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Bristol Station to be Touched Up as Full Rebuild is Discussed



No one knows when was the last time the Bristol SEPTA Regional Rail Station had major work performed on and it still might be awhile before a full overhaul is actually begins officials from the transportation agency said at the Bristol Borough Council Meeting Monday night but a concept is in place.

Kate O’Connor, SEPTA’s Chief Engineer, said the station will receive a touch up of sorts after July 4th as work crews will begin cleaning and painting the station along with the installation of new stairway handrails, beam replacement and steel repairs.

Credit: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office

O’Connor said a full station rebuild is in the planning stages, as she featured renderings of what the station could look like after a full remodel. She said the upgrade will improve the overall look of the station, which has layers of green and white paint chipping off. She also said the proposed upgrades will make it easier for riders to enter and leave trains.

The pedestrian tunnel will also be have repairs and painting performed to it also, she said.

The project also calls for the installation of a low level platform which will make it easier for Amtrak and SEPTA workers to access the tracks, for example, in emergency situations.

The proposed rebuild would keep station access on Garden and Pine Streets, however,  access points for those with physical challenges would be installed as ramps, eliminating much of the brush that lines the boundary of the station on Garden St. There will also be a three new passenger shelters erected on either side of the station.

The drawings presented by SEPTA are just conceptual with finer details to be worked out in the near future.

Conceptual Rendering of a new Bristol Regional Rail Station

This would be the third area rail station renewed in recent years, with the Bristol Township’s  Croydon Station and the Levittown Station in Tullytown Borough having overhauls completed in recent years.

Concept Plan for Bristol Rail Station Platorms

Its a proven that with a good train station, you attract more people into town, property values go up and everything just falls ijnto place, said Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe

Funding for the project and its cost has yet to be determined by officials and its the larger part of the work that needs to be done because the station would then be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.



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Education - Bristol Borough

Bristol Borough School District Hires from Within to Fill Principal, Asst Principal Positions at Elementary School



The Bristol Borough School District announced the hiring of new leadership beginning July 1 at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School.

Schoolboard President Dave Chichilitti said Wednesday he’s really excited about the appointments of Ms. Julie Balcer, as the new principal and Ms. Danielle Leyrer, as the elementary assistant principal at Snyder-Girotti.

Former principal Kelli Rosado tendered her resignation in March, officials said, however no explanation for her leaving in the middle of the academic year was provided.

Balcer began her educational journey in 2009 at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School. Over the past 15 years, she has made significant contributions as a 6th-grade teacher, a 5th-grade special education teacher, and later as a kindergarten teacher. In the past year, she has served as Dean of Students and Acting Principal of Snyder-Girotti, demonstrating her leadership skills and dedication to the school community, officials said.

Leyrer is a dedicated educator who is committed to empowering students and educators by fostering a supporting and enriching learning environment. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University. She completed her master’s degree and Principal Certification at Pennsylvania Western University – California, says a district release.

The duo were approved for the new “official” roles unanimously by the board last week.

Balcer is scheduled to make $125,000.00 per year and Leyrer has an 11- month contract coming in at just over $104,000.00.

Both Chichilitti and Truelove said they could not answer any questions with regards to any personal or social media related comments on personnel matters of any kind.

“As for social media posts not authorized by the District, we can’t comment on those matters…” in regard to recent allegations made and reported on by Lower Bucks Source last week which were commented on by a self-reported school district employee.

If any parent is having some kind of issue or concern, Chichilitti said, please reach out to us. We’re here for the students of school district and their parents and or guardians. We encourage everyone to contact us with questions.







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Education - Bristol Borough

Sources Allege School Bus Driver Left 1 Student Alone, Almost Forgot 2nd on School Bus



Multiple sources over the last week say children with challenges have been left unsupervised at one drop off location and almost forgotten by Bristol Borough School District bus driver in separate incidents over the last four weeks and “nothing” has been done to correct the situation.

More than three sources contacted Lower Bucks Source to say in the most serious alleged incident, a bus driver almost forgot a student with challenges, pulling into the bus depot and parking before realizing the student was still on the bus.

In the second alleged incident, another student with challenges was dropped off out in front of the afterschool program they attend daily, alone for about five minutes. The student in question immediately recognized the situation and called their legal guardian, the sources told the publication.

The multiple sources, who have direct information about each of the incidents said it appears to them the school district is “protecting” the bus driver due to his public role in the community. Lower Bucks Source contacted the school bus driver over the past weekend, and they declined to comment.  A source supportive of  the “fill in” driver said, this is a character assassination effort by a now temporarily laid-off bus driver who the school district is looking into after a complaint was lodged against him by a local motorist.

Meanwhile with the academic school year ending, and the extended school year program launching soon, locals are concerned nothing will be done about the alleged incidents.

Last Friday, Lower Bucks Source contacted School Board President David J. Chichilitti who did not respond to  a request for comment.

The parents of the students involved in the alleged incidents were also contacted by this media outlet and declined to comment.

As one source said Monday, “this can’t stand.”

On Tuesday Solicitor for the school district, David J. Truelove said the district would not comment on employee related matters.

” As these allegations involve potential personnel matters the District cannot provide comment. ”

The bus driver in question will not be identified by Lower Bucks Source at this time, due to the seriousness and nature of the accusations, and the fact that the sources for this story requested to remain anonymous.





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Health - Bristol Borough

Planet Fitness Opens in Bristol



Planet Fitness celebrated the opening of its newest location Wednesday in Bristol Borough.

Located in the Bristol Plaza shopping center on Commerce Circle where a Chinese restaurant had a short run several years ago and the state run Fine and Good Spirits shop that closed last year.

The workout fitness center has a myriad of features seeking to serve a wide but yet diverse clientele. Cardio machines, strength equipment, a 30 minutes express Circuit, locker rooms with showers and day lockers.

Locals welcomed the fitness centers opening in social media posts.

The fitness center will be open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 7 a.m to 7 p.m weekends.

Founded in 1992 in New Hampshire the company now has 2,400 clubs world wide

The company markets itself as a “judgement free zone” providing a ” hassle-free non intimidating environment.”









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