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Pennsylvania DEP officials to conduct black fly helicopter spray Tuesday, May 23 in Delaware River Basin

On Tuesday, May 23, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct aerial black fly suppression operations along the Delaware River in Bucks and Northampton counties as well as Mercer, Hunterdon and Warren Counties in New Jersey.

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Mystery tombstone found in Haycock Township

Haycock Township reports the dumping of a mystery tombstone on a local property. It just says Jamie Ramie, 1980-1990. Police did not find any info regarding who it might belong to. Any help can be directed to Andrea Silvestri, asilvestri@haycocktownship.com, 215-536-3641.

Weekday lane restrictions scheduled for Route 32 resurfacing in Bucks County

Weekday lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Route 32 (River Road) between Dark Hollow Road and Trails End Lane in Tinicum and Bridgeton townships, on Monday, May 22, through Friday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for resurfacing operations as part of a $2.6 million project to repair and resurface 12 miles of state highway in Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The additional state highways scheduled for resurfacing under this contract include:

Richlandtown Road/Union Road/Main Street, between the Tohickon Creek and Towne Court Drive in East Rockhill, Haycock and Richland townships, and Richlandtown Borough; and

Burnt House Hill Road between Cold Spring Creamery Road and U.S. 202 in Buckingham Township.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in late October.


News

Rite of spring

Last Friday night, the Cold Spring Elementary School in Buckingham Township topped off its spring fair with a bonfire.

Philadelphia law firm moves into Bucks

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP opened a Bucks County office at 43 S. Main St. in Doylestown to service its Bucks County clients.


Tinicum Together promotes gerrymandering’s demise
BY CLIFF LEBOWITZ

In a unanimous show of support for the first issue brought to their attention by a new local citizens’ group, Tinicum Township supervisors have approved a resolution calling for reform of the process for drawing voting districts for state and congressional elections.


Doylestown council rails against gerrymandering
BY DANA M. ECKMAN

Doylestown Borough Council is calling on local representatives to support an effort to redraw the state's U.S. Congressional districts in a fair and impartial manner.


Perkasie revises parking regulations
BY MELINDA RIZZO

At a recent business meeting, Perkasie Borough Council voted 8-0 to approve changes to its decades-old parking ordinance.


New Hope Notebook: Borough council faulted for following protocol
BY GERRY MONIGAN

An attempt to err on the side of caution backfired on borough officials last week, thanks to the wording of a public notice.


Journalists talk about responsible news consumption
BY ANNMARIE ELY, DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY

“Fact or Fiction: Responsible Journalism and Becoming News Literate,” attracted journalists and others interested in learning how to better inform themselves on a daily basis.


Final acres preserved at St. Michaels Farm

D&R Greenway Land Trust has announced its most recent preservation success: the final 20 acres have been acquired that complete its St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell.

Richland supervisor dismisses public calls to step down
BY CLIFF LEBOWITZ

Responding to demands from residents at a packed Richland Township board of supervisors meeting that he step down, Supervisor Rick Orloff said he would not, but added that he “might after another year.”

Bedminster invests in significant land preservation
BY CLIFF LEBOWITZ

After years of landowner inactivity in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, land preservation spending may be picking up steam in Bedminster Township.

Pennridge approves proposed final budget

For the third time in seven years, it appears as though property owners in the Pennridge School District will not see an increase in their real estate taxes.

Palisades honors “heroes” for helping bus driver
BY CLIFF LEBOWITZ

Heroes who insisted they weren’t heroes were honored at the May 3 Palisades School District public board meeting for their timely assistance with the Jan. 27 medical emergency experienced by one of the district’s school bus drivers.

Local resistance groups plan future actions

Resistance groups from around the Lehigh and Delaware valleys convened at the First Eastern Pennsylvania Mixer, held May 6 in Springtown.

Bucks residents invited to help digitize local history

Bucks County residents are invited to join a statewide initiative to digitize local history by sharing their historical photographs and documents of pre-1930s life in Bucks County.

­­PA Biotechnology Center breaks ground on $13 million expansion project

The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center has launched a $13 million expansion to its facility that will add 47,000 square feet, including 29 new laboratories, an auditorium, cafeteria and rooftop deck to the life sciences incubator in Doylestown.

Winners named in Herald’s Count the Palettes contest

One hundred and nineteen readers found all six palettes hidden throughout the pages of last week’s Herald.

Weekends And Beyond

Spring Wildflower Gala

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve hosted its 14th annual Spring Wildflower Gala on April 29 in New Hope.

"Fiber Fabric Fashion"

A contemporary textile arts show opened at New Hope Arts on May 6 and kicked off with fashion shows.

Spring Soiree

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra held its Spring Soiree at the High View Farm Studio on April 27

Opinion & Editorial

Bridget Wingert: Happy to Be Here
Samuel Eastburn’s history holds on

Florence Wharton has published a book, “Langhorne, Crossroads of History: Samuel C. Eastburn’s ‘Olde Attleborough’” recounting the history of Langhorne Borough from the viewpoint of Eastburn.

Charles Meredith:
A new library in Quakertown

An update on the Quakertown Library and a distinguished professor speaks.

LETTERS TO THE HERALD

Sports

Panthers toss no-hitter

Quakertown baseball beat William Tennent, 5-0, on Monday’s Senior Night. Five senior Panther pitchers combined on a no-hitter. Lake Friday went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

CB South gets past CB East, splits title
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

CB South softball captured a share of the SOL Continental championship with Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over visiting CB East. Alexis McConomy picked up the win in the circle.


CB East goes 4-0 against CB rivals
BY DON LEYPOLDT

CB East baseball brought the lumber to CB South on Tuesday. The Patriots rolled to a 12-4 win. Tyler Quinlan earned the win on the mound for the surging Patriots, who are 11-8 overall.

