Bucks County Herald

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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So you want to be a school board member?

A panel discussion on what it takes to be a school board member takes place at 7 p.m. Monday March 2, in the Northampton Library, 25 Upper Holland Road, Richboro. [read more]

Bucks County Dept. of Housing releases homeless Point-in-Time results

The Bucks County Department of Housing and Community Development has reported preliminary numbers for the eighth annual Point in Time count.

The county’s Point-in-Time results and analysis includes understanding three-year trends, which are: sheltered count for 2013: 410; for 2014: 464, and the 2015 preliminary count: 449; the unsheltered count trend is: for 2013: 41; for 2014: 28, and the 2015 preliminary count: 38.

The final Point in Time report is due in April 2015.


Phillips’ Mill photo show deadline near

The 23rd annual Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition will run May 24 through June 21.

The digital deadline is Friday, March 6. The dropoff weekend is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

Contact phillipsmill.org to obtain a Call for Art. Claudia Davis, co-chair, can be reached at 267-897-0057 and Rodney Miller, co-chair, is at 215-639-6652.

Quakertown-Perkasie Regional News


Hammerstein modifies plans for homestead

Will Hammerstein, grandson of Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, has modified the blueprints for a planned development of his grandfather’s former home in Doylestown.

Scudder Falls bridge Design contract awarded

A design plan for the twin-span six-lane Scudder Falls Bridge has been awarded to the office of Michael Baker Jr. Inc., of Hamilton, N.J.

Second phase for Helman Field moves forward

Bids have been awarded for the second phase of a project to upgrade a multi-sport facility at Pennridge High School.

Hearing, bidding planned for former landfill

A public hearing is planned regarding the former Watson Johnson Landfill in Richland Township, with bidding on its cleanup to follow.

Doylestown to get a Little Free Library

Little Free Library, which began in Wisconsin as a tribute to a book-loving mother, is coming to West Court and West State streets in Doylestown.

New Hope moves to improve town’s parking

New Hope council’s approval of a contract for an Internet-based company that enables drivers to pay for parking on their smart phones may help solve one of the borough’s parking problems.

Playhouse Inn stymied by FEMA and zoning

Development of the Playhouse Inn site in New Hope is stuck in a Catch 22 situation when it comes to acquiring approval to use the ground floor of the building.

Hilltown looks at trailer park plan

Hilltown supervisors voted to lower the speed limit for a portion of East Creamery Road on the same night they rasied the pay for future supervisors elected in the township.

Palisades board restructures bonds

The Palisades School Board has voted to refund its series of 2010 General Obligation bonds, which is expected to save the district $1 million over the next 10 years.

Bucks cousins are online merchants

Cousins Mark and David Schlotter seek the “ultimate freedom” of being online merchants.

Doylestown okays park bandshell

The Doylestown Township supervisors voted 3-2 to authorize the purchase and installation of a bandshell in Central Park.

W. Rockhill looks at solar power

West Rockhill’s supervisors are closer to deciding whether solar panels will be installed on the roof of the township building.

U. Makefield moves to refinance debt

Upper Makefield Township is refinancing its debt, taking advantage of rates that are at historic near-record lows.

Trymbiski announces run for Plumstead board

Republican Brian Trymbiski has announced his candidacy for the Plumstead Township Board of Supervisors.

Newtown GOP endorses two candidates

The Newtown Area Republican Committee has endorsed Kyle Davis for supervisor and Mike Petrucci for district judge.




Happy birthday General Washington

There was plenty of snow, cake and children’s activities during the celebration of George Washington’s 283rd birthday at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Veterans honored

Veterans of foreign wars were honored and there was a guest appearance from George Washington himself at the Washington Crossing Foundation celebration of his birthday.

Opinion and Editorials

Kathryn Finegan Clark: By the Way

41 years with emergency squad

Volunteer Debra X. O’Donnell is retiring.

Charles Meredith:

Herald stories and “50 Shades”

Charming tales and a popular film.



