FBA college scholarship winners

Brian Thomas and Gabriella M. Merlino (front row, second and third from left), both of Feasterville, and seniors at Neshaminy High School, were recently awarded $1,200 college scholarships from the Feasterville Business Association.

Sharing a congratulatory moment following the announcement at historic Playwicki Farm are (front row from left) Rose McMenamin, a scholarship committee co-chairperson, (Brian and Gabriella) Linda Pupkiewicz, recording secretary and scholarship committee co-chairperson and Ed Shannon, chairperson of the FBA golf outing, (back row, left and right) Mike Wielehowski, sergeant-at-arms and golf committee member and Charles Roman, a member of the scholarship committee.

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Shady Brook Rotary honors ‘Student of the Year’

At their dinner meeting on May 20th, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook presented their “Student of the Year” award to Brian Thomas, a senior at Neshaminy High School. As part of the award, he received a check for $1,000.

Pictured from left are Dr. Augie Adrid, Past Shady Brook President, Baby Thomas (Brian’s father), Brian, and Irv Perlstein, Past Shady Brook President.

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Neshaminy teachers recognized for leadership roles

A group of Neshaminy teachers was recognized at the School Board meeting on May 20th as part of the annual Teacher Recognition Program in the district. The program recognizes excellence in teaching and learning practices in grades K-12 in four key areas: Leadership, Innovation, Community Partnerships and Spirit of Neshaminy.

Teachers were nominated for the award by their colleagues in both the teaching staff and administration, and the selection process included classroom visits, a written review and a review of the nominees record of success. The selection committee included principals and District instructional administrators.

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FCP awards scholarship to Nicholas Hoffman

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded a scholarship to Nicholas Hoffman, a senior at Neshaminy High School, through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented a check for $1,000 to Nicholas, who will attend Lehigh University in the fall.

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A Woman’s Place awards ceremony recognizes community partners

by June Portnoy

A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, recognized and awarded its community partners, volunteers and staff members at its Annual Breakfast and Community Recognition Ceremony held last month at the Northampton Valley Country Club.

This year’s honorees included: Bucks County Community College, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. and Village Improvement Association. The reception’s theme was “Keep Calm and Flourish.”

After a breakfast buffet and a special musical performance by Holicong Middle School’s H-Factor, AWP Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba recognized this year’s community partners. She said, “To be 100% successful at achieving our vision of a society where all individuals are safe in their relationships and can flourish, we cannot live in a silo. True success means moving beyond our walls and building relationships with others.”

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Neshaminy Education Foundation announces grant recipients

The Neshaminy Education Foundation recently awarded over $7,700 in grants to 11 teachers or groups of teachers throughout the district.

The 2014-2015 grant recipients are:

  • Theresa O’Neill – $311.79 Neshaminy High School Senior Art Digital Portfolios; *Amanda Henry –  $1,000 Neshaminy High School Nearpod Premium Accounts;
  • Joanne Strack, Sharon White and all certified nurses – $175 Neshaminy High School Spring Health Fair;
  • Ashley Hall –  $1095 Neshaminy High School Virtual Business – Restaurant Simulation;

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Scenes from the STEM Expo at Neshaminy High School

  1. Evan Bauer (left) learns about computer animation from Madelyn Spina in the Film and Animation class.
  1. Jake Gopal (front) learns about game design from Josh Taylor.
  1. Jules Zamorano (left), of Feasterville, shows Anna Cieri, of Langhorne, how to control the robot she built in her honors robotics class.
  1. Phoebe and Rachel Lamb make slime with Mad Science.
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NHS student wins first place in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony on May 27th at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

Kiara Marable of Levittown, a ninth grader at Neshaminy High School, won first place in the high school division for her essay, entitled “Monsters,” in which she expressed the impact of losing her father to cancer when she was just nine-years-old.

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Winning accolades

Tim Schluth (second from right), a seventh grader at St. Katherine Drexel Regional School, receives a certificate of merit for winning the Lower Southampton July 4th parade book design contest. Sharing a congratulatory moment (from left) are Laura Clark, school principal, Bob DiBenedetto, parade committee co-chairperson, Tim, and Ed Shannon, parade committee co-chairperson. For his winning design Tim also received a $100 award. The parade program book will distributed to all spectators. This year’s theme is, “Hats Off To The U.S.A.”

The Independence Day parade and celebration will begin on Saturday, July 4th at Second Street and Bustleton Pikes at 1:00pm.

Rain date is Saturday, July 11th.

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Local employees perform day of giving at Penndel Food Pantry

by June Portnoy

Over 75 employees from International SOS Assistance Inc.’s Trevose office volunteered their time and labor to thoroughly clean, improve the safety and enhance the aesthetics of the Penndel Food Pantry on Friday, May 8th.

The Penndel Food Pantry serves approximately 80 to 100 people, mostly the working poor, three times a week. Its building is also a transitional shelter that houses four families, primarily women and children, who can stay for up to a year.

International SOS (Intl.SOS) is a global company that offers medical and travel security risk services to business travelers.

“As part of our central mission, we have a theme that centers around the care and compassion for the community,” said Grant Jeffery, CEO of Americas at Intl.SOS. “Volunteering our time today is an example of one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects in which we engage during the year.”

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