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“The distinct lack of recreational activities in the Gate in summer,” can promote anti-social behavior. His coalition is...
07/13/2019
Middletown residents seek more recreation, preservation

“The distinct lack of recreational activities in the Gate in summer,” can promote anti-social behavior. His coalition is working with the Neshaminy School District to support at-risk youth.

Dozens of residents brought their concerns and ideas for improving the township to a meeting on developing the township's new comprehensive plan.

“So Far” so good for ticket sales to Broadway star Adam Pascal’s one night solo performance at the Bucks County Playhous...
07/13/2019
Broadway star Adam Pascal to visit Bucks County Playhouse

“So Far” so good for ticket sales to Broadway star Adam Pascal’s one night solo performance at the Bucks County Playhouse on Wednesday.

Tony-nominated “Rent” star Adam Pascal will perform his new solo show “So Far” at the Bucks County Playhouse on Wednesday.

Registered medical marijuana users and prospective patients will be able to use cannabis to treat anxiety disorders and ...
07/12/2019
PA adds anxiety, Tourette syndrome for medical marijauna use

Registered medical marijuana users and prospective patients will be able to use cannabis to treat anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome as of July 20.

Starting July 20, registered patients in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program could use cannabis in conjunction with therapy and other treatments for

McClay said on Friday that the law enforcement database that Pitcher allegedly misused is continually monitored to preve...
07/12/2019
Morrisville cop accused of misusing law-enforcement-only database to harass driver

McClay said on Friday that the law enforcement database that Pitcher allegedly misused is continually monitored to prevent such situations.

Morrisville Borough Council is scheduled to meet in executive session Monday night to discuss the next steps it will take involving a veteran police officer accused of misusing police resources to harass a Lower Makefield man who drove too slow.

David Sichel offers a ride service in Bucks County for those who are seeking to receive treatment and clean themselves u...
07/12/2019
Trevose man driving recovery with transportation service

David Sichel offers a ride service in Bucks County for those who are seeking to receive treatment and clean themselves up.

David Sichel offers a ride service in Bucks County for those who are seeking to receive treatment and clean themselves up.

Our editorial board is not comfortable with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden declaration that he does not need the le...
07/12/2019
Editorial: Gov. Wolf struggles to win voting machine money

Our editorial board is not comfortable with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden declaration that he does not need the legislature to borrow $90 million. Editorial: http://bit.ly/2LgLjbT

We're uncomfortable with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's sudden declaration that he does not need the legislature to borrow $90 million to help counties pay

Mothers and fathers. Veterans. Homicide victims. A Holocaust survivor. All are on the lists of unclaimed remains sitting...
07/12/2019
Unclaimed

Mothers and fathers. Veterans. Homicide victims. A Holocaust survivor. All are on the lists of unclaimed remains sitting on shelves in the Bucks County morgue. The reasons why they're unclaimed are as varied as how they died, and each one has a story. Read more about these unclaimed dead, online now.

Parents, newborns, veterans, homicide victims. All are on the list of unclaimed dead in Bucks, Burlington and Montgomery counties.

Wachspress, 53, said at Wednesday’s news conference that’s she’s running for higher office because she’s never been one ...
07/12/2019
Race for 1st Congressional District takes shape

Wachspress, 53, said at Wednesday’s news conference that’s she’s running for higher office because she’s never been one to sit on the sidelines when she feels there needs to be change.

Lower Makefield Democrat Debbie Wachspress announced her candidacy during a news conference Wednesday. County Prothonotary will also run as a Democrat,

“His final wishes to me were to have a final welcome home parade that he never received coming back from Vietnam.”
07/11/2019
Veteran given proper send-off in Upper Makefield

“His final wishes to me were to have a final welcome home parade that he never received coming back from Vietnam.”

Vietnam veteran Matthew Kelly received the parade he had waited for most his life when about 150 people from various veterans groups honored the Philadelphia resident with a military burial at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Upper Makefield on Wednesday.

“Certainly, I think unanimously we are happy with Central Bucks Regional Police service and coverage, but ... police cov...
07/11/2019
New Britain considers leaving Central Bucks police

“Certainly, I think unanimously we are happy with Central Bucks Regional Police service and coverage, but ... police coverage is expensive for us.”

New Britain Borough officials voted Tuesday to form a “negotiating team” to investigate contracting police services from a nearby municipality and leaving the Central Bucks Regional Police Department.

07/11/2019

Mothers and fathers. Veterans. Homicide victims. A Holocaust survivor. All are on the lists of unclaimed remains sitting on shelves in the Bucks County morgue. The reasons why they're unclaimed are as varied as how they died, and each one has a story. Read more about these unclaimed dead, online Friday and in Sunday's print editions.

“This legislation would give researchers and government officials the tools and resources needed to ward off tick-borne ...
07/11/2019
Fitzpatrick, local Lyme disease group support TICK bill

“This legislation would give researchers and government officials the tools and resources needed to ward off tick-borne illnesses.”

