WATCH: Boys Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Via Philly Fire News:

Philly Fire News reports: “Three boys playing ice hockey on a frozen retention basin fell through thin ice in Chalfont. One boy was able to get out of the water on his own. However, two boys were stuck on a drainage gate about 40 feet from shore. Fire officials requested a Dive Rescue team to assist and a medical helicopter was placed on stand-by. Crews donned cold water gear and used an inflatable boat to rescue the two boys.” Read more »

It’s So Cold, Two Area Schools Are Closed Today

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

Alain Locke Elementary. Photo | Google Street View

It’s about 22 degrees in Philadelphia right now. You don’t need me to tell you that this is cold, one of the coldest days yet this winter and one that probably made you shiver on your way out of the house this morning.

Indeed, it’s so cold that two Philadelphia area schools are closing today due to a lack of heat. First is the Alain Locke Elementary School, at 45th and Haverford in West Philadelphia. That school has no heat whatsoever; it was in session this morning, but it dismissed at noon. (Hey, at least the school’s boiler didn’t explode.)

In Bucks County, Truman High School closed at 10 a.m. this morning due to a heating circulator not being repaired. Read more »

Neshaminy Coach Suspended After Apparently Hitting Ref

Neshaminy boys’ basketball coach Jerry Devine is on administrative leave after knocking down a referee during last night’s game against Pennsbury.

The video, embedded above via WBCB, shows Devine rushing on to the court to scream at a referee after a foul. Devine ends up arguing with a different referee than the one who made the disputed offensive foul call, and knocks him to the ground with what appears to be a shoulder or chest bump. On an earlier video, posted by City of Basketball Love (and embedded below), the action looked more like a headbutt.

Whatever type of contact happened, observers thought it crossed a line. “He made contact with an official,” WBCB color commentator Chris Ermer told CoBL, “and I don’t think that’s ever really excusable.” Ermer said to him it seemed “more like a chest bump or a belly bump that just caught the ref off-guard.” Read more »

Ryan Adams Spent the Weekend in Doylestown

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams enjoyed the 60-plus-degree weather in Bucks County this weekend, where he captured some serene images from Doylestown and shared them on Instagram. All the photos are rather vague, not giving much hint as to why he was there, but given their lonesome, introspective theme, one could only assume he was just trying to escape the hustle bustle — and the annoyance of having his divorce with pop star Mandy Moore blasted over the gossip mags again this week. Several outlets are reporting about how she’s pushing for financial support to take care of their menagerie of pets.

His comment on the first photo — which appears to have been taken around sunset on Friday — was a simple “To the new days,” hinting that maybe the yearlong D-I-V-O-R-C-E proceedings may actually be coming to a close soon.

To the new days

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Fans instantly started chiming in, telling him to visit such-and-such guitar shop or tagging other friends to let them know that “Ryan Adams is flitting around Doylestown.” One person from Philly commented “You may as well just head down into Philadelphia … It’s got a vibe I’m sure you’ll dig on.” Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Beautifully Restored Compound in Ottsville Listed For $2.25M

TREND images via Zillow / Long & Foster

TREND images via Zillow / Long & Foster

Its current owners like to call it “an oasis of calm” and by the looks of it, it might in fact be a fitting moniker: Windhorse Farm is a unique compound nestled privately on a plot in Ottsville, Bucks County. It consists of several buildings, one of which is an 18th-century stone farmhouse with period bedrooms, original random-width floors, and more.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the details each building has to offer, shall we?

