The purpose of this organization is to provide information and support to members of the local business community and to actively promote and develop an economic environment in which its members can prosper, expand and diversify. It will address the needs of its members and interact with other individuals and organizations for the overall benefit of the business and residential community of Yardley.
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In 1977 Barry DiNola and his wife Mary Jane opened Yardley Jewelers. Barry is an award winning jewelry designer; he has won the Pennsylvania state jewelry design competition along with the Jewelers of America national competition. He is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society as well as a master goldsmith, silversmith and platinumsmith.
He is a past President of the Pennsylvania Jewelers Association and past president of the local American Gem Society Delaware Valley Chapter and the local Gemological Institute of American Keystone Chapter. Besides this Barry is a volunteer firefighter for the Yardley Makefield Fire Co, he is a Captain on the fire grounds and Co-Marine Rescue Captain and an active Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Yardley Makefield Emergency Unit as well as the Deputy Emergency Manager for Yardley Borough just to mention a few of this extracurricular activities.
He makes jewelry, repairs jewelry and does appraisals for not only his private cliental but for other jewelry stores around the country.
Volunteering and participating in public and civic organizations was instilled in Rich by his parents. His family for many years has been volunteering with various organizations and doing community service. His father was a Yardley borough councilman and the Mayor of Yardley. He also belonged to many civic organizations. His mother was a choir director and worked as a music therapist with patients at a local hospital.
Rich has been a resident of Yardley borough for over 64 years. He has a successful business that he has run for over 40 years. Rich is a life member of the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company which he joined over 50 years ago. He is also a member of the Elks, the Moose and the Sons of the American Legion. He came up with the idea, along with the help of the Sons of the American Legion, and started the American flags you’ll see displayed throughout Yardley in the summertime. Rich created the idea, and for many years, successfully ran the Sons of the American Legion Christmas tree sales. He has been a member of the Yardley Borough Sewer Authority.
As the President of the Yardley Business Association, Rich is projecting to guide the organization through a growth in membership and expand the public’s awareness of the businesses that are members of the Association.
The Association anticipates to better the community and create a “hometown” feel like bygone days. We do this with presenting events like Harvest Day and Yardley’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Parade. As President, Rich is hoping to create more family “hometown” events like this.
Commander Smith served with the United States Navy from 1984 to 1990 and achieved the rank of E5 SK – Store Keeper – 2.
For his service to our nation Commander Smith earned: the Navy Good Conduct ribbon, the Battle E Efficiency ribbon, the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 2 awards for excellence in service.
Commander Smith served on the USS Proteus AS-19 Submarine Tender and the USS Arthur W. Radford DD-968 Spruance Class Destroyer. Commander Smith further served at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster PA.
He has lived in Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough for Ten years. He has been a member of the American Legion since 1994.C
Commander Smith, has been the Commander of the Knowles-Doyle American Legion Post since 2017.
Commander Smith is the proud father of three children. His youngest son Tommy is a Graduate from Pennsbury HS. His daughter Katie is a graduate student at La Salle University and a graduate from West Chester University and his oldest Son Andrew is a Graduate of Ewing HS.
Donna Allen is the publisher of 10 community newspapers in Bucks County under the corporate umbrella of Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. They are the Yardley Voice, Morrisville Times, Fairless Focus, Newtown Gazette, Northampton Herald, Langhorne Ledger, Lower Southampton Spirit, Warwick Journal, Doylestown Observer, and the New Hope News.
The focus of these thriving newspapers is primarily coverage of non-profit organizations and people doing good deeds in the community. There are opportunities for Businesses to take part in the editorial with featured profiles or as columnists (experts in their fields). There are also advertising opportunities in print and on the website at www.timespub.com.
Donna and her husband Mark Allen recently moved to Yardley and are looking forward to getting more involved on a personal level with the community. Publishing the Yardley Voice and ‘all the good news that’s fit to print” for 25 years, it’s been clear that there are a lot of great things going on in the area and was one of the reasons she and her family moved here.
Yardley Borough is located on a pristine section of the Delaware River and is bisected by the Delaware Canal. Idyllic Lake Afton forms the center of town. Yardley’s restaurants are located on or near these scenic waterways and are accessible to hikers and bikers. The town provides a great atmosphere for a before or after dinner stroll through its scenic and historic streets.
Bucks County is rich in history and abounds in family activities. A visit to Yardley’s eclectic dining establishments could be paired with a trip to Sesame Place near the Oxford Valley Mall or a tour of Washington Crossing Historic Park, just 3 miles up the Delaware River.
Yardley Borough is conveniently located off exit 51 of I-95. The borough has a Septa Regional Rail Train Station serviced by the West Trenton line to and from Philadelphia and surrounding communities. New Jersey Transit’s Trenton Train Station is a short drive for visitors from the Princeton or New York City areas.
Yardley was settled by William Yeardley (as the name was then spelled), a Quaker minister seeking religious freedom who emigrated to American from England with his wife, three sons and a servant in July 1682. Before leaving England, he made an agreement with William Penn to purchase a 519-acre tract for ten pounds sterling. He settled on Dolington Road and built a log cabin and later a stone house called “Prospect Farm”. The Yardley family occupied the land for more than 150 years.
William Yeardley and his family died of smallpox in 1702 and the original house burned down. In 1704, a nephew, Thomas Yeardley, came to America to settle the estate. He never returned to England and by 1710 had established Yardley’s first ferry at the foot of what is now Letchworth Avenue (the lower boundary of the early village). It developed into a major river crossing and this area became known as Yardley’s Ferry.