Keystone State Girls State attendees announced

Female high school juniors from Bucks and Montgomery counties were selected in the spring to attend the 70th session of the American Legion Auxiliary’s program Keystone Girls State at Shippensburg University (PA) the week of June 21st.

Keystone Girls State is a leadership/Americanism program, with a focus on our system of government. During the week, the girls elect city, county and state officials.

Two of the 180 girls attending were chosen as PA Senators and attended Girls Nation held in Washington, D.C. in July. Each girl is selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliaries, Posts and members across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

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DAR awards preservation grant to church cemetery restoration project

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently announced that the organization is donating $5000 to the Newtown Historic Presbyterian Church Cemetery Restoration Project to restore historic grave markers. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Washington Crossing Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Yardley and part of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The project focus is to repair five grave markers in the cemetery of the historic church located on Sycamore Street in Newtown.

Jean Torongo of Yardley is a past Regent of Washington Crossing Chapter NSDAR, a 50-year member of DAR and an active member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church where she volunteers her time to the community including giving tours of the historic church where captured Hessians from the Battle of Trenton were once housed during 1777.

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American Legion Post 317 upgrades Post

American Legion Post 317 in Yardley has recently upgraded their Post to better serve the Veteran community. They offer their hall to both Veterans and non–Veterans, committing to both the community and their honorable Veterans who they pledge to serve every day.

If you are a Veteran looking for a social atmosphere to meet other Veterans, consider joining this Post, or become a Son of the Legion or a Lady Auxiliary Member.

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Children’s Musical Theatre Camp performs 35th annual production

by June Portnoy

Forty-one children from second through eighth grade were “All in This Together,” as they performed this popular “High School Musical” song, the opening number to the 35th consecutive production of the Children’s Musical Theatre Camp, sponsored by the Bucks County Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) in partnership with Pennsbury School District.

A full house of parents, siblings, friends, neighbors and teachers sat in the audience at William Penn Middle School on July 16th, watching these young performers on stage during this year’s show, entitled “A Walk on Broadway.”

Nancy VanDerBas, also celebrating her 35th year of directing the camp, purposely picked this theme to mark the milestone anniversary. Nancy, the vocal music teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School for the past 29 years, chose a compilation of scenes and songs from a variety of children’s favorite musicals. The show featured such well-loved classics as “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Lion King.”

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PA principals launch community service project at New Hope-Solebury Library

by June Portnoy

Approximately 20 children participating in the annual Summer Reading Program at The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury had a unique surprise on July 14th when principals throughout Pennsylvania came to read to them following a Mad Science presentation. The principals were all board members of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PAESSP), the only professional organization to solely serve principals, assistant principals and other educational leaders in the state.

Jacqueline Clarke Havrilla, current PAESSP President, explained that after taking over the presidency of this organization in 2004, she created a Service Project Committee that has been working on developing several projects throughout the Commonwealth.

“These projects will be designed for principals to give back to the communities in which our members serve,” said Jacqueline. “We will be looking at projects that have the greatest benefit to children.”

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Santarsiero honors life of Frank ‘Cappuccino’ with House resolution

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero on June 27th honored the life and contributions of boxing great and Lower Makefield Township resident Frank “Cappuccino” Capcino with House Resolution 413, which was adopted unanimously.

Known by his ringname “Frank Cappuccino,” he was born Frank Capcino in Philadelphia in 1929 to the late Anthony and Josephine Corbra Capcino. He was raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia with five siblings. He died June 8th and is survived by his wife, Florence, his loving siblings, Salvatore and his wife, Heather, Mario, and Maria, and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was the brother of the late Vito and Anthony.

In his early days, he fought more than 130 amateur boxers in the early 1950s and was a finalist in the Golden Glove boxing championship. After leaving the amateur boxing ranks in 1955, Frank turned professional and fought in six professional bouts, retiring undefeated.

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Center for Student Learning: Preparing for upcoming school year

The Center for Student Learning (CSL) Charter School at Pennsbury is currently preparing for the 2015-2016 school year.

They have upgraded their technology to be on the cutting edge to prepare your child for the 21st century and beyond. This school’s mission is to serve at-risk students in sixth through 12th grade who would benefit from an alternative learning environment by focusing on a program centered on meeting students at their academic level, providing them with a more personal learning environment.

CSL is a school choice is available to all residents in PA at no tuition cost to the student. Transportation is provided.

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TAI Incorporated introduces UCipher™ Graduate

TAI Incorporated, a leadership development firm in Newtown, recently introduced UCipher™ Graduate, a state-of-the-art assessment, to help young adults make academic and career decisions best suited to the individual.

The assessment enables young adults to more accurately understand themselves, more quickly identify their paths and more easily begin their journeys, in order to enable more purposeful lives, higher goal achievement and greater contributions to society.

Realizing that keen self-awareness helps individuals make better choices, reduce frustrations from missteps and enable a jump-start in careers, TAI developed the assessment to help young people better understand who they are in multiple dimensions: Motivations, Abilities and Personality.

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Sculpture in the summer

Ann Richards, of Yardley, sculpts a bust of her brother at the “Summer Music and Sculpture Festival” at Tyler Park Center for the Arts earlier this summer.

Photo by Mimi Rowland.

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Family Service’s School-Based Counseling program receives gift from memorial fund

The Young family, of Yardley, recently delivered a $15,000 gift on behalf of the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund to Family Service Association of Bucks County in support of their School-Based Counseling program.

Family Service has partnerships with 18 schools across eight school districts to provide counseling to children and adolescents directly in the schools they attend each day. The gift from the Lauren Nicole Young Memorial Fund will be used specifically to provide middle and high school students with mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment in an effort to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and prevent possible deaths from occurring.

Drug abuse is a major public health problem that affects communities and families nationwide. A recent national survey on drug use reports that by the 12th grade, about half of adolescents have abused an illicit drug at least once. Locally, there were 103 accidental deaths involving drugs and alcohol in 2014 in Bucks County alone, shared Dr. Joseph P. Campbell, Coroner of Bucks County.

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