The Doylestown Cardinal - January 2022

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GET YOUR HEALTH ON: How Our Local Businesses Can Improve Your Health Colin Kirts Koru Real Wellness

Doylestown Float Studio

By Dakota Latorre The Cardinal Contributing Writer


have met several families that have moved here from different towns and even states specifically to send their kids to the renowned Central Bucks School District. Every Zillow and Realtor listing in this region boasts its “Award Winning” school district. The fact that we have a great public school system is no secret, but we have something else that makes this school district stand out from all the other highly rated school districts in this state. We have CB Cares!

By Dana Roberts The Cardinal Contributing Writer

T What is CB Cares? CB Cares is a non-profit education foundation that is dedicated to supporting the social, emotional and mental development of students and their families. How do they do this you might be asking… • Recognizes ‘good students making great choices’ with its Boomerang Youth Recognition Award. • Offers that sense of Continued on page 5

he New Year is known as the time that people embrace lifestyle changes and make resolutions for themselves that have health-positive effects- join a gym, go to yoga, start a meditation practice, eliminate sugar. While it’s widely known that strict New Years’ resolutions often peter out, we firmly believe that taking even baby steps towards incorporating healthy living into your life is a great goal, that can be introduced at any time of the year. We have the unique advantage of living in an area full of health-conscious entrepreneurs whose establishments target healthy living in a multitude of ways. Why not take advantage of all that they have to offer and make the goal to visit one (or all!) in 2022 to incorporate a new element of health into your life?

Relax in a Float-ally Different Way At Doylestown Float Studio, take the opportunity to relax in a unique way—by floating in a Float Pod. Envision a lovely little pod filled with water with a high density of Epsom salt (the reason floating can occur), which you step into and can then float into a state of relaxation. The experience is spa-like, with a shower pre- and post-float, calming music playing, and a soothing, lovely environment. Floating has been around for over 60 years, and can help those who utilize it relieve stress, recover from injuries, fight addiction, eliminate chronic pain, and boost mood. Float sessions are 60 or 90 minutes, and packages and memberships are available, in addition to energy healing. Take advantage of the Intro to Floating package, through which new guests can receive 3 floats for the price of 2. The benefits build on each other Continued on page 7

Get to Know a Doylestownian: Mayor Noni West By Dana Roberts The Cardinal Contributing Writer


his month is the start of our new feature, “Get to Know a Doylestownian,” a piece in which each month a Doylestown resident or person of interest helps us get to know them better by finishing sentences we provide, in any way they see fit. We couldn’t think of a more perfect person to start the feature off than Noni West, our new Mayor, who takes office on January 3rd. Read on to find out all about Noni, including what treat you should offer her if you’d like to bring her some New Year’s cheer! My full name is.... Elnora West. I got the nickname Noni... because I couldn’t say Elnora when I was little and for some reason, I called myself Noni. I didn’t use my nickname until I started working. I was in New York City working in advertising. My media reps kept butchering my name … Ellie, El… so I started using Noni and it stuck. I’ve lived in Doylestown as an adult for 20 years, but Doylestown is my home. I grew up here, lived on Lower State Road and walked to Lenape and Central Bucks High School when there was no “West.” Whether I lived in New York City, Los Angeles or Boston, I always came home for holidays or just to visit my family. My professional background is in... Advertising and marketing with a specialty in media. I’ve worked for Ogilvy & Mather, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Della Femina on packaged goods, entertainment, high tech, and internet start-ups. Currently I work for a non-profit, The Council/PRO-ACT, whose focus is substance use disorder. I am a Public Policy Specialist and coordinator for our Advocacy Continued on page 13

Newly Elected Mayor Noni West

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Shaping Up In Town: The New You in 2022 By Brittany Brown The Cardinal Contributing Writer

My name is Brittany and you are always sure to find me exploring one small town or another. I have a passion for photography, traveling and supporting all things local. Join me as I share some of the tastiest eats, trendiest shops, and places to explore throughout my adventures. This month I’m on a mission to hunt down some of the best workouts in Bucks County and the surrounding area. Yoga, Zumba, Weight Training, Barre...I’m eager to try it all and share it with you..

is one that I have never found in any other style of workout. The reformer is so much fun to use and assists in stretches and workouts that leave me feeling like a whole new person with so much motivation after. Haven’t tried Pilates? Club Pilates has class types for all fitness levels, so check out their website for full class descriptions to see what class works best for you. Your first class is free so you can try the Club Pilates experience for yourself and see what the excitement is all about!

experience to your physical abilities and make each workout specific just for you. GymGuyz offers the following services: Cardio Fitness, Virtual Personal Training, Group training, Nutrition Counseling, Pre/Post Natal Exercise, Senior Fitness, Specialty Services, Sports Conditioning, Strength Training, Weight Loss/Toning, Weight Resistance & Training, Youth and Teen Fitness. Their workouts are perfect for anyBODY at any age and makes working out easier to accommodate you and your schedule.



which helps participants improve their overall health, starts on 1/17. Plus, Orangetheory offers a free trial class- no reason not to give it a try!



The old Cornerstone Clubs in Warrington had been like a second home to me for over 3 years. I will never forget stepping into the gym for the first time with no idea what I was doing and having another member come right over to me and direct me on how to use the weight machines properly. That’s how my entire experience was at Cornerstone - everyone seemed like one big family. Cornerstone not only helped me to lose over 50 pounds before my wedding, but also helped me grow as a person. There are dozens of different classes to choose from at Cornerstone Clubs, including: Zumba, Multiple Forms of Yoga, Tribe Team Training, Nutrition Counseling, Group Active / Group Power, Barr, Silver Sneakers, Cycling, Pilates, and more!

The Barre3 Doylestown studio definitely receives my vote for the workout center with the greatest view! The large windows that make up the second-floor studio fill the studio with welcoming natural light which create a warm and peaceful atmosphere. Owner, Angie, began her career as an instructor at the Newtown Barre3 studio and now lives out her dream of owning her own studio and “helping others through a movement focused on body-balance, mindfulness and empowerment.” The class I took was a “full body balance workout that combines strength conditioning, cardio and mindfulness.” I stretched and moved in ways that are not part of my daily routine and couldn’t believe how great I felt after class. Sore, but amazing at the same time. Highly recommended!


Get Real Training is a personal training gym in Hatfield that offers one-on-one personal training sessions, group conditioning classes and youth fitness classes. Get Real Training is the gym that I try to attend for at least one class a week. I love the way that the group conditioning class is set up - the class is broken down into ten different sections that we complete for 30 seconds before transitioning to the next one. Each class is a whole new set of workouts too, so it’s always a mystery as to what the night will have in store for us. I’ve never been a fan of repetition in workouts as I get bored easily, so Get Real Training fits my style perfectly.

Owner and trainer of the Doylestown Training for Warriors, Mike Subs, has so much love for what he does and it truly shows in the way he coaches. Strength training is the heart and soul of the TWF and the workout that I had the pleasure of participating in consisted of barbell squats, deadlifts and other workouts that encouraged us to push our limits. Classes at Training For Warriors vary each day and consist of the following themes: Strength Day, Metabolic, Speed Strength, and Coach’s Choice. Programs available include: 30 Day Jumpstart, Transformation Programs and Core Membership.



I have recently fallen in love with Club Pilates in both Doylestown and Newtown. Their classes incorporate the Pilates Reformer, Bosu Balance Ball, TRX, spring board, EXO-Chair and more. The experience I get at Club Pilates

Get visited by the magical red van! I got to experience a workout by Emmanuel - the territory manager for GymGuyz Lower Bucks - who has been training clients for over three years. Emmanuel put together the perfect introductory workout to show me a little bit of the services that GymGuyz can provide. GymGuyz is a personal training service that comes to YOU. No gym memberships or equipment is required as they bring it all. Their magical red van has everything including dumbbells, hurdles, mats, bosu, medicine balls, yoga balls, bands, step and so much more! Their excellent trainers customize the workouts to fit you and your needs. They consider everything from your fitness

If you’re looking for an effective, highcalorie burning, fast-paced workout, one of the best place to go is Orangetheory Fitness. Orangetheory is a heart-rate based, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) total-body group workout that incorporates rowing, cardio (at your own pace, on either the treadmill, bike, or strider) and strength training. During the 60-minute class, a coach will guide you through 5 different heart rate zones: resting, easy, challenging, uncomfortable and all out, telling you when to push harder and when to pull back for recovery. The goal is to spend 12 minutes or more with your heart rate elevated in “The Orange Zone” (hence the class’s colorful name) to boost your metabolism, burn fat and burn more calories. January is a particularly great time to join, as a Transformation Challenge,

Britt Around Town has quickly become the Source of all things Bucks County, PA and beyond! With a following of over 7,700, the Arbiter of Local Culture has renewed interest in local and nature tourism, while highlighting small businesses along her adventures. Her visual editorial and description have injected much-needed revenue to local small businesses in local towns and takes followers on an experiential journey to the county’s hidden treasure. Britt Around Town pays homage to historic sites and attractions, entertainment venues, restaurants, and treasured natural resources. Britt has won the title of 2021 Bucks Happening List’s Best of Bucks County: Social Media Personality and has been interviewed on multiple podcasts.

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Fiaria Project Launches “Forever Home” Capital Campaign

Bucks County Nonprofit Is Fundraising For A Warehouse Space and New Wellness Programs


iaria Project, a Bucks County-based non profit, has launched its “Forever Home” Capital Campaign. The organization is hoping to raise $100,000 to fund its new warehouse and office space, as well as new wellness programs for foster families. Fiaria Project was founded in 2016 with the mission of supporting foster children. Through the creation of “transition kits,” The Fiaria Project provides foster children with essential clothing, toiletries, and other basic items. The organization has plans to move into a new space at 164 Green St. in Doylestown. Before they can, however, they need to renovate the space. “There are many renovations needed

to make this happen,” said Fiaria Project President Alexis Ridge-Simek, “including installing bilco doors, polishing old concrete floors and replacing cracked windows. The list of projects is long, so we’re reaching out to the community for support.” Warehouse space is critical to Fiaria Project’s mission, as they have to store a large amount of items for their transitions

kits. However, the funds for this campaign will also help Fiaria Project expand their services to include wellness kits for foster families that include everything from yoga mats to free mental health services. “Looking ahead, we see that it is time to expand our reach to the mental and emotional health of our foster children and families,” said Ridge-Simek. Fiaria Project is currently running a matching campaign. Any donation made between now and the end of the year will be matched up to $20,000 by two local families. To learn more about Fiaria Project and this campaign, visit foreverhome.

Library Corner: As The Page Turns Coming in January: 5 New Catalog Features You’ll Love!


ave you heard? Bucks County Free Library will switch to a new online catalog system on January 12! Smooth, simple, and a breeze to use, the new system will help you get the most out of your library. Here are 5 new system features we’re excited about! Improved Searching Frustrated with the online catalog search? Can’t find the books you need? Keep an eye out for the new-and-improved catalog search! Searching in the new system will be intuitive and user-friendly – just like shopping online! Reading History Want to know what you checked out last month? Can’t remember the title of that book you loved? Look no further than your checkout history! The new system will allow you to save and browse your past library checkouts. After you opt in to your reading history, the system will remember everything you’ve borrowed starting from the date of your opt-in. Personalized Recommendations Tired of digging through Goodreads to find your next favorite

book? Let the library system do the work for you! When you enable your reading history, you can also get recommended titles based on your borrowing history. New Book Alerts Want to stay up to date on new library books? Get new book alerts sent directly to your email inbox so you can be the first to check them out from the library! Choose from over 30 genres and non-fiction categories. When you sign up, you’ll receive a monthly list based on your preferences. Linked Accounts Want to renew books for a family member or friend? With the new catalog, you’ll be able to link online accounts and renew books for someone else! Sounds great! What now? The new online system will launch January 12. On that date, these features (and more!) will be available. Remember: your library card and PIN will not change, but you’ll need to set a password to access your online account. Visit your local library or the FAQ page for help with setting up your password and using other account features.

