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  

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.


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

PHOTO CAP: June Olson


Scenes from Gym Night at NHS


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.


Two Playwickian writers are winners of Scholastic Keystone Press Awards


For the second consecutive year, two Playwickian writers from Neshaminy High School are among the winners of the prestigious 2014 Scholastic Keystone Press Awards contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Op-Ed editors junior Jackson Haines and senior Emily Scott swept the Editorial Category capturing all three awards.

Jackson and the editorial board received first place for the article “Why we won’t publish the R-word.” Emily was honored with second place for “How the media stole Christmas” and “The importance of our First Amendment.” All three award-winning articles can be found on

“After all of their hard work this year, Jackson and Emily deserve to be recognized as the top student editorial writers in the state,” Playwickian Adviser Tara Huber said. “This impressive award brings an immense amount of pride to The Playwickian newspaper and the Neshaminy community at large.”

Jackson and Emily will be honored at the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 2nd, at the America East Newspaper Operations and Technology Conference at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

PHOTO CAP: Emily Scott and Jackson Haines


Registration has begun for 2014 Summer Day Camps

Registration has begun for the 2014 Summer Day Camps in Lower Southampton Township, it was recently announced by Matt Gilbert, Parks and Recreation Director.

In making the announcement, Matt says that the township is gearing up for an exciting and energetic nine-week camping experience for youngsters from June 23rd to August 24th, which will feature a full share of recreational activities, crafts, instructional enrichment and fun-filled cultural excursions.

“Our program has been carefully designed to allow every child to grow and mature through a series of supervised programs and activities embracing physical development, socialization, teamwork and camaraderie.”

Camp will be divided into a series of age-segmented groups starting with the Pioneer Camp, for children ages three to five, which will be located at Russell Elliott Memorial Park on Buck Road. Discovery Camp for ages five to 12, and seven to 12, will be run simultaneously at two locations, the Dolphin Swim Club, 260 West Bristol Road, and the Joseph J. Ferderbar Elementary School, 300 Heights Lane. Teen Camp for teens 13 to 18 also will be located at the Dolphin Swim Club. There also will be a Counselor-In-Training Program for teenagers 13-years of age and beyond which will be housed at the Dolphin or Ferderbar locations.

“We have wonderful programs for children of all ages, however, I encourage parents to register early because space is limited,” Matt notes.

In 2014, special Summer Day Camp resident rates will be offered to all people residing in the 19053 zip code and all of Upper Southampton Township. Cost for a youngster residing in those areas is $649 for the season with a $150 deposit required.  The non-resident rate is $849 per child with a $229 deposit required.

A full camp payment schedule and further information is available on request at 215-357-7300, extension 340 or online at

The Lower Southampton Township Parks and Recreation Department is headquartered at 1500 Desire Avenue in Feasterville.


Charitable endeavors


Officers of the Feasterville Business Association presented some of their $10,000 in community grants to representatives of Bucks County service organizations prior to a recent Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisors meeting in Feasterville.

From left (front row) are, Rose McMenamin, vice president of the FBA; Kristin Fallstick, of the Sunshine Foundation; Jean Weiler, of the Friends of the Lower Southampton Library; Kelly Harold, accepting for the Hope Foundation; Jane Ward, of The American Red Cross; Ted Hauptman, FBA president; (back row) Terrence and Dan Finley, of SeanME; Lower Southampton Chief of Police William Weigman, Jr., accepting for his department and A Women’s  Place; and Bill Ensley, accepting for the Neshaminy Seniors Center. Also receiving community grants, but absent from the photo were the Manion Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, NOVA, Libertae, and the Twilight Wish Foundation.

The funds were raised from the FBA’s annual golf outing and also provide monies for college scholarships for area high school seniors, holiday gift baskets for financially challenged families and the FBA’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

For additional information about the FBA, visit them on the web at


Scouts hone skills at Klondike Derby


While the adults in Bucks County were stocking up on milk and bread in anticipation of yet another snowstorm, over 200 Boy Scouts and Webelos hit the snow covered hills and trails of Tyler State Park in Newtown on February 1st for the annual Playwicki Klondike Derby.  The all-day event tests the knowledge, leadership, cooperation and patrol spirit of each sled team in a range of activities from traditional Scouting skills like knot-tying, wildlife identification and first aid, to more novel pursuits like hatchet tossing and launching an ancient hunting tool called an atlatl.

“It is a perfect day for Klondike,” said Playwicki District Chairman Bill Pitts. “We even have snow.”

Dave Clark and George Worth, who organized the event, led a team of adult volunteers into the park at daybreak to set up the course and stations for the competition. Each of the 18 units that participated in the derby hosted a station on the trail.

Troop 153, which is chartered by Assumption B.V.M. Catholic Church in Feasterville, took first place in both the “13 and Under” category with the Emerald Dragons Patrol, and the “14 and Up” division with the White Tiger Kingdom Patrol. The Stallions from the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisville’s Troop 3 took first place in the Mixed Age Division. The Hawks from Troop 5, which meets at North and Southampton Reformed Church in Churchville, won the Sled Race.

PHOTO CAP: Brothers Miguel and Josh Mills of Troop 5 try their hands at tossing hatchets.


FBA announces new officers for 2014

Rose McMenamin, vice president, business development officer, of Third FED Bank in Feasterville, has been elected president of the Feasterville Business Association, it was announced recently. She replaces attorney Theodore Hauptman, also of Feasterville, who will take up a position as a director on the association’s executive board.

Also elected were: Stu Coren, president of Rosen Coren Marketing, Public Relations & Advertising Agency, Langhorne, vice president; Linda Pupkiewicz, assistant director of the Lower Southampton Township Library, recording secretary; Diane Fetscher, financial advisor for Oppenheimer & Co., Jenkintown, correspondence secretary; Dennis Markowitz, founder and COO of the Financial Group Plus family of companies, Southampton, treasurer; and William Wiegman, Jr., Lower Southampton Township Chief of Police, sergeant-at-arms.

Also elected to the position of director were: Stu Gritz, owner of the Wireless Zone Verizon Store, Feasterville; Michael R. Lesher, senior project manager for Regal Properties, Inc, Langhorne; and Susan Harrison, co-owner and title agent of the Greater Philadelphia Abstract Agency, Trevose. Retained for a second year as directors were, Ray Greenberg, president of Financial Expertise, Feasterville; Ed Shannon, Lower Southampton Township supervisor; Michael J, Hughes, realtor and partner in Olde Towne Real Estate, Feasterville; and Michael Wielehowski, president of Northern Mechanical, Trevose.

PHOTO CAP: New president of the Feasterville Business Association, Rose McMenamin.