Bucks County Herald

Friday, April 25, 2014
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Doylestown courthouse area roads to be closed for emergency drill

On Saturday, May 3, emergency officials will conduct an “Active Shooter Drill” in the Bucks County Courthouse and Administration Building, bringing together police, fire and emergency medical personnel, as well as other designated participants.

Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be no public access to the buildings, and a number of roads in the borough will be closed for a portion of that time.

Fire police officers will be stationed at the East Court Street intersections of Church and Main streets and the Broad Street intersections of Main Street and Garden Alley. The roads will be closed to traffic between those intersections on East Court Street and Broad Street between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during those time.

Electronic signage will notify drivers of the closures during the upcoming days. More information about the drill will be available prior to the event.

Princeton Girlchoir performs in Newtown

The Newtown Presbyterian Church Concert Series features the Princeton Girlchoir Concert Choir, conducted by Lynnel Jenkins, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at 25 N. Chancellor St., Newtown. The concert is free and open to the public with an invitation for free will offerings for PGC.

Nakashima complex designated as a National Landmark

Harrisburg: The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission joined with the historic preservation community across the country April 23 in recognizing the George Nakashima Woodworker Complex in New Hope as a National Landmark, designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The designation of the Nakashima’s Woodworker Complex, along with three other sites, was made by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis as part of National Park Week. The sites announced Wednesday join 2,540 other sites across the country recognized as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

Details will be in the May 1 edition of the Herald.


Coroner’s toxicology report cites drug use

A variety of drugs were found in the system of one of the drivers involved in a head-on collision in Buckingham that took her life and that of a second driver.

Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell released the report Wednesday revealing that Nicole Bereshny-Ott of Hatfield was under the influence of cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Ambien and other drugs.

Quakertown takes step in parking lot plan

Despite passionate opposition from residents and business owners, Quakertown Borough Council has taken its first official step in bringing a controversial development to the downtown business district.

Forum focuses on Affordable Care Act, Medicaid

Issues affecting women’s health took center stage at a recent Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition event.

Palisades continues agricultural exemption

The Palisades School Board votes to contine tax increase exemptions for properties that qualify under the Bucks County agricultural area preservation program.

Two honored as “Friend of Education”

Deibler Elementary School Principal Deb Brady and Pennridge Central Middle School Secretary Suzie Wolfinger will be honored by the Pennridge Community Education Foundation with “Friend of Education” awards.

Tinicum supervisors hear bridge concerns

With a Headquarters Road bridge resolution nearing, Tinicum residents express concern about other bridges.

Centre Bridge plaques to be restored

Two large bronze historical plaques removed from granite monument stones on the Centre Bridge-Stockton Bridge will be restored as part of the bridge’s 200th anniversary celebration.

Food 4 Troops back at Doylestown farm mart

The volunteer group Food 4 Troops, which sends boxes of nonperishable food to troops stationed in war zones, is back at the Doylestown Farmers Market each Saturday morning.


A weekend of fantasy

Music, mustaches and inventions were part of the recent “Fantasy Faire: Days of Future Past, Steampunk Edition” in New Hope.



Doylestown Presbyterian Church held its HEARTSapalooza dinner dance and auction.

Sculpture New Hope

A members preview and awards ceremony opened Sculpture New Hope at New Hope Arts.

Opinion and Editorials

Kathryn Finegan Clark: By the Way

Inspired by Disney, educated in Paris

Childhood dreams of dressing a Disney princess led to Pamela Ptak’s current standing as Bucks County’s prima fashionista.

Charles Meredith:

Baum aficionados jammed the room

Fans of Bucks County painter Walter Emerson Baum turn out for program.



CB East defeats Pennridge in lacrosse

CB East girls are tied for the Suburban One League National Conference after defeating Pennridge in lacrosse, 17-12.

Finish line in sight for four local teams

Boys’ tennis teams from Plumstead Christian, Solebury School, Pennridge and Palisades high schools are nearing the end of their seasons.

Quakertown girls get past Palisades

Leadoff hitter Spenser Gray raced home with the Panthers’ fifth run to help Quakertown beat Palisades 13-3 in girls’ softball.

