WBCB’s “Let’s Go Places” Hosts The Rotary Club of Shady Brook

At the invitation of Tom Mellon, host of WBCB's (AM-1490 in Levittown),

A community-focused show with all the latest information on what is going on in the world of local law enforcement, fire departments, first responders, other medical personnel and most recently local educators . The show aalso places great emphasis on the support of veterans and and organization dedicated to the support of veterans.

Dick Newbert was a featured guest

(l to r) Charlie Espisito, Host Tome Mellon, Dick Newbert and Chris Bonner, one of the shows permanent sponsors

to talk about Rotary, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook, a number of the programs and initiaitves the Club actively supports and it's upcoming joint participation with the 

A unique organization dedicated to represent all of our first responders and their family members.

first annual awards banquet scheduled for next January.  Proceeds from this event will be divided between the Rotary Club of Shady Brook and the

which takes groups of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington DC where they visit many war anssd service-related memorials.  To view more about an October 22018 Tour of Honor, paste the following link into your browser.


Gift Certificate for a Needy Veteran

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Irv Perlstein, the Club was able to present a gift certificate redeemable at ShopRite to staff members of State Representative Frank Farry. 

(l to r) Dick Newbert, Andrew Tomlinson and Ashley Conaway of Representative Farry's office and Irv Perlstein.

Frank will be donating the gift certifiate to Jessse Soby American Legion Post 148's Comander, Robert Osterhous who, in turn will give it to an extremely needy veteran who haas fallen on both medical and financial hard times.

Unfortunately, the real needs of too many of our nation's veterans must often be met by the efforts of volunteer organizations and charitable donations.  Our Club is fortunate to be able to play a small part in helping a few of the area's often forgotten veterans.

Joe Donnelly – Deputy Executive Director for Communications for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

We were delighted to have Joe Donnelly from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission ("DRJTBC") join us this morning

to provide an historical background of the Scudder Falls Bridge and the bridge replacement project which is underway with parts of the project nearing completion.

The Scudder Falls Bridge derives its name from Richard Betts Scudder, who according to the Long Island Genealogy Surname Database, died in 1754 at “Scudders Fallssss I nHunterdon County, NJ (portions of Mercer County were part of Hunterdon County until 1838). One of Richard Scudder's ancestors from Kent, England was named Henry Skudder. The “k” in the surname apparently became a “c” at some point in time, helping to give the falls and modern-day bridge its name. The "falls" (really just an area of rapids) are located about ½ mile north of the bridge,

Following the destruction of the Yardley-Wilburtha Bridge in the August flood of 1955, plans were made to build a new bridge about 1.3 miles north of the old site.

The DRJTBC was responsible for the construction of the bridge, while New Jersey and Pennsylvania built the approaches to each side.  Because the bridge was not originally part of the Interstate Highway System, the cost of construction was not 90% covered by the Federal government.  Instead, they covered 50% of the cost of the new span, while New Jersey and Pennsylvania paid the remaining 50% of the total bill, as with an ordinary U.S. Highway route.

In April 1958, the location of the future Scudder Falls Bridge was approved with little opposition. Construction, overseen by the DRJTBC, began in May of the same year and was completed in 1959.

The new bridge, which had cost $8.4 million, didn't open to traffic on June 22, 1961 as the entrance and exit ramps were not complete until 18 months after the completion of the bridge itself.

The man in the light suit cutting the ribbon is a "Scudder"

The Yardley-Wilburtha Bridge was rebuilt as a temporary crossing before the Scudder Falls Bridge began being built.  It was completely torn down in 1961 when the Scudder Falls Bridge opened.  The Scudder Falls Bridge originally carried I-95over the Delaware River. I n March 2018, I-95 was renumbered to I-295 across the bridge as part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate I-95 Interchange Project that completed the gap in I-95 … which not runs from Maine to Miami with no gaps.

