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Demonstrators Say Black Lives Matter in Bristol Peace Walk

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They were young. They were older.  They were from all walks of life who came out by the thousands crossing invisible lines constructed throughout time hoping to form and build long lasting alliances with each other so what happened in Minneapolis will never occur in Bucks County with a Unified Peace Walk, Saturday.

The power of thousands filling the streets of Bristol Borough Saturday and elsewhere for peaceful marchscould not be denied.
Coverage of protests locally and nationally wiped COVID-19 stories out of the news cycle and public consciousness.

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

The demonstration that snaked through borough streets culminating at the Harriet Tubman Statute in Bristol Lions Park was for many a cathartic release.

For others it was a time for remembrance, grief, and looking to better days ahead for race relations in the lower end of Bucks County.

“This is beautiful. An eye opener. We just wanted to make an environment for people to feel uncomfortable to be comfortable” organizer David Sleets said of the event.

“Lets just keep going. Keep moving forward because there is light at the end of this tunnel and today’s response is proof of that.”

The march which started at the Bristol Regional Rail Tran Station a little after 11 a.m. stopped on Buckley Street as names were read of those killed by law enforcement followed by chants of “Say their name!”

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

Residents along the processional path set up water stations and tents to distribute liquid relief as temperatures approached the high 80’s. The sun’s heat bathed walkers singing Sister Sledges “We are Family” along rally path on Bath Street as it made its way into the boroughs merchant district.

Bucks County Commissioner Vice Chair Bob Harvie who was among many of the locally elected officials to attend said it was a great day for all involved. Bristol has reason to be proud of its self today, he said.

Fears stoked throughout the week were put out to pasture as no major incidents of any kind were reported by police as their welcomed presence kept the potential for agitators in line.

Dani Repo of Falls Township who throughout the week took it upon herself to highlight what she called racist posts on social media about protests past and present said it was the most peaceful and loving event she had ever been to.
“Look at all this love and support” she said from everyone here as we walked through the Mill Street Parking lot with her full family walking just ahead.

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

Law enforcement agencies from throughout Lower Bucks County were on hand to assist with units from Tullytown, Middletown, Bensalem, Bristol and Falls Police Departments from one end of the march route to the end.

We thank the community, demonstrators and emergency personnel for their efforts in keeping the event safe and peaceful, said officials from the Borough Police Department.

Personnel from the The Bucks County Rescue Squad provided medical backup as they slowly followed behind marchers.

 

The walk planned by organizers and officials from the Bristol area in response to the murder of George Floyd Minneapolis by Police Officer Derek Chauvin. He and three other officers have been charged with Floyd’s death on Memorial Day.

A video of the alarming incident showing Chauvin leaning on the neck of Floyd with his knee went viral earlier this week.

Erica Waller-Hill who operates the educational non-profit Destined for a Dream said this is the first step in a process that needs to take place with local officials just before taking a knee for eight seconds to honor the murdered man.

“Now we need consistency as we move forward in addressing racial inequalities. This is just a first step in the process.” 

Louise Davis a decedent of Harriet Tubman said she was thrilled with the turn out prior to reading a poem to attendees. 

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

The event ended officially shortly after demonstrators took a a knee to reflect on Floyd’s death.

A trio of 19 year-old girls making their way home to Bristol Township on Buckley St. explained why it was important to be part of Saturday’s march.

“To really get a message across to stop police brutality… and that our lives matter too.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

 

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

 

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

Credit: Jeff Bohen: Lower Bucks Source

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Lower Makefield Township

Did You Lose Tools in Lower Makefield Recently?

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The Lower Makefield Police Department seeking the rightful owner of tools found on Glenn Drive officials said in a press release Thursday

According to Lower Makefield Township Police Department they recently come into possession of found items on Glen Dr., and we are looking to reunite them with their rightful owner(s). If you have lost any property recently, please take a moment to check if these might belong to you.  If you believe these are your items, please contact the Detectives Division at 215-493-4055 during our business hours Hopefully the tools will be returned to the rightful owner so we can try and do the natural and report out who found the tools and got the police department involved.

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Human Interest - Bristol Borough

Bristol Borough Announces Changes to Sidewalk Repair Program, Children Related Events Announced

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Bristol Borough announced changes coming to the controversial sidewalk program it instituted last year after a number of complaints about the overall health of the sidewalks in the small, compacted locality.

Beginning last May, Borough code enforcement officials undertook an initiative to inspect sidewalks throughout the walkable community.

According to LevittownNow.com, borough officials completed walking inspections in 50 percent of the town finding 155 violations with 132 of those homeowners granted extensions to repair or replace the sidewalks.

The sidewalk violations and citations were met with intense push back in the community and on local social media pages. Several posters and dozens of commenters called for the firing of Inspector John Miller and the recently hired code enforcement staff.

The current incarnation of the effort is over, Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe said at Monday night’s council meeting.

“We started a sidewall program based on the course our inspectors went out and took. It’s very clear that if there is a sidewalk that can create a tripping problem …the homeowner has to fix them. It worked but it’s been  a disaster.”

Going on, he said, we just finished surveying the entire borough last week, and we has a meeting with the solicitor prior to finishing, DiGuiseppe said, and now were going to change the whole program and handle it differently. If there is a sidewalk not in compliance – meaning a tripping problem or a danger to someone, the borough will send a letter to that resident whether it’s a rental property or homeowner, stating your sidewalk is not in compliance and that it should be repaired. For some reason you don’t repair it and for some reason someone gets hurt, Bristol Borough is putting you on notice.

“So, we’re not forcing you to do anything” he said, adding the Borough tried to work with everyone on the issue in any way possible.

“We did get a lot of lawsuits and we did get a lot of complaints from people that tripped and busted their face open. We asked people if they wanted to come to Council and talk about some of the things that happened to them. And they really didn’t want to get involved on TV. There were some serious injuries over sidewalks that people got hurt on,” DiGuiseppe said.

Borough Solicitor Jeff Garton said he was going to check and make sure the Borough sidewalk ordinance is consistent with what the council president laid out.

“We’re not walking the streets anymore, We did it one time, it’s over and we’re done with it,” DiGuiseppe said emphatically.


In related Council items:

August 6 will be the Bristol Borough’s National Night Out event  at the Snyder-Girotti Elementary School fields off of Buckley and Beaver Streets, beginning  at 5:30 p.m.

August 7 (a Wednesday) will be Kids Night at the St Ann /St Mark Carnival this year. Bristol Environmental will once again sponsor the event that is free to all Boro children. More details to be released coming soon.

Council tabled the motion to take over the property located at 636 Race Street due to redevelopment interest from Habitat for Humanity.

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Health - Bensalem Township

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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