States beckon for track athletes

With the annual Meet of Champions behind them, local track and field standouts look ahead to states.

Pennridge earns first ticket to states

Pennridge boys’ basketball is going to states for the first time after dispatching Coatesville, 53-47, in the second round of districts on Friday.

Pennridge does it again

For the second straight week, Pennridge wrestling dominated a postseason tournament. This time, the Rams crushed the field at the District One Class AAA East tourney.

CB East’s Jordan picks Bucknell

CB East senior Alex Jordan will play football for Bucknell this fall, he announced at a signing ceremony in early February.

Quakertown's Gibat fights back

Quakertown alum Shannon Gibat, a soccer standout, shares her amazing comeback story with Herald reporter Don Leypoldt.



VIA donation supports Veterans Van program

The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown has donated $800 to the Bucks County Veterans Van program, which provides transportation for veterans.

Dr. Edward Wilson: Dentistry from the heart

Children’s dental health is important

Children have special needs when it comes to dental care, and they shouldn’t be overlooked.

Athletic club sponsors marathon to fight ALS

The Newtown Athletic Club hosts Matt’s Mission Marathon Workout for Augie’s Quest and ALS research on Feb. 28.



BCCC and Rider U. sign transfer pact

Thirteen majors from Bucks County Community College can now easily be transferred to Rider University when students choose to continue their education there.

Student researchers to compete at event

Students in sixth through 12th grades will present their work at the Bucks County Science Research Competition at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.

Bucks pair wins tech challenge, $10G

Bucks County Technical School students Steve Surrick and Tim McDonald won the first-place prize in Universal Technical Institute’s Top Tech Challenge.

Quakertown students win gold at SkillsUSA

Five Quakertown Community High School students place first at the District 11 Region SkillsUSA competition in Allentown.


Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox

Back room antics in the front room

The erosion of entertainment.

Elizabeth Ludlow Bowman: Tips for the Compleat Gardener

Seeding the clouds

It’s time to get to work.


Love Your Heart gives advice, screenings

It was a heartfelt day at Central Bucks YMCA when it joined forces with Doylestown Hospital to offer free information about heart health.

Susan S. Yeske: Dining In

Time to make maple syrup

Learn how sap from maple trees is converted to the golden syrup you put on your pancakes.

Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Lahaska hosts second restaurant week

Six of Lahaska’s restaurants will participate in Lahaska Restaurant Week from March 1-6, offering their best prix fixe meals for a set price.


Maureen McGovern at the Rrazz Room

Popular songstress Maureen McGovern will present “Sing, My Sisters, Sing!” at the Rrazz Room in New Hope.

Lenape Chamber concert welcomes spring

The Lenape Chamber Ensemble welcomes spring with its concert, set to be performed at venues in Tinicum and Upper Black Eddy.

Entries sought for VOICES contest

The community chorus VOICES is seeking entries for the Young Composers Project for children ages 5 to 12.

Second Hammerstein festival set for the fall

The Oscar Hammerstein Festival for lyricists will take place in the fall at the Bucks County Playhouse.


Musikfest unveils 2015 festival artwork

The graphic illustration for Musikfest 2015 in Bethlehem was created by an Emmaus native.

Childhood show at Blank Canvas Gallery

“Childhood in Decline” is the first curated group show at Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope.

ArtsQuest names board chairman

Joe Pietrantonio has been re-elected chairman of the board of trustees for ArtsQuest Bethlehem.


Aark plans enchanted fundraiser

Aark Rehabilitation and Education Center will hold an Enchanted Evening fundraising event on Feb. 28.

Pennridge Community Day gets boost

Pennridge Community Day got a check for $5,000 from the First Savings Bank of Perkasie.



Spiritual Side

Trinity's Haiti Day

Adults and teens gathered at Solebury's Trinity Episcopal Church on Feb. 21 to celebrate Haiti Day festivities.

Caroline Oakes: Mind and Spirit

Science offers insight on spiritual practices

Advances in MRI imaging technology have made it possible to show why and how meditation and prayer are good for us.








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