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Bucks Dem Women Come Together with Focus on Winning in 2020



On Thursday night over 50 women gathered to celebrate the launch of the Bucks County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative (BCDWLI), a new organization aimed at bridging the gap between grassroots initiatives and existing political activity in Bucks County.

Ashley Muir, a Trumbauersville resident who began her involvement in local politics as campaign manager for Karen Chellew in PA’s 145th assembly district in 2014 also serving on the board at Emerge PA which state Rep Tina Davis (D-141) co-founded with colleague Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-148) in 2015 is the new organizations chair. 

BCDLI was formed to provide support and build a strong network of Democrats committed to bringing awareness to the challenges that keep women from obtaining critical leadership roles within our communities its mission statement says. Their calling is to create opportunities for women to become involved at every level of the political process, advocate for the issues that concern women and working families and gain the confidence to step into leadership roles within their community.

This year democratic women are seeking to contest all but one Republican held seat in the General Assembly, and two Democratic women and one man will face off in April to challenge Congressman Fitzpatrick in the fall, Muir said. This increases the need for their organization’s involvement to give local candidates “greater access to the experiences, and the human and monetary resources they need — Not only to run for office and win, but to advocate for the issues that affect women and families once they are elected,” she said. 

The newly launched organization has an executive board comprised of community leaders who, through gaining political experience on more than 20 local races, noticed disconnects between active members of the community and the local political structure, Muir said. Over the last four years Bucks County has seen a spike in political activity among, women but has yet to make any real headway at the state and federal level.

Democrats picked up only three state legislative seats in 2018 with wins by Maria Collett, Steve Santarseiro and Wendy Ullman. This year democratic women are seeking to contest all but one Republican held seat in the General Assembly, and two Democratic women and one man will face off in April to challenge Congressman Fitzpatrick in the fall. 

Muir is joined by Executive Board members Lisa Procz, a political activist and leader of Bux-Mont Inclusive & Progressive, Ali Glickman a long time gun-safety advocate and Co-Founder of Orange Wave, Kristin Nielsen a powerhouse political fundraiser & Sue-Ann Divito a local immigration rights advocate.

Muir also acknowledged Honorary Chair Davis for her dedication in working to get more women involved in the political process even before the wave of activity following the 2016 election.

Emerge Pennsylvania boasts a staggering 81% win rate.

For more information about BCDWLI, please visit their website at

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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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