October 26, 2013
HILLTOWN The Philadelphia Archdiocese plans to sell another large piece of land that it owns in Bucks County. It's a 68-acre parcel that was once intended to be a Catholic high school in Hilltown. Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin said it scrapped its plans to build a high school along Route 152 because "it became apparent there was not a need. " The archdiocese is in negotiations to sell the land for $2.6 million to an undisclosed buyer to help lessen an $82 million shortfall. The archdiocese hopes to close on another deal in December to sell 48 acres it owns in Plumstead to a farmer for more than $800,000, Gavin said.
August 30, 1990 |
Montgomery, Hatfield and Hilltown police wrote a total of 116 traffic citations last week in their second sweep of Route 309 as part of the state- funded safety blitz. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's program targets 55 of the state's most dangerous highways - including Route 309 - and pays police departments along those routes to increase patrols. Eleven municipalities along Route 309 were expected to hold 16 more four-hour blitzes during the next 17 months. Montgomery Township led off with extra patrols last Thursday between 3 and 7 p.m. Police cited 38 drivers for speeding and clocked one driver at 73.6 m.p.h.
January 30, 2008 |
A Bucks County man fatally shot himself after FBI agents attempted to serve a search warrant at his home in Hilltown, a bureau spokeswoman said last night. Spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the man, who was not immediately identified, died Monday night. She said that he began shooting at agents when they arrived at his home Monday night and that they returned fire. After the shooting stopped, the agents found the man's lifeless body inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
January 20, 1991 |
Hatfield Township is considering a plan to eliminate funding for two of the four volunteer fire companies that provide service to the township. Board of Commissioners Chairman John F. Norman, also head of the township's Public Safety Committee, said he expected within 60 days to inform officials of both the Hilltown and Fairmount companies that their appropriations for 1991 would be eliminated. Hilltown and Fairmount combine to cover about 10 percent of the township. The Hatfield and Colmar Volunteer Fire Companies would continue to provide primary protection to the township and would receive the other two companies' share of the fire tax, according to Norman.
October 5, 2001 |
Stanley F. "Stash" Florkowski, 76, of Hilltown, who was a farmhand, steelworker and part-time farmer, died Monday at North Penn Hospital after an illness. He moved to Hilltown from his native Philadelphia in the early 1940s to work at the Lengel family farm. He later married his boss' daughter, Naomi, and bought the farm from his in-laws. Mr. Florkowski, who learned TV and radio repair and mechanical drafting in Philadelphia, started his 30-plus years as a steelworker at Frank M. Weaver Steel Fabricators in Lansdale in 1957.
February 11, 1986 |
Soon, some of you will be asked to choose a long-distance telephone company. Actor Cliff Robertson has been warning you about this on television for months. But he hasn't talked about the microwave towers these companies build. Soon, and without warning, you could find a red-and-white, skyscraping antenna in your neighborhood. Then, like two dozen families in Hilltown, Bucks County, who have a tower that blinks a red light over their homes, you could be told that you don't have a choice.
November 20, 2009 |
Whenever Central Bucks East athletic director John Reading needed a clock operator for a soccer, football or basketball game, he knew he could count on Jim Cogan. Cogan, a 1995 graduate of the school, worked in the facilities department of the Central Bucks School District and was an assistant track coach for the Central Bucks West track teams. Cogan also worked as a security guard at football games. Reading spent much of yesterday recalling how much Cogan had helped out over the years after learning that the popular 33-year old had been killed in a single-car accident early Wednesday morning while returning to his Hilltown home.
March 27, 2003 |
The quarry blasts haven't awakened the dead, but they sure have disturbed a few funerals. "I had to stop three funerals to tell the people in the congregation what that explosion just was," the Rev. Michael J. Kelly said in an interview Tuesday evening. "You could see the shock on their faces," he said of the mourners. The blasts have all happened, Father Kelly said, since he took over June 17 as pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in this township between Doylestown and Quakertown.
May 4, 2000 |
A 300-pound-plus black bear was spotted lumbering through the property of a trash-hauling firm in the Telford section of Bucks County on Tuesday night, the second reported bear sighting in the county this spring. And probably not the last. Because of an increase in the state's bear population and the severe drought last summer, the animals have been on the move, ranging far from their usual home base in north-central Pennsylvania and the PoconoMountains. And now that warmer weather has stirred adult bears and their cubs from hibernation, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials said the bears sighted in Hilltown and Tinicum Townships probably would be followed by others throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
November 9, 1989 |
Westtown Township might have a recycling program in place by January 1991, nine months ahead of the state-mandated deadline. Mason G. Ellzey, chairman of the township's Solid Waste Management Commission, told the Board of Supervisors at a meeting Monday that his five- member group would hold hearings next summer to discuss a preliminary recycling plan that should be developed by that time. The commission has been working since May to formulate a recycling plan for the township, as required by Pennsylvania Act 101. Ellzey said the target date to begin the program is Jan. 2, 1991.