SPOTLIGHT: The Dance Academy

The mission of The Dance Academy is to offer professional dance training with a personal touch. Their goal is to instill the love of dance in all of the students and families who pass through their studio doors.

They believe that the art of dance should be both an educational and inspirational experience, and they strive to teach their students a sense of hard work, discipline and creativity. Through these acquired traits, students will not only become proficient dancers, but well-rounded individuals both on and off the stage.

Since its opening in 1987, The Dance Academy has secured its place among the finest dance schools in the tri-state area. Under the direction of Miss Donnajean Kline (BFA in Dance, Temple University) and staffed by a group of highly trained instructors, The Dance Academy has acquired countless awards and accolades each year.

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SPOTLIGHT: Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth

As children across our area transition back to school – and parents begin their renewed worry about what a new school year will bring – it is a good time to remind parents about the importance of their role in keeping their children drug and alcohol free. Research shows that children whose parents talk to them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs are half as likely to misuse or abuse these substances.

The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse in young people, provides resources and educational opportunities for our communities’ busy parents, including free parenting programs which have proven effective in increasing communication skills.   One such program, “Talk, They Hear You,” is a national initiative, which encourages parents to speak often and early to their children about alcohol and the dangers of underage drinking.

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Joseph McIlvaine Tree and Lawn Service, Inc. – Your horticulture specialists

by June Portnoy

Joseph McIlvane Tree and Lawn Service wants you to take pride in the exterior of your property. And what better way to achieve that feeling than to maintain and improve the aesthetics of your trees, lawn and outdoor living space?

Since 1988, Joseph McIlvane Tree and Lawn Service has been doing just that. This full-service landscaping business handles everything from tree removal and lawn renovation to the reinstallation of plants and the installation of concrete pathways.

Joseph’s love of trees motivated him to start this business. His sons, Scott and Luke, share their father’s passion for horticulture, and therefore, have followed in their father’s footsteps, now working for their dad. Their two younger siblings plan to join the family business when they are a bit older.

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Fusion Martial Arts Academy provides a complete martial arts experience

by June Portnoy

Fusion Martial Arts Academy, recently opened in Richboro, offers an unusually wide variety of martial arts. The studio’s philosophy is that cross-training in as many martial arts as possible will help students find their personal style that will fit their individual preference.

Sifu Jonathan Lucas, owner and head instructor of this studio, brings extensive martial arts experience to his studio. He is certified as an instructor in four different martial arts, including one certification by Bruce Lee’s training partner. In addition, he has had exposure to at least a dozen different martial arts while training all over the country.

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Holland Veterinary Care: A family vet for the family pet

by June Portnoy

Holland Veterinary Care, now open in Village Shires Shopping Center, 1496 Buck Road, in Holland, provides an old-fashioned, warm, family atmosphere in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility with cutting edge equipment. As a result, your beloved pet receives the best of both worlds!

Dr. Carey Guise, owner of Holland Veterinary Care, and associate veterinarian, Dr. Susan Stavros, are from this community, both graduates of Council Rock High School. They are also both highly qualified veterinarians having graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Lower Southampton Township Parks & Recreation

Registration is currently open for Lower Southampton Township’s Winter/Spring programs for all ages.  They offer everything from young children’s programs to Zumba, which is offered four nights a week at two different locations.

This year they will have full day programs during the spring holiday break. Full-day programs are from 8:00am-5:15pm and provide supervised and fun activities.

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Tri-Township Baseball offers baseball for players of all levels

Tri-Township Baseball continues to offer baseball for players of all levels at one convenient complex in Wrightstown. Although many recognize Tri-Township Baseball as the home to the National World Series runner-ups and participants in 2014 and 2011, and champions of many regional tournaments, their greatest success remains the development of skills it has offered players of all ages and abilities for seven decades.

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Chandler Hall

‘Quips about Chandler Hall’

As a long-standing Newtown organization, many quips have been shared about Chandler Hall throughout the years. Here are some more common ones:

‘So close to the heart of Newtown’

The Quaker Meetings in the area got together to create the Friends Nursing Home in 1973 to meet needs in Newtown and the surrounding Bucks County community. Over the years, many more programs were added in accordance with its mission and Chandler Hall now offers a wide array of services.

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The Village Renaissance Faire

The Faire’s authenticity, diversity, and more than 9,000 attendees annually make it hard to believe that the 17th Village Renaissance Faire is produced by and for the benefit of the Village Library of Wrightstown, but it IS true.

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Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth

The Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY) is a nonprofit organization, now in its seventh year working under the federal Drug-Free Communities Support Grant Program.

CRCHY’s mission is to prevent and reduce substance use in young people, and the group’s goals are reached through engaging many partners, including the local schools, parents, youth, law enforcement, media, healthcare, faith-based organizations, and other local agencies and individuals.

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