1. Salutatorian Tyler Scott addresses the crowd.
  1. Sabrea Allen and Claude Ferguson with the future ahead.
  1. Valedictorian Joseph Gilleo compared school to climbing a mountain, and said the Class of 2015 is now on top.
  1. Shaquera Goodman shows off her custom graduation cap.
  1. Class President Hezekiah Baynes-Simmons tells Class of ’15 “We are all winners.”
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‘Grand Opening’ of The Dollar Spot in Morrisville

The Dollar Spot, in Morrisville, is a family-owned dollar store carrying a wide array of brand name products at a single price point that saves you money every week.

They continuously update their inventory, and pride themselves in achieving the highest in customer satisfaction. They specialize in: general store items, brand name products, beauty products, party supplies, greeting cards, cleaning supplies, and food and candy.

Stop by this new store at 229 Plaza Boulevard, Suite 22, in Morrisville. For more information, call 215-791-3865, or visit them at www.the-dollar-spot.com or at www.facebook.com/thedollarspot.

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Working for a place to stay

by Mark D. Marotta

Two Levittown-area men hope that, with the help of a new non-profit organization, homeless people will be able to get off the streets by building shelters for themselves on vacant or open land. Bristol Township resident Jeff Drinnan, publicist for Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless (GSFTH), said he and Adam Shirey first talked about the idea for their group last summer and decided a couple of months ago to move ahead with it.

“I’ve been hanging around the homeless people for about a year,” said Jeff, explaining that, after a job loss, he became a volunteer with the Salvation Army. Jeff said he also came in contact with the homeless while going to the local library to use the Internet. He described Adam as “sort of an entrepreneur” with a marketing background who himself had experienced homelessness for a short time.

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Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge presents scholarship awards

by June Portnoy

The Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge (PNL) #2665 awarded $7,500 worth of scholarships to nine area graduating high school seniors, six of whom attend Bucks County high schools, and one additional Bucks County Community College (BCCC) student, during its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at the Morrisville Senior Center.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E (Cultural & Educational) Foundations, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and PNL’s philanthropic arm.

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Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank Father Eckert, the pastor of Holy Trinity Church, for the use of the YMCA, Officer Erica McIntyre of the Morrisville Police Department for weighing the food, Kathy, Jo Ann, Donna, 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, including the Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus, and 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 26,500 pounds of food this year. 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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Landmark Towns of Bucks County presents Community Achievement Awards

by June Portnoy

Each of the four Landmark Towns of Bucks County, Bristol, Morrisville, Yardley and New Hope, awarded their annual Community Achievement Awards to four outstanding organizations or people at the annual Reception and Award Ceremony held Tuesday, March 24th at the Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope. The four award recipients were chosen for embracing the Landmark Town’s mission of revitalizing the communities along the D&L (Delaware & Lehigh) Trail.

Nancy Sherlock, a Landmark Towns Board Member and Morrisville Borough Council President, presented the Morrisville Community Achievement Award to the Morrisville Fire Company. Tim Weiss, President of the fire company, accepted the award.

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Little Bulldogs gearing up for 2015 season

The Morrisville Little Bulldogs, a boys and girls club that has been around since 1985, provides a place for children to participate in football and cheerleading, while developing self-esteem and discipline.

Division weight classes for football start at age five with the Tiny Mites. The Mighty Mite division two team is for ages eight and nine. The Cadet team offers division one competition for ages nine and 10; Junior Midget for ages 13 and 14; and Midget for ages 14-15.

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