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Yep, it’s that time of the year. Summer is about to wrap up, great sales are still going on on school supplies and new clothes are being purchased for the new school year. Yep, it’s time to go back to school! Just in time for the new school year, here are the useful statistics for Bucks County School Districts:

2008 Average SAT scores:

District Reading Math Writing

Bensalem:                         457               476            462

Bristol                                440                451            432

Bristol Twsp                    449                 455           424

Bucks Co. Tech HS        460                 470          432

Centennial                       495                  511           480

Council Rock                  539                  563           533

Morrisville                      460                 478           463

Neshaminy                     496                  512            482

Pennsbury                      510                  529            494

Student-to-Teacher Ratio:

District Elementary Secondary

Bensalem                               15.5:1                        14.8:1

Bristol                                        20:1                          15:1

Bristol Twsp                             14:1                          11:1

Bucks Co. Tech                         n/a                         20:1

Centennial                                 19:1                         24:1

Council Rock:                          25:1                         20:1

MBIT                                            n/a                        16.5:1

Morrisville                                21:1                         22:1

Neshaminy                               25:1                         22:1

Pennsbury                                21:1                         26:1

For each district school calendar, contact information, enrollment procedures you can turn to www.homeswitholga.com.

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Happy Monday!

I am ok that it’s Monday, as I love my work in real estate. I have a busy week ahead and it’s exciting! Here is something that you can use. Whether you are cleaning and organizing your stuff to get ready to sell your home or just organizing and cleaning to make more room, this will definitely help.

The American Cancer Research Center and Foundation are always looking for clothing and household items of all types. You need to call 800-805-2152 or log on to www.acrcf.org to find out the next pickup date. They pick up from my area once a month and it is very convenient. You put your items in boxes out on your porch by 8am on the pickup date and… you are done! The research center will come by your house and pick up everything!

guy with boxes

They will leave a receipt for your tax deduction donation so you can include it on your 2009 taxes. I donated quite a few boxes after my garage sale in June and it was very easy and convenient, and it felt good that I was helping.

So, if you don’t have anything right now, this suggestion may be helpful to you in the future when the house feels too stuffy.

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It’s great that you are considering this type of investment. We will touch upon different things to consider another time. Right now, let me help you a bit.

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One of the first things I did when I was researching real estate investing was to join a real estate investment club. Philadelphia’s Diversified Investors Group (DIG) is one of the largest in our area and in the country.

With meetings, email groups, networking, superb speakers and super membership discounts to companies nationwide, my yearly membership is the best and the most inexpensive investment I have made.

I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our DIG trade show this evening from 6 to 9pm.  As my guest you attend for free and I promise, you will not be disappointed.

LuLu Shriners, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Over$2,000 in door prizes. Please get in touch with me if you want to join me.

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shadybrook farm front of the store

I visited Shadybrook Farm this morning hoping to pick up some yellow and white peaches and… they are all done! The owner told me the season was short because of the rainy June we had.  I was so disappointed!

 

I did purchase a big honeydew mellon and raspberries. Shadybrook also has their own tomatoes, watermelons, eggplants, corn and blackberries.

Do you know if anyone else still has peaches? Happy shopping!

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This weekend is the final 4 games of the season for Trenton Thunder. All 4 games are with New Britain Rock Cats:

Friday, 8/28, 7:05, freebiesTrenton Thunder image

Saturday, 8/29, 7:05 FIREWORKS!!!

Sunday, 8/30, 1:05, freebies

Monday, 8/31, 7:05, freebies

If you want to take advantage of the freebies given out, please come early and enjoy fireworks on Saturday! Get your tickets online at trentonthunder.com.

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Our own Sovereign Bank Area has great events scheduled for September and October. Make your plans now.  Hint: if you make your way to the Arena’s box office, you can save on online processing fees to buy your tickets. Check the website for their hours.

9/16: Wired 96.5’s “Back to Old School” Concert

9/26: So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009

10/6: Larry The Cable Guy

10/6: WWE Live Smackdown & ECW

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I love where we live and work, Bucks County PA.  My “things to do for our family” folder in my cabinet is packed with clippings of places to go and things to do right here at home. I pulled everything out and decided to make a list of top 10 reasons why I love Bucks County. Here they are.

1.  Bucks County is #3 on the list of top 29 US places to travel in 2009.

That’s a pretty high place to be and Sherman’s Travel is a leading publisher of top travel deals and destination advice.

2.   A short drive to Philly, Jersey Shore and New York City.

30 minutes to Philly, 60 minutes to the Jersey Shore and 90 minutes to New York. You are right in the middle of everything! All these fabulous destinations, on one tank of gas!

3.  Bucks County is home to Sesame Place, the only one in the world.

My husband Rich and his sisters worked at Sesame when they were in high school and they still talk about it, our girls love the water rides and this year’s new attraction, Count’s Splash Castle, is great. With a huge tipping sesame photobucket of water, slides, running water and a pool  with about 2 feet of water in it, there is plenty to do, and us, parents can relax with a snack on many lounge chairs right by the pool. Plus it’s 10 minutes away!

4.  Property Taxes are lower in Bucks.

Yes, compare your property taxes with those in New Jersey, and you can say “Phewhh..”

5.  Bucks County is famous for our covered bridges.

bucks covered bridgeMost built in late 19th century, they are romantic, full of history and great for perfecting your photo taking skills.

 

 

6. Bucks County has it’s own “gamble and play” spot!

If you enjoy spending a couple of dollars in slot machines,casino picture great entertainment and tasty food, we got it:         Philadelphia Park and Casino in Bensalem.  No  need to make a trip to Atlantic City!

7.  Fresh fruits and veggies galore!

Between Shadybrook Farm, Snipes, and Styer Orchard, just to name a few, you can buy the best, the freshest tasting veggies, fruits, flowers and other greenery around! Plus most of these farms have great events year round.

8. Antiques are right here in Bucks County!

New HopeIf you are craving  shops, art galleries, antiques, and great restaurants, head to our own New Hope. Over 100 shops, goodies from around the world, wonderful sightseeing in general.

 

 

9.  Bucks, the wine county!

That’s right, the wine county. There is no need to fly 6 hours to Napa Valley for your wine. Our Bucks County has around 8 superb vinyards, more than any other county in the state! Many wineries offer wine tasting times and other events, which is a great way to relax and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. My husband and I purchased our wine for our wedding from Buckingham Valley Vineyard. Our guests loved the wine!

10.  Bucks County is full of wonderful history.

Rich in history since 1682, our County is known for Mercer Museum, Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pearl S. Buck House. William Penn, the founder of the State of Pennsylvania lived here in Pennsbury Manor.

I had to narrow the list down to top 10, but, of course there are more, things to do, places to see and love about where we live.

If you have more of your favorites to add, please do!

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