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School Board V.P. Resigns; Board Adopts Proposed 2022-23 Budget Proposal

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The vice president of the Bristol Borough School Board officially resigned last week it was announced at the directors meeting Thursday night.

Mike Poploskie, who was recently voted in as board vice president in a letter to the board dated May 3, said he was resigning as of that date, School Board President David J. Chichilitti said

The board approved Poploskie’s resignation unanimously without providing an explanation or reason for his sudden resignation.

Poploskie told Lower Bucks Source Saturday morning his main reasons for resigning had to do with his leading the Bristol Borough Recreation program.

“My focus right now is to offer more Recreation. And if recreation happens on Thursdays I will miss Board meetings.”

He was hired to reinvigorate the borough’s recreation program last year, spending most his free time working to advance programming and add new wrinkles to it as the effort grows. 

As to the circulated reports of taking, or being offered job working for the school district, Poploskie reiterated a point he’s shared with this publication as recently as March.

He said taking a school district position presents a number of financial challenges for his wife and four children.

Would he be open to working for the school district, he said, yes he would, but again his focus is working on the recreation program.

“I have not been offered anything. I am not against applying for the job that people think is already mine,” he said.

It would be ideal to run recreation and work in Borough, Poploskie  said.

Recreation is a full time job and we plan  to offer at least 300 days of opportunities for our youth yearly, he said.

He’s been really busy working to get the recreation program and its taken up a lot his time, so I understand the decision he made, Chichilitti said.

We’ll have to reorganize the board and fill the seat, he said.

Anyone interested in filling the vacancy can send a letter of interest to Chichilitt in the care of Secretary to the Superintendent Jennifer Moyer.

In other school board news, directors adopted a proposed fiscal budget for the new fiscal year beginning on July 1 totaling $26,589,297 which includes General Fund and Federal Fund expenditures.

Last year’s approved budget came in at just under $25 million dollars. 

Copies of the Proposed Budget, adopted May 5, 2022, will be available for inspection at the District Administration Building during regular business hours.

Final adoption of the budget is proposed to be taken at the June Board Meeting to be held on June 15, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. at Snyder Girotti Elementary, 450 Beaver Street.

The Board also proposes to adopt all other taxes heretofore adopted under and currently in force, assessed and levied under authority of the Local Tax Enabling Act.

 

 

 

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Updated: Amtrak Delays Randall Ave Bridge Project for 2 Weeks

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Updated: June 28, 2024 12 p.m. 

If you listen close enough you can hear the utter sound of frustration coming out of the municipal complex in Bristol Township Thursday as the scheduled work on the Randall Avenue Bridge will now be delayed until the middle of next month documents obtained by Lower Bucks Source show.

A document from Amtrak to township officials cites two reasons for the delay in scheduled repairs that were set to begin on Friday with  a 55-hour  outage on track four scheduled.

“Amtrak has not had sufficient time to review the …site specific work plan and cited  a ” heat related infrastructure issue along the northeast corridor last week with the companies “manpower and resources” shifted to maintenance of that issue because of anticipated heavy travel during the Independence Day holiday week the document reads.

Amtrak, company officials say, needs 30 days to review such plan and says it received their copy on June 17, 10 days ago.

The contingency plan now in place calls for the track four shutdown to occur the week of July 19 to July 24, 2024, the document shows.

Bristol Township officials were not immediately available to confirm the contents of the letter, however, it is signed by an Amtrak official who oversees company projects in the region.

It was just a week ago officials “with fingers crossed” announced the work on the bridge – now shut down for more 16 months – was set to begin on June 28 (tomorrow).

“Amtrak looks forward to the Randall Ave Bridge remediation and has appreciated all the joint coordination between the agencies,” ends the document.

On Friday morning Township Manager Randee J. Mazur responding to a request for comment on this story said: The project is now set to start on July 12, 2024 (pushed from 6/28 start). Amtrak experienced heat related ET (electric traction) infrastructure issues along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) during the week of June 17th-June 21st. Amtrak ET manpower resources have been shifted towards maintenance in anticipation of the heavy travel week before, during, and after the Fourth of July holiday week -weekend, which exactly resembles the reporting  of Lower Bucks Source.