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To Stage or Not to Stage? That is the Question! By Victoria Guillot The Cardinal Contributing Writer A Tale of Two Listings The Spring real estate market frenzy is just around the corner. With a smoking hot real estate market, many people are tempted to skip staging their house because they know they can sell it quickly without going to the effort or cost of staging. As a professional stager, I ask a different question. How much money are you willing to leave on the table by not staging? If you’re getting ready to sell your home, one of the single best moves you can make in any market is to stage it. Why? Because it pays! I’ve seen it work over and over, through great markets and crashed markets, from both sides of the country. It’s like selling a car. Have you ever detailed your car before selling it? You didn’t just detail so you can sell it. You also did it to squeeze the most money from the sale. Staging is nothing more than a fancy term for detailing your house. There’s just a lot more to do on a house, but it works the same way. You want to identify your home’s assets and highlight them for the buyer. And so our tale begins… Once upon a time, there was a hopeful couple who wished to sell their home for

as much money as possible. They had been watching HGTV and therefore knew the value of boosting appeal. They did some DIY staging themselves, but their agent told them they needed to do even more to get the big results they wanted. They went to the magic wishing well and wished for Chip and Joanna Gaines from TV to ride in on a white horse and wave their magic wands. This being a fairy tale set far, far away from the Gaines’ in Texas, so they got me from a radio show riding up in a silver SUV instead with an overloaded van and truck following. (My magic wand was in for repairs.) Now ask yourself, which listing photo is more likely to get you in your car to come see it? Do you think one will get more traffic than the other? Which listing do you think looks more expensive? Which home feels “happier”? Which is more likely to spark bidding wars? Folks, both listings were the same house, but they didn’t FEEL the same. The second photo was taken after it was professionally staged. The living room was the main selling feature with those amazing beams, old hardwood floors with great patina and a massive stone fireplace, so we wanted to make the most of it. If this were an interior design project, I could drool over making this room look like it belonged

your house and to highlight its architectural features. Moral of the story? Professional staging makes homes more appealing, and the homes that are the most appealing are the ones with the most vigorous bidding wars. Therefore, staged homes can get higher offers. Having more bidders also means you can select the strongest buyers to reduce the chances of your deal falling through. If the market slows down, staging helps homes sell faster because they feel like a better value than the competition. That eliminates the need to offer price reductions, resulting in a higher retained selling price than unstaged would yield in addition to the quicker sale. And so our fairy tale homeowners sell quickly and profitably, and live happily ever after in their new home with an extra pile of gold to feather their new nest just the way they want. The End.


in a Restoration Hardware catalog, but I digress… We moved the furniture from the first photo to stage a different room and restaged the living room for additional wow factor. This example illustrates the power of your listing photos to increase interest in

Victoria Guillot is a home stager/interior designer of 15 years based in Buckingham/ Doylestown. A 6-time Best of Houzz winner, she has been featured on a 26-episode radio series and is author of a book of tips on home staging. If you would like her decorating or staging assistance, you can find her at

A New Way to Shop in the New Year: Thrift is the Future By Sutie Madison The Cardinal Contributing Writer


he stigma of shopping thrift due to economic struggle is a thing of the past. Shopping second hand is the wave of the future for several incredibly worthwhile reasons! I’ll start with the seemingly most obvious one: #1. It’s Economically Sensible! The average price of a basic t-shirt at a big box store is between $10-24.99+, while a gently used t-shirt at a thrift store averages less than $5. That’s more than a 75% savings. A great example of second-hand big savings are in the jeans! Jeans are often very expensive ranging anywhere from $25 (low end) to $150 and beyond if you’re shopping high end designer jeans. With a little patience and treasure hunting, you will come across barely used designer jeans at thrift stores for $8.00- $12.00!! #2 Environmentally Ethical Big box stores have caused extensive damage to our environment, and most are unaware of the implications. According to World Economic Forum, the fashion industry is responsible for more annual emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined! If this continues, an increase of 50% in greenhouse gas emissions will occur within the next decade. As if that isn’t bad enough, 85% of all textiles end up at the dump each year adding to the overflowing landfills. Instead of heading to Target or the mall first, try a thrift store. You’ll be surprised at what you can find! #3 Buried Treasures! Shopping thrift always has an element of surprise. Thrift shopping can be immensely fun and enjoyable because you will find one-of-a-kind purchases at a fraction of the original cost which increases the dopamine “high” one feels when shopping. People often donate brand new clothes, shoes and accessories with tags still intact. With a little persistence and time, you will very likely find a designer brand new dress, shirt or decorative item at the secondhand price. #5: Support Local Business There is no better time during this uncertain economy to support your small local businesses. If you’re someone who remembers growing up during the time before big box stores, when starting your own business was the American dream, then supporting your local entrepreneurs is one step closer to bringing that dream back. Maybe you are the owner of one of these small businesses. Even more the reason to do as much of your shopping as possible local. #6. Supporting a Critical Mission Nearly every thrift store is a nonprofit who’s proceeds largely go towards helping people and communities who have been gravely afflicted by cultural oppression or negligence in one form or another. Not only are you getting the deal of a lifetime, but you can applaud yourself for putting your money towards helping people.

There’s several wonderful thrift shops in Doylestown who’s proceeds go towards critically important causes. Worthwhile Thrift All Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Housewares, Books, CD’s, DVD’s, Toys-Puzzles & Games, Electronics, Tools, Lamps, Art All proceeds serve as additional financial support for Worthwhile Wear’s restorative programs for survivors of human trafficking. The stores also provide vocational training and employment for women participating in The Well program. They have a safe house in Bucks County which currently houses up to 6 women at a time. A second location is coming soon in Collegeville. Plus January is Human Trafficking Awareness month so come out, support a wonderful cause AND find some buried treasure to take home! In Full Swing (A Women’s Place) All clothing, shoes, handbags, & accessories, jewelry, Decorative housewares - glassware, pottery, new candles, wall art, collectibles, vintage items, DVD’s, CD’s, & records, NEW toys, Sealed puzzles & games, Children’s Books, NEW

bedding, sheets, linens, & pillows ALL proceeds go to A Women’s Place, a communitybased social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all. A Women’s Place provides free, private, confidential, and comprehensive services to anyone who has experienced domestic violence in Bucks County. We also provide free education & training programs designed to build the community’s capacity for responding to domestic violence, supporting survivors, and preventing future violence. Good Stuff Thrift Store locations in Doylestown, Buckingham and Fairless Hills. Clothing & accessories for women, children, babies and men, jewelry, books, toys, home décor, kitchen ware, CD’s, records, DVD’s, pictures and much more. ALL profits go to charities that help kids in our community- Bethan Christian Services, Christ Home for Children, Hunting Park Christian Academy, ChoiceOne, Bethanna, Lenape Valley Foundation, Ann Silverman Community Clinic, Be the Family and Every Good Gift. Good Stuff Thrift’s mission is to operate the most efficient Thrift Stores possible so that we can provide the highest level of funding for helping kids in need in our communities. Nova Thrift Shop All clothing, housewares, decorative items, books, furniture and linens. All Proceeds go to NOVA. Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs.

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community many teens may feel is lacking in their lives through the Backpack Newsletter updating them on positive student news and upcoming events. • Provides necessary financial support to teachers with great ideas with its Innovative learning Grants. • Offers volunteer opportunities for students through CB Cares Volunteer Teens to interact with community leaders and businesses. • Offers acknowledgement and encouragement to parents who are all doing their best, but need some guidance and expert advice sometimes with its Parent Positive Speaker Series • Provides recognition to coach and teachers that put in the extra effort to transform their students’ lives through the Positive Coaching Award • Hosts the longest running MLK Day of Service outside the Philadelphia region. January 17th will mark CB Cares’ 19th Annual MLK Day Opening Ceremony • Provided a safe place to go after school by building a skate park at the local YMCA • And much more!!! CB Cares History CB Cares was started in the early 1990s by Richard Reif, the former CEO of Doylestown Hospital, and Dr. N Robert Laws, former Central Bucks School District Superintendent. They’re focus during that time was on teenagers, and they saw a need to promote overall health and to raise the quality of life in the community. Dr. N Roberts Laws, parent himself, knew that the community needed to support and engage the youth of the community in healthy ways to show our young people they were valued as community members. This concept has now expanded and aims to support all children in elementary to high school. It currently serves the whole Central Bucks School District, which includes 23 schools, almost 20,000 students, and 37,800 families.

emphasizes working together with the community and always asks the questions “how can we make it better together”. The organization is also supported with additional financial support through Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and those businesses include Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, Hatboro Federal, Univest Bank, People’s Security Bank & Trust and Weist Market. Doylestown Health and the Village Improvement Association have been long standing supporters in many healthy ways.

Framework CB Cares first initiative was the 40 Assets which was created as a “how to” model to create responsible and resilient young. To achieve this goal, CB Cares Educational Foundation used the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets®. (Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities). These assets focus on solutions rather than problems and are powerful predictors of behavior and have built in resiliency factors that help youth to cope with and avoid difficult situations. They include external values such as support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and constructive use of time. They also focus on internal assets such as commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive ideas. This is still the bedrock of all CB Cares initiatives 25 years later.

Transitioning… Although the framework and mission of CB Cares were solid and earned the support of the community, it truly transformed when Kimberly Cambra was hired at the executive director (selected from over 30 candidates!) in 2005. Kimberly, with a background in culinary arts, marketing and business, used her skillsets to create annual fundraiser events that could really make a difference in the students’ lives. Under her leadership, CB Cares has raised over $850,000 through special events and fundraising. Accomplishments With the help of their partners, Doylestown Health and the Central Bucks School district, CB Cares has impacted thousands of students and awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships, received more than 10,000 Boomerang nominations, awarded more than $175,000 in Innovative Learning Grants and students have volunteered over 8,000 hours! CB Cares

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25th Anniversary Reflections and Future Goals 2022 is their 25th anniversary celebration. Currently, they reflect on all their past accomplishments and their ever-growing list of goals and vision for the future. Kimberly explains the vision and goals are to uphold and ensure the organization remains dedicated to enriching the experience and education of students through innovative learning grants and Developmental Assets-based programs that promote responsible and resilient youth. Jim Brexler, Doylestown Health President and CEO “Doylestown Health is a proud partner of the CB Cares Educational Foundation. We have been closely involved with CB Cares since its founding nearly 25 years ago. Doylestown Health stands with CB Cares on its many initiatives and programs to create resilient youth in our community. As an independent, community-focused health system, Doylestown Health endorses the mission of CB Cares as it aligns with our own mission to continuously strive to improve the quality of life and proactively advocate for the health and well-being of all members of our community.” For more info visit

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cardinal chirps You Now Have Free Digital Access to The Wall Street Journal

With your Bucks County library card, you now have free, unlimited digital access to The Wall Street Journal. You can read the daily online edition of The Wall Street Journal from any location. You’ll also have access to four years of archives, an e-replica of today’s paper, more than 30 newsletters and alerts, and informative videos and podcasts produced by The Wall Street Journal. Did you know you also have access to... • Consumer Reports – Read trustworthy reviews on thousands of products. • LinkedIn Learning – Take video classes in business, software, technology and more. • MorningStar – Comprehensive financial information on stocks, funds, ETFs and more. • The New York Times – Access realtime news from The New York Times.

Pennsylvania Dog Licenses are Now Available. Here’s How to Get One in Bucks County

Dog licenses for 2022 are now available at the Bucks County treasurer’s office, Suite 3, 55 E. Court St., Doylestown. State law requires that dogs three months and older be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. An annual dog license is $8.50, or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo. Senior citizens and people with disabilities may be eligible for discounts. The dog license application requires the owner contact information and details about the dog being licensed, including name, age, breed, and color. In addition to reminding dog owners

to apply for licenses, Treasurer Kris Ballerini is organizing a donation drive among county employees to benefit local animal shelters. One of the shelters that will receive donations is Tiny Miracles, a rescue farm run by Chalfont resident Kim Rutherford. Rutherford was in attendance at a recent Bucks County Commissioners’ meeting with rescue dog Jett. “Please don’t forget our four-legged friends this holiday season,” said Ballerini. To learn more or apply for a dog license, visit

Come for a Closer Look at the Doylestown Inn Attend their open house on January 20th from 5pm-7pm

Bucks Co. Intermediate Unit To Open Learning Center In Warminster

The Bucks County Intermediate Unit has announced that they opened an interactive learning center in Warminster on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The Fabrication Laboratory Center, or Fab Lab Center, is a new learning center that focuses on STEAM-based, interactive learning experience. The center will offer “programs, events, and activities designed to encourage curiosity, creativity, and artistic expression through collaboration, communication, and critical thinking,” according to a statement from the Bucks IU. CNC routers, 3D printers, a laser engraver, vinyl cutters, and silhouette fabricators are just a few of the tools that residents will be able to use as they learn more about hands-on skills they can use in their careers and everyday lives. Interactive courses on robotics will also be offered at the center. The implementation of courses based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) will be available for all Bucks County residents looking to learn new skills as the new year approaches. The Fab Lab Center will also offer clubs for children to learn new skills they can take into hobbies and future careers.

