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Wildcats Fallout Continues with No Proof Provided of Charity Status

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As of Sunday morning what appears to be charity fraud continues to have life in Bristol Borough as Chris Chapman president of the borough based Wildcats youth football association, has yet to provide proof to anyone his non-profit is in good standing. 

State, county, and local officials throughout the week read our exclusive story exposing, at the very least, the misdeeds of one man, Chris Chapman, president of the youth athletic association. 

Chapman and some of his supporters – not tied to the youth football league, attacked this publication all week long , but have to provide proof to refute the claims made in  last weeks story. 

He blocked the publication from contacting him Sunday night  claiming he was being “harassed.”

15 families tied to the youth football association contacted this publication throughout the week seeking additional information, and in many cases providing additional information about Chapman’s public statements.

Multiple sources alleged as a coach for a Bensalem based youth football league, Chapman was asked to leave the organization several years ago for unspecified reasons. The three sources, who asked to remain anonymous because they don’t have permission  to speak by organization officials, intimated the circumstances were money related.

“There was something going on there. It was an open secret in some instances but once Chapman left the talk died” the sources said.

Credit: Diana Munier

Meanwhile, Chapman announced he was going to hold a meeting to explain and answer all questions calling the reporting  by this publication, politically motivated. Chapman in 2020 made a bid for the east ward council seat, by challenging east ward Councilwoman Lorraine Cullen.

Cullen beat Chapman in that primary, winning by a super majority in the contest.

He was also soundly beaten by Council President Ralph Diguiseppe several years ago also.

Bristol Borough officials said in April, they were more than willing to work with the Chapman and and the Wildcats to bring them under the umbrella of Bristol Borough Recreation. Chapman declined the opportunity and has refused to provide the required paperwork for facilities use to school district officials, as of July.

Chapman’s $30,000 school district facilities use fees charged claim were also blown to bits, by his lack of submitting a completed use form. It was simply a number he created on his own, officials said and documents provided by the association president clearly show.

So the political motivation theory seems to falter under scrutiny.

School district and borough officials have remained mum since the report was published Sunday, however, LBS learned Friday the administration for the school district sent, or  is sending,  a letter to Chapman warning him about trespassing on district property.

The Wildcats, according to their Facebook page are going to hold a summer practice session and signups at “the fields.”

Earlier the week, Chapman first announced a meeting would take place at the Elks Lodge on Wood Street, however that was quickly changed to an area near the lodge, in proximity to the marsh. Then on Sunday the meeting date and time was changed for a third time,  to Monday evening at Bristol Regional Rail train station.

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Meanwhile, the ones impacted most, the kids who play for the Wildcats can only stand by and watch, as they did at a Friday night summer flag football celebration earlier this month, 

He was “piss drunk” when presenting awards to children who participated in the summer flag football program parents alleged in on the record conversations with this this publication since before we published last weeks story.  

“Some youth community leader” one football supporter lamented.

Parents who attended the event were “shocked” by Chapman’s alleged behavior.

All last week public safety officials in off the record exchanges with Lower Bucks Source encouraged those who feel wronged to contact their local police or file a complaint. 

A law enforcement official outside the boundaries of Bristol made the same point.

I would advise anyone with a complaint to report it to the Bristol Borough Police Department. That’s where an investigation would have to start, the official said.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office said anyone wishing to file a complaint regarding a charitable organization in Pennsylvania can be done one of two ways. Online or by calling The Charitable Trusts and Organizations section directly. At 717-783-2853  

This publication has been in discussion with local officials from an array of organizations who have had, or currently have relationships with Chapman and the Wildcats association to obtain pertinent records that could show potential fraudulent claim, similar to the claims of having federal charity status, which as of publication remains “revoked,”according to IRS records.  

In one of our last exchanges with Chapman on last week, he said the Wildcats will be receiving a windfall in grant money soon.  

