A Woman’s Place awards ceremony recognizes community partners

by June Portnoy

A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, recognized and awarded its community partners, volunteers and staff members at its Annual Breakfast and Community Recognition Ceremony held last month at the Northampton Valley Country Club.

This year’s honorees included: Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. and Village Improvement Association. The reception’s theme was “Keep Calm and Flourish.”

After a breakfast buffet and a special musical performance by Holicong Middle School’s H-Factor, AWP Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba recognized this year’s community partners. She said, “To be 100% successful at achieving our vision of a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish, we cannot live in a silo. True success means moving beyond our walls and building relationships with others.”

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Environmental Education awards presented to three Bucks schools

Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) held its Annual Meeting of the Membership last month and recognized three local schools for their exceptional commitment to Environmental Education. Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center, operated by BCAS, has been teaching environmental education since 1980 and these schools have been participating in the environmental programs in exemplary ways.

Congratulations to these schools: Buckingham Friends School, Council Rock School District and Gayman Elementary School!

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FCP awards scholarships to Nicholas Wu and Nathan Sipler

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded scholarships to two Council Rock High School seniors through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented checks for $1,000 to:

  • Nicholas Wu at Council Rock High School North (attending Princeton University);
  • Nathan Sipler at Council Rock High School South (attending Bucks County Community College).

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William O’Neill is runner-up in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony last month at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

William O’Neill, an 11th grader at Council Rock High School North, was a runner-up in the contest for his essay entitled, “Removing the Shards, One Piece at a Time.” His essay earned him a certificate and movie tickets.

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Ryan DeKorte and Grant Thorburn earn rank of Eagle Scout

Boy Scout’s of America Troop 99 in Newtown honored its two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor on June 13th at the Newtown Presbyterian Church. The venue is especially appropriate as Ryan DeKorte and Grant Thorburn both chose to complete their Eagle Scout Leadership Service project for the church.

Ryan’s project was the organization of a storage room at the church which is used to store seasonal decorations and supplies for the Presby Players. The project, which included building shelves, took over 200 person-hours to complete.

Ryan began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 99 before crossing over to Troop 99, where he held several leadership positions including that of Senior Patrol Leader. He attended the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in 2013, a year after being one of the very first Scouts to participate in the first shakedown campout held there.

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A fond farewell to CR School Superintendent Mark Klein

by June Portnoy

After working at Council Rock School District for 37 years, 26 years as an elementary school teacher and principal and the past 11 years as School Superintendent, Mark Klein, 59, will officially retire on August 31st.

It’s no surprise that Mr. Klein chose a career in education, as both of his parents were educators. In fact, he moved to Bucks County from Pittsburgh at the age of 12 when his father became Director of Pupil Services at Central Bucks School District.

Mr. Klein spent his childhood growing up in Doylestown and graduated from Central Bucks High School West. He currently lives with his wife, Diane, also an educator, in Jamison. Two of his three children have also pursued a career in education, which Mr. Klein jokingly refers to as “the family business.”

He began his teaching career at Churchville Elementary School in 1978. After teaching there for 10 years, he taught at Richboro Elementary School for a year when that building first opened. He returned to his roots at Churchville for another five years, this time working as the school principal.

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Song & Story Hour is back for the summer at The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Join the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad this summer for a brand new “Song & Story Hour” event, fit for all ages and reading levels!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, continuing through August 27th, children can ride this historic train in air-conditioned, first class accommodations, while singing and reading with storyteller Carol. Each child will receive a snack and juice fit for any Junior Engineer, while journeying through the Bucks County countryside where deer, hawk, and other wildlife are often spotted.

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Neurofeedback puts the breaks on ADHD

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Paulie (not his real name), a sixth grader, struggled with schoolwork, homework and on-task behaviors. Additionally, he was a challenge for his teachers and parents with hyperactivity, oppositionality and impulsivity. To Paulie, the teachers were the problem, as he pointed out those he disliked.

Grades and not meeting deadlines were beginning to be a concern to his parents. The medication he was taking for ADHD did not seem to be helping, and Paulie was complaining that he no longer liked taking it.

Paulie’s parents decided to have him evaluated. They were very concerned about the level of behavioral support he required at school.

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Seven supplements for beautiful skin from within

submitted by GNC in Newtown

There are so many essential nutrients that influence the look, feel and health of our skin.

Here are some of the supplements that can help your skin glow from the inside out:

  1. Omega 3’s can help reduce inflammation of the skin. This can be taken through fish or krill oil capsules, or through flax, hemp or chia seeds. Also, Sea Buckthorn is a good source of Omega-7, which may increase your collagen levels. This promotes good elasticity of the skin, reduces sagging and improves skin tone.
  2. Vitamin C is critical for collagen synthesis and may aid in reducing UV damage to the skin. Lifestyle choices like smoking or sun overexposure can reduce the vitamin C levels in your skin.
  3. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in the healing properties and tissue rebuilding of the skin. It can help reduce age-related skin problems, like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
  4. Vitamin E can aid in reducing stretch marks when topically applied. It also shows benefits in wound healing and scar reduction. As a key antioxidant, vitamin E can fight premature aging by protecting cells from free radical damage.
  5. Zinc is well-known for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that oral zinc is an essential micronutrient for skin growth and repair.
  6. Probiotics are a great source of good bacteria for the gut. If you feel your skin problems are a result of your digestive issues, probiotics may be able to provide a balance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Symptoms like rosacea, acne and excessive dryness.
  7. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is known as the “universal antioxidant” because it is both fat and water-soluble. ALA can be taken internally to help shrink pore size and add radiance to the skin. It is also used in topical skin formulations that can reduce redness and blotchiness of the skin. Since ALA has the capacity to regulate the production of nitric oxide, which opens up the blood vessels in the skin, ALA can transform a dull and pasty complexion to a vibrant and glowing one.
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Waiting to buy a home may cost you in more ways than one

submitted by Kathleen Layton, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

If you’re considering a move, whether it’s into your first home or a larger one, waiting to do so could end up costing you thousands of dollars. With most economists in agreement that interest rates will most likely rise by the end of the year, the first way you end up behind the eight ball is with a higher interest rate for your mortgage.

Consider this – if rates move from their current 4% up to 5%, a $300,000 mortgage jumps $177/month from $1434 to $1611 for principal and interest. Or, that payment of $1434 now only buys you $267,000 worth of mortgage money – $33,000 less, which puts you in a different price category.

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