P.E.O. STAR Scholarship awarded

The P.E.O. Star Scholarship, for the 2014-2015 academic year was recently presented to Neha Gupta, a senior at Pennsbury High School.

Neha is the daughter of Vikas and Amruta Gupta and was recommended for this scholarship by P.E.O. Chapter AT of Yardley. She has been accepted and will attend Penn State Schreyer, where she plans to study medicine beginning this fall.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics, and potential for future success. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased educational opportunities for women.

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Ripken champs

Congratulations to the Pennsbury Athletic Association’s Pennsbury Curve 10U Travel Baseball Team on winning the Cal Ripken District 3 championship! The Curve went 4-0 overall for the tournament and defeated Lower Southampton in the finals.

Pictured are, front row, Brandon Peake, Reese Hirsh, Ryan Rearden, Kevin Greed, William Castner, and Ryan Mateo; middle row, Reese Sargent, Shane Cangemi, Connor DeLuca, Aidan McCormack, and Elliot Puckett; back row, Coach Ray Sargent, Manager Arty Peake, and Coach Bob Puckett.

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Pennsbury Drama Program and students earn awards at local, state and international theater festivals

Four Pennsbury High School drama performers received awards at this year’s Bucks County Playhouse Student Theater Festival in New Hope. Over 800 students from 30 schools participated in the seven-day festival in May. Pennsbury juniors Tom Sawyer and Zach Gibson were awarded “Outstanding Feature Actor” for their performances in one-act plays “A Danish Soap” and “Ledge, Ledger, and Legend,” respectively. Sophomore Brian Gage and freshman Sylvia Fisher were awarded “Outstanding Solo Performance” for their performances in one-act plays “Purple Cows Do Exist” and “The New Margo.”

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Pennsbury students learn life lessons during production of ‘Castaways’

by June Portnoy

A cast of 37 Pennsbury students in second through eighth grade performed “Castaways” to a full house of parents and friends at William Penn Middle School in Yardley on Thursday, July 17th.

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New ShopRite of Yardley to open August 31st

ShopRite® has announced that its newest store in Yardley will celebrate its Grand Opening on Sunday, August 31st. Located in the Oxford Oaks Shopping Center on Big Oak Road, the new ShopRite of Yardley will be owned and operated by the ShopRite of Hunterdon County, a family-owned business that currently owns and operates three additional ShopRite stores in New Jersey, led by second generation grocer and president Joseph Colalillo.

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The Dance Academy claims national title and multiple awards

The Dance Academy (TDA) competed at the United States Tournament of Dance National Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey from July 13th-19th, and brought home multiple awards, including a $1,000 cash award donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand in TDA’s Honor.

TDA’s team competed against 26 other studios from around the country and was awarded the “Living Legacy” award in honor of two influential teachers in the dance world.

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Turn to Bucks for an affordable college degree

Bucks County Community College is accepting applications and registration for the fall 2014 semester, which starts Wednesday, August 27th. Registration at the public, two-year college must be completed by Monday, August 25th.

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Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club passes the gavel

Members and friends of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club gathered recently to thank outgoing President Juan Proano for his leadership the past Rotary year and to welcome Tom Mack as the incoming President for 2014-15. Juan is a mining engineer and consultant living in Washington Crossing and Tom runs a construction and building renovation company and resides in Lower Makefield Township.

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Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation awards $130,000 to 85 students

The Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation recently held its 14th Annual Recipient Reception to recognize its 2014 award winners. During the ceremony, the PSF congratulated the 85 Pennsbury graduates who have been awarded a total of $130,000 for the 2014-15 school year. This was the greatest dollar amount awarded in one year to the highest number of recipients in PSF history. The awards, which are one-half grant and one-half zero interest loans, are based on four equally weighted criteria: academic record, financial need, character and leadership.

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Newly established Yardley-Makefield Lions Club welcomes new members

by June Portnoy

On April 1st, the Yardley-Makefield Lions Club received its charter, becoming a new chapter of the Lions Club International, the world’s largest service club organization. Like all other chapters, members of this new local non-profit organization, are coming together to help do whatever is necessary to assist this community.

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