June 29, 2015 |
Michael Vesey, a 10-year-old who loves baseball, wants to share the "book" he's written about his dad. Handwritten, it fits on a sheet of lined notebook paper. "On Oct. 13, 2004, I was born," he reads aloud. His mother, Kelly, and three teenage sisters are seated around the granite kitchen counter of their spacious Bucks County home. "It was the best day of my life, and the first," he reads. His sisters giggle. Michael waits, unabashed. "As the years passed, my dad was always there with me," he goes on. "He taught me the sport I love with a tee-ball set. He taught humility and love and passion, all things important in my life.
June 27, 2015 |
Oscar Solomon Bortner, 94, a former Bucks County prosecutor and Common Pleas Court judge, died of natural causes Wednesday, June 24, in his Langhorne home. Mr. Bortner grew up in Philadelphia, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University. After enlisting in the Army in 1943 as a weaponry technician, he completed a law degree at University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949. His daughter Amy Gialuco remembers her father's time as an amateur actor when she was young.
June 24, 2015 |
A 25-year-old Langhorne man pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder for fatally stabbing his uncle during a drunken altercation on New Year's Eve, prosecutors said. Kyle Simpson received a prison sentence of 13 to 26 years from Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr., said Michele Walsh, a Bucks County assistant district attorney. "This was a tragedy for the entire family," Walsh said after the hearing. Simpson's public defender could not be reached for comment. Simpson was intoxicated Dec. 31 at the home he shared with his uncle when he retrieved a black hunting knife from his bedroom, authorities said.
June 16, 2015
A man was stabbed to death Sunday night outside of an apartment complex in Bensalem, Bucks County, police said.The stabbing was reported shortly after 7 p.m. at the Salem Crossing apartments in the 3500 block of East Street Road, authorities said. The victim, who was not identified by police, was pronounced at Aria Health, Torresdale campus in Northeast Philadelphia. Authorities are investigating and have not made any arrests. - Matt Gelb
June 11, 2015 |
THE FLYERS will open their preseason slate on Monday, Sept. 21, when they host the New York Islanders at PPL Center in Allentown. It will be the first-ever NHL game played in the Lehigh Valley. The Sixers played a preseason game against Orlando in Allentown last Oct. 18. The Flyers' trip to PPL Center is expected to replace their annual trek to London, Ontario, to play at beautiful Budweiser Gardens - where they have visited every September since 2006, except when the 2012-13 preseason was canceled by the NHL lockout.
June 5, 2015 |
A Bucks County employee with multiple sclerosis claims that the county violated her rights when it discontinued a shuttle service that transported disabled courthouse visitors and employees between the county parking complex and the justice center. In an allegation of discrimination brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Maria Alff, 56, a receptionist in the District Attorney's Office since 2006, said the county had violated her rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act. On March 16, county commissioners decided to discontinue the service.
June 2, 2015 |
A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century: The definition and importance of marriage shifted, gayness came out of the shadows and proliferated in public, pop cultural, and political life, and Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company turned into a period piece. Bucks County Playhouse's current production brings out the bright side of single-and-searching 35-year-old Bobby-baby-bubi and his well-intentioned married friends. But not even the casting of Bucks County celeb Justin Guarini in that central role can mask the fact that the time may have passed for this version of the show.
June 2, 2015
K EN BAKER, 61, of Ambler is CEO and majority owner of New Age Industries, in Southampton, Bucks County. The family business makes and sells high-purity plastic tubing and hose as well as sanitary fittings and hose assemblies for the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries. The firm is 40 percent employee-owned and expects $40 million in revenue this year. Q: What's New Age do? A: We're an industrial-grade manufacturer of plastic and rubber tubing and hose for food processing.
May 31, 2015 |
The former longtime owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was found guilty Friday by a federal jury of claiming more than $200,000 in fraudulent insurance payments after a 2006 flood devastated the property, prosecutors said. Ralph Miller could face up to 30 years in prison for convictions on counts of money laundering and mail fraud, said Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton. Miller, who for three decades owned the theater along the Delaware River in New Hope, was accused of submitting false invoices for expensive theater lights and emergency repair work after the 2006 flood, Newton said.
May 31, 2015 |
Scene: Tyler State Park in Newtown. A placid late-spring morning. Geese call. Birds trill in the understory. Toads grunt out throaty, muddy love calls. And Paul Bencivengo straps on Trevor the robot. Trevor is 48 pounds of cameras, hard drives, batteries, straps, and pads. Bencivengo hitches, gets comfy - and prepares to walk nine to 10 miles. Trevor, meantime, will be taking thousands of photos, 360 degrees, direct to hard disk. Those will go to Google, which, stitching the images into a GPS digital grid, will create a visual map of the park from the hiker's viewpoint.