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Levittown Hotel to be Sold Off at Sheriff Sale that Currently Houses Homeless

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A Levittown based hotel that’ is still operating will be sold off at County Sheriff’s sale legal records and notices revealed Monday.

The Hammock Hotel located in Bristol Township at 6201 Bristol Pike will be sold off in lieu of back money owed by its owners HR Penn LLC. The hotel which is part of the Clarion Hotel chain is scheduled to be sold off on July 9, at 11 am according to a notice posted at the entrance way to the hotel.

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The two-story commercial hotel which has just under 120 rooms, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the property sell off, could potentially cause problems in terns of increasing the number of folks who are homeless to be evicted from the hotel.

A public safety source told this publication over the weekend homeless folks have been housed at the hotel while navigating the process of finding permanent  housing.

The number of those seeking homes living at the hotel is unknown presently, sources said.

Visits and calls to the hotel and its management were not returned as of late Monday evening.

Operators of the lodge received a Coronavirus-related PPP loan from the Small Business Administration of a little more than $93,000 in February, 2021, federal documents revealed.

The deed to the property owned by New Jersey based realtor Ratan Realty was filed with Bucks County in 2015, court records say.

A person who asked not to be identified who recently was a “guest” of a friend living at the hotel said people stating there have no idea what to do.

“They were told by employees shortly after the notice was fixed they’re gonna have to leave before the ninth of next month. They’re not sure what to do!”

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Meanwhile a second call to the reservation number for the motel went unanswered, automatically  hanging up after a set number of rings made by this publication Monday night.

Bristol area officials in recent weeks have been meeting with county officials to proactively help those sleeping in area parks, open spaces and in portable bathrooms.

Bristol Borough last week voted to change hours of operation for parks and open spaces from 11 pm to 10 pm. Individuals can be cited for ordinance violation by Police if in the park after hours.

About a year ago, Bristol Township Council last week passed an ordinance change for keeping registration books for occupants at local hotel and motels.

Township Manager Randee Elton said the change was needed because hotels and motels were not doing a good job of maintaining the names of guests.

The change to the code, will empower the townships police department to conduct checks to ensure guest registration forms are being completed adding the change will also scare off those engaged in potential criminal activity because they don’t want to sign into a official registry, she said.

The impacts of COVID were noted in the counties point in time count where an increase of 48 percent of people who are homeless was registered in comparison to the year before.

Officials attribute the rise in part to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to the string of heavy storms last summer that displaced dozens of county residents from damaged homes and apartments.

Nonetheless none of the above answers the question or questions as to why an area hotel is going under. According to county documents, the owner’s real debt, surpasses $5 million dollar on the property sitting off of two main highways.

Hopefully, said a Lower Bucks public safety official, we can help get everyone situated in a safe place before the hotel is auctioned off.

The hotel consists of  a computer lobby, children’s playground and an outdoor pool, fitness center, laundry and vending machines. The property spans over one acre that is adjacent to the Bristol Industrial Park that sits along Green Lane. .

Requests for comment from state and county officials were not returned as of Monday night,

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Health - Bensalem Township

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

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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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“Bridging the Gap” with Coffee in Bristol Twp.

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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

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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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