“Building Beauty Every Day”

“Building Beauty Every Day” presented by Drew Becher will be the featured PowerPoint program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00PM at their new meeting location, Saint Katherine Drexel Mission Center, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President, Drew Becher, will highlight the beauty created everyday in the Society’s efforts throughout the city to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.  He will also preview the PHS future sustainable initiatives to enhance public landscapes by adding beauty and value to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia in the decades to come.

Becher became the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2010.  Under his leadership, PHS has initiated the Plant One Million campaign to restore the region’s tree canopy; expanded the City Harvest program, initiated the PHS Pop Up Garden projects; and introduced exciting new features at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

Becher served as Executive Director of the non-profit New York Restoration Project, founded by entertainer and environmentalist Bette Midler, and was a respected leader in the city’s greening and beautification initiatives.  As Deputy Director of Washington, D.C.’s Office of Planning (2004-06), he led the creation of the Department of Environment and before that was associate director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.  As Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District (1996-2004) and Assistant to the Mayor,  Becher helped forge Mayor Richard M. Daley’s acclaimed environmental and beautification agenda, overseeing many of the initiatives that are now hallmarks of Chicago’s urban renaissance.

All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members.  For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.


Dennis I. Markowitz to be honored as FBA’s ‘Person of the Year’

Dennis I. Markowitz, of Langhorne, will be honored by the Feasterville Business Association as their “Person of the Year” at the 2014 Frolic to be held at Brook Side Manor at Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, on Saturday, March 29th, it was recently announced by Rose McMenamin, president of the FBA. Cocktails will be at 6:00pm, to be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:00pm.

Dennis is the founder and tax partner for the Financial Group Plus Companies in Southampton. He is marking his 50th year as a tax accountant in 2014. He is a Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and is an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He additionally is a licensed insurance agent and is Medicare-certified.

In making the announcement, McMenamin says that Dennis is being singled out for special recognition for his long-time service to the FBA, including fundraising efforts and other business endeavors. A member of the professional business association for 20 years, he is its current treasurer, an office he’s held for numerous terms. He has also served terms as president and vice president.

In addition he has been active on many FBA committees, including its budget, nominating, golf and scholarship committees. Dennis also has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for his work as a volunteer in its education program. He is vice president of the Bucks-Mont Chapter of the Society of Tax and Accounting Practitioners.

Dennis is a veteran of the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant, and is a graduate of Temple University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting.

Marking their 47th wedding anniversary, he and his wife, Hope, have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Tickets for the Annual FBA Frolic are $60 per person. Anyone interested in attending may call 215-206-5664 or 215-436-9768, or email FeastervilleBA@gmail.com.  

PHOTO CAP: Dennis Markowitz


THS wins trophy for garden entry at Philadelphia Flower Show


by June Portnoy

The Trevose Horticulture Society (THS) received many accolades for its garden entry at this year’s annual Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Philadelphia Flower Show. The show’s 2014 theme, ARTiculture, combined art and horticulture by celebrating artists ranging from Michelangelo to Monet.

The first judging panel awarded THS’s entry second place with 95 points. All four entrees in the class, “En Plein Air,” in which THS entered, scored above 90 so the entire class was awarded a commendation.

THS received honorable mention by the second judging panel.

Most exciting, however, was that THS was awarded the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Trophy for entering a garden showing the most effective use of plants and the best use of design.

As a result, they were invited to attend the PHS Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 8th.

THS committee members Karen Wychock, Ruth Kurtz, Betty Sykes, Dick and Isabelle Longcoy and Lenis Van Aken devoted much time and effort creating this award-winning garden.

They designed a 12’ by 16’ summer garden retreat in the style of artist Mondrian, who used red, yellow, black and blue in his paintings. In order to replicate his style, THS committee members created a garden framed in black with splashes of red, yellow and blue.

Flowers within the garden included pansies, zinnia, gerber daisies, ageratum, petunias, marigolds and cyclamen.

The main feature of THS’ garden entry was the vertical planting of their flowers. 

“We planted them vertically in order to mimic Mondrian’s style, but this was our first attempt at vertical planting and it proved to be more difficult than we expected,” says Karen, Chairperson of the Garden Entry.

THS committee members had to wire all plants individually, which was physically challenging. They also had to ensure the wall was constructed sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the vertical plants. Plus, the plants had to be taken down in order to water them, a labor-intensive task.

Some finishing touches in the garden included a fire pit, black benches and pillows within the center.

It took over five months for THS members to plan their garden’s design. They began with a model of the garden that they were required to share with PHS, so this organization knew what to expect at the show.

Prior to the show, the garden’s concept was well thought out and all painting was completed. However, nothing could be put together ahead of time.

“We had only one and a half days to construct the garden at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and were only allowed to have five people there to help us set up,” says Karen. “Plus, no tools are allowed, so we used lots of hinges to put our display together.”

Karen expresses her gratitude to Dick, who has a construction background, as being a great addition to their team, helping to build the garden in such a short amount of time, along with Ruth’s assistance.

