Fighting for a cure – Drew’s Hope Overcoming Obstacles family event

On Saturday, May 3rd, Transcend Fitness in Newtown will host Drew’s Hope Overcoming Obstacles Family Fun Obstacle Run. Families can participate in a two-mile obstacle course fun run. The festivities begin at 10:00am, rain or shine. All ages and abilities are welcome. Proceeds from the event support Drew’s Hope Research Foundation, which raises funds for Batten Disease research. 

Batten Disease is a childhood disease that prohibits the production of an enzyme needed to clear toxins from the brain. Without the enzyme, permanent brain damage occurs affecting the child’s ability to talk, walk, see and eat. The life expectancy is eight to 12 years.

Drew’s Hope Research Foundation was established in 2007 after the Ferrandino’s received the devastating news that their five-year-old son, Drew, had Batten Disease. Drew, who turned 12 in February, has gone from a child who once ran, jumped, and played to a child needing constant care. Every day is a struggle, but Drew continues to smile regardless.

To join in this community event, go to or to register.


‘Treasures From the Attic: Selected Items From the NHA Archives’

The Annual Meeting of the Newtown Historic Association will be held on Monday, April 21st at 8:00pm at the Half Moon Inn (Court Inn), 105 Court Street, Newtown.

The Annual Business Meeting will be conducted and will also include reports from all standing committee chairmen for the past year.

Following the Annual Business Meeting, a presentation entitled, “Treasures From the Attic: Selected Items From the NHA Archives” will be given by Harriet Beckert and David Callahan. This lecture will showcase selected items from the NHA archives that are interesting and unique to the Newtown community.

The public is invited and refreshments and a social hour will follow the meeting. For further information call 215-968-3914, e-mail, or visit


An Evening in the Chocolate Garden

Join A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, at the 19th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy for an evening at The Chocolate Garden, at Tyler Hall on the campus of Bucks County Community College in Newtown on Saturday, April 26th. This event, which is the largest annual fundraiser for AWP, is a fun evening to eat great food, meet hundreds of community members, bid on fantastic auction items, and sample the most delicious chocolate desserts from all over the county – all for a great cause!

This year, attendees will enter a garden party chock full of more chocolate delicacies than any one person can imagine. Put on your best Garden Party attire and be on hand at 6:00pm for an evening of drinks, dinner, and spectacular auction items. Don’t forget the reason why this event is called Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy. Guests will enjoy a vast spread of desserts made of all types of chocolate and a giant dark chocolate fountain. This is the must-taste event of the year!

Tickets are $125 per person. AWP members can purchase their ticket for $100. Due to the event including dinner service, all tickets must be purchased prior to the event. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Come to the sweetest event in Bucks County! Call Director of Public Advocacy Jenny Salisbury at 215.343.9241 x108 to purchase your tickets today!


Newtown Rotary hosting Fifth Annual ‘Hope on the Vine’ event

The Newtown Rotary Club will celebrate its Fifth Annual Hope On The Vine event on Saturday, April 26th, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the River Room in the newly renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park. The public is welcome, but please register in advance on their website, Ticket price is $75 per person and includes food and beverage throughout the evening, raffled door prizes, music, auction guide, event booklet and plenty of parking.

It promises to be a fun evening and Event Chairman, Chuck Charlton, hopes to set a new record. “Last year, we raised over $15,000, of which $3,250 was donated to Polio Plus, and most of the remaining funds were distributed to 17 local organizations,” said Chuck.

This year’s event will feature food by Chef Joe Garvey, music by the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, excellent international assortment of wines, a wine/cheese pairing education by Beth Tentilucci, and silent and public auctions by a professional auctioneer to support many local and international causes.

“As Hope On The Vine has grown over the years, we realized that we needed a new venue,” added Chuck. “We are very pleased that the River Room at the renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park became available. It’s a spacious room, with magnificent views of the Delaware River and steeped in history. We had great items for the auction last year and expect to do even better this year. If anyone wants to help by donating auction items, they can find a list of recommendations on our website.”

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Patriot FC U13 Girls Red Win Fustol Championship


The Patriot FC U13 Girls Red won the SMG Futsol League Division Championship in Warminster earlier this month. Fustol is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller indoor field.

“Futsol is fast-moving and a good complement to our regular soccer training,” said Tony Ries, head coach of the U13 girls. “The smaller, fast-paced format forces the players to have tight ball control, and improves their overall ball skills. We are thrilled our team won the division, we worked hard to get here.” Headquartered in Washington Crossing, Patriot FC has nearly 500 intramural players between the ages of four to 18, as well as more than 300 travel players representing 23 teams.

