31st Annual CPCU/Council Rock Fire Safety in the Home contest to be held during National Fire Prevention Week

The Philadelphia Chapter of the CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) will be conducting its 31st Annual “Fire Safety in the Home” contest in the elementary schools of the Council Rock School District during National Fire Prevention Week, October 5th – 11th.

The contest has been held each year in conjunction with the School District, and students are asked to write an essay or do a creative work or poster on Fire Safety during National Fire Prevention Week.  The panel of judges will be comprised of Council Rock School Board President Wendi Thomas, former Northampton Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU, representing the CPCU Society’s Philadelphia Chapter and Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton.

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Patriot FC U11 girls win tourney

The Patriot FC U11 Girls Red soccer team was named champions in the elite bracket at the annual Vereiningung Erzgebirge (VE) Summer Friendly Tournament in Warminster recently.

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Making floral arrangements with supermarket flowers

by June Portnoy

During Martha Washington Garden Club’s monthly meeting on September 24th, garden club member Ruth Voss conducted a workshop demonstrating how to make a floral arrangement using supermarket flowers.

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Garage fire safety

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

Residential garages were designed primarily for the storage of vehicles safely out of the weather. Over time garages develop into expanded storage areas for many household items.

With the addition of lawnmowers, fuel containers, paint cans, propane tanks, and assorted flammable materials, your garage can contain the highest concentration of combustible materials in your home. These materials equate into what fire investigators refer to as a “Fuel-Load.” The higher the fuel-load the hotter and faster moving the fire will be!

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A winter dialogue

submitted by Diane Marrazzo, Marrazzo’s North River Landscape

Summer winds and high temperatures have taken a toll on our trees and shrubs all season long! As fall pulls in Ole Man Winter by the boot, we should prepare our landscapes for the harshness he has been known to bring! Now is the time to cut back your perennials 3” from the surface, trim out any dead branches from your trees and shrubs, and a final weeding of the beds.

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Newtown Rotary Club donates $16,000 to Pickering Manor

At a recent meeting of the Newtown Rotary Club, a $16,000 check was presented to Michelle Knobloch, Executive Director of Pickering Manor in Newtown. The funds were the net proceeds from the 2013 Golf Outing.

Paul Salvatore, Chair of the Golf Outing Committee, congratulated Pickering Manor and stated that this year’s goal for the 25th Golf Outing is $20,000. “Obviously, we’ll need a lot of support from the community,” he said. “We are looking for golfers, sponsors and advertisers to help us reach our ambitious goal.”

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Wrightstown community demonstrates support for elementary school

by June Portnoy

This past summer, Wrightstown Elementary School (WES) received new floors. In order to preserve them, WES sent out a request to the community asking for 2,500 tennis balls, hoping to place one ball on each chair and desk leg in the school.

Andrea Hogan, a Wrightstown resident for 15 years whose two children graduated from the school several years ago, learned about the need for the tennis balls in mid-July.

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Kernan receives IAFI designation

The International Association of Fire Investigators (IAFI) and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) has announced the awarding of the designation of Fellow of the IAFI (F-IAFI) to John C. Kernan, CFEI, CFII, F-IAFI. John is the Chief Fire Marshall for Upper Makefield Township.

Those members of the IAFI, with superior expertise, education, experience, service to the fire investigation profession, and a position of respect within the fire investigation community may be recognized by the NAFI/IAFI Board of Governor’s with the honorific title of Fellow of the IAFI (F-IAFI) in recognition of their leadership roles and honored standing within the industry. Mr. Kernan is the first candidate to be awarded this honor from the State of Pennsylvania.

Less than one percent of all Professional Fire Investigators in the world have been awarded this distinction.

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Washington Crossing Chapter DAR supports National Cemetery

The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) proudly supports the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown. Several members recently attended the monthly memorial service held for fallen military service personnel without local family. This memorial service is held at the cemetery on the last Thursday every month at 2:00pm to honor those that have served. The Washington Crossing Chapter along with the National Society of DAR hold a core value to honor veterans and promote patriotism.  It was a privilege for members to uphold this value and support the national cemetery by attending the memorial service.

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Bucks County youth compete in District Championships

Youth Tennis Teams from Bucks County recently competed in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis District Championships in both New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area.

The Bucks County spring league was administered by the nonprofit Bucks County Tennis Association (BCTA), and teams competed for eight weeks during the spring season with the Serve-ivors and Terman-netters earning the right to compete in the 14-and-under and the 18-and-under divisions, respectively. The teams competed in the July USTA Middle States Philadelphia Area District Championships against teams that had won their leagues from throughout the five-county greater Philadelphia region.

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