Community comes together to remember ‘superhero’

by Jillian Santacroce

On June 4th of this year the unthinkable happened to the Cole family and their three-year-old son, Jackson, when he accidentally drowned in a neighbor’s pool.

Mary Jannicelli-Broda is a Bucks County 911 dispatcher and had no personal connection to the Cole family, but she knew that she needed to help out the family in some way. Mary was not the one to answer the emergency call, but her colleague was the one on the phone line.

Jackson’s father, Jeremy, is a Warminster Township police officer so Mary found a way to message him on Facebook and give him some words of encouragement.

“I don’t know why Jackson’s story hit me so hard,” said Mary.

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Foundations awards 12 grants to Bucks non-profit organizations

by June Portnoy

During the 18th Annual Partnership in Youth Services Award Luncheon Ceremony, Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) recognized 12 Bucks County non-profit community programs making a difference in the lives of local children and their families by presenting them each with a $3,000 grant. The event was held last month at the Doylestown County Club.

Foundations Executive Director Ron Bernstein said, “We are so impressed by these organizations’ dedication and are moved by their passion and commitment. We thank them for everything they do for our community.” Helping Ron present this year’s checks, along with a plaque, was Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Dr. Richard Coe, a member of Foundations Board of Directors.

Jenny Salisbury accepted the first award on behalf of Bucks County Community College’s Kids on Campus, a large-scale summer camp on the college’s Newtown campus. The grant will help Kids on Campus offer scholarships to at-risk youth who could not attend this camp without financial assistance.

“We are particularly excited to provide scholarships to children focused in the Lower Bucks area and at our Bristol campus,” said Jenny.

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A major donation

Lee Adams (second from right) president of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon Valley/Churchville and Dr. Ken Barber (right) chairman of the Club Endowment Committee, hold up a blowup check marking the club’s pledge of $30,000 to the Southampton Free Library for its Access The World Capital and Endowment Campaign.

The two Rotarians presented a $7,500 check from their club, the second installment in their commitment to the library to Librarian Kim Ingram (second from left) and Ray Greenberg (left), vice president of the library Board of Directors and Financial Oversight chairperson for the campaign at a recent meeting of the service organization.

The goal of the Capital and Endowment Campaign is to raise $575,000 for modernization and refurbishing of the library and enhancement and expansion of programs for children and adults. To make a donation or pledge, contact Ingram at 215-322-1415 or e-mail her at ingramk@buckslib.org.

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Seniors again defeat Supervisors at Northampton Days Bocce Challenge

Northampton Days activities began at 9:00am on Sunday, September 11th, when the annual bocce challenge took place between the James E. Kinney Senior Center bocce team and the Northampton Township Supervisors team. Six-time defending champs, Seniors once again defeated the Supervisors in a best-of-three match. The Seniors took the first two matches, 11-0 in game one, and 11-8 in game two.

Shown in the group photo are, from left, Team Supervisors, Frank O’Donnell, Larry Weinstein, Captain Eileen Silver, Barry Moore, Kim Rose, and Team Seniors, Janet Tomkins, Bob Pavie, John Konstantis and Pete Palestina.

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CR students implement Red Cup Initiative

Every day, far too many Americans are hurt by alcohol and drug use. From diminished achievement in our schools to greater risks on our roads, to the heartache of lives cut tragically short, the consequences of substance abuse are profound. Yet, we also know that they are preventable.

Preventing drug use before it begins – particularly among young people – is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use. The best approach to reducing the tremendous toll substance abuse exacts from individuals, families and communities is to prevent the damage before it occurs.

October is a significant time of the year in the field of drug and alcohol abuse prevention. During that month, national and local organizations promote a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.

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New computer courses offered by MBIT’s evening program

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology Adult Evening School is offering some computer courses for adults and students interested in engineering and technology. New courses include CompTIA A+ certification, Website Design and Social Media for Small Business.

CompTIA A+ is an essential IT certification for establishing an IT career or for anyone who wants to save money by troubleshooting and fixing their own computer.

In Social Media for Small Business, participants will learn how to drive business using Social Media tools. Website Design teaches students how to create and manage their own website using WordPress or Wix.

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Mets win Spring-Summer Billiards Championship

Team Mets won the Spring-Summer League Billiards Championship on September 19th during a tournament held at the James E. Kinney Senior Center in Richboro. The Mets were captained by Pete Palestina and beat the Cubs, captained by Kris Gigliotti, in the final best of three round 2-0.

Palestina said the regular season league play concluded September 19th after 75 games were played by each team prior to the playoffs for the championship.

Shown in the photo are Mets team members, from left, Palestina, Goldie Cohen and Joe Schneider.

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CR District is recognized for making ‘Green Strides’

by June Portnoy

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative recognized the Council Rock School District last month during its “Real-World Learning” 2016 Green Strides Tour.

This three-day tour stopped at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown on September 28th, where students representing kindergarten through 12th grades from elementary, middle and high schools in the district, along with community partners, showcased their green environmental and sustainable projects in a science fair environment.

Council Rock was chosen to be a part of this tour because it earned the designation of a Green Ribbon School District in 2014.

Although they were recognized at that time for their accomplishment, the tour was another opportunity for students district-wide to share some of their many recent accomplishments.

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CR District is recognized for making ‘Green Strides’

by June Portnoy

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and its Green Strides outreach initiative recognized the Council Rock School District last month during its “Real-World Learning” 2016 Green Strides Tour.

This three-day tour stopped at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown on September 28th, where students representing kindergarten through 12th grades from elementary, middle and high schools in the district, along with community partners, showcased their green environmental and sustainable projects in a science fair environment.

Council Rock was chosen to be a part of this tour because it earned the designation of a Green Ribbon School District in 2014.

Although they were recognized at that time for their accomplishment, the tour was another opportunity for students district-wide to share some of their many recent accomplishments.

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CPCU holding 33rd Annual Fire Safety Contest

The Philadelphia Chapter of the CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) will be conducting its 33rd Annual “Fire Safety in the Home” contest in the elementary schools of the Council Rock School District during National Fire Prevention Week, October 9th – 15th.

The contest has been held each year in conjunction with the school district, and students are asked to write an essay or do a creative work or poster on fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week.

The panel of judges will be comprised of Council Rock School Board Director Wendi Thomas, former Northampton Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU, representing the CPCU Society’s Philadelphia Chapter and Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton.

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