Villa Victoria Academy graduates 79th class

Villa Victoria Academy, the oldest Catholic all-girls school in New Jersey, graduated its 79th class on June 5th. Villa Victoria Academy 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 campus on the Delaware River.

The Villa Class of 2016, although only 13 students strong, earned over $4 million dollars in college scholarships. The graduates were accepted at a variety of prestigious colleges and universities including Penn State University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Fordham University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Villa continues to provide a college preparatory education to young women residing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Small classes and individualized attention allow Villa girls to reach their full potential. For more information regarding Villa Victoria visit their website at www.villavictoria.org or call the school at 609-882-1700 ext. 19.

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Scenes from the Council Rock Art Show

  1. The dedicated Art Department teachers of the Council Rock School District.
  1. Emily Galvelis demonstrated her talent for attendees.
  1. Seanna Van Schaick displayed her kinetic fish.
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Holiday Cruises & Tours has moved

After 20 years of planning vacations, honeymoons, destination weddings, etc., from their office in The Village of Newtown South, Holiday Cruises & Tours has moved. They are still in Newtown; only their street address has changed, now at 12 Penn’s Trail in the Regus Platinum Corporate Center. Everything else remains the same.

Most importantly what hasn’t changed is their dedication to their clients who have also become their friends. They will continue to always go over and above to make sure you have the best vacation experience possible. Audrey and Kim, who have worked together since 1990, have over 60 years experience in the travel industry between them and are proud to call themselves “Old School” travel consultants.

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TCNJ Pre-College Summer Program

The College of New Jersey’s Office of Summer/Winter Programs has announced a brand new non-credit addition to its residential Pre-College Summer program.

The “Public Health” course, scheduled July 15th-22nd, will allow students to explore and investigate current and emerging health problems of concern to teens in local and global contexts.

TCNJ is also pleased to announce a new credit-bearing option: “20th Century US,” which focuses on how local history affects global trends. This course is scheduled to run July 10th-22nd.

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Andrew Cabo attains Eagle Scout ranking

Troop 99’s Andrew Joseph Cabo recently earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts, that of Eagle Scout.

Andrew chose to complete his Eagle Scout Leadership Service project for the Newtown Township Parks and Recreation Department after learning their Chandler Park Little League Fields needed a flagpole. He and his team of volunteers installed a 35-foot-tall flagpole at the fields on Sycamore Street.

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Roger Yu attains rank of Eagle Scout

Roger Yu is Newtown Troop 99’s newest Eagle Scout. The son of Yizhong Yu and Ping Zhou of Newtown, Roger completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project entitled “Bucks County Veterans and Their Stories.”

As part of his project, Roger worked with a team of fellow Scouts to record the experiences of local veterans in peacetime and in war. The final work is on display at the library at Council Rock High School North. He was drawn to the project because he wanted to preserve history in a unique way.

Roger found the project appealing because it offered him a chance to talk with these veterans and work with video editing technology. Roger has served in several leadership positions with Troop 99 including Patrol Leader, Scribe, Librarian and Troop Guide. He is also a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow Ajapeu Lodge #2 and serves as his troop’s OA representative.

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Toastmasters Club teaches communication and confidence

by Judi Biederman

It is one of life’s little puzzles: presentation skills are one of the most highly-desired competencies in today’s job market, yet the fear of public speaking is one of the most common human phobias. Luckily, help is at hand, often closer than you may think.

According to Newtown resident Karen Jones, vice president of membership for the Washington Crossing Club of Toastmasters International, this organization offers much more than its name implies. While it definitely can help people put together a great toast when that duty may be required, its deeper purpose is to promote communication, leadership skills and personal growth.

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Newtown Creek being tested for water quality

by June Portnoy

Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Department formed a cooperative partnership with the Newtown Creek Coalition (NCC) this past year to conduct a long-term water quality monitoring program on Newtown Creek. The results of the testing will be used to assess any effects that Newtown Borough and Township activities might have on the ecological health of the creek.

The NCC was established in 2006 by a group of interested citizens living in the vicinity of Newtown Creek, along with representatives from the governing bodies of Newtown Borough and Newtown Township. Its mission is “To improve, protect and preserve Newtown Creek and to encourage appropriate use of this natural and historic resource by the community.”

“This new partnership with Bucks is ideal because it’s great to have an academic institution with the expertise, scientific know-how and testing equipment to help us address any concerns we have about the creek,” said Mike Sellers, NCC Founder. “These findings will help us better understand any key issues affecting the creek’s water, so we can work with the local government on improving them, if necessary.”

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Santarsiero announces nearly $50K in fire company, EMS grants

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, recently announced that three local fire companies and an EMS company are receiving more than $48,000 in state grants. The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue.

With the grant program set to expire on June 30th, Steve recently voted in favor of H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for another four years. The bill passed the House awaits action in the Senate.

Fire and EMS companies in the 31st Legislative District that received grants are:

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Art show winner

Clarissa Kear, a student at Council Rock High School North, recently won second place in the “Best of Show” category for her untitled oil painting at the 29th Annual “Touch The Future” Art Exhibition, which featured works from Bucks and Montgomery County public high school students.

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