The entire project consisted of a 4.4 mile stretch from Bear Tavern Road in Ewing New Jersey to the Newtown Bypass (PA-332) in Lower Makefield.

Its major elements and milestones were summarized as

New Scudder Falls Bridge

Replace the current congestion-prone, functionally obsolete Scudder Falls Bridge with a dual-span structure carrying six thru-traffic lanes (three in each direction) and three auxiliary lanes (two Pennsylvania to New Jersey bound, one New Jersey to Pennsylvania bound) for traffic merging onto and off the bridge and shoulders for breakdown/emergency access.

Noise-Abatement Walls

Erect noise-abatement walls where warranted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as part of the main construction contract beginning in 2017 until project completion in 2021. Advance noise wall construction in Pennsylvania was completed in June 2017.

I-95/I-295 Roadway Improvements

Widen the bridge’s Pennsylvania I-295 approach, increasing the roadway to three lanes in each direction. Improve drainage and approach-roadway exit/entry transitions in New Jersey; both project components to be completed in 2021.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Path

Construct a pedestrian/bicycle walkway on the new bridge’s upstream side with ramps and pathways to recreational canal towpaths in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; open for public use in 2021.

Interchange Improvements

Reconstruct the entire I-295/Route 29 Interchange (Exit 76) and its associated ramps and structures in Ewing, New Jersey; to be completed late 2020 or early 2021. Reconfigure the I-295/Taylorsville Road Interchange (Exit 10) in Lower Makefield, PA; to be completed in 2021.

All-Electronic Tolling System

Install an all-electronic tolling (AET) gantry and related infrastructure for highway-speed toll collection using E-ZPass tag readers and high-speed cameras for license-plate billing in 2019; tolls collected in the Pennsylvania bound direction only.

Joe's eassy-ging style eenhanced his presentation

as he shared information on the progress of the replaacement bridge

and answering a wide-ranging number of questions about the project's future timing.

Approximately 135,000 cubic feet of concrete will be needed to complete the upstream span’s road deck.  That works out to around 20 million pounds of concrete, or roughly 10,000 tons.  More than 500 concrete truck loads will be needed to carry out the entire process.

Steel pans and rebar were installed across the entire bridge deck late last year in preparation for the pouring of the concrete deck.  This was followed the placement of the bridge’s steel support girders earlier in the year.  The girders sit atop bearings that allow for expansion and contraction of the bridge deck as temperature rise and ebb annually with the seasons.  The bearings rest on piers and abutments that were constructed in late 2017 and the first half of 2018.

The bridge’s upstream span is the first of two, side-by-side bridge structures that will comprise the Scudder Falls Toll Bridge.  Each structure will have continuous-span decks, a design that reduces the number of deck joints that can contribute to decay or failure in a bridge structure.

By July 10th, the off and on ramps to and from NJ-29 should be open and the new span will begin to carry two-way traffic.  The tolling of traffic (westbound into Pennsyvania – only) will begin at 12:01 AM on July 15th

The current bridge will then be removed and aa new eastbound (PA to NJ) bridge constructed. 

On the north side of the southbound lanes, a pedestrian/bike bridge will be opened with access to the canal paths in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey

When the project is finally completed in 2021, the lane profile will look as follows:

Joe also made a pitch for people who do not already have EZ Pass to get signed-up as the sysssstem is pervasive from Virginia to Illinois to Maine (excepting Connecticut and Vermont where there are no toll roads)

And it is economical.  In just one trip a month across the westbound lane of the new Scudder Falls Bridge a person could save moree than the monthly cost of having an EZ Pass transponder!

Thanks from VFW Post 6393, Yardley, PA

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6393 in Yardley has been the recipient of many of the gift cards the Club has purchased with monies it has solicited outsside a number of area supermarkets. 

While the Club never seeks recognition or thanks, it was heartwarming to reccive the following letter from Russ Davidson, the post commander.

