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 Matt Gilbert, Parks and Recreation Director for Lower Southampton Township.

Matt says that he is already gearing up for a terrific 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 2014 season.” 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,” Matt states. “However, please do not wait too long to join because our space is limited.”

For residents of Lower Southampton Township, special rates for full season passes are available. For families, it’s $395, individuals cost $240 and seniors 60-years plus will be $149 prior to March 14th. It will cost an additional $20 per membership after that date. The Dolphin Swim Club will be open weekends from May 25th to June 15th, and then will swing into full operation seven days a week, 11:00am to 8:00pm, beginning on Saturday, June 21st. The season will end on Labor Day.

Daily admission for individuals will be $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Children under three years of age are free. A special twilight admission rate of $5 per person for both adults and children, who would like to swim Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 8:00pm will be in effect throughout the season.

For non-residents, full season passes will be $525 for families, $315 for individuals and $189 for seniors 60-years of age and above prior to March 14th and will be $20 per membership additional thereafter.

The Dolphin Swim Club is also available for other events, including birthdays and family celebrations.

The Dolphin Swim Club is owned and operated by Lower Southampton. Lower Southampton Township is headquartered at 1500 Desire Avenue in Feasterville. For season passes and information, call 215-357-7300, extension 340 or go online at www.lowersouthamptontownship.com.

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Amy Heller named Feasterville Rotary student of the month

 

Amy Heller was recognized as January’s Student of the Month by the Feasterville Rotary Club at its breakfast meeting on January 14th.

Amy resides in Feasterville with her parents Michael and Jeanne Heller. She has four older brothers. Amy was introduced to the Rotary by Mr. William Ritchey, 12th Grade Assistant Principal. She has attended Neshaminy schools for the past four years, and currently ranks 94th in her class of 645, with a GPA of 3.86.

Amy’s senior program of study includes Honors Calculus, Honors Psychology, Civics and Economics, Honors English 12, Spanish 5 Honors, Environmental Studies and Drawing and Painting.

She is the captain of the State Championship Lady Skins Soccer Team, played softball in grades nine and 10, basketball in grades nine, 10, and 12, and has played soccer for the United German Hungarians since she was 12-years-old.

Amy has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll from ninth grade to the present. She has been named an All-League Player in soccer in grades 10, 11 and 12. She is interested in all sports, math, numbers and drawing and will attend Philadelphia University in the fall of 2014 on her way to becoming an accountant.

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left are NHS Assistant Principal William Ritchey, Feasterville Rotary President Ed MacConnell, Student of the Month Amy Heller, and Soccer Coach Rachel Clemens (State Coach of the Year).

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Veterans Advisory Council

The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) is a single-point Veteran information and advice resource for Lower Southampton residents and veterans, municipal agencies, and the Board of Supervisors. The VAC either has the information, or access to information needed by these entities. The VAC tracks and distributes information about local, county, state and federal Veteran resources and events. The VAC works closely with other Veteran organizations and offices to gather and provide information.

The Veterans Advisory Council meets in a public meeting at 7:00pm the first Tuesday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend at the Lower Southampton Township Municipal Center, 1500 Desire Avenue, Lower Southampton. Call 267-982-2199 for more information.

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Tri-County Band of Feasterville

What started with 10 musicians in a local firehouse has turned into 63 years of quality music and entertainment for the people of Bucks County. In 1950, local musicians Alfred B. Mann and James McLean gathered 10 colleagues together at the Feasterville Fire Station on Irving Avenue and formed what would in time be one of the county’s most well known musical ensembles, the Tri-County Band. The band incorporated in 1960.

Today, the non-profit organization boasts 45 members with loyal followers who attend their concerts each year. Current director John Roman joined the band as a clarinetist in 1979 and has been director for the past 25 years. John will retire as Band Director in May of 2014. The band is currently seeking a new director.

The musicians in the band range from high school students to retirees; band president Dale Habel has been with the band for 62 years. All enjoy the opportunity to both form relationships with others of similar interest and perform quality band music for its audiences.

The band does about 25 performances a year, including several parades such as the Memorial Day Parades in Hulmeville and Langhorne, and the Annual Levittown and Feasterville Fourth of July parades. Tri-County also plays at a number of retirement villages and for outdoor summer concert series in area municipalities, such as Northampton Township, Tamanend Park, the Wrightstown Grange Fair, the Tinicum Arts Festival and at the Lions Gazebo in Bristol.

The band features a broad spectrum of music styles that appeal to audiences of all ages. Rehearsals, held at the Tri-County Band Rehearsal Hall, a converted church building, are always open to interested musicians. 

