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Sending a message Grundy Commons owner Fred Baumgarten hosting silent vigils to show support for Ukraine.

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Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick ranked the No. 1 most bipartisan member for third consecutive year.

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Bensalem’s Renee Eastburn receives 30 Under 30 award was recognized by her alma mater for her work in the engineering field

By Samantha Bambino The Times

Renee Eastburn has fond memories of her humble beginnings in Bensalem. She remembers walking to Gabe’s Candy & Nut House on Bristol Road with her father, working her first job at Redhouse Bagels and attending St. Ephrem School and Conwell-Egan. Eastburn hasn’t forgotten her Bucks County roots as she thrives in her engineering career at Lockheed Martin. Recently, her successes were recognized by her alma mater of Temple University, which selected Eastburn to be one of its 30 Under 30 awardees, an honor that singles out young alumni who are doing outstanding things post-graduation. Eastburn was nominated by a family friend and is thrilled to have received such an accolade. “It feels great. I was really surprised to be nominated, I had no idea,” said Eastburn, Please see AWARD Page 5 SOURCE: CARL BOWER

Owl of excellence: Bensalem native Renee Eastburn was selected by Temple University to be one of its 30 Under 30 awardees.

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last year and I was like, ‘I need to be on the project, that seems really cool,’ ” she said. “It’s pretty exciting because Lockheed and General Motors are partnering together to develop this for NASA. I interned at General Motors, so it’s kind of fullcircle.” Simultaneously, Eastburn is completing an online master’s program through Penn State, which she hopes to finish in May 2023. She’s also taking in all that Denver has to offer, even though it’s not the same as Bensalem. “It’s so different than the northeast. Being out here makes me appreciate home a lot,” she said. “I still consider Bensalem home. I have strong roots there. Colorado also doesn’t compare to the public transit on the east coast.” For Eastburn, if someone told her years ago that she’d someday be working on products that are going into space, she wouldn’t have believed them. She hopes her courage and determination inspires the next generation of engineers. “Engineering is hard for everyone. I guess there are a couple mad geniuses out there like Elon Musk. Math was my weakest SAT score, but I still managed to graduate with a 3.6 GPA. Just because you’re a little intimidated, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it,” Eastburn stressed. “Just being good at math isn’t going to take you throughout your degree and your career. It’s about putting in the time and effort and studying hard.” She also hopes her story lets aspiring female engineers know that they, too, can do it. “I urge them to not be deterred by the lack of diversity in the field and imposter syndrome,” she said. “Don’t let that prevent you from following your path.” ••

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Source: Visit Bucks County The lineup: From L: Paul Bencivengo, Kathy Cuddihy, Brittany Brown, Marjan Shirzad, Emily Seltzer, Bob Harvie, Diane Ellis-Marseglia, Gene DiGirolamo, Joe Ferry, Sharon Rossi and Stephen Barth.

Visit Bucks County distributes awards

Visit Bucks County recently recognized five individuals and organizations at the National Travel & Tourism Week award celebration on Tuesday, May 3, at Crossing Vineyards and Winery. Honorees were nominated by their peers in the local hospitality industry. The 2022 honorees were: • Tourism Innovation Award: Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle. This award honors a business/organization that implemented new and creative ways to continue to serve customers during the pandemic. • Guest Excellence Award: Kathy Cuddihy, Fox and Hound Bed & Breakfast. This award goes to a frontline staff member with a positive attitude who is willing to go the extra mile to help visitors and interact with customers on a daily basis. • Hospitality Leadership Award: Joe Ferry, Perkasie Towne Improvement Association, and Stephen Barth, Barth Consulting Group. This award honors an individual who exemplifies all the qualities of a good manager while directing and motivating his or her staff, ultimately increasing visitation to Bucks County. • Rising Star Award: Emily Seltzer, River House at Odette’s. This award is presented to a young professional aspiring to a long career in the tourism/ hospitality industry. • Visit Bucks County Award: Brittany Brown, Britt Around Town. This award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond to forward the tourism and hospitality message of Visit Bucks County. Commissioners Bob Harvie, Diane 6

