DCJF delivers $1,000 in emergency relief in February

Lower Bucks County saw two devastating fires during the month of February. On Sunday, February 16th, a fire on Pensive Lane in Falls Township displaced two families. Just over a week later, on February 24th, another fire on Holly Drive in Penndel destroyed another home and left a third family in need of assistance. In both cases, within days the Detective Christopher Jones Foundation initiated the paperwork to get all three families funds to help them start the process of rebuilding.

DCJF would like to thank its supporters once again. Without the support from the community, this emergency relief would not be possible.        

If you would like to learn more about DCJF or become involved as a volunteer, you can find information on the web at www.dcjf4466.org. Make sure to like their Facebook page as well to get updates on all their events. 

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The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks

The Newcomers Club of Central Bucks, a non-profit social, recreational, and community organization established to welcome new residents to the Central Bucks area, is seeking members. For over 30 years the Newcomers Club has been helping new residents to the area.

The club’s mission is to provide information, support and social activities for members to meet friends and learn about the community. Newcomers offers several different monthly activities that cover a variety of interests, including a book club, ladies’ night out, men’s events, couples happy hour and children’s playgroups.

One goal of the group is to help members learn about the richness of the Central Bucks area. As such, events are held at a variety of local restaurants, parks, festivals and cultural organizations, as well as in members’ homes.

Special events coming up include the club’s February Funkbuster party, which will feature a Mardi Gras theme, and the Summer Soiree, which closes out the club year in June. 

To someone who has recently relocated, Newcomers members are a great source for referrals for everything from new homeowners seeking contractors, to information on preschools, shopping and other local amenities.

The club newsletter offers opportunities for advertisers to reach new members of the community as well. The Newcomers Club also has a community involvement component. Some activities the club has sponsored to help local communities include a winter coat drive, highway cleanup and food collection for the Doylestown Food Pantry.

Persons eligible for membership in the Newcomers Club are new residents residing in Central Bucks County. Annual dues are $35 per household ($17.50 February through June). To join or for more information, visit www.newcomersofbucks.org or call 267-893-7735. 

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The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club has been in existence since 1928 and its members can be found volunteering and providing financial support for local and international service projects, running fundraisers and contributing time and effort in order to be more effective in service to the local community and to the world.

The club has been placing more emphasis on the Yardley/Makefield area with a pedestrian signage project associated with the Landmark Towns program and volunteering as Canal Tenders to pick up trash along the Delaware Canal Towpath. Other projects such as helping to revive the Lower Makefield Community Pride Day are on the radar.

The weekly meetings of the club foster networking among business and professional people. There is emphasis on ethical conduct in personal, professional and business relationships.

Locally you can find Rotarians supporting literacy through the gifting of student dictionaries and supporting leadership development programs for local youth. Each year they sponsor student participation in “Camp Neidig,” a regional youth leadership development camp weekend that is organized and run by Rotary.

They volunteer at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and support various community service organizations such as the YMCA, the Salvation Army and the Snipes Farm and Educational Center.

Their own Community Service projects include the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, the Rotary Recognition Garden to help beautify Williamson Park, and aforementioned Landmark Towns and Canal Tenders projects. Past efforts have included support the Morrisville Bicentennial Celebration, the Robert Morris statue project, Actors’ Net Heritage Theater and Summerseat.

They continue to support PolioPlus, a huge Rotary International project that involves UN agencies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

The club and its members also have supported the Wheelchairs project that provides rugged wheelchairs to those in remote regions who otherwise have to survive without the means to get around in their own communities and Power Up Gambia, a project to provide 24-7 power for a community hospital in Africa.

To volunteer or learn more about Rotary, go to the club’s website at www.myrotarypa.org.

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Makefield Women’s Association

Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) is made up of a small group of women dedicated to raising funds and providing services to those in need. MWA is actively involved in community service and supports programs that benefit both the local community and worthy humanitarian organizations.

They have been giving back to the community for over 40 years.  If you’d like to join their efforts in giving back to the community in which we live, consider attending one of their meetings to learn more about their organization. You’ll see that they are a great group of women looking for more great women to help make a difference in their own backyards!

These are just a few of the contributions MWA makes to the community:

  • Aid for Friends (Meals on Wheels);
  • Adopt-a-Highway on Edgewood Road;
  • Monthly Kids’ Collection for A Woman’s Place and the Bucks County Homeless Shelter;
  • Apartment Partners (helping families in Supportive Housing with the Bucks County Housing Group);
  • Support and volunteer at the many programs run by Family Service Association;
  • Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – MWA’s Harvest Day Festival at Shady Brook Farm (their largest fundraiser).