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Engineering and Design, Coding and Robotics, Advanced Coding with Arduino, Community Service through Hydroponics, and Making Through Digital Fabrication will be some of the clubs and courses children can join and enjoy the learn process in. “We are thrilled to open the Bucks IU’s Fab Lab Center after seeing the interest and excitement grow so rapidly for our Mobile Fab Lab and STEAM activities,” said Dr. Lindsey Sides, Bucks IU Supervisor of STEAM Education. “We look forward to expanding our Bucks IU STEAM programs and events while also making them available to more people.” The new center is located at 1 Ivybrook Blvd., Suite 150 in Warminster. Residents interested in learning more about the center can find additional information on their website at

and will also serve as a new headquarters for the Central Bucks Regional Police Department. Borough resident Larry Thompson bought the old borough hall at 57 W. Court Street for $2.3 million in October, according to a report in the Bucks County Herald. He’s considering turning the building into a “boutique-ish hotel” or an edifice that will “be useful to all of Doylestown.”

New Doylestown Borough Hall Will Open Jan. 3

The borough of Doylestown said Monday that local government will be moving to a new spot Jan. 3. “We are planning on being open in our new home on Monday, January 3!” representatives wrote, alongside photographs provided by Larry Browne. The new borough hall was built in a more than $10 million construction project

The new borough hall will be located at 10 Doyle Street. The old hall will close between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31 to facilitate the relocation. The borough said the lobby at 57 W. Court Street will remain open for the drop off of water bill and parking ticket payments, and the drop off and pick up of permit applications and permits.

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so you’re encouraged to use the 3 floats within 30 days. Make time for you and get your float on! Doylestown Float Studio, The Atrium, 301 S. Main Street, North Building, Suite 3, Doylestown • 215-340-2358 Move Your Body in a New Way If you’re looking to begin moving your body more, if you’ve been exercising for the same way for years and need a change, or if you’re curious about how to move your body to feel your best, then Koru Real Wellness is a must to visit. Koru, an education and wellness center, specializes in movement coaching and helping people incorporate movement more easily into their lives. Colin Kirts, co-owner and co-founder of Koru and a somatic education teacher, and his staff utilize the concept of neuroplasticity to help others make great changes in the way they move. Koru, which means “growth,” offers one-to-one movement coaching (aka “personal training”) and wellness support, a private gym and sauna access, in addition to a wide variety of other services: gait analysis and education on basic biomechanics, breathwork coaching and the Wim Hof method, XPT curriculum, nutrition consultations, and ice baths. Koru offers private sessions or a basic membership, including use of the gym, sauna, and communal areas. Take advantage of a sauna 10-pack and discounted rates now! Koru Real Wellness, Skyrun II Business Park, 4050 Skyron Drive, Ste. D1, Doylestown 215-348-5977 Nosh on Something (Deliciously) Healthy Finding something healthy to eat when dining out for lunch is typically a struggle, especially when you’re in a time crunch. Lucky for us, that problem was solved when Kendall Bajek, owner of Empanada Mama, opened Nourish by MAMA, a fast-casual establishment on State Street, by the County Theater. Nourish offers food that is 100% non-GMO, vegetarian and vegan, local and organic, and made with love. The team of chefs has capitalized on their different ethnic backgrounds to experiment with flavor, fusing cooking techniques and ingredients from around the world to create unique meals, where fresh vegetables are always the star. The team at Nourish has a passion for serving the community real food and seeks out to give back to the community as well. Do not miss out on the opportunity to order the Fajita veggie burrito, Thai noodle bowl, or any of the smoothies and drinks- your taste buds will be delighted. The daily specials are always a treat too! Nourish by MAMA, 34 East State Street, Doylestown • 215-230-3306 Open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Take a Hike (or Run, or Walk, or Leisurely Stroll) Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty. Moving your body outdoors in nature, whether by hiking, running, or walking, can not only help improve your cardiovascular health and get your body moving, but also offers a certain element of peace and perspective that only being outdoors in brisker weather can offer. Doylestown has a network of 30 miles of completed trails through the Doylestown Community Bike and Hike System, plus wonderful local parks and green spaces to explore by foot (Font Hill, Peace Valley, Central Park, Ralph Stover, and Ringing Rocks are just a few). And there’s no excuse to stay inside because of the temperature when you can easily outfit yourself in great gear to keep you cozy and supported. Bucks County Running Co., located right in the borough, is the place to go to obtain outdoor apparel, safety gear such as lights and reflective gear, and shoes for whatever activity you’re into. Opened by Rick McGarry in December 2006, Bucks County Running Co. is a well-loved local business that offers excellent customer service and custom footwear fits, plus group runs that are open to everyone and feature runners of every level. Current group run offerings include a Tuesday morning interval-based track run at 9 am at CB West High School, and a Saturday morning 8-miler at 8 am, meeting at Starbucks in the borough. Bucks County Running Co., 25 West State Street, Doylestown 215-230-9606 Give CBD a Try Whether in drop form, as a gummy, in chocolate, or in body products, CBD is a wonderful tool to help support your overall health. CBD can help with pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, and overall heart health, among many other things. CBD, short for cannabinoid, comes from the hemp plant, and can help support our Endocannabinoid system. Researchers discovered the Endocannabinoid System in the late 1980s. It is located throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems and helps regulate the body in a bid to create balance or homeostasis. The cannabinoids in Hemp can bind to the CB1 receptor sites (primarily in the brain), and CB2 receptor sites (mainly in the body). Cannabis strains contain a massive array of cannabinoids that bind to these sites once consumed, producing varying effects depending on which receptor site they bind to. With over 120 cannabinoids in the hemp plant, CBD, as the most famous to date, has gained worldwide popularity. A few more powerful healing cannabinoids gaining momentum, including CBG, CBN and CBC, have a similar effect but also have their very own healing properties. Doylestown is home to two amazing companies that offer CBD and related products: Lotus 8 and Doylestown Hemp Company. Owned by Renee Bergere, Lotus 8 is a brick-and-mortar store on State Street that opened in 2015 and offers a variety of CBD products, including drops, chocolate, gummies, face oil, muscle salve, and even CBD for cats and dogs! Lotus 8 offers products that are certified organic, all natural (no synthetic fragrances) and always fresh, made weekly or monthly. Doylestown Hemp Company is one of the first permitted Hemp growers in the area and offers a signature sublingual (taken under the tongue) tinctures formula, which is organically extracted from USDA organic certified hemp and blended with organic certified ingredients. In addition to raw supplies, Doylestown Hemp Company also offers waxes, fragrance oils, personal care products, soaps, candles and kits. Fun fact: Doylestown Hemp Company has a national podcast, the PBN podcast, which airs on select Tuesdays. Doylestown Hemp products are available on their website through Amazon and are expected to be available in local businesses in January. Lotus 8, 51 West State Street, Doylestown • 267-576-2383 Doylestown Hemp Company, 205 Doyle Street, Doylestown •

Lindsay V. Knight, DMD & Associates, PC with Medical Aesthetician Victoria Capozzoli

Pamper Your Skin Winter can be harsh on our skin, and by January we are all feeling and showing the “blahs” on our faces. That’s where a visit to a medical aesthetician can really be beneficial. Medical aesthetics has both cosmetic and health benefits, and Victoria Capozzoli, a licensed aesthetician with 30 years of experience, is one of the best around to address all your skin needs. Victoria performs medical grade facials, laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal treatments. January is the best time to begin a laser series as your skin must be your level of “fair”, with limited sun exposure post treatment. Victoria operates out of the office of Lindsay V. Knight, DMD & Associates, a surprising but ingenious partnership. The dental office’s goal is to have an atmosphere that brings more joy into its patients’ lives while providing exceptional dental care. Having an aesthetician on board offers exactly that element of joy and self-care that both patients of the practice and the general public can experience. Call today to book your appointment, and lock in pricing, prior to February 1 price increase. 350 South Main Street Suite 105 A, Doylestown • 215-348-1192 Go with the Flow.. The yoga flow that is! Yoga is a sure-fire way to decrease stress, increase flexibility and strength and leave you feeling more centered and balanced. Our very own Sun Dog Yoga has been adding the art of Yoga to the Doylestown community since 2006. Owner and instructor, Shari, had a dream to “create a space to offer her deep love of Ashtanga Yoga with as many people as possible, including training many to become teachers of Ashtanga, thereby ‘spreading the love’.” Sun Dog Yoga offers classes for all fitness levels. Check their website to see a schedule of classes that include: Foundations, Primary Series, Mysore Class, Vinyasa Lite, Gentle Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Basics and Yin! Also, check out their various workshops offered to all levels of students. 17 West State Street, Doylestown • 215-230-4031 Embrace Your Salty Self The Salt Cave is the place to go if you need a mental health and overall wellbeing boost. The Salt Cave is tucked away on the tiny alley off State Street and is a lovely little store that offers a variety of delightful bath and body products, salt lamps, candles, a crystal bar, as well as sessions in their featured salt cave, facials, massage therapy, Reiki healing therapy, and reflexology. The salt cave consists of nearly 5000 pounds of Pink Himalayan Salt. A salt therapy session involves relaxing and detoxing in a tranquil and beautiful environment, in a zero gravity recliner. Salt therapy is incredibly beneficial and can boost your immunity, relieve stress, provides relief and reduces symptoms of allergies, asthma, respiratory issues, and inflammatory skin conditions. The Salt Cave, 46 E. State Street, Doylestown 215-515-SALT Climb to New Heights If you’re looking for a physical activity that challenges both your body and mind and gets you out of the typical “gym” routine, look no further than Doylestown Rock Gym. Rock climbing is a full body workout and improves flexibility, endurance, balance, and cardio fitness, while being low impact. Additionally, the mental benefits of climbing abound. It improves focus, has meditative effects, provides stress relief, and promotes problem solving, ambition, confidence, and personal challenge. Doylestown Rock Gym provides quality indoor, outdoor, and adventure climbing experiences where seasoned climbers as well as newcomers to the sport can practice, train, and learn to climb safely. The gym is located in one of the original airport hangars for the Doylestown Airport and has slowly expanded since its opening in 1995. The gym is open daily and offers day passes and membership options. If climbing is totally new to you, the gym offers 1-2 hour introductory packages for $19 or $25 per climber. The gym also offers climbing lessons and classes for all levels, as well as youth and family classes, with group rates available. Doylestown Rock Gym, 3853 Old Easton Road, Doylestown 215-230-9085 Get Oily… …With essential oils, that is. A balanced approach to health comes when the mind, body and soul are each fully supported and working in unison. So often, a focus on our body may temporarily allow us to lose weight, but the efforts drain our mental health; or, we find that our body is more prone to illness when we minimize our spiritual or mental health needs. Essential oils harness the healing properties of plants to form concentrated and powerful tools to dynamically and holistically support the body, mind and spirit. Oils can be used for aromatherapy, personal care, or as household solutions, and Young Living Essential Oils is a lead brand to turn to. If you would be interested in talking more about your health goals and how essential oils may be able to support you, reach out to Young Living Brand Partner Maura at to schedule a free, 15-minute consultation where a plan can be created to help address your needs from a holistic perspective.

