Lower Southampton Chief of Police William Wiegman, Jr. to be Featured Speaker at FBA Meeting

Lower Southampton Township Chief of Police William Wiegman, Jr. will be the featured speaker for the Feasterville Business Association’s networking and general membership meeting to be held at Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike in Feasterville on Wednesday, September 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for networking to be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. All area business owners and executives are invited to attend.

According to Stu Coren, president of the FBA, “Chief Wiegman, who has served for more than 40 years as a member of the Lower Southampton police department will speak about the potential for violence in public places and how to stay alert and further protect yourself.” In addition, he will provide some updates about security measures for the upcoming visit to Philadelphia of Pope Francis in late September.

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AJ Foundation’s Eighth Annual Bike Ride for Autism is Sept. 12th

This bike ride event, taking place Saturday, September 12th, supports the Comprehensive Learning Center, a private school for children with autism located in Southampton, opened by The AJ Foundation. The event offers a 12-mile Family Ride, a 30K Ride, a 50K Ride and a 100K Ride, all through the beautiful rolling hills of Bucks County.

Start and finish line will be at the Lower Makefield Township Park, located at 1100 Edgewood Road in Yardley.

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‘Under the Big Top’ is theme for annual THS Flower Show

The circus is coming to town!

Trevose Horticultural Society will sponsor their annual standard flower show, “Under the Big Top” on Friday, August 28th from 4:00 to 8:00pm, and Saturday, August 29th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at their new location at St. Ephrem Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem. The public is cordially invited and admission is free.

The festive theme is artistically expressed throughout the Artistic Design Division. Staged on a pedestal, “Balancing Act” is a National Garden Club (NGC) Stabile design style implying motion, while “Elephant Walk”, an NGC Synergistic design style, requires three or more containers.

A creative design, “Master of the Rings” suggests an imaginative approach. The traditional circus march, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” features the relationship of shapes, forms and colors. The entrant is challenged to express themselves in an NGC one-place setting Capsule-Functional Table design, “Be a Clown,” themed to a child’s birthday party.

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‘Hometown Hero’ honored by Phillies

Steve Kaufmann of Oakford, a driver for Waste Management, was recently honored by the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park, for providing a great value-add to a major municipal customer in late January when he extinguished a mattress fire that might have destroyed a home in a neighborhood he services.

Steve threw out the first ball as well as received the honor of going onto the field at the end of the third inning to make the “Hometown Heroes Base Change” presented by Rothman Institute, at the Phillies June 27th game versus the Washington Nationals.

Steve said he was on his route on January 30th at noon in the Crabtree section of Levittown. “I rolled into the section and I heard kids screaming,” Steve recounted. “I stopped the truck, looked around the truck real quick, and looked across the street where there was a kid outside the house screaming.

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Children’s summer reading program at Southampton Free Library continues

The Southampton Free Library, located at 947 Street Road in Southampton, will continue its 2015 summer reading program with lots more events and activities for youngsters in grades K to 12. The programs will be run from now to August 20th.

According to Lora Terifay, children’s librarian at the Southampton Free Library, this year’s program is themed “Every Hero Has A Story” and has been meticulously designed to provide a meaningful educational experience that is totally enriching, interesting and fun.”

The special events series concludes when Two Of A Kind presents, “Hanging Out With Heroes” on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm. Weekly raffle baskets and a grand prize giveaway of a Kindle Fire HD also continue to enliven the program.

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THS meeting looks at Drexel gardening

“Mother Katharine Drexel and her Family’s Appreciation of Nature” will be the featured PowerPoint presentation at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, August 11th, at 7:00pm at their new meeting location, the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem. Mother Katharine’s father, Francis A. Drexel, a successful banker, was also a “gentleman farmer.”

Guest speaker Stephanie Morris will share some factual gardening stories about this famous Philadelphia family, including Drexel’s concern about crops being planted during his absence on a trip to Europe, Emma Bouvier Drexel’s collection of seaweeds and ferns, and Mother Katharine’s collection of plants that were delicately taped into a diary of the family’s trip to Europe.

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NHS Golf Boosters Golf Outing is Aug. 14th

The Neshaminy High School Golf Boosters invites you to a golf outing at Middletown Country Club on Friday, August 14th, noon registration and 1:00pm tee-off (shotgun start).

The cost is $100 per player, which includes golf, a cart, lunch, dinner, and beverages.

Opportunities are available for hole sponsorships and raffle donations. For more information and registration forms, navigate to this web page: http://www.neshaminy.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1344. Proceeds benefit the NHS golf program.

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Neshaminy School District 2015-2016 Overview

submitted by David E. Baugh, Ed.D, Acting Superintendent

The start of every school year is an exciting time of new opportunities and challenges for students and educators. I am pleased to be joining Neshaminy as the district embarks on a series of forward-thinking initiatives that will propel us to higher levels of excellence while providing the tools our children need to succeed in 21st Century.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Neshaminy launched full-day kindergarten, which has been a major success. Additionally we launched a new reading program for the middle schools, added Advanced Placement courses in the high school, applied Next Generation science standards at all grade levels, and took a direct path to the future with increased curricular and co-curricular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programing. The district held its first-ever STEM Expo in May attracting hundreds of families.

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Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates construction of new Tawanka Elementary School

by June Portnoy

Following a torrential downpour, a rainbow appeared above the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Tawanka Elementary School, symbolic of the future transformation of this school. Although the ground surrounding the original Tawanka School, located on 2058 Brownsville Road in Feasterville-Trevose, had already been leveled and construction had begun on the new school, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 30th.

The new school will be built behind the original 50-year-old building, which will be demolished.

Representatives from the Neshaminy Board of School Directors, the Neshaminy School District Administration, Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisors and Lower Southampton Township Administration lowered their shovels into the ground to mark this momentous occasion of creating a modern school that will shape the minds of future generations.

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How to prevent heat stroke for your pet

submitted by Julie Thorndyke, D.V.M.. Medical Director, VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital

As the ”dog” days of summer roll in, know pets can suffer heat stroke quickly, even in 80-degree weather.

Heat stroke is a term for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature. 103 F is considered abnormal, but body temperatures above 106 F (41 C) are critical. Without previous illness, high temperatures are often associated with exposure to excessive environmental heat.

The critical temperature when multiple organs fail and impending death occurs is around 107 to 109 F.

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