Connie Rinker bids farewell after 44 years in education

Connie Rinker, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructor at Bucks County Technical High School, is set to graduate from the field of education after 44 years of dedicated service.

Connie’s journey through education began as an elementary school teacher and transitioned into a secondary school administrator. However, the highlight of her illustrious career was bringing about the change in career and technical education by being the forefront of the newly designed, comprehensive technical high school known as Bucks County Technical High School.

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Local kids organize art show fundraiser

by Patricia Cangelosi

When young Yardley resident Allison Templeton heard about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a school event in 2011, she decided to do something to help the patients there. And her idea was an out-of-the-box one. Allison created artwork to sell at a small art show, which took place at her home; friends, family members and neighbors supported her thoughtful endeavor, and the inaugural art show raised $750.

“It was really the support and enthusiasm of our friends and family that encouraged us to turn this into a recurring event and to build it into a larger event,” says Lauren Templeton, Allison’s mother.

Each year, 100% of the money raised is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The fourth annual show took place on May 31st, at the Lower Makefield Township Building in Yardley.

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Winners announced for Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association presented awards to eight photographers as part of the kickoff for the 23rd annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition.

Winners are as follows:

  • Best of Show: John Stritzinger, of Elkins Park, PA, “Boy Box Shadows in Havana.”
  • Best Body of Work: Barbara Warren, of Yardley, “Winter Woods #1, Winter Woods #2, Winter Woods #3, Winter Woods #4.”
  • Patron’s Awards: John Bohnel, of Clinton, NJ, “Airstream Icecube;” Susan Kott, of Croydon, PA, “Missing Parts;” Mickie Rosen, of Elkins Park, “Amish Brothers;” Tony Rosowski, of Yardley, “Farmall.”
  • Judges Award: Stephen Lease, of Doylestown, “Forgotten Morning.”
  • Spencer Saunders Award: John Jacoberger, of Doylestown, “Blue House.”

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A Woman’s Place awards ceremony recognizes community partners

by June Portnoy

A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, recognized and awarded its community partners, volunteers and staff members at its Annual Breakfast and Community Recognition Ceremony held last month at the Northampton Valley Country Club.

This year’s honorees included: Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. and Village Improvement Association. The reception’s theme was “Keep Calm and Flourish.”

After a breakfast buffet and a special musical performance by Holicong Middle School’s H-Factor, AWP Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba recognized this year’s community partners. She said, “To be 100% successful at achieving our vision of a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish, we cannot live in a silo. True success means moving beyond our walls and building relationships with others.”

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Borough seeking Junior Councilperson

Morrisville Borough Council is looking for their newest Junior Councilperson for the school year 2015-2016.

The Junior Councilperson Program is an outstanding opportunity to get the youth of Morrisville Borough involved in the governing process of their community. It is for high school juniors who wish to learn the structure, procedure and processes active in local government.

The Junior Councilperson attends meetings and is a “quasi-member” of Council (they are not allowed to vote or attend executive sessions).

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Students lead the way in making Morrisville a ‘Bird Town’

by June Portnoy

Morrisville’s Science Symposium Club, the MV Aviators, achieved a huge accomplishment this past school year by being responsible for making Morrisville Borough an Audubon-Recognized Bird Town. This club, run through the 21st Century Community Learning Grant, is a team sponsored by the Wheelabrator Symposium for Environment and Education.

“Wheelabrator Technologies…challenges students located in their host communities to identify and solve an environmental issue in their neighborhood,” explained Elizabeth Glaum-Lathbury, Science Symposium Club Advisor.

The MV Aviators explored the problem of the decline of native birds. Their solution was to meet all of Audubon PA’s specific requirements to become a certified Bird Town. A Bird Town is a working partnership of Audubon and municipalities in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and community-based actions to create a healthy, more sustainable environment for birds and people.

This is the third year the MV Aviators participated in the symposium, which this year took place May 5th in Columbia, MD. A total of 12 teams from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Florida regions participated.

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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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