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Bristol Foundation Earns Two Grants for Programming; Raising Funds for Additional Services.



The Monroe Foundation for Youth announced recently it has been awarded two grants to support services offered to those on the autism spectrum and its other service populations

Walmart awarded $1000.00 to the foundation, as part of its community granting program. 

Monroe Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Tamara Monroe shared the news Christmas Eve simply saying, “We are truly blessed to hear this news tonight.” 

The Walmart Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000, a spokesperson for the program said. 

“This will help us to continue our mission of providing the youth in this area an opportunity to learn and use skills that will help them throughout their entire life span,” Monroe said. 

Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding, 

The second grant, from the Give Back Yoga Foundation (GBYF) allowed Monroe to purchase 25 Yoga Mats, she said.  

“We can now offer yoga to children on the autism spectrum, youth, and other people who don’t  typically have the opportunity to engage in yoga,” Monroe said.

GBYF is dedicated to providing yoga related supports and resources to “ to kickstart yoga outreach projects” a spokesperson said, Offering yoga to individuals who might otherwise never have the opportunity to practice  we want to Share the transformational benefits of yoga with populations that face physical and mental illness

Monroe who uses Yoga to battle pain stemming from a shoulder injury, is also a practitioner of the healing discipline certified in Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative types of the practice.  

We can’t wait until January to begin offering classes and instruction with the new mats,  she said. 

“We’re having a Get Acquainted with the Monroe Foundation event in January so the community can learn what we do and offer at the foundation and sign up for Yoga classes. 

The event, scheduled for January10 is open to the community takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Yoga classes for Children are free and for Adults $5.00, foundation officials said. 

We’re really going to step up our community engagement efforts,, Monroe said of the event. “We have been running free youth programs such as a successful basketball program, youth groups, senior home visits, autism social skills groups and more since 2009. And we’re hoping to offer more to the community in 2020, Monroe said. 

Light refreshments will be served at the event taking place at Monroe Foundation offices located 1250 Veterans Highway Suite G18A Bristol, PA 19007



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Health - Bensalem Township

Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured




Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Takata Air Bags Still Under Recall




The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Models flagged as being at an extreme risk are certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models containing so-called “alpha” airbags, and the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Also included are the 1999 BMW 323i and 328i, said in a Consumer Report dated July 10, 2024.

Do Not Drive warnings have been issued for these vehicles by NHTSA.

NHTSA said, a separate group of defective Takata air bags was recalled in late 2019. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, this recall involves non-azide driver inflators.

Consumer Reports said, a total of 67 million airbags have been recalled. As of April, 2024, NHTSA reports that 88 percent have been repaired/replaced, still leaving many millions of at-risk airbags on the road.



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Santarsiero, BCHIP to Host Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote Events




State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) will host two keynote events, in partnership with the Blue Zones organization, to introduce Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area to the community.

On July 22nd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Wharf in Bristol Borough.  The keynote will be delivered by Margaret Brown from Blue Zones and will focus on the Lower Bucks area.

On July 23rd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Linksz Pavillion at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township.  The keynote will be delivered by Dan Buettner, Jr. from Blue Zones and will focus on the Central Bucks area.

Both events will include audience Q&A and will feature a panel of experts from the Blue Zones organization.

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: The Wharf, 100 Basin Street, Bristol

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Margaret Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP


WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: Bucks County Comm. College, Linksz Pavillion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Dan Buettner, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

Blue Zones is based on 20 years of research and scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health and happiness, from the longest-living communities in the world. During the Ignite phase of the partnership, Blue Zones will assess the current state of our Bucks area community’s well-being through engagement and education with local leaders and community members, culminating in recommendations for a full-scale transformation of our area to a Blue Zone.

Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area includes: Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Tullytown Borough, Morrisville Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Solebury Township, New Hope Borough, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Doylestown Borough, Plumstead Township, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Public RSVPs are requested online at

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