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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Chandler Hall Golf Classic

Chandler Hall’s 15th Annual Golf Classic, held at Trenton Country Club, was a tremendous success as sponsors and golfers came together to raise over $35,000 for Chandler Hall’s Hospice Program and Elder Services.

Sunny skies, combined with the complimentary Caddy Daddy bags that golfers received, a delicious outdoor lunch, and an elegant dinner with a view of the course, all helped to create a memorable day for all in attendance. Guest speaker Merrill Reese regaled guests with his insights into the world of sports. Guests enjoyed two auctions, one live and one silent, with a broad assortment of items up for bid, including golf equipment, baseball tickets, foursomes at special clubs, fine art, and a trip to Harrisburg featuring a tour with Representative Steve Santarsiero.

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Northampton Herald’s Good Neighbor Profile: Lily Margaret Joyce Reilly

by June Portnoy

Lily Margaret Joyce Reilly, 10, of Richboro, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes three years ago. Prior to her diagnosis, she was drinking liquids excessively, was suddenly irritable and lost a considerable amount of weight. Lily’s mother, Susan Bloom-Reilly, called the pediatrician’s office and after describing her daughter’s symptoms was told to take Lily to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Joely House and Jason Miller receive Foundations scholarships

Foundations Community Partnership awarded $1000 scholarships to two Council Rock High School seniors through its annual Partnership in Education program this month. Joely House (CR North) and Jason Miller (CR South) are the honored recipients.

Joely will be attending Emory University in the fall, and Jason will be moving on to West Chester University.

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Scouts get outside for a ‘Jam’

by Leslie Shortridge

A rainy start didn’t dampen the spirits of the nearly 2000 people participating in Bucks Jam 14, which was held Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th at the Middletown Grange fairgrounds in Wrightstown.

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