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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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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Commission approves purchase of new traffic counter system

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission recently approved the acquisition of new technology and software to replace the aging traffic counting system at the agency’s 18 vehicular river crossings. The Commission collects traffic counts to make data-driven decisions related to budgeting, maintenance, and long-term capital improvements.

The agency’s current traffic counting system is roughly 20 years old.  It uses an Inductive Loop Detection System of wire loops embedded in road surfaces or placed into saw-cut roadway grooves covered with epoxy.

Vehicles are counted as they drive over the respective loops.  Collected data is stored on local servers at each bridge.  Daily traffic totals are then fed into a centralized database over land telephone lines.

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Yardley Farmers’ Market is open for business!

The Yardley Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm through October, offering live entertainment, children’s activities and, of course, plenty of naturally-grown and sourced items. Opening Day, May 7th, was early in the season, but they had plenty of offerings from lettuce and asparagus to delicious baked goods, fresh eggs and pro-biotic prepared foods.

“We’re back and better than before with new vendors, live music, chef demonstrations and children’s activities lined up for the upcoming season,” said Co-Manager, Tammy Marshall. “And we’re excited to be back at Buttonwood Park in downtown Yardley Borough. The winter market was very successful, but there’s a different kind of energy here in the park. It’s where it all started. And people are excited to be here.”

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Julie Eshbaugh publishes first novel, ‘Ivory and Bone’

by Mark Allen

Julie Eshbaugh, of Fairless Hills, is a newly-published author, with the rollout this month of her HarperTeen novel, “Ivory and Bone.” There’s been a buzz on social media already for this read, as evidenced by an online chat earlier this year hosted by Harper Summer 2016 Tour on Facebook.

She describes the book as “adventure, romance, survival, and revenge…in pre-history,” and is excited at the prospect of engaging in conversation with teenagers about it during the launch. The story is based on a small clan living in survival mode at the foot of a glacier (the “Great Ice”) and focuses on a 17-year-old who, with his brothers, hunts for food and protects the family.

A neighboring clan arrives, including a teenage girl who sparks intrigue with her strength and beauty, but who also carries a history of loss, which is revealed when a third clan arrives, including an enemy from the girl’s past.

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