Officials in Bucks and Montgomery counties gathered at the Sellersville fire department yesterday to draw attention to the dereliction of its bridges and urge legislators to pass a long delayed transportation package.
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As if the exterior of this property weren’t enough — lush wooded grounds with an uncommonly beautiful pool — the interior of the home is rather fabulous as well. It’s not just the structure of the house, which is unique, that stands out — it’s the decor too. These listings photos are a welcome change from blandly staged rooms devoid of personality.
The creative juxtapositions include Shaker-style chairs in the dining room with contemporary lighting above the table; a reclaimed-wood-style island against smooth, dark floors in the kitchen; an old oil painting above a fireplace in a room with mid-century modern chairs; and a brass chandelier with delicate fabric lampshades in a sleek white bathroom.
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Photo of New Hope’s haunted Logan Inn by Laura Kicey
Halloween is just a day away and ‘scariest places’ lists have been appearing everywhere. The most mentioned site in the Philly area? Eastern State Penitentiary, course.
Although Eastern State has certainly earned the honor, we thought it best to bring lesser known, but just as equally spooky, ‘haunted’ locations to the foreground.
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Criticizing the Washington Redskins for their racially insensitive team name has become a cause celebre lately. The president’s jumped on the bandwagon, and several well-respected DC-based publications are refusing to print the name altogether. Neshaminy’s high school newspaper has adopted the cause too, with respect to its own mascot.
Whether it’s the most basic dictionary definitions , the opinions of many Native Americans, or a more in-depth look at the word’s origins, the evidence suggesting that ‘Redskin’ is a term of honor is severely outweighed by the evidence suggesting that it is a term of hate. It is for these reasons that The Playwickian editorial board has decided it will no longer use the word ‘Redskin,’ or any derivative such as “‘Skins” within its pages in reference to the students or sports teams of Neshaminy High School.
Meanwhile, the Neshaminy School Board has asked the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to drop a complaint about the team name made by a high schooler’s parent who claims Native American ancestry.
104 Wynfield Lane, New Hope, PA
“This all brick home exudes a subtle elegance,” says the listing for this home. But take a look at the gallery and you’ll see there little that’s subtle about this lavish New Hope residence. Granted, the elaborate décor may have something to do with the three-story mansion’s grandiose appearance.
Floors range from tile to carpet to wood to marble. A mini waterfall can be seen from the entrance hall. There are three fireplaces, a butler’s pantry, and arched pocket doors. There’s a walnut library and palatial bathrooms, one with a bidet.
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Photo by Laura Kicey
Talk about historic properties. The Logan Inn was once built as a humble tavern, but became an inn around 1727. It’s the oldest running inn in Bucks County, and the fifth oldest in the U.S., one manager said. But the more important fact? Its vaunted paranormal reputation.
The New Hope building has regular visits from ghost-hunting believers and skeptics alike. It’s part of the New Hope Ghost Hunting tour, and has been featured in innumerable media accounts of haunted properties. There are at least eight ghosts rumored to roam the halls, but sometimes people simply hear boot steps on the floors or see furniture move. Video evidence is, shall we say, debatable, but word of mouth (and book and TV) keeps people coming back. Take this example from this Yahoo! travel post:
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A lengthy article in the International Business Times by Palash Ghosh uses Bucks County, Pa., as a microcosm for the evils of suburban sprawl, and it’s about as harsh as it can get.
Though not unique, of course, Ghosh contends that Bucks County development is a perfect example of the postwar “expansion of suburbia and concurrent gradual disappearance of unspoiled countryside.” Though many people who live in Philadelphia County, for instance, still see Bucks as countryside, 70 percent of the county’s farmlands disappeared between 1950 and 1997, according to figures Ghosh obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
And longtime Bucks residents like Mark Arbeter feel the difference acutely. Arbeter, chief technical strategist at Standard & Poor’s, told Ghosh about his Bucks County youth:
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International Business Times has a piece out arguing that Bucks County is the global epitome of suburban sprawl, homogeneity, and paved-over natural beauty. Here’s their case, in a nutshell:
- “The cost of all this growth, prosperity and success has been high — that is, the gradual and perhaps irreversible destruction of Mother Nature in favor of housing developments, shopping malls, subdivisions, parking lots and office complexes.”
- “By the 1970s, tract housing, shopping centers and other monuments to commercial progress proliferated across Bucks County – in the process, wiping out thousands of acres of farms and forest lands.”
- “Between 1990 and 2009, “agricultural” lands alone lost 7 percent, or about 27,000 acres, while “undeveloped” land lost 6 percent, or almost 24,500 acres.”
- “By 2030, when Bucks’ population is expected to reach between 678,000 and 692,000, the number of residences could amount to up to 280,000 units, up from about 246,000 in 2010. Of course, all these new housing units will require more precious space.”
On the other hand…New Hope!
Remember delicate little dove-like Oksana Baiul? She earned the adoration of the world during the 1994 Winter Olympics, at which she won the Gold Medal in figure skating for Ukraine. She’s had her ups and downs since then, but as the Wall Street Journal ‘s Developments blog said yesterday in profiling the sale of her New Hope home, she’s also become a real estate investor.
In this case, Baiul bought the four-bedroom/three-and-a-half bath house a little more than a year ago for $580,000 and is now asking $875,000.
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21-year-old Cleveland Cavs point guard and Philly native Dion Waiters is said to have thrown a massive party on August 11th at a pool in Perkasie Borough, Bucks County. Officials are now investigating whether any crimes were committed. (Also, if Waiters was even there.) And locals are mad. Some highlights, per the Inky:
- “Police said a large number of guests were drinking at the pool, which is against the borough code, and taking illegal drugs.”
- “Some threw lifeguards into the water.”
- “Those lifeguards also saved the lives of multiple partygoers who couldn’t swim.”
So maybe the people throwing lifeguards were just trying to expedite the life-saving? [Inquirer]