Bucks County Herald

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Risoldi family charged in insurance fraud scheme

Claire Risoldi of Buckingham, and four members of her family who allegedly conspired to defraud insurance companies of in excess of $20 million to live an “excessively extravagant lifestyle” were arrested Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said.

Risoldi, 67, a Republican party fundraiser; her husband, Thomas J. French, 64, a former deputy sheriff; her son, Carl A. Risoldi, 43; her daughter, Carla V. Risoldi, 48, a former Bucks County prosecutor; and her daughter-in-law, Sheila M. Risoldi, 43, were charged.
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View a video of the 2013 fire, taken by Bucks County Herald photographer Gordon Nieburg.

Winter Festival Parade cancelled

The Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival Parade scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, has been cancelled. "Predictions are for ice and snow and we do not want to put anyone in danger. Let's hope next year we can have a wonderful parade!" All parking restrictions have been lifted.

Other scheduled events are still on.

Bucks County issues “code blue” alert

In anticipation of an extended period of frigid winter conditions, the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) joins the county Health Department to issue a “Code Blue” declaration extending from 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 through 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2. [read more]

Car sought in New Hope hit and run

A hit and run motor vehicle accident on South Sugan Road in New Hope at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, caused extensive property damage, police said. [read more]

Newtown GOP to hold screening

The Newtown Area Republican Committee will meet for the screening of candidates. [read more]

Perkasie-Quakertown Regional News


Tom Wolf sworn in as Pa.’s 47th governor

Gov. Tom Wolf took the oath of office Monday in Harrisburg, becoming Pennsyvlania’s 47th governor, while opponents of gas drilling and proposed pipelines demonstrated outside.

Pa. senators offer views of state of the union

Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey share their opinions of the topics covered by President Obama in his annual State of the Union address.

Hostility eases, but little pipeline progress

Communications have improved between Durham Township supervisors and the Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline, but issues remain.

Tinicum supervisors opt for ad hoc committees

Tinicum’s supervisors have dissolved the township’s environmental advisory council in favor of new ad hoc committees.

Lambertville Chamber embraces New Hope

After New Hope’s chamber of commerce closed up shop last year, the Lambertville chamber has created the Greater Lambertville-New Hope Chamber of Commerce.

Helping each other during difficult times

Upper Bucks Notebook looks at three stories of compassion and caring in the community.

Robot-building team advances in competition

Palisades School District’s robot-building team is headed for regional competition in March and an international competition in April.

County seeks tax break for development

Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery hopes a tax abatement can be used for incentive to develop a vacant site in Sellersville.

Pipeline meeting draws crowd of 200

An open invitation to a panel discussion for the proposed PennEast Pipeline drew a crowd of 200 to Delaware Valley Regional High School in Alexandria Township, N.J.

Perkasie police may soon carry Narcan

Perkasie’s police patrol cars may become the first in Bucks County to be equipped with Narcan, a nasal spray used to revive victims of some drug overdoses.

Phoebe Richland expansion on track

The expansion of senior citizen project Phoebe Richland is on track for summer completion in Richlandtown.

Quakertown Fire Dept. announces new officers

Brian S. Guenst has been chosen the new chief of the Quakertown Fire Department, one of several officers chosen in a recent election.


Remembering MLK

Ceremonies remembering Martin Luther King Jr. were held by CB Cares at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Doylestown and Jamison Elementary School.


Opinion and Editorials

Bridget Wingert: Happy to Be Here

School is well on its way to recovery

Sixteen years of work at St. Mary’s Hall Doane.

Charles Meredith:

Charlie Hebdo and the world press

Wisdom or fear?



Taking it to the Max

Five local football players were issued Mini Max High School Awards on Jan. 8 in Drexel Hill.

Plumstead wins at Faith

Plumstead Christian boys’ hoops took a 63-59 decision at Faith Christian Academy on Tuesday evening.

Pennridge rolls at CB East

Pennridge girls’ basketball built a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter en route to a 50-42 victory at CB East on Friday.

