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New Bristol Twp Trash Deal Raises Questions, Holiday Pushes Collection Back 1 Day in Some Sections



In late October, Bristol Township and Waste Management agreed to a new five-year contract that goes into effect on January 1. In recent days, some terms of the new deal are causing confusion for residents, leading to questions.

In the face of spiking costs throughout the region, the new deal will cost the township approximately $34,582,000.00. Neighboring Bristol Borough re-upped with J.P Mascaro for five years with an 85 percent rate hike. 

In 2023, Bristol Township households paid $340 per year for trash removal and will pay the same price in 2024.

Township Manager Randee Elton, before re-signing with Waste Management, said she feared a price spike.

The new deal will keep once-per-week trash and recycling pickups, reduce bulk pickup to once per month, keep yard waste pickup during the same periods, move to having township crews collects the trash from parks, and come in at 40 percent rate in comparison with the last trash collection contract inked five years ago.

Of note, and a burgeoning discussion point among residents in recent days, is the reduction in bulk item pickups to once a month.

“How are they going to keep track?” one resident asked late Thursday night.

In response, a second resident said, bulk trash pickup used to be one a week, now we get one a month.

Bulk pickup, as part of the new deal effective Monday, will have to be called in and scheduled.

Elton said she solicited bids with myriad options to find the best price for residents. Other options offered by the trash hauling providers, she said, were not the most fiscally workable.

“The lowest bid received removed collection at our parks from the hauler, which will now be completed by Public Works and the change to once-a-month bulk collection, with the requirement to call in and schedule your pickup. With the expiring contract, the hauler is running trucks on every street to see if there is bulk to collect. There may have been times only a few bulk items are out per section, but the residents are paying as if every resident is placing bulk out weekly” she said.

“We understand change is frustrating. The bid package presented all the alternatives to find the most economical and responsible cost for collection and disposal,” officials said.

Officials said Friday there will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, January 1st. The trash collection for Monday will be collected on Tuesday, January 2nd and each collection day for the week will be delayed by one day.

“This is the first week for some switches in collection days, and the holiday pushes this back one day. Croydon will be picked up on Thursday. Indian Creek, Blueridge, Yellowwood, Goldenridge, Orangewood, Whitewood, Green Lynn, and Violetwood Sections in Levittown will be picked up on Saturday.”

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Health - Bensalem Township

THE Giant Co. & Customers Raise More Than $400,000 For Healing Our Planet Initiatives




Through its Healing Our Planet initiative, The GIANT Company today announced it raised $403,360 in partnership with its customers to support Planet Bee Foundation™ and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful™. During the month of May, customers at GIANT, MARTIN’S and GIANT Heirloom Market stores were invited to round up their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar to support each organization.

“Action inspires action and small changes such as tree plantings and pollinator awareness can make a big difference when it comes to helping our planet, so thank you to our customers who rounded up at the register to support these green initiatives,” said Courtney Hopcraft, manager of charitable giving and community relations, The GIANT Company. “Over the four years of our Healing the Planet campaign, more than $6 million has been raised to grow health and sustainability initiatives centric to creating healthier communities and a more sustainable future.”

Announced earlier this month, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in partnership with The GIANT Company announced it will award Healing the Planet grants later this summer to local community organizations for tree plantings across Pennsylvania. Additional funding from The GIANT Company will support Pick Up Pennsylvania and local clean up, recycling and greening events.

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is grateful to The GIANT Company for their support of native tree planting in their operating areas in Pennsylvania. Funding will also support our Pick Up Pennsylvania program, so we can continue to meet the needs of families, friends, neighbors, civic groups, nonprofits and municipalities working towards a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania,” said Shannon Reiter, president, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Cleaning and beautifying communities tends to reduce littering and other illegal behaviors, making it a better place for all residents and providing a foundation for community and economic development.”

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Planet Bee Foundation drives awareness for pollinators and the importance of bees as a pathway to STEM, conservation, and innovations in agriculture. Funding raised by The GIANT Company will support local beekeepers, research programs, and school and community programs.

“On behalf of Planet Bee Foundation, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to The GIANT Company for their donation, which has educated and impacted over 109,000 youth. Their generosity has sponsored STEM and Agriculture Education programs in schools, provided supplies to teachers, offered grants to local beekeepers, provided education at public events, and maintained beehives in community gardens, exemplifying their commitment to local communities,” said Debra Tomaszewski, founder and executive director, Planet Bee Foundation. “We are humbled and inspired by The GIANT Company’s commitment to sustainability, the health of our planet, and the well-being of the families they serve.”

For more information on The GIANT Company’s Healing Our Planet initiative, click here please.


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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

“Bridging the Gap” with Coffee in Bristol Twp.



If you visited The Bridge Coffee Shop  in Levittown on Saturday, there was a good chance the barista serving you also moonlights as a Bristol Township Police officer for the community.

Dozens showed up and were greeted by officers from the township who were on hand to greet the community and answer any police related questions locals might have.

Sgt. Jason Mancuso said the focus of the event was to bridge gaps that might exist between locals and the department.

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“All we’re trying do is bridge the gap in the community. A lot of people are often afraid to call the police because it creates anxiety, or they think the department is too busy. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here for the community, they’re not here for us. We want to partner with the community,” he said.

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Coffee lovers were greeted by officers from the department and customers with young children in several instances introduced and shared a first time experience with a in person police officer.

The Bridge, which opened for business late last year and started out as an idea to create a  community gathering space for fellowship, is supported by Restoration Church.

It’s the perfect place for a community gathering such as a coffee with a cop event, said Andrea Newtown who helps run the day-to-day operations at The Bridge.


We just want the community to know the department is for them to help and assist in any way possible, said Mancuso, we want to humanize the badge and let people know we live and work here too just like the community. We will do everything in our power and within the boundaries of the law that we can.

Prior to his promotion to Sgt, Mancuso took over a case in which a Croydon family was being terrorized for reasons that still remain a mystery to many. His work, the victim (s) said, was instrumental in putting that man behind bars and is one such example this publication was privy to see up close.

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Health - Bensalem Township

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Tuesday thru Thursday



A heat wave is expected this week with a heat advisory set for Tuesday through Thursday forecasters say with an excessive heat watch in effect beginning Wednesday  

Temperatures are expected to reach mid-80s and the 60s for nighttime for Sunday evening.


Credit: National Weather Service the start of a forecasted 7 day heat wave. Monday and Tuesday may seem cooler since temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s compared to the rest of the week. Night time temperatures for the week are expected to be in the 70s.

The high temperature forecasted for Monday is expected to reach 90 degrees and heating up Tuesday and Wednesday- Juneteenth Day.  Thursday through Saturday temps are expected to be near or reach 100 degrees, while Friday might surpass 100 degree mark.

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Please be mindful in the summer, your vehicle can act like an oven. Do not leave kids, elderly or pets in the car even for a quick errand. Keep plenty of water/hydrating liquids with you at all times and stay hydrated and please check up on relatives and neighbors, especially seniors with pets.

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Humidity: 87%

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