Pictured, back row, are Celina Varion, Nicole Millman, Caroline Erlandsen, and Sydney Blum; front row, Abbey Kollar, Lilly Ries, and Paige Columbo. Not pictured, Bailee Matthews.


April Breakfast Meeting of the NBA

The Newtown Business Association will hold its April Membership Breakfast on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM at Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown.  Representatives from Newtown Township and Newtown Borough will give a “State of Newtown” address. 

Also come hear all about what is happening in the Newtown Business Association and how it can help your business.  Meet with colleagues and make new contacts at this early morning get-together.  The meeting starts promptly at 7:30am and is held in the Wrights Room; NBA members are encouraged to bring a guest.  Online Registration, at, for this event will close at 12pm the day prior.  The cost to attend this event is $15 payable at the door or online.  Monthly NBA Breakfast meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month except December.

The mission of the NBA is to promote Newtown as a great place to live, work, shop and do business, thereby enhancing the economic vitality of the community for member businesses through networking, education, community involvement and coop advertising opportunities.


Council Rock presents two programs addressing substance abuse: A Better High and Straight Talk for Parents

During the week of April 21st, Council Rock is presenting two programs addressing the issue of teens and substance abuse.  

On Monday April 21 at 7 pm at Council Rock High School South in Holland, nationally renowned speaker and comedian Matt Bellace will present “A Better High: Supporting Teens in Making Healthy Choices”. Author of the book, A Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love… and Other Great ways to Get Naturally High!, Dr. Bellace uses humor and inspirational stories to teach how to communicate with teens without arguing while sharing examples of how to teach responsibility and healthy coping skills.

On Wednesday April 23 at 7 pm at Richboro Middle School in Richboro, Greg Schick of Drug Free PA will present “Straight Talk for Parents” – an engaging discussion with parents about on the prevalence of substance abuse in our schools and how to recognize signs of use and abuse. A US Army Veteran and currently in law enforcement, Mr. Schick is a member of the Drug Free Pennsylvania coalition, travelling throughout the state and providing parents with practical tools to open a conversation with their children about the dangers of drug use.

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend one or both events to learn more about substance abuse issues – from identifying warning signs in your teen to practical ways to help them grow up substance-free. Both programs are open to all community members and are free of charge.  Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP to so that event planners can prepare for refreshments and handouts.

The April 21st program is presented by Council Rock High School South’s SADD students.  The April 23rd program is the final event of the “Raising Great Kids,” Speaker Series presented by the Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth and the Council Rock Education Foundation and sponsored by Customers Bank.  For more information on these programs, visit or email


Newtown’s Olympic Bronze Medalist returns to her roots, visiting her former school


by June Portnoy

Jamie Greubel, Olympic bobsled Bronze Medalist, received an enthusiastic welcome from kindergarteners through sixth graders at Newtown Elementary School on Wednesday, March 5th. Walking into the school’s cafeteria to the Olympic theme song, students could barely contain their excitement, cheering “USA, USA” as Jamie appeared at the school she attended from 1995 to 1996, the first year the school opened its doors.

Jamie, a Newtown Township native, drove the bobsled, with brakewoman Aja Evans, to victory during the two-women bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Principal Kevin King took Jamie for a walk down memory lane, pointing out her sixth grade photo in her class picture that still hangs in the school’s hallway among subsequent graduating classes. He then showed her a tile that had been taken down from the school’s ceiling in which Jamie, along with her classmates, had painted her handprints during her graduating year.

Next, he reflected on one of the first records Jamie set. He showed students a physical fitness board on which Jamie’s name is still displayed, announcing “Jamie holds the record for the 600-yard run at 1 minute, 47 seconds, which is still the record here today.”

Principal King told Jamie, “You’ve inspired so many people in this room to shoot for high goals, and we want to thank you for coming back and showing us that you still remember where you came from…the Olympics are always special, but this year, they were extra special knowing we had a Newtown person in the Olympics.”

Mrs. Mary Bloom, Jamie’s former physical education teacher who still teaches here today, remembers how athletic Jamie always was. Mrs. Bloom said, “She has been such an inspiration to all of us…knowing that at one time she sat in our gymnasium just like you do every single week, with dreams just like you have.

