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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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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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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Scenes from the Hike Against Hunger

  1. Hikers get ready to go, from left, Joe Battaglia, Don Likens, Tom Evans, Gail Hunger, and Carol Carpenter.
  1. Lined up at the starting line, all hikers give the “thumbs up!”
  1. Jim “How would you like it” Gaston, of Yardley, cooks up hot sausage and kielbasa for the hikers.
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Wanda Badilla is three-time poster art winner

by Peter Prime

On September 24th, Wanda Badilla was awarded at a Morrisville School Board meeting for coming out on top in a three-tiered poster arts competition that was sponsored by the Links, Inc., an international not-for-profit corporation. The award ceremony took place in the Large Group Instruction Room at Morrisville High School.

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FBC Morrisville gets out of church

Sunday morning is the traditional time for church services, right? Well, in 99% of cases you would be right, but in this case, Sunday morning was the time for serving the community. One Sunday last month, First Baptist Church of Morrisville sent the bulk of its regular Sunday morning worshippers out wearing their bright orange shirts to serve various places in the community, including staining the playground at Williamson Park, doing yard work at the Ivins Center, the Senior Center, the YMCA, Summerseat, and the corner of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Avenues. The event was called, “Get Out Of Church Sunday,” and the rationale behind it is that the church is not just a place to meet, but a group of believers called to serve. So serve they did. There was also a group at the church making care packages for the church’s foreign missionaries.

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