8 • January 2022

Habits are the New Goals By David Ramoy The Cardinal Associate Publisher


New Year’s resolution has been the coined phrase over time to tell the world you’re making a change. ‘This year my resolution is to open that new business, pay off all debt and put 10,000 in savings, write a book, lose 20lbs and get rock solid abs’, and the list goes on. Combine these absolutes with some alcohol on New Year’s Eve, and the list of empty promises only grows. The reality is, often we fall short of our goals, sometimes miserably, and we end up making the same resolutions the following year. It’s a vicious cycle, yet most of us still fall victim to it time and time again. Not this year! This year we’re going to do things differently. Do you know why? Because science tells us so. According to researchers from Duke University, up to 40% of our behaviors on any given day are driven by habit, not by your goals or determination while watching the ball drop. That’s right, New Year’s goal setting is getting an upgrade in 2022, and its all about the process rather than the end goal. This year we are changing habits.

Habits vs Goals Let’s circle back to the opening paragraph about setting a goal to lose 20 lbs and getting rock solid abs. The intention behind this gregarious statement is encouraging, and I’m sure that motivation even pays off while you sweat out all that dopamine on the treadmill. However, after the high has worn off and your schedule gets a curveball, a slice of pizza seems way easier to eat then making a healthy meal at home. Eventually your workout routine gets tested even further and you miss a day, then another, and the rest is history. In that same example, had you built up a series of good habits prior to the pizza challenge, or the scheduling mishap, a contingency plan would have already been in place; because training and eating healthy is what you already do. It becomes a part of who you are. Commit to the Minimum Let’s consider a person who sets a goal to write a book. They decide to write 300 words a day. Writing 300 words generally doesn’t

require a ton of effort, assuming it’s an interesting topic to them, and despite all the distractions of life, they can manage to find the time to finish the book. Some days they knock out 500 or 1000 words, but even on the busiest days they stay at their minimum 300 pace, and scratch and claw their way to finish it. On the contrary, setting “write a book this year” as a goal would have been overwhelming and intimidating on final word count alone. When you’re trying to lose 20lbs, Instead of setting yourself up for failure each time after you don’t hit your goal in a week, try starting small and do the one minute a day method. Pushups, planks, jumping jacks it doesn’t matter, train for one minute per day, then work your way up. The same goes for eating healthy. Drink one more glass of water a day. Eventually graduate to two and so on. How about your finances? The Dave Ramsey method allowed my wife and I to pay off our student loans and credit cards in 18 months! How did we do it? We stuck to the plan of paying the lowest credit card first and then applied that payment to the next one. We didn’t try and knock out the whole shebang and then get discouraged. We had to re teach ourselves good financial habits starting with the smallest bill, and not only did it work, it empowered us to stay on track, and avoid that décor item from target or that Starbucks mocha froppa latte. Boring is the New Winning If you get to the point where your routine is boring, and the excitement from your avocado salad and workouts have run its course; give yourself a pat on the back because you’re on the right track. Process and habits are not sexy. The successful person that makes his or her high-level job look easy, are the byproducts of their longterm micro habits formed over time, through endless trial and error, to eventually form this thriving individual that everyone looks up to. I recently started listening to the audiobook “Will” by Will Smith. He said something in the beginning of the book that gave me chills. When talking about a wall his dad made him and his brother build as a kid, he goes on to say, his biggest lesson from that experience, was that eventually he realized there is no wall, just bricks. His job was just to build the perfect brick each time, not to pay attention to the wall in front of him. When he looked at his life from that perspective, he didn’t see the walls anymore only the tasks at hand. Take the fear and awe out of each situation and just focus on what’s in front of you, start small and work your way up; eventually you may surpass your resolution and not even realize it.

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DelVal Students Prepare for the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show


he 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show will take place on Saturday, Jan. 8 through Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Several DelVal student agriculture ambassadors will be responsible for representing DelVal at the show. Students will be directly involved in several aspects of DelVal’s set-up. The show’s theme this year is “Harvest More”. Olivia Wyckoff ’22, a horticulture science and agribusiness major and agriculture ambassador, will be helping to set up and brainstorm ideas on ways to make the visitor experience fun and interactive. Wyckoff is responsible for media, where she will set up a backdrop and encourage people to use it to take pictures and post them with a special hashtag for the week of the farm show. “I am excited to represent not only DelVal, but specifically our passion for agriculture,” said Wyckoff. “It is going to be a great week full of socializing, educating, and learning, all centered around the shared interest of the ag industry.” Jacob Kinzer ’23, an agribusiness major and agriculture ambassador for DelVal, will have the opportunity to interact with potential partners, students, and supporters of the university throughout the week of the farm show. “My primary role is to inform visitors to the Pennsylvania Farm Show about the university and its unique opportunities by engaging in conversation with them about my personal experiences with the university and what it has to offer to many other students,” said Kinzer. The farm show has always been a tradition for Kinzer and his family. “Whether it was going to it with my family and friends, participating in it through FFA, or now representing DelVal, I feel the Farm Show is a unique event unlike any other,” said Kinzer. “To be able to represent DelVal at this event is an exciting opportunity to me because I have the chance to showcase and discuss to other potential students, partners, or supporters of the university what DelVal has done for me and my future.”

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Peace Valley Nature Center UPCOMING SCHEDULE BABES IN THE WOODS Four days of discovery: 10:00am - 11:00am Ages 9 months - 2yrs & caregiver Tuesdays & Thursdays: January 11, 13, 18, 20, (Foul weather date Jan. 25) ~ Awaken the senses of your babe with a great outdoor experience. Trails and conditions may not be conducive to strollers. FLEDGLING FLOCK Ages 3-6 and caregiver Four days of discovery, Join us for a story, and a walk on the wild side! SESSION I: Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 11, 13, 18, 20 (Foul weather date Jan. 25) 10:00am - 11:30am SESSION II: Wednesdays & Fridays, January 12, 14, 19, 21 (Foul weather date Jan. 26) 10:00am - 11:30am SNOW MOON WALK Wednesday February 16th 6:00pm - 7:00pm NO FEE Join us as we travel in the light of the Snow Moon. Not recommended for children under 7. Polite friendly leashed dogs welcome! Be prepared for less than perfect trail conditions. BLUE BIRD WORKSHOP Saturday February 19th 1:00-pm - 2:30pm Fee $25 ($20 Members) Pre-Registration required (Foul weather date February 20th ) Learn about the ecology of bluebirds and other cavity nesters. Build your own bluebird house and share in the success of the comeback of the bluebirds in our area. Why so early? It’s not even spring! The male bluebirds come back very early to seek the best place for raising a family. Your nest box will be ready and available for them. Bring a Phillips head screwdriver and a hammer.

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tasty tweets

Forkfully Yours


Kimberly Cambra

FP = Food Personality: Are You What You Eat? With the holidays behind us and short-lived work out more and eat healthier resolutions in place – there’s no time like the here and now of the post-season of celebrations to assess your food personality. Yes, if you can have emotional intelligence, a social barometer and a sixth sense – you can most definitely have a food personality. Realistically, you are not born with this type of personality; it takes years to develop, influenced by many factors over the course of our lifetime. Although, at a young age we do begin to establish our eating habits which eventually contribute to our food personality. The spectrum of personality traits could exceed the selections on a Chinese take-out menu when you consider picky eaters, people who eat quickly, people who don’t like their food to touch, almighty meat and potato eaters and on and on. One thing is for certain, our food personality, like our own actual personalities, are constantly evolving and can often reinvent themselves with exposure to new things or just wanting to be different. Food like clothing now dictates trend on so many levels in society. It’s no surprise that the shirt and tie guy is the meat and potato man most cases and votes a certain way. However, an individual who expresses herself with a wildly colored silky off the shoulder blouse might desire a salad of organic hand-harvested greens with edible flowers and artisan goat cheese. In many ways, today’s expansive variety of “foodstuff” which a person can identify who they are with is equal to the vast array of fashion styles people have to express and adorn themselves. Food is fashion and fashion is food. Over the past two decades – our gourmand love affair has been greatly enhanced since the inception of the Food Network to TV Chefs replacing the 80’s rock stars and the flocks of chef groupies that have ensued. Up until the late 70’s food for most was the proverbial continental menu of prime rib, french onion soup and the classic surf & turf. In the 80’s, glimmers of more imaginative food preparation, ingredients and European influences started emerging on the left coast with the induction of haute cuisine, thanks to founding forefathers and mothers such as Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters in California. This was the beginning of an epicurean paradigm for food preparation as we knew it and never to be the same again for the American diner. What influences your food personality? There aren’t really categorically food personality types per se. It’s a celebration of preferences that your palate and eye ultimately determine. It’s very much like with most things you invite into your life which personifies who you are. In the process, you might discover that your own FP is either more adventurous, very picky with a very limited repertoire of likings OR you just don’t care about food one way or the other (hopefully a very tiny population) and have NO food personality. Say it isn’t so. Whether subtle or pronounced, mostly everyone has some kind of food personality. In today’s gastronomic climate there’s a growing population of people who embody the food culture as a lifestyle and their lives evolve around food, cooking and food culture taking vacations dedicated to furthering their knowledge and know-how about different cuisines. In these instances, it would be safe to consider this food personality type the extreme personality

Shrimp Ala Gracie


This is a shrimp dish that my mother Gracie created years ago when we were celebrating Christmas. It soon became a staple in our family recipe book. Perfect while watching the ball drop on New Years Eve.

Happy New Year! Ingredients: • • • • • • •

1 Lb of U15 Shrimp. (15 per pound) 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs Extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese 1 cup of all purpose flour 2 eggs scrambled 1/4 cup of cream Oil for frying

• 1 cup of Raspberry Fruit Spread • 3 tbs. Horseradish sauce

Directions: • Clean and devein the shrimp and then butterfly them making sure you don’t cut through the entire shrimp. Keep intact. Flatten. • One bowl flour • One bowl eggs, parm cheese and cream

• One bowl Italian breadcrumbs with the extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. • Flour, egg, breadcrumbs be sure to press the mixture on the shrimp. • Place on a cookie sheet and let sit covered for 1/2 an hour. • Heat your oil in a deep pan. Enough oil to cover the shrimp while frying. • Fry in batches of 5. Place on paper towels to absorb the extra oil. • In a small bow mix the Raspberry fruit spread and the Horseradish . Serves 5 shrimp per person Enjoy this beautiful recipe. I’m sure it will become a family favorite!

Recipe deliciously sent in by Andrea Celentano -

type and on the opposite end is the “please pull around to the window” which might suggest no real personal stake in the quality of food or where it come from as a factor. Who are you? personality?




Sophisticate It’s about THE FOOD; its origin and quality of ingredients as well as preparation and presentation for this person. Presentation is everything for this personality, when the purse matches the shoes, the food matches the environment and for that matter so does the wine along with the quality of stemware. Snobby? You bet. But most capable of almost always knowing what you like at all times. Comfort Creator For this type, you eat what you know, familiar with and grew up on. Trying different foods may occur from time to time if you do stray from what you like and it’s within your comfort zone. Foods like frog legs, alligator and rattle snake, the “tastes like chicken” stuff might be an adventure for this creator but willing to take it on because it – tastes like chicken. Picky Picky Picky You are the sauce on the side, substitutions are your specialty and sends back your food as a full-time occupation. Most of the time its completely unintentional, picky people are just plain picky. Your distinctive tendency is on occasion an attempt to stand out to get attention versus going with the flow of a menu. Truth be told you should stay home, cook what you like and know what you’re getting. Bottom Feeder Save the last for last because this personality just enjoys crap. The antisophisticate who thrives on fast foods, food served in cardboard or Styrofoam containers. Pizza, hoagies, hot pockets, Lean cuisines, etc. Only to be paired with a 2-liter of some diet soda. Please pull around to the window translates to “your meal is now served” and the epicenter of your epicurean existence is your microwave. The good news is you can change this food personality at anytime – IF you really really want to.

