January 31, 2014 |
The U.S. branch of the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is facing some stiff headwinds. Gamesa USA on Monday gave notice that it will close its Western Pennsylvania plant, which manufactures giant turbine blades, and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs by the end of March. And the outlook is only slightly brighter at Gamesa's manufacturing operations in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, which opened to much fanfare in 2005. "We used to have 500 workers at Fairless Hills," said Lew Dopson, the subdistrict director for the United Steelworkers union.
January 12, 2014 |
After missing most of the football season with a broken right fibula, Abington's Anthony Lee was getting a bit stir-crazy. Thankfully, medical clearance came last month, enabling him to hit the hardwood. "It was hard being on the sideline and just watching," the senior said. "I was glad that we still had a pretty successful season, but it was rough on me. " In a taut Suburban One League National Conference affair Friday night with Pennsbury, Lee's 13 points and five assists helped the Ghosts leave Fairless Hills with a thrilling 62-61 victory.
December 28, 2013 |
With a key wind-energy tax credit set to expire Wednesday, Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish-based wind-turbine company with operations in Bucks County, said Thursday that it had signed a "framework agreement" with EDP Renewables to produce up to 225 of its latest generation of turbines through 2016. Gamesa issued a statement saying this was the largest such agreement for its G114-2.0 Megawatt turbines. Such turbines, which cost about $2 million apiece early in 2013, are the size of a cargo container and are hoisted atop towers to produce energy from the turning blades of a windmill.
November 17, 2013 |
The North Penn football players, with coach Dick Beck in the middle of it all, enjoyed a body-bump celebration after their latest victory. "That was an old-fashioned brawl," Beck said after his No. 11 Knights ousted No. 3 Pennsbury, 31-21, Friday night in a District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal in Fairless Hills. "I couldn't be prouder of the kids. " North Penn used a balanced offensive attack and a bend-but-don't-break defense to post its ninth consecutive victory and stop the host Falcons' winning streak at 10. "It's a little reminiscent of the 2011 season," Knights senior quarterback Austin Shearer said.
November 16, 2013 |
North Penn was all but written off after dropping its first three football games by a combined score of 118-16. Pennsbury, with a bunch of underclassmen in the rotation, was supposed to be a year away from being a legitimate contender. Yet here the Knights and Falcons are, still alive and set to clash in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday in Fairless Hills. Since losing to three top-10 squads - La Salle, Archbishop Wood, and St. Joseph's Prep - North Penn has reeled off eight straight wins, including last week's 31-0 blowout of defending district champion Coatesville.
October 18, 2013
ALL YOU'VE got to do is punch the name of your favorite establishment into Google to realize just how many self-styled restaurant reviewers there are out there. Yelp. OpenTable. TripAdvisor. Urbanspoon. Blogs blogs blogs. Everyone's a critic, only half of them liked the scallop risotto and a fair contingent found the Nordic-inspired small plates to be "more miss than hit. " While plenty of people planning an evening out are able to rise above the e-racket caused by a bunch of overstuffed people screaming inside a tiny epicurean echo chamber, the question remains: How do those offering all these opinions distinguish themselves?
October 15, 2013 |
To say that Denny Lord has been a mainstay for Neshaminy's football squad is a major understatement. A rugged linebacker and fullback, he has started every game for the Redskins since his freshman year. It's an impressive mark of 46 consecutive starts. What was it like for Lord to be a freshman starter for one of Southeastern Pennsylvania's perennial powers? "The older guys really helped me out a lot," the senior recalled. "I wasn't too nervous about it. They made sure I kept my head in the game.
September 14, 2013 |
Thursday night's nonleague football clash between Downingtown East and Pennsbury was delayed nearly an hour and a half because of rain and lightning. After play finally did get underway, the Falcons, with another strong rushing performance and a few well-timed pass completions, downed the Cougars, 26-14, in Fairless Hills. Sparked by a trio of running backs - Charles Snorweah, Ronquay Smith, and Raheem Thompson - the hosts netted 347 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Junior quarterback Breon Clark also played an important role, throwing for 96 yards and scrambling for timely gains.
August 29, 2013 |
A former Bucks County softball coach accused of having sex with a 14-year-old player will spend five to 10 years in state prison based on a plea agreement he made with prosecutors this week. Kevin Jones, 35, of Hoover Drive in Fairless Hills, must also register as a sex offender, according to First Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry, who prosecuted the case. Jones, who is married with two children, coached the Levittown Bulldogs, a fast-pitch travel team, until last year, when he was removed "due to coaching differences," according to the team's Facebook page.
August 14, 2013 |
A Bucks County man has been charged with homicide after a 74-year-old man he allegedly beat up in a bar parking lot over a fender-bender in May died of his injuries. Kevin Fitzgerald Kenny, 49, of Fairless Hills, was arraigned Monday in Falls Township on a general count of criminal homicide, the grade of which will be determined in court, and related charges. District Judge Jan Vislosky sent him to the Bucks County prison with bail set at $5 million. John Fleisch, 74, of Fairless Hills, died July 26 at a hospice.