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Marseglia Seeks Resignation of Planning Board Member, Citing Remarks as “Hateful, Ignorant, & Unacceptable.”

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Bucks County Commissioners’ Chair Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia on Friday called upon Bucks County Planning Commission member Joan Cullen to resign, citing remarks that have surfaced recently on social media that Marseglia called “hateful, ignorant, and unacceptable.”

Cullen, who also serves as vice president of the Pennridge School District’s Board of School Directors, is the subject of an online petition calling for her resignation from that board as well. The petition arose in part over social media posts in which Cullen denied the existence of systemic racism, sexism, and homophobia.

“The County of Bucks strives to represent all of its residents equally, with respect and fairness,” Marseglia said in a statement. “Comments made by Bucks County Planning Commission member Joan Cullen are hateful, ignorant and unacceptable. They do not reflect the values of Bucks County.”

While it is unclear how recently Cullen posted all of the comments, some of which date back to early 2019, they were copied from her Twitter feed and re-posted recently on the Facebook page of Pennridge School Board Watch.  

Some of Cullen’s statements came in response to a Twitter post dated July 21, 2019, stating, in part, “There is no systemic racism in America.” Cullen posted a response stating: “I’ll add to this. There’s also no systematic sexism, homophobia, etc. Those who try to convince you you’re being held back by someone else DO NOT have your best interests in mind. They NEED you to be a victim, so they can control you. Break free! The only one holding you back is U.”

In another post, dated Feb. 20, 2019, Cullen responds on a Twitter thread discussing white students wearing blackface: “You’re clinging to a narrative because there’s no defense of the blatant, outrageous, coordinated effort to falsely smear 60+ million ppl as racistsexisthomophobicmisogynistbigots.”

That comment also was re-posted this week by Pennridge School Board Watch.

Marseglia’s statement said that because Cullen was appointed to the Bucks County Planning Commission by a prior administration, the current Board of Commissioners has no authority to remove her. She called on Cullen to resign, and said that if she chooses to serve out her term until January 2021, Cullen will not be reappointed.

Following is the full text of Commissioner Marseglia’s statement: (Bolded by Bucks Co)

“The County of Bucks strives to represent all of its residents equally, with respect and fairness. Comments made by Bucks County Planning Commission member Joan Cullen are hateful, ignorant, and unacceptable. They do not reflect the values of Bucks County. Ms. Cullen was not appointed by this current administration, and we do not have the authority to remove her from her appointed position. As Chair, however, I call on her to resign this position immediately. Should she choose to ignore this request and finish out her term, which ends in January 2021, I assure the public she will not be reappointed to any position by this Board of Commissioners.”

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  1. No Name

    June 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Typical Democrat — sees an opinion with which she disagrees, and wants the person fired.

    Diversity of viewpoint is strictly prohibited. The marketplace of ideas must be abolished.

    Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Pol Pot would be so proud of you!

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“Armed Man” Initiates Lockdown for Levittown Elementary School Thursday, No Charges Filed

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Brookwood Elementary

**Update: Friday 4 a.m.**

Earlier Thursday, Brookwood Elementary in Bristol Township instituted their “Lockdown Procedures” due to an alleged report of a “armed man” in the area of the school.

Parents received a community update notice which said they were in lockdown due to a security concern in a nearby neighborhood.  The notice said updates would be provided as they occur and to please not come to or contact the school.

Police dispatched to the elementary school raced up Haines Road one witness told the publication taking one man into custody, authorities  said.

“There was an incident involving an adult male, who was in possession of a firearm near the school crossing guard post (Kenwood Drive North & Key Lane.) There is no information at this time that he attempted to enter the school. The matter is under investigation. No one has been arrested as of this time,” said Lt. Sean Cosgrove in an e-email exchange with Lower Bucks Source, shortly after the incident.

At 1:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted without further incident.

 

 

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Morrisville Police Reports: Woman Charged with Harassment, Man Charged with DUI after Crash

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Morrisville Borough Police Reports March 26 to April 1, 2024

Arrest/Harassment – 03/28/24 @ 21:13 – A 24 year old female was cited for Harassment for an incident at an apartment complex on the 300 block of Plaza Boulevard.

Motor Vehicle Theft – 03/29/24 @ 16:08 – Report of a BMW stolen from an apartment complex on the 400 block of Plaza Boulevard. Value:  $10,000.00

Retail Theft – 03/29/24 @ 17:25 – Report of merchandise stolen from the Giant Food Store on W. Trenton Avenue.  Value:  $120.00

Arrest/DUI – 03/30/24 @ 02:59 – A 29 year old male was arrested for Driving Under the Influence after a traffic accident on W. Hendrickson and Harper Avenues.  He was processed and released.

Warrant/PICS – 04/01/24 – A warrant will be issued for a 28 year old male for Unsworn Falsification to Authorities in attempting to purchase a firearm at the Mega Pawn Shop on W. Bridge Street on 02/27/23.

 

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Bridge Construction to Close Newportville Road in Bristol, Bensalem Townships

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced last week that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is planning bridge construction on Newportville Road in Bristol and Bensalem townships, beginning Monday, February 12.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

Monday, February 12, through Friday, February 16, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a closure is scheduled on Newportville Road between Zimmerman Lane and New Falls Road. During the closure, motorists will be directed to use Zimmerman Lane and New Falls Road.

Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur.

All scheduled activities are weather dependent. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin. Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov. Subscribe to PennDOT District 6 news and traffic alerts at www.penndot.pa.gov/District6. Follow PennDOT on X and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

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