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10 • January 2022

The Doylestown Cardinal

arts • music Who’s the Man Behind “Pots and Pans”

A Closer Look at Owner of Villa Capri and Founder of “The Pots and Pans Show” Matt Mannino Background I graduated from Temple university and have a passion for music, soccer, and pizza. Villa Capri was founded by my parents Frank and Josephine in 1968 and was originally named Dominick’s. It’s the oldest pizzeria in town. About 7 years ago, I rebranded Villa Capri as a gastropub/soccer pub/music venue. The “Pots and Pans Show” section of The Cardinal, brought to you by Villa Capri, highlights local musicians and the restaurants that host their live music. Please send your music lineups and news to The Cardinal had the pleasure of Who/What is your inspiration? interviewing 16-year-old Skylar Love for I have lots of people I’m inspired by for this month’s musician spotlight. She started example, Panic! at the Disco, Billie Eilish, her career at six, performing live shows Melanie Martinez, Queen, Willow Smith, for her stuffed animals in her bedroom. and so many more artists. The “what,” for She has now traveled across the country my inspiration would be everything bad that performing her own music for crowds over happens to me. 400,000 people! Find her on Instagram at It’s funny because usually when @officialskylarlove something bad happens to yourself you react in a normal way, the way I react is just Tell us about yourself and your music. When saying thank you to the person who wronged and how did you get started? me for great song inspiration. Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician. My favorite part is doing the shows and I just can’t wait for the shows to only get bigger. My least favorite thing is when we get back in the car from a gig and are heading home and it hits me that we just can’t keep driving to another gig. I hate not performing. Tell us about your favorite performance of your career. I played Summerfest which was the biggest festival I’ve played and that was just the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music? To be honest not really, I play video games and hang out with my friends, but I just live and breathe music. It’s everything I do.

Skylar Love

I thought about an answer for “tell us about yourself,” for hours and if I’m honest, all I can say is I’m Skylar Love. I’m me and that’s that. I feel that the best way to describe my music is feeling. Me and everyone else have always had a hard time trying to place me in some type of genre of music but I think that what’s my music is, just making people feel something is always my goal. Singing about things that make the average person feel uncomfortable is one of my favorite things because deep and meaningful conversations are very uncomfortable, difficult conversations to have, so why not sing about them and make you feel something you haven’t felt yet. I got started when I was 11 with playing open mics but I’ve been singing and writing for a long time before that. It just started getting serious August of 2020.

How do you like being a musician in Doylestown? Where else can people find you singing? I don’t ever really play in Doylestown, except occasionally at Villa Capri when I’m not traveling (January 14th!). I play all over the country which is so insane that I get the pleasure of doing so at such a young age.

Matt Mannino

Music Music has always been a part of my life as it connects me to the present, past, and future. It enhances and supports my emotions in a positive light and gives me spiritual, mental, and physical support. This passion grew so strong that it motivated me to start to play the guitar to be a part of the music and not just receive the music. Pots and Pans “Pots and Pans” is an old expression that me and my soccer teammates at Temple used jokingly and quite often. I made a connection to the expression “Pots and Pans” to the art of music and to the art of food because they could be used to make both food and music. Like our logo, imagine a toddler bagging on pots and pans singing. I thought the Pots and Pans Show would be a fun and lighthearted way to promote our music and enhance our brand at Villa while also connecting to our community and musicians. Promotion The Pots and Pans Show Facebook page is a platform where local musicians and local venues can post their shows. With over 1000 members, this is a way to self-promote and get more involved in the music community

Villa Capri 51 West Court Street, Doylestown Every Monday Open Mic with Tyler Beck 6:30pm - 8:30pm Every Tuesday Open Blues Jam with Little Red Rooster 7pm - 10pm Every Wednesday Open Mic with Mikey O 8pm - 11pm 1/7 • Sam Ryan 1/8 • John Austin 1/14 • Skylar Love 1/15 • Ed Wall 1/21 • Bobby T 1/22 • Villa Capri West Court St Band 1/28 • Steal your Face 1/29 • Pomegranate X Horse Tavern & Grill 1000 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville 6:00pm - 10:00pm 1/7 • Susie Steen 1/8 • Danny Lynch 1/14 • Steven Anthony 1/15 • Dan Ward 1/21 • Paul Weiss 1/22 • Pancake Breakfast Band 1/28 • Pancake Breakfast Band 1/29 • Jamie Stem

around town. Now, partnering with the Doylestown Cardinal, we can help the local restaurants and musicians reach a broader audience. If you’re a musician or venue, please post on our Facebook page, or email Vision The vision is to continue to keep it fun and light and maybe over time carrying it over to other categories such as sports, religion, and more with the connection of music and food. I foresee it on many platforms such as an app, podcast, magazine but all in good fun to help the community connect through music and food.

Local Music Scene Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar 19 N. Main Street, Doylestown 8:00pm • 12:00am 12/31 • Dave Woodard and Friends 5:30-8:30 12/31 • The servants Duo 1/1 • Alex Deems 1/7 • Love handles 1/8 • Stephen Anthony 1/14 • Dan Ward 1/15 • Barefoot Bobby & the Breakers 6-9 1/15 • Tony Alosi 1/21 • Brick Duo 1/22 • Danny Lynch duo 1/28 • Bob Tomlinson and friends 1/29 • Vince Zeller Sorella @ Domani Star 63 W. State Street, Doylestown 6:30pm - 9:30pm Live Jazz every Friday Malcom Clark Jazz Duo Penn Taproom 80 West Street, Doylestown 8:00pm 1/6 • Nick Mich 1/13 • Ed Wilson 1/20 • Dan Kauffman 1/27 • John Creidler

Great Barn Taphouse 1500 Main Street, Warrington 1/5 • Karaoke 6-9pm 1/6 • Open Mic 6-9pm 1/7 • The Tourne Boys 4-7pm Grateful Dead Tribute Band 8-11pm 1/8 • Qman 4-7pm, Bassboards 8-11pm 1/12 • Karaoke 6-9pm 1/14 • Justin Narisi Duo 4-7pm Philly’s Rock and Soul 8-11pm 1/15 • John Brennan 4-7pm Smooth Edge 8-11pm 1/19 • Karaoke 6-9pm 1/20 • Open Mic 6-9pm. All musicians welcome! 1/21 • Kemptone Cavalcade 4-7pm Ramones Tribute Band 8-11pm 1/22 • Little Black Dress 4-7pm RCJ band 8-11pm 1/26 • Karaoke 1/27 • Open Mic all musicians welcome! 1/28 • Julia Melito 5-7pm Strange Things Rock 8-11pm 1/29 • Kevin and Paul Band 4-7pm Atomic Blonde and the Sneaks 8-11pm

Doylestown Mixed Media Artist Announces Partnership with Pine2pink Foundation


atercolor and mixed media artist Kelly Forte’ is proud to announce her partnership with the Pine2Pink Foundation. Forte’ is releasing a commemorative print and will donate 20% of each sale back to the Pine2Pink Foundation. “My mother was fortunate in that she fought and won her battle with breast cancer at Doylestown Hospital, and this is a perfect way for me to honor her and everyone out there fighting this terrible disease,” said Forte’. Keith Fenimore founded Pine2Pink in 2018 and started Pine2Pink to pay tribute to his Grandmother, who passed from breast cancer and to honor his

mother, a breast cancer survivor. “As Pine2Pink grows and continues to inspire and empower communities to engage in unique ways and donate, we hold to our founding tenets to keep all funds local, to give 100% to breast cancer patients, and to be transparent about all financial giving,” said Fenimore. The non-profit has raised a quarter of a million dollars, created and funded ten programs to help local patients, helped over 1000 breast cancer patients in Bucks County. To learn more about Pine2Pink, visit their website at “I love that donations from Pine2Pink and are used to help people

here in Doylestown and surrounding communities. I saw the type of care that my mother received during her battle with breast cancer, and this is a perfect way for me to use my talent to help others in the community,” said Forte’ Forte, a lifelong Doylestown native, studied at the University of The Arts in Philadelphia and graduated with a BFA in ceramics from Syracuse University. She did her graduate work at the University of Colorado and completed one year of a Master’s Degree in fine art. The Pine2Pink print can is available for purchase at https://www.

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arts • music Each month Makers Off Main highlights one of their partner artists or crafters. Get an inside look at who they are and what inspires them to make their products that you will find at Makers Off Main! This month say hello to Blair Greiner. educator for Pennsbury School District, and I balance my work/home lives with a heavy dose of pottery.


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Tell us about yourself. When did your journey with art begin? As an 8 year old kid in art class, at the Newtown Community Center, holding a pint of green paint, I decided right then that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be an art teacher like the man who was teaching that class. I took all kinds of art classes as a kid and am super happy to say that I kept my promise to myself! I am an art Artist Blair Greiner

Tell us about your art. What is your creative process like? I have always been a creative. Jumping from medium to medium, trying all different techniques. That is what is so great about being an art teacher! I have the freedom to explore and learn new skills, concepts and ideas every day with my students. I enjoy all types of art and creating, but clay is my meditation. Throwing pottery has been a focus of mine during this season of life. I cannot tell you how much it fills my bucket to see a dinner photo posted on social media that has my dishes being used to enjoy a meal with a family or to show a recipe someone is so proud of. My work is different from artwork that hangs on a wall because it is a functional and intimate piece that is interacted with daily. Every part of its design needs to be considered. The feel, the weight, the function and of course, the way it looks. I even take special care to the bottoms of my pieces, so they are so smooth. Next time you have my mug in your hand, feel the mug bottom to your cheek and tell me if I am right! Who or what is a big inspiration for you? Many of my mugs, plates, bowls and dishes include words, I like to find meaning in things and often find that these words connect the client to my work in ways that I am often not privy to. I like that my pieces are sometimes chosen based on their emotional or inspirational power and not just because they look nice. I find relationships and human connection so valuable and hope that some of my work strengthens those connections. Having breast cancer at the age of 33 has taught me many lessons, but the most important one, is that life is short. Celebrate every day and every thing that you can.

will be “live” on the site for purchasing and I am so lucky that it sells out quickly! I am also so grateful for this newer “in person” experience that Makers Off Main has provided to me and my work. Next time you are in Doylestown strolling along State Street, open the door to Makers Off Main, do one of those soft cheek tests of my work and check out all the other awesome artists and workshops they are home to. It is an absolute gem, and I am so glad that my work gets a place there to shine.

Where can we find your work? Pottery is a time-consuming process and there is no way I could open my own brick and mortar store because I produce small batch work. That is why I am so grateful for women like Caitlin and Wendy and their shop, Makers Off Main, so I can still have the brick-and-mortar experience and allow customers to physically interact with my work before purchasing it which has been extremely fulfilling. I do sell my work online in shop updates on instagram (@thenewtownstudio) where I announce a date and time of when my work

“Passing the Torch” Sculpture Art by Bucks County Artist Mark Pettegrow Unveiled at Gateway Roundabout in Portland, ME PORTLAND ME — “Passing the Torch,” an art installation by Bucks County artist Mark Pettegrow, is featured prominently at a recently completed roundabout in Portland, Maine. The city hosted a ribbon cutting on November 8 to celebrate both Pettegrow’s artistic achievement as well as this new public works project. The artwork, commissioned in 2019 by the Portland Public Art Committee, includes three soaring bronze flame sculptures ranging in height from 8 feet to 12 feet and mounted on Maine granite boulders that are positioned atop a gentle rise in the center of the roundabout. Lit from within, each “torch” creates a dramatic visual that, as Pettegrow states, “seem to be the perfect thematic element to define a space positioned adjacent to a center of higher learning and tasked with becoming a new gateway into Portland. Since Portland was my first home after graduating from the University of Maine, having my work placed here represents something of a homecoming for me.” The design, construction, casting, finishing and installation of the project took approximately two and a half years. At the unveiling, Mark thanked all of the people and organizations that made it possible for him to create this sculpture installation. Explaining the title of the sculpture, “Passing the Torch,” he said, “As an artist tasked with creating a piece for the public I felt it to be very important that the piece be approachable and accessible to a broad range of people. For me that

became a search for a resonant cultural symbol, and that symbol was a torch. Lighted torches are placed to each side of a path to show the way, they drive out the dark. A lighted torch leads you home.” He added, “This was truly a collaborative piece of Maine art, sourced and fabricated in Maine by Maine craftsmen. And, as my Grandfather in Machiasport used to say in perfect Downeast understatement, ‘Tha‘taint too shabby.’” Mark Pettegrow

Pettegrow gained his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts studying under Bob Engman and Maury Lowe. He divides his time between studios in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Kennebunkport, Maine. Working primarily in wax, plaster, and clay for bronze casting or direct metal fabrication, his sculpture is often commissioned on a site-specific or project basis. See more of Mark’s sculpture at www. Mark Pettegrow, Passing the Torch, 2021, bronze and granite [day view]

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biz bits Bucks County Approves $474 Million Budget

Bucks County will not be raising taxes in 2022. The Bucks County Commissioners – two Democrats and one Republican – voted unanimously last month to approve the 2022 spending plan. The budget is only a slight increase over last year’s spending. The $474 million budget will keep the millage rate at 25.45. The largest portion of county spending is directed to public safety, health, housing and human services departments and agencies. The county is putting 75 percent of spending toward those portions of the budget. The budget showed expenditures exceeding revenue by $18.4 million for 2022. The general fund, which will start 2022 with $44 million in the bank, will cover that projected budget gap. In addition, the county is receiving $24.7 in a one-time payment from the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority related to Lake Galena. In November, Chief Financial Officer David Boscola said the county expects to add more money to reserves in 2022 and keep its AAA bond rating. The county’s finances have been boosted by federal COVID-19 aid and relief in 2020 and 2021. Plans for the $122 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds the county is receiving are still being worked out.