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Ellis-Marseglia and Gene DiGirolamo presented the awards. Before announcing the 2022 awards, the commissioners also recognized the 2021 Tourism Week Award winners in-person as last year’s event was virtual. These honorees were: • Innovative Business Award: Moss Mill Brewing Company • Guest Excellence Award: MaryLou Henderson, Continental Tavern • Hospitality Leadership Award: Sherry Jackson, Candlewood Suites Bensalem-Philadelphia • Rising Star Award: Kelly Doody, Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia NE-Bensalem • Dedicated Partner Award: Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association President/COO of Visit Bucks County, Paul Bencivengo, shared that January to March 2022 hotel occupancy is up 10 percent from 2021 with average daily rate up 23 percent. The tourism office is still awaiting final April numbers, but all indicators show positive growth for the month. “Right now, our marketing campaigns are in full force with two new commercials airing this spring and summer in New York and Philadelphia,” said Bencivengo. “Our outdoor campaign continues with billboards throughout northern New Jersey and a strong digital campaign also in place in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.” ••

May 13 is fight night at Parx

Karl Wylie, a 29-year-old lightweight fighter from Coatesville and a former Golden Gloves winner, will be making his professional boxing debut at Parx Casino on Friday, May 13.

Joe Hand Promotions is producing the live boxing event, which will also feature a six-round heavyweight bout between Sonny Conto (9-0, 7 KOs) and Justin Rolfe (7-3-1, 5 KOs). Shinard Bunch (18-1-1, 15 KOs) will look to continue his 18-fight undefeated streak when he competes in an eight-round super-lightweight fight. Super featherweight Jordon Murphy (2-0, 1 KO), originally from Bensalem, will fight in a four-round super-featherweight bout. Christopher Burgos (3-5-1, 1 KO) will face Philip Davis (2-5-1) in a sixround lightweight contest. Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale at tickets.parxcasino.com/tickets/390007. Call the Hold My Ticket Call Center at 877-466-3404 or Joe Hand Promotions at 215-364-9000. Must be 21 or older to attend. ••

Nashville on Mill set for May 14

Bristol Borough Raising the Bar recently announced that the first Nashville on Mill event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. From noon to 2 p.m., there will be live music on the sidewalks outside King George II Inn, Mill Street Cantina, Dad’s Hat, Hops & Hardware, Naked Brewing and Itri Wood Fired. Streets will remain open. Then, from 2 to 4 p.m., the 100 block of Wood St. will be closed. A live band will perform on stage in the courtyard of Calm Waters and Maestro’s. This day of music is free of charge for attendees. ••

Bucks Jewish Festival set for May 15

Community members are invited to the free Bucks County Jewish Festival on Sunday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown. The event features an array of activities, with something for every age, including arts and crafts, live DJ music, a rock wall, a book nook with PJ Library and jkidphilly, kosher food, a kosher wine tasting and more. “This festival is truly a staple of Jewish community in Bucks County,” said Howard Greenberg, chair of the Bucks County Kehillah and co-chair of the festival, along with Shari Wohl. “It is a fun event for the whole family to enjoy, and an opportunity for the community to connect with the incredible

synagogues, Jewish organizations and resources that Bucks has to offer.” Vendors scheduled to attend the Bucks County Jewish Festival include artisan jewelry, wood crafts, Judaica crafts, artwork and handcrafted candles. Entrance to the festival is free, however guests are encouraged to register in advance to expedite the check-in process upon arrival. Learn more at jewishphilly.org/bucksfestival. ••

Flea market and craft show

The William Tennent Football Boosters are hosting a flea market and craft show on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at William Tennent High School, 333 Centennial Road, Warminster. Rain or shine in the back parking lot near the tennis courts and stadium. Snack stand will be open and all proceeds benefit William Tennent Football Boosters. ••

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Bristol businessman hosting silent vigils for Ukraine ➤Grundy Commons owner

