Unveiling a plaque honoring Frank Fazzalore are, from left, former supervisor David Fritchey, State Rep. Perry Warren, former State Rep. and former township supervisor Steve Santarsiero, Frank Fazzalore, Frank's daughter Jamie Fazzalore-Truelove, Frank's grandson, Frank's son-in-law and township solicitor Dave Truelove, John Lewis (chairman of the board of supervisors), Supervisor Dan Grenier and Supervisor Kristin Tyler.
Members of the Lower Makefield Youth Committee, all seniors at Pennsbury High School, give a thumbs up to the new Community Center. From left are Phil Genovese, Sonali Deliwala, and Emily Huegler, chairperson.
Kids visiting the open house enjoyed a culinary experience in cupcake decorating courtesy of Silly Spoons. Silly Spoons will be offering interactive classes at the community center this spring and summer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook @sillyspoons
LOWER MAKEFIELD >> Judging by the size of the crowd that turned out on Saturday, the township’s brand new community center is a hit.
Hundreds passed through the doors of the new building during a four hour open house designed to spotlight the new space and provide a sampling of the programs that will be offered inside its walls.
The building’s all purpose room - the heart and soul of the new facility - and its auxiliary classrooms bustled with activities throughout the day as residents took self-guided tours, signed up for classes, took part in activities for the kids, including cupcake decorating, soccer skills and face painting, and learned about the township’s many organizations, including the Artists of Yardley, the Makefield Women’s Association, the Friends of the Lower Makefield Dog Park, and the Lower Makefield Historical Commission and Society.
Just after noon, township officials and honored guests gathered in front of the new building on Oxford Valley Road to ceremoniously cut the ribbon on the new facility, which is home to the Lower Makefield Seniors and the township’s Parks and Recreation Department, both of which have relocated from the township building.
“This is a day many of us thought would never come,” said former State Representative and former township supervisor Steve Santarsiero addressing the gathering in front of what he called “a jewel” for Lower Makefield.
“The word community is the most important word in the title of this building, because this truly is a place for all of us to gather, for all of us to share a sense of community and a place where hopefully we will build even stronger bonds,” said Santarsiero.
“Just this past week, when we endured two very difficult storms, this building served as a place where people could come together. And it it will be a first of many, many times in the future where it’s going to do so.”