Destiny Hawthorne earns her National Child Development Associate credential

Destiny Hawthorne, a third year student in the Early Childhood Care & Education Program and a senior at William Tennent High School, is the second student this school year to earn her National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT). The mission of the CDA program, which is overseen by the Council for Professional Recognition, is to assess and credential Early Childhood Education Professionals.

The CDA is the most recognized credential within the field of early childhood education. Students who obtain their CDA credential have a greater advantage towards career advancement. All students in the MBIT Early Childhood Care & Education Program have the opportunity to earn their CDA.

In addition to the knowledge and skills gained within the Early Childhood Care & Education Program at MBIT, Destiny is gaining real-world experience through her cooperative education placement at The Goddard School located in Huntingdon Valley.

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St. Katharine Drexel announces new Summer Camp program

St. Katharine Drexel School will be offering a Summer Camp this year for children ages three to 14. The camp will run from June 13th until August 15th.

Campers can select one, several or all nine weeks and can choose from a Full Day (9:00am-3:00pm) or a Mini Camp (9:00am-noon) option. Extended hours will be available both before and after at an additional hourly rate.

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Veterans Proclamation at Chandler Hall

Chandler Hall resident, Carroll Scott, was awarded a citation at Chandler on Friday, April 15th, recognizing the 80th Anniversary of the day that “Scotty” joined the US Navy.

Many representatives of the United States armed services were present at the occasion. Scotty, who may be the oldest E9 Master Chief, was joined by three other generations of Chiefs in this momentous occasion. Family members, residents, staff, government representatives, and members of the Yardley VFW were all on hand to join in the festivities.

State representative Steve Santarsiero and Pat Wonderling, representing Mike Fitzpatrick’s office, presented citations as well.

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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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