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Fitzpatrick Announces Community Funding Projects from Congress for District

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Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 1 ) voted for the omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2023,  securing support for 15 community projects in the 1st Congressional District.

Fitzpatrick said in a brief release that, in 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives implemented Community Project Funding (CPF), which provides Members of Congress more input in the funding decisions that directly impact their districts by allowing local community groups to request project funding. 

Projects Proposed by Fitzpatrick cover an array of services and efforts, such as facilitating Self-Sufficiency, support for a new county wide rapid DNA testing program operated by the Sheriffs office, intensive care unit expansion at Lower Bucks Hospital, and branch revitalization funds for the YMCA of Morrisville.

“I am pleased that community project funding for PA-01 that I have fought for was included in the House-passed bipartisan spending package. This critical funding will soon be delivered to address needs across Bucks and Montgomery Counties, including mental health and health services, financial education resources, and community and public infrastructure revitalization. I look forward to working with community leaders to implement these community projects in a timely fashion,” Fitzpatrick said. 

The projects below were approved for funding:

BCOC Economic Self-Sufficiency

Bucks County Criminal DNA Database

Bucks County Department of Corrections Outmate Program

Bucks Open Space Tree Assessment and Management

Doylestown Health Heart and Vascular Suite Expansion

Grandview Hospital Expansion Project

Horsham Miracle Field

Lower Bucks Hospital ICU Expansion Project

L.O.V.E. Is the Answer

Morrisville Municipal Authority

Morrisville School District Technology Program Project

Shenandoah Woods Improvement and Revitalization Project

Startup Bucks

Upper Bucks Rail Trail Improvement Project

YMCA of Morrisville Branch Revitalization

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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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Flood Insurance Task Force Issues Report

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The Pennsylvania Insurance commissioner, on behalf of the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force, has presented Gov. Josh Shapiro and the General Assembly with the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force Final Report, which includes recommendations designed to improve the affordability and accessibility of flood insurance, bolster flood resiliency, increase flood risk mitigation, and protect Pennsylvanians from incurring flood damage that often results in thousands of dollars of uncovered losses.

Gov. Shapiro signed House Bill 735 into law as Act 22 in November 2023 after it passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support, establishing the task force and directing it to study flood insurance issues and make recommendations to help improve affordability and expand access to flood insurance coverage for Pennsylvania communities. Act 22 charged the task force with delivering a report with its recommendations by July 1, 2024.

The report’s recommendations encompass key pillars of affordability, risk mitigation, incentives, and education and outreach. The task force is recommending:

• Establishing an Office of Community Rating System Assistance (CRSA) and expanding grant funding within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
• Improving disclosures during the home-buying process.
• Incorporating continuing education credits across professional roles.
• Enhancing education and outreach.
• Incentivizing home mitigation through tax credits.
• Enhancing coverage for water damage.
• Incorporating flood resiliency into building codes.
• Proposing a Pennsylvania Flood Insurance Relief Act.
• Studying further innovative solutions.

The task force’s recommendations are informed by input gathered at five public meetings held over the last six months that included a public comment period, agency collaboration, external stakeholder engagement, and discussions and presentations from experts in the field.

As a strong supporter of this task force, I hope these plans are executed soon, so that we see less damage to Pennsylvanian’s homes from flooding in the near future.

Indoor Flooding in Bensalem

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Updated: Man Charged with Homicide and 2 Counts of Murder by Bensalem Police in Apt Complex Fight, Shooting

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***Update – 7/7/24 – 12:30pm***

Lower Bucks Source (LBS) learned from authorities that Bensalem police questioned numerous witnesses at the scene and determined that Mendoza Ramirez lives in the Bucks Meadows Apartment Complex.

***Original Story***

A man has been charged with criminal homicide, murder in the first degree and murder of the third degree by Bensalem authorities early Sunday morning in what appears to be a man killing another due to a bruised ego.

Abel Mendoza Ramirez, 31, was arraigned by on-call District Judge Joseph P. Falcone just after midnight Sunday. Bail was denied for the suspect who, as of publication time, has no known address.

The  shooting incident occurred late Saturday afternoon with Bensalem Police responding to the  Bucks Meadows Apartment Complex 3100 block of Knights Road around 5:30 p.m. police said in court records.

Police said  Jose Miguel Tenorio Ruiz, just turned 40 last month, and Abel Mendoza  Ramirez, were involved in a minor physical altercation at the apartment complex of which Tenorio Ruiz was the victor. Following the altercation, Mendoza Ramirez  walked back to his vehicle, which was parked in the rear parking lot of building 7. Mendoza  Ramirez returned with a greenhandled semiautomatic pistol in his waistbandMendoza Ramirez approached Tenorio Ruiz, and the two exchanged words. Mendoza Ramirez  removed the firearm from his waistband and fired two (2) rounds into the ground by Tenorio  Ruiz. Tenorio Ruiz moved towards Mendoza Ramirez and attempted to take the firearm away  from him. Mendoza Ramirez fired, shooting Tenorio Ruiz in the torso, court records allege. 

Tenorio Ruiz was transported via ambulance to Jefferson- Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia for emergency medical treatment. Tenorio Ruiz succumbed to the gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased, said investigators. 

Following the shooting, Mendoza Ramirez entered his 2006 Ford Van with a Pennsylvania registration and fled the parking lot. Mendoza Ramirez was located in Newtown Township at 6:38pm and was subsequently taken into custodyMendoza Ramirez’s vehicle was secured and towed to Bensalem Township for further evidence collection, according to court records. 

Mendoza Ramirez is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 17 in front of Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Gallagher.

 

 

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