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Public Forum #2 for the Patterson Farm Master Plan is Tuesday

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Lower Makefield Township has announced a second Public Forum for the Patterson Farm Master Plan. 

Public Forum #2 will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 630pm in the Lower Makefield Township Building. The address is 1100 Edgewood Road in Yardley.

The Township is in the process of developing a Master Plan for Patterson Farm and is considering several options for the future of this space.

While the Master Plan will be developed by a professional firm skilled in these matters, the Township and the Ad Hoc Property Committee are dedicated to seeking input from the community at large.

The discussion will focus on what to do with the future of the 243- acre historic property  owned by the township that sits between Route 295 and Mirror Lake Road. A first meeting was held back in June at the community center.

This is the second and final session officials said.

The second and final public forum to shape the future of Patterson Farm will be held on September 26th. At this meeting, the Architectural Firm Seiler + Drury will present a preliminary Master Plan for the long-term vision for Patterson Farm, officials said. 

“The Master Plan is a long-term, strategic document to guide future decision-making to help mold Patterson Farm in to a beloved agricultural, historical, and natural open space for the community to enjoy for years to come,” said Dennis Steadman, Chair AHPC for LMT. 

Patterson Farm includes the historic Janney-Brown Farmstead that contains a Georgian-style stone house, stone/frame cottage, bank barn and 6 outbuildings. The non-profit

Last February the Board of Supervisors awarded a $114,000 contract to Seiler and Drury of Norristown to develop the master plan, according to township records. The consulting firm  will spearhead Lower Makefield through developing a comprehensive master plane for the site, officials have said.

The township purchased the farm from Tom and Alice Patterson for $7.2 milion in 1998 according to online records. 15 buildings spread over 234 acres with many needing work and repair, according to officials.

The farm is steeped into the history of the township which has led some to want to turn it in to an official historical site. One idea floated has been to make it a tourist site and charge fees much like museums operate.

The non-profit Artists of Yardley leases one of the buildings from the township that offers art classes, camps, exhibits, and shows. According to the AOY website there are over 290 member artists.

“The Master Plan needs to deliver three key elements: paint a vision of what the Patterson Farm property can be ten years from now; recommend a path to get there and make specific recommendations for stage one,” Township Manager David Kratzer said. 

Interested members of the LMT community are strongly encouraged to attend the second public forum. 

You can view the meeting on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LowerMakefieldTownship/

On YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOq0e9VmBEZppWBFJbI9uAA

You can also submit your vision for the Patterson Farm by clicking here

The Ad-hoc Property Committee (AHPC) is a non-partisan committee of volunteer professionals who have organized at the request of Lower Makefield Township (LMT) in Bucks County, PA. They hold public meetings via Zoom on the 2nd Thurs of each month at 7:30pm. Videos of past meetings are available for viewing on the LMT YouTube page. Together, LMT, AHPC, and architectural firm Seiler + Drury are working to produce a master plan for the buildings and land use in a way that will keep Patterson farm in agriculture and preserve it far into the future. Comments and input are welcome via the LMT citizen portal or the Paterson Farm Master Plan webpage https://lowermakefield-pa.civilspace.io/en/projects/patterson-farm-master-plan.

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THE Giant Co. & Customers Raise More Than $400,000 For Healing Our Planet Initiatives

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Through its Healing Our Planet initiative, The GIANT Company today announced it raised $403,360 in partnership with its customers to support Planet Bee Foundation™ and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful™. During the month of May, customers at GIANT, MARTIN’S and GIANT Heirloom Market stores were invited to round up their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar to support each organization.

“Action inspires action and small changes such as tree plantings and pollinator awareness can make a big difference when it comes to helping our planet, so thank you to our customers who rounded up at the register to support these green initiatives,” said Courtney Hopcraft, manager of charitable giving and community relations, The GIANT Company. “Over the four years of our Healing the Planet campaign, more than $6 million has been raised to grow health and sustainability initiatives centric to creating healthier communities and a more sustainable future.”

Announced earlier this month, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in partnership with The GIANT Company announced it will award Healing the Planet grants later this summer to local community organizations for tree plantings across Pennsylvania. Additional funding from The GIANT Company will support Pick Up Pennsylvania and local clean up, recycling and greening events.

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is grateful to The GIANT Company for their support of native tree planting in their operating areas in Pennsylvania. Funding will also support our Pick Up Pennsylvania program, so we can continue to meet the needs of families, friends, neighbors, civic groups, nonprofits and municipalities working towards a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania,” said Shannon Reiter, president, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Cleaning and beautifying communities tends to reduce littering and other illegal behaviors, making it a better place for all residents and providing a foundation for community and economic development.”