The Giant Company To Open Three Philadelphia Area Stores In December

As part of its continued growth within greater Philadelphia, The GIANT Company announced opening dates for three more stores. A new Doylestown GIANT at 4377 Swamp Road opened this past December 10. “The City of Philadelphia and the surrounding community continues to play a central role in our growth strategy, bringing customers fresh meal solutions both in-store and online,” said Manuel Haro, divisional vice president of greater

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Philadelphia, The GIANT Company. “We are excited to debut three new stores for our customers just in time for the holiday shopping season and look forward to providing time-saving conveniences to help families spend more time together around the table.” A new, ground-up 72,500 square foot GIANT is replacing the current Doylestown GIANT located at 4357 West Swamp Road. The new Doylestown store will operate from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, and employ approximately 225 full- and part-time team members. Doylestown customers will find a larger space with an expanded product assortment. In addition to GIANT’S signature fresh departments, the new store will feature both an in-store Starbucks and superfoods café Frutta Bowl, increased health and beauty care offerings, a new specialty cheese shop, and Beer & Wine Eatery. Alan Carcifi, a grocery veteran with nearly 30 years of experience will continue to serve as store manager of the new Doylestown store. All three stores will offer GIANT Direct. Designed to serve customers when and how they want to shop, GIANT Direct gives busy families the opportunity to order their groceries online for easy pickup or delivery at http://www.giantdirect. com

Historic Newtown Theatre Cuts Ribbon to Celebrate Reopening After Renovations

After four months of construction, a ribbon-cutting was held on Wednesday, December 1, to commemorate the reopening of the Newtown Theatre in Bucks County. The theater was constructed back in 1883 and is considered America’s oldest continuously operating movie theater. The first movie was screened back in 1906. “The renovation is long overdue. It’s been well over 50 years since the last renovations, so we’ve been talking about this for a few years,” said Andrew

By Barb “Matty” Matyszczak RE/MAX 440 - Doylestown


he question I’m asked most often as a Realtor is “How long will this market last?”. Especially with the “Selling Season” coming (March to the end of August) people want to know if they can hold off to sell their home (since where will they move to in this heightened market?) or should I buy now with the interest rates rising despite the high prices. Hopefully the information below will give you some clarity. At the 2021 National Association of REALTORS Conference and Expo in San Diego, California, NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, proclaims that the outlook for residential real estate continues to look promising. “All markets are seeing strong conditions and home sales are the best they have been in 15 years, Yun said. “The housing sector’s success will continue, but I don’t expect next year’s performance to exceed this year’s.” Predictions indicate that sales may decrease in 2022 but residential property transactions will still surpass transactions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This prediction is founded on the basis that more properties will be listed for sale within the next year due to new housing construction and the end of mortgage forbearance assistance. “With more housing inventory to hit the market, the intense multiple offers will start to ease,” Yun said. “Home prices will continue to rise but at a slower pace.” Progress in the employment market continues to upsurge post-pandemic as the United States surfaces from lockdown. Millions of job opportunities have been

Smith, executive director of the Newtown Theatre. Some of the renovations include new hardwood flooring, vintage-style seats for the main floor, paint, a new wheelchair lift, and a handicap-accessible bathroom, along with many more upgrades.

generated since the pandemic and the unemployment rate continues to drop drastically. Multiple States report that employment opportunities are flourishing and have completely recuperated from the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential property sales have swelled in 2021 but a more probable market is hoped for in 2022. Mortgage loan rates may also see an increase within the next few months due to a rise in inflation. “Rising rents will continue to place upward pressures on inflation,” he said. “Nevertheless, real estate is a great hedge against inflation.” Yun projected that mortgage rates, which are currently at 3.0%, will see an increase of 3.7% in the coming months, a rise he attributes to persistent high inflation. Home prices rose by 12% on average in 2020 and 2021, while inflation rose 3%. So the verdict is…… well, that depends on your situation. My best advice would be to contact an experienced Realtor in YOUR market who can guide on what your timing should be, and help you understand how easy or difficult it will be to find your next move for your specific situation. Barb “Matty” Matyszczak is a Realtor, Manager, CRS, GRI, ABR, CDPE, 203k Specialist, SRES and a Five Star Agent Award Winner 2015-2021. She can be reached at 215-348-7100, barb@barbmatty. com or visit “I think what I’m looking forward to most is just having people stream in here again and see the smiles, hear people laugh at the movies, have people come in for a concert, laugh at the comedy shows and see live theater. I mean, this place really is the heart of the town,” said Smith.



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Mercantile at Doylestown By John Lund and Susan Smith • @DoylestownBoroBuzz The Cardinal Contributing Writers


he best hidden gem in Doylestown could very well be Mercantile at Doylestown. Mercantile is located at 444 N Main Street in the Doylestown Shopping Center, in the “old” Bon Ton building. We sat down with Brooke Henningsen, the Founder, and husband Nick Henningsen, the General Manager, to learn more about Mercantile and what inspired them to start the business. What is Mercantile? If you haven’t shopped Mercantile before, and you are walking through the doors for the first time, you might realize that you’re going to need about an hour to go through the sprawling twenty-five thousand square feet of retail store space. The store is neatly carved out into 140 vendor spaces selling everything from clothing, jewelry, art, accessories, furniture and even health and beauty. Local artists and small businesses use the centralized model of Mercantile to cost effectively display their crafts and products while a small team of people manage the store operations. In the back of the store, you can sit and relax in their beautiful bar/lounge area named “A Taste of Bucks and Beyond”. Here, Triple Sun Spirits, a local distillery, offers their artisanal cocktails that are created from the highest quality spirits. They also offer specialty coffees, cupcakes, and many other fresh food options from local vendors. Inspiration Brooke Henningsen and her husband Nick have now been married for 13 years and have a 5-year-old son. Brooke, who was a commercial real estate agent before opening Mercantile, had the idea to open a collaborative space for makers and vendors several years ago. It wasn’t until 2020 that the stars aligned in such a way that this idea could become a reality. Due to the pandemic, they had the space and now also the demand with small businesses feeling the pinch of the pandemic. So, in early 2020, they opened their doors with approximately 70 vendors enrolled. The business model took off, and today, there are 140 vendors on-site at Mercantile. Approximately 70% of the small businesses at Mercantile use the store as their primary business location. The other 30% have a retail presence in Doylestown, or in a neighboring community, and use the Mercantile as an additional store front to reach more customers. According to Nick, the most rewarding part of the business is when one of the 70% end up leaving Mercantile, because they gain so much success, that they decided to open their own retail shop. The business model does not require the vendors to be present at their booths; however, it does require them to volunteer their time (8 Hours) each month to assist in store operations. Much of the store operation is executed with volunteer help.

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Doylestown Farmer’s Market & More There are so many different events going on at Mercantile from classes to fashion shows, to live music, to guys nights out. Check out the website at for more information. The types of classes you will be able to find range from pottery to yoga, to knitting, to floral arrangement classes. A huge new addition this year is the addition of the Doylestown Farmer’s Market running every other weekend in January and February in 2022. Many of the same vendors you are familiar with at the outside Farmer’s Market location on Hamilton Street will be setting up shop inside at the Mercantile. According to Brooke, the early response to the Farmer’s Market has been a resounding success. They initially planned for 17 spaces for “Farmer” vendors, but quickly had to adjust to find space for 29 vendors as demand quickly shot up. Check out the website for updated dates for the Doylestown Farmer’s Market at Mercantile. As you begin your 2022, and look to shift more and more of your shopping dollars to “Shop Small” and support local businesses, please consider supporting all of the great businesses at Mercantile at Doylestown.

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New Year, Thicker Wallet By Brian Pultro, AIF, BFA, RFC® The Cardinal Contributing Writer


appy New Year! You made it through 2021 and are poised to start 2022 off right! For many of us, The New Year focus tends to be on shedding pounds to get healthier. I would argue that we should be worried about putting weight on where it counts. How about adding some density to that wallet and transforming our financial health in 2022? You don’t need washboard abs to survive into your 90’s, but you do need enough money to make it through your twilight years. So, let’s start off 2022 right by putting pounds on that wallet and tightening up our finances. • Make Cash Cool Again Sometimes modern conveniences can hinder us. Swiping a credit card is pretty easy and doesn’t illicit an emotion. Using Apple Pay from your phone is even easier. “Let me pay for something with this device that my brain has been wired to think has more to do with Candy Crush than exchanging money.” I like to urge folks that have a swiping and tapping problem to make cash cool again. Give yourself a monthly spending budget and put that amount, in an envelope, in cash. The exchange of money feels like a loss and when you are running low on funds, you will become more frugal to conserve your spending money. Once our envelope is empty, you have to wait until the next month to refill it. • You Cut the Cord But you have 19 different streaming services. All of us have certain shows that we must watch, I get it. But do we need to pay for a streaming service year round just to binge Ted Lasso for a week or two? Most streaming services are month to month. So, if there are ones that you don’t need year round, consider waiting until the entire season of your favorite show has been released to pay for the subscription.

Ten episodes of The Crown comes out to 4 months of payments to Netflix. You could just wait until all 10 are out and pay for 1 month to binge the entire season. • Check your January Bills Remember that time the kids wanted you to get the premium version of “My Talking Pet” for your phone, so they could make a photo of Doug, your golden retriever, sing Disney songs? Of course you don’t, because it was years ago, and you are still paying $23 per year for the app! If you had no idea you were paying for your kids to make a photo of a sloth tell Dad jokes, then what else are you paying for? Find out! • Mornings are for (Coffee) Lovers A 1-pound bag of coffee costs $15 dollars on the high end and can net you roughly 10-14 pots of coffee. That comes out to less than $1 per pot…that’s like $0.10 per cup! I am not suggesting you can’t treat yourself to a cup of coffee in the drivethrough (paid for in cash) every now-andthen, but if you do it every day, you could be spending $20 per week for 5 cups of coffee! Just think about how all of that adds up over time and then enjoy a little more time at home in the morning. Some simple changes to start 2022 could really slim down that spending and make your wallet feel like it needs to grab those sweatpants after Thanksgiving dinner. Just think, you can use all the money you are saving to pay for a gym membership so you can have those washboard abs well into your 90’s! Brian Pultro is a Doylestown native, Navy Veteran, and local Financial Advisor. His practice is built upon the foundations of “Behavioral Finance” and training individuals and families on how to take natural human emotions out of the investment process. Pultro Financial Management (215) 489-3876 •

Leadership Program where we address policy affecting recovery from addiction. I live... In Ward 1 of the Borough near the Linden School. I watch children walk to school and see them gleefully running home when the school day is over. My neighbors are a reason to live in Doylestown. The neighborhood “Pineapple Gang” checked in on me everyday during the COVID sequester. Shoveling snow becomes a community project. Chats in the street keep us up to date with one another.

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If I need a really good cup of coffee, I head to... Native and ask for a latte with an extra shot.

My guilty pleasure is... Reese’s White Chocolate Ghosts. I would like to travel to... England, Scotland and Wales and visit the film locations of all the PBS mystery and detective series that I love.

