New Hope-Solebury Community Association: Supporting the community for over 60 years


In November of 1949, a small group of men and women of New Hope and Solebury met to talk about funding a new gymnasium at the New Hope High School. The gym was funded and built in 1953. Little did the group know or imagine that the organization they founded, the New Hope-Solebury Community Association, would prosper and continue to support the community for over 60 years.

Today, the most visible fundraiser for the Community Association (CA) is The New Hope Automobile Show. Originating as a horse show in 1957, it evolved into an event for automobiles.

With the history and magnitude of this show, it requires year-long planning and volunteer help from various community groups. Those groups have included the Boy Scouts; the New Hope and Lambertville Fire Companies; soccer, baseball and football clubs; the Lions Club; and many others.

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The Seventh Annual New Hope Film Festival is coming next month

The 2016 Seventh Annual New Hope Film Festival will take place from July 22nd through July 31st, and now is the time to get your tickets and reserve your seat! New Hope Film Festival is excited to announce that advance tickets are available by visiting the “Tickets” link on their website at www.newhopefilmfestival.com.

A link to the official 2016 Program Guide is available on the home page. The Guide includes the schedule, venue names and addresses, a description of each film and many helpful Festival tips about the event. Watch trailers and read about select films by following the “News” link on the website.

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Toni Suler signs onto Ursinus’ basketball team

New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Toni Suler, recently signed to play basketball with Ursinus College. At six-feet, Toni holds the record for blocked shots at NH-S and looks forward to a successful basketball career at Ursinus. She hasn’t yet decided on a major, but is interested in Communications. Seated next to Toni are her parents, George and Patty.

Standing are NH-S High School Principal Stephen Seier (left) and NH-S Head Coach, Andy Krasna.

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Theodore Carroll awarded scholarship from New Hope Historical Society

On May 23rd, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Theodore Carroll, received the 2016 Francis Curley Scholarship from the New Hope Historical Society. On hand to present the award were NHHS president, Carole Martin, NHHS FC Scholarship Committee members, Edwin Hild and Les Isbrandt, and NHHS Executive Director, Deborah Lang.

“Teddy Carroll was selected to receive this year’s award based on his scholastic and community achievements. Teddy is planning on attending West Chester University with a major in Political Science. In addition, his selection is one that we believe Francis Curley would have agreed with,” said Edwin Hild.

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Theodore Carroll receives Foundations scholarship

Theodore Carroll, a New Hope resident and senior at New Hope-Solebury High School, was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Foundations Community Partnership in Education program. The program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Theodore will attend West Chester University in the fall.

PHOTO CAP: Theodore Carroll

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NH-S High students participate in Bucks County Envirothon

by June Portnoy

New Hope-Solebury High School students demonstrated their knowledge of the ecosystem at the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Bucks County Envirothon held last month at Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown. The high school competed against teams from Central Bucks East, Central Bucks West, Central Bucks South, Neshaminy, Quakertown and William Tennent.

Each team rotated through five stations where they were given 25 minutes at each area to answer written questions about Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and a Current Environmental Issue, which changes each year. This year’s issue was invasive species.

“An invasive species can be either an insect, animal or a plant,” explained Mary Ellen Noonan, BCCD’s Environmental Educator. “Invasive species are very aggressive, so every year they have the potential to spread and outcompete our native plants.

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Theodore Carroll recognized by FCP

On May 2nd, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Theodore Carroll, was presented with the Foundations Community Partnership in Education Award.

FCP is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. The organization awards scholarships to one senior in each Bucks County public high school who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to human services in Bucks County for children, youth and families.

Pictured from left are Ron Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP, Theodore, and NH-S High School Principal, Stephen Seier.

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Julian Leveille honored for second year with national volunteer service award

Julian Leveille, a senior at New Hope-Solebury High School and a third year student in the Public Safety program at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, was recently honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama. This is the second consecutive year that Julian received the prestigious award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

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New Hope-Solebury High School Film Fest names winners

The New Hope-Solebury High School Film Club named the winners of its second annual student film festival, The Bridge, on April 19th at the Stephen J. Buck Theater, located at New Hope-Solebury High School in New Hope. Student filmmakers from the Solebury School, New Hope-Solebury High School and Middle Bucks Technical School submitted films for the event.

Best Overall Picture went to Afrah Boateng’s “What it Means to be Biracial” (Solebury School); Best Story went to Alex Babicki for “Dear Mr. Hall” (Solebury School); Best Director went to Anthony Lagana for “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury); Best Cinematography went to Florencia Minniti for “Blind” (MBIT); Best Actor went to Christopher Cuthrell in “Monochrome World” (Solebury School); Best Actress went to Shaelyn Parker in “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury); Best Sound went to Eric Luo for “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury); Best Editing went to Afrah Boateng for “What it Means to be Biracial” (Solebury School); Audience Choice Award went to “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury).

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Jake Harraka signs with La Verne

New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Jake Harraka, recently signed to run track with the University of La Verne in California. He looks forward to following his father’s footsteps with a major in pre-law. Jake, who mostly competes in sprints, was very impressed with La Verne’s athletic program as well as the academic programs. He has had a successful running history at New Hope-Solebury, winning the Bicentennial Athletic Award (BAL) 800-meter dash and the 400-meter dash at districts last year. Sitting with Jake are his parents Joe and Amy.

Standing are (from left) NH-S Principal Stephen Seier, Teacher Bob Gaffney, Athletic Director Ted Harrington and Coach Dianna Dececco.

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