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YMCA Downsizes Fairless Hills Construction Plans Due to Costs



Representatives for YMCA of Bucks County gained approval for a scaled down version of their plans for the Fairless Hill site at last week’s Bristol Township Council meeting.

The new plans call for a shrinking of the original plans of 52,785 square feet to a 42,000 square feet structure on South Oxford Valley Road. The new plan also calls for revamping what remains and adding a new entrance-way to the project which was originally announced last year for the Bristol 

Higher than expected costs means the 4,000 square foot child care center is being cut from the plan, representatives said at Thursday’s meeting.

YMCA officials did say the new plans also included upgrades for parking and circulation throughout the complex when the work is completed.

The Fairless Hill location serves about 6000 members. The new plans would speed up completion of the project.  The project was originally scheduled to take about 18 months to two years, but will be finished within a year’s time, officials said in release earlier this month

The Fairless Hills overhaul along with upgrades to the Doylestown location, officials said, would cost about $15 million with a majority of the funds spent on the Bristol Township location.

YMCA of Bucks County is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Annually, the Y serves nearly 60,600 members and participants at its five member branches, six youth education centers, and five camp locations across Bucks County. YMCA of Bucks County provides $5 million of community impact annually in the form of financial assistance to individuals and families in need and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and more. To learn more visit







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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 Township

Encampment Site in Bristol Twp Cleaned Up



Officials said, a homeless encampment site was cleaned up Thursday and Friday in a combined effort. The site was in Bristol Township, on Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission property, and also took over a resident’s shed on their property.

Community tipsters in the spring started to report the existence of the encampment amid growing fears as more people started to settle in on the state-owned property. Reports of gunshots heard reportedly coming from the 5700 block of Beaver Dam Road only yards away from the make-shift shelter.

In the early hours of  June 7 Bristol Township Police were dispatched to the area for a shots fired report.  On-scene witnesses said responding officers set up lighting on Beaver Dam Road, performing grid search collection techniques for at least one hour, and spoke with a number of individuals. Police officials at the time would only say an active investigation was in effect, declining to confirm or deny bullet casings were collected.

Township Manager Randee Mazur on Friday at the clean-up site said the situation was worse than anyone knew because of countermeasures taken by the street camp.

We had a homeless encampment on the turnpike commission’s property, and they were also living in the shed of an 89-year-old resident who didn’t know because they had boarded up the one side facing the house and they we’re coming in and out of the other side, Mazur said. Adding there was a lot of drugs and other suspicious behaviors happening.

Credit: Joe Nelson Lower Bucks Source

Prior to disassembling the unauthorized camp site, a property owner “tore down” a shed of their own making because the homeless were tunneling in and sleeping there, sources told Lower Bucks Source. The public safety hazards that developed and existed in the wooded area off Beaver Dam Rd and on the privately owned properties is being cleaned up by the commission and township work crews, officials said.

“This morning (Thursday)  the township police, state police, turnpike and township people all showed up. Following a brief foot chase, the cops made at least two arrests. Then they began destroying the encampment and tore it all down. They had dumpsters ready and have been filling them all day long as well as clearing brush and debris to make it more visible from both the turnpike itself and the road here,” said a community observer.

Bristol Township has been encountering this issue for probably a decade now with it becoming more pronounced and often visible post COVID, officials said. The Bucks County Co Responder team who work with Bristol Township, Bristol Borough and Tullytown police were “hopefully” going to ease the homeless encampment problem as one of their targeted goals. One member of the team resigned recently, and the second member is currently on leave, multiple sources told LBS.  It’s not clear currently if co-responder staff working in and with police in surrounding Lower Bucks municipalities are covering the two positions assigned and working out of Bristol Twp. 

Some relief for the homeless issue is coming soon with Family Services Association of Bucks County planning a complete overhaul of the emergency shelter it operates in Levittown. Bucks County recently released data of its Point In Time Count which showed a 27 percent rise in homelessness in comparison to the year before.

Over the last two years in background conversations with township officials, the search for a multi-pronged nuanced response has been fleeting. Council President Craig Bowen has spent a great deal of time along with the rest of council trying to address the challenges of individuals living outdoors on private, state, or locally owned properties. Then he discovered something new on Friday he could not wrap his head around.

We just talked with the police officer and there’s actually a fellow was back there who owns a home and doesn’t want to be there.  He was in the back of the camp site, said Bowen. 

 “He’d rather be outside and that’s hard too hard to rectify that when somebody wants to live out in the woods then in their home.” 

Credit: Joanne Ames Lower Bucks Source


Credit: Joanne Ames,. Lower Bucks Source


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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Township Police Reports: Woman Charged For PFA Violation, 2nd Woman Charged with Assault and More




Bristol Township Police Reports July 5 to July 7, 2024 

Arrest 7-5-24, 0038 hours, Plumbridge Drive, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Terroristic Threats, DUI, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct and several vehicle violations.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $100,000/10% and released to the Constables. Michael Miller, W/M, 44 years old Plumbridge Drive Levittown, Pa.

Arrest 7-6-24, 1135 hours, Groveland Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of a PFA Violation, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Falcone.  Bail was set at $25,000/10% and remanded to BCP. Rhonda J Heffelfinger, W/F, 59 years old No Fixed Address

Arrest 7-7-24, 0140 hours, Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Retail Theft, Possess Controlled Substance and Possess Drug Paraphernalia.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Gambardella.  Bail was set at $30,000/unsecured. Justin Robert Walker, W/M, 35 years old Shellflower Road Levittown, Pa

Arrest 7-7-24, 0351 hours, Palmer Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Simple Assault and Harassment.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Falcone.  Bail was set at $5,000/unsecured. Jamy Nicholson-Friend, W/F, 50 years old Palmer Avenue Bristol, Pa

Arrest 7-7-24, 1706 hours, Pumpkin Hill Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Warrant out of Bethlehem Police Department and remanded to the BCCF. Marcos Vega, W/M, 46 years old Pumpkin Hill Road Levittown, Pa

Theft 7-5-24, 1347 hours, Kenwood Drive, Levittown, Pa. On 7-3-24 at approximately 0430 hours an unknown subject removed two jet skis from a residence.  No value given.

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