Levittown will be the focus of a reading at Philadelphia's Free Library on Tuesday night (that's tonight), as author Michael Sokolove visits to discuss his book about a Bristol Township drama teacher.
Sokolove, a former Inquirer staffer and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, wrote this book - Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater - about Lou Volpe, the renowned drama teacher at Harry S. Truman High School. Sokolove was a student of Volpe's at Truman in 1972.
By Chris Palmer / Inquirer Staff Writer
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks) became one of several area representatives this week to break with Republican House leadership and call on the House to pass a “clean” funding bill that would end a government shutdown.
But a potential Democratic challenger for Fitzpatrick’s seat says that’s not enough.
As promised, the state has commissioned a study to assess how much drillable natural gas exists beneath Bucks and Montgomery counties.
In 2012, state lawmakers mandated that no drilling permits could be issued in those counties until such a study is completed or until 2018.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources hired Penn State for the job, which will include a review of existing private industry data, DCNR spokeswoman Chris Novak said.
More than 4,500 free flu vaccinations were distributed during Bucks County’s annual pandemic flu drill on Saturday, the county said this week.
The drill, which was coordinated by the county’s Health Department and the Major Incident Response Team, served as a dry run for a potential mass inoculation. Such an incident could be necessary following the outbreak of a dangerous communicable disease, county officials said last week.
The vaccines were distributed across four locations in lower, central and upper Bucks, officials said, and they were handed out by personnel and volunteers in about three hours.
Authorities are investigating the death of a female inmate in Bucks County prison who was discovered early Sunday morning, county Spokesman Chris Edwards said.
Edwards said preliminary reports do not indicate foul play. But officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy that was scheduled for today.
The county is withholding the woman’s name as the district attorney’s office and the coroner continue their investigation, which has so far included interviews of the woman’s two cell mates.
When one historic covered bridge re-opens, several lanes of a major highway become restricted.
That’s what’s happening in Bucks County these days, at least.
In two separate and completely unrelated announcements this week, PennDOT said that the Erwinna Covered Bridge in Tinicum Township will re-open Friday afternoon, and that lane restrictions will be in effect on I-95 North next week.
The Bucks County Commissioners announced at a meeting Wednesday that the county will submit grant proposals to the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority asking to direct about $1 million worth of casino proceeds toward health and public safety projects.
Under Act 71 of 2004, 1 percent of the revenues from Parx Casino in Bensalem must be directed toward communities surrounding the casino. Municipalities including Bensalem and the county are eligible to submit proposals to the county’s Redevelopment Authority seeking a piece of that revenue pie, said Robert White, the authority’s executive director. About $3.6 million is eventually split among the approved applicants, he added.
The authority reviews all of the grant applications - which typically total far more than the $3.6 million available, White said - and announces its selections each year around Thanksgiving.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks) is standing by a statement he made earlier this week in which he expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of defunding President Obama's healthcare plan and said he was opposed to any action that would lead to a government shutdown.
Fitzpatrick originally took that stance when asked last week by several Bucks County Tea Party groups to oppose funding the Affordable Care Act “in any fashion.”
And he stood by the statement Wednesday, his spokesman said, even after House Republican leadership outlined a plan in Washington that would move to raise the government's borrowing cap so long as Obamacare does not recieve funding.