Bringing People Together

Dear Readers,

My vision for the 10 newspapers I publish in Bucks County is to bring people together in a meaningful way.  I feel that we have been able to do so by publishing our regular monthly newspapers and this annual Community Guidebook (our regular January edition), giving attention to human talents and corporate entities that spring up out of need, and how they interface into a social infrastructure.

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra celebrating 26th concert season

The Newtown Chamber Orchestra is among the excellent arts organizations contributing to the rich cultural tradition of Bucks County. Founded in 1990 by Russell Hoffmann (music director/conductor), Milton Schwartz (concertmaster) and Craig Smith (principal French horn player), the Orchestra offers a selection of classical music repertoire suited to small orchestra.

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Newtown Rotary presents check to Potential Inc.

Madison Saurman, Newtown Rotary Club President, presented a $750 check to Potential Inc., a local organization dedicated to assisting individuals with autism in reaching their educational, social and emotional potential.

Gadi Naaman, Director of Development for Potential Inc. and Marc Luciani, a member of Potential’s Board of Directors, both Newtown Rotarians, accepted on behalf of the organization.

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Council Rock ‘Scooper Bowl’ raises money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

by June Portnoy

Several hundred Council Rock (CR) students of all ages, along with parents, siblings and friends, stood in line eagerly waiting to enter Council Rock High School North’s cafeteria on Thursday, November 12th, shortly before 5:00pm. Once inside, students who had prepaid $10 handed a red ticket to CR art teachers manning tables where kids chose a ceramic bowl from a large selection of student-made bowls on display.

With their bowl in hand, they headed to different tables where other art teachers helped them take three scoops of ice cream, and then add as many of their favorite toppings that could fit inside their bowls. Anyone who hadn’t pre-ordered a bowl could still enjoy a family size sundae in a paper bowl for only $3.

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Newtown’s Pack 99 annual drive puts food on the table

There will be more food on the table for families who are food insecure in our community thanks to the efforts of a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 99. As they do every year, the Tigers, Bears, Wolves and Webelos of the Newtown pack participated in Scouting for Food. The Cub Scouts took a two-pronged approach to collecting donations this year; they distributed and collected bags in their own neighborhoods and accepted donations outside of McCaffrey’s Food Market in Newtown.

At the end of their drive, they delivered more than 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items and $1,200 in cash donations to the Community Food Pantry at the Bucks County Housing Group’s Penndel location. Pack 99 is chartered by the Newtown Grant Homeowners Association.

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Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation recognizes five Bucks County humanitarians

by June Portnoy

The Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation announced the recipients of its 2015 Humanitarian Awards on November 4th at the Warrington Country Club during an awards breakfast. The five honorees were chosen for setting the standard for leadership, and have each made remarkable humanitarian contributions to their local community. This fourth annual award ceremony was hosted by Don Polec, best known for his segment, “Don Polec’s World,” which used to air on Channel 6 Action News.

Don commenced the ceremony explaining that the Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation “was brought into being as a result of the tragic death in 2004 of Ted Lindeman, a young husband and father of two children: Taylor, age five, and Luke, age three. His wife, Ellen Lindeman, responsible for launching the Foundation, frames the beginning of its work a bit differently than other organizations.

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CPCU Society announces Council Rock Fire Safety Contest winners

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU), a professional insurance educational society, has announced the winners of the 32nd annual Fire Safety In The Home Contest co-sponsored with the Council Rock School Board. Students in the Council Rock elementary schools were invited to write essays or create posters on the subject of fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week, October 4th – 10th.

Each school in the district submitted its top entrants for the final judging. The panel of judges was comprised of School Board Director Wendi Thomas, Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton and former Northampton Township Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU who is the coordinator of the contest for the CPCU organization.

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Troop 99 Eagle earns Grand Slam of National High Adventure Award

George Stockburger VI, of Newtown, recently earned the Grand Slam of National High Adventure Award. He is only the 28th person to earn the award, which was created in 2014 by the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America to recognize those who have participated in activities at all four of the BSA’s National High Adventure Bases.

The Troop 99 Eagle Scout first visited Sea Base in the Bahamas as a Scout. His next high adventure was a canoe trip to Northern Tier. George worked two summers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve as a zipline operator. He also worked onsite for the 2013 National Jamboree with the Jamboree Radio station as a producer. He trekked at Philmont Scout Ranch with Troop 99 as Assistant Scoutmaster this past summer.

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Newtown celebrates Grand Opening of Noah’s Playground

by June Portnoy

Noah’s Playground is a lot more than a new playground in Newtown. It is a symbolic gesture from Natalie and Jason Cohen, a local family who turned their grief for the loss of their son, Noah, into a gift for children to enjoy.

On Saturday, November 14th, Newtown Township representatives joined the Cohens, along with friends and family members, to celebrate the Grand Opening of Noah’s Playground, located at Veterans Park at 234 Durham Road. During the ceremony, Jason gave an emotional account of how his son had passed away from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

“On March 21st, 2010, our beautiful little Noah came into this world. He started smiling four short weeks later and brought us so much joy…Never did we think that our lives would change the way it did. On May 16th, 2010, Noah went to sleep peacefully and never woke up.”

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CRUSA U8 Girls – Intramural Champions!

The Council Rock United Soccer Association U8 Girls were Intramural Champions for the fall 2015 season, with an overall 9-2-1 record.

Pictured in front from left are Katelyn Deal, Diana Zhang, Aubrey Shaulis, and Melinda He; back row, Coach Eddie Mendham, Coach Bill Deal, Macy Laidlaw, Samantha Hughes, Amber Yuan, Juliette Mattia, Abriel Mendham, Reya Sedam, Jane Rajnic, Sophia Procaccino, Delilah Greenberg, and Coach Tim Laidlaw. Congratulations, girls!

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