Fund Raising at the Golden Nugget Flea Market for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Flea Markets are proof positive of the old adage that "one man's junk is another man's treasure. "

Alan Agree and Dick Newbert spent Sunday morning at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville … and it was a Golden Day!

with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

While most of the traffic are just lookers,

others were interested in specific items, with DVDs, Alaskan license plates, bear warning signs, camera tripods and even golf balls attracting the most attention.

Like all such events, buyers were looking to hagle for a better price.  However, when we mentioned that all of the monies raised were being donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their quest to find cures and treatements for blood cancers, the vast majority actually decided to pay the asking price,

threw an extra dollar or two in our collection jar and, in the case of one incredibly generous individual whose son has multiple meyeloma, he returned and quietly handed us a $50 bill!

By thee end of the morning, we took in $360 of which $70 were donations!

Together with other efforts, and a corporate match, our 2019 collections now exceed $13,000!

However, not content to having exceeded our goal for the year, we will be attending other flea markets, participating in the Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Doylestown in October and undertaking other initiatives.

If interested in helping our Rotary Club support this important cause, please click on our Home Page


Semi-Annual Road Clean-up

Under the organizational leadership of Syd Baron, Club members took time out today to pick-up litter along Yardley-Langhrone Road.

Surprisingly, and on a truly positive note, less trash was found … hopefully signaling that drivers are exhibiting a greater degree of respect for the local environment and not disposing of their trash along the roadway.


(l to r)  Syd Baron, Alan Agree, Steve Manas, Jerry Redington, Jimmy Gay and Augie Adrid

Photographer Dick Newbert

It is worth noting that the "average" age of this dedicated crew is just shy of 80 years old!


Holly Tuttle, Care Manager Supervisor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging

We were joined this moning by Holly Tuttle, the Bucks County Area Aagency on Aging's Care Manager Supervisor

Holly, a 20-year veteran of the Agency, explained that the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), one of 52 in Pennsylvania, is responsible for the planning and implementation of a variety of services and programs to assist older adults and their families.  We are organized as the local agent of the PA Department of Aging, whose broad goal is to provide comprehensive services to help adults age 60+ maintain independence in their homes and communities.  Our priority consumers are those with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

What They Do

The AAA offers more than twenty programs covering a wide range of needs.  For those who qualify, these services may include in-home personal care and support services; family caregiver support; transportation; home-delivered meals and adult day care.  Additional services include health insurance counseling, adult protective services, legal assistance, health promotion programs and ombudsman services. 

Mnay programs offered by the AAA are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, unique ass its proceeds can ony be used to fund programss for older persons.  Some of its major programs include:

  • Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract of the Elderly (PACE) – helps pay for prescribed medicines for Pennsylvania residentss 65 years or age or older who meet incodm eligibility guidelines.
  • Rent and Property Tax Rebates – reimburses, up to $650 annually, personss whose income is less than $35,000 per household who are 65 years of age and over, widows and widowers over age 50, and permanently disabled persons 18 years and over.
  • Transportation – free mass transit provided inurban areas to persons age 65 and over, and reduced-fare transportation services for persons age 65 and over in both rural and urban ares.  There is also paratransit services for disabled persons.
  • Funds for Area Agencies on Aging – to provide a viariety of services and benefits to older persons.

Consumers may also call the AAA to inquire about eligibility these programs.

Among the other services the AAA can provide are:

  • Care Management Services  – Many people have heard the term "Care Management," but are not sure exactly what it means. Care Management is an integral part of Long Term Care. The need for Long Term Care can arise either gradually, as a person needs more and more assistance with their activities of daily living, or suddenly, for example, following a hip fracture or stroke.

  • In-Home Services  –  Trained aides can assist elderly clients in need with their personal care and other necessary tasks such as grocery shopping or laundry. This service may be privately obtained or may be subsidized by the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). In order to receive these services from the AAA, a person would have to be assessed by a social worker to determine the need.

