Council Rock presents two programs addressing substance abuse: A Better High and Straight Talk for Parents

During the week of April 21st, Council Rock is presenting two programs addressing the issue of teens and substance abuse.  

On Monday April 21 at 7 pm at Council Rock High School South in Holland, nationally renowned speaker and comedian Matt Bellace will present “A Better High: Supporting Teens in Making Healthy Choices”. Author of the book, A Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love… and Other Great ways to Get Naturally High!, Dr. Bellace uses humor and inspirational stories to teach how to communicate with teens without arguing while sharing examples of how to teach responsibility and healthy coping skills.

On Wednesday April 23 at 7 pm at Richboro Middle School in Richboro, Greg Schick of Drug Free PA will present “Straight Talk for Parents” – an engaging discussion with parents about on the prevalence of substance abuse in our schools and how to recognize signs of use and abuse. A US Army Veteran and currently in law enforcement, Mr. Schick is a member of the Drug Free Pennsylvania coalition, travelling throughout the state and providing parents with practical tools to open a conversation with their children about the dangers of drug use.

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend one or both events to learn more about substance abuse issues – from identifying warning signs in your teen to practical ways to help them grow up substance-free. Both programs are open to all community members and are free of charge.  Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP to so that event planners can prepare for refreshments and handouts.

The April 21st program is presented by Council Rock High School South’s SADD students.  The April 23rd program is the final event of the “Raising Great Kids,” Speaker Series presented by the Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth and the Council Rock Education Foundation and sponsored by Customers Bank.  For more information on these programs, visit or email


April at the Northampton Library

After the grueling winter of 2014, rejuvenate this spring at the Northampton Library with programs and activities for all ages.  

Back by popular demand, Fred Miller’s Lecture-In-Song returns on Saturday, April 12th at 2:00pm. Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) was the first female songwriter inducted to the American Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, yet she is not a household name. However, we know her lyrics to the tunes of  “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “I’m in the Mood for Love.” Join Fred to explore her life, legacy, and contribution to American songwriting!

*Toddler Play Group – Friday, April 11th, 11:00am-noon, for ages 2-3½

Come and play with toys especially for toddlers. Meet new friends and enjoy fun social time. For moms, dads and grandparents and their toddlers. No registration required. 

*Book Bunch Book Group – Tuesday, April 15th, 4:30-5:15pm, grades 2 and 3 Book group for kids! Each month there will be a different book to read. Then on that third Tuesday, discuss the book with the librarian and other kids and have some snacks and lots of fun. Next discussion is reading “The Littles.” You must sign up at the library so you can pick up your book and start reading. Hurry! Registration required. 

*“For the Birds!” – Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00-8:00pm, grades K-3 

Spring is here and the birds are back! Join the Children’s Librarian to make crafts with our feathered friends in mind!

*Lego Club – Saturday, April 26th, noon-2:00pm Bring the family for a fun afternoon activity. Build with the library’s Legos and display your work in the library! Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.

To register and for more info visit or call 215-357-3050.


Mercer Bucks Cardiology offers free heart disease screenings for women

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Mercer Bucks Cardiology is offering free screenings for women who don’t know their risk for heart disease. Screenings will take place all day Wednesdays through Fridays.

Women can reduce their risk for heart disease by as much as 80% by knowing their risk, taking preventative measures, eating a healthy diet and being physically active.

A healthy woman is the greatest asset any family can have, so ladies, if you don’t feel the need to get a screening for yourself, get a screening for your family’s sake. In one half-hour you will receive a two-page printout with your risk for heart disease, as well as preventative measures you can take to maintain and improve your health. Know what your numbers are so you can live a long, healthy life.

For more information about screenings call 215-710-3090.


Council Rock’s Annual Jazz at the Rock Festival is April 5th

The Council Rock School District will host its Annual Jazz at the Rock Festival, a Calvacade of Bands event on Saturday, April 5 beginning at 7:00pm at the Council Rock South High School auditorium, 2002 Rock Way, Holland. Doors open to the public at 6:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the Simon-Ford Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to a graduating Council Rock senior majoring in music education.

In addition to performances from the Council Rock High School Lab Bands and Concert Jazz Bands, attendees will hear music from area high schools including Archbishop Ryan, Cherry Hill East, LaSalle and Villa Joseph Marie.

The Cavalcade of Bands is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 100 member schools coming together at jazz festivals to compete at the interscholastic level.


