Charcoal BYOB: Serving great food in a welcoming, casual environment

by June Portnoy

Charcoal BYOB, originally Charcoal-N-Things, is a classic neighborhood restaurant in Yardley where local residents come together in a casual environment enjoying good food and a beautiful view of the Delaware River.

Anton (Tony) Piescha bought this establishment in 1995, and over the years his sons Mark and Eric, who grew up working in this business, have taken over much of the restaurant’s management.

“We cater to anyone who enjoys good food,” says Mark. “This is a family-friendly restaurant where parents and children feel comfortable in our relaxed atmosphere.

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SPOTLIGHT: Circle of Friends Preschool and Enrichment Programs

Circle of Friends (COF), the Anchor Church, and the COF Learning Community celebrate the promotion of Colleen Mantell, Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher, as she steps into the director position with the retirement of founding member, Kathy Pinchick.

Colleen has developed the three-year-new Kindergarten Enrichment program, which is experiencing great success with its 21st Century Learning philosophies, including in-depth, student-led STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) projects.

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SPOTLIGHT: Cambridge School

Cambridge School is an extraordinary place where children who learn differently thrive. Cambridge is an independent, K-12, nurturing day school located in Pennington, New Jersey that specializes in serving children with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, and ADHD/executive function difficulties, among others.

These children are bright and exceedingly capable, yet they are often underserved in other environments. At Cambridge School, these children are understood and offered what they need to succeed, both personally and academically.

Cambridge School has the highest standards to ensure an unparalleled program for their students, which guarantees: an outstanding and expertly trained faculty of teachers and therapists, a solid college-bound academic foundation that is predicated on evidence-based research and emphasizes language, critical thinking, executive function, and metacognitive skills.

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Harrison Generator: Providing quality installation and service of Kohler generators

by June Portnoy

With increasingly severe storms hitting the U.S. every year, power loss is affecting more homes on an annual basis. To ensure you don’t find yourself in the dark during the next bad storm, contact Harrison Generator, a Kohler Generators Platinum Dealer & service provider offering high quality installations, repairs, and warranty service.

Harrison Generator is the only Kohler Generator Platinum Dealer in this area, giving them the distinction of being the top-tier area dealer. Harrison Generator is a family owned and operated business based in Newtown, co-owned by Dan and Brian Harrison. All work done on your generator is completed by one of the owners, both of whom are adept in this industry.

Dan Harrison has been a residential general contractor for over 14 years and is a highly experienced electrician and gas mechanic. Brian Harrison, a seasoned diesel and engine mechanic, has years of experience in the field.

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SPOTLIGHT: Villa Victoria Academy

Villa Victoria Academy, the oldest Catholic all-girls school in New Jersey, was established in 1933 by the Religious Teachers Fillippini in Ewing, New Jersey at the Scudder Falls Bridge.

Villa is located on a beautiful 44-acre camp on the Delaware River. Transportation is available to Villa Victoria Academy from most Bucks County school districts. Villa Victoria Academy offers superior academics in a safe and nurturing environment to girls in grades Kindergarten to grade 12.

Villa Victoria Academy graduated its 79th graduating class on June 5th, 2016. The Villa Class of 2016, although only 13 students strong, earned over $4 million dollars in college scholarships.

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Gordon Liebmann Family Law: Experienced, compassionate attorneys specializing in family law

by June Portnoy

Going through a divorce can be a stressful, overwhelming experience, and while you’re flooded with an avalanche of emotions, you’re also expected to make critical decisions that will affect the way you live the next chapter of your life.

For these reasons, it’s imperative that you retain the right attorney; someone with the experience to guide you through this process, the knowledge to educate you about the consequences of your decisions, and the compassion to offer that personal touch when you need it the most.

When you combine all these traits together, you end up with the attorneys at Gordon Liebmann Family Law, located at The Atrium, 4 Terry Drive, Suite 4, in Newtown.

“What truly sets us apart is that we are one of the few law firms that exclusively practices family law,” says Jeff Liebmann, co-founder, owner and practicing attorney at Gordon Liebmann Family Law. “Most large law firms provide a variety of specialties, but with the exception of some estate law, handling family law cases is all that we do.”

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Service First Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. – A family owned business you can trust

by June Portnoy

In 1967, Edward and Audrey Johnson constructed the building at 201 South Lincoln Avenue in Newtown to establish their air conditioning and heating business named E.R. Johnson Inc., which they owned and operated till the mid-1980’s.

Fast forward to 2009 when Edward and Audrey’s grandson, Brian Shadle, purchased this same building to launch his air conditioning and heating business, Service First Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. Hanging inside the office, Brian proudly displays the original occupancy permit for the building, along with a photo of the original plot of land where the building stands. There are also various other original documents displayed that his grandmother kept of the building through the years.

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Signature Medicine: Providing patient-focused, enhanced primary care

by June Portnoy

If you feel rushed during your doctor’s visits and treated more like a number than a person, you’ll be pleased to know you can receive a higher level of care right in your own community. Ashish Sitapara, MD founded Signature Medicine 10 years ago in Newtown as an alternative to today’s reactive primary care medicine.

“Our concierge member-based program includes three seeds of care consisting of convenience, care and communication,” says Kimberly Savage, Signature Medicine’s Chief Experience Officer. “In contrast to most of today’s physician practices that have a patient population in the thousands, Dr. Sitapara sees a limited number of patients.

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Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman: Successful NJ law firm moves into PA at Newtown

by June Portnoy

Since 1929 the New Jersey law firm of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman (PR&A) has stood ready to fight for their clients. They have one of the largest workers’ compensation practices in New Jersey and with the opening of their office at 104 Pheasant Lane in Newtown they are now bringing their well-regarded practice into Pennsylvania.

Peter Classetti, a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law Certified Specialist and long-time Newtown attorney, will be overseeing the new office. For over 25 years Peter has devoted his practice almost exclusively to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims and work-related injuries.

Gary Adams, a Princeton-based Managing Partner and Workers’ Compensation attorney, commented, “Not many PA attorneys specialize in this field and with Peter’s experience and PR&A’s size and history we feel this will be a very successful match. We are very excited to have Peter as part of our team.”

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Newtown Saladworks introduces new appearance and millennial-friendly atmosphere

by June Portnoy

Saladworks in Newtown recently launched a pilot program that was so successful it will serve as the prototype for all future Saladworks’ franchises.

“This new design, new branding and refreshed menu increased our traffic by 40% to 60%,” says Nish Patel, co-owner of the Newtown Saladworks. “These changes resulted in us breaking our sales record in our already successful restaurant.”

The Newtown Saladworks was the only one of the 100-plus franchises chosen to test this pilot program.

“Our corporate office was looking for a market that spoke well to our products,” explains Nish. “We have the ideal target audience with a lunch-driven, daytime population, consisting of schools and local businesses, surrounding our restaurant.”

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