Newtown Rotary hosting Fifth Annual ‘Hope on the Vine’ event

The Newtown Rotary Club will celebrate its Fifth Annual Hope On The Vine event on Saturday, April 26th, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the River Room in the newly renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park. The public is welcome, but please register in advance on their website, Ticket price is $75 per person and includes food and beverage throughout the evening, raffled door prizes, music, auction guide, event booklet and plenty of parking.

It promises to be a fun evening and Event Chairman, Chuck Charlton, hopes to set a new record. “Last year, we raised over $15,000, of which $3,250 was donated to Polio Plus, and most of the remaining funds were distributed to 17 local organizations,” said Chuck.

This year’s event will feature food by Chef Joe Garvey, music by the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, excellent international assortment of wines, a wine/cheese pairing education by Beth Tentilucci, and silent and public auctions by a professional auctioneer to support many local and international causes.

“As Hope On The Vine has grown over the years, we realized that we needed a new venue,” added Chuck. “We are very pleased that the River Room at the renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park became available. It’s a spacious room, with magnificent views of the Delaware River and steeped in history. We had great items for the auction last year and expect to do even better this year. If anyone wants to help by donating auction items, they can find a list of recommendations on our website.”

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Lambertville Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Shad Festival

The Lambertville Chamber of Commerce will host its 33rd Shad Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 12:30am until 5:30pm both days (rain or shine). Admission is free. Each year, the festival highlights this region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the shad!

This Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award-winning event. It features 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters, showcasing everything from jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

The food court will include a large diversity of food ranging from taco salads to fried calamari. Family fun will consist of face painting, sand art and other children’s activities. Kids will enjoy the rides that have returned.  Also, don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations at Lewis Island, where the Delaware River Basin Commission will teach spectators about testing water quality.

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Skerdlant’s donates to Plant a Seed

Skerdlant’s Shell, located at Route 532 and Taylorsville Road in Washington Crossing, PA, recently shared some of its proceeds with Plant a Seed Foundation by donating $250, along with a free oil change and a $50 gift card.  

Skerdlant’s is a proud sponsor of Plant a Seed Foundation, which provides children from low-income families the opportunity to pursue their passions while interacting with positive role models. The Foundation’s objective is to enhance life experiences and keep children involved in productive activities by offering scholarships to programs that support their interests.  

To learn more information about the Foundation, contact Plant a Seed Foundation at 301 Oxford Valley Road, Suite 1506, Yardley, PA 19067, or call 267-503-2998.


Deborah Van Aken, Ph.D. elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Deborah Van Aken, Ph.D., of New Hope, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County. Deborah is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist with her own private practice.

She previously served on the Advisory Committee to the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, and she currently works with Life-Giving Water Fund to provide deep-water wells in Zambia.


Vendor alert

The Buckingham Flea Market is registering vendors for their Sunday, April 27th event from 8:00am-2:00pm. Spaces are $25 for 25’x25’, and the rain date is Sunday, May 4th. Location is Holicong Park, Route 202, Buckingham.

For info and to reserve a space call Leah at 215-345-5355.  For more information visit The event benefits the Buckingham Community Garden, supporting students growing fresh vegetables for local food banks.


Volunteer at Bucks County Audubon Society

Do you like the outdoors? Do you believe in conserving our natural environment?  Do you want to make a difference with like-minded naturalists? If so, Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) needs you!

BCAS promotes environmental education, the demonstration of energy and resource conservation and advocacy for local, state and national policies that support sustainability of the natural world. BCAS is a non-profit organization founded as an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1969 and is dedicated to educating and engaging the community about the interrelationships of birds and the environment amidst the beautiful and protected National Historic Landmark, known as the Honey Hollow Watershed.

Volunteers are needed in several areas: being a greeter at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center; light data entry and help with special mailings; staffing registration tables for special events such as the Messages in Nature Art Exhibition, Cycling for BCAS, and Art of the Barn Tour and Show; capturing photographs of events and nature program staffing; trail trimming; and light carpentry or repair work. Call BCAS at 215-297-5880 for more details. Lend a hand for a few hours or on a regular basis (weekday or weekend help is greatly appreciated). BCAS is located at 2877 Creamery Road in Solebury Township.


Patriot FC U-11 Boys Take Central Bucks South Soccer Championship


The Patriot FC U-11 Boys’ White and Blue teams recently won the Central Bucks South Soccer Championship in Warrington.

Pictured from left, back row, Coach Mike Guerrero, Coach Tim Thomas, Ryan McCaffery, Xavier Guerrero, CJ Horan, Nathan Ra, Shree Kumar, Luke Sill, Coach Mike Phillips, and Coach Gene Fatula; front row, Aron Skoze, Adam Browning, Luke Fatula, Andy Phillips, Kyle Stretch, and Andrew Thomas. Not pictured are Danny Krier, Will Newman and Sam Walters.


Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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National Merit Scholarship Finalists announced


New Hope-Solebury High School seniors Kristina DeGiovanni, Jessica Du, Andrew Kalinovich and Ondrej Maxian all have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They will each now be considered for the National Merit Scholarships offered in the spring of 2014.

More than 1.5 million juniors entered the 2014 National Merit Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards.

Pictured from left are Andrew Kalinovich, Ondrej Maxian, Kristina DeGiovanni, Jessica Du, Guidance Counselors Sarah Reeder and Hebat El-Turky, and Principal Chuck Malone.


New Hope Art League Fifth Annual Juried Art Show call for entries

The Fifth Annual New Hope Art League Juried Art Show is May 16th-26th at Rolling Green Farm, Route 202 and Aquetong Road, New Hope. Entry deadline is April 15th. A prospectus is available on and enter via

An award reception and 40th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 16th, from 7:00-9:00pm and is open to the public. The show is open Thursday through Sunday, and Memorial Day, noon to 6:00pm.