Ohev Shalom celebrates 40 years in Bucks County

An idea that blossomed in 1976 among a group of local Jewish families to create a warm and welcoming Conservative synagogue has reached a landmark anniversary. Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, located in Richboro, is celebrating 40 years of supporting the spiritual, cultural, educational and social needs of its vibrant community.

The milestone achievement has provided the synagogue a unique opportunity to pay tribute to its past through a series of forward-thinking gifts, such as free membership for families with young children and free Hebrew School for kindergarten through third grade.

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Seasonal passes now available for Dolphin Swim Club

Seasonal passes for families, individuals and seniors 60-years of age or above are now available for the Lower Southampton Township Dolphin Swim Club, located at 260 W. Bristol Road in Feasterville.

For residents of Lower Southampton Township special rates for full season passes are available. For families (up to eight members) the cost is $457, individuals cost $287 and seniors 60-years and above cost $186. Daily admission for individuals will be $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12-years. Children under three-years are free.

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Cowboys Win Fall-Winter Northampton Senior Center Billiards Championship

Team Cowboys won the 2015-2016 Fall-Winter League Billiards Championship on March 21st during the tournament held at the James E. Kinney Senior Center, Richboro, PA. The Cowboys were captained by Don Byers and beat the Packers captained by Mike Parry in the final best of three round 2-0. The winning team received their choice of binoculars or a mini digital camera compliments of League Commissioner Pete Palestina.

The league was comprised of 27 players on 6 teams with each team playing a total of 75 games during the regular season which started September 28th and ended with the playoffs on March 21st.

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New lung cancer clinical trial now open at St. Mary

St. Mary Medical Center is now accepting eligible patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer for a new clinical trial. St. Mary Medical Center is among a limited number of select facilities within the country to offer this important clinical trial. The trial is now open to patients who are newly diagnosed with lung cancer but who have not yet received systemic treatment for the disease, such as chemotherapy.

Nivolumab, marketed as Opdivo, is currently being advertised nationally as a breakthrough treatment for people with lung cancer. Opdivo is approved by the FDA for those with advanced lung cancer for whom chemotherapy may no longer be effective.

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Upper Makefield HEAT are ICBA champs!

The Upper Makefield HEAT seventh grade girls’ basketball team, coached by Kari Cairone and George Long, completed their season by securing the championship in the Inter-County Basketball Association (ICBA) League.  This year’s seventh grade girls’ divisions included 25 teams from Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, and New Jersey as well.

With a tough start to the season, going 0-2 versus Springford and Upper Dublin, the HEAT then rallied to go on a 14-game winning streak. Their final opponent was arch-rival, Upper Dublin, a strong defensive presence who allowed the HEAT only 24 points in the final game.

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St. Mary sponsors car safety training program for older drivers

by June Portnoy

Mitzi Forman of Langhorne drove her 2003 Honda into the garage at the Upper Makefield Fire Company in Washington Crossing because she was worried that she wasn’t sitting properly in her car and wanted to feel safe. Marc Zaharchuk of Washington Crossing drove his 2012 Daimler Smart Car in as a precaution because he does a lot of driving and wanted to be sure he was doing everything “110% right.” Susan Kelley of Yardley drove in her 2013 Hyundai Ellantra to be sure she was operating her car correctly.

These three drivers had the unique experience of being part of the first group of seniors to participate in St. Mary Regional Trauma Center’s launch of CarFit’s national program in Bucks County.

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Corey Pinkas attains Eagle Scout status

Corey Pinkas recently became the newest Eagle Scout in Addisville Reformed Church’s Boy Scout Troop 145. As part of the requirements for the highest rank in Boy Scouts, he completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Chandler Hall in Newtown, in memory of his grandmother Rose Avolio who was a resident there.

The project required almost 400 hours to complete with the help of his troop, family and friends. It included excavation and construction of a tipple stone path, the erection of a pergola, a revamp of the garden plots and landscape beautification.

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Judge Cynthia Rufe receives Bucks County Women’s History Month Award

by Lisa DeAngelis

United States District Court Judge Cynthia Rufe received the 35th Annual Bucks County Women’s History Month Award at a ceremony held at the historic James-Lorah House in Doylestown on March 10th. Born in Philadelphia, Judge Rufe attended Adelphi University in New York, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Education and a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Before pursuing a legal career, she was a social studies teacher at Bristol Borough High School from 1970-1972.  After that, she served as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, where she presided over criminal, juvenile, civil and family court cases.

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Villa Jo’s Mini-THON raises over $77,000 to fight pediatric cancer

For the fourth consecutive school year, Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland hosted its annual Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State’s highly acclaimed Dance maraTHON.

Villa’s student-run fundraiser, held December 11th, raised a record-breaking $77,550. Virtually every one of the 390 girls enrolled at the school participated in the event. Each student was asked to raise a minimum of $75, soliciting funds from family and friends.

Donations supported the students’ efforts to dance for 10 hours, from 1:00pm until 11:00pm, in the school’s gym for a worthwhile cause. Proceeds raised benefit the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides comprehensive care to children with cancer in a family-focused atmosphere.

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Chandler Hall celebrates decades of diversity

Residents and staff at Chandler Hall recently wrapped up a community- wide celebration of diversity.

Each day the campus joined together to celebrate a different decade starting from the 1920’s, and finishing nearly a century later in the 2000’s. All week Chandler Hall residents and staff enjoyed meals representative of the highlighted decades.

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