Ritchie Webb, the former Neshaminy school board president who unexpectedly resigned late last year, announced Wednesday night that he will run for a seat in the state House of Representatives this year.
Webb, 60, who said in December that he was stepping away from the school board to spend more time with his family, is switching his registration to run as a Democrat, he said in a statement. Webb has long voted as a registered Republican, voting records say.
He will seek election in the 142nd District, which is centered in Langhorne and has been represented since 2009 by Frank Farry, a Republican.
Bucks County businesses that suffered losses during this month’s winter storms may be eligible for federal aid such as low-interest loans.
Affected businesses should contact the county’s Emergency Management Agency at 215-340-8700 by the end of the week or fill out forms online at the county’s website, www.buckscounty.org. The aid would come from the federal Small Business Administration.
Businesses will have to prove that they incurred revenue losses of 40 percent or more compared to February 2013.
The most important issue facing Bucks County, according to county commissioner Diane Marseglia, isn't economic development, or the expensive new Justice Center, or any other items regularly discussed at commissioners meetings.
It's heroin abuse.
Marseglia made this case during a speech at a breakfast hosted by the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning, where each commissioner delivered brief remarks before a large, coffee-sipping audience.
A Bucks County man who once coached football at a middle school and camp in Montgomery County was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for propositioning a person online whom he thought was 14-year-old girl.
Michael J. Barndt, 40, of Sellersville, drove to a Delaware mall last year only to find the girl was an undercover federal agent. The agent had responded to Barndt’s ad on Craigslist expressing his desire to fulfill a sexual fantasy with a teenager. After he was arrested, agents found thousands of images of teenage girls, some of them nude, on his phone.
Barndt must register as a sex offender and serve 5 years of supervised release after he gets out of prison. Until 2012, he coached football at Springfield Township Middle School in Montgomery County. He also recently coached the sport at the Blue Bell Camp in Blue Bell and worked as a chef at the Lakeside School in Horsham in 2009.
About 8,000 Peco subscribers in lower Bucks County were without power briefly on Tuesday afternoon due to an equipment issue at a substation, according to Peco spokesman Greg Smore.
The communities affected included Bensalem, Hulmeville, Langhorne, Middletown and Penndel, Smore said.
According to Smore, the outages began around 1:30 p.m. But by 3:00 p.m., the Peco outage map showed less than 50 subscribers without power.
Two editors at Neshaminy High School's student newspaper, which was in the national spotlight for months after it banned publication of the word Redskin, were among the recipients of a student journalism award from the Pennsylvania News Media Association, the paper announced Tuesday.
Junior Jackson Haines and senior Emily Scott combined to win three awards in the editorial category of the 2014 Student Keystone Press Awards Contest.
Haines, along with the editorial board, won first place for "Why We Won't Publish the R-Word," the unsigned editorial that received widespread attention for explaining the board's decision against using the name of the school mascot.
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.
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.