Fighting for a cure – Drew’s Hope Overcoming Obstacles family event

On Saturday, May 3rd, Transcend Fitness in Newtown will host Drew’s Hope Overcoming Obstacles Family Fun Obstacle Run. Families can participate in a two-mile obstacle course fun run. The festivities begin at 10:00am, rain or shine. All ages and abilities are welcome. Proceeds from the event support Drew’s Hope Research Foundation, which raises funds for Batten Disease research. 

Batten Disease is a childhood disease that prohibits the production of an enzyme needed to clear toxins from the brain. Without the enzyme, permanent brain damage occurs affecting the child’s ability to talk, walk, see and eat. The life expectancy is eight to 12 years.

Drew’s Hope Research Foundation was established in 2007 after the Ferrandino’s received the devastating news that their five-year-old son, Drew, had Batten Disease. Drew, who turned 12 in February, has gone from a child who once ran, jumped, and played to a child needing constant care. Every day is a struggle, but Drew continues to smile regardless.

To join in this community event, go to www.drewshope.com or www.dimediofoundation.org to register.

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Yardley Borough’s Annual Recycling Day set for April 26th

Yardley Borough’s Annual Recycling Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, provides local residents and businesses with the opportunity to do some early spring cleaning while protecting the environment.

This “rain or shine” event, co-sponsored by the Yardley Borough Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) and the Yardley Business Association (YBA), takes place in Buttonwood Park, adjacent to the Yardley Town Center in the borough.

Entry to the event will be off of Main Street, between Firehouse Cycles and The Face and Body Spa. Volunteers will direct anyone with donations to drop off locations within Buttonwood Park.

E-Waste will be collecting electronics equipment. Recycling Day also offers the convenience of on-site shredding of paper, documents and CDs. Any “sensitive” documents will be shredded directly in front of the person and disposed of properly.

On the same day and in conjunction with the event, the Yardley Borough Police Department sponsors a prescription drug collection. All unused medications, current or expired, will be accepted at the Yardley Borough Police Station.

No sharps of any kind will be accepted.

Unacceptable Items Include:

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Antifreeze or used motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Clothing
  • Hazardous waste or materials
  • Lead paint
  • Regular paint

For more information, call Marybeth at 267-597-9977. On Facebook, visit “Yardley Borough EAC” or e-mail yardleyboro_recycles@comcast.net.

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“Building Beauty Every Day”

“Building Beauty Every Day” presented by Drew Becher will be the featured PowerPoint program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00PM at their new meeting location, Saint Katherine Drexel Mission Center, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society President, Drew Becher, will highlight the beauty created everyday in the Society’s efforts throughout the city to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.  He will also preview the PHS future sustainable initiatives to enhance public landscapes by adding beauty and value to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia in the decades to come.

Becher became the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2010.  Under his leadership, PHS has initiated the Plant One Million campaign to restore the region’s tree canopy; expanded the City Harvest program, initiated the PHS Pop Up Garden projects; and introduced exciting new features at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

Becher served as Executive Director of the non-profit New York Restoration Project, founded by entertainer and environmentalist Bette Midler, and was a respected leader in the city’s greening and beautification initiatives.  As Deputy Director of Washington, D.C.’s Office of Planning (2004-06), he led the creation of the Department of Environment and before that was associate director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.  As Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District (1996-2004) and Assistant to the Mayor,  Becher helped forge Mayor Richard M. Daley’s acclaimed environmental and beautification agenda, overseeing many of the initiatives that are now hallmarks of Chicago’s urban renaissance.

All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members.  For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.

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Friends of the Delaware Canal to host “Discover Fungi Walk”

Join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Sunday, April 27 for a “Discover Fungi Walk.”  The 1-1/2-mile, roundtrip stroll along the canal towpath will begin at 2 p.m. at the Washington Crossing Historic Park entrance on Route 532 near the lagoon. 

Fungi have a way of attracting attention.  While walking along the Delaware Canal towpath, a visitor’s eye might be drawn to a ruffled tan blob clinging to the bark of a tree, then to a clump of small white caps popping up from the ground, and later to a spot of red nestled in leaves.  All are fungi, and they are an important part of the ecology of the Delaware Canal. 

Learn more about these mysterious organisms on the “Discover Fungi Walk.”  Searching will be done both along the Canal towpath and on a nearby 28-acre wooded parcel that has become part of the Delaware Canal State Park.  Mycologist Marion Kyde will lead the way to sometimes elusive fungi. “They come out when they want to,” states Kyde, who will explain what fungi are, what they do, and where they may be found.

Marion Kyde is a Ph.D in Mycology and has been a leader in local and regional conservation efforts for more than twenty years, especially in her home municipality, Tinicum Township.  She is a knowledge and entertaining guide.

The “Discover Fungi Walk” is free, but donations to the Friends’ preservation and improvement efforts are always welcome.

For more information about this event and other Friends of the Delaware Canal activities, call 215-862-2021, e-mail friends@fodc.org, or visit www.fodc.org. The Friends of the Delaware Canal is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the Canal and its surroundings.  

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Celebrate Spring and Earth Day at Five Mile Woods

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day with a visit to Five Mile Woods on Sunday, April 27 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road, the preserve is a 300-acre wooded natural area filled with diverse plant and animal life. Knowledgeable guides will offer tours of the Woods featuring the signs of spring from blooming wildflowers to calling wood frogs.  Naturalist John Heilferty will be on hand to show visitors frogs, salamanders and turtles that live in tanks in Woods Headquarters as well as other biofacts that have been found in the Woods.

Refreshments will be provided following tours. Tours are free, open to the public and appropriate for both adults and children. No reservations are necessary. Since some of the trails may be wet please wear appropriate shoes.

