Youth soccer news

The FC Bucks Raptors U14 boys soccer team won their bracket in the recent MAPS Easter Kickoff tournament, held in Pittsgrove, NJ.

Pictured front row from left are Victor Sloan, Joey Brown, Dan Cunicelli, Vincent Colon, Frankie Green, Vincent Sciarrotta, Stefen Melekos, and Nick Kennerly; back row, Zack Burger, Tim McNamara, TJ Grube, Corey Shefsky, and Christian Rogers. Not pictured are Dante Demeo, Nils Dahlin, Zack Saifer, Colin Ochs, and Justin Segal.

FC Bucks Raptors is a part of the Council Rock Soccer Association.

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The Brunswick Breaks New Grounds for Gardens

This past Tuesday, May 19, 2015 students from the Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School, in Philadelphia, donated their day to creating a new garden for the 100+ residents at The Brunswick at Attleboro, a Personal Care Community in Langhorne Borough.

Lincoln High School students were responsible for the design and implementation of the new garden. On their day off, the students donated over 5 hours of their time to put it all in to place. This time did not include the countless hours spent in development. Along with the students, Dylan Thomas a 5th grader at Herbert Hoover in Langhorne and some of the residents and staff of The Brunswick were out in the gardens volunteering as well. This day brought many generations together to develop a place for the community to enjoy.

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Lower Bucks Toastmasters helps develop communication and leadership skills

by June Portnoy

Is your fear of public speaking preventing you from getting a job or a asking for a promotion? Perhaps you’re putting off returning to school because you know it will require standing up in front of people and speaking. If so, consider joining Lower Bucks Toastmasters, an organization devoted to helping people just like you develop your communication and leadership skills. This club utilizes a proven plan to improve your speaking, listening and leadership skills.

Club members from the Lower Bucks Toastmasters shared their supportive and positive learning environment during their Open House held Thursday, March 26th at Aria Hospital’s cafeteria meeting room, located at 380 Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne.

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Washington Crossing DAR celebrates student essay winners

The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized local students and listened to their essays depicting American history. The DAR sponsors annual essay writing contests for students in grades five through eight, and high school, to promote American history and education. This year, the writing prompt for fifth-eighth grade was “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

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ICBA champs

The Inter-County Basketball Association Eighth Grade team won the Division A Championship this year against Towamencin by a score of 54-45.  The team has been coached by Mike Stock and Kevin Ochs since the boys were in fourth grade.  The team won the B Division Championship in fifth grade, the A Division Championship in sixth grade and came back to win the championship this year (they lost to Towamencin in last year’s championship game). This was the last game that the boys will play together since they will begin playing high school basketball in the fall.

Pictured from left are Brian Schwartz, Bryce Stock, Ashton Johnson, Shawn Blank, Zak Saifer, Bradley Kraut, Konrad Kiska, Colin Ochs, Nick Gallo, Kevin McNamee, Seamus McKeever and Coach Mike Stock (not pictured is Coach Kevin Ochs).

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Creativity flourishes at AOY Summer Camps

The AOY Art Center is calling all creative and artistically inspired youth to join them this summer and get your hands dirty – in a good way! In this wonderful historic farmhouse on 233-acres of farmland, there is no end to the creative expression opportunities for children ages 6-14 at the AOY Summer Camps! AOY offers a weekly day camp with choice of AM and/or PM classes where creativity happens under the skilled guidance of certified teachers. Explore a wide variety of opportunities in crafts and fine arts of drawing, painting, printing and sculpting in an enthusiastic environment for kids. Each young artist will have the opportunity to produce numerous works which they’ll get to present in an Art Show at the end of this 2015 camp session.

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Newtown resident wins $10,000 at Univest grand opening

As part of its grand opening celebration at its newest financial center located at 15 Swamp Road in Newtown, Univest Bank and Trust Co. hosted a sweepstakes with a $10,000 grand-prize.  The lucky winner was Karen, a Newtown resident. Other prizes awarded included an Apple iPad Air, GoPro Action Camera, Sonos Playbar and a Yamaha Home Theater System.

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GNEC honors Student of the Month

The Greater Newtown Exchange Club (GNEC) honored Council Rock North High School senior Drew Musto at the Club’s April 9th meeting with GNEC’s coveted Student of the Month (SOM) Award. Drew stood with his family (parents Robert and Judy and sister Olivia) as the award was presented by GNEC’s Elizabeth Soucar.

Drew is Captain of the CR North Debate Team and serves as President for his school’s chapters of the National Honor Society, Kick Off Mentoring Program, and Mathletes. A National Merit Commended Scholar, Drew has received the Harvard Prize Book Award and National Spanish Exam Honorable Mention. He is an active member of Future Business Leaders of America, Science National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa (Social Studies) National Honor Society.

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4-H Toastmasters 2015 graduates

The Bucks County 4-H Toastmasters Junior Leadership class had 19 teens graduate from the program on March 11th. The teens completed a nine-week course designed to introduce them to public speaking and parliamentary procedure. Active “hands-on” practice was implemented at each class, while the teens participated in impromptu table topics, informal and formal speech delivery.

Seventeen-year-old Samantha Renck, of Newtown, was a graduate of the 2015 Bucks County 4-H Toastmasters Junior Leadership class. Samantha, a junior at Council Rock High School North, enrolled in the class to strengthen her speaking skills as she performs her duties as Miss Philadelphia Outstanding Teen 2015. Samantha’s platform, “Knocking out Diabetes with a One, Two Punch,” has been delivered to over seven groups in the Philadelphia area since January. She is currently working to achieve the “Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen” title, to be decided June 12th in Pittsburgh.

PHOTO CAP: Samantha Renck, Miss Philadelphia Outstanding Teen 2015

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Local resident writes anti-bullying children’s book

by June Portnoy

Newtown’s Karen Scheuer, a second grade teacher at Churchville Elementary School, recently reached the significant milestone of selling 1,000 copies of her first children’s book, “A Bug and a Wish.” This book, targeted to kids in kindergarten through third grade, explores young Tyler’s struggle dealing with a group of boys who routinely tease him.

Tyler confides his frustration to his friend, Danae, who tells him to give the boys “A Bug and a Wish.” Tyler initially takes her advice literally, thinking he has solved his problem by finding a ladybug and dandelion seeds.

However, when Danae realizes her friend has misunderstood her suggestion, she explains that the next time the boys tease Tyler he should tell them, “It bugs me when you tease me,” and “I wish you would stop.”

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