Spring into March at the Northampton Library

Come to the library for the following programs and create your own “March madness”!

*Attention all foodies – Julia Child (really actress and foodie Linda Kenyon) is coming to the library on Saturday, March 29th at 2:00pm. Linda gives an outstanding performance as the beloved American chef who taught a generation to experience the joys and excitement of French cooking! Learn about Julia’s interesting and adventurous life in France and how she revolutionized, via television, how Americans think about, cook, and eat food. Our kitchens would never be the same!  Save the date, no registration required.

*Coming soon to the Northampton Library – Freegal Movies and TV is a streaming video service subscribed to by the library. The service offers access to thousands of feature films and television episodes from major content providers. There is no software to download since the service is browser- or app-based. Each library cardholder can watch three different movies or television episode each week. Each selection has a 48-hour viewing period.  “Stay Tuned” for more details!

*Toddler Play Group – Friday, March 14th, 11:00am-noon, ages 2-3½; Come and play with toys especially for toddlers. Meet new friends and enjoy fun social time.  For moms, dads and grandparents and their toddlers. No registration required. 

*Baby Story Time – Wednesdays through March 19th, 11:00am. A lap-sit program with simple stories, finger plays, rhymes and songs. For ages 6-23 months   Registration required. 

*On My Own Preschool Story Time – Mondays, March 17th-April 14th, 2:30pm;  or Fridays, March 21st-April 18th, 10:30am. Stories, music and crafts! This is designed to allow preschoolers ages 3½ -5 to experience being on their own while parents are close by. Registration required. 

For info and to register, visit or call 215-357-3050.


Northampton Parks & Rec happenings

Try your hand at Organic Gardening or Vine Dining, tickle the ivories with piano lessons, brush up on the latest Social Media classes or get fit with Body Sculpting or Ballet Barre classes. Visit and discover what P&R has to offer you.

The popular Bunny Hunt “Egg” Venture will be held on Saturday, April 12th, so register soon! Join in a magic show and find clues to hunt down Peter Rabbit. Lots of “eggs-tra” fun! No walk-ins. Details, fees and registration info is on the Web.

Take the challenge for the annual BucksFit 5K Run/1K Walk at the Municipal Park on Sunday, April 27th. All ages and abilities welcomed, along with elementary age children to register and represent their school to promote fitness and healthy life choices. There will be awards, trophies and more.

Think spring, think savings! Tickets are on sale now for $26 for the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1st- 9th. P&R also offers savings for local ski resorts and discount Regal movie tickets offered Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm at the P&R Admin Office, 55 Township Road.

Upcoming bus trips:

  • The Rockettes “Hearts and Lights Show” Radio City – Wednesday, April 16th;
  • The American Girl Place, NYC – Sunday, May 18th;
  • NYC on your own – choose April 16th or May 18th;
  • 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty – Tuesday, June 17th.

Reserve your child’s spot now for all Day, CFM, Playground, Quest and Teen Summit Summer Camps. Camp registration has been ongoing for Township residents and will open to non-township residents on March 17th. Sign up for the best value in town and make you child smile this summer.

The Northampton Swim Club is your answer to beat the heat and cool off Monday-Friday this summer. Swim Club memberships, as well as swim lesson registration, are now being accepted. Don’t miss out on early pre-season discount prices through March 31st.

For additional information on these and the many other programs, refer to the spring brochure, visit or call the P&R office at 215-357-6800 ext. 249. Follow them on Facebook.


John O’Leary Presents THE POWER OF ONE

Lauren ShevchekTo Benefit the Mid-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund. Come Join Acclaimed International Speaker John O’Leary and Become One of ‘Lauren’s Angels’. Tragic accident leaves a rising star Lauren Shevchek a quadriplegic, but doesn’t weaken her spirit.

Please join us for an uplifting evening as acclaimed international speaker, John O’Leary tells his story. John’s triumph over adversity is testament to the human spirit. Visit for more information on John.

On June 10th, 2013, following the completion of her freshman year at Penn State, Lauren sustained a catastrophic spinal cord injury, which rendered her paralyzed. Lauren was actively involved as a student at both CR South and PSU. She was co-captain of the CR South swim team, a member of the National Honor and Music Societies, an avid thespian, and member of the choir. She studied classical vocals and loves to sing opera. As a freshman at PSU, she competed on the water polo club team.

Please join us in coming together to support Lauren as she once again takes the stage at CRHS South.

