SPOTLIGHT: New Hope Academy

New Hope Academy (NHA) is a non-traditional private school for kids in grades six through 12 who cannot thrive in a traditional school environment. Its student population consists of kids with emotional and learning disabilities, gifted and creative individualists and children suffering from anxiety and behavioral disorders.

The school specializes in students with Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), Oppositional Defiant Disorders (ODD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) and Asperger Syndrome.

Although NHA has a campus in Yardley and Doylestown, both locations operate as one school.

NHA provides individualized education, not only for students with documented Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) but for all of its students.  The ratio of students to teachers is two to one, and in some cases NHA offers one-on-one personalized teaching.

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SPOTLIGHT: NHS Cares

Back to school is a great time to get back to basics when it comes to talking with your children about drugs and alcohol.

NHS (New Hope-Solebury) Cares, a nonprofit community coalition whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance use in young people, is a great resource for parents and our community at large. The local organization is moving towards completing its first year under a federal grant, entitled The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), awarded in late September 2015.

The approach is multi-pronged: community education, community collaboration, and environmental change.

This past year, accomplishments include the coordination of the semi-annual Medication Take Back Days and numerous ads in local newspapers highlighting facts about marijuana use in young people.

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SPOTLIGHT: Y Knot Knit

Knitting and crocheting has exploded into a national pastime, and Denise Kahn, owner of Y Knot Knit, has enjoyed every moment of it. With Denise’s true passion for the art, along with her extensive experience and knowledge, it is no wonder people travel great distances to visit her warm and welcoming store in Yardley Borough.

Not only will you find the best of the best in terms of fine luxury fibers, patterns and accessories, customers receive expert guidance from start to finish on every project: choosing the right fiber and using the proper finishing techniques are key to any successful project.

Stuck on a project, need pattern support, dropped a stitch…no problem! There is always a professional staff member on hand to help with any problem you have, which is exactly the type of personal service you can expect from this charming store.

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Friends Forever Pet Crematory: Battling the broken system of pet cremation

submitted by Friends Forever Pet Crematory

Losing your pet can be as painful as losing a member of your family. And we assume that once they have passed, they will be treated with the same love and respect as they were in life.

Andrea Anastasio and Robert Amato, Licensed Funeral Directors and now owners of Friends Forever Pet Crematory, experienced first-hand that this is unfortunately the exception. When Andrea and Robert lost their pet, Spike, they told their vet they wanted to keep his cremains (the term used for cremated remains).

The vet suggested an individual cremation, and explained that with this option, Spike would be cremated alone and returned to them. This is where things went awry. After an agonizingly long two-week waiting period, Spike’s cremains were ready to be picked up.

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Laurel Nobilis Arabians welcomes the community

by Sarina LaBold

Enrolling your child in riding lessons usually means standing in the cold or heat, watching your youngster go around and around the ring with the instructor yelling the same commands over and over again.

However, if you’d prefer a barn that shows individualized attention, setting goals for the rider in his/her choice of riding disciplines, at his/her pace, in a no-drama atmosphere with horses of all different “horse-nalities” creating a visible bond with their riders, consider Laurel Nobilis Arabians.

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Synergy Rehabilitation & Chiropractic: What makes them different?

by June Portnoy

Dr. David Lyons and Dr. Jamie Oatman of Synergy Chiropractic are passionate about helping and healing athletes and non-athletes quickly and efficiently. Both doctors strive to return patients to their daily activities at full efficiency with as few chiropractic treatments as possible.

During your initial exam, they will develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your underlying problem, as opposed to simply focusing on your symptoms. What truly makes Synergy so unique is the variety of techniques these doctors use that are not typically seen in traditional chiropractic offices.

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The Crossings Animal Society: A New Name and a Broader Mission to Help Their Community’s Dogs and Cats!

The mission of The Crossings Animal Society (CAS) is to ensure a loving home and quality care for every dog and cat in in our area. Created in 2009, CAS serves Bucks County and the surrounding community.

Previously known as The Crossings Animal Sanctuary, their name change reflects both parts of their mission: their United Paw programs, which help dogs & cats currently in need, and building Bucks County’s first no-kill dog and cat sanctuary.

These are their United Paw programs:

  • Boris & Natasha’s Fund supplements the cost of life-sustaining veterinary care for homeless dogs and cats, and for pets in families with limited financial resources

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New Hope Celebrates

Thirteen years have passed since New Hope Celebrates (NHC) initiated the first annual LGBT pride festival, which now includes the City of Lambertville (NJ,) and this year will be held on May 15th through May 22nd. The renowned, diverse, colorful cornerstone pride parade and block party unites the two towns by way of a bridge straddling the Delaware River, and will be held – rain or shine – at noon on May 21st.

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Tri-Township Baseball offers baseball for players of all levels

Tri-Township Baseball continues to offer baseball for players of all levels at one convenient complex in Wrightstown. Although many recognize Tri-Township Baseball as the home to the National World Series runner-ups and participants in 2014 and 2011, and champions of many regional tournaments, their greatest success remains the development of skills it has offered players of all ages and abilities for seven decades.

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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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