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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John H. Lindsey, Jr., earns professional designation

John H. Lindsey, Jr., CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®, Wealth Manager at Harvest Group Financial Services in Langhorne, has received the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP® ) certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) in accordance with their certification and renewal requirements.

With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, John has worked at Harvest Group since 2012 and is responsible for building long-term relationships with his clients through comprehensive financial planning which starts with understanding their financial goals, time horizons, and individual circumstances. Utilizing his in-depth training and skill in analyzing and assessing his clients’ financial circumstances, John works with his clients to develop their financial freedom through diversification, managing risk, and creating income.

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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors now open

Farmers Market Nutrition Program – offering free vouchers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets – is now open throughout Bucks County.

County residents 60 or older are eligible for free vouchers worth $20. Income guidelines start at $21,775 or less annually for an individual, adding $7,696 for each additional household member.

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Fireside Smokehouse announces new delivery services

Fireside Smokehouse has announced that they are now delivering both food and beer within a three-mile radius. This new service allows you to order the best barbecue in Bucks without having to leave your home.

In addition, you can order the perfect craft beer to go with your meal and have it delivered, too.

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