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Archive: September, 2012

POSTED: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 7:22 PM
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Walkers and riders make teir way north to the end of the new Route 202 Parkway and parallel trail at New Britain Road in Doylestown Township on Sunday. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Bikers and hikers of all ages got a sneak preview of the long-awaited, much-debated Route 202 Parkway on Sunday, and the nearly completed $200-million project in Bucks and Montgomery counties received mixed reviews.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20120909_Route_202_Parkway_opens__but_not_to_cars.html

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POSTED: Saturday, September 8, 2012, 9:15 AM

PennDOT announced the following projects that will affect traffic starting Monday:

Bensalem
Aqua Pennsylvania will close and detour Bristol Road between Spruce Avenue and Grove Road 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Monday through Sept. 28, for water main installation. Bristol Road will be detoured to Old Lincoln Highway, Route 132 (Street Road) and Brownsville Road.  Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. 

Doylestown
There will be short-term lane closures for the $200-million Route 202 Parkway project, which is expected to be completed by late fall.

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POSTED: Friday, September 7, 2012, 2:29 PM
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Danny DeGennaro was known for his dazzling guitar skills and soulful songs.

The trial for the murder of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro was pushed back Friday, to early next year, and the death penalty will be sought for only one of the five defendants.

Bucks County Judge Rea B. Boylan rescheduled the trial from Nov. 26 to Feb. 4, after lawyers for three Trenton men requested additional time to prepare their cases.

Gia DeGennaro, the daughter of the popular guitarist and song writer,  broke into tears over the ruling. She declined to comment, but was assured by prosecutors that the ruling was standard procedure.

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POSTED: Friday, September 7, 2012, 9:54 AM
The Union Fire Company purchased this Firestorm 36 Aluminum Fire/Rescue Boat, by Metalcraft Marine in Kingston, Ontario, for $940,000 with grant money. (Photo: Union37.com)

Bensalem Township’s volunteer Union Fire Co. returned to service Friday after a two-month suspension, with new leaders and an agreement to give up its $940,000 fire-fighting and rescue boat.

“As of noon today, we’re responding to all emergencies,” said Chief James Barford, the former deputy chief, who has served in the fire company near the Delaware River for 48 years.

The guys are just celebrating that they’re back working, responding to emergencies,” Barford said. “That’s all we ever wanted to do.”

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POSTED: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 4:25 PM

Walkers, runners and bikers can get a sneak preview of the long-awaited Route 202 Parkway in Bucks and Montgomery counties at two Sunday morning parties.

At the north end of the 8.4-mile parkway, Doylestown Township will offer a Family Fun Bike/Run/Walk from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A skilled bike ride is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Only 2.5 miles of the two-lane road and 12-foot wide shared use path will be accessible, from the New Britain Road trailhead to Bristol Road. There also will be safety lessons, information booths and food at the trailhead till about noon.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 11:56 AM
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Ashley Zauflik during her leaves court in December, durng her civil trial for damages from the Pennsbury School District. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Ashley Zauflik, the former Pennsbury High School student who lost a leg when she was run over by a bus, will be allowed to clear her record of marijuana use and possession charges, a Bucks County judge ruled Tuesday. 

Zauflik, 22, of Fairless Hills, was given one-year probation for the possession charge and six months’ probation for the DUI charge, to run concurrently.

Her record will be cleared after she completes the probation and community service, so long as she does not commit any other crimes, Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 9:30 AM
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Ashley Zauflik during December trial. (Bill Reed/Staff) ,

Ashley Zauflik, the former Pennsbury High School student who lost a leg when she was run over by a bus, will be allowed to clear her record of marijuana use and possession charges, a Bucks County judge ruled Tuesday. 

Zauflik, 22, of Fairless Hills, was given one-year probation for the possession charge and six months’ probation for the DUI charge, to run concurrently.

Her record will be cleared after she completes the probation and community service, so long as she does not commit any other crimes, Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. said.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 5:41 PM

A passenger in a car racing on Route 1 in Trevose was killed in a crash Monday night, while the driver and another passenger were ejected and survived, Bensalem Township police said Tuesday.

The man and two women were in a 2000 Volvo sedan heading north when the car veered off the six-lane road, rolled several times and crashed into supports for a Driver’s Choice sign, police said in a statement.

The car then burst into flames with Michelle Price, 19, of North Carolina, trapped in the back seat, police said. Price died before she could be rescued from the burning car.

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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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