  • Adult Day Care Providers  –  For those seniors who require constant supervision which their families are unable to provide, or for those seniors who need socialization opportunities but are too physically or mentally impaired to attend a senior center, Adult Day Care provides daytime supervision and activities which are geared to the abilities of the participants. This service may be obtained privately or may be subsidized by the Area Agency on Aging.

  • Nursing Facilities In Bucks County  –  Individuals age 18 or older who are requesting Medical Assistance funding for nursing home care are assessed by a social worker to determine that placement in a nursing facility is appropriate. Although every case is unique, generally speaking, nursing facility placement is indicated when the individual can no longer remain safely in their own home and 24-hour supervision is required.

  • Nursing Facility Assessment  –  Individuals age 18 or older who are requesting Medical Assistance funding for nursing home care are assessed by a social worker to determine that placement in a nursing facility is appropriate. Although every case is unique, generally speaking, nursing facility placement is indicated when the individual can no longer remain safely in their own home and 24-hour supervision is required.

  • Personal Care Facilities  –  The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging is providing a public service of maintaining a directory of licensed Personal Care Facilities in Bucks County.

  • APPRISE – Insurance Counseling  –  a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians age 60 and over with health insurance concerns.   APPRISE counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare, provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about health insurance.  APPRISE services are free and all information is kept completely confidential.

  • Health Promotion Programs  –  PrimeTime Health is an exciting program sponsored by the PA Department of Aging and administered locally by the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. Older Pennsylvanians are staying healthy, active and independent through activities that are fun and informative. PrimeTime Health programs cover a wide range of subjects that are important to people as they get older and are available throughout the year.

  • Nutritional Services  –  Nutritious meals are served in a group setting at least once a day, five days a week, depending on the facility – usually senior centers. A complete listing of centers is provided on this web site under the heading, "Senior Community Centers."  For those older persons who are unable to prepare meals and have no other means of obtaining a hot, nutritious meal, home delivered meals can be provided.

  • County Senior Community Centers  –  There are thirteen County Senior Community Centers located throughout Bucks County and all provide a variety of recreational and educational programs. Most also serve a hot, nutritious meal. County Senior Community Centers link older adults to community resources and help seniors maintain their wellness and independence.

  • Employment Assistance  –  The Area Agency on Aging is a partner in PA CareerLink, the one-stop resource for recruitment, hiring and finding a job.  Persons age 55 and over with limited income may also be eligible for the Title V program, which places persons in part-time positions in non-profit agencies with the goal of providing training and more permanent employment. Applicants must meet income guidelines to qualify.

  • Positively Aging Volunteer Program  –  The Bucks County Positively Aging volunteer program provides opportunities for adults age 18+ to engage in volunteer service and contribute time, experience and knowledge to others in their communities.  There are many volunteer opportunities throughout Bucks County, and the Volunteer Coordinator will make every effort to match volunteers with an assignment that best meets their interests and skills. If specific services are offered, staff will make every effort to identify an organization that is in need and can best accommodate those skills and services.

  • Elder Abuse  –  Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons across the U.S. are abused, neglected and exploited.  Many victims are frail and vulnerable, cannot help themselves, and depend on others to meet their most basic needs.  Elder abuse can present itself in various forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial or material exploitation, neglect and self-neglect.  If you suspect mistreatment of an older person, you should report it to your local Area Agency on Aging.  For Bucks County residents, the phone numbers are listed below.  Even if you are not sure abuse has occurred, but feel you have a reason to be concerned about the older person’s well-being, you should make the call.  All calls are confidential.  Every Area Agency on Aging you call to report suspected elder abuse has specially trained staff to deal with these situations and to investigate the report.  If you report a suspected case of elder abuse, your name will not be revealed without your permission.  The staff person will contact the older person suspected of being abused.  If abuse has occurred, steps will be taken to advise the older adult of options available, protect the victim, stop the abuse and prevent it from happening again.  If abuse has not occurred, but the older person or family appears to need assistance, the staff person may refer the family to other services available through the Area Agency on Aging or other agencies.

