Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Bucks County officials gathered Tuesday to watch a significant milestone in the construction of the new courthouse.
Tuesday was a day for which Bucks County government officials have waited for years. They gathered on the construction site on North Main Street, across from the existing courthouse, to sign the final piece of steel for the framework of the new courthouse. The $84 million justice center is under construction after years in the making.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Bucks County commissioners estimated the county would save $300,000 in construction costs by reconfiguring the new justice center's fifth floor.
A 2-1 vote Wednesday morning ended a lengthy debate between the Bucks County commissioners over scaling back the construction of the county's $84 million justice center project. Commissioners Charley Martin and Diane Ellis-Marseglia agreed that the $300,000 saved by not completing all three courtrooms and additional meeting rooms, was significant enough to approve the measure. The county could save as much as another $300,000 in furniture and audio/visual costs, they speculated. The debate centers over what to do with the fifth floor of the new courthouse being built on Doylestown's Main Street. The original plan for the fifth floor included three courtrooms, six conference rooms, two jury rooms and a jury deliberation room in the A wing, …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The public is invited to the ceremony to be held at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown.
When the 20-foot tall Norway spruce is dedicated tonight, it will be more than a symbol of the holiday season. The tree gracing the first-floor lobby of the Bucks County Courthouse symbolizes hope and freedom - hope for a future free from addiction. "The evergreen is a symbolic reminder that recovery benefits the entire community, and we hope that the community at large will join us for this uplifting event," said Bev Haberle, executive director of The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania. The Tree of Hope has been displayed in the Bucks County Courthouse each year since 1999. It began as a way to remember those who were lost, to recognize those who mentor others through the recovery process and to celebrate long-term recovery. Organizers …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Bucks County Chanukah Parade and a ceremony at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown are among the local events in honor of Chanukah.
On Tuesday night, Rabbi Mendel Prus will step up to a 10-foot menorah outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown, just as he has done for the past two years. He will lead the ceremony marking Chanukah, which began Saturday evening and ends on Dec. 16. But you don't have to be Jewish to attend, because the message of Chanuka carries meaning for all. "Chanukah in general has a very universal message. You add light," said Prus, who lives in Doylestown Borough. "That really has a universal message for everyone; if each person adds in light, and we’ll be able to illuminate the entire world." Chanukah - also spelled Hanukkah in English, because there is no exact translation for the Hebrew letter sound - is also known as the Festival of …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The wreath at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown will honor the 12 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Bucks County since 1914.
Anyone who personally knew Henry Kolbe is likely long dead by now. Kolbe died in Doylestown on Sept. 22, 1914. Though he, too, is long dead, he and the other 11 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in Bucks County will be remembered and honored Thursday for their sacrifice. A Project Blue Light wreath will shine from a window in the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown in their honor. The Bucks County Commissioners and Jack Jones, who is Morrisville Borough Police Chief and Bucks County Fire Chiefs Association President, will light the 6 foot wreath with blue lights. It also will be adorned with 12 white ornaments symbolizing the those 12 law enforcement officers killed on duty across the county since Kolbe's death …
Monday, October 15, 2012
In front of grieving family members, Lloyd HIll was sentenced to life without parole in the deaths of Stefanie Hill and Fred Tarantino.
In a Doylestown courtroom packed with family and friends of his victims, Lloyd Hill pleaded guilty Monday morning to killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend in January. Hill's plea enabled him to escaped the death penalty in the killing of Stefanie Hill and Frederick Tarantino Jr. at Schoolhouse Apartments in Nockamixon. Though the court requested onlookers not react to testimony as it was read into evidence, several graphic passages brought audible sobs from family members of the victims. Several wore buttons with a photo of Tarantino. Others wore a purple ribbon with a heart pattern. Hill pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide before Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley as part of a negotiated plea. Reached with Bucks County …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Bucks County dedicates a new courthouse in Doylestown, James A. Michener campaigns for Congress, and a movie is made at the Mercer Museum, 50 years ago this week.
Bucks County Commissioners Edward B. Boyer, John J. Bodley and Adolph A. Andrews on Saturday morning formally dedicated the Bucks County Courthouse. The ceremony, held outdoors in the courthouse square under a cloudless sky, began at 10:30 a.m. with a musical program by the United States Steel Chorus and the Quakertown Band. The Rev. Oswald Ebert, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Tinicum Township, gave the invocation, and the Rev. Raymond J. Hinsworth of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Doylestown, offered the benediction. President Judge Edward G. Biester, giving the principal address of the day, cited court statistics showing how the mushrooming population growth of Bucks in the last decade made larger court accommodations a necessity. "…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Check out the progress being made at the site of Bucks County's new $84 million justice center.
Friday, July 27, 2012
The next phase of the building of the new Bucks County courthouse is underway.
Monday, July 23, 2012
FIremen rescue a dog from a well, the Moose Lodge is burglarized and Salem United Church of Christ buys 'Windemere,' on East Court Street, 54 years ago this week.
[original headline; "yegg" is slang for burglar or safecracker] - The Doylestown Lodge No. 1284, Loyal Order of Moose, 127 East State street, was burglarized early Saturday by professional safecrackers who got away with cash estimated at close to $2,500. The yeggmen cracked a 500-pound safe in the grill room of the club and a 1,400-pound safe in the office on the second floor, and hammered open several cash boxes belonging to the stewards. The burglary was discovered at 6:20 Saturday morning by David Carlson, the janitor, when he came to work. Carlson immediately notified the club manager, D. Ralph Stone. The club was closed at 1:45 a.m. by Stone and at that time all doors and windows were locked. Entrance to the building was gained …