Faith Christian edges New Hope

Jessica Robinson knocked down a jumper with 4.2 seconds remaining as Faith Christian girls’ basketball nipped New Hope, 35-34, on Saturday.

CB East swims past Quakertown

Central Bucks East swimming welcomed Quakertown to town on Tuesday and emerged with two victories.



Groups pitch in at CHC party

Several community service groups donned holiday costumes to help Child, Home and Community with a client party.

Teen who battled cancer is honored

Bucks County resident Karlee Hofmann has been named the 2015 Mission Honoree by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.

CB YMCA expands older adult programs

The Central Bucks Family YMCA is expanding its active older adult programming to meet the needs of a growing population.



Youngsters serve children in need

Students at the Pre-School of Doylestown United Methodist Church participated in their own day of service when they assembled breakfast bags for the homeless.

St. Isidore celebrates Catholic Schools Week

St. Isidore School in Quakertown will hold an open house and special Mass as part of its celebration of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25 to 31.

Student video targets hunger in Bucks

Two Solebury School juniors have created a video, “Food Insecurity in Bucks County, Pa.,” as part of the Teach2Serve Program. Watch the video below.


Camille Granito Mancuso: Chatterbox

Invasion of privacy in increments

Losing the fight, bit by bit.

Elizabeth Ludlow Bowman: Tips for the Compleat Gardener

January thaw

Winter has its own beauty.


Environment subject of new Internet radio show

“Green Hour,” a new Internet radio show on environmental issues, kicks off at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, on Lambertville, N.J.-based PANJ Radio. Hosted by Gery Juleff, a former member of the British Foreign Service, with experience in climate change and energy security issues, the show will look at “the issues that matter if the Delaware River region is to have a vibrant, economically viable, environmentally sustainable and healthy community.”

Celebrating winter with fire and ice

The Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival started off with a bang Jan. 17 with the sixth annual Fire and Ice Ball in New Hope.


Susan S. Yeske: Dining In

Heat up the cold days with your favorite chili

Meaty or vegetarian, with beans or without, chili is whatever you want it to be.

Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Seafood business going swimmingly

Partners Bob Graham and Jim Rope have been dispensing fresh seafood as well as meaty favorites for 25 years at the Lobster Claw.


"Born Yesterday" at Heritage Center Theatre

Garson Kanin’s comedy “Born Yesterday” debuts this weekend at the Heritage Center Theater in Morrisville.

Bristol Riverside stages Pasty Cline musical

“Always ... Patsy Cline,” the story of the famous singer and a devoted fan, opens Jan. 27 a the Bristol Riverside Theatre.

Winter festival continues with food, music

You can eat chili, sample signature dishes from local restaurants and hear the music of John Oates as the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival continues.

Southampton Band holds scholarship concert

Southampton Band will present its annual concert to raise money for scholarships at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Klinger Middle School.


People’s choice eyes favorite paintings

Two local artists were the people’s choice in exhibits at Matossian Eye Associates’ Local Artist Program in Doylestown and Hopewell, N.J.

Historical society Ranulph Bye exhibit continues at Michener

The exhibit, “A Sense of Space: Paintings by Ranulph Bye,” continues through March 1 at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown

“New Normal” to open at River Queen

“The New Normal,” including work from more than 30 local artists, opens Jan. 31 at the River Queen Artisans Gallery in Lambertville, N.J.


New name for chamber of commerce

The chamber of commerce that serves Lambertville, N.J., and New Hope, has changed its name to the Greater Lambertville-New Hope Chamber of Commerce.

Bucks Academy of Fencing turns 34

The Bucks County Academy of Fencing has celebrated its 34th anniversary of teaching fencing at the facility in Lambertville, N.J.


Spiritual Side

Service day produces record 4,000 meals

More than 380 volunteers created a record 4,000 meals for the needy at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at St. Martin of Tours Church in New Hope.

Temple hosts talks on Middle East peace

Temple Judea in Furlong will host “Israel Conversation” on Jan. 29, with a panel of distinguished guest who will talk about the Middle East conflict.






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