All clients are assigned a Client Manager.  If needed Legal Aid is available.


Afterwards, Holly drew the winning ticket for two first row seats aat the June 26th game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.

Holly pulling the winnint ticket with Fundraising Chaaair, Irv Perlstein'

The drawing's winner was Jeff Schur of 611 Auto Connection, 246 East County Line Road in Hatboro.

The raffle nettedd a total of $500 … with $200 being dedicated to the Club's work witth the William Dick School and the balance of $300 being going toward the Club's 22019 fundraising goal fof $10,000 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (aaand we're 85% of the way toward that goal).



Presentation to John and Ruth Clough of Angel Flight East

John Clough, a pilot with Angel Flight East and his lovely wife, Ruth, joined the club for breakfast this morning.  Again this year, Angel Flight Northeast was is the recipient of the proceeds of our annual Pancake Breakfast held at and in partnership with

in Newtown, PA. 

Each year, John continues to provide additional information about this amazing organization.

Celebrating more than 23 years in service, Angel Flight Northeast is a story about the courageous men, women and children and their families with an incredible will to live.  Angel Flight Northeast flies these fine people free of charge to hospitals so they can receive critical care treatment. We have answered over 77,000 flight requests and have flown over 14 million miles since we began operation in Spring 1996.

During their busy times, we schedule between 80 to 100 flights for these courageous patients and their families ensuring they have access to medical care they need.

We have never turned away a request, and with a little help from the organization’s friends and supporters, they never will.

Inspiring Beginnings

Angel Flight Northeast was founded by Fr. Larry Camerlin, an avid pilot and priest who has dedicated his professional career to the healthcare field.  He knew he wanted to find a way to give back to the community and support those in need of accessing life-saving medical care.

After leaving the Franciscan Order, he continued his ministry in healthcare and hospice work.  Fr. Larry is a Catholic priest in the American Old Catholic Church, one of the rites of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, whose mission is rooted in the gospels, while providing an affirming, inclusive, evangelical and sacramental presence to all in their diversity.  Fr. Larry holds a B.A. in Philosophy and M.Div in Pastoral Ministry.  He is married with four children and six grandchildren.

With pro bono counsel from attorney Nicholas Hodge at the international law firm of  K & L Gates LLP, Angel Flight NE was incorporated in March 1996 and soon thereafter the IRS granted us 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.  Using a small office space donated by the Beverly Flight Center, our flight operations began on May 31, 1996 with 10 volunteer pilots and two requests for flights.

Today, Angel Flight Northeast is comprised of 500+ volunteer private pilots who combine our love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying patients and their families to the critical health care they need.  They provide air transportation in private aircraft by volunteer pilots so that children and adults may access life-saving medical care free of charge.  

We are also a vital mode of transportation for organs, blood and for patients awaiting organ transplants. We also make compassion flights and provide air care wherever there is a compelling human need.  Through our membership in Air Care Alliance, we can arrange flights throughout most of the country and Canada.  Angel Flight Northeast flies extensively in the Northeast portion of the country.

The Angels for Armed Forces® program provides free flights to military personnel and veterans, who need to access medical care.  It also provides flights for military family members who need to travel to visit injured service members and whose financial resources do not permit them to travel by commercial airlines.

These flights are conducted by Angel Flight Northeast volunteer pilots, many being veterans themselves, who share not only a love of flying, but also have a deep commitment to helping others. They donate their time, their airplanes, all expenses of the flight, and mostly, their hearts to serve their community and those in need.

Angel Flight Northeast entered into a memorandum of understanding with the USO in 2010 to mutually promote the Angels for Armed Forces® program.

Earth Angels is a vital partner with Angel Flight Northeast generously donate their time and vehicles to transport patients to and from the airport / medical facilities.

Fast Facts about Angel Flight Northeast

Its Passengers:

  • Range from transporting children and adults for medical care to flying people for compassion flights and other compelling needs.
  • All our flights are offered completely FREE to the passenger,their family, and travelling companions.