Although there is not a formal audition process, visiting musicians are welcome to try out a few rehearsals. After that, the band and the prospective member make a mutual decision as to whether the match is a good one. At this time the band is in need of musicians in all sections.

The Tri-County Band rehearses Monday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00pm at its rehearsal hall located at 403 Elmwood Avenue in Feasterville. Those interested in joining a rehearsal, applying for the position of Director or engaging the band for a performance should contact Dale Habel at 215-357-5697.

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Lower Southampton Township Parks & Rec

Lower Southampton Township is preparing for another exciting, fun, and safe year in all of its parks. It maintains 10 community parks that provide both passive and active recreation. It also provides athletic fields to accommodate all sports and miles of walking paths for exercise for both you and your pets.

Registration is currently open for the Township’s winter/spring programs for all ages. It offers everything from young children’s programs to Zumba offered four nights a week at two different locations. This year it will have full day programs during the spring holiday break. The full day programs are from 8:00am-5:15pm and provide supervised, fun, all day activities. 

At the Dolphin Swim Club, the Township offers something fun for everyone! There is a large main pool including a waterslide, diving board, and a lap lane.  It also has a heated therapy pool with aquacise classes four days a week. For the young ones, it has a toddler pool. Don’t worry about packing snacks because a full service snack stand is available on site. 

Summer camps are back! The Township offers six different camps at four locations for children ages three and up. The Township provides an excellent summer camp experience at a very affordable price for both residents and non-residents of Lower Southampton Township. 

For more information on Lower Southampton Township Parks and Recreation, visit their website at LowerSouthamptonTownship.org under the Parks and Recreation tab. Also, check them out on Facebook at Facebook.com/LSParksandRec or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LSParksandRec for upcoming events.

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Feasterville Rotary

The Rotary has been meeting in Feasterville for the better part of 60 years, and has a long and rich history. The local club is an offshoot of the original Philadelphia club that was formed in 1911. As that club grew, Rotary eventually reached out to the suburbs, and the Bristol club was formed.

Not long after that, the Bensalem Club was formed in the 1940′s, which met in Feasterville at the Buck Hotel. From that group, the Feasterville club was sponsored and chartered in November 1973.

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster these particular things: the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions, including the recognition of the worthiness and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

To this end, some of the local projects the Feasterville Rotary is involved in include: establishing a section of books on CD at the library, assisting Neshaminy High School students with holiday food drives, donating to Health Link Medical Center to assist in providing health care to the uninsured, and awarding scholarships to high school seniors. They instituted the Early Act program in the Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School, third, fourth, and fifth graders fundraising for local families and children in the area that are in need.

Feasterville Rotary also started an annual dinner to honor and recognize local police, firefighters, and teachers as “Person of the Year.”

Another area the Rotary has developed is the Platoon Partner Program, under the direction of Joe Gillespie a long time Rotary member. This program collects hygiene products, magazines, batteries, and packaged shippable snacks of all kinds for our troops.

Internationally, Rotary’s main goal is the eradication of polio, which dues and contributions also go toward.

Any local businessperson or interested local resident wishing to join the Feasterville Rotary to achieve their purposes and goals is welcome to do so. One way to do this is to attend a free breakfast to meet the existing members, enjoy weekly speakers, and learn more about Rotary. This meeting takes place every Tuesday at 8:00am at the Suburban Diner in Feasterville, which is located at the intersection of Bustleton Avenue and Street Road.

For more information on the Feasterville Rotary, visit www.feasterville.org. Or you can contact, Silvio DiPietro at 215-837-2337 or Joe Gillespie at 215-322-8480.

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Southampton Free Library

Founded in 1921 by the Women’s Club of Southampton, the Southampton Free Library is located at 947 Street Road, Southampton.

The Southampton Free Library is the go-to place for all types of resources. Housing a growing collection of books, periodicals, digital information, and other relevant resources, the Library is the community’s gateway by which people of all ages and from all walks of life may access information, gather to exchange ideas, and celebrate literacy and culture in a comfortable and inviting space. The Library provides materials, programs, and services that entertain and inspire community member of all ages in a professional manner that is fully responsive to individual’s needs.

As a traditional library, it will continue to provide early literacy and early educational programming through the Children’s Library. Moving forward, its Early Literacy Computer Center will offer welcoming space for parents and their children to interact, explore, and learn together.

For all residents, the Southampton Free Library is recognized as a community leader for learning, creativity, and entertainment. Providing both contemporary and traditional research tools, unique local resources, and a comfortable state-of-the-art facility and spaces to the community, the Library promotes individual enlightenment, personal enrichment, and community engagement.

