Local employees perform day of giving at Penndel Food Pantry

by June Portnoy

Over 75 employees from International SOS Assistance Inc.’s Trevose office volunteered their time and labor to thoroughly clean, improve the safety and enhance the aesthetics of the Penndel Food Pantry on Friday, May 8th.

The Penndel Food Pantry serves approximately 80 to 100 people, mostly the working poor, three times a week. Its building is also a transitional shelter that houses four families, primarily women and children, who can stay for up to a year.

International SOS (Intl.SOS) is a global company that offers medical and travel security risk services to business travelers.

“As part of our central mission, we have a theme that centers around the care and compassion for the community,” said Grant Jeffery, CEO of Americas at Intl.SOS. “Volunteering our time today is an example of one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects in which we engage during the year.”

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FCP awards scholarships to Nicholas Wu and Nathan Sipler

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded scholarships to two Council Rock High School seniors through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented checks for $1,000 to:

  • Nicholas Wu at Council Rock High School North (attending Princeton University);
  • Nathan Sipler at Council Rock High School South (attending Bucks County Community College).

Proceeds of the Partnership in Education award may only be used for educational purposes, including payment of college tuition, books, and related expenses.

“Foundations’ Partnership in Education program supports high school students who are developing meaningful roles in the community and working toward positive change as they enter college,” says Bernstein. “Our scholarship recipients have been active in community service and we encourage them to continue their role in advocating for positive change.”

For more information on the Partnership in Education program call FCP at 267-247-5584 or visit www.fcpartnership.org.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Nicholas Wu

  1. Nathan Sipler

William O’Neill is runner-up in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony last month at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

William O’Neill, an 11th grader at Council Rock High School North, was a runner-up in the contest for his essay entitled, “Removing the Shards, One Piece at a Time.” His essay earned him a certificate and movie tickets.

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Council Rock South students recognized as ‘Good Citizens’

Four juniors from Council Rock High School South recently received the prestigious Good Citizenship Award and Medal from The Union League of Philadelphia for demonstrating cooperative effort, self-control, perseverance, and good sportsmanship, and for endeavoring constantly to follow and uphold the best traditions and principles of American patriotism.

Nominated by and representing the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania were Isabella DeLuca, Sara Rowlands, and Elizabeth Sauers from Holland.

Nominated and representing the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra was May Wang from Holland.

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July fun at the Northampton Library

Are you tired of reading books form the same authors?

Are you interested in publishing a book but don’t know where to start? Come to the Friends of the Library’s “Local Author Expo” on Saturday, July 11th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm and meet 16 authors of adult-level books and 11 authors of books for children/teens. Meet the writers, hear them discuss their books, their writing process, and how to self-publish.

The Library Friends will be sponsoring a Flea Market on Saturday, July 11th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A single space is $20 donation to the Friends. Register at the Library’s Reference Desk (donation due at registration).

Celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth with a musical tribute by gifted singer/songwriter Dave DeLuca, in “A Century of Sinatra” on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00pm. Come fly away with Ol’ Blue Eyes and hear how Sinatra changed American music history. No registration is necessary.

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Sizzlin’ fun with Northampton Parks & Recreation

The 2015 Sights & Sounds of Summer Series is in full swing. Come out and enjoy the music! Mid-Life Crisis – June 25th, Silly Joe Sings – July 9th, Northampton’s Got Talent – July 16th, Dueling Pianos – July 23rd, The Mango Men – July 30th, Seussical the Musical – August 6th.

These free events are held 7:00pm at the Northampton Municipal Park Amphitheater, located off Hatboro Road in Churchville. The inclement weather location is Maureen M. Welch Elementary School gym.

Cool off this summer at the Northampton Valley Swim Club. Monday through Friday memberships are still available at the best prices in town! Register for classes at the pool, open to the public: July 8th-August 12th, Aqua Zumba at 6:30-7:30pm, or Moonlight Yoga, 8:30-9:30pm.

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A fond farewell to CR School Superintendent Mark Klein

by June Portnoy

After working at Council Rock School District for 37 years, 26 years as an elementary school teacher and principal and the past 11 years as School Superintendent, Mark Klein, 59, will officially retire on August 31st.

It’s no surprise that Mr. Klein chose a career in education, as both of his parents were educators. In fact, he moved to Bucks County from Pittsburgh at the age of 12 when his father became Director of Pupil Services at Central Bucks School District.

Mr. Klein spent his childhood growing up in Doylestown and graduated from Central Bucks High School West. He currently lives with his wife, Diane, also an educator, in Jamison. Two of his three children have also pursued a career in education, which Mr. Klein jokingly refers to as “the family business.”

He began his teaching career at Churchville Elementary School in 1978. After teaching there for 10 years, he taught at Richboro Elementary School for a year when that building first opened. He returned to his roots at Churchville for another five years, this time working as the school principal.

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Waiting to buy a home may cost you in more ways than one

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

If you’re considering a move, whether it’s into your first home or a larger one, waiting to do so could end up costing you thousands of dollars. With most economists in agreement that interest rates will most likely rise by the end of the year, the first way you end up behind the eight ball is with a higher interest rate for your mortgage.

Consider this – if rates move from their current 4% up to 5%, a $300,000 mortgage jumps $177/month from $1434 to $1611 for principal and interest. Or, that payment of $1434 now only buys you $267,000 worth of mortgage money – $33,000 less, which puts you in a different price category.

The combination of lower interest rates and moderate price appreciation also gives today’s buyers a huge leg up over renters and delayed purchasers when it comes to building long-term wealth.

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Want to show more at the shore?

submitted by Valerie Higgins, LMA, Lifestyle MedSpa

Want to show more at the shore this summer? We all want tighter, firmer bodies…right? The “Venus Legacy” can help with that!

You eat right, and work out but there are those stubborn areas that just don’t seem to budge no matter what you do. “Venus Legacy” is the gold standard for achieving your perfect beach body!

The “Venus Legacy” is designed to stimulate your own collagen to firm and tighten the skin and at the same time smooth and shrink unwanted fat. Whether it’s your upper arms, abdomen or the back of your thighs and buttocks, non-invasive body contouring is the way to go! With no downtime it can easily fit into anyone’s busy schedule.

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Avoid regrets by maintaining good oral health

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

Many people live (and die) with regrets.

“I should have spent more time with my family,” “I shouldn’t have fought with my friend,” “I wish I had traveled more” are just a few regrets that float in our brains as the years pass. There is one regret, however, that you don’t ever think or hear – “I shouldn’t have taken such good care of myself”!

Your health is a precious commodity that needs to be maintained and monitored throughout your lifetime. In addition to regular check-ups with your physician, proper eating, and regular exercise, it is essential that you pay attention to what is going on in your mouth.

When you are young, it is relatively simple to maintain good oral health. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, combined with taking care of any cavities or infections that develop, you can cruise to adulthood and a healthy mouth with ease.

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