My favorite place to go out to dinner in Doylestown is... unable to be pinpointed. I do not have a favorite place for dinner. There are so many excellent places to eat in Doylestown’s central business district, to all the restaurants on South and North Main. My first job in life was... working for the Bar M making steak sandwiches and hoagies at Swamp Road and 202. It isn’t there anymore. I got involved in local government because... I had been active in working on public policy issues and campaigns. I had always been used to “working in the back room.” When I got the call asking me if I would consider running for Borough Council in Ward 1, I said yes! It has been a fabulous experience contributing to our community. And I must admit, it is a learning process. People would be surprised to know the mayor... has the primary responsibility for the public safety of the Borough. That responsibility means the mayor is the Borough’s primary liaison with the Police. I look forward to my continued involvement with the Regional Police Commission and increased interaction with Chief Karl Knott and his department. My biggest pet peeve is... people who

I am really good at... strategic planning and cooking. On my bedside table, you’ll find... New York Times crossword puzzles. A song I always turn up is... “Being Alive.” My favorite outdoor space in Doylestown is... Chapman Park. I love walking through the woods and walking around the dam. I haven’t tried the pump track yet.

I always tell people to visit Doylestown because... it has wonderful history and cultural institutions, and it’s a great town to walk around and shop. Of course, I mention the County Theater. Sometimes at night when I’m on Pine Street looking at the lit-up Mercer and Michener Museums I just think… what a wonderful town. And I live here. When I learned I won the mayoral election... I experienced a sense of relief and accomplishment. And then I experienced awe at the change in my responsibilities from Borough Council to Mayor. I hope that during my 4-year term... I am successful at continuing the community outreach and connections established by our prior Mayor(s). I also hope to have long-term impact on the future of Doylestown. COVID brought about changes in the way the Doylestown retail community has done business and we are already working on making some of the positive changes permanent. We are also embarking on a new Comprehensive Plan for the Borough, and I will be contributing strategic input into the process. And most importantly, I hope to have a lot of fun.

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Tips to Keep Little Ones Moving and Active C hildren needs lots of physical activity to develop their motor skills and grow up healthy and strong, and you can foster your toddler or preschooler’s love of movement by making playtime active. To get started, consider these indoor and outdoor playtime toys, games and ideas: • Ball toss: For little ones, beach balls are a fun, easy and gentle way to play catch and other simple games. Raise the stakes with “Beach Ball Lava,” where the object of the collaborative game is to keep bouncing the ball upwards so that it never touches the ground. • Get riding: Ride-on toys are a great way to get your child comfortable with the idea of a tricycle or bicycle. Look for one with pizazz, such as the Sort & Recycle Ride-On Truck. This lean, green recycling machine will not only get kids active, but also encourage them to recycle. Made from 90% reclaimed plastic, the truck includes play pieces that represent plastic, metal and paper. Kids can drive around, and at

the same time, learn about recycling and reusing everyday objects. • Bounce around: Give little muscles and minds a mini workout with the Bounce & Discover Llama, which promotes gross motor skills, strength and balance. With a sturdy, stable base and an easy-grasp handle, kids can safely bounce and turn side-to-side while activating buttons that teach colors, shapes and numbers. • Move to the beat: Whether you’re just having fun simply dancing around the room, using musical instruments like egg shakers and handbells, or you’re playing a game like “Freeze Dance,” one of the best ways to get people of all ages moving is with music! To play Freeze Dance, turn on the music and instruct everyone to dance. When the music is turned off, everyone must freeze until the music is turned on again. • All aboard: The best toys are those that grow with your child’s physical and cognitive abilities. For example, the 4-in-1 Learning Letters Train from VTech takes kids from

floor play to walker push toy to ride-on to pull cart. Featuring 16 activities that help build motor skills while teaching about letters, numbers, places and more, kids can visit new locations in the travel book, explore the 13 double-sided alphabet blocks, and

even build a tower on the pull cart. Different kinds of movement are important, so be sure to introduce a range of toys and games into the mix to ensure your child gets a variety of physical activity at playtime. (StatePoint)

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Through January 8, 2022, during shopping hours Gingerbread Display and Holiday Lights at Peddler’s Village, Lahaska A holiday tradition at Peddler’s Village since 1984, the Gingerbread Competition and Display is a feast for the eyes with more than 75 creative and whimsical entries, on exhibit during shopping hours. Stroll winding pathways under one million twinkling lights. Ongoing, January thru March Yoga at The Yoga Gnome 2389 Forest Grove Road, Furlong, PA The Yoga Gnome is the first kids’ yoga studio in Bucks County. It was established to give kids, aka gnomes, of all ages, a place to ground, breathe, smile and grow mindfully. In person classes at The Yoga Gnome are small and safe. Winter session class schedule includes: • Gnome and Me (for baby and caregivers) Thursdays 11am and Saturdays 9am • Preschoolers Yoga - Saturdays 10am • Yoga Dance - Saturdays 11am • Yoga and Mindfulness for K-2 - Mondays 4:45pm • Yoga and Mindfulness for 5-6 graders Mondays 4:45pm • Yoga for LGBTQ+ -- Mondays 7pm • Teen Yoga - Tuesdays 4:30pm • Kids Yoga and Mindfulness for 3-5 graders Wednesdays 5:30pm Special Events: • Glow in the Dark YogaSaturday, January 9th at 5:30pm • Family Yoga -Friday, January 28th at 6pm Through select dates in January until 1/29/22 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley (use Morrisville for GPS)

Shady Brook Farm’s spectacular Holiday Light Show features more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland. Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as you drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting). Stop in after the show to warm up at a toasty campfire, enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores kits, tasty treats and locally produced adult beverages. Tickets are $40 per vehicle or $18 per person for wagon rides. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets available at holiday-light-show/. Mon 1/3, Tues 1/4, Weds 1/5, Thurs 1/6, Mon 1/10, Weds 1/12, Tues 1/18, Weds 1/19, Thurs 1/20, Mon 1/24, Weds 1/26, Sat 1/29, 10am-12pm Drop in and Play at the Doylestown Branch of Bucks County Library, Pearl Buck Room 150 S. Pine St. Join Ms. Cathy, Ms. Sarah or Ms. Sam inside the Doylestown library for a new spin on DropIn and Play! Drop in anytime during program hours to learn through play and discovery at this interactive program for young children. Explore a variety of fun activities each week alongside other families, or at your own pace with your child. All ages welcome, no registration required. Masks are required indoors for children two years of age or older following current library building policy. Sundays in January (and February), 10:00-11:00am Intro to Drawing, Ages 5-10, 8 week session, at Makers Off Main, 38 E. State St., Doylestown Join us for an introductory drawing class with Mr. Nick (the Doodle Jawnz artist). Kids will learn about shading, symmetry, depth, purposeful lines vs. guidelines, character design, focal points, and so much more! They will also get to design their own Doodle Jawn (washable coloring doll) to bring home at the end of the session. Classes are an hour long. We will draw, craft, and play art-influenced games. Session runs for 8 weeks (1/9-2/27). All supplies included. Class is limited to 8 kids! $185 per child. Register at makersoffmain. com.

Select Tuesdays & Thursdays in January: January 11, 13, 18, 20 (Foul weather date Jan. 25), 10-11am Babes in the Woods at Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown Four days of discovery for ages 9 months to 2 years, and caregiver. Awaken the senses of your babe with a great outdoor experience. Trails and conditions may not be conducive to strollers. $50 per member, $60 per Non-Member. Register at Select Tuesdays & Thursdays in January: January 11, 13, 18, 20 (Foul weather date Jan. 25), 1011:30am (Session 1) Select Wednesdays & Fridays in January: January 12, 14, 19, 21 (Foul weather date Jan 26), 10-11:30am (Session 2) Fledgling Flock at Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 North Chapman Road, Doylestown. Four days of discovery for ages 3-6 years, and caregiver. Join us for a story and a walk on the wild side! $65 per member, $75 per Non-Member. Register at Tuesdays and Fridays in January, 10am-11:30am Toddler Time at the Barn Nature Center 1283 Almshouse Rd, Doylestown This is a caregiver and toddler class especially designed for children ages 1-5. The program is a fun and educational adventure for young children to be introduced to the wonders of animals and the natural world. Guests will experience close encounters with many interesting animals (a skink, rhinoceros iguana, albino snake, tortoise, box turtle, parrot, chinchilla, guinea pigs, frogs and a rabbit are some of the MANY animals in residence at the Barn!), story time, music, crafts and movement. The class is $15 for an adult/ child pair, and $10 for each additional child. Register with or call (445) 205-0793. Saturdays and Sundays in January 11:30am - 2:30pm Drop in Crafts for Kids at Makers Off Main 38 E. State St., Doylestown Participants can stop in to make a unique craft, which changes each weekend. Cost is $10 per child, no registration required. Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th Fire and Frost Fun at Peddler’s Village 2400 Street Road, New Hope, PA From 4-8 pm on Friday, January 7 and from 12-8 pm on Saturday, January 8, enjoy bonfires, family activities, outdoor food and drinks, and a Village-wide display of ice sculptures. This is the last weekend of the holiday light display, so don’t miss your chance to visit what 6ABC called “the most Instagrammable spot in Philadelphia”! Don’t forget to Find Jack Frost, a family-friendly, Village-wide scavenger hunt where children can win prizes. To participate in the scavenger hunt, check-in at the outdoor Hospitality Booth near the Main Green. Free admission and parking. Sunday, January 9th, 1-3pm Family Drawing Workshop at the Michener Museum Designed for children ages 6 and older. Instructor: Robin Lane. Parents and caregivers accompany their children while drawing in the galleries and art studio. Participants work with a variety of art materials from month to month. No experience is necessary; adults accompanying children also pay the program fee. ($10/member, $15/nonmember per person per Sunday). Register at

Friday, January 14th, 9:30-11am Home School Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo 1661 Harding Blvd Norristown, PA This workshop is focused on Reptiles. Home School Workshops take children on a deep dive into a variety of STEM-based learning and discovery topics. Students will learn about the environment and the animals that live there all while having a safe and engaging experience. Each class is a 90-minute program (9:30AM – 11:00AM) and includes an upclose animal greet, a lesson, and a handson activity. Participants do not have to be a home school student to participate in this program; all learners ages 5-12 are welcome. Registration is $13.95 for non-members and $10.95 for members, and must be done in advance at https://www.elmwoodparkzoo. org/homeschool-workshops Saturday, January 15th, 9:30am Story Book Concert: Little Melba and Her Big Trombone at the Conservatory, 4059 Skyron Drive, Doylestown Come listen to the story of how Melba Doretta Liston became one of the world’s most famous and influential female trombone players of the twentieth century! After the story, you and your child will then listen to the music of faculty members Tyler Eberts (trombone) and Bill Gottshall (piano). Suggested donation: $15/child. Sunday, January 16th, 10:45am-2pm Pick Your Project Parent & Child Workshop (for children ages 6+) Board and Brush, 22 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown Looking for a fun experience to share with your children? Join us for our Parent & Child workshop! Select an adult project from our gallery, then choose a child project for each child from the available options. We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. Cost for a workshop is $68 for adults and $25 for children, and preregistration is required at Monday, January 17th, 9am-4pm Zookeeper Day Workshop at the Barn Nature Center, 1283 Almshouse Rd, Doylestown Has your child ever wanted to be a zookeeper? Join our animal care team and learn what it takes to keep our animals happy and healthy. Workshop designed for 1st-6th grade. $60 per day. Register with or call (445) 205-0793. Friday, January 21st, 9:30-11am Home School Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo 1661 Harding Blvd Norristown, PA This workshop is geared towards Reptiles and Amphibian Discovery. Home School Workshops take children on a deep dive into a variety of STEM-based learning and discovery topics. Students will learn about the environment and the animals that live there all while having a safe and engaging experience. Each class is a 90-minute program (9:30AM – 11:00AM) and includes an up-close animal greet, a lesson, and a hands-on activity. Participants do not have to be a home school student to participate in this program; all learners ages 5-12 are welcome. Registration is $13.95 for non-members and $10.95 for members, and must be done in advance at https://www.elmwoodparkzoo. org/homeschool-workshops

