Philly flyweight Miguel Cartagena will take on Jesus Soler during Joe Hand Promotions’ Xcite Fight Night 4

By Samantha Bambino

The Times

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Source: Darryl Cobb Jr.

It was supposed to be his big comeback.

After four and a half years of fighting in rings around the world, Northeast Philadelphia flyweight Miguel Cartagena returned to his hometown roots in 2018 to take on Los Angeles’ Carlos Maldonado in Joe Hand Promotions’ Xcite Fight Night 2.

On the evening of Friday, June 29, Parx Casino’s Xcite Center buzzed with anticipated excitement as the boxer’s friends and family packed into the venue.

There was simply no way “No Fear” Cartagena could lose. …


This is hosted in partnership with the Huntingdon Valley-Churchville Rotary on June 1

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First Annual Plant Swap takes place June 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Love plants or gardening? Here’s a chance to swap out plants for different ones. Drop off plants beginning Thursday, May 30 and receive VIP tickets to gain early access from 10 to 11 a.m. on the day of the swap. Receive one ticket for each plant dropped off. Tickets can be redeemed at any time during the day. During the regular hours of the swap, plants can still be brought in to swap out. …


The production is playing in New Hope at the Bucks County Playhouse through June 15

By Samantha Bambino

The Times

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Dial ‘M’ for Murder stars Olivia Gilliatt, who is making her Bucks County Playhouse debut as Margot. In her opinion, it’s a “fantastic” show and feels “extremely contemporary,” despite being written in 1952. Source: Bucks County Playhouse

There’s nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned murder mystery. No bells, whistles or special effects. Just pure, edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Through June 15, audiences can experience that nail-biting anticipation in-person when Bucks County Playhouse’s 80th anniversary season commences with the spine-tingling thriller Dial ‘M’ for Murder.

Written by Frederick Knott and directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of Georgia McBride), Dial ‘M’ for Murder follows Tony, played by JD Taylor (Apologia, The Last Match), who believes he has plotted the perfect crime. Tony is on a mission to kill his wealthy wife Margot, played by Olivia Gilliatt (Mother of the Maid at The Public), so he can acquire her fortune. …


The award-winning writer hosted a special workshop in Bensalem after Cecelia Snyder eighth-grader Abby Medykowski won his national essay contest

By Samantha Bambino

The Times

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When Ransom Riggs, the New York Times best selling author of the popular book series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, decided to conduct a nationwide writing contest last summer, he vowed to visit the winner, no matter their location.

Riggs and the team at Penguin Random House pored through hundreds of original short stories (500–1,000 words), submitted by teens ages 13–18 between Aug. 1-Dec. 3. …


All ages can participate in STEAM activities at the Grundy Library on June 6

The Times

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe St., Bristol, and the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 are hosting a free Maker Mania Expo for all ages at the library on Thursday, June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

This is a night filled with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities from crafts to fun technologies. Make and create musical instruments out of everyday objects, learn to use paper circuits, complete an engineering challenge and more. …


See what’s happening next month

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First Annual Plant Swap takes place June 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Love plants or gardening? Here’s a chance to swap out plants for different ones. Drop off plants beginning Thursday, May 30 and receive VIP tickets to gain early access from 10 to 11 a.m. on the day of the swap. Receive one ticket for each plant dropped off. Tickets can be redeemed at any time during the day. During the regular hours of the swap, plants can still be brought in to swap out. All are welcome.

Learn about Charles Hires, the Root Beer King, on June 1 at 2 p.m. Meet author Bill Double as discusses his most recent book Charles E. Hires and the Drink that Wowed a Nation. Learn about the life and times of this Philadelphia entrepreneur and taste a sample of Hires Root Beer. This program is a joint presentation of the library and the Huntingdon Valley-Churchville Rotary. Register online. …


The multidisciplinary team works to ensure women focus on life afterward

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With breast cancer patients living longer, fuller lives, St. Mary Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and nurse navigators are not only working to ensure that patients know about treatment options, but are working to have them focus on life after treatment.

“At St. Mary, we take a holistic approach and think of the whole patient and not just the cancer,” said Hiral P. Fontanilla, MD, medical director of the St. Mary Breast Program. “The entire team works together to get them back to their lives. …


This event on June 10 gives the public a chance to tour the facilities and view demonstrations

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The Bucks County branch of the NAACP is partnering with the Bensalem Police Department for a Family Fun Evening on June 10 at 7 p.m. at 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem. This event takes place in lieu of its regularly scheduled general meeting, which occurs every second Monday of each month.

The purpose of this family-friendly event is to open the Bensalem Police Department to the community to tour the police facilities, view the state-of-the-art equipment, tour the “Teenage Bedroom,” see the new DNA testing equipment, and watch various demonstrations including the K9 police team. …


Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative is providing 151 schools with grants up to $5,000 to help more children start their day with nutritious foods

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative is providing 151 schools with grants up to $5,000 to help more children start their day with a healthy meal.

Among the recipients will be the Bristol Township School District, which requested $3,795 for Harry S. Truman High School.

The only other Bucks County recipient was the Pennridge School District, which requested about $14,600 for four locations.

In all, the state is investing $592,000.

“A healthy breakfast helps students begin the school day ready to learn and succeed,” Wolf said. “By investing in school breakfasts, we are investing in the lives of children. When kids start their day with good nutrition, they’re ready to learn and grow up healthier and stronger.” …


Professional genealogist Dean Henry will present ‘African American Genealogy’ on June 1

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The next Bucks County Genealogical Society meeting will take place Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing.

Professional genealogist Dean Henry will present “African American Genealogy.” He’ll cover the common research “brick wall” challenging many African American descendants of formerly enslaved ancestors, and ways to overcome it.

This event is open to the public. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For more information, visit bucksgen.org

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