“Dick and Ruth built it exactly as we envisioned it,” says Karen. “The colors really popped out when we put the lights on it. Also, having the model was helpful when putting the garden together at the show.”

Although this was only the second time that THS created a large garden area for the Philadelphia Flower Show, Karen commented how much easier it was the second time around.

“Last year, we weren’t sure what to expect or what to do first when we got to the show,” says Karen. “This year, we got right to work.  We also had a better idea about how to work together as a team since we had already done so once before.”

This summer, THS will host its own flower show on Friday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 23rd.  This year’s theme is “Wild Things.”

The show will be held at St. Ephrem Catholic Church’s gym, located at 5400 Hulmeville Road in Bensalem. This is a new venue for the show and offers a larger space, which means THS can add additional entries in some of its classes.

Proceeds from the show will be used toward a $1,000 scholarship award to a student majoring in the horticultural discipline in the tri-state area.

THS continues to hold its meetings the third Monday of every month at 7:00pm, but they now meet in a new location at St. Katharine Drexel Mission Center, located at 1663 Bristol Pike in Bensalem.

Don’t miss their next meeting open to the public when THS welcomes guest speaker, Drew Becker, PHS President. It will be held Monday, April 28th (the fourth Monday of the month, in order to accommodate Drew’s schedule).

For information about THS, its upcoming flower show, or membership information, contact Karen Wychock at 215-460-8853.

PHOTO CAP: THS committee members during the construction of their garden entry at the Philadelphia Flower Show.


Feasterville Business Association will be conducting a Free Home Buying Seminar on April 23

As part of its new “Spotlight On Business” series, the Feasterville Business Association will be offering a free home buying seminar at the Lower Southampton Free Library, 1983 Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville, PA on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.

In making the announcement, Rose McMenamin, president of the FBA, says that whether you’re a first time, second time or beyond buyer there will be a great deal of important information provided by a host of professionals working in almost all aspects of the home buying industry. “Here’s a terrific opportunity to come and find out about the whole process from pre-qualification to final settlement without any cost or obligation,” McMenamin explains. “If you’re in the market for a home purchase it will be time well invested.”

Among the topics to be covered will be preparing for home ownership, benefits of pre-qualification, loan options and obtaining a mortgage, mortgage and title insurance, credit scores and credit counseling, tools for home shopping, home inspection, sales agreements, closing costs and more. There also will be an open forum question and answer segment with a panel of experts.

Participants include representatives from 3rd FED Bank, Olde Towne Real Estate, Inc., Bucks County Housing Group, Credit Counseling Center, Financial Expertise, Financial Group Plus, Greater Philadelphia Abstract, Kelly Adjusters, Miller & Hauptman, New Penn Financial, and Regal Property Management. Light refreshments will be served.

Now in its 65th anniversary year, the Feasterville Business Association‘s mission is to foster and encourage growth and progress for the betterment of the community. Reservations are suggested by calling 215-436-9768 or by emailing feastervilleba@gmail.com. You can also visit the FBA on the web at www.feastervillebiz.


Playwicki Farm Foundation announces officers for 2014

June Olson, of Lower Southampton, has been appointed president of the Playwicki Farm Foundation, it was announced recently.

Also appointed as officers were Jim Kates, vice president; Patrice Luongo, secretary; and Joan Woodward, treasurer. In addition, Gary Bowman, Rose McMenamin and Don Rubin have been appointed to the foundation board of directors. All are residents of Lower Southampton Township.

The historic 110-acre Playwicki Farm is located on Bridgetown Pike in Lower Southampton Township. It features open space, old growth forest, wetlands, agricultural land, a wildlife habitat and a renowned but now defunct quarry plus a public walking and jogging path and children’s playground. Playwicki means “the place where turkeys run.”

The farm additionally contains a variety of prehistoric and historical archeological sites dating from circa 7000-6500 B.C. through the period of contact between Native Americans and European colonists and extending through the 19th and early 20th centuries.

In May of 1994, the Board of Supervisors of Lower Southampton Township finalized the purchase of the property from the estate of Elizabeth Snodgrass, thereby preserving the last large open space in the township for all to enjoy. For additional information about the farm and foundation, contact June Olson at 215-357-7300, x340, or e-mail playwicki.farm.foundation@gmail.com.

PHOTO CAP: June Olson


Scenes from Gym Night at NHS


Fish fry and hoagie sale to benefit the Trevose Fire Company

On Good Friday, April 18th, Trevose Fire Company will be offering takeout fish dinners and hoagies.

Fish dinners include fish, fries, and coleslaw and cost $8 for adults (four pieces of fish) and $4 for children (two pieces of fish). Tuna hoagies and cheese hoagies cost $5 each (eight-inch length).  Dinners can be picked up at the firehouse between 11:00am and 5:00pm via drive-thru service!

Reservation tickets should be purchased in advance as there will only be a limited number of dinners available at the door without a ticket. Tickets will be sold every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm through April 15th at the firehouse. 

Trevose Fire Company is located at 4900 Street Road, Trevose.  For more information call 215-357-1270.


