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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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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Literary inspiration

Lora Terifay, (far right) children’s librarian and chairperson of the Southampton Library’s 13th Annual Children’s Book Writing Contest, takes time out to share a congratulatory moment with some of the winning student authors following the awards ceremony at the library at 947 Street Road in Southampton.

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Neshaminy Superintendent Robert Copeland resigns

Neshaminy School District Superintendent Robert L. Copeland has offered his resignation after accepting a position as the Superintendent of the Lower Merion School District, Montgomery County. This resignation will be effective July 1st, 2015.

Mr. Copeland started his position at Neshaminy on October 1st, 2012. During his tenure he oversaw many new initiatives, including the introduction of all-day kindergarten, expansion of middle school reading and communication courses, increased Advanced Placement and STEM offerings, and overhauled the program evaluation process.

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NHS wins first and second place at Bucks County Envirothon

by June Portnoy

Neshaminy High School’s (NHS) two environmental science teams won first and second place in the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Envirothon, held at Bucks County Audubon Society’s headquarters at Honey Hollow in New Hope, on Friday, May 1st.

As a result NHS’s first place team qualified to participate at the state competition at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown campus on May 19th and 20th.

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Bucks County nonprofit announces executive director transition

Welcoming the Stranger, an educational nonprofit that offers free English, computer, and citizenship classes to immigrants and refugees, has announced the retirement of Rev. S Sturgis Poorman, Jr. as Executive Director after 16 years of service with the organization. Meg Eubank has been selected to fill the vacancy left by Sturgis upon his retirement on July 1st, 2015.

Welcoming the Stranger was founded by Sturgis Poorman in 1999. The mission of Welcoming the Stranger is to provide free educational opportunities to immigrants and refugees in the United States by offering free English, computer skills, and U.S. citizenship preparation. Sturgis began his career as a pastor in Washington County, NY, then traveled to Zimbabwe as a missionary.

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