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Regional Roundup: Massive Blaze Hits Dow Plant; Bristol Fire Police Captain Dies

And Northampton Township plans to revoke the permit that allows American Tower Corporation to install pole-based distributed antenna systems.

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: Dave Wintz, 65, a fire police captain with the Bristol Fire Company, died of a heart attack after leaving the fire scene at the Dow Chemical facility because he felt ill. A lightning strike is to blame for the massive, three-alarm blaze at the facility, which is located at Route 413 and State Road in Bristol. The fire destroyed two large tanks that held chemicals used in the manufacturing of acrylic paint products, local and county officials said. Read more about the fire on Levittown Patch.

: During a special Board of Supervisors meeting at Richboro Middle School, Northampton Township officials announced that they will meet to find a justifiable cause to revoke the permit that allows American Tower Corporation to install pole-based distributed antenna systems and nearly 40 miles of fiber optic cables across the township. Aside from revoking the permits, it also lets township officials pursue other appropriate legal action. Get the details on Northampton Patch.

: Four storefronts sit empty in the Brookwood Shopping Center in Bensalem. Previously occupied by Ink Stop, Save-a-Lot, Dollar Tree and Old Country Buffet, the shopping center is in need of new businesses. In this new column—Vacancy—Patch will highlight empty storefronts throughout the township to solicit public opinion on what type of businesses should fill the vacancies. Share your opinion on Bensalem Patch.

: Despite the Neshaminy School Board unanimously rejecting the state-appointed arbitrator's findings, the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers is "hopeful the school board will finally engage in serious negotiations." Learn more about the negotiations on Lower Southampton Patch.

: In March, Liborio-Louvers, LCC sent a request to Lower Moreland Township for a zoning amendment change that would eventually allow the construction of 33 condominiums in five buildings on Lieberman Drive. Then in April, the developer asked for a 30-day extension to submit its updated sketch plan. And now, the developer has put an end to the project altogether by withdrawing its application. Read the details on Lower Moreland Patch.

: More than 40 vendors will participate in the 10th annual Friends of Tamanend Park Flea Market this weekend, as they sell their wares on Saturday in the pavilion area. Learn more about the flea market on Upper Southampton Patch.

: Local ambulance worker, Ivan Tkach, 30, of Newtown, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. In January, Tkach pleaded guilty and admitted that he was involved in a private ambulance company’s health care fraud scheme. Get details about the sentencing on Newtown Patch.

: The Central Bucks Rotary organized the first Ride for the Heroes in 2010 as a fundraiser for the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion was killed by sniper fire in Iraq on April 29, 2007. Learn more about the history of the ride on Doylestown Patch.

: The Hatboro-Horsham High School girls lacrosse team rallied past Unionville High School Tuesday night to win the first round of district playoffs. The win advances Hatboro-Horsham to the second round of district playoffs, which takes place Thursday against West Chester Henderson at West Chester. Get more lacrosse coverage on Hatboro-Horsham Patch.

Rudolph S Caparros Jr December 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.

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