Bell twirls two-hitter against Tennent as Pennridge ends 5-0 week
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Kailyn Bell tossed a two-hitter as Pennridge softball blanked visiting William Tennent, 5-0, on Friday. Kiley Watson cranked a three-run triple to lead the Rams offense. Pennridge went 5-0 last week.

CB East seniors opt to continue in college
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

CB East’s Emily Lunny, Myles King and Maggie Vetter took part in a senior signing ceremony last Thursday.

Jenkintown outduels first-place Plumstead
BY DON LEYPOLDT

Plumstead Christian baseball fell to visiting Jenkintown, 3-1, on Monday. Despite the setback, the Panthers are 15-2-1 and battling the Drakes for the District One Class A top seed.

New Hope sees light at the end of the tunnel
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

New Hope boys’ lacrosse finished its campaign at 6-9, but head coach Carl Corino sees a lot of hope on the horizon.

Education

Frenchtown class grows garden in lab

Delaware Valley Regional High School’s Room B-100 is now a vegetable garden, using three different techniques that are suited for cramped spaces.


Buckingham Friends hosts environmental conference

Buckingham Friends School recently hosted its 16th annual Friends Environmental Education Network Conference.

New textbook looks at clashing views on controversial issues

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen, chair of the undergraduate psychology department at Delaware Valley University, is the editor of “Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Lifespan Development, 6th edition,” a new textbook published by McGraw-Hill.

Health

Doylestown Health celebrates teamwork

While volunteers were the focus of Doylestown Health’s recent annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon, the Team Builder award highlighted the positive relationship between volunteers and paid staff.


Sound therapist to speak in Doylestown

Lisa Alexander, meditation teacher certified master sound therapist and creator of the Alexander Method of Vibrational Sound and Energy Therapy will speak at a meeting of The New Hope Metaphysical Society on Wednesday, May 24 in Doylestown.

HEALTH AND FITNESS CALENDAR

COLUMNS

CAMILLE GRANITO MANCUSO: CHATTERBOX
Moving it on Mother’s Day

The evolution of a national holiday.

ELIZABETH LUDLOW BOWMAN: TIPS FOR THE COMPLEAT GARDENER
Two parents for a gymnosporangium

Orange, gelatinous aliens are in our midst.

PHOTO FEATURE

 

Nakashima Foundation honors Ben Shahn and celebrates 50 years

The Nakashima Foundation for Peace commemorated its 50th anniversary May 7, by welcoming the public to an encore of its 1967 inaugural exhibit of Ben Shahn (1898-1967).

DINING

SUSAN S. YESKE: DINING IN
Harbinger of summer due to bloom

Few crops are as eagerly awaited as local strawberries, which usually arrive around Memorial Day and are a harbinger of the summer harvest to come.

SUSAN S. YESKE: DINING OUT
Outdoor dining attracts as cool weather passes

Now that the unexpectedly cool weather of early May is behind us, we can get back to looking for restaurants where we can dine outdoors and Bucks County and its nearby towns have plenty to choose from.

ENTERTAINMENT

Theater veteran Howard Perloff opens Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts
BY JEAN BRENNER

Broadway producer and area resident Howard Perloff has created a new, Equity nonprofit theater company called The Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts and will begin a three show season this summer at Delaware Valley University.

Seth Sikes sings Judy Garland songs at Rrazz

Seth Sikes will make his debut at The Rrazz Room at the new Clarion Hotel & Suites in New Hope on Saturday, May 20, in “Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland,” an evening of Garland’s most loved songs.

Aldie Mansion grounds comes alive with summer concert series

Heritage Conservancy’s “Concerts in the Garden” outdoor summer concert series at historic Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, returns for its third season.

CHIP MERGOT: MUSIC MINUTE
A remarkable career

A record company executive's call that became a life changing one for James Taylor.

ARTS & GALLERIES

Learning communities cross boundaries in student photography exhibition at Michener
BY RUTH ANDERSON

There was standing room only throughout the Ann and Herman Silverman Education Pavilion at the Michener Art Museum on Sunday, May 7, when more than 150 people gathered to celebrate the “Crossing Boundaries: The Best Part of Me” opening reception.


Realist McInerney shows at Hutton Galleries

Patricia Hutton Galleries presents “Gene McInerney – Realist,” opening on Saturday, May 20, with a reception from noon to 4 p.m., with the artist in attendance.

Perkasie artist carves fish for magazine cover; give-away set

Perkasie artist Rich Metzger’s carved and painted 10-pound large mouth bass, featured on the cover of the May issue of Field and Stream magazine, is up for grabs as part of a magazine give-away.


Artsbridge offers program on arts in Cuba

Join Bob and Norene Barish as they share their sights, sounds and experiences of a recent trip to Cuba on one of the first cultural learning tours since the country started opening its doors to the United States.

BUSINESS

New Hope’s Cockamamie’s closes May 31
BY DAVID CAMPBELL

Cockamamie’s opened in New Hope on July 4, 1996 and will close May 31 after over 20 years.


SPIRITUAL

Gehring named Mount Carmel Woman of the Year

Mary Lou Gehring of Doylestown was named Woman of the Year for her contributions to the Ladies of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the community and the parish.

Israeli author speaks on friendship with Palestinian woman

Noa Baum, author of “A Land Twice Promised,” will speak about her unlikely friendship with a Palestinian woman who lives in the Israeli-controlled West Bank during the last Center Series event at Flemington Jewish Community Center.


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PA Office of Victim Advocate Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8

Commonwealth Victim Advocate Jennifer R. Storm was joined by several crime survivors, representatives from the District Attorney’s Association, and the Crime Victim Alliance of PA who rallied at the state Capitol today to kick off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

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