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POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 10:33 AM

The Bucks County  Emergency Operations Center was opened at 5 a.m. Monday as Hurricane Sandy approached the region, county officials said.

Emergency shelters are open at Council Rock North School, 62 Swamp Road, NewtownPennsbury East High School,  Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills; and Palisades High School, 35 Church Hill Road, Kintnersville. Pennsbury East and Palisades are pet friendly; pets are not permitted at Council Rock North.

All non-essential county government offices are closed. Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery signed a Declaration of Emergency for the county on Sunday.

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POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 5:32 PM

About 500 to 1,000 Bensalem Township residents were ordered to evacuate homes near Neshaminy and Poquessing Creeks and the Delaware River on Monday, but many chose to stay and wait out Hurricane Sandy.

“This is barely a storm,” said Ed Carver, 46, of Crescent Avenue, near the Neshaminy Creek, as he stood outside the house he grew up in.

“They’re only talking about [the creek reaching] 10 feet – that’s nothing,” he said as family and friends filled his kitchen, eating homemade stromboli and sipping beer. “We’re used to 17 feet, 23 feet.”

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POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Shoppers are happy to find a few good books aming the thousands of books filling the library's Pearl Buck Room. (Friend of Doylestown Library)

The Friends of the Doylestown District Center Library have been collecting books all year, and now it’s time to sell them to raise money for library programs.

The annual sale starts Friday for members of the volunteer Friends group, and Saturday for the public. It is scheduled to run through Nov. 3 at the library on 150 S. Pine St. in the borough, with a goal of raising $12,000. 

Individual membership costs $10 a year.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:25 PM

The Solebury School dedicated its $400,000 Music Center on Wednesday, opening its two studios and three practice rooms to more than 60 alumni and other supporters.

"This music center is a dream come true for Solebury," violin virtuoso and Solebury School graduate Elizabeth Pitcairn said in a statement. "As a professional musician, I am thrilled to see it come to fruition.”

The 2,000-square-foot center, which opened earlier this month, provides practice and rehearsal space primarily for students who play instruments. The building is close to the Performing Arts Center, where the chorus, jazz roots ensemble and universal music ensemble entertained last night’s guests.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:14 PM
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Greg Lipscomb, director of the Universal Music Ensemble, works with Veronica Fitton of Doylestown in the Solebury School’s new Music Center. (Beverly Berkeley/Solebury School)

The Solebury School dedicated its $400,000 Music Center on Wednesday, opening its two studios and three practice rooms to more than 60 alumni and other supporters.

"This music center is a dream come true for Solebury," violin virtuoso and Solebury School graduate Elizabeth Pitcairn said in a statement. "As a professional musician, I am thrilled to see it come to fruition.”

The 2,000-square-foot center, which opened earlier this month, provides practice and rehearsal space primarily for students who play instruments. The building is close to the Performing Arts Center, where the chorus, jazz roots ensemble and universal music ensemble entertained last night’s guests.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:59 PM
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Eleanor Slim gets help blowing out candles on her birthday cake from son John on her 100th birthday. (Wesley Enhanced Living)

Eleanor Slim, a Doylestown resident for the past 10 years, celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday at the Wesley Enhanced Living community.  

Eleanor, who was born in Lansdowne on Oct. 23, 1912, considers her family her shining achievement, employees at the nursing home said.  The mother of two children and two step-children has 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

“She enjoyed the party,” said son John Slim, who journeyed from Big Canoe, Georgia, to attend the festivities. “She got dressed up and noticed the attention she was getting.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 5:16 PM
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District Attorney David Heckler said his office is looking into George Fox's actions.

A Bucks County official is under investigation for using his position to serve an invalid subpoena, county officials said Tuesday.

George Fox, a coordinator in the Prothonotary’s Office, served the subpoena to a Tullytown Borough business last month to get security videos, District Attorney David Heckler said.

Fox, 65, a former Tullytown councilman, was looking for evidence that borough Councilwoman May Kutcher had taken signs advertising a political website that he supports, Heckler said.

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POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:11 PM

PennDOT has announced the following projects that will cause traffic delays in the next two weeks:

County Line Road

The Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority will close County Line Road between Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike/Second Street Pike) and Pine Road in Upper Southampton and Lower Southampton townships and Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County for water main installation. The road will be closed each night through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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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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