Archive: January, 2012
Gov. Tom Corbett is scheduled to visit the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company on Thursday for the ceremonial signing of a bill that designates cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters.
The bill, which was signed into law last summer, was introduced by Bucks Rep. Frank Farry, who is chief of the fire company.
“Pennsylvania’s volunteer and career firefighters sacrifice a great deal to protect our lives and property,” Farry said in a statement. “Firefighters who develop cancer as a result of their service deserve support and proper protection. This new law guarantees they will receive it.”
Alexander Hamilton and the life of a Bucks County slave will be two of the subjects of the winter-spring lecture series at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing.
“The Hamiltonian Moment and the Specter of Democracy,” a talk by Rutgers–Camden history professor Andrew Shankman, will kick off the series of five free lectures at 3 p.m. Feb. 12. Shankman will discuss Hamilton’s role in the shaping of American government in the 1790s and his ultimate defeat by the “terrifying specter of democracy.”
The other lectures are:
Two boys basketball coaches who honored the picket lines of striking Neshaminy teachers have been suspended and replaced, district officials said Thursday.
The officials declined to name the high school coaches, but sources said they are Russ Selger, an assistant coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team, and Bryan McGinty, coach of the ninth-grade team.
The coaches are not district teachers, but sources said they are married to members of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, which has been on strike since Jan. 9. The union’s 654 members were scheduled to return to work Friday, to meet a state requirement to provide 180 school days.
Neshaminy teachers will continue their strike this week but will return to classrooms Friday, union President Louise Boyd said at a “We are not alone” rally Monday at Core Creek Park.
About 400 members and supporters of the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers heard speeches of encouragement by their leaders past and present and representatives of other unions, including the American Federation of Teachers, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, AFCSME and the Teamsters.
“Martin Luther King would be proud of us,” said Chuck White of Teamsters Local 830. “He gave his life fighting for sanitation workers in Memphis 44 years ago.”
The results are in for the most popular Christmas tree at the 6th Annual Bucks County Holiday Treefest, and the winner is: “Trim the Pine and Drink Some Wine,” sponsored and decorated by 263 Marketplace.
The festival at the county Visitors Center on Street Road in Bensalem featured 25 themed trees during the holiday season, with the nearly 5,000 people who attended able to vote for their favorite. The winning tree was decked out in big, red bows; white flowers; flowing ribbons; and wine bottles.
Each of the trees were sponsored by a member of the county’s visitors agency or on behalf of a charity or non-profit organization. The winner, 263 Marketplace, is an indoor shopping village in Warminster, that has more than 70 booths offering antiques, jewelry, cookware, local wine and collectibles. It is open Friday through Sunday.
The 654-member Neshaminy Federation of Teachers offered Friday to end their five-day strike to enter around-the clock negotiations with the school board for one week, followed by "final and binding arbitration.
"We have been advised that the School Board is willing to engage in around the clock negotiations if the Federation is willing to immediately end its strike," the union said in a letter to school board President Ritchie Webb. "The Federation welcomes this Board offer to bargain twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week until agreement is reached, if the strike is suspended.
"We would readily agree to do so if the Board also agrees that if no agreement is reached within seven days of around the clock bargaining, all remaining disputes would be submitted to final and binding arbitration before an arbitrator selected from a list of seven names provided by the American Arbitration Association," the union said.
The 654-member Neshaminy Federation of Teachers plan to stay out on strike until Jan. 20, or until the school district resumes “meaningful” negotiations, a union spokesman said Thursday morning.
“We will exercise our right to strike until the state Department of Education tells us to go back, or until the district engages us in solid, meaningful negotiations,” Bob Schiers said.
The Education Department notified both sides Wednesday that teachers must return to work Jan. 20 to conform with Act 88, which guarantees 180 days of classes for the district’s 7,000 students.