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events calendar VARIOUS DATES, THROUGH THE MONTH PICK YOUR PROJECT WORKSHOPS Doylestown Board and Brush 22 E. Oakland Avenue in Doylestown Looking for a fun way to connect with friends or family? Join our most popular DIY workshop and create your own unique wood sign! Select a wood project from our gallery. We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. Cost for a workshop is $68 for adults and preregistration is required at https://boardandbrush. com/doylestown. Friday, 1/7 • 6:15 - 9:30pm Sunday, 1/9 • 11:45am - 3:00pm Thursday, 1/13 • 6:15 - 9:30pm Saturday, 1/15 • 12:45 - 4:00pm Friday, 1/21 • 6:15 - 9:30pm Sunday, 1/23 • 11:45am - 3:00pm Friday, 1/28 • 6:15 - 9:30pm Saturday, 1/29 • 3:45 - 7:00pm Sunday, 1/30 • 10:45am - 2:00pm WEDNESDAYS • ONGOING YOGA FOR VETERANS American Legion Post 210 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm 315 North Street in Doylestown and Online The primary objective of Meghan’s Foundation is raising awareness and support for veterans and active-duty military who may be experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. We do this by developing free, trauma-sensitive programs of yoga and meditation for military, veterans, and their spouses or partners. Many studies have shown that yoga and meditation can be effective tools to help cope with symptoms of PTSD. SATURDAYS—ONGOING

YOGA AT DHS Doylestown Historical Society • 9:00am - 10:00am 56 S. Main Street in Doylestown The Doylestown Historical Society is proud to feature CommUNITY Yoga in the Doylestown Historical Society Park. Experience yoga for all levels, as all are welcome to participate. CommUNITY Yoga has been a Saturday morning tradition in Doylestown for over 10 years. Each week class will be instructed by experienced local instructors; Melissa Matarese (Mesa) or Maria Starr. Enjoy the versatility of practicing outdoors in the park when weather permits, indoors in the gallery during inclement weather, or from the comfort of your own home via Zoom! Arrange via email at COFFEE AND CARD/BANNER MAKING WORKSHOP Union Street Studio • 10:00am - 12:00pm Reserve a seat on Saturdays from 10am-12pm to personally craft 7 cards with envelopes or a custom banner and have FUN doing it! A variety of crafty supplies are available to use and share. Come and connect with your friends, your kids, or yourself! Also offeredFree Starbucks home-brewed coffee to help fuel your imagination. Plus, BYOB is an option- mimosas, anyone?!

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is symmetrical around an axis of rotation. The Michener Art Museum presents a three session series of woodworking demonstrations to complement two exhibitions featuring exquisite woodwork, Daring Design: The Impact of Three Women on Wharton Esherick’s Craft and Miriam Carpenter: Shaping the Ethereal. Workshop is free, Drop-in, No reservation required. FRIDAY • JANUARY 7 FRIDAY NIGHT NEW MOON RENEWAL YOGA at Sun Dog Yoga Studio, 17 West State Street in Doylestown 6:30pm - 7:45pm Set your intention for a great new month as you release the stress of the week that’s come before! Join Shari Simon for a supernurturing blend of all levels yoga, intention-setting meditation, and finishing our evening with the amazing magic of our Crystal Singing Bowls, bathing you in sound healing. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Space will be limited so sign up today! Registration is $20/person and can be done in advance at FRIDAY • JANUARY 7 OPEN STAGE & NEW COMIC NIGHT At Comedy Cabaret Comedy Club 8:00pm Comedy Cabaret Comedy Club atop Poco’s Restaurant, 625 N. Main Street in Doylestown FRIDAY - SATURDAY • JANUARY 7 - 8 FIRE AND FROST FUN AT PEDDLER’S VILLAGE, 2400 Street Road, New Hope, PA From 4-8 pm on Friday, January 7 and from 12-8 pm on Saturday, January 8, enjoy bonfires, family activities, outdoor food and drinks, and a Village-wide display of ice sculptures. This is the last weekend of the holiday light display, so don’t miss your chance to visit what 6ABC called “the most Instagrammable spot in Philadelphia”! Don’t forget to Find Jack Frost, a familyfriendly, Village-wide scavenger hunt where children can win prizes. To participate in the scavenger hunt, check-in at the outdoor Hospitality Booth near the Main Green. Free admission and parking. SUNDAYS • JANUARY 9, 16, 23, 30 KIDS COOKING SERIES Conquering Cuisine, 378 North Main Street in Doylestown 1:00pm The goal of these hands-on classes is to teach kids fundamental techniques needed to prepare a variety of basic meals. Along the way we stress kitchen safety and the proper use of and care of cooking tools. Each class will begin with instruction on the recipes being prepared included understanding the ingredients, measurements and procedure. Participants then prepare the items listed in each class with the guidance and supervision of instructors. The menus are designed to stress fresh ingredients and kid-friendly flavors. As the class progress the kids get to eat the dishes they prepared and ask questions. Each class will include two savory menu items relating to the theme of the day and one sweet menu item. Note that this is a series so you cannot sign up for just a single date. More info at

THURSDAY • JANUARY 13 LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A BUCKS COUNTY FOSTER PARENT Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency, 55 E Court Street in Doylestown Bucks County residents: Ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Bucks County Children & Youth is seeking caring people and families to provide emergency, short-term and long-term foster care for children, especially teens. More info is available via phone, email or Zoom - and in-home informational sessions are being scheduled for daytime and evenings. Open-forum Zoom sessions are being held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month. Foster parent FAQs can be found here: For more information or for access to our Zoom sessions, contact Shantelle Gammon at 215348-6922 or FRIDAY • JANUARY 14 GOLDEN GIRLS MURDER MYSTERY: THE CURSE OF JESSICA FLETCHER Cock n Bull Restaurant, Peddler’s Village in Lahaska 8:00pm 215-794-4010 murder-mystery-dinner-theater/ Our Golden Girls are at it again, and this time they’ve decided to try their hand at solving a murder mystery! Adults ages 18 and up. FRIDAY - SUNDAY • JANUARY 14 - 16 NEVER LET GO: AN UNAUTHORIZED RETELLING OF JAMES CAMERON’S “TITANIC” Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S Main Street in New Hope Time: Friday 1/14 at 8pm / Saturday 1/14 at 2pm & 8pm / Sunday 1/16 at 2pm Sponsored by: Bucks County Playhouse, Visiting Artist Series 215-862-2121 New Year - New Laughs! Michael Kinnan’s Never Let Go is a one-man marvel is a Burlesque-style show that hysterically and ingeniously retells Cameron’s 3-hour+ blockbuster film as a onehour play. Covid policy,

SUNDAY • JANUARY 16 WINTER LECTURE SERIES ONLINE - THE DAWN OF ECOSYSTEMS Bowmans Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd (PA Rte 32), New Hope 2:00pm - 3:00pm Sponsored by: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve 215-862-2924 winter-lecture-series Knowledgeable lecturers address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants, native wildlife and other related topics. All lectures for the 2022 WLS will be held through Zoom. FRIDAY • JANUARY 21 FRIDAY NIGHT FULL MOON MEDITATION YOGA at Sun Dog Yoga Studio, 17 West State Street in Doylestown 6:30pm - 7:45pm The time of a Full Moon is a time to reflect and release...letting go of outdated beliefs and emotions, making way for new beginnings. Join Shari Simon for a super-nurturing blend of all levels yoga, focused meditation for releasing, and complete our evening with the amazing magic of our Crystal Singing Bowls, bathing you in sound healing. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Space will be limited so sign up today! Registration is $20/person and can be done in advance at workshops-1 FRIDAY • JANUARY 21


THE SPANISH TABLE - FOOD AND WINE Conquering Cuisine, 378 North Main Street on Doylestown 7:00pm 610-212-3285 Join us for a menu of food and wine that is perfect for the warming weather of Spring. We’ll enjoy some tasty wines from Spain and pair them with great finger foods and satisfying paella. The recipes are all straightforward and reflect the personality of this great country. As with all our pairing classes, our wine expert will explain how the right combination enhances the flavor of both the food and the wine. Menu Tapas of Mixed Cheese, Serrano Ham, Dried Fruit, Honey and Marinated Olives Shrimp Fritters with Spicy Aioli Mixed Seafood, Chorizo and Chicken Paella with Sweet Peppers and Peas Apple and Pear Torte with Dulce de Leche Sauce and Ice Cream.

DOYLESTOWN FARMERS MARKET at Mercantile, 444 N. Main Street in Doylestown 10:00am - 1:00pm Join us for the first Winter Market in partnership with The Mercantile. Markets will be held from 10am-1pm on the following dates: January 15th, February 5th, February 19th. SATURDAY • JANUARY 15 STORY BOOK CONCERT: LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE The Conservatory, 4059 Skyron Drive in Doylestown 9:30am 215-340-7979 Listen to the story of how Melba Doretta Liston became one of the world’s most famous female trombone players of the twentieth century! Afterwards, listen to music of faculty members Tyler Eberts (trombone) and Bill Gottshall (piano)!

THURSDAY • JANUARY 13 WOODWORKING DEMONSTRATION WITH NICHOLAS FLAHERTY at Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street in Doylestown 5:30pm - 7:30pm Nicholas Flaherty will present a live demonstration of woodturning,

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the craft of using a wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around an axis of rotation. The Michener Art Museum presents a three session series of woodworking demonstrations to complement two exhibitions featuring exquisite woodwork, Daring Design: The Impact of Three Women on Wharton Esherick’s Craft and Miriam Carpenter: Shaping the Ethereal. Workshop is free, Drop-in, No reservation required.

THURSDAY • JANUARY 13 PEARL S. BUCK AND HER CIVIL RIGHTS LEGACY Virtual Program from the Pearl S. Buck House 7:00pm - 8:00pm This talk will focus on Pearl S. Buck’s relationship with the press between 1934 and 1951 and her advocation for equal rights. The talk also features a discussion about Buck’s role with National Urban League; her feud with the New York Times in 1941 over an editorial; her landmark Howard University Speech in 1942; and Buck’s protests against segregated schools in Washington, D.C. Program will be followed by a Q and A with the speaker and group topic discussions. This event is free and open to the public. It will be presented virtually online through Zoom. Registration required to receive Zoom link. Register at

THROUGH JANUARY 31 ARTS & CULTURAL COUNCIL OF BUCKS COUNTY Freeman Hall, 181 East Court Street in Doylestown Include the “Small Works” exhibition in your weekend plans - stop by Freeman Hall in Doylestown to see the art works in person! The artwork of over 70 regional artists is displayed throughout historic Freeman Hall. Tour the historic home, complete with Mercer fireplace, and enjoy the artwork hung throughout. “Small Works” are on the first floor, and A&C Board member Bill Milnazik is showing his large-scale abstract works in a variety of mediums in the upstairs gallery. Works are available to take home the day of purchase. The show is also online at https://www.bucksarts. org/smallworks/ In-person Open House weekends 11am-5pm Open select weekends in January. Freeman Hall is located at 181 East Court Street in Doylestown. Masks are required, and street parking is available. Learn more about the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County at THURSDAY • JANUARY 6 WOODWORKING DEMONSTRATION WITH JANINE WANG at Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street in Doylestown 5:30pm - 7:30pm Janine Wang will present a live demonstration of woodturning, the craft of using a wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that


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SATURDAY • JANUARY 15 BOOK SIGNING: MIKE SIELSKI: THE RISE Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S. Main Street in Doylestown 12:00pm Join us at 12 noon as we welcome back columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author Mike Sielski. Mike will be discussing and signing copies of The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality. Books will be available for sale beginning on January 11th and at the event. Mike Sielski was voted the country’s top sports columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2015.

SATURDAY • JANUARY 29 PARENT/CHILD COOKING CLASS - FOOD OF ITALY Conquering Cuisine, 378 North Main Street on Doylestown 10:00am 610-212-3285 Cooking with your child, enjoying family-friendly recipes and learning more about preparing healthy, delicious meals. In this fun and informative session parent and child will work side-byside to prep and cook each of the items on the menu with the guidance of the instructor. The recipes are designed to teach basic techniques (knife skills, sauteing, sauce-making, etc.) that are beneficial to all ages. Each of the dishes prepared will enjoyed by the participants throughout the class. All equipment, recipes and ingredients are provided. Class runs approximately 2 hours and is geared for children over 10 years old. Price is for both parent and child. Menu Pasta e Fagioli With Italian Sausage Sun-dried Tomato and Chicken Pasta with Basil Pear, Walnut and Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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