The College Match Guru: Helping students choose the right college

by June Portnoy

Paying for your child’s college tuition is the largest investment you’ll ever make, with the exception of buying a home. It’s no surprise that choosing the wrong college can be a very costly mistake.

Statistics show that more than 30% of college students transfer, and typically less than half of college credits transfer. Choosing the wrong college can also mean missing out on scholarships and institutional aid that can dramatically reduce college costs.   These are all good reasons you should contact Jeff Sibner at College Match Guru (CMG).

“My goal is to help college-bound students compile a list of colleges or universities that they will feel enthusiastic and comfortable about attending,” explains Jeff, an independent educational consultant. “I match students with colleges that meet all their needs, not just academically, but financially, socially and geographically.”

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Villa Victoria Academy – creating STEM leaders of tomorrow, today

Villa Victoria Academy has provided the young women of Bucks County and central New Jersey area with a challenging and supportive academic environment since 1933.

Villa Victoria, long known for its arts education, chorus, theatre and musical productions, also boats a strong STEM education curriculum. As an end-of-the-school-year project, middle school science instructor, Jennifer Spivey, provided her students with an opportunity to build working catapults to demonstrate a physics lesson in real life.

The girls worked with safety goggles, drills, and other tools to create their catapults.

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Millett Mediation, L.L.C.: Providing a positive alternative to the traditional divorce process

by June Portnoy

The experience of getting divorced is emotional enough, without the added stress of the lengthy, expensive, traditional process of legally ending your marriage. Fortunately, John G. Millett J.D., founder and principal of Millett Mediation, L.L.C., offers an alternative approach to witnessing opposing lawyers, judges and additional third parties, battle out your differences in a courtroom.

Instead, John, a law school graduate and private mediator in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for nearly 10 years, offers mediation to resolve disputes, either in his Newtown office, a third party location or in the comfort of your own home. John understands first-hand the value of settling disputes in a more amicable way.

As a divorce survivor himself, he spent more than two years and tens of thousands of dollars enduring the traditional divorce process. When he and his wife (at the time) finally tried mediation, they completed their divorce in a matter of hours.

“I knew at that moment that I wanted to focus my practice on mediating divorces full-time,” says John.

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Lisa McPeak: A classical piano instructor with exceptional credentials

by June Portnoy

Not many local piano instructors have the professional experience and education that Newtown’s Lisa McPeak has attained. As a result of her exceptional credentials, Lisa can help her students progress to a higher level at a quicker pace than many other instructors.

However, Lisa’s goal is not to make a professional pianist out of all her students.

“I teach each of my students at their own pace and take them to whatever level they feel comfortable,” says Lisa. “My main objective is to help them become the best pianist they can be.”

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Heine & Associates Family Dentistry: Providing exceptional treatment for your entire family

by June Portnoy

Today everyone is so busy that it’s challenging, not to mention exhausting, to find time to take your children to a pediatric dentist, your teenagers to an orthodontist, and still remember to make your own dental appointment, while perhaps getting some cosmetic dental work done as well.

But what if you could get all your dental needs treated at the same time all in one office? That is precisely the goal of the three dentists at Heine & Associates Family Dentistry.

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Saladworks: Not your typical salad bar

by June Portnoy

With the warm weather coming our way, what could be better than a nice cool, fresh salad for lunch or dinner? Unlike traditional salad bars at which you walk around choosing ingredients, many of which you might not recognize, Saladworks employs friendly, helpful staff who assemble your salad right in front of you, ready to serve.

This fast, casual-style restaurant offers significantly more choices than most salad bars with five fresh bases (ranging from spring mix lettuce to pasta) and approximately 50 different toppings.

All selections are displayed in front of you behind a glass window to help you identify the many varied selections. However, if you’re not sure what something is or can’t find what you want, a knowledgeable staff member will offer you assistance.

“Being we specialize in salads, we work hard to provide only the best quality salads made with the freshest ingredients,” says co-owner of the Newtown Saladworks, Nish Patel, who owns this establishment with his family. “All lettuce is washed, prepared and chopped daily on the premises.”

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Bridge Cleaners & Tailors II: Providing outstanding customer service and high quality environmentally friendly dry cleaning

by June Portnoy

Going to a dry cleaner can sometimes be a rushed, impersonal experience. However, this is not the case at Bridge Cleaners & Tailors II, recently opened at the McCaffrey’s Shopping Center in Yardley.

Owner, Brian Carson, prides himself in providing a warm environment and exceptional customer service, while maintaining consistent high quality standards.

“If I won’t wear the clothing that has been dry cleaned here, I certainly don’t expect my customers to wear it,” says Brian who is meticulous when it comes to ensuring high quality dry or wet cleaning and laundered shirt service.

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Univest: A unique banking experience

by June Portnoy

When Univest opened its doors on February 2nd at the Newtown Financial Center on 15 Swamp Road, customers immediately recognized that this new branch was unlike any other bank. For one thing, it has no teller lines or cubicles. Instead it has a high-tech modern appearance that resembles an Apple store.

Its open area with desks facing the front door enables both staff and customers to walk freely throughout the branch. Although not huge in terms of square feet, its use of glass walls gives the illusion of a larger building with lots of visibility.

From the exterior, its flat roof and stucco siding provides a modern feel.

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Friends Home and Village: A retirement village based on Quaker principles

by June Portnoy

Friends Home and Village (FHV), a retirement community providing independent living and personal care, has been a part of the Newtown community for almost 120 years. Since its inception in 1897, FHV has been based on Quaker principles.

“In fact, Quakers (also known as Friends) were the first to build retirement homes, based on their belief of respecting people of all ages,” explains Tyler Hoff, FHV’s new CEO and Executive Director.

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Rittenhouse Home Furniture & Home Décor brings affordable interior design of high style furniture to Newtown

by June Portnoy

For the past five years, Jennifer Poe, a Bucks County resident, has run a successful interior design firm from her home, receiving critical acclaim from notable regional designers and builders for her work. Recognizing that Newtown had no furniture store, Jennifer recently decided to bring her interior design expertise to this community by opening Rittenhouse Home Furniture & Home Décor, the first luxury interior design, furniture and cabinetry retail store in this area.

“I thought it was time that Newtown had a cutting edge, high style furniture store in their backyard, no longer needing to travel to Philadelphia or New York,” explains Jennifer.

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