Feasterville Rotary honors two students for month of February


Alexandra Urusow and Saje Breuer were recognized as February’s Students of the Month by the Feasterville Rotary Club at its breakfast meeting on February 11th. Alexandra, of Feasterville, is the daughter of Colleen and Bembe Urusow and has an older sister, Tatiana. She has attended Neshaminy schools for the past 13 years. Her GPA is 4.16 and she ranks 42nd in her class of 645 students.

Alexandra’s senior program of study includes Honors English 12, Honors Civics/Economy/Psychology, Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology, Drama, Select Choir, Roadies, Harmony and Electric Piano. She is in Select/Concert Choir, Drama/Musical Theatre Club, Interact Club (Grades 9-10) and the School Musical.

Alexandra is a member of National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, has been recognized by the Bucks County Music Educators Association, and consistently attains Distinguished Honor Roll status. She gives benefit drama performances for ALS, Autism and Hope for Howie, participated in the 2012 Roadies Toy Drive, ran in the Childhood Leukemia 5K, and sang at Pennswood Village for Neshaminy Retirees (2012-2013). Alexandra plans to attend a four-year college to earn a BFA in musical theatre, hopefully at Pace University in Lower Manhattan. 


Saje Breuer lives in Feasterville with her parents, Lisa and Todd Breuer. She has attended Neshaminy schools for the past four years and ranks 119th in her class of 645. Her GPA is 3.74. Saje’s senior program of study includes Honors Chemistry 2, A.P. Psychology, String Orchestra, Honors English 12, Environmental Science and Honors Calculus. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Orchestra, Interact Club, played Powder Puff football and is participating in Gym Night.

Saje’s community and volunteer involvement includes helping at Black Lake Run Farm and Woods Services, and participating in the Red Cross Blood Drive, Brain Cancer Benefit, Color Run, and the Polar Bear Plunge. Her hobbies and interests include art and horseback riding in regional shows. 

After graduating from high school, Saje will attend a four-year college to become a Special Education teacher. She has been accepted at Bloomsburg, Slippery Rock, and Penn State Abington, but has not yet made her decision.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. From left, Ed McConnell, President of Feasterville Rotary, with Lisa, Saje, and Todd Breuer.

2. From left, Bembe, Colleen, and Alexandra Urusow, with Ed McConnell.


Award winning author and illustrator to read her latest children’s book at Southampton Free Library

Susan Stockdale, an award winning children’s author and illustrator, will read and discuss her latest children’s book, “Stripes Of All Types,” for youngsters three to eight years of age at the Southampton Free Library, 947 Street Road, Southampton, on Friday, April 11th. Susan will offer two one-hour presentations at 10:00am and 11:00am. The public is invited.

Her appearance is part of a statewide initiative entitled, “One Book Every Young Child.” Through this program adults with preschoolers will learn how to support the development of literacy in preschool children.

Because it is important for children to be prepared for school, One Book Every Young Child will provide opportunities for adults to read aloud and share books, stories and related activities with preschoolers. These activities have been shown to be crucial to early learning.

Stockdale’s latest work explores how animals around the world benefit from their stripes. Each striped creature is described in action in its natural  habitat – prowling the prairie, perched on a peak, crawling on cactus and camped by a creek. Engaging rhymes and bright bold images keep readers entertained while a glossary at the back provides information on each featured animal. A fun and engaging matching game at the end tests children’s knowledge of animal stripes.

One Book Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center For The Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association, PennSERVE, HSLC/Access PA and the Verizon Foundation which provided a $40,000 grant as part of a commitment to unlock the promise of literacy.

The Southampton Free Library recently announced the launch of a Capital and Endowment Campaign to help renovate and refurbish several sections of the library and enhance and expand programming for both children and adults. The goal of the campaign is to raise $575,000.

For additional information about the children’s author program, contact Lora Terifay, Children’s Librarian for the library at 215-322-1415, ext. 4, or e-mail terifayl@buckslib.org.  


Area youngsters invited to FBA’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 12th


Area youngsters are invited to join the Easter Bunny for the annual Feasterville Business Association’s Easter Egg Hunt, to be held at Russell Elliot Field on Buck Road, Feasterville, on Saturday, April 12th, beginning at 10:00am sharp.

According to Linda Pupkiewicz, FBA event chairperson who also will personify the Easter Bunny, “All area children are invited to join the fun and festivities of the Association’s Holiday Egg Hunt compliments of the FBA.” Prizes will be awarded to the leading egg gatherers. “Through the years this has been a wonderful event for both young and old to come out to and enjoy,” she states. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera for pictures of their children with the Easter Bunny. Friends of the Lower Southampton Library are co-sponsoring the event.

For additional information, contact Linda Pupkiewicz at 215-355-1183.

PHOTO CAP: From left, FBA board member Ray Greenberg, the Easter Bunny (Linda Pupkiewicz, FBA recording secretary and event chair), FBA corresponding secretary Diane Fetscher, and Jane Ward, chair of Sick and Sunshine Committee.