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Bristol Borough’s Raising the Bar launches ‘Destination Bristol’ Initiative.



Building upon Bristol’s success as the 2017 Small Business Revolution Main Street winner and the opening of several new businesses amid the Covid pandemic, Bristol Borough’s economic development group, Raising the Bar, is launching a new marketing initiative titled, Destination Bristol.

Representatives from over thirty leading Borough hospitality entities met for a leadership breakfast last month to launch the initiative. The group included bar and restaurant owners, specialty retailers, service groups, the business association, the Historic Society, the Bristol Riverside Theater, the Grundy Museum and ethnic festival planners.

Bill Pezza, President of Raising the Bar, said, “Watching our individual businesses work during the pandemic was inspiring. Not only did our existing core survive, the number of establishments in the Mill Street commercial district actually grew. But it wasn’t easy. Proprietors understandably focused their energy and resources on their personal survival.

Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

The increase of outside visitors to our commercial district has been dramatic,” Pezza added. “Now, we feel the time is right to expand the practices that transformed the Borough’s image into one seen as a vibrant dining and entertainment spot.”

Plans include group and cross marketing, a billboard planned in conjunction with Visit Bucks County, a revamped Visit Bristol Borough website, and marketing seminars produced jointly by Raising the Bar and the Business and Innovation Department of Bucks County Community College, all designed to maintain and expand the Bristol Brand.

Craig Whitaker, a Raising the Bar board member, said, “The website will be updated weekly and will include links to businesses in Bristol’s hospitality industry as well as information about festivals, performances, and special events.”

“We’ve tapped into a group of highly talented and dedicated entrepreneurs,” Pezza added. “We want to foster a climate where the major players recognize that we’re much stronger when we support each other and speak with one voice.


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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Turnpike Commission: Traffic Disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township




The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is warning motorists of expected traffic disruptions along the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 in Bristol Township due to an ongoing bridge rehabilitation project.

Starting this week, drivers merging onto I-95 northbound from the Delaware Valley Interchange acceleration ramp will encounter a temporary stop sign. The stop sign is in place through August 11 and is being placed to facilitate safe merging near the Levittown/Bristol Interchange (Exit 42). Additionally, on Friday, July 19, from midnight to 5 a.m. traffic pacing operations will slow vehicles to 20 to 25 mph. The intermittent 15-minute slowdowns at milepost 42.35 are planned for the safety of motorists and construction crews working on the bridge over the East Penn Railroad.

Motorists traveling eastbound and westbound on the Turnpike and northbound and southbound on I-95 in Bucks County are advised to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Pennsylvania State Police and Turnpike personnel will be on-site to guide drivers through the work zones. Travelers can also expect updates from changeable message signs along the routes, according to officials. Officials noted that the work schedule may change depending on weather conditions.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.


Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Twp Undercover Operation Nets Alleged Crack Dealer



A Bristol Borough man is facing serious drug related charges after he was arrested by Bristol Township Detectives following two undercover buys of “crack” cocaine.

According to police, James Edwards III, 30, became the focus of a drug investigation in Bristol Township for distribution of “crack” cocaine.  On May 29, Edwards allegedly delivered .79 grams of the drug to a confidential informant between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  On the same day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Edwards is alleged to have delivered .82 grams of the potent drug to a confidential informant.

Edwards was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Daniel Baranoski on Tuesday on felony two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on unsecured bail and  is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 31 at Bristol Borough District Court.

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