The TICK Act, or H.B. 3073, would establish an Office of Oversight and Coordination for Vector-Borne Disease at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reauthorize funding for regional centers of excellence in vector-borne disease for five years, and authorize CDC grants for state health d...

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify three men they say stole $60,000 and a PS4 gaming system from a home...
07/11/2019
Police: 3 men stole $60K from Bensalem home

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify three men they say stole $60,000 and a PS4 gaming system from a home in the 700 block of Bridgewater Road on June 30.

Police are asking for the public's help to find three men they say stole $60,000 and a PS4 gaming system from a home in the 700 block of Bridgewater Road

Our editorial board says it's unfair to offer a commuter discount on Scudder Falls Bridge tolls only to NJ E-ZPass custo...
07/10/2019
Editorial: Scudder Falls bridge project at the halfway mark

Our editorial board says it's unfair to offer a commuter discount on Scudder Falls Bridge tolls only to NJ E-ZPass customers. What about PA E-ZPass users?

The first span of the new Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River opens today to Pennsylvania-bound traffic on I-295, two years after work on it

Eleven children from New York City will have the chance to explore suburban Bucks as part of the Fresh Air Fund.
07/10/2019
NYC children arrive in Bucks for 'Fresh Air' summer adventures

Eleven children from New York City will have the chance to explore suburban Bucks as part of the Fresh Air Fund.

The Fresh Air Fund facilitates visits for New York City kids to stay with host families and enjoy the outdoors in Bucks County each summer.

A Delaware Valley University professor and his summer intern are testing whether trapping the spotted lanternfly could h...
07/10/2019
DelVal scientists hope to test traps to catch invasive lanternfly

A Delaware Valley University professor and his summer intern are testing whether trapping the spotted lanternfly could help combat its destructive path.

Dr. Chris Tipping and a student at Delaware Valley University are working together to test a bug trap that will successfully trap lanternflies, an

Gander RV 400 Ticket Sweepstakes
07/10/2019
Gander RV 400 Ticket Sweepstakes

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Enter daily for your chance to win a 4 Pack of tickets + Pit passes to the Gander 400 at Pocono Raceway!

Bucks County officials are remaining tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old Bensale...
07/10/2019
Coroner: Bensalem man third inmate to complete suicide

Bucks County officials are remaining tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old Bensalem man, the third inmate to complete suicide at the Doylestown Township jail in a year.

Bucks County officials and its prison medical contractor are not answering questions about what measures they are taking to enhance inmate suicide

Did you watch the moon landing 50 years ago? We want to hear from our readers about their memories, or what that amazing...
07/09/2019
Where were you when man first walked on the moon?

Did you watch the moon landing 50 years ago? We want to hear from our readers about their memories, or what that amazing moment meant for their families. Please use this form to share your memory with us!

Share with us what you remember, using the form on this link.

State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo on Monday announced plans to introduce legislation to help counties buy new voting machines o...
07/09/2019
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo to introduce new $90M voting machine bill

State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo on Monday announced plans to introduce legislation to help counties buy new voting machines only days after Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed a similar bill passed by the Senate.

The proposed legislation would float up to $90 million in state bonds to reimburse counties about 60% percent of the more than $100 million estimated to

Environmental advocates want to see increased protection for the Upper Bucks waterway, while the Department of Environme...
07/09/2019
DEP considers relaxed standards for Tohickon Creek

Environmental advocates want to see increased protection for the Upper Bucks waterway, while the Department of Environmental Protection is proposing a new regulatory designation that would downgrade its status.

Environmental advocates want to see increased protection for the Upper Bucks waterway, while the Department of Environmental Protection is proposing a new

“We do have a lot of ER visits but when it comes down to it I’d like to see more practitioners, more family practice her...
07/09/2019
New Lower Bucks CEO hopes to bring stability, new services to hospital

“We do have a lot of ER visits but when it comes down to it I’d like to see more practitioners, more family practice here and really taking care of the community here,” he said.

Michael Motte joins Lower Bucks Hospital from the St. Alexius Hospitals in St. Louis, where he served as CEO for nearly a decade.

State law requires public school boards to consider renewals for charter schools located within their boundaries every f...
07/09/2019
School Lane Charter School renewed through 2023

State law requires public school boards to consider renewals for charter schools located within their boundaries every five years, though there is no requirement the new charter be granted the first year it’s up for renewal.

The renewal process for the Bensalem charter school had dragged on through 2018 and half of this year before the school board recently voted to grant another charter.

Racial equity/cultural humility and restorative justice in education will both be conducted by Simmons and Peace Center ...
07/09/2019
Peace Center offering summer workshops

Racial equity/cultural humility and restorative justice in education will both be conducted by Simmons and Peace Center Community Engagement and Leadership Director Gayle Evans.

