April 14, 2014 |
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
October 6, 1987 |
Bucks County's growing population may bring boom times to the bowling business there. John Rooney, secretary of the Lower Bucks County Bowling Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, said membership now stands at 6,215, but could rise to 6,500 before the year is out. "More people means more membership," Rooney said. "We had 141 leagues last year, and we expect to have 150 this season. " He also said that Philadelphians who bowled at lanes that no longer exist and find themselves without a place to turn to might consider bowling in the Bucks leagues.
May 15, 2014 |
Nydia Neubauer, a former Park Avenue socialite who defrauded Bucks County jewelers, real estate companies, and car agencies out of $170,000, got 71/2 to 15 years in state prison Tuesday. The sentence likely marks the end of the 67-year-old's criminal career, which goes back to 1977 in New York, when she was first charged with felony forgery and grand larceny. She finished a three-year prison sentence last year in New York for similar crimes. Tuesday's hearing was a recitation of Neubauer's schemes in Bucks, which included writing more than $50,000 in bad checks to a New Hope jewelry store and more than $80,000 to a real estate agent in the borough.
September 4, 2013 |
Investigators and those acquainted with the victim struggled to find answers Monday after a Bucks County native was killed near the campus of the small Catholic university he attended in Wheeling, W.Va. Kevin M. Figaniak, 21, was beaten unconscious about 1:30 a.m. Saturday as he and a friend walked from a bar to the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. Figaniak died early the next day at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The impact of the killing rippled across three communities: the university where Figaniak, a business major, was about to start his final year; Perkasie Borough, where he grew up and attended Pennridge High School; and the tight-knit lacrosse world of which he had become a part.
July 30, 2014 |
THE WORDS comfort Harriet Levin, expressed in letters sent to her Bucks County home, or in emails, or in person when she kneels beside her son's grave at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Israel. There's almost always a crowd there, she said, paying respects to Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, his memorial covered in Phillies and Eagles gear. "Because of Michael," the visitors tell her. "Everybody just wants to leave a piece of themselves there," Levin, 63, said Wednesday from her home in Holland, Bucks County.
July 18, 2014 |
Despite a controversy attached to them, Bucks County has already joined other areas in the region and ramped up its use of field drug tests. Police use the mobile test to confirm a drug's authenticity at the beginning of an investigation as they await official lab results. Recently, Bucks County started presenting the mobile results as evidence at preliminary hearings, at which judges decide whether to hold defendants for trial. Although the tests will not replace official lab results at the trial level, they still have drawn concern among defense attorneys over the potential for "false positive" results that have mistakenly landed people in jail.
July 14, 2002 |
The 1860s white-clapboard farmhouse, set on 10 verdant acres with a pond, swans, fresh air, and the quiet tranquillity of countryside, does more to relax a harried executive than any massage. For Cosmopolitan editor in chief Kate White, her Kintnersville weekend home is an oasis - a break from Manhattan, Manolo Blahniks, air kisses and airbrushing - that she stumbled on 14 years ago while visiting a friend in Frenchtown, N.J. "It was a serendipitous discovery," White said.
April 2, 1998 |
President Clinton's scandals are keeping more than just Kenneth Starr busy. Take Jeff Munchak of Bucks County. Munchak is the creator of Gummi Bills, chewy 1-inch replicas of the commander-in-chief's head that are becoming more common than subpoenas from the special prosecutor. Munchak, who first marketed the sticky candy last summer, said sales picked up dramatically in January after allegations surfaced that the preident had an affair with a White House intern. "It was pretty tough until this whole Monica Lewinsky story broke," said Munchak.
April 14, 1989 |
Mention Abbie Hoffman's name in the Apple Jack Bar and Hotel in Point Pleasant and beer pitchers halt at half-pour. Some eyes squint hard, others open warm. Twenty years ago, Hoffman helped divide a nation. But it was only six years ago that his brand of Peck's bad boy radicalism raised hostilities and parted friends along the quiet banks of the Delaware River. Hoffman is dead. What he did in Bucks County is not. "You talking about that idiot ass Abbie Gabby?" asked Rocco, clad in blue jeans and denim jacket, his ponytailed hair tucked underneath a yellow construction hat. "Well, you don't want to talk to me. I'm a Vietnam vet. If Hoffman had heart and honor, I sure didn't see it. I just didn't love the cat. " Dale Stauffer, owner of Apple Jack, glared at Rocco from under his straw hat. "If you're of one viewpoint that's fine, but you gotta listen to the other side," said Stauffer, a big man whose beard and bright eyes make him seem younger than his 53 years.
September 20, 1999 |
As television meteorologists tracked Hurricane Floyd with meticulous precision last week, Henry Liese grew just a bit nostalgic. It reminded him of a strange project his company embarked on 40 years ago at a small factory in Newtown. It was only after the work was completed that they realized what they had built: the world's first weather satellite. "Nobody knew what the hell it was," said Liese, 86. "All we heard was that it was going to fly. We said, 'How is this thing going to fly?