Spring Mill Dance Academy: Developing dancers and confident individuals

Spring Mill Dance Academy (SMDA) is excited to begin its fifth year in Ivyland. The studio prides itself in educating children in the art of dance as well as instilling in them the importance of believing in themselves.

All of their teachers have a dance education background and emphasize individual attention to all of the students in the class. At SMDA, it is very important to make sure that every student feels like they belong and that they have a place where they can express themselves creatively.

They pride themselves on being mentors for their children and helping them grow not only as dancers, but as well-rounded, responsible and confident individuals.

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God’s Window Preschool: Focusing on the whole child

God’s Window Preschool is the area’s finest Christian Preschool, serving the community since 1993. At God’s Window the focus is on the whole child: physical, spiritual, emotional, social and academic. This calls for a schedule filled with a variety of activities and special events.

The Experiential Learning Program (ELP) offers children gross motor lessons through Gymnastics classes provided by Ricochet Gymnastics; Music Discovery through the Doylestown Music Conservatory; Hands-On Science and experiments with Miss Mary Crum and CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Healthy Child) Nutrition and Healthy Cooking with St. Mary Medical Center.

Students also participate in a visit from the Franklin Institute Mobile Preschool Learning Program.

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Rainbow Academy: Designed specifically with children in mind

Idyllically set on a charming five-acre farm, Rainbow Academy offers the finest programs for young children with both a property and facility designed specifically with children in mind.

Candy the pony, and her donkey friend, Rosalina, meander in a split-railed paddock. A small petting area, with sheep, chickens, and miniature goats is close by. Gardens, created by the children, are abundant.

Children giggle as they walk through a Melody Garden, created for exploring and expressing nature. There are four playgrounds, trike courts, basketball nets, tennis and soccer, and fields for ball sports. Swimming pools are nestled among large trees.

Upon entering the building, one is immediately impressed with cheerful art creations. Classrooms surround a large indoor learning center area. Children play, imagine, create and explore.

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Elite Dance Academy dancers achieve national triumph with hard work

In July, 85 hardworking members of the Elite Dance Academy competition team traveled to Wildwood, NJ, for the Dance Xplosion National Finals competition. The team ended their 2015 competitive season on a high note, taking home a multitude of awards and placing numerous times among the top five highest scoring numbers across several age divisions.

This year’s Nationals was quite possibly the most successful in the team’s history. Two Elite dancers earned National Titles: Ava Camarero was crowned as Junior Miss Dance Xplosion, and Nick Camarero brought home the title of Teen Mister Dance Xplosion.

In addition, the highlight of the week was Elite’s earning a studio record of six invitations to the competition’s finals event, the Xtreme Challenge, where top groups in each division are handpicked to compete in a final showdown.

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The Dance Academy: Instilling the love of dance in students

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. They strive to teach their students a sense of hard work, discipline and creativity. Through these acquired traits, their stars 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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Students discover the meaning and value of service at Villa Joseph Marie

For most teenagers, summertime means vacation, fun, and rest and relaxation, but for 13 sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, it meant a little more this year.

In June, the young women participated in the school’s Philadelphia Neighborhood Immersion Experience, and it had a stirring impact on each of them. Throughout its history, the private Catholic college-preparatory high school has shared the mission of its Foundress, The Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, emphasizing to its students the importance of life-long service.

During the school year, students serve the community in numerous and varied ways, including cooking and serving meals for the homeless, volunteering at local charity events, engaging with the elderly, and holding an annual Mini-THON event that has raised $175,000 for pediatric cancer care in three years.

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Tony’s Place: Your neighborhood restaurant, where friends and family gather for great food and drinks

by June Portnoy

Joe Mallamaci has the inside track on making delicious Italian food and authentic tomato pies; his parents have owned the award-winning Tony’s Place on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia for 65 years. When Joe and his wife, Sue, a match made at the original Mayfair location, decided to open a restaurant in Ivyland nine years ago, the family recipes, respect for fresh ingredients and skill of creating happy customers, came with them.

The result is Tony’s Place Bar and Grill, a friendly dining spot that offers a range of delicious dishes in a relaxing and welcoming environment, located moments from the intersection of Bristol and Jacksonville Road at 1297 Greely Avenue in Ivyland.

“We feature a contemporary American menu with something to accommodate everyone in your family,” says Joe.

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Doylestown firm provides a refreshingly different approach to practicing law

by June Portnoy

Isgate, Chiccarine & Degroot Attorneys and Counselors at Law, founded in 2007, is a full service law firm concentrating on business, real estate, wills/estate planning and family law. Although a fully established law firm that has earned a positive reputation from its many loyal clients over the years, its attorneys do not fit the image of the stereotypical lawyer you might envision.

“We’re not the average bear when it comes to being a lawyer,” says Ronald Isgate, an original partner of this firm. “We are just normal people who want to be seen that way by our clients.”

It’s common for attorneys at this firm to invite their clients out for a bite to eat after they discuss their case. Each of the three partners has their own outside interests. For example, Ron is a fan of classic cars, so he sometimes invites a client to attend a car show with him.

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Joe Saracino: A State Farm insurance agent providing exceptional customer service

by June Portnoy

Since establishing his Richboro State Farm office in 1978, Joe Saracino has earned the reputation of being an honest insurance agent who goes above and beyond to ensure that his clients get that personal attention they deserve. With 40 years experience in the insurance industry, Joe has the knowledge to accurately recommend the coverage that’s right for your individual needs.

“Personal service is key at this office,” says Joe. “I am here practically every day, so if a client wants to talk to me, I’m available.”

He adds that he has four full-time PA licensed agent representatives who are also very capable of answering your questions and providing you with one-on-one attention. Together Joe and his staff are actively involved with their policyholders, going out of their way to offer them assistance and guidance about their coverage.

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Salon D.A.S.: Where experience and customer service are key to satisfied customers

by June Portnoy

Whether you want a trendy new hairstyle, a manicure or are in desperate need of some TLC from head to toe, Salon D.A.S. can accommodate all these requests and more! This Holland full-service salon offers a variety of hair care services, such as haircuts, styling, color treatments, hair extensions and hairpieces. Other amenities include manicures and pedicures; facials; full-body waxing; and make-up applications to best suit your features.

Salon owner, Jessica Barone, is an advocate of continuing education classes for her stylists, as well as herself.

“It’s important that as stylists, we are always keeping up with the latest hair trends, techniques, colors and textures by attending these educational workshops,” says Jessica. “This continuous instruction makes us a forerunner in the beauty industry.”

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