The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BCABVI) is the only independent non-profit in Bucks County that is dedicated to serving people who are blind and visually impaired. All the services at BCABVI are driven by their mission statement: to provide resources, answers and support to all people with blindness or other visual impairment that maximize their ability to meet life’s daily challenges and realize their continued self-worth and value to our community.

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YOBC Wind Symphony Play-In: Community Guests Invited to Open Rehearsal

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County? Do you like to challenge yourself musically? If so, then mark your calendar for YOBC’s Wind Symphony Play-In on Sunday, February 15 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

YOBC’s Play-In is for young musicians in grades 5–8 who play brass, wind, or percussion instruments. Community guests will join the 35-member Intermediate Division Wind Symphony for an afternoon of music, friends, and fun. This event is free of charge, however guests must register on the YOBC website. Music will be sent out around February 1 to give students a chance to practice it. We do not expect it to be perfect, but it should be prepared. Music will be distributed by email to registered students. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The open rehearsal is from 5:00–6:30 pm at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The mission at the American Heart/American Stroke Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. That single purpose drives all that they do to fight the nation’s #1 and #5 killers, providing public health education in a variety of ways.

The nation’s leader in CPR training, this organization also helps people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They provide science-based guidelines to healthcare professionals to ensure the best treatment for every patient, every time. They educate lawmakers, policy makers and the public as they advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

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Sweet Greetings at Friends Home & Village

Friends Home & Village will be hosting a “Sweet ‘n Greet” Open House at its campus on 50 South Congress Street. Stop in on Wednesday February 11th between 3:00pm and 6:00pm to enjoy dessert, music, and to tour the historic building.

Located at the core of Newtown for nearly 120 years, Friends Home & Village would like to share some of its rich history (and rich desserts!) with you.

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Doane Academy receives $17M donation from Henry and Eleanor Rowan

Doane Academy has been very fortunate over the last 15 years to have the good counsel, the inspiration and the financial support of Henry and Eleanor Rowan, their family and the family foundation. The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation alone has invested in excess of $8M in the Academy over the last 12 years, including a recent gift in the amount of $1.5M.

In addition to this annual support, Doane Academy gratefully and publicly acknowledges today what can only be called a “transformational” gift from Henry Rowan and his wife, Eleanor, in the amount of $17M. This gift, entitled the Henry M. and Eleanor E. Rowan Endowment, will be invested in perpetuity. Only the return on the investment will be available to the Academy beginning this time next year.

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra Concert – Soloists on Stage

This year, the NCO celebrates its 25th season. The second concert, “Soloists on Stage” will be played on Saturday, January 17, at 7 PM at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown, PA 18940. The featured soloists and the groups accompanying them will be: Katrina Kormanski Cellissimo Bellissimo; Trenton Brass Quintet+1, Karl Megules, artistic director; La Bella Nota Jazz Quintet, John Kormanski, director; and NJWOMENSONG, led by Hillary Colton.

Soloists on Stage is a win-win concert for the audience, the musicians and the NCO organization. The musicians perform gratis as soloists for the benefit of NCO, while delighting the audience with their music and talents. Each soloist will play several selections, one each is listed below:

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St. Mary’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ raises funds for Bucks County Housing Group

by June Portnoy

If you happened to be walking through the hallway adjacent to the Cancer Center at St. Mary Medical Center on October 23rd, you would have thought you just stepped onto the set of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”

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CPCU Society announces Council Rock Fire Safety Contest winners

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU), a professional insurance educational society, announced the winners of the 31st annual Fire Safety In The Home Contest co-sponsored with the Council Rock School Board. Students in the Council Rock elementary schools were invited to write essays or create posters on the subject of fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week, October 5th – 11th.

Each school in the district submitted its top entrants for the final judging. The panel of judges was comprised of School Board Director President Wendi Williams, Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton and former Northampton Township Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU who is the co-ordinator of the contest for the CPCU organization.

The winning students and prizes are as follows:

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Herz exhibit at Chandler hall

Chandler Hall has announced the latest exhibit to be displayed in the Wright Meeting Gallery: a selection of works by fiber artist Andree Lisette Herz, who is noted for her innovative use of fabrics. Andree, a graduate of Cooper Union and juried member of the National Society of Mural Painters, has been exhibiting in the New Jersey-New York area for over 20 years. This is her first time being featured in Bucks County.

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Patriot FC White U12 boys team takes ICSL Championship

The Patriot FC White U12 boys team has just won the Inter County Soccer League (ICSL) U12 Boys Division 2 Championship, clinching the League title with a tie against Boyertown last month. “Coach Thomas, Coach Witting and I are delighted our team has won their division in the ICSL.

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