The Langhorne-based nonprofit will have workshops in compassionate listening, racial equity/cultural humility and restorative justice in education.

Although there are some traps available to catch lanternflies, they are largely ineffective because of how sticky they a...
07/09/2019
DelVal scientists hope to create trap to catch invasive lanternfly

Although there are some traps available to catch lanternflies, they are largely ineffective because of how sticky they are.

Dr. Chris Tipping and a student at Delaware Valley University are working together to test a bug trap that will successfully trap lanternflies, an invasive species of bug found in Bucks County and various other parts of the state.

It’s at any one of these beautiful sites that historical dreamers like me wonder what it was like riding long, narrow sc...
07/09/2019
LaVO: Delaware Canal tales

It’s at any one of these beautiful sites that historical dreamers like me wonder what it was like riding long, narrow scows drawn by mule teams through 23 locks from coal fields above Easton to Bristol. Many tales survive. Here’s a sampler:

Of mule teams, lock tenders and hazards on Bucks County’s 19th-century wonder.

He hopes to help push the entertainment industry toward more diversity and inclusivity.
07/09/2019
Despite challenges, CR South graduate has the look

He hopes to help push the entertainment industry toward more diversity and inclusivity.

Northampton native Julian W. Lucas is tearing down boundaries in the entertainment industry by becoming one of the first one-armed models.

From columnist JD Mullane: Arturo Guzman-Jimenez struck and killed Sigrid Davis, 79, then sped off. In court, he said le...
07/08/2019
Mullane: One day, he'll be back

From columnist JD Mullane: Arturo Guzman-Jimenez struck and killed Sigrid Davis, 79, then sped off. In court, he said leaving the scene doesn’t make him a “bad person, a criminal.”

Arturo Guzman-Jimenez struck and killed Sigrid Davis, 79, then sped off. In court, he said leaving the scene doesn't make him a "bad person, a

Washington Crossing re-enactor takes to a bigger stage at Cannes Lions Festival in France, helping marketers work togeth...
07/08/2019
Yardley native travels far, yet close to his roots

Washington Crossing re-enactor takes to a bigger stage at Cannes Lions Festival in France, helping marketers work together in multi-media endeavors.

Washington Crossing re-enactor takes to a bigger stage at Cannes Lions Festival in France, helping marketers work together in multi-media endeavors.

Under U.S. law, CBD can be legally sold so long as products contain less than 0.3% THC. The trouble is, no government ag...
07/08/2019
Cannabis-based CBD grows vogue despite gov't tests

Under U.S. law, CBD can be legally sold so long as products contain less than 0.3% THC. The trouble is, no government agency is actually testing.

Cannabidiol is legal when it contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol. But no government agency tests products to ensure you won't get high or

Are you in Kaepernick's corner?
07/07/2019
Gianficaro: This time, Kaepernick deserves to be flagged

Are you in Kaepernick's corner?

Because I believe Colin Kaepernick’s hand in the recall of Nike’s 13-star flag emblem on its new sneakers is wrong, it doesn’t mean I don’t believe his kneeling during the national anthem when he was an NFL player wasn’t right.

Last day to vote in the Best of Bucks 2019 contest! Voting ends at midnight.
07/07/2019
Best of Bucks 2019

Last day to vote in the Best of Bucks 2019 contest! Voting ends at midnight.

We invite you to vote for your favorites in dozens of categories. If you vote in more than 25 categories, you'll be entered in a sweepstakes to win $500! Votes can be placed between June 23 and July 7, 2019.

The housing is largely tax exempt and the authority had previously been paying the district only about $7,000 a year, au...
07/07/2019
Bristol Township schools to get $250K a year from housing authority

The housing is largely tax exempt and the authority had previously been paying the district only about $7,000 a year, authority Executive Director Donald Grondahl said.

Venice Ashby, a low-income housing section owned by the Bucks County Housing Authority, had previously been only a very small source of revenue for the district.

Each veteran will be accompanied by a volunteer “guardian” for the day, and will be welcomed home to fanfare with an eve...
07/06/2019
Veterans invited to info session on Bucks County Tour of Honor

Each veteran will be accompanied by a volunteer “guardian” for the day, and will be welcomed home to fanfare with an event at Parx in Bensalem.

The next Tour of Honor will occur on Oct. 7, escorting veterans to the war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Bucks County has yet to make a decision whether it will replace its machines, but officials have said they are evaluatin...
07/06/2019
Voting machines bill vetoed in fight over election changes

Bucks County has yet to make a decision whether it will replace its machines, but officials have said they are evaluating their options. No money was appropriated for new machines in the current year’s budget.

Gov. Tom Wolf said he remained committed to helping counties pay for voting machines, but he did not say how he might come up with the money without approval from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

07/06/2019

Proponents of cannabidiol say it's good for what ails you. Studies say it's not so clear cut. So is it a quick, natural remedy? Or could it cost you your job, or worse? Find out Sunday in the newspaper and online!

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