Ongoing Library Programs:

  • Mondays – Music in Motion (ages 3-5) 10:15am and 11:15am;
  • Tuesdays – Toddler Storytime (ages 2-3) 10:00am;
  • Wednesdays – Afternoon Tea with the BBC 2:00pm, Book Bingo (ages 5-10) 6:30pm;
  • Thursdays – Preschool Storytime (3-6) 1:30pm;
  • Fridays – Movie Matinee (adults) 2:00pm.

Special Events:

  • One Book Every Young Child – April 11th, 10:00am-noon;
  • Summer Reading Club – June 30th- August 15th, all ages, includes special performances, pet club, reading incentives, and crafts. This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read!;
  • Science in the Summer – dates to be determined. Grades 1-6. Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with The Franklin Institute. This is a free science education program that helps elementary students “grow into science.”

For additional information contact Kimberly Ingram, Director, at 215-322-1415, x100.

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Neshaminy Education Foundation

The Neshaminy Education Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit charitable organization, independent of the Neshaminy School District, funding educational initiatives that provide advanced educational opportunities and enhance curriculum for students in Neshaminy Schools.

The NEF raises funds all year round to support teachers with grants, and graduating seniors with scholarships for college. In the last 12 months they were able to award college scholarships to every student who applied and in December awarded over $13,000 in grants to teachers to enhance student’s classroom experience. This year they are expecting to have a large increase in donations and hope to be able to enhance student’s classroom experience to an even greater extent. They are currently looking for new members to help with fundraising efforts and to help in building awareness of the group in the community.  If you are a citizen or business owner in the community, please consider supporting the students of Neshaminy.

If interested in joining the NEF and supporting our students, call or e-mail Jamie McCafferty at 267-535-0993 or e-mail james.mccafferty@td.com.

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Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia at Gilda’s Club

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP) serves men, women, and children who are living with cancer, are living with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, have lost a loved one to cancer, or who are cancer survivors. The organization offers more than 100 free social and emotional support programs each month. Programs include support groups, workshops, lectures, exercise classes, nutritional programs, art therapy programs, and purely fun social activities.

CSCGP is dual-headquartered in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia and in Warminster, Bucks County. The Warminster location, called the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia at Gilda’s Club, is located at 200 Kirk Road in Warminster.

The “Gilda’s Club” portion of the name memorializes Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner. Following her own cancer diagnosis, Radner dreamed of seeing communities open throughout the country where individuals affected by cancer and their loved ones could find support from others dealing with the same experience.

The Warminster location features CSCGP’s “Noogieland” building, which houses special programs for children and teens whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Other special programs include those designed specifically for veterans affected by cancer, and “Str8 TLK About Cancer,” a support group for teenagers offered on-site at area high schools and middle schools.

The organization also operates satellite locations at St. Mary Medical Center, Doylestown Hospital, and Abington Memorial Hospital. A fourth satellite at Aria Health Torresdale will open in this year.

Since CSCGP offers all its services at no cost, it depends on the generosity and volunteerism of local individuals, businesses, and organizations.

CSCGP invites those interested in learning more about the organization to visit its website at http://www.cancersupportphiladelphia.org or to call its main number at 215.441.3290.

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Impact Thrift Stores

Impact Thrift Stores is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in business to positively impact local communities through their operations. They financially support and/or work cooperatively with a variety of locally based charities whose mission is to support children and families in crisis. Their support of these local non-profits enables their staff to spend more time doing what they do best – feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and supporting children and families in need.

Impact Thrift Stores accept donations of gently used or new furniture, clothing, jewelry, tools, electronics, appliances, kitchen and decorative household items. They provide an economic benefit to the local community by selling quality merchandise at affordable prices and act as a “recycler” both literally and figuratively, by accepting donations of items that no longer fit your lifestyle and putting them back in service as well as recycling metals and soft goods.

They operate four large stores in Bucks and Montgomery Counties (Feasterville, Montgomeryville, Hatboro, and Norristown), which currently employ over 240 people. They also provide educational opportunities for high school and college students, and welcome teens and adults who have mandatory or volunteer community service obligations.

Their newest store, on 91 East Street Road at Bustleton Pike in Feasterville, is over 48,000 square feet of retail space, making it the largest non-profit thrift store on the East Coast! The stores are open from 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

You may drop off your merchandise donations at any one of the four locations from 8:30am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday, or call 215-957-6131 to arrange free pick up of larger items. A tax-deductible receipt and 25% off thank you coupon will be provided upon request.

For more information, visit www.impactthrift.org, e-mail feasterville@impactthrift.org, or call the store’s phone number at 267- 699-2000.

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