NEWTOWN - The spirit of the season broke through the gloominess of the day as this year’s McCaffrey’s Food Markets Newtown Holiday Parade marched through town with a holiday sparkle in its eye. From the instrumentalists playing holiday tunes to the jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho’s” coming from Santa Claus, even the Grinch, riding aboard the First National Bank float felt the spirit as he waved to the crowd. Despite the occasional drizzle and overcast and foggy skies, hundreds lined the parade as temperatures reached into the 50s.
Newtown Borough >> Rain and wind forced the annual Newtown Borough Halloween Parade inside, but it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm. Several hundred kids and their parents packed the comfortable and dry historic Newtown Theatre Saturday morning to show off an eclectic collection of costumes, from a giant blinking eyeball to Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot. “Thank you for coming out today to enjoy a rainy Halloween,” said Mayor Charles Swartz in welcoming everyone to the event. “Sorry the weather is not cooperating, but here we are inside the movie theatre with a hall filled with some great costumes.” The historic hall bustled with excitement as a panel of judges, including Police Chief James Sabbath, Paul Salvatore, Heather Lewis and Liz Warren, inspected the various categories from TV and movies to family themes, scariest and homemade costumes.
The 2018 Middletown Grange Fair is located at 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown 18940.
even as occasional rumbles of thunder rolled and lightning flashed across the sky, hearty car enthusiasts with umbrellas in hand made their way down the street checking out this year’s amazing collection of vehicles numbering well north of 100. While there were some car owners who turned on the wipers early and headed for home, many of the car owners stuck it out, hoping the rain would be short lived. They sought refuge from the raindrops under nearby overhangs and inside their vehicles - any place to keep dry. “The owners have been very patient,” said show director Rich Napoli., expressing his appreciation to them for sticking it out. “We have some beautiful Cadillacs here and a stunning Bentley. They’re all here and they’re all staying,” he said of the 150 or so vehicles lining the street. The show’s Logistics director Paul Salvatore said they lost a few cars due to the rain, “but a lot showed up, too,” he said. “The cars are here and we’re judging them. We’re not leaving,” he said.
Even an extensive heat wave could not halt the July Fourth running of the 38th annual Revolutionary Run in Washington Crossing Park. Well over a thousand participants took part in the event that included a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K race. The whole affair is steeped in history. The race started in 1980 as a fund raiser for a local church. The Upper Makefield Business Association was asked to take control in 1999 and have been running the event ever since. The UMBA uses all proceeds from the race for Township emergency services and college scholarships. One of this year’s 10K participants, Yardley’s Christian Carabello, typifies the enthusiasm shown by all the runners. “The Revolutionary Run has quite a tradition. It’s always a great event with very strong participation. It draws a lot of people. It’s a very friendly event and there are always people watching or cheering you on. This is the fourth time I’ve done the Revolutionary Run.” Christian started his running career in high school but took time out to raise his own family. “When I had children I kind of put running on the back burner but my children are teenagers now. I am 48 now and am running pretty consistently. I did the Boston Marathon this past spring. I run a lot with the Bucks County Roadrunners which is a great organization. They had tent at the there and a number of their runners participated.”
NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP >> More than 500 members of the Class of 2018 took their final walk together during commencement ceremonies at Council Rock High School South on June 20. But before they received their diplomas and tossed their hats in the air, they listened to departing words and advice from classmates Mason Todd Procz, Thomas Garback and Michael Smedley. Procz, the president of the Class of 2018, encouraged his classmates to "Be a Savage." Smedley asked the class the question, "Who's On Your Team?" And Thomas Garback's address to the graduates was entitled, "We Have Had Our Visions."
The Council Rock High School North Class of 2018, numbering more than 400, listened as student speakers Amanda Abrohms, Rachel Stillman and Duke Wu imparted the final words of wisdom and pieces of advice to the graduating class. Abrohms, in her address entitled “Only (in Twelve Moments),” noted that 12 years of school has boiled down to one moment “when we finally say goodbye to the place where we grew up. “Whatever choice you make after leaving this stadium make sure you do something that doesn’t leave you thinking, ‘If only.’ If only I had laughed more. If only I had taken that risk. If only I had told that person how much they meant to me. “Time will fly by. They told us the first day of freshman year that this would be the fastest four years of our lives,” she said. “If only I would have believed them.”
Rarely do you see perfection in the sporting world. There ae just too many obstacles blocking any team’s ultimate Dream Season. The Council Rock North volleyball team defied those odds and produced a perfect 19-0 mark on their way to a PIAA District One league championship. Going into the 2018 campaign Ed Mancinelli, senior libero, sensed the Indians were headed for a stellar season. “We knew we had a similar team to last year. The whole last season was almost all juniors so we all came back with a big chip on our shoulders that said basically District Title or bust.” As the season unfolded, the initial goal seemed more reachable. “We’ve been clicking really well. I know we’ve been getting better and better every practice and we learn more and more about each other. If one person makes a bad play the other guys are there to pick him up.” Part of the Indians success is the complete athleticism they bring to the court. “I think we’re very well balanced. The guys up front, Harry (Wyatt), Jack (Gunshenan), Justin (Burns), Kevin (D,Arcy), and Will (Hewitt) all have huge vertical leaps. Those guys can jump out of the building.”
From the solitude of the Newtown Cemetery to Veterans Plaza on Historic State Street, Taps split the morning air as Newtown remembered the fallen on Memorial Day. Pausing first at the gravesite of Morell Smith, Newtown’s only native son who died fighting for his country in WWI, and then at the World War I monument at the Newtown Library Company, veterans from American Legion Post 440 laid wreaths and saluted the men and women who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
Newtown >> Hundreds of kids, parents and even grandparents scrambled across the grassy fields behind Goodnoe Elementary School on Saturday morning making for quite a sight as they scooped up a record-setting 6,000 brightly colored plastic eggs in just under 15 minutes. Despite being postponed a week due to a March Nor’easter that left the fields covered in snow instead of Easter eggs, hundreds turned out for the event, jamming the athletic fields on the day before Easter with kids, adults and lots and lots of energy.