Beach Blast Soccer Champs

The Patriot FC U11 Girls White team went undefeated to take home the coveted Tiki Trophy at the recent 2014 Cape Express Wildwood Beach Blast. The team is coached by Eric Hill and Peter Hondros.

Pictured standing are Aubrey Hondros, Rebecca Hutchinson, Jade McDonnell, Brianna Hondros, Julia Levin, Brooke Fischer, and Kara Hill; seated, Maddie Deal, Sydney Mandel, and Kim Herritt.

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BCAEYC announces annual fall conference

The Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) has announced the theme of its 26th annual fall conference. On Saturday, October 4th, early childhood educators will be attending, “Keep the Ball Bouncing – Healthy Minds and Bodies in Early Childhood Education” at Bucks County Community College in Newtown.

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BARC gears up for the 10th Annual Walk-A-Thon and Community Day

On Sunday, September 14th, BARC Developmental Services will host its 10th Annual Walk-A-Thon and Community Day at Tyler State Park in Newtown. Check in begins at 10:00am and the walk starts at 11:00am.

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St. Mary receives national recognition for quality stroke care

St. Mary Medical Center recently announced that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ and recertification as a Primary Stroke Center.  St. Mary is among a distinguished group of U.S. hospitals to earn national recognition for its compliance with the latest hospital guidelines for the treatment of stroke with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

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Crossings Animal Sanctuary kicks off ‘United Paw’

This month, The Crossings Animal Sanctuary (CAS) begins “United Paw,” a three-month, community-wide fundraising campaign for its dog and cat assistance programs.

These programs were created because many pets needlessly lose their lives when a new home, a foster placement, and/or financial assistance for veterinary care cannot be found in time. “The Animal Help and Adoption Network” helps by creating a centralized community help line for information, referral, and adoption assistance.

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Student volunteers at St. Mary Medical Center awarded scholarships

The Community League of St. Mary Medical Center has awarded scholarships to 10 student volunteers to further their education at the colleges of their choosing. To qualify for each $1,000 scholarship, students completed a minimum of 200 hours of volunteer service at St. Mary, and then submitted an essay for review by the cabinet of The Community League. This year’s student scholarship recipients are: Connor Laigaie, (biology, Arcadia University); Alexandra Nixon (biomedical sciences, Messiah College); Jessica Vadaketh (biology and Spanish, Ursinus College); Katie Malicka (nursing, DeSales University); Harsh Patel (information technology, Temple University); Bhaumik Shah (finance, Boston University); Jenna Blackstone (communications, University of Pittsburgh); Shu Yun Liu, Michael Wu, and D’nae Monford.

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Foundations Summer Youth Corps celebrates seventh year

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership’s 2014 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 offers students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community working at non-profit human service agencies.

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Family Practice Center of Newtown now open seven days a week

by June Portnoy

It’s Sunday and your son falls off his bike, injuring his leg. You hate the idea of waiting for hours in the ER when it’s probably just a bad sprain, but your doctor’s office is closed. Dr. Catherine Spratt-Turner, DO, solo practitioner at the Family Practice Center of Newtown, recently recognized that there was a need in this area for a physician’s office to provide medical care during weekends.

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Congregation Brothers of Israel hosts Shabbat Under the Stars

Come celebrate Shabbat Under the Stars at Congregation Brothers of Israel, located at 530 Washington Crossing Road in Newtown, on August 15th at 6:00pm. Prospective members are welcome as guests. This community event will include a kosher family BBQ and entertainment, along with an outdoor Shabbat service plus Oneg Shabbat.

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BCFA announces final Summer Farm Evening for 2014

The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and the Bucks County chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local® present the final event in a series of farm evenings that introduce consumers to the local small-scale producers who put the freshest foods onto our tables via direct sales, community-supported agriculture operations (CSAs), farmers’ markets, farm stands and other venues.

On Wednesday, August 6, BCFA members, Bucks BFBL partners and all interested individuals and families are invited to Anchor Run Farm CSA for a potluck meal and tour.

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