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22 Bucks Community Organizations receive Redevelopment Authority Grants



Bucks County non-profits will be receiving funds through a Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County (RDA) grant. 

The RDA announced at a May meeting 22 Bucks County community non-profits have received grants totaling $150,000 in an effort to counter the impacts of the Corona virus outbreak.

The funds are generated through gross terminal revenue from Parx Casino as part of the Emergency Nonprofit Relief Program.

When I drafted the legislation creating the Municipal Grant Program I did so to help our local  communities offset any effects from the introduction of casino gaming at Parx,” said Senator Tomlinson. “Now these critical funds will be used to help offset the effects of a pandemic that forced Parx to shut down. I commend the Redevelopment Authority for thinking outside of the
box and for working together with the County to help non-profit organizations continue their operations that will benefit our communities while we work to defeat COVID-19.” 

Funding will be targeted to organizations that are currently providing critical services to Bucks County residents in response to the challenges of COVID-19 The maximum grant request was $10,000.00, officials said.

“During this unprecedented time, the Redevelopment Authority is going to do everything possible to support Bucks County communities. I want to thank the County Commissioners and county staff for their efforts to initiate these emergency relief programs,” said Jeff Darwak, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority.

Funding will be targeted to organizations that are currently providing critical services to Bucks County residents in response to the challenges of COVID-19. The maximum grant request was $10,000.00, officials said. 

A list of the nonprofits assisted through the RDA COVID-19 Emergency Nonprofit Relief Program is pictured below. 


Our non-profits have shown an amazing ability to meet the public’s need on shoestring budgets. But, now, they would have almost no ability to assist if it weren’t for the generosity and quick response of the RDA,” said Bucks County Commissioner Chair, Diane Ellis-Marseglia.

The nonprofit assistance program follows the Emergency Economic Rapid Response Loan Program providing loans to small businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector.



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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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Human Interest - Bristol Borough

Bristol Approves Transfer of Deed for Bristol Station Property, Sound Study Approved for Trenton Ave Sound Wall Project



Bristol Borough accepted a deed transfer from the owners of the property where the Bristol Regional Rail station sits on Prospect Street and approved an acoustics study for the Trenton Avenue Sound Project at last weeks meeting.

Currently Nona’s Loving Care Learning Center, founded by former school board vice president Kelly Cochran who passed away a little over seven years ago, is located where the old ticket office was located on the property.

Bristol officials said “Nona’s” has under two years left on their lease.

There are only two members left that own this property, said Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe II, and they’re turning the property over to us, which is nice. So, we’re going to have that building and control what goes there.

There are restrictions on what can be done with the property, DiGuiseppe said, we already had a meeting with SEPTA. They have some work that’s ongoing taking place  and we’re looking to make +the property look really nice once we take it over in 2025.

According to multiple sources in 2013 and 2014, the Prospect St. site was once considered to be a prime location to move the then five existing Bristol Borough volunteer fire companies. The plan never came to fruition. Now with a consolidated fire company and a grant application to erect a new centralized firehouse, maybe, just maybe, that old plan has been brought back to life. Additionally SEPTA is planning for a full overhaul of the train station and  a mobility beautification project was also discussed in April by officials.

In other related council items, members approved to award Harrison Acoustics $11,000 for the sound barrier project to perform a sound study.  In April, the borough was awarded a $1.7 million grant that was obtained through Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, officials said.  Mayor Ralph DiGuiseppe III said, prior to the vote accepting the bid,  hopefully more money will come in around September, so the work could be done next spring. 

Bristol also approved a contract with G&B Construction who bid on the borough’s curb ramp project totaling just under $200,000.00.


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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Fishing with a Cop Reels in September Date



The Bristol Borough Police Benevolent Association (BBPBA) announced details for this years “Fishing with a Cop” scheduled for next month at the Delaware Canal Lagoon on Jefferson Avenue.

PBA President, and “acting’ Sergeant Chuck Palmer went before Council last week to receive their support for the event, which he received enthusiastically.

September 7  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Palmer said, is the date of the event and a rain date (Sept 8) has been added this year because of rain at last year’s event.

“We’ve gotten a lot of donations this year from locals, out of towners and businesses this year,” Palmer said.

Applications are available now at the Bristol Borough Police Department, 250 Pond Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a deadline of August 24 to apply. 

Face painting, a D.J., and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office Dept with its K-9 unit will be on hand.

Fishing gear for children is free and this is a 12 and under event for kids living in Bristol Borough.

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