Skerdlant’s donates to Plant a Seed

Skerdlant’s Shell, located at Route 532 and Taylorsville Road in Washington Crossing, PA, recently shared some of its proceeds with Plant a Seed Foundation by donating $250, along with a free oil change and a $50 gift card.  

Skerdlant’s is a proud sponsor of Plant a Seed Foundation, which provides children from low-income families the opportunity to pursue their passions while interacting with positive role models. The Foundation’s objective is to enhance life experiences and keep children involved in productive activities by offering scholarships to programs that support their interests.  

To learn more information about the Foundation, contact Plant a Seed Foundation at 301 Oxford Valley Road, Suite 1506, Yardley, PA 19067, or call 267-503-2998.


Deborah Van Aken, Ph.D. elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Deborah Van Aken, Ph.D., of New Hope, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County. Deborah is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist with her own private practice.

She previously served on the Advisory Committee to the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, and she currently works with Life-Giving Water Fund to provide deep-water wells in Zambia.


Vendor alert

The Buckingham Flea Market is registering vendors for their Sunday, April 27th event from 8:00am-2:00pm. Spaces are $25 for 25’x25’, and the rain date is Sunday, May 4th. Location is Holicong Park, Route 202, Buckingham.

For info and to reserve a space call Leah at 215-345-5355.  For more information visit The event benefits the Buckingham Community Garden, supporting students growing fresh vegetables for local food banks.


Volunteer at Bucks County Audubon Society

Do you like the outdoors? Do you believe in conserving our natural environment?  Do you want to make a difference with like-minded naturalists? If so, Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) needs you!

BCAS promotes environmental education, the demonstration of energy and resource conservation and advocacy for local, state and national policies that support sustainability of the natural world. BCAS is a non-profit organization founded as an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1969 and is dedicated to educating and engaging the community about the interrelationships of birds and the environment amidst the beautiful and protected National Historic Landmark, known as the Honey Hollow Watershed.

Volunteers are needed in several areas: being a greeter at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center; light data entry and help with special mailings; staffing registration tables for special events such as the Messages in Nature Art Exhibition, Cycling for BCAS, and Art of the Barn Tour and Show; capturing photographs of events and nature program staffing; trail trimming; and light carpentry or repair work. Call BCAS at 215-297-5880 for more details. Lend a hand for a few hours or on a regular basis (weekday or weekend help is greatly appreciated). BCAS is located at 2877 Creamery Road in Solebury Township.


Patriot FC U-11 Boys Take Central Bucks South Soccer Championship


The Patriot FC U-11 Boys’ White and Blue teams recently won the Central Bucks South Soccer Championship in Warrington.

Pictured from left, back row, Coach Mike Guerrero, Coach Tim Thomas, Ryan McCaffery, Xavier Guerrero, CJ Horan, Nathan Ra, Shree Kumar, Luke Sill, Coach Mike Phillips, and Coach Gene Fatula; front row, Aron Skoze, Adam Browning, Luke Fatula, Andy Phillips, Kyle Stretch, and Andrew Thomas. Not pictured are Danny Krier, Will Newman and Sam Walters.


National Merit Scholarship Finalists announced


New Hope-Solebury High School seniors Kristina DeGiovanni, Jessica Du, Andrew Kalinovich and Ondrej Maxian all have advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They will each now be considered for the National Merit Scholarships offered in the spring of 2014.

More than 1.5 million juniors entered the 2014 National Merit Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards.

Pictured from left are Andrew Kalinovich, Ondrej Maxian, Kristina DeGiovanni, Jessica Du, Guidance Counselors Sarah Reeder and Hebat El-Turky, and Principal Chuck Malone.


New Hope Art League Fifth Annual Juried Art Show call for entries

The Fifth Annual New Hope Art League Juried Art Show is May 16th-26th at Rolling Green Farm, Route 202 and Aquetong Road, New Hope. Entry deadline is April 15th. A prospectus is available on and enter via

An award reception and 40th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 16th, from 7:00-9:00pm and is open to the public. The show is open Thursday through Sunday, and Memorial Day, noon to 6:00pm.


Lights! Camera! Action! Sol Feinstone Elementary rolls out red carpet for annual dance


Sol Feinstone Elementary School was transformed into Hollywood last month, as more than 300 girls and their special guests arrived for the school’s Annual Sweetheart Dance.

