Brian Brush wins prestigious industry award

A Con Edison environmental scientist from Newtown has won a coveted industry award for developing a system that protects fish in the East River near a steam and electric generating plant in Manhattan (NYC).

Brian Brush, senior scientist in Environmental Health and Safety, was a winner of the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Brian helped lead a project to design a system of five screens with fine mesh panels to filter fish, eggs and larvae from the water cooling intake at the East River Generating Station off East 14th Street in Manhattan.

The screens, along with a fish-return system, reduce the plant’s impact on the river. The fish-return system uses a low-pressure spray to gently remove any aquatic organisms trapped on the screens and return them to the river.

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Newtown students honored for Arbor Day poster designs

Goodnoe Elementary School first and fifth grade students recently competed in Newtown’s annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest. Students were encouraged to design a poster illustrating the importance of trees in our world. The theme this year was “Trees are Beneficial.” The result of the challenge is a beautiful collection of children’s artwork that will displayed on Friday, April 24th at Brian Gregg Memorial Park during Newtown’s Arbor Day Celebration.

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Drive to Revive Arbor Day

Arbor Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21st this year at Sol Feinstone Elementary School and more than 105 fourth graders in Upper Makefield will roll up their sleeves and plant a tree. The kids will become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea–observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth graders at Sol Feinstone Elementary School will receive trees to take home and plant.

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BCCC Foundation hosts Seventh Annual Community Awards and Breakfast

by June Portnoy

Several outstanding community award honorees were recognized and awarded for their exceptional contributions to Bucks County Community College (BCCC) and the surrounding community during BCCC Foundation’s Seventh Annual Community Awards and Breakfast held Wednesday, March 18th at the Newtown campus.

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Tyler Park Center for the Arts now accepting registration for summer camp

The time is now to sign your budding artists up for summer camp. Tyler Park Center for the Arts (TPCA) is offering art classes from June 29th – August 21st. Five-day sessions offer instruction from a variety of talented professional artists. A week-long class will allow your child to explore using one of the following mediums: Clay, Glass, Drawing, Painting, 3D Sculpture, Beading, Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Collage and Bookmaking. Half-day and full-day sessions are offered for ages five to 18. A 10% discount is offered to members of TPCA, so consider joining today!

Save the dates June 27th and 28th for their premier Summer Festival. “Amazon Spirit” Sculpture Exhibit will feature large-scale female sculptors, fine arts and crafts booths, food trucks, kids activities, hands-on art for all and extraordinary live music.

Visit TylerParkArts.org for a detailed description of all their exciting offerings!

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House fires can burn 8x faster, research shows

submitted by John C. Kernan, IAAI-CFI, Chief Fire Marshal FM-272, Upper Makefield Township

Recent research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in concert with Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), has confirmed that modern house fires burn much faster and pose more dangers than a few decades ago. This research confirms the fact that occupants have much less time to safely exit the home involved in a fire, often less than a few minutes!

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Garden club presents bird care tips for seasonal transitions

by June Portnoy

“Feed the birds” was Connie Fairchild’s main advice during her entertaining, informative presentation at the Martha Washington Garden Club’s (MWGC) monthly meeting held at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall in Yardley on February 25th.

Connie, an avid birder and an Audubon Bird Town Committee member for Lower Makefield Township, said that it’s a common mistake to stop feeding the birds when the temperatures begin to get warmer in early spring.

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Patriot FC U11 girls capture Corrigan/ Mysza Indoor Soccer Tourney

The Patriot FC Red Thunder Under-11 girls soccer team recently won their bracket in the Bob Corrigan/Morgan Mysza Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament at Central Bucks East High School.

Pictured in back row: Shannon Liedl, Katie Daniels, Claire Sichel, Marlena Ries, Hannah Smith, Rebecca Clark, Alexis Ditri, and Shya Walker;
front row: Brenna Schoenfeld, Lindsey Bennett, Taylor Brennan, Morgan McCaffery, and Coach Gavin Flannigan.
Not pictured: Cameron Yaletsko, Jordan Yaletsko, Maddie Fasti, and Caitlyn Martinez.

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Family Math Night teaches students that math can be fun…REALLY!

by June Portnoy

Whether students were solving puzzles, multiplying numbers or drawing pentominoes, one thing was very clear; students at Wrightstown Elementary School were learning that math truly can be fun, and that is the goal of the school’s annual Family Math Night, this year held the evening of January 28th.

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra announces winner of Young Musicians Competition

The Newtown Chamber Orchestra has announced the 2015 Young Musicians Competition winner, Da Young Lim, violin. Ms. Lim auditioned with a masterfully played Mozart Violin Concerto No 4. D Major. As the winner of the competition, Ms. Lim will be the featured soloist in the Newtown Chamber Orchestra’s third concert of the season, “The Russian Connection” on Saturday, April 11th, at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, in Newtown. Ms. Lim is a 10th grade student at Pennridge High School. She has been studying violin since age six.

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