“With lots of practice and determination, Jamie achieved an unbelievable goal, to represent the United States of America in the Olympics…and to actually stand on the podium and receive the bronze medal.”

Council Rock School District Superintendent Mr. Mark Klein, who was Newtown’s school principal when Jamie attended, stopped by to welcome her back. He addressed Jamie, stating, “On behalf of the entire Council and community, not just limited to Newtown, we were so excited to see your great success in the Olympics.”

Still another visitor from Jamie’s past was retired teacher James Maloney, Jamie’s sixth grade teacher at Newtown.

When Jamie took the microphone, she said, “This is by far the biggest and most enthusiastic welcome I’ve had since I got home, and you guys literally brought me to tears when I walked into that door.”

Jamie explained that “bobsledding is a very unique sport because there are only two bobsled tracks in the United States, one in Lake Placid, NY and one in Salt Lake City, Utah, so unless you grow up in one of those two places, it isn’t likely you would grow up bobsledding.”

Instead, Jamie, who always loved sports, participated in track and field, field hockey, riding horses and a bit of basketball. She continued her involvement with track and field at Cornell University from which she graduated. After graduation, her friend invited her to Lake Placid to try bobsledding. 

“I had never competed in other sports before, but I loved sports so much I was willing to go out there and give it a try,” explained Jamie, who bobsledded for six years before making the Olympic team. She admitted bobsledding was scary at first, but the more she practiced, the better she got and the more confident she became in her newfound skills.

Jamie presented a very special slide show, which including a variety of photos taken during the Olympics. A highlight of the day was when Jamie took out her bronze medal, displaying it to a cheering, screaming audience of fans.

Mrs. Bloom recognized Jamie as the school’s first and only member of its Newtown Hall of Fame, presenting her with a concrete plaque that art teacher, Mrs. Donna Farrell, designed. It included Jamie’s name, date of graduation from Newtown, as well as pertinent information about the Winter Olympic games, including a symbol of the bobsled. Jamie signed the plaque, which will be prominently displayed in the school.

Before Jamie left, she offered students the inspiring words that, “You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. If you believe in yourself, you can make it happen. Work hard and follow your dreams.”

PHOTO CAP: Jamie with her former sixth grade teacher, James Maloney


NBA hosting Annual Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 12th, at 9:00am sharp, the Newtown Business Association (NBA), representing over 200 businesses and retailers in Newtown, will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pickering Manor Field in Newtown Borough. All are welcome to attend this traditional holiday activity celebrating the joy and fun of a good old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt for both children and adults. Member businesses of the NBA will be donating prizes for the event.

To participate, simply come with family and friends to Pickering Manor North Field, at the corner of Frost Street and Lincoln Avenue in Newtown Borough, at 9:00am. This lively event is over in less than one half-hour and will create memories for all. Don’t be late, as the hunt will start promptly at 9:00am. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the children. For further information about this event, call Event Chair Jen Kline Clark at 215-962-3933 or check the NBA website at


St. Mary introduces Next Day Orthopedics for quick access

In response to the growing need for urgent orthopedic care in Bucks County, St. Mary Medical Center has introduced Next Day Orthopedics. This customer-focused service is designed to help patients who need immediate treatment for a sudden injury or dramatic increase in back, joint, hand, or muscle pain. With one call, a person can get an appointment to see the right orthopedic sub-specialist to treat their specific orthopedic problem within one business day.

This new service is targeted to individuals who need to quickly see a physician for an unexpected orthopedic issue, such as a strain, sprain, or minor fracture. Next Day Orthopedics is intended for those who don’t necessarily need a trip to the Emergency Department, yet can’t wait days or weeks for a scheduled appointment with an orthopedic specialist. A nurse navigator will triage calls made by patients to the St. Mary physician referral line at 215.710.5888 and help schedule a convenient next-business-day appointment with the right orthopedic specialist experienced in the specific care a patient needs. Patients who are requesting specialized orthopedic care are welcome to call even if they previously were seen in an emergency room, urgent care center, or primary care office. Providing the right care with the right physician is the most important goal of Next Day Orthopedics.

“With Next Day Orthopedics, patients are getting quick access to some of the best specialty orthopedic care in the region,” says Dr. Richard Cautilli, Chair of Orthopedics at St. Mary Medical Center. “This convenience is backed by the expertise of our highly experienced board-certified surgeons who have attained the highest levels of credentials and specialty training. Patients calling for Next Day Orthopedics can see the right orthopedic specialist for their specific problem.”