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RDA Awards More Than 3.9 Million in Gaming Funds to Local Municipalities



Want to see how PARX casino dollars strengthen area municipalities?

Look no further than the $3.9 million in gaming funds collected from Parx Casino in Bensalem Township.

The grants were awarded to those municipalities most likely impacted by the gaming facility. 

Bristol Borough, Bristol Township, Hulmeville Borough, Langhorne Borough, Langhorne Manor Borough, Lower Southampton Township, Middletown Township, and Penndel Borough, along with county government, are the localities eligible for “casino grants” as they are also known.

The Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors (RDA) approved the grants to eligible municipalities at a public meeting last month at the Authority’s office in Bristol Borough. The grants will be used for a variety of municipal projects that include infrastructure improvements, facilities, health and public safety, human  services and equipment for law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency responders. 

Applications are submitted by municipalities and the RDA approves which projects would be funded.

“The Municipal Grant Program continues to play a pivotal role in supporting various projects aimed at offsetting  gaming impacts. These projects will address quality of life issues as well as invest in infrastructure improvements, health and public safety initiatives in municipalities impacted by gaming.”, said Ralph DiGuiseppe, Chairman of the Authority Board. He added: “The Municipal Grant Program stands as a notable  success for Bucks County, and I want to commend the communities for their careful project selection process when submitting proposals to the Authority.” 

According to state law, those municipalities that are contiguous to the gaming facility or are wholly within the boundaries of a contiguous municipality in Bensalem are eligible to apply for the grants, as is the Township of  Bensalem and the County of Bucks. The municipal grant application process is administered by the  Redevelopment Authority and offered annually to each of the eligible municipalities. 

RDA of Bucks County
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

This year, nineteen grants totaling more than $1.7 million were awarded for projects supporting law  enforcement, fire fighters and emergency responders. Over $1.5 million was granted to thirteen projects for infrastructure and facility improvements. An additional eight projects were approved for health and human  service projects, totaling $618,304.00. A total of 40 grants were awarded to the ten eligible municipalities  amounting to $3,920,226.45. 

Credit: RDA of Bucks Co

Funds for the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks’ Municipal Grant Program are provided by one  (1%) percent of the gross terminal revenue from Parx Casino, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Race Horse  and Development Gaming Act of 2004, as reenacted and amended by the Act of October 30, 2017, P.L. 419.  Language for this legislation was developed and introduced by former Senator Robert M. “Tommy” Tomlinson.  Since the inception of the Municipal Grant Program in 2008, the Redevelopment Authority has awarded more  than $60 million for eligible projects. 

The funding for the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks’ Municipal Grant Program comes from one percent of the gross total revenue from Parx Casino.

RDA Approved Grant Projects 


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Human Interest - Bensalem Township

New LBTQ+ Advocacy Group Fairness Pennsylvania Launches




Fairness Pennsylvania (FPA), the first full-time statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights program in several years kicked off on Monday, June 3 with Pennsylvania organizers, advocates, and legislators  at the state Capitol.

“We are ready to hit the ground running,” said Sarah Hammond, Fairness PA’s State Director, in a press release. “There are so many engaged activists and strong voices working right now in communities across the state. Our first priority is to identify ways that a new, statewide organization can assist these dedicated activists to move the needle here in Harrisburg and around the state.”

Hammond said. “…FPA is dedicated to promoting equality and fostering nondiscrimination principles in PA so that our LGBTQ+ community can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in our communities across the state.”

In a statement, Governor Josh Shapiro said, “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded on the ideals of tolerance and understanding and I’m proud to stand alongside Fairness PA as they work to promote those values and build a better, stronger Commonwealth for all.”

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“No matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, or who you pray to, you deserve equal protection under the law in Pennsylvania….” said Shapiro. “It’s long past time we put partisanship aside and pass a nondiscrimination law that protects LGBTQ Pennsylvanians,” continued the press release.

Hammond said that an immediate priority for Fairness PA would be passage of the Fairness Act, which would ban discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations in the state, according to the press release. The Fairness Act passed in the state House in April 2023 but has yet to be considered in the state Senate. Shapiro earlier this year called on on the General Assembly to finally come together and pass the Fairness Act.

Fairness Pennsylvania can be found online at or @FairnessPA on social media.

For more information, please visit Fairness PA or contact Pete Shelly at


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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

Bensalem Man Charged for Possessing Kiddie Porn




A Bensalem man stands accused of uploading and saving pornographic images involving children to his Google account.

Michael Dunbar, 55, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Gallagher Thursday morning on one felony count of child pornography and one count of criminal use of communication facility with his bail set at 10 percent of $300,000.00.

According to Bensalem Police,  on Thursday, April 25, 2024, a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was received.  The tip referenced a particular Google account that had uploaded and saved numerous videos depicting child pornography, including prepubescent boys and girls engaging in sexual acts with each other. Detectives began an investigation and were able to determine that the owner/user of the Google account was Dunbar.

On Thursday, June 20, 2024, Bensalem Detectives served a search warrant on Dunbar’s residence.  The suspect was interviewed, and he allegedly admitted to intentionally uploading child pornography into his Google account after finding the videos on the Dark Web.

Bensalem authorities did not comment about the results of the  executed search warrant.

Dunbar was unable to post bail as of early Friday morning and was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility. He is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 2 and has no attorney of record presently, according to court records.


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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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