September 12, 1995 |
As the sun dips below the trees and day fades into dusk, the Sciarrones pull their car into the parking space and unpack: snacks, card table, lawn chairs, mini-chairs for the children, radio, extra batteries, blankets, cooler, beach balls. They line up the kids in the chairs, divvy up the soda, chips and cookies and wait for the darkening sky to turn midnight blue, a sign from nature that the show is about to begin. Welcome to Friday night at the movies, outdoors-style. "I've been shopping and packing all afternoon," said Kathy Sciarrone, setting a bucket of fried chicken on the card table.
June 25, 1999 |
When writer Pearl S. Buck marched to the farm next door to her Bucks County home carrying a squirming baby in her arms, David Yoder became a first. Yoder, then 1 year old, was fresh from a Rochester orphanage. He was a biracial child, the son of an unmarried 17-year-old American girl who got pregnant while her family lived in India. In the 1940s, that meant ostracism and shame. No adoption agency could place him. Buck would have none of that. So, as she succinctly put it in an interview before her death, "I founded my own damned agency.
September 17, 2014 |
A Bucks County band teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student three times during the 2012 school year, police said, twice on school property and once in a car near the home of the student's parents. The District Attorney's Office said Bridgett Szychulski, 31, of Philadelphia, was a teacher at Lenape Middle School in Doylestown when she had a sexual relationship with the boy. Szychulski, who has been suspended by Central Bucks School District while her criminal case plays out, was charged with deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, and related charges, according to court documents.
August 17, 2013 |
After being convicted of what is believed to be the only third-degree murder charge based on speeding in Pennsylvania, a Bucks County man was sentenced Thursday to eight to 25 years in prison for a drag-racing crash that killed a 9-year-old girl and maimed her grandmother. "If I could trade places with them, I would do it, I would do it right now," Drew Bodden, 38, told the family before his sentencing, his voice cracking. "I am sorry to the deepest depths of my soul. " Bodden, of Plumstead, drove his souped-up Mustang more than 140 m.p.h.
April 17, 2014 |
TIM FROM Germantown likes taking his girlfriends to the Neshaminy Inn. "It's not like places in North Philly, where you have to keep your hands in your pockets and look like you're pissed off so people don't mess with you," he said while sipping Crown Royal in Bottlecaps, the motel's lobby bar. "No one bothers you here. " Another big selling point for him? The Jacuzzis in the luxury rooms, which guests can reserve for a scant $66 per night during the week. He polished off his whiskey on a recent Friday night and left, the bar mostly empty, save for a few men playing touch-screen games.
July 27, 2014 |
A Bucks County videographer has settled claims by the state that he failed to provide dozens of couples with their wedding videos over several years, the state Attorney General's Office announced Friday. Kenneth H. Stillman, owner of Kenneth Stillman Video, was accused by 83 couples of failing to provide videos or other services he promised, the office said. Stillman was also accused of neglecting calls and complaints from couples who tried to recoup the items. The agreement calls for Stillman to give the couples any outstanding videos he has within 30 days and pay $20,500 in restitution and fines, the Attorney General's Office said.
July 21, 2014 |
His answers were lies. The form asked if he'd ever been convicted of fraud, theft, or deception. Did he commit crimes as a home-improvement contractor? Were civil judgments filed against him? Bucks County roofer Steve Dunner wrote "no" to each question on the Pennsylvania contractor registration form. He failed to mention a theft conviction for stealing a Holland couple's $900 down payment the year before. And he forgot a long list of civil judgements throughout the 2000s, including the $20,000 business loan he didn't pay back.
November 6, 1996 |
Morris Rosenfeld (left) leaves a poll at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Holland, Bucks County, where candidates' campaign signs cover a wall.
March 4, 2013
Francesca Ruscio, 19, of Jamison, Bucks County, a student at Temple University, was named Miss Philadelphia during a pageant Saturday night at the Prince Music Theater in Center City. After auditions, she was selected from a field of 17 contestants. - Bonnie Cook Check back for a full profile of Ruscio later today
February 24, 2014 |
What a coach , Mike Zolk thought. It was nearly midnight on a Friday in 2011. Zolk and his son were swatting balls at a batting cage in Northeast Philadelphia when Lou Spadaccini walked up. Spadaccini had coached Neumann-Goretti High School to its first baseball championships in decades. Zolk's son, nicknamed Zoom, played second base. The coach knew where to find Zoom that night after seeing a Facebook post by the teen. For an hour, he just watched the father and son swing.