 

 

 

Editors Note: Lower Bucks Source is not providing a copy of the document cited in the story since it would reveal the identity of the source  (s)

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Bristol Twp Police Reports: Mountain Bike Theft, Verizon Wires Removed and More

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Bristol Twp Police Reports June 17, 2024 – June 20, 2024

Arrest 6-17-24, 1819 hours, Bristol Pike, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Jimmy Lee Wilson, B/M, 65 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 6-19-24, 1208 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge O’Neill.  Bail was set at $25,000/unsecured. Nitza Vasquez, W/F, 45 years old 7th Street  Philadelphia,  Pa

Arrest 6-19-24, 1139 hours, Bath Road, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was  processed and arraigned by Judge O’Neill.  Bail was set at $35,000/10% and released to the Constables. Amen Zion Sheldon Brown, B/M, 24 years old Cabot Blvd Langhorne,  Pa

Arrest 6-20-24, 0421 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of False Alarm To Agency, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $20,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Chrystal Nichole Brewington, B/F, 43 years old Spruce Street Bristol, Pa

Arrest 6-20-24, 1307 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of MFG/DEL/POSS of a Controlled Substance, Possess Controlled Substance, Possess Drug Paraphernalia and Evading Arrest.  The subject was processed  and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $300,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Nicholas Campbell, W/M, 43 years old Penguin Drive Bensalem, Pa

Theft 6-17-24, 0834 hours, State Road, Croydon, Pa. Sometime between 6-14-24 and 6-17-24 an unknown subject(s) broke into a welding truck and removed several work tools.  The estimated value is $7,000.00.

Theft 6-17-24, 1730 hours, Green Lynne Drive, Levittown, Pa. On 6-16-24 at approximately 1841 hours an unknown subject removed a mountain bike from the front of a residence.  The estimated value is $200.00.

Theft 6-18-24, 0836 hours, Bristol Pike, Croydon, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) removed several Verizon cables wires.  The estimated  value is $2,000.00.

Theft 6-18-24, 1054 hours, Fairway Avenue, Bristol, Pa.  Sometime overnight an unknown subject(s) removed a 2020 carry on trailer and a Cub Cadet mower from the front of a residence.  The estimated value is $1,450.00.

Theft 6-18-24, 2359 hours, Schumacher Drive, Bristol, Pa. On 6-18-24 an unknown subject stole a cell phone and a wallet between Marie Lowe Drive and Tacoma Street.  No value given.

Theft 6-19-24, 1003 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 6-19-24 between 0055 hours and 0103 hours an unknown subject removed several old vehicle parts from a lot.  The estimated value is $20.00.

Theft: Retail 6-19-24, 1351 hours, South Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, Pa. On 6-19-24 at approximately 1330 hours an unknown subject removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $220.00.

Theft 6-20-24, 1231 hours, Arch Lane, Levittown, Pa. On 6-19-24 between 1211 hours and 1300 hours an unknown subject removed a package from a residence.  The estimated value is $459.00.

Theft: Retail 6-20-24, 1520 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 6-20-24 at approximately 1106 hours an unknown subject removed a bottle of liquor.  The estimated value is $28.00.

Theft 6-20-24, 1527 hours, Runway Road, Levittown, Pa. On 6-18-24 at approximately 0726 hours, an unknown subject removed a Great Dane trailer from  a lot.  No value given.

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Kayden’s Law Signed by Gov.

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A bill to better protect children in child custody situations, has been signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Kayden’s Law, years in the making, received final passage by the House last month and went to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s desk.

Officials said a ceremonial signing of the bill into law most likely happen in the coming weeks.

In honor of Kayden Mancuso, a seven-year-old from Lower Makefield Township, who was killed in August 2018 by her biological father during a court-ordered, unsupervised visit granted following a year-long custody dispute.

Credit: Laughs for Recovery

State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) said Kayden’s Law wll:

  • Strengthen the current factors that judges must consider in making custody and visitation decisions, to make it clear that the most important issue is the protection of the child.
  • Ensure that if there is a finding by the court of an ongoing risk of abuse, that any custody order includes safety conditions and restrictions necessary, including supervised visitation, to protect the child.
  • Encourage the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to implement an annual educational and training program for judges and relevant court personnel on child abuse, adverse childhood experiences, domestic violence, and its impact on children.

“Today is a great day.  Today we are one step closer to protecting children in custody cases.  This has been a years-long collaborative effort led by the tireless advocacy of Kayden’s mom Kathy Sherlock, along with family law advocates and experts.  Kayden’s Law is finally headed to the Governor for signature and, when signed into law, will save children’s lives by ensuring the safety of the child is paramount in custody cases and that no child will ever again be placed alone in a dangerous environment,” Santarsiero said when the bill jumped over its final hurdles.

He also thanked his Senate colleague Lisa Baker (R) and state representatives Perry Warren (D Bucks) Tina Davis (D-Bucks) for shepherding the House version of the bill.

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