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Bristol Man Seeks to Parents Victims of House Fire



Michael and wife Leah Freudenberger-Vitale have deep roots living on the 700 block of Pine Street, only yards away from where his parents used to live.  A  fire that ripped through their home has displaced them, for now to Morrisville as work to repair the damages is still in the infancy stage. 

Having lived in that home for 38 years memories have been lost and now they have to start all over.

“It could have been much worse” Michael said of the May 29 fire, and he’s not kidding. `

“In the basement, firefighters found a table saw that had been involved in the fire. The heat melted a water line directly above the fire.  The water from the melted water line extinguished the fire, ” Bristol Borough Fire Chief Herb Slack said.

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Sitting with family and friends on their front porch which is customary Michael said his father, even with all the stress coming as a result of the fire and the damages is still working for SEPTA as a mechanic as he has for decades.

“Dad”s  old fashioned that way” he said “I don’t think he’ll ever retire. He just likes to work, you know be productive. He’s never been one for handouts” 

That’s why creating the Go Fund Me fundraiser took just a little a nudge from me and Leah, he said. 

Further complicating matters for the close knit family is  “Mom’s” health issues which require,  daily if not hourly help. Mike’s brother Lucas has basically stopped working to provide the 24/7 care, “Mom” needs. 

My parents are proud people” asking for help of any kind outside the family circle is not something they ever foresaw having to” the Pine Street couple, said. 

The entire family, like so many others, were impacted by COVID  but we’re happily “getting by” 

But this fire…… ate up the everyday things needed to exist. Insurance isn’t covering everything, the husband and wife said. 

No one actually knows when they will be able to come back to place they’ve called home for decades the family said. My parents grew up in a time that if you needed some kind of help or support with something the local church was the place to go – outside of family. 

We just want to help our family get back home (Pine St)  as soon as possible hoping they can remake their home so we can be as a whole family as we were, before the fire, Michael said.

I know plenty of people are going through  a rough time, now. We don’t expect to million’s that’s not what we’re looking for, If we can somehow get to $5000.00 I’ll truly feel like I helped my dad and mom, like they did for us so many times in the past. 

Its a principle both, we’re taught, growing up—- by their parents.  

To date the effort has received 15 donations totaling $920.  To donate to the Go Fund Me fundraiser please click here.

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State Grant Presented to Bristol Area Fire Companies by Santarsiero, Davis




State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Tina Davis (D-141) visited four Bristol fire companies Thursday to announce state grant awards to support public safety and the work of the fire companies.

The four awards are as follows:

“Our local volunteer fire companies, the firefighters, administrators, and support personnel, sacrifice so much to protect us all,” said Rep. Davis. “This state funding will help them obtain the equipment that they need to do their job a little more safely and effectively. Thank you to these amazing individuals for their selfless dedication to keeping our community safe.”

“Our volunteer firefighters do tremendous work, putting the community first to keep us safe,” said Sen. Santarsiero.  “I was happy to support these funds for equipment upgrades at four companies that serve Bristol Borough and Bristol Township, ensuring these brave men and women have the necessary resources to continue to serve the community.  It is critical we continue to support our fire companies and volunteer firefighters who work tirelessly on the front line to protect us.”

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Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.


Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Fishing with a Cop Reels in September Date



The Bristol Borough Police Benevolent Association (BBPBA) announced details for this years “Fishing with a Cop” scheduled for next month at the Delaware Canal Lagoon on Jefferson Avenue.

PBA President, and “acting’ Sergeant Chuck Palmer went before Council last week to receive their support for the event, which he received enthusiastically.

September 7  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Palmer said, is the date of the event and a rain date (Sept 8) has been added this year because of rain at last year’s event.

“We’ve gotten a lot of donations this year from locals, out of towners and businesses this year,” Palmer said.

Applications are available now at the Bristol Borough Police Department, 250 Pond Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a deadline of August 24 to apply. 

Face painting, a D.J., and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office Dept with its K-9 unit will be on hand.

Fishing gear for children is free and this is a 12 and under event for kids living in Bristol Borough.

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