The 2016 New Hope Film Festival

New Hope Film Festival continues to thrive as it heads into its seventh year. This year’s event runs from July 22nd through July 31st.

Last season the organization screened 80 official selections from 16 countries. Residents of Bucks County and the surrounding area may not be aware of the Festival’s national and international acclaim.

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The Village Renaissance Faire

The Faire’s authenticity, diversity, and more than 9,000 attendees annually make it hard to believe that the 17th Village Renaissance Faire is produced by and for the benefit of the Village Library of Wrightstown, but it IS true.

The small library has created what is known as one of best weekend faires around, so even if you don’t want to be part of the Magic, you will not want to miss it this September 17th and 18th on the donated Middletown Grange Fairgrounds in Wrightstown.

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SMART Recovery: Mutual help for addiction recovery

Addiction and drug and alcohol abuse continue to take a destructive toll on society, especially right here in our community. Based on federal statistics for 2011-2013, Pennsylvania led the nation in drug overdose deaths among young adult men and Bucks County ranked at the top.

According to new federal data, alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in the last 35 years. The substance abuse treatment field is moving toward a long-term integrative approach, very much like the care for diabetes or hypertension.

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Love the idea of owning a business? SCORE mentors can help

The expression that love is blind can be true, to a certain extent, for entrepreneurs and business owners seemingly blinded by the excitement of their own startup or new business venture. Entrepreneurs may be gazing at the big picture: their dream of owning a business and becoming their own boss as a reality. That reality comes with an unending amount of preparations for everything from business plans to financing and accounting, sales/marketing, hiring employees, finding customers, technology and more.

Make no mistake; the small business owner – particularly solopreneurs – wears many hats. You must be well-versed in all things related to your business.

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NHS Cares receives grant to prevent youth substance abuse

NHS Cares, a nonprofit community coalition whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance use in young people, was recently awarded a federal grant to involve and engage their local community to accomplish this goal. The grant could potentially span a total of 10 years, which allows for significant and sustainable change in the New Hope-Solebury community.

NHS Cares, in existence since 2008, evolved out of informal and informational conversations among concerned community persons about the destructive influence of drugs and alcohol on the youth in the New Hope-Solebury community.

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New Hope Photo: Preserving your special memories

by June Portnoy

Since most people today store their photos in their phones or in other electronic devices, having tangible photos becomes an especially meaningful keepsake, and New Hope Photo has a large variety of options on which you can display them.

New Hope Photo, established in 1984 by Ted Nichols, is the only independent photo store in the New Hope/Lambertville area.

“Although we continue to offer that traditional personalized service from the past, we have evolved over the years to remain relevant in today’s digital age of photography,” says Ted, who has a lifelong interest in this industry.

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You can now dunk your donuts in Washington Crossing

by June Portnoy

America “Runs on Dunkin’,” and as of this month, so does Washington Crossing! Dunkin’ Donuts has opened its doors at 1118 General Washington Memorial Boulevard (formerly Plan B Bistro & Bar), becoming the only Dunkin’ Donuts in this area.

“We went to great lengths to conform to the aesthetics of this community,” says JT Young, co-owner of this new Dunkin’ Donuts location. “As opposed to the bright bold colors typically associated with Dunkin’ Donuts, we used softer, more neutral colors both inside and outside to fit in with the existing buildings in town.”

JT explained that there are different types of Dunkin’ Donuts models from which to choose, and they selected the top-of-the-line model for this location.

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The Village Toy Shoppe: A Bucks County tradition

The Village Toy Shoppe of New Hope is a family-owned independent award-winning specialty toy store located on Main Street in New Hope.

This toy store has a long-standing tradition in Bucks County, established over 50 years ago as The Vendor Shoppe in Lahaska and acquired by Doris Thompson in 1984, but to understand the tradition of this business you must understand the story behind it.

Doris’ retail story was built on an idea, a dream and hard work. During the late 1960’s, she had stumbled upon a miniature fur mouse created in Germany. Looking to create a business, Doris bought a container of these fur mice and established The Little Mouse Factory in Rockledge, PA.

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Angel’s Cards & Gifts: Featuring the largest selection of greeting cards in the local area

by June Portnoy

Angel’s Cards & Gifts carries practically everything you need to purchase a gift for any special occasion, all under one roof at a price you can afford. Its claim to fame is its unusually large selection of greeting cards.

Looking for a pet sympathy card? Look no farther than Angel’s. From weddings and birthdays to virtually every religious holiday or special celebration, you’ll find an appropriate greeting card for both traditional and non-traditional occasions.

“We sell 16 different card lines with prices ranging from 99 cent cards to higher end Papyrus cards,” says storeowner, Angel LaBuda.

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Tiny Tots Nursery: Offering a positive educational experience in a small, nurturing environment

by June Portnoy

At Tiny Tots Nursery, your child will be nurtured, cared for and treated like a member of the family.

“We are a small school and we plan to remain small so that every child receives the personalized attention they deserve,” says Tiny Tots Director, Liz Douglas.

Tiny Tots, located at Street and Mechanicsville Roads in Solebury, accepts students from 16 months through kindergarten. It offers one class per age group with a very small student to teacher ratio.

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