DAR awards preservation grant to church cemetery restoration project

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently announced that the organization is donating $5000 to the Newtown Historic Presbyterian Church Cemetery Restoration Project to restore historic grave markers. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Washington Crossing Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Yardley and part of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The project focus is to repair five grave markers in the cemetery of the historic church located on Sycamore Street in Newtown.

Jean Torongo of Yardley is a past Regent of Washington Crossing Chapter NSDAR, a 50-year member of DAR and an active member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church where she volunteers her time to the community including giving tours of the historic church where captured Hessians from the Battle of Trenton were once housed during 1777.

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Tara L. Riedley Foundation awards scholarships

On May 21st, New Hope-Solebury High School seniors Timothy Czupich and Andrew Duncan were presented scholarships during an awards program by Alison Snell at the school.

Alison serves on the Board of Directors for the Tara L. Riedley Foundation. The recipients received $1,500 each.

The Tara L. Riedley Scholarship was established in 2009. Tara graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School in 1996. She was a graduate of Duke University and Boston College Law School, and worked as a lawyer in San Francisco, until her untimely passing in 2008.

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Pottery in the park

Diane Crocker, of Langhorne, discussed pottery and displayed some of her work at the “Summer Music and Sculpture Festival” at Tyler Park Center for the Arts earlier this summer.

Photo by Mimi Rowland.

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Message from the New Hope-Solebury School District Superintendent

Dear New Hope-Solebury Community,

It is my pleasure to present this submission to New Hope News as we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.

In less than two months, we look forward to welcoming just over 1,500 students to grades 9 – 12 in our High School, grades 6 -8 in our Middle School, grades 3- 5 in our Upper Elementary School, and grades K-2 in our Lower Elementary School.

The upcoming school year will bring exciting new educational opportunities for our students. Last year, we implemented our 1:1 technology initiative at our High School. In summary, every student and staff member received a laptop tablet to utilize 24 hours a day. The new opportunities these devices have offered have been transformational for our teaching and learning.

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Middle Bucks Institute of Technology: Merging business, industry, and technology

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) is located in Warwick Township on Old York Road (Route 263) in Jamison, PA. The picturesque high school campus sits on 58 acres and is supported by Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, and New Hope-Solebury School Districts.

MBIT operates as a school of choice designed for students who are seeking to enhance their educational program with a highly relevant career and technical experience connected directly to the real world of business and industry. Over 400 business and industry advisors review and update the school’s educational program annually.

The MBIT experience provides students with a blend of classroom theory, technical applications in state-of-the-art laboratories, and off-campus work-based experiences. Students learn and apply reading, writing, mathematics, science, communications, and technology in a way that has personal meaning and career relevance.

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FODC Canal Projects Walk is Aug. 23rd

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Sunday, August 23rd for a four-mile walk along the towpath to see the canal improvement projects that are underway between Centre Bridge and Lumberville. The walk will begin at 2:00pm at the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area, 3292 River Road (PA Route 32), New Hope.

Walkers will view three construction projects, take in the Delaware River vistas, and find out what Hendrick Island and the Virginia Forrest Recreation Area were like before they became part of the Delaware Canal State Park Complex.

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Kehilat Hanahar now accepting new members and students

Kehilat Hanahar, The Little Shul by the River, is accepting new members and religious school students for 2015-2016. Students are engaged in Jewish learning that is relevant and meaningful to their modern lives.

Full tuition scholarships are provided for all new member families with students in grades K-2.

KHN is a participatory, multi-generational community practicing the principles of Reconstructionist Judaism in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

For more information, visit www.kehilathanahar.org or call 215-862-1912.

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Join Thompson Church this summer at Camp Discovery

Once again Thompson Church is offering an exciting Vacation Bible School where they will learn how Jesus can use us to continue his amazing work in this world. Camp Discovery will take place from August 10th-14th, beginning at 9:00am and ending at noon.

Children who are four years old through those entering sixth grade are invited to join the fun. They also need adult leaders and teen helpers to serve as “shepherds” or teacher assistants. Contact Patty Gatto to help out.

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St. Martin’s Vacation Bible School runs week of Aug. 17th

St. Martin’s invites all the children ages 4 – 10 to its Vacation Bible School.

The camp will feature SonSpark Labs and run from 9:00am to noon, August 17th to August 21st, at the Parish Life Center, 1 Riverstone Circle, New Hope.

“We’re ready for a Vacation Bible School your children will never forget,” said Gail Downing, Youth Minister.

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PA principals launch community service project at New Hope-Solebury Library

by June Portnoy

Approximately 20 children participating in the annual Summer Reading Program at The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury had a unique surprise on July 14th when principals throughout Pennsylvania came to read to them following a Mad Science presentation.

The principals were all board members of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP), the only professional organization to solely serve principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders in the state.

Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, current PAESSP President, explained that after taking over the presidency of this organization in 2004, she created a Service Project Committee that has been working on developing several projects throughout the Commonwealth.

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