To register in advance on line, please visit:

$25 Adults ● $15 Students
Monday January 6th 7:00 PM


Abington Lines Model Railroad Club hosting Open Houses for the holidays

The Abington Lines Model Railroad Club is hosting Open Houses for the holidays, to be held at their clubhouse in Richboro.

Each Open House is scheduled from noon to 4:00pm on the following Saturdays and Sundays: December 14th and 15th, December 28th and 29th, January 4th and 5th, January 11th and 12th, February 1st and 2nd, and February 8th and 9th.

Come marvel at the 20’ x 60’ HO scale railroad set in the Pennsylvania mountains with a two-track mainline that is more than 1,000 feet in length.

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Regulated Deer Hunts Planned at Tyler State Park

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be conducting a one-day, antlered and antlerless deer hunt on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Tyler State Park, Bucks County. The hunt is held every year to reduce the deer population in order to maintain a balance of the parks ecosystem, park officials said.

“The regulated deer hunt is needed to manage the deer population within the park,” said Park Manager Brian Flores. “Deer are impacting the delicate balance of the park’s ecosystem by over-browsing on tree saplings, forest understory, shrubs, and wildflowers.”

On December 4th, 150 hunters will be allowed to hunt with only manual, semi-automatic, or muzzleloader shotguns with “00” buckshot ammunition for both antlered and antlerless deer. During the hunt, the park will be closed to general public use for the entire day. 

Hunters have already applied and have been selected by a lottery system.  Successful applicants will be given complete packages of safety rules, procedures, and maps showing open-hunting areas.  Immediately prior to legal hunting time, a mandatory information and safety session will be held for the participants conducted by DCNR State Park staff and Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers.

This regulated shotgun hunt is in addition to the late season antler and antlerless archery hunt scheduled from December 26, 2013 – January 25, 2014.  The archery hunters have been selected via lottery and the hunt area of 500 acres is located in the northern portion of the park.  Total of 60 permits have been issued and only 12 hunters per week will be permitted to hunt in the designated hunting area.  The entire park will remain open to the public during the late season archery hunt.  Hunters are required to attend an information and safety orientation.

For more details on the hunt, or information on Tyler State Park, call 215-968-2021. For information on any of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks, call toll-free 1-888-PA-PARKS, or visit DCNR’s website through the PA PowerPort at or directly at

Persons needing an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability can contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks : 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice); (717)558-2711 (local or international TTY);and 1-800-654-5984 (PA At&T Relay Service).


Late fall fun at the Northampton Library

Children’s Activities

Stone Soup: A Family Program on Giving – Wednesday, November 20th 7:00-8:00pm (ages four and up) During this season of giving thanks, join the Children’s Librarians as they read the beloved children’s classic “Stone Soup.” Each family member should bring a canned good which will be donated to a local food pantry.   After reading the story, a simple meal of soup and bread will be served. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach your child that if we all work together and give what we can, we can help those in need. Registration, in person or over the phone, begins on October 30th. 

Baby Story TimeWednesday, November 27th, December 4th, December 11th and December 18th 11:00-11:45am (ages six months to 24 months) A lap-sit program with simple stories, finger plays, rhymes and songs. Registration begins November 6th. 

Cocoa and Cookies Night Time Story Time – Tuesday, December 17th 7:00-8:00pm (ages Pre-K and Kindergarten) The weather is getting colder and winter is near.  Enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies while sharing winter stories and crafts and dreaming snowy dreams. Come in your PJs if you wish. Registration begins on November 19th.  

Winter Reading Club – Saturday, December 14th (ages Pre-K – Sixth grade) Beginning on December 14th stop in and pick up a reading log. Record the books you are reading while the weather is frightful outside! For every five books you read you will receive a prize. You can complete more than one reading log. Ends on January 25th. 

Lego ClubSaturday, November 23rd and Saturday, December 28th noon-2:00pm Bring the family for a fun afternoon activity. Build with the library’s Legos and let your imagination soar! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration necessary. 

Fun Things for All

The Friends of the Free Library of Northampton Township need you!  “Friends” support the Library in so many ways in these financially tough times.    Membership drives are one way because these donations directly fund special programs for children and adults.  However, becoming an active Friend and volunteering your time and energy to activities that support the library is very much needed too. The Friends meet on every third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm at the Library.    

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Keep track of news and events posted daily and visit the Northampton Library’s web page at for the Events Calendar, access to E-Book and downloadable music databases.