Duke TIP awards Grand Recognition to Victoria Sullivan for ACT scores

Victoria Sullivan, a seventh-grade student at Holy Trinity in Morrisville, traveled to Duke University last month to be recognized for being among the most academically accomplished middle school students in the country.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test.

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Yardley’s Mikey Junior has the blues – and he wants to share!

by Fern Brodkin

Mikey Junior has established himself as one of the Philadelphia area’s premier blues artists. The renowned singer, songwriter and harmonica player grew up around music. His father, Michael Hudak Sr., had the band 8th Train while Mikey was growing up. Hudak Sr. is also a singer and harmonica player, as well as a piano player, who continues to perform today.

“They used to do a lot of blues and rock…and was one of the first racially-integrated bands in Trenton in the late ’60s, early ’70s,” said Mikey.

Mikey started playing harmonica at age 17. He is self-taught.

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Piazza Nuova Lodge holds Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner Meeting

On Thursday evening May 26th, dignitaries, members, and friends of the Piazza Nuova Lodge #2665, Order Sons of Italy in America enjoyed a festive fun evening during its Annual Scholarships Award Night when graduating students from area high schools were honored in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, the philanthropic arm of the Piazza Nuova Lodge. Earlier this year Piazza Nuova Lodge Scholarship Chairman Joseph Colaccico submitted scholarship applications to area high school counselors and members of Lodge children and grandchildren, advising that it was once again sponsoring scholarships for high school seniors graduating in June 2016 who would attend college in the autumn.

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Senior Servicecenter receives donation

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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Justin Ross achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Justin Ross, of Boy Scout Troop 607 in Morrisville, has recently earned the highest rank in scouting, that of Eagle Scout. He completed a clothing drive for people living in Ukraine as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, after hearing of a family friend’s efforts to send warm clothing back to her hometown there.

Learning that many people living there did not have enough warm clothing to see them through the winter inspired Justin to find a way to help. He created flyers, and with the help of his fellow Scouts, left them in the mailboxes in several communities.

Justin and his team of volunteers collected, sorted and packaged 400 pounds of warm clothing. He arranged for shipment by a Ukrainian company in order to get the packages delivered as quickly as possible.

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Register now for annual basketball camp

Resurrected Life Church and Push The Rock does it again with their annual basketball camp at Morrisville High School.

They are very excited this year to offer the camp, and are equally excited for the impact on the children in this region. It is always wonderful to receive the responses, all the letters, calls, and emails regarding the impact that this camp has had on their youth.

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Verna Wang receives Foundations scholarship

Verna Wang, a Morrisville resident and senior at Morrisville High School, was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Foundations Community Partnership in Education program.

The 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.

Verna will attend Drexel University in the fall.

PHOTO CAP: Verna Wang

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Ivins Outreach Center volunteers help community members in need

by June Portnoy

Ivins Outreach Center recently welcomed two employees from BBD, LLC, its auditing company located in Philadelphia, to volunteer their time at this Morrisville non-profit organization, gaining firsthand insight of its Staying Put in Lower Bucks Program. The mission of Ivins is to serve Morrisville and its surrounding communities by mobilizing aid to families, individuals and older adults in crisis.

“Staying Put is a non-medical, membership-based program, run exclusively by volunteers, that enables seniors 55 and older living throughout Lower Bucks County to age gracefully at home and remain active in their community,” explained Milli Kerner, Older Adult Education/Member of Staying Put in Lower Bucks.

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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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