This year’s theme, “A Night on the Red Carpet,” included special effects ranging from life-size Oscar statues and movie reels to a traditional red carpet entrance. Attendees spent the evening dancing to music by a local DJ and enjoying light fare and desserts provided by parents and the PTO.

“From decorations to desserts, we are thankful for the generosity of local businesses and families who donate their time to make our annual dance a reality,” said Stephanie Thomson, chair of the Sol Feinstone PTO Sweetheart Dance Committee. “Even parents who don’t have daughters volunteer to show their support – as well as a dozen of our Sol Feinstone alumni who came back to work the event. It’s an enormous undertaking, but incredibly rewarding because of the active engagement of our school community.”

More than 100 individuals helped put on this year’s event. The school’s PTO also hosts an annual sports challenge each spring, for boys and their guests.


PHOTO CAPS: 1. Charlotte McMackin and her dad, Dr. Craig McMackin, stroll down the red carpet at the Sol Feinstone Annual Sweetheart Dance.

2. Erin Davies poses on the red carpet with her dad, Gareth.

3. Sixth graders at the Sweetheart Dance, from left, Olivia Pinto, Jordana Leff, Sophie Burdo, Lara Davies and Arya Shukla.  


Student artwork blooms

On March 5th, select New Hope-Solebury art students visited the Philadelphia International Flower Show to see their art work displayed in the Delaware Valley College exhibit. This year’s theme of the Flower Show was “Articulture” and the intent was for exhibitors to combine the artwork with the world of horticulture. Through a partnership with Delaware Valley College, and New Hope-Solebury schools, all 1,400 students in grade K-12 were posed the question “What is nature?” 

The intention was to encourage connections between children and our natural world, while educating people about the effects and consequences of “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Coordinated by Lower Elementary School principal Ken Silver, art teachers Mark Mannion, Joann Neufeld and Karen Rosenburg had their students create works of art that addressed the questions “What is nature?” and “How do you interact with nature?” Students created work in pastel, paint, collage, photography and ceramics. Once all the artworks were completed, 10 pieces were chosen from each NH-S school building and displayed at a special event at Delaware Valley College. These pieces were then incorporated into the display that Delaware Valley College entered into the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Delaware Valley College even won a “Special Achievement Award for a unique feature or design element” thanks to the artwork of the students. The exhibit also won the Bulkley Medal of the Garden Club of America.

“It was fantastic to see our student’s work displayed so prominently in the design and we enjoyed all the other wonderful displays at the art show as well,” commented Karen Rosenburg. 

PHOTO CAP: Kathryn Yandle in front of her self-portrait.


Animal Alliance of NJ to open area’s first freestanding pet adoption center

Animal Alliance of NJ is unveiling The Robert W. Curts Memorial Pet Adoption Center, located directly adjacent to the organization’s Planned Pethood Clinic at 1432 Route 179 North, Lambertville. Opening in late April, the state of the art adoption center will bring pets to people and signifies Animal Alliance’s ongoing expansion, and continued dedication to animal welfare and the community at large.

The 2,000 square foot adoption and retail center is a warm, welcoming and well-ventilated space that allows dogs and cats to reside within a new pet-friendly environment until they are adopted into lifelong homes. The center features three meet and greet rooms for pets and prospective adopters to interact and become acquainted. Dogs will live comfortably in spacious cabins with glass fronts while cats and kittens will enjoy free roaming rooms with windows, perches, trees, and tunnels.

The center also provides an on-site veterinarian in the adjacent clinic to provide pre-adoption veterinary examinations and consultations. The full-service adoption center will be open five days a week from noon to 4:00pm. Appointments are recommended and walk-ins are always welcome.

“I have always envisioned a friendly, nurturing environment where the pets and their personalities can shine to form lasting connections with adopters,” says Anne Trinkle, founder of Animal Alliance. “The opening of the adoption center is both exciting and inspiring, and symbolizes the generous hearts of each and every donor who has brought us to this point, and organizations such as the Humane Society of The United States.”

“The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is proud to fulfill the bequest of Robert Curts by allocating a $50,000 grant to Animal Alliance for their new pet adoption facility,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey state director for the HSUS. Donations for the center are still being accepted including personalized paw prints and pet portraits for permanent display on the adoption center’s wall that serve as an enduring tribute for families, pets and businesses. Donations can be made by visiting