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POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014, 2:01 PM

Hoping that an open primary will attract attention for its two candidates, the Bucks County Democratic Committee recently decided not to issue an endorsement for the Eighth Congressional District race before May's primary election, according to party chairman John Cordisco.

The Democratic contest is currently between Kevin Strouse, 34, an Army veteran and former CIA employee, and Shaughnessy Naughton, 35, who runs a family printing business and touts her former work in chemistry.

The winner will face incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, 50, a Republican and former Bucks County Commissioner, in the general election.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:03 PM

The Bucks County Commissioners, who have long emphasized buying American-made products in purchse orders, may establish a task force to define what exactly “Buy American” means, they announced at a public meeting on Wednesday.

Commissioner Diane Marseglia introduced the idea, explaining that the decisions about American or local products are often complicated by factors including whether the entire product is American-made, or whether “local” means a Bucks County product or includes other nearby areas.

A task force, with members appointed by the commissioners, likely from from county agencies such as the purchasing department and solicitor’s office, could come up with guidelines or recommendations to address such issues, Marseglia said.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:42 PM

Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson remains in a Bucks County jail, 24 hours after he was charged with allegedly fleecing 100 people out of $100,000 in a ticket-selling scheme.  

Tollefson, 61, of Glenside, has so far not posted the $25,000 bond needed for his release as he awaits trial, the Clerk of Courts Office said this afternoon. The former sportscaster spent nearly 30 years collectively at Philadelphia’s Fox and ABC affiliates, once earning $200,000 a year.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged him with three felony counts for allegedly selling travel packages to Eagles road games and other sporting events that failed to provide what was promised, such as airfare and game tickets – and in some cases, anything at all - over the last three years.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 11:58 AM

The company proposing to build a hazardous waste incinerator in Bristol Township has put its efforts on hold, the attorney for the company said this morning.

Allen Toadvine, a lawyer for Route 13 Bristol Partners, said the firm needs time to gather more specifics on the proposed plant’s emissions, information the township zoning hearing board requested out of public health concerns.

The board was scheduled to consider on Monday the firm’s application for a variance to build the incinerator, the first step in a years-long approval process. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection would give final approval.

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POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014, 6:08 PM

A Maryland-based chemical company will cover the federal government’s cleanup costs of an old landfill in upper Bucks County that polluted nearby soil and groundwater.

On Feb. 5, the W.R. Grace company paid $63 million to the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve claims regarding dozens of Superfund sites across the country, including the old dump in Richland.

The Watson Johnson Landfill on East Pumping Station Road operated from the 1950s to the 1970s and accepted municipal and industrial wastes, according to the EPA. In 1998, concerned residents asked the EPA to investigate the landfill, leading to the discovery of cancer-causing toxins, such as polychlorinated biphenols, in the soil and ground water.

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POSTED: Friday, February 14, 2014, 2:53 PM

A 14-year-old boy is in stable condition with multiple broken bones after being struck by a car in Bensalem this morning.

The driver of the car, who attempted to flee the scene, is in custody, police said.

The incident occurred about 11:10 a.m. when a car on Street Road lost control and swerved into a group of teens walking on the road’s shoulder, police said.  

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:44 PM
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.

Legislation pushed by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks), which reverses upcoming pension cuts for younger military retirees, will head to President Obama’s desk after passing in both the House and the Senate this week.

The cuts, which would have been enacted in 2015, had been agreed to as part of the federal government’s December budget deal.

Fitzpatrick pushed the legislation to reverse the cuts as an amendment to a larger, unrelated bill, saying it was a way to “treat our veterans with the honor they deserve” by compensating them for their service.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 2:49 PM

Among the towns preparing for the forecasted snowstorm is Lower Makefield, which was one of the hardest hit in Bucks last week. The township been treating its 140 miles worth of roadways with brine since Tuesday and spent the last 10 days stocking up on more than 1,000 tons of salt, said township manager Terry Fedorchak.    

“All of Lower Makefield is quite storm fatigued,” added Fedorchak, whose township saw 11,000 of its 13,000 residents lose power last week. “Essentially everybody has just had it with this weather. This could go down as one of our most exhausting winters. You’re always looking over your shoulder, looking for another storm, which may be worse than the last one.”  

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About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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