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Elections, nonprofit series, arts newsletter all ramping up this month


What a month October is going to be here at the Bucks County Herald.

There’s a lot to get to. Let’s dig in.

Election season is here

Control of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, our school boards and our municipalities hangs in the balance on Nov. 7.

While no one knows what the general elections will bring, we do know this: the Herald will be continuing a project we began in May to supplement our print coverage of key races with some great features available online at

Our writers are working on stories previewing hotly contested school board races that’ll be published in print and online in the coming weeks.

Once again, we are partnering with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Bucks County to produce a Voters Guide. It’ll be published in your Oct. 19 Herald. On the same day, its online counterpart will offer expanded coverage and an interactive element that allows residents to punch in their home addresses to generate a customized list of races that includes only the candidates whose names they’ll see at their specific polling location.

Like we did in May, we’ll also be staying up late on Election Night to provide our running no-spin-no-bias-just-the-numbers election results in real time at

Meanwhile, candidates for office have been dropping by our Opinion pages (usually A6 and A7) with guest columns about key issues in their races. We expect to continue providing them with that forum in October. To look back at those we’ve already published, go to (you guessed it) As a service to the readers, we’ve collected them all under the “In their words” heading.

Lots of readers are writing letters about races and candidates. For election-related opinion submissions, we’re instituting a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Oct. 22 for the Oct. 26 edition. No election-related opinions will run in the Nov. 2 edition of the Herald unless a piece is determined to be necessary to refute a specific, inaccurate accusation about a candidate that appeared in the Oct. 26 edition. Beyond that, our usual rule prohibiting letter writers from being published more than once in a 30-day period remains in effect.

Our election coverage is supported by William R. Schutt and Laurie Schutt and Jack Sirott and Mimi Reimel.

Focus on nonprofits begins

October also marks the start of our series heralding under-the-radar nonprofit organizations.

Earlier this year, the Bucks County Herald Foundation received a $4,000-grant from Foundations Community Partnership to support our effort to highlight the important work being done by these groups.

Anchoring today’s front page is the first of six pieces that do just that.

Today’s entry features Vita Education Services, which helps unemployed, underemployed, and uneducated adults in the Bucks County community develop skills that allow them to gain entry to a highly competitive work environment.

I hope you take the time to check out writer Kathryn Finegan Clark’s well-done profile on Vita and photographer Sara Pinkus’ powerful images.

Get the TICKET

This week also saw the launch of the TICKET, the Herald’s new weekly arts and entertainment newsletter.

Delivered every Wednesday evening to subscribers’ inboxes, the TICKET rounds up a handful of the coming weekend’s events and exhibits culled from our coverage of the creative and performing arts.

To subscribe, visit, enter your name and email address, then check the box that says “Get the Ticket.” It’s as easy as that.

John Anastasi is Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Herald and can be reached at

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