Five Mile Woods is located near the intersection of Big Oak and Oxford Valley Roads near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. The preserve is open every day from dawn until dusk. For more information, call 215-493-6652.

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Yardley-Makefield Library Friends hold Annual Bargain Book Sale

The Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library will hold its annual spring Bargain Book Sale at the library, 1080 Edgewood Road in Yardley, on the following dates and times: Friday, April 25th from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am to 4:00pm; and Monday, April 28th from 10:00am to 8:00pm. All items will be $.50 or $1; adult books, children’s hardcover books, music CD’s, DVD’s, books on tape, and puzzles and games will be $1. Children’s paperback books will be $.50; there will be some specially priced items as well.   Monday is Half Price Day.

The Friends are currently accepting donations for their book sales; there will also be an August Book Sale as well as a December Holiday Book Sale this year. Call the library if you are donating more than two boxes of books.  Moldy, water-damaged, or missing pages, as well as encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or textbooks older than 2-3 years, are not accepted for the book sales. All monies raised go to the Friends to support the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library.

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Feasterville Business Association will be conducting a Free Home Buying Seminar on April 23

As part of its new “Spotlight On Business” series, the Feasterville Business Association will be offering a free home buying seminar at the Lower Southampton Free Library, 1983 Bridgetown Pike in Feasterville, PA on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.

In making the announcement, Rose McMenamin, president of the FBA, says that whether you’re a first time, second time or beyond buyer there will be a great deal of important information provided by a host of professionals working in almost all aspects of the home buying industry. “Here’s a terrific opportunity to come and find out about the whole process from pre-qualification to final settlement without any cost or obligation,” McMenamin explains. “If you’re in the market for a home purchase it will be time well invested.”

Among the topics to be covered will be preparing for home ownership, benefits of pre-qualification, loan options and obtaining a mortgage, mortgage and title insurance, credit scores and credit counseling, tools for home shopping, home inspection, sales agreements, closing costs and more. There also will be an open forum question and answer segment with a panel of experts.

Participants include representatives from 3rd FED Bank, Olde Towne Real Estate, Inc., Bucks County Housing Group, Credit Counseling Center, Financial Expertise, Financial Group Plus, Greater Philadelphia Abstract, Kelly Adjusters, Miller & Hauptman, New Penn Financial, and Regal Property Management. Light refreshments will be served.

Now in its 65th anniversary year, the Feasterville Business Association‘s mission is to foster and encourage growth and progress for the betterment of the community. Reservations are suggested by calling 215-436-9768 or by emailing feastervilleba@gmail.com. You can also visit the FBA on the web at www.feastervillebiz.

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‘Treasures From the Attic: Selected Items From the NHA Archives’

The Annual Meeting of the Newtown Historic Association will be held on Monday, April 21st at 8:00pm at the Half Moon Inn (Court Inn), 105 Court Street, Newtown.

The Annual Business Meeting will be conducted and will also include reports from all standing committee chairmen for the past year.

Following the Annual Business Meeting, a presentation entitled, “Treasures From the Attic: Selected Items From the NHA Archives” will be given by Harriet Beckert and David Callahan. This lecture will showcase selected items from the NHA archives that are interesting and unique to the Newtown community.

The public is invited and refreshments and a social hour will follow the meeting. For further information call 215-968-3914, e-mail dcnhh@comcast.net, or visit www.newtownhistoric.org.

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An Evening in the Chocolate Garden

Join A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, at the 19th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy for an evening at The Chocolate Garden, at Tyler Hall on the campus of Bucks County Community College in Newtown on Saturday, April 26th. This event, which is the largest annual fundraiser for AWP, is a fun evening to eat great food, meet hundreds of community members, bid on fantastic auction items, and sample the most delicious chocolate desserts from all over the county – all for a great cause!

This year, attendees will enter a garden party chock full of more chocolate delicacies than any one person can imagine. Put on your best Garden Party attire and be on hand at 6:00pm for an evening of drinks, dinner, and spectacular auction items. Don’t forget the reason why this event is called Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy. Guests will enjoy a vast spread of desserts made of all types of chocolate and a giant dark chocolate fountain. This is the must-taste event of the year!

Tickets are $125 per person. AWP members can purchase their ticket for $100. Due to the event including dinner service, all tickets must be purchased prior to the event. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Come to the sweetest event in Bucks County! Call Director of Public Advocacy Jenny Salisbury at 215.343.9241 x108 to purchase your tickets today!

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Newtown Rotary hosting Fifth Annual ‘Hope on the Vine’ event

The Newtown Rotary Club will celebrate its Fifth Annual Hope On The Vine event on Saturday, April 26th, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the River Room in the newly renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park. The public is welcome, but please register in advance on their website, www.newtownrotary.org. Ticket price is $75 per person and includes food and beverage throughout the evening, raffled door prizes, music, auction guide, event booklet and plenty of parking.

It promises to be a fun evening and Event Chairman, Chuck Charlton, hopes to set a new record. “Last year, we raised over $15,000, of which $3,250 was donated to Polio Plus, and most of the remaining funds were distributed to 17 local organizations,” said Chuck.

This year’s event will feature food by Chef Joe Garvey, music by the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, excellent international assortment of wines, a wine/cheese pairing education by Beth Tentilucci, and silent and public auctions by a professional auctioneer to support many local and international causes.

“As Hope On The Vine has grown over the years, we realized that we needed a new venue,” added Chuck. “We are very pleased that the River Room at the renovated Visitor Center at Washington Crossing State Park became available. It’s a spacious room, with magnificent views of the Delaware River and steeped in history. We had great items for the auction last year and expect to do even better this year. If anyone wants to help by donating auction items, they can find a list of recommendations on our website.”

For instant updates, “like” Newtown Rotary on Facebook.

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