MWA meets the first Wednesday of each month at Sunrise Senior Living, 631 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, at 7:00pm. Visit their website at www.makefieldwomensassociation.org or call 267-573-9692 for membership information.

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Makefield Women’s Association

Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) is made up of a small group of women dedicated to raising funds and providing services to those in need. MWA is actively involved in community service and supports programs that benefit both the local community and worthy humanitarian organizations.

They have been giving back to the community for over 40 years.  If you’d like to join their efforts in giving back to the community in which we live, consider attending one of their meetings to learn more about their organization. You’ll see that they are a great group of women looking for more great women to help make a difference in their own backyards!

These are just a few of the contributions MWA makes to the community:

  • Aid for Friends (Meals on Wheels);
  • Adopt-a-Highway on Edgewood Road;
  • Monthly Kids’ Collection for A Woman’s Place and the Bucks County Homeless Shelter;
  • Apartment Partners (helping families in Supportive Housing with the Bucks County Housing Group);
  • Support and volunteer at the many programs run by Family Service Association;
  • Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – MWA’s Harvest Day Festival at Shady Brook Farm (their largest fundraiser).

MWA meets the first Wednesday of each month at Sunrise Senior Living, 631 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, at 7:00pm. Visit their website at www.makefieldwomensassociation.org or call 267-573-9692 for membership information.

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The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club has been in existence since 1928 and its members can be found volunteering and providing financial support for local and international service projects, running fundraisers and contributing time and effort in order to be more effective in service to the local community and to the world.

The club has been placing more emphasis on the Yardley/Makefield area with a pedestrian signage project associated with the Landmark Towns program and volunteering as Canal Tenders to pick up trash along the Delaware Canal Towpath. Other projects such as helping to revive the Lower Makefield Community Pride Day are on the radar.

The weekly meetings of the club foster networking among business and professional people. There is emphasis on ethical conduct in personal, professional and business relationships.

Locally you can find Rotarians supporting literacy through the gifting of student dictionaries and supporting leadership development programs for local youth. Each year they sponsor student participation in “Camp Neidig,” a regional youth leadership development camp weekend that is organized and run by Rotary.

They volunteer at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and support various community service organizations such as the YMCA, the Salvation Army and the Snipes Farm and Educational Center.

Their own Community Service projects include the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, the Rotary Recognition Garden to help beautify Williamson Park, and aforementioned Landmark Towns and Canal Tenders projects. Past efforts have included support the Morrisville Bicentennial Celebration, the Robert Morris statue project, Actors’ Net Heritage Theater and Summerseat.

They continue to support PolioPlus, a huge Rotary International project that involves UN agencies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

The club and its members also have supported the Wheelchairs project that provides rugged wheelchairs to those in remote regions who otherwise have to survive without the means to get around in their own communities and Power Up Gambia, a project to provide 24-7 power for a community hospital in Africa.

To volunteer or learn more about Rotary, go to the club’s website at www.myrotarypa.org.

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34th Annual Flea Market is Sept. 28th

On September 28th, the Hulmeville Historical Society, Inc. will sponsor the 34th Annual “Olde Towne” Flea Market/Hulmeville Community Flea Market.

Once again this event will be located on Main Street, Trenton Avenue, and Bellevue Avenue in the Borough of Hulmeville. The hours for this event are 8:00am to 3:00pm.

To reserve or obtain information regarding the rental of tables, call the Hulmeville Historical Society, Inc. at 215-752-8228. The William Penn Fire Co., which is located in Hulmeville, will have tables available. Please call the same number regarding the fire company’s tables.

Refreshments and baked goods will be on sale at the William Penn Fire House, Trenton Avenue and Main Street, Hulmeville.

The general public is invited to browse, socialize, shop and join the borough residents in this annual event.

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Falls Township Community Garden sees tremendous growth this year

 

by June Portnoy

It’s taken six years for the Falls Township Community Garden to take root, but this year all 46 of its plots have been filled to capacity, in addition to a waiting list of township residents hoping to get their own garden bed.

Every family living in Falls Township is eligible to receive a free four- foot by 10-foot plot of land, on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Community Garden, located at Falls Township Community Park on Mill Creek Road and Route 13.

The garden was the brainchild of Lt. Henry Ward of the Falls Township Police Department.

“I thought that a Community Garden would be a great place for township residents to come together and become more active in the community.

“I also hoped that if residents saw that the police department was involved in this garden, it would help break down the barriers between the community and police officers, so they would feel more comfortable approaching us in the future.”

Three years ago, Lt. Ward teamed up with two members of the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) of Falls Township and two members of the Shade Tree Commission to establish the steering committee of the Community Garden.

