Plumstead Christian School groundbreaking on $3.2 million project

June 13th marked the beginning of a facility expansion at Plumstead Christian School. Administration, school board, and neighbors gathered for the groundbreaking. Attending were Dan Hilferty, Board of Supervisors Plumstead Township, and Margaret McKevitt, Economic Development and Planning Services.

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Jurors selected for 85th Annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition

The 85th Annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition Committee has announced the distinguished group of art experts who have been selected to jury this year’s show. The team of selected jurors will have the difficult task of choosing the art to be exhibited in this prestigious annual show and also deciding upon the various cash awards to be presented.

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Kehilat HaNahar chosen for engagement initiative

Kehilat HaNahar has been accepted into the 5774/ 2014 Cohort of Jewish Learning Venture’s Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Families with Young Children.

The Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Families with Young Children was established to encourage and support congregations interested in developing and implementing significant, systemic approaches to attract and engage Jewish families with young children to their congregation and to Jewish life. As a Berger Network synagogue, their initiative will focus on enhancing and deepening their ties to families in the community.

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Thank you, veterans!

Skerdlant’s Shell has announced its participation in the Bucks County Veteran ID Discount Card Program. Now in its second year, this program has processed over 6,000 ID cards, and recruited 500+ participating vendors, with additional veterans and businesses joining daily. Under this program, Skerdlant’s will offer veterans 10% off all parts and labor.

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Crossings Animal Sanctuary kicks off ‘United Paw’

This month, The Crossings Animal Sanctuary (CAS) begins “United Paw,” a three-month, community-wide fundraising campaign for its dog and cat assistance programs.

These programs were created because many pets needlessly lose their lives when a new home, a foster placement, and/or financial assistance for veterinary care cannot be found in time. “The Animal Help and Adoption Network” helps by creating a centralized community help line for information, referral, and adoption assistance.

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Katharine Toll interns in Sen. Toomey’s office this summer

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) recently announced that Katharine Toll of New Hope, Pa. is interning in his Washington office this summer working on budget issues.

Katharine, a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, attends Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

After her studies, Katharine hopes to work with Teach for America before pursuing a career in either education reform or urban economic policy.

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‘Good Neighbor’ Dr. Jan Solkov Kaufman fosters dogs to help save their lives

by June Portnoy

Gloria Aceti, President and Founder of Focus on Homeless Animals (FOHA), nominated Dr. Jan Solkov Kaufman of New Hope as this month’s New Hope News’ “Good Neighbor.” FOHA is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer, all-breed dog rescue based in New Hope that relies on volunteers to foster dogs until they are adopted.

“I nominated Jan because she truly puts 100% effort into taking care of her foster dogs, and pays close attention to each and every one of them,” says Gloria. “She takes fostering very seriously and is a good ambassador for us because she has the same beliefs as we do at Focus on Homeless Animals.”

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Foundations Summer Youth Corps celebrates seventh year

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership’s 2014 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 offers students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community working at non-profit human service agencies.

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Aysia Grondahl plays for All-State Rugby Team

New Hope-Solebury High School senior Aysia Grondahl was recently chosen for the Pennsylvania Girls High School All-State Rugby Team. Aysia plays for the Doylestown Girls High School Rugby Club, which recently became the PA State Girls High School Rugby Champions.

On June 1st, the team played in the College Rugby Championships at PPL Park in Philadelphia. This is a nationally televised tournament that selects the best teams from across the country to compete. Although Doylestown lost to New Jersey Blaze by 28-19, it gets an automatic bid to next year’s challenge, which is held in conjunction with the Collegiate Rugby Championships.

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2014 Fifth Annual New Hope Film Festival announces official selections & new sponsor

New Hope Film Festival, touted as “this emerging ‘Sundance East’ festival” in a June 2012 article in The Huffington Post, has announced their official selections and a new Sponsor for the 2014 Fifth Annual New Hope Film Festival that will take place from July 25th through August 3rd.

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