Fred Baumgarten urges the community to stand with open black umbrellas

By Samantha Bambino The Times

A little over two months ago, the world watched in shock and terror as Russian leader Vladimir Putin launched an unwarranted invasion on Ukraine. Ever since, locals in Bucks County have been stepping up to help by donating money, food and muchneeded supplies. But Fred Baumgarten, who has owned the Grundy Commons multitenant commercial hub in Bristol Borough since 1981, is doing something different. He wants to send a message. On Friday, April 28, Baumgarten hosted a silent vigil in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, located at 9 E. 91st St. in New York City. About a dozen people gathered for this event, which will take place every Friday, from noon to 1 p.m. for the foreseeable future. “This came from watching the television and feeling that the world had to do something,” he said. Rather than waving poster board signs of protest, Baumgarten and the rest of the group are holding open, black umbrellas. This, explained Baumgarten, is a nod toward a fateful day in September 1938, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, along with leaders from Italy and France, signed the Munich Agreement. Adolf Hitler pledged to not launch a European war if the Czechoslovakia border area of Sudetenland was surrendered to Germany. Chamberlain returned home brandishing a closed black umbrella, proudly boasting that he delivered “peace in our time.” But six months later, Hitler went against the agreement and invaded Prague. An open umbrella symbolizes the opposite, the fact that innocent Ukrainians likely won’t experience 8

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A grave mistake: At the silent vigils, attendees hold open black umbrellas. In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain waved a closed one after signing the Munich Agreement. He thought he’d brought peace, but Hitler invaded Prague six months later.

SOURCE: FRED BAUMGARTEN A quiet message: Fred Baumgarten, owner of the Grundy Commons, is hosting silent vigils in New York every Friday afternoon. The goal is to show support for the people of Ukraine. peace for some time. “That turned out to be a cruel hoax,” Baumgarten said of the Munich Agreement. “The open black umbrella is a recognition that we have to prepare now for something other than peace in our time. We’ve got to stand up, not go to sleep and send a message to the people in the Ukraine, the citizen soldiers.” Through these silent vigils, Baumgarten also wants to send a

message to the citizens of Russia who don’t believe in Putin’s regime. “This is a horror and this is being perpetrated in their name. They should stand up and say, ‘No, no, hell no!’ It would change the course that Putin is on,” he said. “We want to get through Vladmir Putin’s cyber wall through VPNs and other aspects of social media. The goal is to get the message to the Russian expats outside of Russia. We want to stop the invasion of Ukraine now, and

have the Russians withdraw from Ukraine promptly.” Baumgarten’s hope is that his New York silent vigils begin popping up in other public spaces across the U.S. and, eventually, around the world. He urges demonstrators to “block no traffic and hold no signs.” The idea was actually inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral on social media in 2014. It tasked participants with dumping freezing cold water over their heads and then challenging someone else to do it, all to raise awareness of ALS. Over $115 million was raised to assist the ALS Association with its research on the neurodegenerative disease, which Baumgarten’s mother was diagnosed with. “This crazy idea went viral,” he said of the Ice Bucket Challenge. “We want this idea to go viral. I’m urging people to get together. Enough snowflakes can make an avalanche.” •• May 11, 2022


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Fitzpatrick ranked No. 1 in bipartisanship

The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School unveiled the Bipartisan Index Rankings for Congress in 2021 for the first session of the 117th Congress, and for the third year in a row, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was ranked the No. 1 most bipartisan member. “Brian Fitzpatrick has set a bipartisan standard for the House that no other member is close to matching,” said Dan Diller, policy director of the Lugar Center. “His Bipartisan Index scores are so high, they almost have to be judged on their own scale. The Lugar Center applauds Rep. Fitzpatrick’s exceptional devotion to bipartisanship and his leadership on behalf of his constituents and the country.” The Lugar Center and Georgetown University Bipartisan Index measures how often a member of Congress introduces bills that succeed in attracting co-sponsors from members of the other party, and how often they, in turn, cosponsor a bill introduced from across the aisle. The Index is based on a formula applied uniformly to all members. The Index uses a historical standard based on 29 years of data to compare current members to historical averages. No subjective judgments are made about individual members or bills. The Index is intended to serve as a resource for voters and the media, and to encourage lawmakers to be more bipartisan when writing or co-sponsoring legislation. “I am honored to once again be recognized by the Lugar Center. Hyperpartisanship is the single biggest threat facing our nation. Bipartisanship is the only remedy that will save and heal 10

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our nation,” Fitzpatrick said. “Which of these paths one chooses determines whether they desire to be part of the problem or part of the solution. If one chooses partisanship and condemns those who think differently, they are part of the problem. If one chooses bipartisanship and seeks to build bridges with those who think differently, they are part of the solution. I have chosen, and will continue to choose, the path of bipartisanship and problem solving because I love the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth.” ••

