Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League presents check to raffle winner

The Patriot Detachment Marine Corps League recently presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Susan Spadafora for winning the grand prize of the June 25th raffle. The presentation was made on July 12th at the James E. Kinney Senior Center, Richboro. The proceeds of the annual raffle which is sponsored by the Department of Pennsylvania Marine Corps League, benefits the Department’s Veterans and Youth Programs.

On hand in the photo are, from left, Bob Young, Mike Clark, John Koutsouros, Gus Cales, Bill Miller, Dick Weaver, Susan Spadafora, John Frain, Harry Niemann, Jimmy Clendennen, Neil Clark and Pete Palestina.

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Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families.

The program provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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Bucks students have fun learning ‘Science in the Summer’

by June Portnoy

Science really can be fun! And that’s the message that Bucks County students left with after completing a four-day session of GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Science in the Summer™, a free, fun hands-on science enrichment program for elementary school children.

GSK Science in the Summer™, launched 30 years ago in the Greater Philadelphia area, returned this summer to 16 locations in the Bucks County Library System beginning in June. GSK provides the funding to make this program possible, and the Franklin Institute is responsible for preparing the lessons.

Each year the program focuses on a different science-related topic, this year’s topic being chemistry.

While teaching the program at the Free Library of Northampton Township last month, Michael Gleicher, a biology and chemistry teacher at Central Bucks High School South, explained, “This program is about exploration. There are no quizzes or homework or assessments, so these kids don’t need to be able to accomplish a specific goal at the end of the session.

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New cookbook offers lifelong recipe collection

by Judi Biederman

At her granddaughter’s engagement party, Judy Rubin received a single request from the bride-to-be: “Grandma, there is only one thing I want from you. Please give me all your recipes.” Nobody at the party was the least bit surprised, as Judy’s love of cooking and her extensive collection of recipes was nearly legendary and had become a family legacy.

What they didn’t know was that the request would result in the publication of a cookbook offering the recipes that Judy has collected since childhood. The number of recipes was so extensive that the cookbook took the self-explanatory title of “My Life’s Recipe Collection and Creations.”

Judy, who grew up in New York and has lived in Churchville for 48 years, explains she has been cooking most of her life. She was just in eighth grade when she received New York City’s Junior Homemaker of the Year Award, after being nominated by her home economics teacher.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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Bucks County Singers begins fall membership drive

Having just completed its 31st year of singing, the Newtown-based Bucks County Singers hopes to continue expanding its membership as it begins a new and busy year.

Under the direction of Terry Boyle Greenland, Yardley voice teacher and University of the Arts professor, Bucks County Singers (BCS) currently boasts a membership of about 35 energetic men and women who embrace the chorus’ unique style, which blends singing with fun-to-watch “riser choreography,” making for concerts that are unlike those of most other choirs.

The group is accompanied by local pianist Tom Baust.

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A sweet sixteen helps The Humane Society

Here is some food for thought: imagine if everyone would use just one birthday to raise awareness and hold a benefit for their favorite charity whatever it may be.  Imagine how many nonprofit organizations could benefit!

And what better way to celebrate a “Sweet Sixteen” party and the beginning of young adulthood than taking the opportunity to make a difference in the world around us? Council Rock student Grace Porter recently turned 16 and did just that.

Like many girls her age she was looking forward to planning her Sweet Sixteen Party. But Grace wanted her party to be different, and for her party she made a very mature and selfless decision to have a backyard fundraiser for a cause near and dear to her heart – helping animals.

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Ohev Shalom: Providing a warm, welcoming Jewish community

by June Portnoy

In our fast-paced, demanding lives, we often find ourselves cut off from community and support. Ohev Shalom provides those caring relationships and that warm sense of being part of, rather than apart from.

Members often speak of all that they receive spiritually from “the community” at Ohev Shalom.  In many ways they become an integral part of each other’s lives.

“This synagogue is an inclusive community, reaching out and embracing all members of the Jewish community,” says Rabbi Eliott N. Perlstein, who has been with this synagogue since it was founded in 1976.

Although affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Ohev Shalom does not limit membership to those who are Conservative. Many families who grew up in Reform settings are fully at home at Ohev Shalom. In fact, you don’t need to be Jewish to become a member if you’re part of a Jewish family.

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SPOTLIGHT: Villa Joseph Marie

In high-school shop class, you’d expect to hear the whirr of a lathe or catch the scent of fresh-cut wood. But in math class? Not so much.

Yet, those were the atypical sound and peculiar smell that students in Villa Joseph Marie’s Honors Advanced Mathematical Studies (HAMS) class experienced this spring – the result of a cross-curricular, hands-on project in which students studied 3D volume by creating their own wood-handled pens.

The project was the brainchild of Villa Principal Lauren Carr, who teaches the HAMS course. Motivated by a T3 (Teachers Teaching with Technology) conference presentation entitled “Project-Based Learning in AP Calculus,” Mrs. Carr obtained a lathe and received training on how to use it safely in the classroom.

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Hawks are back-to-back champs!

The Northampton Hawks Inter-Township League girls softball team has won back-to-back 2015- 2016 championship titles!

Pictured back row from left are Julia Moritz, Katelyn Pugliesi, Evelyn Lewis, Kyleigh Bowmen ,Anna Pagano, Ciara Constance, Margaret Hensel and Hailey Dreyer; middle row, Allisn Kitson, Madelyn Ralston, Ava Ralston, Julie Barron and Ashley Shup; reclining in front is Jadyn Schmitz, aka Ping Pong. Not pictured are Taylor Mueller and Mackenzie “Moment” Mohr. Congratulations, girls!

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