Bucks advisor attends exclusive workshop with America’s IRA experts

Retirement assets in the United States are estimated at $24.2 trillion dollars, according to The Role of IRAs in U.S. Households’ Saving for Retirement, 2014.

IRAs make up the largest single share of the retirement market, clocking in at an estimated $7.3 trillion.

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Troop 5 adds four new ‘Eagles’ to their aerie

Boy Scout Troop 5, which is the second oldest active Boy Scouts of America troop in Bucks County, is celebrating four new Eagle Scouts – Liam Andre, Josh Chast, Sean Healy and Christian Verrecchio.

Liam, son of Kathy and Peter Andre of Southampton, chose his church as the location for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. His project at Living Streams Fellowship Church included refurbishing a wheelchair ramp, stripping and repainting handrails at the entrance, as well as painting benches, walls and lampposts.

Liam serves as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in his troop; previously Liam served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. A senior at William Tennent High School, he is a cameraman for B&W Television at the school. He plans to study graphic design at a yet to be decided college in the fall.

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Washington Crossing DAR celebrates student essay winners

The Washington Crossing Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized local students and listened to their essays depicting American history. The DAR sponsors annual essay writing contests for students in grades five through eight, and high school, to promote American history and education. This year, the writing prompt for fifth-eighth grade was “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

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Noteworthy donation

Bryant Greene, (second from left) owner/administrator of Always Best Care Senior Services, of Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware Counties presents a check for $2,500 to the Southampton Free Library’s Access The World Capital and Endowment Campaign during special ceremonies in the library. Receiving the donation (from left) are Ray Greenberg, financial oversight chairman for the campaign (Greene) Kim Ingram, library director and Gregory W. Crompton, campaign chairperson.

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Kathy Faustino is Impact Thrift ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Impact Thrift Stores, Inc. recently announced that Kathy Faustino has been named their 2015 “Volunteer of the Year.” Kathy signed on to volunteer in 2013 while she was shopping at Impact Thrift’s Feasterville store. “Impact Thrift quickly became one of my favorite shopping locations once I learned of the mission to support so many local charities,” she said. “The Feasterville super-sized store is immaculate and the treasure hunt within is amazing as new items arrive in the store every day!”

Kathy has logged over 350 hours volunteering at Impact Thrift. Impact Thrift has been able to convert donated goods into more than $2 million in financial support to area charities, thanks to generous neighborhood donors and volunteers.

Kathy uses her pleasant manner, customer service skills and smiling persistence as a volunteer giving back to the community. Her dependable service working with Bric-a-Brac area manager, Barbe Humphries, and with many other volunteers and staff members insures an amazing shopping experience day after day. “The friendly, hard-working employees, wonderful volunteers and delightful customers enrich and brighten my days,” Kathy asserts.

Kathy has lived in Bucks County most of her life and enjoyed working in medical sales before retiring a few years ago. Kathy and husband, Marty, have two grown children and two grandsons. She says, “I look forward to many more years of volunteering and supporting the mission that makes Impact Thrift an amazing organization.”

Impact Thrift welcomes volunteers at five sites in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Visit www.impactthrift.org to get involved, or call Joan Marie at 267-387-0022, ext. 6105.

PHOTO CAP: Volunteer of the Year, Kathy Faustino (right), enjoys working with Feasterville Impact Thrift Bric-a-Brac Manager, Barbe Humphries.

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Feasterville Rotary honors Celina Lee as ‘Student of the Month’

Feasterville resident Celina Lee, a student at Neshaminy High School, was recognized as March’s “Student of the Month” at the Feasterville Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting on March 10th.

Celina has attended Neshaminy schools for the past four years. Her GPA is 3.8 and she ranks 107th in a class of 651. Her senior program of study includes Honors Calculus, AP English 12, Honors Chemistry 2, AP Environmental Science, Child Development, AP Psychology, and Spanish Honors 5.

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NHS students perform at state festival

The Neshaminy High School Music Department congratulates the following students that were selected for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival held in Hershey, PA in March. The students include:

  •  All-State Band: Danny Aslanian – Clarinet, Stephanie Rue – Horn, Adam Victor – Trumpet;
  • All-State Wind Ensemble: Andrew Northrup – Baritone Sax, Stephen Hopkins – Horn;
  • All-State Choir:  Joey Rippert – Tenor.

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Seasonal passes now available for Dolphin Swim Club

Seasonal passes for families, individuals and seniors 60-years of age or above are now available for the Lower Southampton Township Dolphin Swim Club, located at 260 W. Bristol Road in Feasterville, it was recently announced by Parks and Recreation Director Matt Gilbert.

Matt states that he is already getting ready for a wonderful summer season for swimming enthusiasts of all ages. “Our large L-shaped pool, heated adult pool and baby pool for youngsters up to five years of age will be in excellent condition and ready to go for the 2015 season,” he notes. All of the pools will be supervised and life-guarded. Parking is free at the Dolphin Swim Club. “I’d like to invite all interested area residents to join us this season, however please do not wait too long because space is limited,” Matt comments.

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Scenes from the Senior Citizen Ball

  1. From left, Amber Coffman, Ann Caminiti, Gail Krimstock, Kelly Macauley, and Matt Valeri serve up the pasta.
  1. Pauline Biedka and Frank Fricke have been dancing at various functions for the past 15 years.
  1. Mary R. Valeri and Harold Ruent became engaged on the day of the Senior Citizen Ball.
  1. Everybody went home with a smile on their face.
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Upper Southampton Parks & Rec camp earns ACA-Accredited Status

Upper Southampton Township Parks and Recreation has announced that their camp has earned ACA-Accredited Camp Status. This is verification from the American Camp Association that the camp complies with up to 300 industry-established health and safety standards, recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp industry.

The ACA-accreditation program has a 50-year history and is continually evaluated and updated to reflect current best practice in camps. ACA collaborates with experts in many fields to be sure required practices are current and sound.

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