Buxmont Organic Gardening Club hosts ‘Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers’

by Christine Wolkin

Most novice gardeners are quick to break out the pesticides in order to protect their budding garden, but did you know that there’s a cheaper and more organic way to battle and help control pest outbreaks?

On April 11th, Bucks County Master Gardener Kim Lawrence introduced the Buxmont Organic Gardening Club to the natural enemies of garden pests with her presentation, “Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers” at the Churchville Nature Center. A member of the club herself, Kim spoke on the lifecycle of beneficial insects that are likely to occupy gardens in the Bucks County area and beyond.

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Ohev Shalom celebrates 40 years in Bucks County

An idea that blossomed in 1976 among a group of local Jewish families to create a warm and welcoming Conservative synagogue has reached a landmark anniversary. Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, located in Richboro, is celebrating 40 years of supporting the spiritual, cultural, educational and social needs of its vibrant community.

The milestone achievement has provided the synagogue a unique opportunity to pay tribute to its past through a series of forward-thinking gifts, such as free membership for families with young children and free Hebrew School for kindergarten through third grade.

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Villa Jo’s Mini-THON raises over $77,000 to fight pediatric cancer

For the fourth consecutive school year, Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland hosted its annual Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State’s highly acclaimed Dance maraTHON.

Villa’s student-run fundraiser, held December 11th, raised a record-breaking $77,550. Virtually every one of the 390 girls enrolled at the school participated in the event. Each student was asked to raise a minimum of $75, soliciting funds from family and friends.

Donations supported the students’ efforts to dance for 10 hours, from 1:00pm until 11:00pm, in the school’s gym for a worthwhile cause. Proceeds raised benefit the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides comprehensive care to children with cancer in a family-focused atmosphere.

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Judge Cynthia Rufe receives Bucks County Women’s History Month Award

by Lisa DeAngelis

United States District Court Judge Cynthia Rufe received the 35th Annual Bucks County Women’s History Month Award at a ceremony held at the historic James-Lorah House in Doylestown on March 10th. Born in Philadelphia, Judge Rufe attended Adelphi University in New York, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Education and a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Before pursuing a legal career, she was a social studies teacher at Bristol Borough High School from 1970-1972.  After that, she served as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, where she presided over criminal, juvenile, civil and family court cases.

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Saladworks launches new menu

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, recently launched a new menu to set itself apart from the competition. The new menu focuses on health trends that consumers want, and introduces three new salads (the Thai chicken salad, the Mediterranean salad and the Farmhouse salad), seven new toppings and a new dressing, as well as some changes to existing products.

Guests can also expect to see more kale, quinoa, roasted Brussels sprouts and farm-to-table influences available.

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College of New Jersey announces Pre-College Summer programs

The College of New Jersey’s Office of Summer/Winter Programs has announced a brand new non-credit addition to its residential Pre-College Summer program. The “Public Health” course, scheduled July 15th-22nd, will allow students to explore and investigate current and emerging health problems of concern to teens in local and global contexts.

TCNJ is also pleased to announce a new credit-bearing option: “20th Century US,” which focuses on how local history affects global trends. This course is scheduled to run July 10th-22nd.

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PennDOT to rehabilitate Willow Road Bridge in Northampton

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 28th to rehabilitate the township-owned Willow Road Bridge over Ironworks Creek in Northampton Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced.

The improvement of the Willow Road bridge is part of a $2.3 million project to rehabilitate five structurally deficient bridges – four township owned and one county owned – in Bucks County. This local bridge improvement project was enabled through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.

Willow Road will be closed and detoured between Bustleton Pike and Buttonwood Road from Monday, March 28th through June 2016 while crews replace the deteriorated bridge deck and beams. During construction, Willow Roand through traffic will be detoured over Route 232 (Second Street Pike), Tanyard Road and Bustleton Pike.

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They’re official!

At the January 4th Northampton Supervisor’s meeting, Judge Jeffrey Finley (second from left) performed swearing ceremonies for returning Supervisors George Komelasky (right) and Eileen Silver (second from right), and Constable Brian Zavodnick (left).

Photo by Pete Palestina.

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Villa Jo’s Mini-THON raises over $77,000 to fight pediatric cancer

by June Portnoy

For the fourth consecutive school year, Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland hosted its annual Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State’s highly acclaimed Dance maraTHON.

Villa’s student-run fundraiser, held December 11th, raised a record-breaking $77,550. Virtually every one of the 390 girls enrolled at the school participated in the event. Each student was asked to raise a minimum of $75, soliciting funds from family and friends.

Donations supported the students’ efforts to dance for 10 hours, from 1:00pm until 11:00pm, in the school’s gym for a worthwhile cause. Proceeds raised benefit the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, which provides comprehensive care to children with cancer in a family-focused atmosphere.

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Grandmother’s fictitious story comes to life in children’s picture book

by June Portnoy

Doylestown resident Alisa Feltzin loves making up stories to tell her four-year-old granddaughter, who lives in Richboro. According to her daughter, Lindsay Pikovsky, Alisa, a former librarian at Wrightstown Library, is a very creative storyteller.

However, when Alisa made up a story about her miniature poodle, Jaycee, going to the beach for the first time and told it to her granddaughter, it never occurred to her that other young children might be hearing the same story, but that’s exactly what ended up happening.

“My daughter especially loves hearing stories my mother tells her about Jaycee,” explained Lindsay. “My mom tries to tell her stories that coincide with places we visit, so when she knew we were going to the beach, my mom made up the story, ‘Jaycee Goes to the Beach.’”

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