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Giant Co. Releases Annual Community Impact Report



 The GIANT Company today released its second annual Community Impact Report, highlighting its 2022 corporate social responsibility initiatives centered around its purpose of connecting families for a better future“

For nearly 100 years, The GIANT Company has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our team members, our customers, and our communities,” said John Ruane, interim president, The GIANT Company. “Our impact report illustrates how our purpose of connecting families for a better future has come to life over the last year and is proof of the incredible impact we can have when we work together to create a better tomorrow for all.”

Highlights of The GIANT Company’s community impact report include:

  • Taking actionable steps to eliminate hunger, change children’s lives, heal the planet, and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, The GIANT Company, in partnership with its customers and supplier partners, provided in-kind and financial support valued at nearly $19 million to support over 300 community organizations connecting families for a better future.
  • Committed to making a difference together, team members logged more than 50,000 community volunteer hours, exceeding the company’s goal by almost 15,000 hours.
  • The GIANT Company’s registered dietitians helped cultivate healthy, balanced, and affordable meal options, connecting with more than 55,000 customers through virtual wellness classes.
  • Building on its commitment to grow local economies, The GIANT Company partnered with more than 130 local vendor partners and 170 certified diverse-owned suppliers to deliver fresh, local, and culturally appropriate foods to the families it serves.

“As a neighborhood grocery store, we have the unique opportunity to touch lives frequently, and we recognize the responsibility we have in helping families – no matter their circumstances – gather around the table to connect and enjoy a meal,” said Jessica Groves, community impact manager, The GIANT Company. “The stories shared in our impact report highlight the passion of our team members and community partners to support all families and help to facilitate opportunities to create healthier people and a healthier planet one purposeful act at a time.”

For additional information on The GIANT Company’s community impact efforts, visit

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Health - Bensalem Township

Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured




Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

Bucks Judge Orders Triple Killer Committed for 60-Day Mental Health Evaluation



The man accused of killing three family members, hours before the Levittown St. Patrick’s Day parade causing it to be cancelled followed by a hours long manhunt, has been ordered to be evaluated at a state behavioral health facility.

Andre Gordon 26, a homeless Trenton, N.J man who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, and three counts of second-degree murder in connection to his March 16 rampage in Lower Bucks County has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation by a Bucks County Judge Raymond F. McHugh.  The evaluation period is not to exceed 60 days, court records show.]

Mr. Gordon is to be committed to Norristown Hospital or Torrance State Hospital under the Mental Health Procedures Act (AKA 302 and 302 b.) for psychiatric evaluation and treatment, said Manuel Gamiz Jr., director of communications for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. He added the facts about the petition are publicly available at this link. 

Killed in Gordon’s alleged killing spree was his 52-year-old stepmother, Karen Gordon, 13-year-old sister, Kera Gordon, and 25-year-old mother of his children, Taylor Daniel.

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In May, Gordon was charged with aggravated assault and disarming a law enforcement officer —and eight related offenses stemming from an incident in the Bucks County Correctional Facility.

District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said she is seeking the death penalty, if the case goes to trial.

Marcel Johnson, now 31, is the last Bucks County resident sentenced to death. He was convicted in 2015 for the 2013 killing of five months pregnant Ebony Talley, 22, and daughter R’mani Rankins, 4. Rankins murder is what earned Johnson the death penalty.  The last person executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidink in 1979 by lethal injection.


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Human Interest - Bensalem Township

Bucks Co Appoints New CEO of Library System




Bucks County has a new library system director.

The Bucks County Free Library (BCFL) Board of Directors appointed Dana Barber as the library system’s new chief executive officer at their June 17, 2024 board meeting.

She assumed the role beginning on July 15.

Barber has served as director of the Margaret R Grundy Memorial Library in Bristol Borough for the past 10 years, with a focus on creating strategic partnerships to enhance library services.

She received the 2023 Certificate of Merit from the Pennsylvania Library Association in recognition of her leadership skills.

“I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated team at BCFL to continue to enhance library services and foster meaningful relationships with patrons and partners,” Barber said.

Barber is excited by the new opportunity to share her vision for public library services as leader of the county system.

“Our libraries are vibrant community hubs providing access to high-quality information, essential support and education, and equitable spaces. They truly are for everyone!” she said.

Outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Martina Kominiarek, has served as the library’s CEO for more than 20 years.

“With Dana at the helm, I’m confident we’ll continue to thrive and innovate, serving our communities in even more dynamic and impactful ways,” she said.

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