Bernadette Handler elected to Family Service Board of Directors

Bernadette Handler, JD, RN of New Hope was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Family Service Association of Bucks County. Bernadette attended Fitzgerald Mercy School of Nursing, Gwynedd Mercy University and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Her career has included work as a nurse, a publishing editor and the coordinator of Family Service’s Guardianship program, from which she retired in 2007.

Bernadette has a long history with Family Service, having joined the agency as a volunteer in 1991. In her retirement, she serves on the planning committee for the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter’s annual benefit and the Board of Directors of Bucks Villa, a group residence in New Hope for people living with HIV/AIDS.

“Bernie has a long-standing and varied relationship with our organization, along with an astute understanding of our mission,” said Margaret M. Mohr, a member of Family Service’s Board of Directors. “Her innate instinct and generosity for helping those in need has been shared with us for many years. It is quite fitting that we now welcome Bernie and her many skills to our Board of Directors.”

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New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir recruiting singers

Following a little time off for the summer, the New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir has resumed rehearsals, pointed toward performances in December and June. The choir is looking to expand the membership, and invites singers and would-be singers of all shapes, sizes, voice parts and varieties to join the group.

NHS&LCC is made up of members of the immediate New Hope-Solebury and Lambertville community as well as several singing residents of the surrounding area. There is no audition to join – all are welcome.

Beginning its fifth season, NHS&LCC performances have included caroling in New Hope, Peddler’s Village and Prallsville, and appearances at the New Hope Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, Chanukah on the Delaware, the New Hope-Solebury Free Library, several area retirement communities and senior centers, as well as regular concerts.

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Local DAR member to serve on national committee

Newtown resident Marguerite Mogila has been selected to serve as a member of the Volunteer Chapter Genealogy Committee with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The role allows the local resident to assist in serving the organization’s approximately 180,000 members worldwide as they help recruits identify patriot ancestors and complete the organization’s application process.

Currently Marguerite also serves the Washington Crossing Chapter of DAR as both Historian and Lineage Research Committee Chairman. As a dedicated genealogist with a passion for digging through dusty court records and DNA results to find elusive ancestors, she has successfully completed all of the DAR national genealogical education courses.

Her most recent accomplishment includes passing the Society’s brand new Electronic Application Reviewer course that focuses on training members to ensure quality electronic applications are submitted to the organization’s verifying genealogists in Washington, DC.

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Children’s services and new facility come to low vision non-profit

The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is expanding to include more services for children experiencing vision problems.

“This is something we’ve invested time and money and resources into,” said executive director Anne Marie Hyer. “Kids are an essential part of our community.”

Many students could benefit from Low Vision Evaluations and being matched with the right technology to encourage their success at school. Services will include support groups, recreational activities, a resource guide of services available in the community and a new Children’s Services Coordinator and Committee, which is looking for local volunteers.

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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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