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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bensalem Township School District will host a parent workshop, Raising Healthy Children in the Digital Age.
A Bensalem school psychologist will discuss cyberbullying and Internet privacy issues at a parent workshop on Monday, April 8. Many of the topics that will be discussed stem from the fact that children often lack maturity and have under developed judgment and impulse control, according to Dr. Gail Karafin, the psychologist at Shafer and Snyder Middle Schools. For instance, though Karafin said she doesn't think cyberbullying is a recurring problem in Bensalem schools, it happens because "preteens and teens often lack maturity regarding the cause-and-effect of their words." "Similar to other forms of aggression, many victims remain silent about electronic bullying out of fear or shame," Karafin said. "Part of the problem is that the bully(s…
Bucks County will hold a hazardous materials recycling event on April 20.
TVs and computers can no longer be picked up at curbside trash collections under the Covered Device Recycling Act, which went into effect in January. If you need to rid of old electronics or other household hazardous waste, heald to an upcoming recycling event. In this week's edition of B-Town Talk, Bensalem's Community and Public Affairs Manager Dawn Davis discusses the event, which will be held at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown on Saturday, April 20 from 9 to 3 p.m. An electronic recycling event will be held in Bensalem in May. Related Articles:
Monday, April 1, 2013
A SEPTA train struck and killed a 21-year-old man on Saturday evening.
A 21-year-old man was struck and killed by a Trenton-bound SEPTA train near Bristol Station, according to SEPTA officials. The incident took place on the border of Bristol Borough and Bristol Township about a half-mile from the Bristol Station near the 3800 block of Otter Street, SEPTA's Press Officer Andrew Busch said. An article on PhillyBurbs said that Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell identified the man who was struck and killed as Ryan Hoover. He declared the death an accident. The train was an outbound Trenton Line Regional Rail train on its way to Trenton, he said. "The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday," Busch said. "Service was suspended on the Trenton Line following the incident for approximately two-…
Bensalem High School Indoor Track Team were honored with certificates of recognition for their participation in the 2013 state championship.
Twelve high school students attended the Indoor Track State Championship Meet and were honored with certificates of recognition at a recent school board meeting. Brad Rivera, Kyle Francis, Matt French, Kerron Holley, Armand Cox-Finn, Qhyle Elijah, Daquan Bowser-Guerra, Tarif Walker, Hamzah Massaquoi, Jahleel Weems, Alex Ramirez and Pratik Patel were given certificates by Superintendent Dr. David Baugh. Individual Champions: First Place in the 800 Meters: Brad Rivera. Rivera was also named First Team All-State for the 800 Meters. First Place in the 400 meters, 6th place in the 200 Meters: Qhyle Elijah. Elijah was also named First Team All-State for the 400 Meters. First Place 4x800 Relay Team: Brad Rivera, Matt French, Armand Cox-Finn and …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Teachers and a group of parents attended the school board meeting to ask that Benjamin Rush Elementary could continue to have the same principal next school year.
Benjamin Rush Elementary school has had three principals this year. At Wednesday night's board meeting, teachers asked if the current principal could stay in the position. Dr. William J. Gretzula is the third principal this year at Benjamin Rush, according to third-grade teacher Lilly Rodriguez. She spoke on behalf of some Spanish-speaking parents who wanted the school board to know how much they respect and appreciate Gretzula and hope that he can remain the principal for the 2013-14 school year. "We would like to have one steady principal. Our children deserve to not feel confused," Rodriguez said, reading from one parent's letter. She presented copies of this letter and other letters from parents to the school board members. At the same…
Second graders from Belmont Hills Elementary School sang at Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Second graders from Belmont Hills Elementary School serenaded Bensalem Township School District board members at Wednesday night's meeting. Students sang "Rhythm is Math" and "We Believe in Music."
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Bensalem Township High School gym, which opened to students in December 2011 was supposed to open to the township as a community center, but has not.
Bensalem Township High School's new gymnasium, which opened for student use in December 2011, was slated to open to the township as a community center in February 2012. More than a year later, the community still has no access to the facility. The 45,000-square-foot facility that features a three-court gym with seating for 1,700 and an elevated track came with a $15 million price tag. Of that, $2 million came from township coffers and another $2 million from a state grant that requires public access during non-school hours as part of an intergovernmental agreement. So when will the gym open to Bensalem residents as a community center? The answer remains unknown. School District President Ralph Douglass told Patch that the district and the …
Teachers from Cornwells Elementary School will appear on CBS during a telethon for Ronald McDonald House.
Because of the generous donations made by the Cornwells Elementary School community to the Ronald McDonald House through the "Remembering Georgiana" organziation, Cornwells teachers have been invited to participate in a live telethon on CBS. Cornwells is the first elementary school to participate in the Ronald McDonald House telethon, according to a release from Bensalem Township School District, which will take place on Wednesday, March 27 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. "Remembering Georgiana" is an organization in memory of Georgiana Antonopolous, who was a second grader at the elementary school when she died of lymphoma and leukemia on Nov. 26, 2000, according to the release. "She was a special little girl whose smile and optimism lit up a room…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Though the new Holiday Inn Express has been opened since December 2012, its official grand opening will be Thursday.
The new Holiday Inn Express will hold its official grand opening on Thursday. The hotel opened for business after renovations on Dec. 18, but the grand opening ceremony will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. "We will have food catered by DiAntonios and entertainment by Chris Carter Acoustic," according to Lisa Lento, director of sales for the hotel. As if you need more motivation to go to an event than free refreshments and entertainment, the hotel will have a drawing and give away an Apple iPad Mini. Additionally, it will be an opportunity for the community to see the changes that were made. Another hotel chain—the Hampton Inn—was located at 1329 Bristol Pk. before the building underwent renovations to open as the Holiday Inn Express…