Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 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 provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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The Phoenix rises from the ashes

On May 22nd, 2015 famed curator Peggy Knowlton passed away. Her internationally famed collection of African stone sculpture from Zimbabwe is a compilation of sculptures created by the most respected master carvers from three generations of the contemporary movement, which she collected after more than 30 trips to Zimbabwe.

That curated collection of over 1,350 pieces rose once again after a one-year renovation that created two showrooms. The gallery is located at 4961 River Road in Point Pleasant, PA and showcases a revolving series of 500 works from more than 100 artists.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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Locally produced film wins ‘Best Supernatural Thriller’ award at New Hope Film Fest

by June Portnoy

During the New Hope Film Festival’s Award Ceremony last month, Guy Quigley had the honor of accepting the Jury Award for Best Supernatural Thriller of “Apparition,” a feature film shot and produced by his Doylestown-based media company, Thundersmoke Media. The film was also nominated for the festival’s Danny Award (Best Picture) and for Best Director.

“Apparition,” which has won many awards at film festivals around the world, was one of 89 films from 11 countries at New Hope’s Seventh Annual Film Festival. It was shown to a captivated audience on July 23rd at The New Hope Arts Center during the festival.

“Apparition” has many local ties to this area. Not only was Guy the film’s executive producer, but his son, Jody Quigley, a Doylestown native and a multi-award winning actor, had the lead role.

“Many area residents will recognize The Knight House, a restaurant located in historic Doylestown where this film’s engagement party scene was shot,” said Guy. “We also shot many exterior shots along the streets of Doylestown, in addition to using a New Britain property for several scenes.”

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Bucks County Singers begins fall membership drive

Having just completed its 31st year of singing, the Newtown-based Bucks County Singers hopes to continue expanding its membership as it begins a new and busy year.

Under the direction of Terry Boyle Greenland, Yardley voice teacher and University of the Arts professor, Bucks County Singers (BCS) currently boasts a membership of about 35 energetic men and women who embrace the chorus’ unique style, which blends singing with fun-to-watch “riser choreography,” making for concerts that are unlike those of most other choirs.

The group is accompanied by local pianist Tom Baust.

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Kelly Hayden awarded Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship

On May 17th, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Kelly Hayden, received the 2016 Malcolm Crooks Honorary Scholarship from the Aquetong Watershed Association. On hand to present the award was AWA Director and President Les Isbrandt and AWA Director and Secretary Jade Greene.

“Kelly Hayden was selected to receive the annual AWA Scholarship award on the basis of both her scholastic and community achievements. In addition, Kelly represents exactly the type of student the AWA wishes to honor in its Malcolm Crooks Scholarship program,” said Isbrandt, chair of AWA’s Scholarship Committee.

In the fall, Kelly will attend the University of Virginia and plans to major in pre-medicine and neuroscience. Majoring in neuroscience will further educate Kelly in such diverse subjects such as psychology, biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and computer science.

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Toni Suler signs onto Ursinus’ basketball team

New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Toni Suler, recently signed to play basketball with Ursinus College. At six-feet, Toni holds the record for blocked shots at NH-S and looks forward to a successful basketball career at Ursinus. She hasn’t yet decided on a major, but is interested in Communications. Seated next to Toni are her parents, George and Patty.

Standing are NH-S High School Principal Stephen Seier (left) and NH-S Head Coach, Andy Krasna.

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Scenes from the Pride Parade

  1. Sara Flynn, Jenny Lee, Sara Gingras, Alexis McMenamin, Heather Yerkes, and Ally Marchisotto wore their colors proudly.
  1. Rob Marchisotto, Peter Prorok, and Ramon Robledo had a grand old time.
  1. Debra Kaplan Garvey was one of the escorts of the FACT Bucks County float.
  1. Carl Max, of New Hope, portrayed singer Whitney Houston.
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Bucks County Senior Games promote camaraderie, physical activity and fun

by June Portnoy

Approximately 250 Bucks County seniors competed in the 34th Annual Bucks County Senior Games held Monday, June 6th through Saturday, June 11th. Age categories consisted of 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 89, and 90 plus. This year’s oldest participant was a 95-year-old Doylestown resident who competed in bocce, pinochle and billiards.

This weeklong event, hosted in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) and the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation, gave seniors the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic and intellectual abilities.

According to William R. McTigue Jr., Administrative Officer for Public Affairs at Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and an organizer of the Senior Games, this year’s most physically challenging game was the track & field, which included 100-meter sprints.

Seniors looking for less rigorous activities could register for bridge, pinochle, darts and a trivia contest. Other activities included bowling, tennis, table tennis, bocce, billiards and golf.

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Theodore Carroll awarded scholarship from New Hope Historical Society

On May 23rd, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Theodore Carroll, received the 2016 Francis Curley Scholarship from the New Hope Historical Society. On hand to present the award were NHHS president, Carole Martin, NHHS FC Scholarship Committee members, Edwin Hild and Les Isbrandt, and NHHS Executive Director, Deborah Lang.

“Teddy Carroll was selected to receive this year’s award based on his scholastic and community achievements. Teddy is planning on attending West Chester University with a major in Political Science. In addition, his selection is one that we believe Francis Curley would have agreed with,” said Edwin Hild.

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