If that’s true, did he lie about the organization’s tax exempt status on grant applications? 

Also, what about the “$5 million dollar association insurance policy,” Chapman bragged about to Council and school district officials in April? Does non-profit status, or lack there of impact cost? Pricing?  

So many questions still to be answered, yet all Chapman, as president of a youth football league, can do is attack as his response. He can’t even set a family meeting date, at this point, changing his “truth” telling sessions three times so far.

Or as one Bristol football Mom said Sunday:

Credit: Bristol Wildcats Facebook page

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Bucks County Issues Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday

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The County of Bucks has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday, with high temperatures expected to for the next several days.

The extended stretch of days with temperatures above 90 degrees has prompted the opening of cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks that are available for seniors and people experiencing homelessness seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720

Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center
580 Delmon Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-6322

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567

 Palisades Middle School Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
*OPEN 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MONDAY; 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726
 *OPEN 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior centers throughout Bucks County also are open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

 

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Reps. Powell & Labs’ Bipartisan Effort to Expand Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes Passes House

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A Lower Bucks woman  escaping domestic terror and was living in a shelter found an apartment in another county so she and her boys could live free of terror and abuse. Days after starting the move in process, her abuser found her.

The following day, she took her own life.  This happened in the late winter of 2023.

A bill that state Reps. Lindsay Powell (D-Alleghany Co) and Shelby Labs’ (R-Bucks Co) establishing the Victims of Violence Relocation Act passed the state House last week and perhaps in the very near future will provide a safe way out for victims of violence of  any kind, unlike the Latina  who could not get far away enough from her abuser in 2023.

Under the legislation (H.B. 2162), eligible violent crime survivors would be entitled to relocation assistance and extend the timeframe for requesting such assistance from 90 to 180 days after the crime occurred. The legislators said this would allow survivors more time to access necessary support and ensure they can utilize federal documentation to validate their need for relocation.

“Partnering with Representative Labs on this bill exemplifies that the PA House stands united with survivors of violent crime by expanding housing assistance to them in their time of need.”

Credit: state Rep Labs

Powell, D-Allegheny, said. “Thank you to all my colleagues for your affirmative votes and your commitment to helping survivors start their lives a new.”“I want to thank Representative Powell for her collaboration on this important piece of legislation that protects victims and empowers survivors,” Labs, R-Bucks, added. “The passage of House Bill 2162 is a critical step in ensuring our commitment to making Pennsylvania a safer place for victims of violence and providing a foundation of support during recovery.”

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in three women, one in four men and nearly half of LGBTQ+ individuals will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Fireworks Safety Advice for People, Property and Pets

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One highlight of Independence Day is fireworks.  Most like a good firework display, but some have issues with the noise coming from setting off fireworks.

Fireworks can have a negative effect to dogs, veterans, anyone suffering from PTSD, elderly, etc. Another negative effect is injuries, mostly burns, from setting off fireworks.  Even though it is legal in most parts of the state for residents to buy and set off  consumer-grade fireworks, public safety officials ask residents to leave it to the pros.

Some of the restrictions include, the discharging of fireworks in Pennsylvania can not be done within 150 feet of a building or vehicle regardless if either is owned by the owner. Discharging of fireworks is prohibited on any public property.

Agencies and organizations offer safety tips when it comes to fireworks.

From Langhorne Borough:  Planning ahead can help animals cope with the fireworks season. Pets are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s important to be proactive for your pet’s wellbeing. Click here for the Humane Society’s tips on keeping pets and wildlife safe and happy during seasonal celebrations.

The State Police has a Fireworks FAQ page that shows note-worthy changes from Act 74 of 2022 which set new rules for the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report documenting the hazards including injuries and death incurred by consumer use of fireworks. CPSC is raising awareness and sharing safety tips to prevent these types of injuries and deaths over the holiday.

CPSC urges consumers to celebrate safely this holiday by following these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Lower Bucks Source wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!

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