Walking tour describes history of Tyler Hall and Gardens

by June Portnoy

There’s a hidden gem at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. On the campus stands Tyler Hall, a 60-room mansion surrounded by formal gardens.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, the college’s Social Science Club invited the public to a walking tour of this formal baronial estate led by Professor Emeritus Lyle Rosenberger. He began the tour by quoting his friend, a professor at Oxford University, stating, “Buildings and gardens are a reflection of the values of the people who built them.”

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RSVP volunteers recognized at Chandler Hall

In Chandler Hall’s Wright Meeting Hall on April 1st, Mayor Charles F. Swartz III of Newtown was in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers and organizations and to thank those who serve. The event came as part of the Second Annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, an initiative in which mayors across the country celebrate the value of community service programs and volunteers.

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Annual Memorial Day Service at Washington Crossing Cemetery

On Monday, May 26th at 11:00am, a Memorial Day observance will be conducted at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.

In addition to honoring the dead of all American wars, the ceremonies, hosted by the Guardians of the National Cemetery, will be honoring veterans and thanking their families for the freedom they and all veterans have secured for us through many generations of valiant service to the county.

The ceremonies will begin sharply at 11:00am, and are expected to last approximately 45 minutes.

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Newtown students honored for Arbor Day poster designs

Goodnoe Elementary School first and fifth grade students recently competed in Newtown’s annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest.  Students were encouraged to design a poster illustrating the importance of trees in our world. The result of the challenge was a beautiful collection of children’s artwork that was displayed on April 25th at Brian Gregg Memorial Park during Newtown’s Arbor Day Celebration.

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Newtown Creek Coalition completes new five-year strategic plan

by June Portnoy

This past January the Newtown Creek Coalition (NCC) adopted a new strategic plan for 2014 through 2019 that will support its mission to “improve, protect and preserve the Newtown Creek and to encourage appropriate use of this natural and historic resource by the community.”

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15th Annual Welcome Day is May 4th

The 15th Annual NBA Welcome Day, being held rain or shine on Sunday, May 4th, from 11:00am to 4:00 pm, will take place on Sycamore Street in Newtown. This one-day event draws 8,000-10,000 people annually. The street will be filled with businesses showcasing their products and services, giving away promotional items and engaging in friendly family games and activities, including entertainment, inflatables, food vendors with local restaurant tastes, and much more. Intertwined with the businesses’ booths will be many of the region’s artists and crafters, showcasing and selling their hand-made specialties.

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Mercer Bucks Cardiology: Top cardiology care close to home

by June Portnoy

Thanks to Mercer Bucks Cardiology, you can now receive the highest quality cardiology care by leading cardiologists right in your own community. Mercer Bucks Cardiology moved to their new location in Newtown, at 104 Pheasant Run, Suite 128, in the summer of 2013.

“Our Newtown practice offers 14,000 square feet of state-of-the-art clinical space where we provide every aspect of cardiovascular medicine and cardiac diagnostic testing,” says Dr. William Hirsch, Managing Partner and President of Mercer Bucks Cardiology.

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BCFA hosts Derek Fell presentation Wednesday, May 7th

The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, in cooperation with Newtown Township Parks & Recreation, presents a program on choosing the right plants and seeds for your garden. “Grow This! Not That!” with Bucks County author, gardener and photographer Derek Fell is set for Wednesday, May 7th, at the Newtown Township Community Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

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Megan Stanley is modeling a career on the runway

by M. L. Dwyer

Standing at a statuesque 5’10” tall and wearing a size 9.5 shoe has not always been a comfortable thing for 17-year-old Megan Stanley of Newtown. Growing up as one of the taller girls amongst her peers, and towering over the boys, Megan, a junior at Council Rock North, felt uncomfortable with her height. That is, until she entered a “Be a Model for a Day” contest in April 2013 at the King of Prussia Mall. Although she did not win the contest, she did get signed by Wilhelmina, one of the largest and most successful modeling agencies in the world.

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Newtown child actress, singer and dancer has featured performance during Super Bowl Half-Time Show

by June Portnoy

When George Matwijec turned on the TV to watch the Super Bowl this year, his primary interest was much more than whether the Broncos or Seahawks won.

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