Electronic waste recycling taking place in Lower Makefield

Your local Environmental Advisory Councils are sponsoring an Electronic Waste Recycling event to be held Saturday, October 8th from 9:00am to noon at Lower Makefield Corporate Center, located at 790 Township Line Road in Lower Makefield.

New for 2016, televisions and monitors will have a $25 charge per item to recycle. Cash only will be accepted. Flat screen TVs and monitors, as well as all other items will be free.

The most common electronic items accepted include computer monitors, PC systems, stereos, cell phones, televisions, laptops, printers, fax machines, copiers, cameras and LCD/LED/Plasma TVs. Items not accepted include household batteries, any kind of light bulbs, smoke detectors, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and appliances.

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Big Oak Citgo announces Citgo gasoline has achieved top tier status

Yardley Citgo has joined the elite group of petroleum retailers pledged to maintain top tier status.

Top tier status refers to a commitment to provide TOP TIER™ detergency formulations in all grades of Citgo branded petroleum. These detergency formulations help to prevent deposits on fuel injectors, combustion chambers, and intake valves.

Many premium car manufacturers, including BMW, Mercedes Benz and others, suggest using only top tier formulated gasoline. For more information regarding the TOP TIER™ program go to www.toptiergas.com. Also visit www.bigoakcitgo.com to learn more about Big Oak Citgo.

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Enjoy Oktoberfest at American Legion Post 317

Oktoberfest is an annual event at the American Legion Post 317, located at 215 South Main Street in Yardley. This year the fun happens on Saturday, October 1st from noon until 5:00pm.

Enjoy authentic German meals, such as bratwurst, warm German potato salad, and rye bread, all for a $7 donation. There will also be hot dogs, soda, and pretzels for those more accustomed to American fare. For an additional donation, take a seat in one of the tents and enjoy your meal with a glass of real German beer. You may even hear some German spoken as the happy diners have their repast.

This affair is open to the public, and all proceeds benefit Veterans. For more information, call 215-493-4388 or e-mail Post_american_legion@comcast.net.

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Habitat Bucks ReStores empower special needs individuals

Individuals with special needs often have difficulty gaining work experience and finding employment. In Bucks County, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores provide a place for diversified learners and those with special needs to gain experience in the real world.

Volunteers from The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Foundations Behavioral Health, Shared Support, and other organizations obtain valuable work experience at the ReStores.

“Our diverse learner population benefits greatly from the opportunity to be more independent, gaining confidence and developing their communication and interpersonal skills in our ReStores,” says Colleen Brink, Volunteer & Outreach Director, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. “We want area families and organizations to know that we support the needs of individuals and empower them by offering them a place to build their life and work skills.”

Connor is a weekly volunteer at both the Langhorne and Chalfont ReStores and he comes from CLC in Southampton. He is glad to take advantage of this opportunity to develop job skills.

“Connor looks forward to his work days at the Habitat ReStore,” says his mom, Judy. “It’s important to him to be productive and valued, and the staff treat him as part of the team. He is proud to give back to the community that has given him so much. So it’s a win-win all the way around!”

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Martha Washington Garden Club – Going strong after 82 years

If you have an interest in gardening or floral design, you will find something of interest at the Martha Washington Garden Club (MWGC). The club was originally founded in 1935.

Membership is not required to attend any function, and newcomers are always welcome. The club meets the fourth Wednesday of most months from September to May at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall at the corner of Heacock and Edgewood Roads in Yardley at 12:30pm.

Their schedule for the 2016-2017 year is as follows:

  • September 28th – Colorful Blooms…A Gardener’s Workshop, presented by Pat Mutek, a MWGC member and a floral designer.Learn two techniques for basic flower arranging. Take home two beautiful compositions. All material will be supplied by the garden club.

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Amanda Rearden and Julia Daly complete Silver Award projects

by June Portnoy

Amanda Rearden and Julia Daly, both incoming Pennsbury High School freshmen, were Brownies in Yardley’s Girl Scout Troop 29 when they met eight years ago. Today, they are Girl Scout Cadettes, still in the same troop.

They recently completed their Girl Scout Silver Award projects by taking a leadership role to help make a positive difference to their community.

“This is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn,” says their troop leader, Michelle Young.

According to a spokesperson at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, only three to five percent of Girl Scouts earn a Silver Award. Although both girls strived to attain the same award, each girl chose very different projects to reach this goal.

Amanda taught autistic children how to play a musical instrument, while Julia helped her church run its day camp program. Amanda, who has played the oboe for five years and has a good friend with autism, combined both these interests in her Silver Award project.

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Old Barracks transforms into tavern for evening of festivities

Leave your 21st century troubles behind and spend an evening in a colonial tavern at the Old Barracks Museum’s Tavern Night Fundraiser on the evening of Friday, September 16th, from 7:00 to 10:00pm, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Live music, food, and drink, set the scene of an evening in 18th century Trenton, when King George II still ruled and the tavern was the center of town.

The Old Barracks Museum will transform into a colonial tavern filled with music, drinks, and candlelight. Musicians will perform popular songs from the 18th century, and Dance Master Sue Dupre will provide dance instruction for those who wish to dance but do not yet know the steps.

Period dress is neither required nor discouraged, and you will find many people from the past and present mingling together. Hors d’oeuvres and an open bar of beer and wine will be provided throughout the evening.

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Is your medical malpractice claim actionable under law?

submitted by Edward S. Shensky, Esq. and Leslie A. Mitnick, R.N., Esq., Stark & Stark

Medical malpractice, a fairly common legal claim, requires four elements that must be met to prove the case. These four elements are duty, breach, causation and damages.

Duty refers to the responsibility that the healthcare provider has to the patient to act both reasonably and appropriately in providing care or treatment to said patient. In a healthcare provider/patient relationship, the provider has a duty to act within the “standard of care” for the patient and must act as would any other provider, in his or her area of expertise, given the circumstances.

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Charcoal BYOB: Serving great food in a welcoming, casual environment

by June Portnoy

Charcoal BYOB, originally Charcoal-N-Things, is a classic neighborhood restaurant in Yardley where local residents come together in a casual environment enjoying good food and a beautiful view of the Delaware River.

Anton (Tony) Piescha bought this establishment in 1995, and over the years his sons Mark and Eric, who grew up working in this business, have taken over much of the restaurant’s management.

“We cater to anyone who enjoys good food,” says Mark. “This is a family-friendly restaurant where parents and children feel comfortable in our relaxed atmosphere.

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Early social communication skills predict success into adulthood

submitted by Jennifer Niemeyer, M.S. CCC-SLP, Yardley Speech and Language, www.yardleyspeechandlanguage.com

Back to school time is both exhausting and exciting. A million details, including clothing, pencils, folders and aftercare need to come together to get your kids off to a good start. When the stars align properly, you put your child on the bus, wave “goodbye” and relax.

Sort of.

Will he like his teacher? Will she make friends? These are thoughts most parents have, and for good reason.

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