In what Daily News horse guru Dick Jerardi is calling “the most important race in the history of Pennsylvania racing,” Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is running in the Pennsylvania Derby. He’s the first Kentucky Derby winner to run in the Pennsylvania Derby the same year.
Ten minutes north of the Oxford Valley Mall is an unobtrusive building recently acquired the Advalurem Group, a New York-based real estate investment firm. The property, located at 1000 Floral Vale went for $19 million.
Built in November of 2009, the 89,000-square-foot office building in Bucks County holds a LEED Gold certification for “meeting energy efficient and environmentally safe design standards”. The construction, which has 80 percent of its space leased, caught the firm’s attention upon realizing its location would prove advantageous.
Family and friends in Bucks County are still mourning the deaths of three Council Rock South students who died in a car crash in the Poconos. Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher — all 15-year-olds from Northampton — died when the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban they were riding in rolled over in Wayne County near Lake Wallenpaupack.
The driver, a 15-year-old girl from New York, will be charged. The charges will not be announced, however, due to her age.
Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bagby was found guilty on Tuesday in Bucks County for driving under the influence of botanicals.
Let’s back up.
Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bagby is known legally as William McRae. The botanicals are marijuana. In 2009, a Lower Makefield police officer pulled over the Crown Prince — I’ll play along here, unless my editor decides I’m not allowed to — for driving a vehicle with a temporary, hard-to-read tag. The officer said he spotted blunt guts in El Bey Bagby’s car — which reeked of marijuana. Judge Wallace Bateman found McRae, 41, guilty of the DUI.
Simple, and not really much of a story except that El Bey Bagby asserts he has the rights to 689,000 acres of the United States, including most of the area that made up the Louisiana Purchase. “We would ask him things and he would go off into pretty much nonsense,” Richard Meehl, a Lower Makefield police officer, testified. In court yesterday, the Crown Prince said he wouldn’t say “marijuana,” calling it a copyrighted word. He said he used “botanicals” for his blood pressure.
At first, Sally Weisman did not want to move. She’d been living in Princeton, New Jersey for 13 years in a beautiful home. She was reluctant to downsize because she loves to have friends and family over. But she was ready for a smaller space. She considered going back to New York. Then she found a townhouse in New Hope. The clincher was the available lot next door.
Her interior designer, Helen Walton, first suggested that Weisman buy the available lot. When her builder agreed that it was a great idea, things started to take shape. Weisman moved in November and the garden was finished last month.
“I really couldn’t live without a garden or some outside space,” Weisman said.
Both were built around the same time (mid-1700s), offer rural proximity without going full-on Amish, and both are in Bucks County. Let’s take a look.
First, there’s Still Point Farm, a 45-acre property with an emphasis on enjoyable seclusion: the listing alludes to it being a Walden Pond-esque location (“great space & inspiring setting for an artist/writer/musician”), though in this case the pond is the Tinicum Creek, which runs alongside it. There are pastures with run-in sheds but also a swimming pool and pool house that are, perhaps, less indicative of a life lived “sturdily and Spartan-like,” as Thoreau once put it.
Original wood floors, interior stone walls and fireplaces, Mercer tiles, and wood beams are all present in the 1740 stone farmhouse, which comes with a 1740s bank barn and a stable with six horse stalls. (The barn has two guest quarters.)
Have you met Butterfly yet? The adorable goat-sheep hybrid (otherwise known as a “geep”) was born in an Arizona petting zoo on Sunday, and, suffice it to say, has stolen our hearts. When we saw a photo of this Fieldstone farmhouse with sheep grazing in a pasture, we immediately thought about it would be the perfect place to raise more geeps. Or pygmy goats. Or lambs. (Or any baby animal, really.)
The gentleman’s estate, which has appeared in Bucks County Magazine, Traditional Home, and on the Bucks County Home and Garden tour, sits on 10 acres that include gardens, creek, ponds, stone spring house, and a three-story restored stone-and-frame bank barn with an apartment. There are also flagstone patios and a tennis court.
Built in 1790, the home boasts new heating and A/C systems, remodeled kitchen, and family room with 25-foot ceilings. Windows with stone sills and floors made of limestone and hardwood can be found throughout, and bedrooms are outfitted with walk-in closets and built-ins. Parking features include a new driveway with lighting and garage with storage.
Gallery (and a kind of ridiculous news report about Butterfly) below:
James Worthington will face trial on charges he bit and mangled another man’s ear on St. Patrick’s Day in Newtown Township.
Anthony McGeehan, the alleged victim, described the fight at a preliminary hearing this week. The Bucks County Courier Times reports the two men were complete strangers, got involved in an argument that became an all-out fight. The two fell to the ground as they grappled:
As per the photo, interior stone walls, exposed beamed ceilings, and reclaimed hardwood floors in chestnut and walnut are just few of the eye-catching details in this Bucks County residence.
Others features deserving mention are its theater room, custom-built bar, original and remastered Mercer tile stack, and barn doors dating back 300 years. The main house also has a limestone-floored kitchen, which opens into the family room and is equipped with high-end appliances and farmhouse sink.
The listing also mentions the home having “original materials from ‘The Bleak House’ (c.1850),” a reference Google Search indicates (What? The agent didn’t pick up! ) may be referring to a building that served as setting inspiration for Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.
You’ve probably seen Eric Fausnacht and Christopher Kline around town at a street fair or weekend arts market. The duo have made a business—called Eric & Christopher—out of hand-screen-printing images of animals residing on Bucks County farms onto everything from pillows to totes. Their wares have popped up in newspapers and magazines like The Washington Post and HGTV Gardens, and most recently they got a thumbs up from Martha Stewart herself.
The arts-and-craft goddess chose the pair as finalists in her 2014 American Made Awards. The 20-year-old contest “spotlights the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.”
Eric and Christopher are nominated in the “Design” category. If they win, they’ll score, among other things, $10,000 to grow their business, and a spotlight on marthastewart.com. Sounds like a life-changing opportunity for a pair of local home-good designers, huh?
Winners will be picked based on reader vote. Polls open September 8th, so set your calendar to show them some local support. You can find the voting page here. If you want to congratulate the guys in person, they’ll be hosting a pillow-signing at gay-owned Glenside boutique Kelly-Cataldi Home this Friday, August 1st. Call the store for time details.