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Gov Shuts Down Schools, Advises Non Essential Businesses to Close Amid New COVID-19 Cases

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Governor Wolf on Saturday sent the message that he wants non-essential businesses to close in an effort to flatten the curve for the spread of COVID-19 in the Philadelphia region. 

Wolf announced new restrictions for Bucks and Chester counties advising non-essential businesses to close their doors, saying his recommendations do not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

The same restrictions were put into place for Montgomery and Delaware Counties Friday. 

“Over the past two days, we enacted significant social distancing in Montgomery and Delaware counties and, starting Sunday, we will expand these mitigation efforts to Bucks and Chester County,” Wolf said. 

Wolf ordered schools and all state-licensed child- and adult-care centers to close. All other schools – including private, parochial, and institutions of higher education – should be consulted directly for the most up to date information. 

All non-essential stores should close to protect their customer base and employees, Wolf said.  If non-essential stores remain open, he advised  they should be taking precautions to protect customers and employees. 

“Pennsylvania has taken a different approach than most other states and countries,” Gov. Wolf said. “We’re trying to approach the coronavirus outbreak in a measured way. Where there is evidence of exposure to COVID-19, the commonwealth has taken decisive action. Closing schools and early learning centers – both public and private, prohibiting visitors from entering senior care and long-term care facilities, and closing government offices. We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds to determine if – and when – we will do this in other counties in Pennsylvania.” 

State wine and liquor stores will be shut down Tuesday in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties too, Wolf said. 

 “I cannot conceive of anyone wanting to do the wrong thing,” Wolf said about the strong recommendation that businesses cease operations to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 63 as of Sunday 12 p.m. 

The 16 additional positive cases of COVID-19— one in Allegheny County; one in Bucks County; two in Cumberland County; one in Delaware County; one in Lehigh County; one in Luzerne County; three in Monroe County; four in Montgomery County; and two in Philadelphia County. All are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital, officials said. 

Bucks County’s currently has four cases confirmed, according to state data. 

“This situation is quickly evolving, even for us here at the Department of Health,” Dr. Levine said. “It can be overwhelming and scary to hear that you should stay home” Levine said ” Aside from practicing good health habits, we want you to practice good self-care to ensure your body is getting the proper nutrients from fruits, vegetables and getting enough sleep.”

The total number of new cases has more than tripled since Friday (22). 

As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website, health.pa.gov, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”

Pennsylvania has received approval from the federal government to allow schools the option to distribute meals at no cost while schools are closed, Department of Education Sec. Pedro Rivera said.

“PDE is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, other state agencies, the American Red Cross, and public and private partners to expand these efforts,” he said. 

Six state parks in Bucks County were also closed as of Sunday.

The Bucks County Commissioners urged residents to stay calm and use common sense after Gov. Wolf ordered the enhanced restrictions for Bucks and Chester in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“There is no need to panic,” Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo said at a news briefing after the governor’s announcement. “We’re going to get through this, and we’re going to get through this together if we all just use common sense and if we all look out for one another.

Editors Note: Ms Joanne Ames contributed to this report. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Joanne Ames is a Falls Twp resident who handles financial transactions, and for feature and important stories copy edits content when she's not working her other job as retail manager at a local cigarette/vape outlet. Ames' free time is dedicated to hanging out with her "Mom" ensuring she is cared for, comfortable, and loved at all times. Ames is also a crazed Eagles fan and who spends much of her Sunday's reminding LBS Publisher/Editor Jeff Bohen "The Giants Suck.." Ames recently has gotten the reporting bug and is in the midst of preparing for her first big story.

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Scholarship for Foundation A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Application Deadline Extended

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The deadline for submitted applications to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation has been extended to July 6, 2024, said foundation officials.

The A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation announced it will grant several partial scholarships for studies at colleges, universities, technical schools, nursing schools, and other accredited post-secondary institutions during the 2024-2025 academic year.

To be eligible, said a foundation spokesperson in the release, an applicant needs to meet the following requirements:

  •  graduating high school seniors or other persons enrolling full time in post-secondary schools for the first time.
  • resident of Bucks County
  • academically well qualified for the school they plan to attend
  • have a record of involvement in school, community, religious and/or other activities (especially as a leader)
  • have been involved in giving service to others
  • have a financial need.  (Gainful employment may be considered as a substitute for extensive involvement in leadership and service activities.)

Application forms may be obtained by emailing a request to scholarship@ammoyerfoundation.com or mailing it to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 511, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Questions can be directed to the email address scholarship@ammoyerfoundation.com.

Completed applications must be emailed or arrive by July 6, 2024.  From among the applications, the Foundation will select those best qualified for scholarships in July and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Typically, six to eight scholarships are awarded averaging between $2,500 to $5,000 dollars.

