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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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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Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge presents scholarship awards

by June Portnoy

The Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge (PNL) #2665 awarded $7,500 worth of scholarships to nine area graduating high school seniors, six of whom attend Bucks County high schools, and one additional Bucks County Community College (BCCC) student, during its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at the Morrisville Senior Center.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E (Cultural & Educational) Foundations, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and PNL’s philanthropic arm.

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The Dance Academy wins big at major dance event

On April 25th and 26th, The Dance Academy competed in Lancaster, PA against dozens of dance studios from around the state and area for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country.

The Dance Academy received nine crystal awards; 28 double platinum awards; 21 platinum awards; six gold awards.

This qualifies them to go to the Showstopper National Finals in Sandusky, Myrtle Beach, Anaheim, or Galveston this summer.

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Hillcrest students ‘Reach for the Stars’ with new mural

by June Portnoy

Every student, teacher and staff member at Hillcrest Elementary School created and contributed a ceramic tile to a mural displaying the theme, “Reach for the Stars,” completed April 24th to commemorate the school’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Art teacher, Mr. Michael Catalano, initiated the school-wide project in October, drawing a sketch of his vision for the mural, which he based on Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

The mural, installed in the school’s entranceway, was placed opposite a mural showcasing the theme, “Follow Your Dreams,” completed eight years ago.

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Bucks advisor attends exclusive workshop with America’s IRA experts

Retirement assets in the United States are estimated at $24.2 trillion dollars, according to The Role of IRAs in U.S. Households’ Saving for Retirement, 2014.

IRAs make up the largest single share of the retirement market, clocking in at an estimated $7.3 trillion.

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Troop 5 adds four new ‘Eagles’ to their aerie

Boy Scout Troop 5, which is the second oldest active Boy Scouts of America troop in Bucks County, is celebrating four new Eagle Scouts – Liam Andre, Josh Chast, Sean Healy and Christian Verrecchio.

Liam, son of Kathy and Peter Andre of Southampton, chose his church as the location for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. His project at Living Streams Fellowship Church included refurbishing a wheelchair ramp, stripping and repainting handrails at the entrance, as well as painting benches, walls and lampposts.

Liam serves as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in his troop; previously Liam served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. A senior at William Tennent High School, he is a cameraman for B&W Television at the school. He plans to study graphic design at a yet to be decided college in the fall.

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Youth soccer news

The FC Bucks Raptors U14 boys soccer team won their bracket in the recent MAPS Easter Kickoff tournament, held in Pittsgrove, NJ.

Pictured front row from left are Victor Sloan, Joey Brown, Dan Cunicelli, Vincent Colon, Frankie Green, Vincent Sciarrotta, Stefen Melekos, and Nick Kennerly; back row, Zack Burger, Tim McNamara, TJ Grube, Corey Shefsky, and Christian Rogers. Not pictured are Dante Demeo, Nils Dahlin, Zack Saifer, Colin Ochs, and Justin Segal.

FC Bucks Raptors is a part of the Council Rock Soccer Association.

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Washington Crossing DAR celebrates student essay winners

The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized local students and listened to their essays depicting American history. The DAR sponsors annual essay writing contests for students in grades five through eight, and high school, to promote American history and education. This year, the writing prompt for fifth-eighth grade was “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

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