Don Giovanni’s announces new Customer Reward Club

Now, every dollar you spend at Don Giovanni’s Classic Italian Bakery & Deli will earn you one reward point. Each customer will receive a personal Reward Club Card to be used at the time of purchase.

The program will track all purchases and with every 150 points that are accumulated, the customer will automatically receive a $10 reward. These rewards are tracked on their card and can either be used as a discount on a future purchase or, if preferred, they can even receive cash back at the store.

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Holland 14-year-old competes in Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Teen Tournament

by June Portnoy

Jason Khaytin, 14, of Holland, was among 16 contestants between the ages of 14 and 17 competing on the Food Network’s first-ever “Chopped” Teen Tournament, which aired this summer. Although Jason has been cooking since the young age of 7, he has no formal training. His motivation to cook has been a result of wanting to eat healthy, home-cooked meals.

“My mom rarely cooks, and when she does it’s not very good,” Jason admits. “We used to eat at restaurants, but I got tired of eating out all the time, so I decided to try cooking myself.”

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New Eagle Scout: Van Holthenrichs

Van Holthenrichs has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 280 in Holland. Van’s project was to make and install nine signs and four bat boxes in Historic Washington Crossing Park. The signs identify historic buildings and correspond to the maps used by visitors to the park.

Van recently graduated from Council Rock High School South where he was a member of the Marching Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band and National Honor Society.  Van’s parents, Mary Kopnicky and Jeff Holthenrichs, are pleased that he has earned a four-year Provost Scholarship to Penn State University, State College, PA, to study Language and Political Science.

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Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks seeks members

The Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks takes a positive approach to bringing people together of all faiths and traditions and looks for individuals who would like to play a part in that process whether small or large. The organizational meetings of our non-profit corporation, are held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the Zubaida Library, 857 Big Oak Road, Yardley (directly across from Charles H. Boehm Middle School). Interested individuals can attend a meeting or e-mail iclb@gmail.com.

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The Dance Academy claims national title and multiple awards

The Dance Academy (TDA) competed at the United States Tournament of Dance National Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey from July 13th-19th, and brought home multiple awards, including a $1,000 cash award donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in TDA’s Honor.

TDA’s team competed against 26 other studios from around the country and was awarded the “Living Legacy” award in honor of two influential teachers in the dance world.

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Edward Chiang achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Holland resident Edward Chiang has earned his Eagle Scout Award and was recently recognized in a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

Eddie, a member BSA Bucks County Council Troop 147 out of the Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, earned Boy Scouts’ highest honor after successfully completing his Eagle service project, an environmental restoration at the Churchville Nature Center.

The goal of Eddie’s project was to restore a wetland that has dried up. All the water from the wetland area drains into several creeks carved out by erosion. The project involved digging trenches and installing large coconut fiber tubes that would dam up a creek. Over time, nature will take over; silt will build up behind the tubes, and restore the wetland back to its previous condition. The wetland provides resources and sustenance for plants and wildlife.

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Dr. Spadafora welcomes son to his practice

Dr. Michael Spadafora has announced that his son, Michael T. Spadafora, D.M.D., has joined his Bucks County Dental Design office, located in the Weathervane Commons in Richboro.

Dr. Michael T. Spadafora is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He is a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School and Gettysburg College. Dr. Spadafora spent a year assisting in his dad’s dental office during the dental school application process.

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Sing-a-long choral group at Northampton Senior Center

A new choral group has started at the James E. Kinney Senior Center, 165 Township Road, Richboro. The Northampton Senior Singers is under the direction of Kay Hurewitz and Esther Kay, and assisted by Pete Palestina.

“You don’t have to be a great singer, just someone who wants to sing, have fun and feel good,” said Kay. “Our singers are non-professional and we are all about being together and enjoying ourselves. We sing with a karaoke as well as with lyric sheets.”

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Student volunteers at St. Mary Medical Center awarded scholarships

The Community League of St. Mary Medical Center has awarded scholarships to 10 student volunteers to further their education at the colleges of their choosing. To qualify for each $1,000 scholarship, students completed a minimum of 200 hours of volunteer service at St. Mary, and then submitted an essay for review by the cabinet of The Community League. This year’s student scholarship recipients are: Connor Laigaie, (biology, Arcadia University); Alexandra Nixon (biomedical sciences, Messiah College); Jessica Vadaketh (biology and Spanish, Ursinus College); Katie Malicka (nursing, DeSales University); Harsh Patel (information technology, Temple University); Bhaumik Shah (finance, Boston University); Jenna Blackstone (communications, University of Pittsburgh); Shu Yun Liu, Michael Wu, and D’nae Monford.

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MBIT recognized for assistance in ‘Save Kids Castle’ project

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) faculty members and students were recognized at the Kids Castle Art Celebration held on Saturday, May 31st, in Doylestown Township. During the restoration process for Kids Castle, second and third year students enrolled in the Building Trades Occupations (BTO) program at MBIT worked on a number of figures to embellish Kids Castle. This project, under the supervision of instructor Michael Sykes, focused on cutting out various figures including knights, jesters, princes, princesses, a wizard, and a plethora of animals.

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