Neshaminy appoints Dr. Gloria Hancock Acting Superintendent

At a Public Board Meeting on September 29th, the Neshaminy School Board of Directors unanimously appointed Dr. Gloria Hancock as Acting Superintendent effective immediately.

Dr. Hancock was the Assistant Superintendent for the district. She is replacing Dr. David Baugh, who left as Acting Superintendent to take a position as Superintendent for the Centennial School District.

Under the terms of the maximum one-year agreement for Dr. Hancock, she will be paid at an annual salary of $166,400 as Acting Superintendent, and receive the same benefits package that she had as Assistant Superintendent.

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Local free clinic answers Medicaid & ACA dental coverage gap

The media is buzzing with stories about the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid. The good news: more Americans are insured than ever before. The bad news: dental care is still largely 
inaccessible.

And as research continues to prove the interconnection between oral health and a person’s overall health, the shortage of dental care is very bad news.

Individuals without dental insurance do not seek dental care until problems are severe, painful, and
unbearable. According to a recent study from Stanford University, patients without access to a dentist turn to hospital emergency rooms, where physicians can only provide pain medication and antibiotics, but not the kind of care that prevents dental problems from returning.

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Joey Rippert recognized with invitation

Neshaminy High School student Joey Rippert traveled to Nashville, Tennessee the week of October 25th as an invited member of the All-National Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

Joey is the third Neshaminy choir member to ever receive this recognition. On Wednesday, October 28th, he performed in the All-National Honor Ensembles Concert, along with 673 high school students from 49 states.

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NHS freshmen pledge to become ‘upstanders’ to bullying

by June Portnoy

Neshaminy High School’s Interact Club, in partnership with Friends Helping Friends (Neshaminy’s new anti-bullying club) and Spectrum Club (Neshaminy’s Gay-Straight Alliance), hosted two freshmen anti-bullying assemblies on October 8th, in recognition of Bullying Prevention Month.

Barely a hush could be heard during these assemblies as guest speakers, Jane and James Clementi, recounted how Tyler Clementi, an incoming freshman at Rutgers University in 2010, committed suicide as a result of being cyber bullied.

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Students ‘Make Their Mark’ at Lower Southampton Elementary School

by June Portnoy

If you happened to walk by Lower Southampton Elementary School on Thursday, October 22nd at around 2:00pm, you would have seen all of its students, dressed in orange, white or black shirts, lying on the field with their legs bent beneath them. From the ground this mass of bodies lying in no particular order made no sense, but from above through a drone taking video of this scene, you suddenly saw the big picture of these students forming the shape of a tiger, the school’s mascot.

Daniel Dancer, creator of Art For the Sky, came to the school to facilitate the creation of this “aerial art living painting. He referred to the field size tiger of students as “a giant living painting that only makes sense in the sky.”

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Maple Point raises $$$ and awareness for PANDAS

by June Portnoy

In recognition of PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) Awareness Day on Friday, October 9th, eighth graders from Maple Point Middle School participated in a mini-walkathon, walking two laps around the school. In addition, members of the school’s Student Council and No Place for Hate Club also engaged in this fundraiser.

One month prior to the event, Mr. Chuck Lumio, an eighth grade science teacher, asked the school’s 350 eighth graders to raise their hand if they had ever heard of PANDAS, and just six students raised their hands. However, on the day of the fundraising walk when Mr. Lumio asked the same question, all 350 students raised their hands.

Students raised money by selling green rubber bracelets on which the inspiring words, “PANDAS Awareness Hope-Healing-Health” were written, and by collecting donations for the walkathon.

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Poquessing choir joins state high schools and colleges at two prestigious music conferences

by Gina Vitolo-Stevens

Maya Angelou wrote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Similarly, the talented Poquessing Middle School Select Choir, under the tutelage of Choral Director Jason Leigh, leave their mark as the only Pennsylvania middle school to win a berth alongside state high school and college choirs including Penn State University, at two prestigious 2015-16 music conferences.

This year’s members carry the mantel thanks to winning recordings by last year’s Select Choir. The middle school singers garnered coveted spots amidst a pack of hundreds of anonymous audio CD submissions. Jason states that “the playing field is level” because the judging panel does not know the schools or ages of the competitors.

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Bucks County Community College Foundation hosts Eighth Annual Women’s Scholarship Tea

by June Portnoy

Bucks County Community College (BCCC) Foundation gave the gift of education to 15 female students this year during its Eighth Annual Women’s Scholarship Tea held Thursday, September 24th at the college’s historic Tyler Hall on its Newtown campus.

Seven of the 15 “Salute to Mothers” Scholarship recipients sat among a room full of guests at this reception.

“Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship of which they can use $500 in the fall semester and $500 in the spring semester, so they have additional funds for both semesters,” said Tobi Bruhn, Executive Director of BCCC Foundation.

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Inaugural Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival draws thousands to help paddle out hunger

A light fog hung over Core Creek Park’s Lake Luxembourg as the first four boats floated gently to the start line. It was the perfect setting for what would prove to be an equally perfect day for the inaugural Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival.

“It’s long been a dream of ours to bring dragon boat racing to Bucks County,” shares Chris Wetzel, president of Bucks County Dragon Boat Association (BCDBA), which conceptualized and organized the event. “We’ve been planning this event for more than a year and all of that time and energy paid off – the event couldn’t have gone better.”

The sold-out festival – which was sponsored by St. Mary Health, Visit Bucks County and the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation – drew 49 teams from the tri-state region together on Saturday, September 19th for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie.

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Volunteer recognition

The Southampton Free Library, located at 947 Street Road in Southampton, recently recognized its cohort of volunteers for their hours of donated services at their annual recognition dinner. Librarian Kim Ingram (second from left) shares a special moment with volunteers (from left) Rebecca Lichtner, of Southampton, (Ingram) and Linda Battleman, of Holland, both recognized for 15 years of service, and Betty Spence, also of Southampton, who received recognition for five years of service.

The Southampton Free Library is currently conducting an “Access The World Capital and Endowment Campaign” to raise $575,000 for modernization and refurbishing of the library and to enhance and expand programming for children and adults. To make a contribution or pledge, contact Kim Ingram at 215-322-1415 or e-mail ingramk@buckslib.org.

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