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Habitat for Humanity Provides the Perfect Gift; A New Home for New Borough Residents



A Bristol Borough property that was once an eyesore is now a new home for a family of tree thanks to Habitat for Humanity Bucks County.

As an early Christmas gift, Elaine and her family (two children) moved into their new home on Spruce Street in Bristol Borough and were welcomed to the borough in celebratory fashion as local officials came out to celebrate the home dedication.

“Every Habitat home dedication is special, but being able to partner with Elaine and the local faith community, bringing her family home for the holidays, is an extra blessing,” said Florence Kawoczka, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County.

The new home for three was Built by Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County in partnership with Thrivent, a member-owned financial services organization, and local faith community members.

Elaine, graduated from the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s self-sufficiency program. She also took part in Habitat for Humanity’s financial-empowerment program and then applied for homeownership and the waiting began.

Gary Pruden, president of the Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County’s board of directors, said a family being able to buy a new home often changes their lives for the better.

Kawoczka said the rising prices of construction material cost the nonprofit $57,000 more than projected, but donors came together to help cover the price tag. Adding A total of 90 volunteers spent about 1,050 hours building the new home on the site of what just a year ago an unsafe property.

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick congratulated the family presenting them with a flag that flew over the House of Representatives in their honor, saying he hopes the new neighbors to Bristol will take part in the number of community events the borough is known to offer families.

Credit: Habitat for Humanity Bucks County

Bristol Borough Council member-elect Maria Figueroa, who lives only blocks away from the site said she was able  to obtain started her first home through a similar program years ago. She hailed Habitat for Humanity Bucks County  for lifting families to help move into new homes.

Bucks County Commissioner Bob Harvie, whose family lived on Buckley Street  said “This is definitely part of the Christmas spirit and exhibiting what the season really should be about,”

“It is an opportunity for us to put deeds to our faith and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. It’s our chance to thank God,” said John Roesinger, of Thrivent.

“There’s just been so much kindness and generosity that I’ve seen through this whole process. All the wonderful people I’ve met. All the wonderful people that I did not get to meet that donated time or money, or of themselves in some other way. Thank you so much. It’s been a phenomenal experience for us,” said new homeowner, Elaine.










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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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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

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



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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