  • The farmhouse – As we just mentioned, its got original flooring and sleeping quarters reminiscent of its charming past. In addition to this, though, the residence boasts open beams, deep sill windows, and two walk-in fireplaces. The kitchen even vaunts a neat restaurant-style stove and broiler alongside a cozy sitting area.
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Farmhouse Friday: Peek Inside Quakertown’s $2.65M Black Walnut Farm

Images via Zillow/Kurfiss Sotheby's International Real Estate

Images via Zillow/Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Real Estate

Mouthwatering would be an understatement. See, while its classic fieldstone manor home remains a work in progress (needs a little TLC), the outbuildings at Black Walnut Farm more than make up for it. As a whole, the estate, around since 1743, sits atop 72 preserved acres and includes lawn irrigation and central security. Here’s what it offers:

  • Single-bedroom guest house – This puppy has been expanded and boasts pine board floors, exposed beams, designer décor, and a stone interior archway. The kitchen, outfitted with SubZero and Asko appliances, has a vaulted ceiling and honed limestone counters. Its porch has Brazilian Ipe decking and is accessed by French doors.
  • Restored bank barn – Dubbed the “prize” of the property, the barn comes with beautifully pointed stone and has a massive French door entry. The space is viable as a gym, office, or entertaining area. Bonus: there’s a secure “secret” vault for wine collections, plus the entry-level parking court includes two heated garage bays.
  • Carriage house – A studio apartment with a full marble shower can be found here, so it’s perfect as a guest quarters or digs for your oldest. Includes two garage bays.
  • Others cool features: Log cabin, pool, shooting range, and pond.

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Tomorrow: Major Vintage Home Decor Warehouse Sale

Trove

That loveseat. THAT. LOVESEAT. | Image via Trove Decor Facebook.

The best-kept secret of vintage home decor is tucked away in a barn in Newtown. It’s called Trove Decor, and well, just look at that picture above. There’s not a brick-and-mortar shop, so those in the know (which is now you!) have either book an appointment to shop or wait for the company’s every-so-often warehouse sales which, in true Bucks County fashion, take place inside a cozy barn. And guess what? There’s one this weekend!  Read more »

Homeowners Are Loving Bucks County: Report Finds Increase in Pending Sales

Homes in New Hope, Bucks County | Screenshot via Google Street View

Homes in New Hope, Bucks County | Screenshot via Google Street View

The Bucks County real estate scene has been doing pretty well for itself all things considered. According to the latest housing report from Coldwell Banker Hearthside, REALTORS, the Philadelphia suburb has been one of the few markets to see an increase in homes pending sale, contrary to the national averages, which saw drops in August.

The third quarter report, which used TREND MLS data between July through September 2015 to gather the findings, show a 19.5 percent spike in homes going under contract or pending sale in July; while August saw an 11.8 percent raise; and September, a 6.0 increase, year over year.

To give a clearer picture, the Northeast as a whole saw a 5.6 fall in contract signings during the month of August, according to the National Association of Realtors’s Pending Home Sales Index. In spite of this mini August slump, NAR says “they remained at a healthy level of activity.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Newtown Residence Features Bowling Alley, Karaoke Stage

Photo credit: Natalie Fleischacker

Situated on 10 acres in Upper Makefield Township in Bucks County is a home newly listed on the market for $7.9 million. Yes, seven point nine million.

What warrants the home worthy of such a pretty penny? For one, the massive residence (it’s a smidge under 10,000 square feet) was custom built by Mack & Roedel and has an outdoor entertaining area consisting of three separate patios, fire pit, and a swimming pool with pool house. There are gorgeous views to be had of the property from inside the abode, which counts among its interior features a floating staircase, marble floors, and a gourmet designer kitchen.

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Bucks Co. Balloon Ride Named Most Unique Way to View Fall Foliage in the U.S.

After a summer of heading toward the Shore, autumn has Philadelphians jetting to the countryside to take in the fall foliage that we’re mostly deprived of living in the city. We’re quickly approaching the time when autumnal leaves will be reaching their peak colors, so it’s time to start planning the perfect trip to see them in their tip-top glory.

If you’re looking for an excursion on the more-adventurous end (and if you can stomach the heights), Weather.com has put together a list of some of the most unique ways to take in fall foliage throughout the country. Lucky for us, the No. 1 item is an aerial view with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team in Bucks County. Here’s what they have to say about it:

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