Kehilat HaNahar chosen for engagement initiative

Kehilat HaNahar has been accepted into the 5774/ 2014 Cohort of Jewish Learning Venture’s Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Families with Young Children.

The Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Families with Young Children was established to encourage and support congregations interested in developing and implementing significant, systemic approaches to attract and engage Jewish families with young children to their congregation and to Jewish life. As a Berger Network synagogue, their initiative will focus on enhancing and deepening their ties to families in the community.

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Thank you, veterans!

Skerdlant’s Shell has announced its participation in the Bucks County Veteran ID Discount Card Program. Now in its second year, this program has processed over 6,000 ID cards, and recruited 500+ participating vendors, with additional veterans and businesses joining daily. Under this program, Skerdlant’s will offer veterans 10% off all parts and labor.

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Crossings Animal Sanctuary kicks off ‘United Paw’

This month, The Crossings Animal Sanctuary (CAS) begins “United Paw,” a three-month, community-wide fundraising campaign for its dog and cat assistance programs.

These programs were created because many pets needlessly lose their lives when a new home, a foster placement, and/or financial assistance for veterinary care cannot be found in time. “The Animal Help and Adoption Network” helps by creating a centralized community help line for information, referral, and adoption assistance.

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Katharine Toll interns in Sen. Toomey’s office this summer

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) recently announced that Katharine Toll of New Hope, Pa. is interning in his Washington office this summer working on budget issues.

Katharine, a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, attends Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

After her studies, Katharine hopes to work with Teach for America before pursuing a career in either education reform or urban economic policy.

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‘Good Neighbor’ Dr. Jan Solkov Kaufman fosters dogs to help save their lives

by June Portnoy

Gloria Aceti, President and Founder of Focus on Homeless Animals (FOHA), nominated Dr. Jan Solkov Kaufman of New Hope as this month’s New Hope News’ “Good Neighbor.” FOHA is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer, all-breed dog rescue based in New Hope that relies on volunteers to foster dogs until they are adopted.

“I nominated Jan because she truly puts 100% effort into taking care of her foster dogs, and pays close attention to each and every one of them,” says Gloria. “She takes fostering very seriously and is a good ambassador for us because she has the same beliefs as we do at Focus on Homeless Animals.”

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Hot topic for August: ‘Reptiles and Amphibians’ on August 10th

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) invites families to come out and play in the creek on Sunday, August 10th at 2:00pm with Kyle Louck, a herpetologist with Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS) and an expert on snakes, salamanders and frogs! After a brief introduction, participants will head into the field to find an assortment of reptiles and amphibians. Wear water shoes, boots, or old sneakers for exploring the creek!

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Foundations Summer Youth Corps celebrates seventh year

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership’s 2014 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families. The program offers students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community working at non-profit human service agencies.

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New Hope Automobile Show coming in August

The New Hope-Solebury Community Association will present the New Hope Automobile Show, Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th, 9:00am-4:00pm on the grounds of the New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 West Bridge Street, New Hope. The New Hope Automobile Show features the finest in classic and antique vehicles. This year’s show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.

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Aysia Grondahl plays for All-State Rugby Team

New Hope-Solebury High School senior Aysia Grondahl was recently chosen for the Pennsylvania Girls High School All-State Rugby Team. Aysia plays for the Doylestown Girls High School Rugby Club, which recently became the PA State Girls High School Rugby Champions.

On June 1st, the team played in the College Rugby Championships at PPL Park in Philadelphia. This is a nationally televised tournament that selects the best teams from across the country to compete. Although Doylestown lost to New Jersey Blaze by 28-19, it gets an automatic bid to next year’s challenge, which is held in conjunction with the Collegiate Rugby Championships.

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Audubon Society welcomes Sylvan Stoltzfus to Barn Tour

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) welcomes Sylvan Stoltzfus to introduce the amazing barns on the 2014 Barn Tour on Friday, July 11th at 6:30pm. Sylvan grew up on a dairy farm, and has been constructing barns since the age of 16. Old barns have always been his strong suit.

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