Champion golfer Vinay Ramesh honored in Harrisburg

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, honored PIAA-AAA boys’ 2014 golf champion Vinay Ramesh with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation in the Capitol in Harrisburg last month. The Pennsbury High School senior, a resident of Lower Makefield, captured the title October 21st with a playoff finish lasting three holes.

Vinay was joined in the House chamber by his parents, Radha Iyer and Ramesh Peruvemba, as well as his golf coach at Pennsbury, Glenn Goldsborough.

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Superheroes invade Afton Elementary School

Recently, on a visit to Mrs. Selena Kelly’s second grade class at Afton Elementary School, the students weren’t there but in their places were Purple Punch, Pink Waffle, Firegirl, the Red Bacon and Lavaman. Each student had been challenged to write his/her own superhero/villain story and came to class dressed as the superhero of his/her imagination. The students had spent three weeks writing and editing their stories in which each superhero/villain had a problem that had to be solved. Through this process the students became aware of all the elements of writing an interesting story. On Superhero Showdown Day, parents were invited and the children, dressed as their superheroes or villains, read their stories to the delight of their audience.

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ShopRite celebrates Earth Day every day

ShopRite is passionate about keeping our communities beautiful for generations to come. With this passion comes a commitment to sustainable business practices through the reduction of energy use, diversion of food waste and the sourcing of products from environmentally responsible suppliers, manufacturers and farmers.

But it is through a partnership with their customers that they truly help to make a difference to protect the environment. For years, customers have teamed up with ShopRite to recycle waste, donate unsalable food to food banks and pantries, clean up parks and beaches and reuse their shopping bags at checkout.

Bag ReUse – ShopRite has promoted bag reuse for many years. Today, they continue to provide a broad assortment of reusable bags, and have plastic bag recycling bins at the front of each store. In fact, in the last seven years their customers have kept approximately 380 million bags out of landfills! This means less trash was sent to the landfills and fewer resources were needed to create new bags.

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Pennington Montessori’s Global Festival & Cafe

This past month at Pennington Montessori School the students celebrated the annual Global Festival and Global Cafe. The Global Festival and Cafe is a celebration of cultural diversity and family tradition. Children brought in items that represented their cultural background and items that have been collected from travels across America and the world.

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It’s a small world after all at Makefield Elementary School

by June Portnoy

In celebration of March Cultural Awareness Month, Makefield Elementary School hosted its seventh biennial International Fair on March 9th, sponsored and organized by the school’s PTO.

“Each year that we hold this fair, we highlight four different countries, utilizing the resources of student families’ diverse backgrounds,” explained Jennifer Hauck, International Fair Chair. “We want students to view the world as a smaller place and to broaden their cultural awareness by learning about other country’s history, people and traditions. We also strive to offer our students some insight about the way children in other countries live.”

This year, the international exhibits focused on Germany, India, Morocco and Uruguay, each authentically created by families of Makefield students. With the help of over 100 PTO volunteers, students had the unique opportunity to experience life from around the world.

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Yardley couple’s mission: Helping Native Americans

by Judi Biederman

There is an old Native American proverb that says, “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” If that is true, then Barbara and John Lawless of Yardley are leaving deep imprints on the world they inhabit.

For more than 20 years, they have been collecting and sending donations to needy Native Americans in western states. Barbara estimates that their efforts have resulted in the shipment of 64 tons of goods and 24,000 books.

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Rascally wrestlers

Born into a family extremely passionate for the sport of wrestling, there was no question the boys pictured would be stepping on the mat at some point in their lives! As proud teammates of the Pennsbury Falcons Wrestling Club, these cousins have wrestled their hearts out, approaching the end of a very successful 2014-15 wrestling season.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School participates in Super Duper Bowl V

by June Portnoy

For the fifth consecutive year, Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School students from pre-K through fourth grade piled outside to cheer on fifth graders competing in a flag football tournament during the Super Duper Bowl V on January 30th.

This event, always the Friday before the NFL Super Bowl, has become “like a rite of passage to our fifth graders who come out and watch this tournament year after year, knowing their day will come,” said PTO co-president, Colleen DiMario.

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Ryan Shollenberger wins award at Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition

Ryan Shollenberger, of Yardley, recently won a top award in Fine Arts for his mixed media “Self Portrait #1” at the Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition in New Hope.

Ryan is a senior at Holy Ghost Preparatory School.

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Stephanie Ripka named LBCCC’s Vice President

Stephanie Ripka, of Yardley, was recently promoted to Vice President of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce.

Starting out in retail, Stephanie managed card and gift stores in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania for over a decade. Later she transitioned into the construction industry, working for both general and mechanical contractors, where she excelled in project management, accounting and cost-control. With proven proficiency in finance and client service, she utilized her skills for over 20 years in construction.

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