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UPDATED Spring/Summer 2024 Events at SLNC

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UPDATED Spring – Summer 2024 Events at Silver Lake Nature Center  

This Just In!! “Baby Shower for the SLNC Purple Martins!” Saturday, June 8th, 11am-12pm. Join us in celebrating AND learning about the soon-to-be hatched baby Purple Martin birds! **If you have binoculars, bring them!**

Learn more about the interesting structure that was recently installed for these beautiful birds at https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/purple-martins-at-slnc/ . This project was spearheaded by SLNC Volunteer & Birder Extraordinaire, Dawn Denner, and funded by donations from members of the Bucks County Birders and other generous individuals.

This event is FREE but donations to the nonprofit Friends of SLNC are greatly appreciated. Funds go toward projects/programs like this as well as other educational and conservation endeavors.

Your participation & support is appreciated! To make a donation, please visit: https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/donate/ AND reference this event in the comments section. Thank you.

To sign up for this event, please visit https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/event/purple-martins-baby-shower-6-8-24/ 

Event will take place at the SLNC Earthship, located at 1006 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. There is a gravel parking lot at this location, and an Accessible Trail to the SLNC Earthship.

Tookany Creek Bluegrass Band is returning to SLNC for another awesome Concert on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30pm!!

Don’t miss out on this fun time!! Advance tickets are $15/person; at the door, $20/person (price is the same for all ages, no refunds/exchanges). Tickets/info at: https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/event/tookany-creek-bluegrass-band-concert-6-22-24/ 

Volunteer Work Days. Join us on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am to 12pm: 7/6; 8/3; 9/7, to help keep the beautiful SLNC Trails/Grounds so beautiful. Be prepared to get wet and dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Project Day. Saturdays: 6/15; 7/20; 8/17; 9/21, 10am-12pm. The “Invasive Plants Removal (IPR) Team” meets once a month to help clear Invasive Plants from specific  areas on the SLNC Grounds/Trails. Each season brings new plants in various degrees of difficulty, and will also serve as a learning opportunity! These Project Days often also involve planting native plants and trees. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

 Earthship Tours. Stop by to visit and learn about these interesting, sustainable structures!  Tours are FREE, but donations to the nonprofit Friends of SLNC are greatly appreciated. The SLNC Earthship is scheduled to be open to the public for FREE Tours on the following Saturdays: 6/15; 7/20; 8/17; 9/21, from 1pm to 2:30pm. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

 Registration for SLNC’s Summer Camp is OPEN!! This Camp fills up quickly. Early registration is recommended. SLNC’s awesome Summer Nature Camp runs for 10 weeks, from June 17th through August 23rd! Sign up for as many weeks as you’d like (as availability allows). Visit https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/education/summer-camp/ for info/registration. 

Family-friendly Kindness Rock Garden Series. Saturdays: June 22nd; July 20th; August 17th, 10:30am-12pm. Families & Individuals are welcome to join SLNC & the Kiwanis of Levittown-Bristol to help us grow our Garden of Kindness!  We will be painting, so please feel free to wear a smock, apron, or old shirt. This special series is Sponsored by the Kiwanis of Levittown-Bristol and is FREE to participants. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

Bird Seed Sales. Bird watching is more fun when you can attract them to your own yard, so fill your feeders with one of our special mixes. Friends of SLNC Members receive a 10% discount on all Orders. Bird Seed Sales are offered four times throughout the year. The next one is coming up on Saturday, 10/19 (for Orders placed by 10/10) BUT in the meantime, we still have some Bird Seed available for drop-ins! Visit www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org for info and/or to place an Order. 

Trails are open daily, from Sunrise to Sunset. SLNC Visitors’ Center is open, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm & Sundays, Noon-5pm. 

Credit: Laughs for Recovery

The Silver Lake Nature Center, where learning comes naturally, is a 264-acre Nature Preserve located in Bristol Township, Bucks County. It is a facility of the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation with additional funding and staffing provided by the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center nonprofit organization. SLNC is home to over 40 plant and animal species listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in Pennsylvania. Participation in programs helps protect these species and their habitats. SLNC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, activities, or facilities. People with special needs are asked to give advance notice.

The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation was established in 1953. The Department is responsible for the acquisition, development, and preservation of open space and regional parks. The Department seeks in every endeavor to improve the quality of life and environment for all Bucks County residents, by working to enhance existing and projected recreational and cultural needs for our County.

 For information about these and the other programs offered at Silver Lake Nature Center, call 215-785-1177 or visit the website at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.

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School Safety and Security Grants Approved for Local Schools

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The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced it approved $47 million in competitive school safety and security grants to improve safety, security, and mental health supports for students and staff at schools across the Commonwealth.

The announced awards complete the $155 million school safety grants program package appropriated in the bipartisan 2023-24 budget and issued by the School Safety and Security Committee in January, said State Representative Jim Prokopiak.

In our area, rep. Prokopiak said, the grants awarded were:

  • Pennsbury School District, $271,909
  • Morrisville Borough School District, $141,796
  • Neshaminy School District, $264,659
  • Bucks County Montessori Charter School, $70,000
  • Bucks County Technical High School, $70,000
  • Center for Student Learning CS at Pennsbury, $70,000
  •  Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, $75,000
  • Holy Family Regional Catholic School, $75,000
  • Hope Lutheran School, $37,350
  • Credit: Laughs for Recovery

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