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SLNC Events for April

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April 2022 Events at Silver Lake Nature Center  

Earth Day Work Day. Saturday, April 2nd, 9am – 12pm. Earth Day is Every Day at SLNC! Help us maintain our grounds! Be prepared to get wet and dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle. This event is Rain or Shine. Register by visiting www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org, or by calling 215-785-1177.

Earthship Tours. Saturday, April 9th, 1 – 2:30pm. FREE. The SLNC Earthship will be open to the public today! Stop by to visit and learn about these interesting, sustainable structures!

Register by visiting www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or by calling 215-785-1177.

Day-off from School Camp Days. Thursday, April 14th &/or Friday, April 15th. 9am – 4pm. Why only have Camp in the summer when you can do it in all seasons?! Our School-year Camp Days are scheduled for days when most schools are off. Each Camp Day provides exciting seasonal adventures for your child (5 – 14 years old). Staff and Campers spend the days exploring the forest, swamps, and marsh in all weather. Prices: $65/child per day for Friends of SLNC Members; $80/child per day for Non-members. Full payment is required at time of registration. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.

Bird Seed Sale Pick-up (for orders placed by 4/9). Saturday, April 16th, 10am – 2pm. Bird watching is more fun when you can attract them to your own yard, so fill your feeders with one of our special mixes.

Friends of SLNC Members receive a 10% discount on all Bird Seed Orders.

Orders may be placed by calling 215-785-1177 or by visiting www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.

Nature Egg Hunt. Saturday, April 16 2-3:30pm. Many creatures lay eggs in the depths of the woods. This fun activity for families & individuals will challenge the participants to find these “Special” hidden eggs throughout the wilds of the forest. Solve the Who Done It Mystery of the special eggs to achieve one of many prizes! $5/person for Members of Friends of SLNC or $8/person for Non-members. Register by visiting www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or by calling 215-785-1177.

Trails are open daily, from Sunrise to Sunset. SLNC Visitors’ Center is open, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm & Sundays, Noon-5pm.

Groups/Clubs that Meet at SLNC:

Artists of Bristol ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Contact: Rose Marie Strippoli aobweb@comcast.net.

Bristol Photographers Club ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, Contact: Heather Baker at hebaker1@gmail.com.

Delaware River Fishermen’s Association ~ Meets at 7pm on the last Wednesday of each month. Contact: https://www.drfishermen.com/.

DE Valley Model Boat Club ~ Meets at Magnolia Lake on most Sundays, April through October. For info, please visit: http://bucks-area-rc-boat-club.webs.com/

Nature Book Club ~ Meets at 6:30pm on the last Thursday of each month at the SLNC Earthship. Contact: Lee Roach at SLNCNatureBookClub@gmail.com for info/registration.

Southern Bucks Garden Club ~ meets on the 1st Tuesday of some months at 7pm. Contact: Ellen Miller, President at ellenmiller24@comcast.net.

West Chester University Harp Ensemble ~ Rehearses at 6pm on the 3rd Monday of most months. It is free to stop by to listen to the beautiful music. Contact: Professor Gloria Galante at ggharp@comcast.net for info/registration.

The Silver Lake Nature Center, where learning comes naturally, is a 264-acre Nature Preserve located in Bristol Township, Bucks County. It is a facility of the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation with additional funding and staffing provided by the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center nonprofit organization. SLNC is home to over 40 plant and animal species listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in Pennsylvania. Participation in programs helps protect these species and their habitats. SLNC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, activities, or facilities. People with special needs are asked to give advance notice.

The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation was established in 1953. The Department is responsible for the acquisition, development, and preservation of open space and regional parks. The Department seeks in every endeavor to improve the quality of life and environment for all Bucks County residents, by working to enhance existing and projected recreational and cultural needs for our County.

For information about this and the other programs offered at Silver Lake Nature Center, call 215-785-1177 or visit the website at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Human Interest - Bensalem Township

Neshaminy Mall Sale Finalized Large Scale Redevelopment Planned Says New Owners

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One of the area’s biggest shopping malls will have new life given to it by its new owners, they say.

As previously reported, Paramount Realty Group  has purchased the 1-million square foot mall which sits at the crossroads of Lincoln Highway, Route 1 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Brookfield Properties. 

Opened in 1968, the Neshaminy Mall has hosted stores such as “Boscov’s” and “GameStop”, but over the years, the mall has started to decline in both visitors and renters. Walking through the mall now is like walking through a ghost town. The AMC theater and Boscov’s are still there, but stores like Macy’s, Friendly’s, and even Rita’s water ice are all gone with the mall dying a slow painful death prior to the sale.

The mall will undergo large-scale construction that will see roughly half of the area demolished in the process, the new owners told the Philadelphia Business Journal last week. 

The plans, which have not been finalized as of yet,  but could include a mix of residential, retail, and medical facilities, according to Paramount Realty Principal Maurice Zekaria, in the report.

Paramount and Edgewater jointly announced that they had closed on the purchase of the 108-acre site from Brookfield Properties for $27.5 million, a far cry from a previous estimated market value of $45.4 million.

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Paramount owns numerous properties in Bucks County, including Marketplace at Neshaminy, which is adjacent to the mall, and Lincoln Plaza in Middletown Township, which they acquired in 2020, according to public records and also purchased Brunswick Square Mall in Middlesex County, New Jersey in 2023.

The former Macy’s was recently purchased by Tony Chowdhurry, who is converting the space to a Fusion Gym in the hopes of giving the mall a “shot in the arm.” 

At the Oxford Valley Mall, Boscov’s was torn down to make way for luxury apartments and is expected to be completed soon.

The ability to shop online, experts say, is the single biggest contributor to the demise of shopping malls across America.

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Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured

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

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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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