Quakertown focuses on new ideas for team

Quakertown first-year baseball team manager Jon Pallone is thinking outside the box.

Pennridge notches boys’ lacrosse win

A team effort by Pennridge spurred the defeat of New Hope-Solebury in boys’ lacrosse.


Kalmia Club hosts blood drive

A community blood drive in memory of longtime community volunteer Jason Fuhr is being hosted by the Kalmia Club of Lambertville, N.J.

Central Bucks YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

Central Bucks YMCA will host a free community event, Healthy Kids Day, on May 3. The event is designed to inspire children to keep their minds and bodies active.



Love in many stages

Teenagers from Central Bucks High School East, Unami Middle School and Holicong Middle School along with one parent, cut their hair for Locks of Love.

Prom Dress Distribution Event set in Doylestown

Delaware Valley College junior Nia Rametta has organized a college chapter of Becca's Closet, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes free prom dresses to teenagers with financial needs.

Bridge Valley school celebrates 10 years

From April 28 to May 2, current and former students and staff will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the school’s opening.

“Locomotive” author stops at Titus school

Author-illustrator Brian Floca, who won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his book, “Locomotive!” visited Titus Elementary School for its annual Young Author’s Day.

Goodnoe Elementary art in Arbor Day contest

First- and fifth-grade students at Goodnoe Elementary School competed in Newtown’s annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest.


Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox

The old neighborhood's many lines of communication

In a colum originally printed on April 24, 2008, Camille Granito Mancuso tells of a time, not so long ago, when people really knew how to communicate.

Elizabeth Ludlow Bowman: Tips for the Compleat Gardener

Pachysandra is calling my name

Elizabeth Ludlow Bowman discusses this commonly used ground cover and member of the boxwood family.


Plumstead Baseball is ready for spring
Big opening day at Tohickon Middle School

More than 500 players and coaches, family members and friends turned out for the opening day festivities for the Plumstead Baseball Association.


Susan S. Yeske: Dining In

Greens mean spring at farmers market

Fresh greens took center stage as the Doylestown Farmers Market opened for its 39th season.

Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Southwestern fare at former ski resort

The Cactus Grill didn’t start out as a Southwestern-themed restaurant; it was once Bucks County’s only ski resort.


Joy Behar to bring show to Playhouse

Comedian and talk show host Joy Behar will bring her one-woman show to the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.

Cantus Novus series is director’s homecoming

Artistic Director Ed McCall, a “man always on the move,” has come home to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown for Cantus Novus.

Emerging playwrights’ works to take stage

Three evenings of new works written by emerging playwrights will be brought to the stage of the Bucks County Playhouse next week.

Roxey Ballet debuts Jungle Book’s “Mowgli”

The Roxey Ballet is set to debut “Mowgli,” a full-length ballet based on Rudyard Kipling’s famous “Jungle Book.”


Gold Light Gallery looks from land to sky

Roy Reinard and Kelly Money will exhibit their plaintings in a show called “From Land to Sky” in May at Gold Light Gallery in New Hope.

Roger Dale Brown art “A Brush with History”

Travis Gallery presents its first showing of the work of Roger Dale Brown with “A Brush with History - Honoring Bucks County.”

Zantangle at the Upstairs Gallery

A new show, inspired by “Zentangle,” will debut this weekend at Upstairs Gallery in Peddler’s Village.

Doylestown designer’s furniture honored

Jeffrey Green Design Studio of Doylestown was awaded “Best of Houzz” by Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design.

“Changes” at Caffe Galleria

“Changes,” an exhibit featuring four local artists, opens this weekend at Caffe Galleria in Lambertville, N.J.


Landis Markets celebrate 75 years

Family-owned Landis Markets, which has stores in Perkasie and Telford, celebrates 75 years in business.

NOVA chooses day for supporters to wear teal

Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) has designated April 25 as “Wear Teal Day” to raise awareness of sexual assault.


Princeton Academy tops Princeton's green list

Sustainable Princeton has named Princeton Academy as one of its 2013 green leaders for its recent installation of geothermal wells.


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