“We decided to put all our energy together to get this garden off the ground,” said Phil McAloon, a member of the Falls Township EAC who became president of the steering committee.

“We saw a need in this area for a Community Garden,” he said. “Some people can’t plant their own garden, like those who live in apartments.  Others don’t want to spend the time and energy to put a garden in their backyard, but having a small plot of land is more manageable for them.”

According to Phil, the steering committee had a difficult time finding a site for the garden. However, the Township Park and Recreation Department came to the rescue, giving the steering committee permission to use 100 feet by 100 feet of its land at the Community Park.

As a result, last year the steering committee had 40 plots available by April 15th.  Being that the garden was still in its beginning stage with no fence enclosing it, no water supply available, and little advertising promoting the new Community Garden, the demand for these plots was low.

In order to fill the garden, some residents got two plots for free, and people living outside the township were given the opportunity for a free plot as well. With several positive changes made to the garden after last season, this year the Community Garden has been a tremendous success.

“A big help was that the township donated a deer fence to surround the area,” said Phil.

In addition, this year the steering committee hooked up a hose to an underground sprinkler system and filled up rain barrels, so residents with plots now have access to water. 

Word spread about the free plots of land available to Falls Township residents. This year the steering committee added six additional raised beds for a total of 46 garden beds.

So, when gardening season began this April, all 46 plots were completely filled by Falls Township residents within a very short time, and for many good reasons.

Residents are given free plots of land, and all they are required to do in return is keep their area clean and clean up their garden at the end of the season. They can grow whatever they want, “as long as it’s legal,” adds Phil.

The majority of residents have chosen to grow vegetables this year, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and pumpkins. A few have grown herbs.

“This is not your average lawn,” says Lt. Ward. “The township supplies top-notch soil and mulch. Plus, no pesticides are used, so everything grown is organic.

“The township has been very supportive, maintaining the area around and outside the fence.”

Now that Lt. Ward can see how this garden has grown, he believes it has fulfilled his initial objectives. “Our residents now see that police officers are human and approachable.”

Phil adds, “Whenever you can get residents to interact with their township and police department, it’s always a positive experience for everyone involved.”

With so much interest in the Community Garden, the steering committee is already looking ahead to see if they can possibly add an additional 10 or 12 plots in the near future. Applications for a plot will become available in January.

If you already have a plot this year, you will be given priority to renew your application and get the same plot next year. The garden will then be open to new township residents who want a plot.

For applications, visit http://www.fallstwp.com. For additional information, email CommunityGarden@fallstwp.org.

PHOTO CAP: Plots of land at the Community Garden

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D’Angelo Foundation helping families in crisis in Bucks County

Some years ago, local financial firm D’Angelo & Co. started a non-profit organization to assist families who were putting together their own fundraising events for various family emergencies. They provide the 501(c)(3) overhead, web tools and credit card processing to allow qualified families to receive tax-deductible support from individuals and business sponsors, and most importantly to increase their fundraising efforts.

Over the years, this has helped over 20 families in crisis with support from the community. Now they are looking at doing more to help families whose needs they serve.

On Saturday, September 14th, at the Northampton Valley Country Club, The D’Angelo Foundation will present its First Annual Monte Carlo Night banquet and auction to help Bucks County families. With 175 tickets already sold, they are expecting to sell out with over 250 guests.

If you would be interested in supporting this event as a sponsor or guest, or provide an auction or prize donation, contact them at www.thedangelofoundation.org. With your support, The D’Angelo Foundation can assist more families, and provide fundraising services to greatly increase its outreach and support.  

For more information call event coordinator Stephen Forbus at 215-245-8412, or call their office at 215-355-7754.

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Savor New Hope on September 8th honors Jim Hamilton

Savor New Hope is an annual tradition that celebrates the culinary arts as well as the mission of New Hope Arts Center serving the regional arts community.

The gala dinner on September 8th from 6:00 to 9:00pm features the area’s finest restaurants, chefs and caterers of fine dining and honors Jim Hamilton, co-founder of the first Savor event in 2004.

Savor showcases 17 restaurants in New Hope, Lambertville, and the region, providing food and beverages for the fundraiser held under tents on Stockton Avenue. A pavilion setting with live music provides visitors and residents a sampling of fabulous fare and a delectable menu crafted by the restaurants and purveyors who donate their efforts on behalf of the NHArts community.

The First Bank of Newtown sponsors the event.

Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door, and are available at New Hope Arts, 2 Stockton Avenue, on-line at www.newhopearts.org, emailing info@newhopearts.org, or by calling 215-862-9606. 

Also, visit www.newhopearts.org for information about events taking place September 6th and 7th.

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