Bringing People Together

Dear Readers,

My vision for the 10 newspapers I publish in Bucks County is to bring people together in a meaningful way.  I feel that we have been able to do so by publishing our regular monthly newspapers and this annual Community Guidebook (our regular January edition), giving attention to human talents and corporate entities that spring up out of need, and how they interface into a social infrastructure.

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Northampton Girls Softball Association swings for the fences

The Northampton Girls’ Softball Association (NGSA) is a non-profit all-volunteer organization with 450+ intramural participants ranging in age from five to18, plus travel teams at the 10U and above levels for those individuals desiring a higher level of competition.

Registration for the 2016 season runs until February 28th. Early registration with a $25 discount ends February 15th. You can register online at ngsa-pa.com or register in person at their walk-in registration location.

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Great beginnings 2016 at the Northampton Library

The Northampton Library has introduced their improved website, www.northamptontownshiplibrary.org. The site is easier to navigate with more readable design. The tabs are gateways to using the library, conducting research, exploring the community, and finding library events.

Join the Winter Reading Club now until February 20th, for preschoolers through sixth grade. Pick up a winter reading log, write the title of each book you read and then come to the library – you get a sticker for each book. Read five books and you receive a prize.

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BeatCancer.org

BeatCancer.org (Center for Advancement in Cancer Education) is a not-for-profit education, counseling and referral agency established in 1977 and based in Richboro. They provide nutritional, immunological and other non-toxic resources for cancer prevention, prevention of recurrence, and support during or after treatment.

Their mission is to reduce cancer suffering by providing research-based education on how to prevent, cope with, and beat cancer through diet, lifestyle, and other immune boosting approaches.

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‘Lauren’s Angels’ continue their support for Lauren Shevchek

Council Rock South graduate, Lauren Shevchek, is entering her third year as a quadriplegic resulting from a diving accident back in June of 2013. Initially paralyzed from the armpits down, she is gradually overcoming the odds of recovery. Lauren is fiercely committed to continue training at a unique Neruo-Recovery program developed by Bucks County native, Mike Barwis.

Through his pioneering program, patients are treated like athletes and undergo a rigorous workout of active, out of the wheelchair exercises. Their methods help people regain the “power to move.”

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Northampton Township Parks & Recreation

Northampton Township Parks & Recreation offers a wide array of programs, classes, camps, discount tickets, special events and more for all ages and interests.

The Recreation Center, located at 345 Newtown-Richboro Road, is a hub for most classes and programming. This indoor facility houses a multi-purpose area, dance room, art room, pre-school, along with basketball, floor and roller hockey, soccer, volleyball, and aerobics programs.

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Katie Trojak establishes ‘Stuffed Animal Rescue’

by June Portnoy

Churchville’s Katie Trojak, a 10th-grader at Council Rock High School South, recently founded The Stuffed Animal Rescue, an organization that collects used, no longer wanted stuffed animals, sanitizes them and then donates them to people in need of comfort and love.

Katie’s idea for her organization was the result of her family’s visit to a yard sale early last year. Her sister, Kristy, wanted to buy a stuffed animal, but their mother preferred that she didn’t buy one there, not knowing how clean it was.

“I began thinking about how many stuffed animals must go to waste because parents are concerned about buying previously-owned stuffed animals,” explained Katie. “I realized that many of these stuffed animals must ultimately end up in landfills, which hurts our environment.”

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CRUSA U8 Girls – Intramural Champions!

The Council Rock United Soccer Association U8 Girls were Intramural Champions for the fall 2015 season, with an overall 9-2-1 record.

Pictured in front from left are Katelyn Deal, Diana Zhang, Aubrey Shaulis, and Melinda He; back row, Coach Eddie Mendham, Coach Bill Deal, Macy Laidlaw, Samantha Hughes, Amber Yuan, Juliette Mattia, Abriel Mendham, Reya Sedam, Jane Rajnic, Sophia Procaccino, Delilah Greenberg, and Coach Tim Laidlaw. Congratulations, girls!

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Art exhibit offers Van Gogh interpretations

by Judi Biederman

An art show scheduled for the month of December at the Free Library of Northampton Township is giving new meaning to that old saying about beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Entitled “Looking at Van Gogh Our Way,” the exhibition fosters appreciation of the works of Vincent Van Gogh by showing that even the beauty of a well-known image can benefit from some interpretive assistance. The show is being offered by the art studio group of the Northampton Township James E. Kinney Senior Center.

According to Sibyl Weidner, the teacher who leads the group, the group of local artists refers to itself as “Alchemy,” has been in existence for more than 10 years and encourages its members to explore new art forms and efforts. One of those explorations led to the current exhibition, she says.

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Northampton players selected for Little Quakers

Pictured from left are Nick Schrager and Jake Wszolek, from Holland Middle School, and Jason Schrager, from Richboro Middle School, who are eight graders that play for Assumption CYO Football and have been chosen to play on the Philadelphia Little Quakers team this fall.

Only 35 boys age 15U were chosen to play this year from the surrounding area. Nick plays fullback/linebacker, Jake plays on both offensive and defensive lines, and Jason also plays fullback/linebacker.

The boys will play in November at Penn Charter and Franklin Field in Philadelphia, and will travel to Dallas, TX in December to play.

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