TCNJ announces addition to Pre-College Summer program

The College of New Jersey’s Office of Summer/Winter Programs announces a brand new non-credit addition to its residential Pre-College Summer program: “STEM Design,” scheduled July 12th-19th. This course engages students in project-based learning activities where students will design a solar panel car racer. TCNJ will also once again offer the non-credit course “Garden State,” which focuses on the social and environmental impact of food systems. Both courses foster community engaged learning and provide the opportunity to experience college life.

Additionally, TCNJ will continue to offer its other residential credit programs, including Introduction to Sociology, and American Cities & Suburbs, both scheduled for July 12th-24th.

TCNJ is located in suburban Ewing, NJ and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. For more information visit www.tcnj.edu/intersession.

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Troop 380 Scouts advance to Eagle

On Saturday, March 14th, three Boy Scouts from Troop 380 in Newtown, advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.  A ceremony took place at the Newtown Presbyterian Church with Scout Master David Barth and former Scout Master Michael Shavel officiating the event.

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Brian Brush wins prestigious industry award

A Con Edison environmental scientist from Newtown has won a coveted industry award for developing a system that protects fish in the East River near a steam and electric generating plant in Manhattan (NYC).

Brian Brush, senior scientist in Environmental Health and Safety, was a winner of the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Brian helped lead a project to design a system of five screens with fine mesh panels to filter fish, eggs and larvae from the water cooling intake at the East River Generating Station off East 14th Street in Manhattan.

The screens, along with a fish-return system, reduce the plant’s impact on the river. The fish-return system uses a low-pressure spray to gently remove any aquatic organisms trapped on the screens and return them to the river.

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Newtown students honored for Arbor Day poster designs

Goodnoe Elementary School first and fifth grade students recently competed in Newtown’s annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest. Students were encouraged to design a poster illustrating the importance of trees in our world. The theme this year was “Trees are Beneficial.” The result of the challenge is a beautiful collection of children’s artwork that will displayed on Friday, April 24th at Brian Gregg Memorial Park during Newtown’s Arbor Day Celebration.

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Drive to Revive Arbor Day

Arbor Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21st this year at Sol Feinstone Elementary School and more than 105 fourth graders in Upper Makefield will roll up their sleeves and plant a tree. The kids will become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea–observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth graders at Sol Feinstone Elementary School will receive trees to take home and plant.

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BCCC Foundation hosts Seventh Annual Community Awards and Breakfast

by June Portnoy

Several outstanding community award honorees were recognized and awarded for their exceptional contributions to Bucks County Community College (BCCC) and the surrounding community during BCCC Foundation’s Seventh Annual Community Awards and Breakfast held Wednesday, March 18th at the Newtown campus.

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Bookin’ For Lookin’ races for a cure for blindness

The third annual Bookin’ For Lookin’ road race will take place on Sunday, April 19th, in Newtown, at 8:30am. Bookin’ For Lookin’ encourages runners of all ages to “book it” for the important cause of preventing blindness. Last year, over 250 participants from all over the greater Philadelphia area ran in the 8 Miler, 5K, and Kids Dash. This year they’re adding a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run and Kids Marathon Challenge.

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Spring Fling Shopping Event to Support the Northampton Township Senior Center

On Saturday, April 25th from 9am to 2pm over 50 vendors will be on hand for the annual Spring Fling Shopping Event. The event will feature over 50 vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, scarves, totes, baby items, clothing, home décor, candles, baked goods and much more.

Admission is free and shoppers can purchase for any occasion including Mother’s Day, teachers gifts, graduation presents, and Father’s Day.

The event is sponsored by Comfort Keepers and will be hosted at the Northampton Township James E. Kinney Senior Center. The center is located at 165 Township Road in Richboro. For more information call 215-357-8199.

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Tyler Park Center for the Arts now accepting registration for summer camp

The time is now to sign your budding artists up for summer camp. Tyler Park Center for the Arts (TPCA) is offering art classes from June 29th – August 21st. Five-day sessions offer instruction from a variety of talented professional artists. A week-long class will allow your child to explore using one of the following mediums: Clay, Glass, Drawing, Painting, 3D Sculpture, Beading, Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Collage and Bookmaking. Half-day and full-day sessions are offered for ages five to 18. A 10% discount is offered to members of TPCA, so consider joining today!

Save the dates June 27th and 28th for their premier Summer Festival. “Amazon Spirit” Sculpture Exhibit will feature large-scale female sculptors, fine arts and crafts booths, food trucks, kids activities, hands-on art for all and extraordinary live music.

Visit TylerParkArts.org for a detailed description of all their exciting offerings!

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Calling all local vocalists!

The Newtown Business Association is seeking singers of all ages to show off their talent at its “Rising Star Competition” to be held at the Welcome Day “Street Fair with Flair” on Sunday, May 3rd.

This event is open to all area student and adult vocalists, grades seven and above. Winners of the “Rising Star Competition” will be determined by a panel of judges on event day. The contest will begin at 12:30pm at Bill Marsh Ford, 10 North Sycamore Street, Newtown. Contestants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Interested vocalists should contact Dan Paulish at djpaulish@comcast.net. Deadline for entries is April 15th.

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