Letter to the Editor

Not all that long ago it seems, my son joined Cub Scout Pack 3464 that meets at American Legion Post 79, and he absolutely loves the program! The Pack leaders always find things to do that are exciting, engaging, and great for his development.

Whether it’s learning to shoot a bow and arrow at day camp, visiting a local museum or going on an overnight camping trip, he always seems to have fun! After each of his weekly den meetings, he has left excited to be in Scouting, and just can’t stop talking about all the excitement.

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DAR awards preservation grant to church cemetery restoration project

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently announced that the organization is donating $5000 to the Newtown Historic Presbyterian Church Cemetery Restoration Project to restore historic grave markers. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Washington Crossing Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Yardley and part of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The project focus is to repair five grave markers in the cemetery of the historic church located on Sycamore Street in Newtown.

Jean Torongo of Yardley is a past Regent of Washington Crossing Chapter NSDAR, a 50-year member of DAR and an active member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church where she volunteers her time to the community including giving tours of the historic church where captured Hessians from the Battle of Trenton were once housed during 1777.

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Tara L. Riedley Foundation awards scholarships

On May 21st, New Hope-Solebury High School seniors Timothy Czupich and Andrew Duncan were presented scholarships during an awards program by Alison Snell at the school.

Alison serves on the Board of Directors for the Tara L. Riedley Foundation. The recipients received $1,500 each.

The Tara L. Riedley Scholarship was established in 2009. Tara graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School in 1996. She was a graduate of Duke University and Boston College Law School, and worked as a lawyer in San Francisco, until her untimely passing in 2008.

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Pottery in the park

Diane Crocker, of Langhorne, discussed pottery and displayed some of her work at the “Summer Music and Sculpture Festival” at Tyler Park Center for the Arts earlier this summer.

Photo by Mimi Rowland.

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Message from the New Hope-Solebury School District Superintendent

Dear New Hope-Solebury Community,

It is my pleasure to present this submission to New Hope News as we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.

In less than two months, we look forward to welcoming just over 1,500 students to grades 9 – 12 in our High School, grades 6 -8 in our Middle School, grades 3- 5 in our Upper Elementary School, and grades K-2 in our Lower Elementary School.

The upcoming school year will bring exciting new educational opportunities for our students. Last year, we implemented our 1:1 technology initiative at our High School. In summary, every student and staff member received a laptop tablet to utilize 24 hours a day. The new opportunities these devices have offered have been transformational for our teaching and learning.

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Middle Bucks Institute of Technology: Merging business, industry, and technology

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) is located in Warwick Township on Old York Road (Route 263) in Jamison, PA. The picturesque high school campus sits on 58 acres and is supported by Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, and New Hope-Solebury School Districts.

MBIT operates as a school of choice designed for students who are seeking to enhance their educational program with a highly relevant career and technical experience connected directly to the real world of business and industry. Over 400 business and industry advisors review and update the school’s educational program annually.

The MBIT experience provides students with a blend of classroom theory, technical applications in state-of-the-art laboratories, and off-campus work-based experiences. Students learn and apply reading, writing, mathematics, science, communications, and technology in a way that has personal meaning and career relevance.

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Kehilat Hanahar now accepting new members and students

Kehilat Hanahar, The Little Shul by the River, is accepting new members and religious school students for 2015-2016. Students are engaged in Jewish learning that is relevant and meaningful to their modern lives.

Full tuition scholarships are provided for all new member families with students in grades K-2.

KHN is a participatory, multi-generational community practicing the principles of Reconstructionist Judaism in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

For more information, visit www.kehilathanahar.org or call 215-862-1912.

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PA principals launch community service project at New Hope-Solebury Library

by June Portnoy

Approximately 20 children participating in the annual Summer Reading Program at The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury had a unique surprise on July 14th when principals throughout Pennsylvania came to read to them following a Mad Science presentation.

The principals were all board members of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP), the only professional organization to solely serve principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders in the state.

Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, current PAESSP President, explained that after taking over the presidency of this organization in 2004, she created a Service Project Committee that has been working on developing several projects throughout the Commonwealth.

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Puppy mill girls

Lilly and Lexi are two female terrier mixes that lived in filthy conditions on an Amish farm in Lancaster, PA. This farm was raided by the Pennsylvania SPCA and Focus on Homeless Animals is currently fostering them.

These girls are not aggressive, but they are fearful of humans. They love dogs and cats. They have been traumatized by the way they were forced to live in filthy conditions and dark places. Continued funding is needed to foster these girls and to help rehabilitate them.

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FCP awards scholarship to Madeleine Weick

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded a scholarship to Madeleine Weick, a senior at New Hope-Solebury High School, through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character.

Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

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