Artis Senior Living scheduled to open in Huntingdon Valley

Artis Senior Living is nearing completion on a single-story, 34,000 square-foot assisted living community in the Huntingdon Valley neighborhood of Lower Moreland Township.

The residence will provide 72 memory care suites for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia. The community will be comprised of four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces.

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New food pantry opens in Langhorne

by June Portnoy

On July 19th, Second Helping, a Bucks County non-profit organization, celebrated the upcoming opening of its first food pantry located at 1262 Wood Lane, Suite 104 in Langhorne. Food donors and volunteers were among the many guests to attend this wine and cheese gala where they were encouraged to tour the pantry slated to officially open its doors in mid-August.

“Unlike most local food pantries that are open for about two or three hours a day, once or twice a week, our goal is to be open all day Monday through Friday, and maybe even an evening or two, if that better serves the needs of our clients and donors,” said Cindy Kunnas, Second Helping’s Executive Director.

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Local police provide drug take-back services

Prescription drug misuse is a growing concern across the nation. According to a 2011 survey in Pennsylvania, 14% of youth surveyed admitted to taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them and 18% felt that prescription drugs were not harmful.

Police departments throughout Bucks County provide locations where unwanted and unused prescription medicines can be disposed of properly.

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Lower South Bobcats clinch first District title in league history

by Matt Snider

On June 29th the Lower Southampton Bobcats 8U baseball team took home the Cal Ripken District Championship. This championship marks the first district title won by any Lower South baseball team in the league’s history.

“It was really an amazing group effort,” said head coach of the Lower South Bobcats Jim Roach. “I’m so proud of all this team has done.”

It was a long, hard journey for a team that had been together for a little over a year. Tryouts were held in June of 2015, with all players trying out making the team. Little did they know, they would be already hosting their own tournament just one month later.

“Getting the fields ready and helping to promote our organization was a great bonding experience for everyone,” Jim said. “It was the first time we all saw that we really had something special in this baseball family.”

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Sixteen students participate in Foundations Summer Youth Corps

Sixteen college students from Bucks County have been chosen to participate in Foundations Community Partnership‘s 2016 Summer Youth Corps, which offers paid student internships at local non-profit human service agencies in Bucks County serving children, youth and families.

The program provides students the ability to gain practical experience while helping to effect positive change in the community by working at non-profit human service agencies. This is the ninth consecutive year that Foundations has offered the internship program, expanding from 11 students in its inaugural year to 16 students this year.

Non-profit agencies have the benefit of additional helping hands and the students gain meaningful work experience with groups that are making a difference in Bucks County, as well as earning college credit through a partnership with Bucks County Community College.

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OfficeMax offers 5% back fundraiser

OfficeMax® is offering an easy fundraiser for local schools. All you have to do is bring your school supply list with you to your local OfficeMax® and let them know your school name and school ID number at checkout.

School ID numbers can be found online at OfficeDepot.com/fundraiser. Your chosen school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies when you make a qualifying purchase at OfficeMax®. It’s that simple!

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Neshaminy School District announces administrative changes

The Central Office Administrative team at Neshaminy School District has announced the following administrative appointments and reassignments, all effective July 1st, 2016:

Mr. Troy Bodolus has been appointed as the Principal of Walter Miller Elementary School in Levittown. Mr. Bodolus is completing an Acting Principal role at Oliver Heckman Elementary School. Prior to his assignment at Oliver Heckman, Mr. Bodolus served as an assistant principal at Maple Point Middle School, and also served in various administrative and teaching capacities in both the Allentown and Reading School Districts.

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Letter from the Superintendent

As the newly appointed superintendent of the Neshaminy School District, I am excited to join the many teachers, administrators and support staff in the District who work together to accomplish all that is necessary to uphold our motto: “We Build Futures.”

This year, the District is pleased to take another step along its “Road Map” project with the opening of Tawanka Elementary School.  We are excited to welcome students to the new school, as well as those moved to Pearl S. Buck Elementary School this year.

No matter where our elementary students attend classes, each will be greeted by faculty and staff ready to make this school year exciting and fulfilling. Students and staff at Ferderbar Elementary School and Poquessing Middle School will also enjoy facilities upgrades that took place over the summer to improve heating, air conditioning systems, and more.

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Military honor

Ryan Brookes (second from left) of Lower Southampton, 3rd Class Damage Controlman aboard the United States Coast Guard’s Polar Star, places his military unit flag on the Feasterville Business Association’s Wall of Fame in the Lower Southampton Township Building in Feasterville following a special ceremony by the FBA recognizing him for his heroism and service to his country.

Sharing the moment (from left) are family members Susan Brookes, his mother, Stephen Brookes, his father and a Lower Southampton police detective, and his brother Joey, a volunteer with the Lower Southampton Fire Department.

Ryan recently returned from a second tour of duty in the Antarctic where his ship was responsible for creating a navigable shipping lane through 40 miles of Antarctic ice while maintaining the security of the lanes. The ceremony is part of the FBA’s ongoing program to call the public’s attention to the heroism displayed by area members of the military serving throughout the world.

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Two high school seniors awarded scholarships from FBA

Two area high school seniors, one from Trevose and one from Langhorne, were recently awarded college scholarships from the Feasterville Business Association, it was announced by Rose McMenamin and Charles Roman, co-chairpersons of the FBA college scholarship committee. Kristin Wilson, of Trevose, and Andrea Martino, of Langhorne, both graduating seniors at Archbishop Wood High School, are the 2016 recipients of the $1,200 scholarship awards from the FBA.

According to Rose and Charles, “The annual awards are based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service. Both of these outstanding students have demonstrated excellence in all three areas.”

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