  • Angle Flight Northeast has never refused anyone in need!
  • We serve patients nationwide through our partnership with other air charities and airlines.
  • Approximately 40% of our patients are children, suffering from life-threatening cancer, severe burns or crippling diseases.
  • We will fly people for as long and as often as they need to travel, with no limit whatsoever to the number of flights we provide.

Our Flights and Area of Coverage:

  • Their flights are flown in private aircraft, by volunteer pilots and commercial airlines.
  • Their volunteer pilots donate their time, talent, airplane, fuel and operating expenses.
  • Their volunteer pilots have flown over 14 million miles.
  • They have scheduled more than 77,000 missions since 1996.
  • On average they coordinate 80-100 missions per week.
  • They have recruited 500+ volunteer trained pilots.
  • Over 200 “Earth Angels” donate their time and cars to drive our patients to and from the hospital and airports.
  • Each dollar donated generates on average five dollars worth of contributed services by Angel Flight NE volunteers.
  • They primary service area covers 9 states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Additionally, we can serve patients nationwide through our partnership with other air charities and airlines.

John then ran two of many on-line videos of real families whose families have been saved in part due to the incredible generosity and dedication of Angel Flight Northeast and its dedicated pilots. 

Please take a few minute to learn more about these heartwarming stories at:  http://www.angelflightne.org/news-events/videos.html?wvideo=g2mqohb83k

John fielded questions, including lots of them about his plane, logistics, and certifications. He is on his fourth plan, this one is a fast, four-seater. He has it docked at a professional airstrip not far from his home in New Holland. While he could do a lot of maintenance himself, he also has them service it. He uses the regular landing strips at all of the major airports in this area (VA to Boston). Of course, everyone was in awe of how expertly he must have to guide in his plane, given very busy airports. The air traffic controllers treat him like any other plane. (The airports also waive all fees for Angel Flight.).

John’s only allowed to fly at far lower altitudes than his commercial peers/plans. John is usually at 10,000 to a max of 13,000 ft. up in the air.

He has an FAA physical once a year (private pilots are only required to do that every 3 years!). He must also notify the FAA if he goes to the doctor and anytime he fills a prescription. There is extremely close monitoring of pilots, understandably. He must demonstrate and re-certify as a pilot annually as well. He has basic emergency equipment on board and related training, thankfully he has never had to use it.

Our club’s $1600 will go to defray some of John’s gasoline costs. John flies about once a week for Angel Flight and plans to do it, “as long as I am in fine health!” As he accepted the club’s check, he and his wife again thanked and blessed us all for our unwavering support of his efforts.

The Club was then honored to present John and Ruth with a check for $1,600.

(l to r)  Pancake Breakfast Chair and former Navy pilot Jerry Redington, Ruth and John Clough and Club President Jeff Revak

When we hve the unique opportunity to meet and work with and support folks like John, we are reminded of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson; The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.


Tomorrow, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by so many American, British and Canadian soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, estimated at 10,000, including 2,500 dead … to help secure freedom for millions across Europe.


Finally, our sincere congratulations to our Assistant District Governor, Chris Potter, who recently received both recognition and a more expansive job within Rotary District 7450 Director for Areas 1, 2, and 3, after serving in Rotary since 1988 and a significant promothion at Kramer Insurance Center.


May Student-of-the-Month Nikola Hulak

Club members Augie Adrid and Fred Edelman traveled to Maple Point Middle School this afternoon to present our May Student-of-the-Month award to Nikola Hulak, who due to illness was unable to attend our May awards dinner meeting.

A Certificate of Recognition and Check for $100 was presented by Student Programs Chair Augie Adrid

Nikola's teacher, Dr. Rosemary Hasley, had wonderful praise for her "exceptional" student who aspires to become a doctor to serve and help others. 

(l to r)  Dr.Rosemary Hasley, Nikola and her proud mom Katarzyna Hulak