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Planet Bee Foundation drives awareness for pollinators and the importance of bees as a pathway to STEM, conservation, and innovations in agriculture. Funding raised by The GIANT Company will support local beekeepers, research programs, and school and community programs.

“On behalf of Planet Bee Foundation, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to The GIANT Company for their donation, which has educated and impacted over 109,000 youth. Their generosity has sponsored STEM and Agriculture Education programs in schools, provided supplies to teachers, offered grants to local beekeepers, provided education at public events, and maintained beehives in community gardens, exemplifying their commitment to local communities,” said Debra Tomaszewski, founder and executive director, Planet Bee Foundation. “We are humbled and inspired by The GIANT Company’s commitment to sustainability, the health of our planet, and the well-being of the families they serve.”

For more information on The GIANT Company’s Healing Our Planet initiative, click here please.

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“Laughter is the Best Medicine” Says President of Ezra’s Hope

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Cindy Ritter, president of Ezra’s Hope was on her cell phone early Friday morning teaching herself an array of foreign languages. When she answered. which was not expected since it was just past 7 a.m., an approximately hour-long conversation ensued.

The conversation was about the dual sponsored – Laughs for Recovery and Raymour & Flanigan – afternoon sit-down comedy benefit coming up this Saturday, June 22, to support the nonprofit that assists families looking the pain of addiction square in the face.

What better way to raise funds  then with the antidote for pain, which is laughter, right?, she said.

No arguing with that sentiment.

Ezra’s Hope helps families that have been affected by addiction in a variety of ways, including food and clothing donations and financial assistance. In past efforts, the nonprofit has provided care packages and gift cards, food, clothing, furniture, and other necessities, and has helped families pay utility bills. “By helping families pick up the pieces from this terrible disease in a positive light, we hope to prevent the same behavior from continuing,” Ritter said.

According to the CDC, more than 110,000 people across the United States lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2023. Of that number, 4,823 were in Pennsylvania.

Ritter said that a lack of manpower and resources in recent years has prevented the nonprofit from hosting any fundraising events.

Ezra’s Hope is holding their first fundraiser since the pandemic. The small volunteer organization is teaming up with two well-known organizations, Laughs For Recovery and Raymour and Flanigan, to host a three-hour comedy show for charity. The nonprofit hopes the event will bring smiles and laughter to the community while also raising awareness to a topic, that’s no laughing matter, addiction.

“Help has been pretty hard to find. The last time Ezra’s Hope held a fundraiser was in September 2019 before Covid-19 shut the world down. Since then, we have been unable to organize any events to help raise the funds necessary to help families in need,” Ritter said.

 

The sit-down comedy show will take place from 2 p.m.to 5 p.m. pm at Raymour and Flannigan’s Oxford Valley location 9 Cabot Blvd East, Langhorne and will feature performances by a number of local comedians.

Several prominent businesses are also showing their support for Ezra’s Hope. The Iron Pigs. Crayola. Longwood Gardens and Chipotle have all made substantial donations to be used for raffles and giveaways during the event, giving some lucky guests a chance to go home with an unforgettable prize.

Master of Ceremonies and Laughs for Recovery founder Eric Todd of Levittown is hoping the surrounding community comes out in a big way, he said. Todd’s been putting on comedy shows for about three years now.

Laughs for Recovery Outdoor Festival 2023

 

Ezra’s Hope was founded in 2017 as an outlet to offer support and education to families that have experienced the loss of a loved one to addiction. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness through education about addiction and making a difference in the lives of those who have felt the impact of its devastating effects. There is Hope for the future!

Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

For more information about Ezra’s Hope, contact Cindy Ritter ezrashope@gmail.com

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Laughs for Recovery Comic performing Summer of 2023
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Bucks County Cooling Centers while Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

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An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect in Bucks County from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday evening.

With an extended stretch of days with temperatures forecast in the 90s, cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks will be open for the duration of the advisory to seniors and people experiencing homelessness who are seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567
*CLOSED WEDNESDAY 6/19 AND SATURDAY 6/22*

Palisades Middle School, Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
HOURS 10 A.M. –  5 P.M.
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726

YMCA of Bucks County – Warminster Branch
624 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
267-387-9622
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

YMCA of Bucks County – Fairless Hills Branch
601 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-949-3400
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

Senior centers throughout Bucks County are also open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

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