BCWSA to Close Bristol Road for Emergency Water Main Repair

Bristol Road will be closed between Acorn Road and Magee Avenue in Lower Southampton and Middletown townships, Bucks County, on Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for emergency water main repair by the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced.

During the operation, Bristol Road through traffic will be detoured over Brownsville Road, Route 132 (Street Road) and Route 213 (Bridgetown Pike). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

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Creating signage for Manderfield Preserve becomes educational experience

by June Portnoy

When Charles J. Manderfield died in 1957, he bequeathed the land now known as the Manderfield Preserve, specifying that it be held in trust “for the use of the community and the public as a Woodland Preserve or Park and…that the streams on the various properties shall be preserved intact for the public use and benefit…”

West Rockhill Township, located in Upper Bucks County, ultimately acquired this open space which is part of the 1.8 million acre Pennsylvania Highlands region. It extends along a corridor of high elevation forested land from the Delaware River at the New Jersey border to the Maryland border in Central Pennsylvania. Other than tree markers, no educational signage exists to point out some of its unique features.

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NHS Interact Club to become part of Homeless Veterans Coalition

by June Portnoy

Several non-profit organizations and local businesses who have formed a Homeless Veterans Coalition spoke to Neshaminy High School’s (NHS) Interact Club on Thursday, April 7th about enlisting their assistance in helping homeless veterans live better lives, and ultimately become financially self-sufficient.

“Our Interact Club plans to make a positive impact on this coalition by spreading awareness and bringing needed resources and manpower to help our veterans,” said Neshaminy High School’s Interact Club School Advisor Suzi Drake.

NHS Interact Club’s initial veterans community service project was in March when they sorted clothes that had been donated by various agencies. They categorized clothes by size, and then put together complete outfits, such as a t-shirt, pair of pants, long-sleeved shirt, outerwear, shoes and socks. They placed these outfits into bags to be delivered to homeless veterans in Bucks County.

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Steve Paul named President of HBA of Bucks And Montgomery Counties

Steve Paul, Director of Construction for DeLuca Homes, has been named the new President of the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The HBA is dedicated to promoting, educating and advocating the advancement of the residential construction industry while serving the community.

Steve has been with DeLuca Homes for over 31 years holding positions such as General Construction Manager, Estimator, and Construction Manager for the Custom Home Division. For last 11 years, he has held the title of Director of Construction.

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Office Max employees volunteer at Habitat Restore

On April 6th, a group of 17 Office Max employees from Greater Philadelphia Area stores volunteered their time to support Habitat for Humanity ReStore®. The group performed a number of tasks including: painting, organizing the warehouse, unloading trucks, moving furniture, and stacking carpets on the sales floor. It was a fun and productive day for everyone involved.

The Feasterville store volunteers included David Eisen (Operations), Jason Bove (Print Supervisor), Chris Cowperthwait (Customer Service Manager), and Tom Pagan (Store Manager).

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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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Scenes from the STEAM Expo

  1. Cecelia Claudio holds a sculpture created on a 3D printer.
  1. Andrew Boyle (left) discusses learning about programming robots to follow a line path with Jack and Shawn Marion.
  1. Kathryn Leonard (right) shows Dawson Ford how to screen print on t-shirts.
  1. Peyton Watson with her lava lamp experiment.
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Past President’s Award

Stu Coren (center) of Lower Southampton, receives the Feasterville Business Association’s Past President’s Award from William Wiegman, Jr., of Feasterville, current president (left) at the professional business association’s annual Frolic held recently at Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs in Feasterville. Sharing the pose is Don Rubin (right), also of Lower Southampton, event chairperson.

Stu received the award for his FBA leadership role and service to the community-at-large in 2015.

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St. Mary Medical Center recognizes National Donate Life Month

Every day, 21 people in America die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  St. Mary Medical Center has joined the Gift of Life Donor Program to inspire hope, advocacy and passion for National Donate Life Month.

“The number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated, and at Gift of Life, we’re passionate about educating people on the need to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO of the Gift of Life Donor Program.

“As a health system, we are uniquely positioned to not only tend to patients’ health, but to inspire community wellness in all aspects of life,” said Dan Moen, Interim President and CEO at St. Mary.

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about donor registration. Each organ, tissue and cornea donor can help up to 50 people. To sign up, visit donors1.org online.

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A major donation

The Southampton Free Library, located at 947 Street Road in Southampton, recently received a $25,000 donation for its Capital and Endowment Campaign from an anonymous donor. Marking the contribution with an oversized check are Andrea Woodring (seated left) president of the library, and Mary Rogers, (seated right) a board member. Also looking on are Kim Ingram (standing left), librarian, and Ray Greenberg, (standing right) vice president of the library. The donation is earmarked for improvements to the children’s library.

The Capital and Endowment Campaign is trying to raise $575,000 for the modernization and refurbishment of the library and to enhance and expand programing for children and adults. Some $225,000 has been raised to date. To make a donation or pledge, contact Kim Ingram at 215-322-1415, extension 100, or e-mail ingramk@buckslib.org.

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