State money for Newtown Business Commons

State Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10th dist.) and state Rep. Perry Warren (D-31st dist.) announced $873,000 in state funds for Newtown Township to improve pedestrian safety and access in the Newtown Business Commons. The funding comes from the state Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund. “State investments in our transportation keep our community connected and our economy thriving,” Santarsiero said. “This project will help the Newtown Business Commons close existing trail and sidewalk gaps and improve pedestrian access while better connecting the Business Commons to the community. My Newtown office is on the edge of the Commons, so I have seen firsthand how bustling the area is and the need for these improvements.” The project includes construction of a half-mile of 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalks, stormwater management improvements, construction of ADA curb ramps, improved striping and signage, installation of benches and landscaping. The Newtown Business Commons sits on 300 acres in Newtown Township, just off the Newtown Bypass, and is home to more than 200 companies, including aeronautical, biomed, biotech, engineering, medical and general office organizations. It also includes a hotel and conference center, the Newtown Post office and restaurants. “We are excited and thrilled to learn the township was awarded this multimodal grant from PennDOT,” said Dennis Fisher, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors chairman. “It will not only help us provide interconnections and link neighborhoods together,

but it will also provide us with sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements to revitalize our Business Commons.” ••

Big funding for 2 Bucks companies Sen. Steve Santarsiero announced nearly $2 million in state funds he has secured from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for two investments in science and medical technology to improve lives and grow the regional economy. The awards are as follows: Thrombolex Inc., $1.2 million, and Bucks County Biotechnology Center, $722,500. “I’d like to thank Gov. Wolf for supporting my request to dedicate RACP funds for these key investments to improve science and health outcomes,” Santarsiero said. “These projects will help our region continue to grow as a leader in biotechnology and scientific research.” Thrombolex Inc., located in New Britain Borough, will use the $1.2 million state investment to build out a warehouse facility to expand the manufacturing capabilities of the company. Founded in 2016, Thrombolex Inc. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of endovascular catheters used in interventional procedures. The Biotechnology Center is a life sciences incubator in Buckingham Township dedicated to advancing biotechnology in Bucks County and the region by maximizing synergies between nonprofit scientists and their commercial colleagues and launching new ideas and discoveries. The $722,500 will be used to build multiuser labs and teaching facilities in a newly constructed building. RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. ••

Wedding for vets, first responders

Bucks County Register of Wills Linda Bobrin will hold Vows and Valor on Tuesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. on the Bristol waterfront. The event offers a free wedding ceremony and reception to first responders and veterans who apply for a Bucks County marriage license through June 11. Family and friends of the couple are

welcome and encouraged to attend. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy will officiate. There will be music, food, flowers and professional photographers. Bucks County marriage applications are available at propublic.buckscountyonline.org/psi3/marriagelicense. If you would like to contribute money, services or products, or for more information on the program, email ralandsberg@buckscounty.org. ••

Kostmayer, Greenwood to talk politics

Former U.S. Reps. Peter H. Kostmayer and James C. Greenwood, who squared off in 1992, will share a stage to relive that divisive campaign and air their thoughts on the culture of today’s political world. The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at the Free Library of Northampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Road, Richboro. Kostmayer, a liberal Democrat, and Greenwood, a moderate Republican, will be interviewed by Andy Warren and Hal Marcovitz, authors of the book Notes on Bucks County: Reflections on Politics in Pennsylvania’s Most Curious and Captivating Collar County. The book provides a history and analysis of the often-chaotic world of Bucks County politics over the last 75 years. A chapter, titled the “Kostmayer-Greenwood War,” is featured in the book. You can learn more about the book and the upcoming Kostmayer-Greenwood forum at notesonbuckscounty.com. Notes on Bucks County is available through Amazon.com as well as Bucks County bookstores. Following the event, Warren and Marcovitz will be available to sign books outside the library. There is no charge for admission to the event and no pre-registration is required. The Kostmayer-Greenwood forum is the first of two planned events to help mark the publication of Notes on Bucks County. In June, Marcovitz and Warren are planning a similar event featuring leaders from both sides in the debate over the Point Pleasant water project — an issue that dominated the county in the 1980s that featured political upheaval, public protests and mass arrests. •• May 11, 2022


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