The Bristol Daily Courier from Bristol, Pennsylvania on April 1, 1964 · Page 10
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The Bristol Daily Courier from Bristol, Pennsylvania · Page 10

Bristol, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, April 1, 1964
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Keller Advises Businessmen On Street Road Repairs Fcasterville and Southampton Bsuinessmen’s Association have launched an all-out effort to get Street Road repaved — with the help and advice of Sen Marvin Keller. The business groups met with Senator Keller — of Newtown — at a meeting held in Southampton on Monday. The senator told the businessmen that he didn't “like the condition of Street Road any better than you.” For that matter, he added. “I would like to see a good many roads rebuilt here in Bucks County.” Write To Governor Senator Keller said the best way he thought definite plans could be brought about for reconstructing state-owned roads was by sending privately written letters directly to Gov. William Scranton. Letters, Keller said, provide him with much better '‘ammunition” than do petitions. The whole point of the meeting seemed to be that the businessmen wanted to get the state highway department to list in writing specific details for reconstructing Street Road, rather than making oral promises. Meeting Chairman Chairman of the meeting was Robert McClanen, executive vice chairman of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Southampton Businessmen’s Association. McClanen had sent a • telegram to Gov. Scranton several months ago urging the governor to have Street Road repaired or closed to traffic, since potholes constituted a hazard to drivers. The highway department be­ gan filling potholes within 4K hours after the telegram. It has since black-topped portions of the road along Bensalem and Lower Southampton Townships. However, the department did not take any action in Southampton. The result is, apparently, that the Southampton businessmen feel they have been ignored when they shouldn’t have been. Plans Shelved One member said the state officials had promised to reconstruct Street Road about 30 years ago, but plans to do this, he said, “have been continually shelved.” “It seems that the only group that gets the state to do anything is the one that yells and shouts the loudest.” Keller agreed with the businessmen throughout most of the meeting, but tempered the viewpoint here by pointing out that Pennsylvania has more roads than “New England, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland put together . . . that’s our trouble; we’ve got too many roads.” lie reminded the businessmen that the state was flooded in recent years with 60-ton trucks and that the population is much larger today than it was 30 years ago. Vernon D. Platt, representing the Feasterville businessmen, said he didn’t think the state should waste the taxpayers money by temporarily repaving, when it has already planned for a major improvement of the road in the next few years. Important Industries But, he said, if the state is going to wait for an indefinite period of time to begin major improvements, then the road should be repaved now. “Wa have some important industries coming into our area,” he said. Platt emphasized, however, that “never” should final plans for the road be deferred. Keller said he had constantly pushed the state to fix Street Road and the underpass near the turnpike on U. S. 1. He said he had attended several meetings “like this one” throughout the county in the past three weeks. He said plans for this season’s work had been passed from Harrisburg to Haverford, the local branch of the state highway department. An inspection of Street Road is due by that office sometime this month, he stated. John Danenberger, chairman of the Upper Southampton Township Board of Supervisors, pointed out that the Street Road project was originally planned by the state to be finished by 1965. Having Accidents The township is “having accidents every day,” he said, because the road is in such poor condition* Upper Southampton Township Police Chief Charles Gray went along with Danenberger and called the roads “a real hazard.” The road is so bad, he said, that area ambulances have to cut down to a very slow rate of speed. His department gets “all kinds of accident reports” be­ cause of the road, he added. Platt said it seemed that the state is “being derelict In lti duty” by not taking advantage of Federal funds. Kentucky and other states throughout the south have better roads than Pennsylvania, he said, “and ali we can lcok forward to with pride is our turnpike. “It seems our state has not taken its share of P ederai funds,” Platt stated. Senator Keller agreed. “Our state was too proud to take £ ed­ erai aid” in the past and tried to support itself, he said. However, Pennsylvania is now using every dollar it can in Federal aid in matching funds, Senator Keller said, and it is “frying to save all the money it can for Federally financed roads.” L. Southampton’s Renewal Project Still U p In The Air Sen Marvin Keller, (center) discusses reconstruction plans for the state- owned Street Road with representatives oi municipal agencies in Lower and Upper Southampton Townships. The officials are, (seated, from left) Upper Southampton Township Police Chief Charles Gray, Senator Keller, Earl Sinclair, president of the Southampton Businessmen’s Association; Vernon D. Platt, chairman of the road committee for the Feasterville Businessmen’s Association; Russell Spaith, (standing, from left) a member of the Southampton Businessmen’s Association; and John O. Danenberger, chairman of the Upper Southampton Township Board of Supervisors. (Courier-Times Photo) Northampton Group Ob jects / To Proposed Zoning Change Residents of Northampton Township voiced objections galore to the proposed change in zoning of part of the Far Away Farm, south of Richboro on Second Street Pike. The supervisors recently held a public hearing on the proposed change. The application is for 19.412 acres of the farm to be changed from residential to CS, planned business and shopping. Residents raised questions concerning nuisances, hours, papers, noise, traffic, policing and vandalism. Joseph T. Corwin questioned possible fire hazards. A group from Northampton Hills stated they had moved to Northampton to get away from commercial areas. Robert E. McClanen, rcprc- senting Far Away Farms, Inc., said a super-market chain is interested in the lot as is a dairy- bar operator who would like a second location for his business. Architect Ralph Caldwell said the buildings would be of colonial design. It was stated at the hearing that when the adjacent residential lands are developed, a sewer plant would be built on the Far Away Farm land across Second Street Pike and that a deep well for both the residential and commercial sections would be developed. It was announced that the corporation would also pay for the paving of Tanyard Road from the farm to Second Street Pike. In answer to a question by Retreat To Be Held Men of the nine Reformed Churches in the Philadelphia classis will join with men from me Synoa or i\ew Jersey for a retreat, to be held on Saturday, April 11, at the P'iirst Reformed Church of Ridgewood. N.J. Men from the Philadelphia area will meet at 10 a.m. at the Reformed Church of North and Southampton. A bus will transport them to the north Jersey church. More than 20 men arc signed up for the trip. Others wishing to participate should contact Ed Clemmensen, EL 7-7809, before Friday. Clemmensen is co - chairman of the retreat. Speakers during the afternoon and evening sessions will be George Mortland, an executive with General Electric, and Howard Van Sandt, student supply of the Fourth Reformed Church in Philadelphia. The theme of the retreat is “In His Steps”. Sppoial pnp«t<; at thp retreat will include Rev current president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, and Rev. Donner is, Aiwooa, presiaent oi tne particular Synod of New Jersey. The nine churches in the Clas­ sis of Philadelphia are North and Southampton Reformed Church of Church ville; Johnsville Reformed; Addisville Reformed of Richboro; Feaster- v i 11 e Community Reformed Church; Faith Reformed Church of Levittown; Willow Grove Reformed Church; Fourth Reformed Church and Talmage Memorial Reformed Church, both of Roxborough, and Fifth Reformed of Kensington. GRASS ROOTS NEW YORK (UPI) — Eighty cubic tons of Hawaiian thatching grass will be used in Hawaii’s exhibit at the World’s Fair. The grass will be used to cover the roofs of such build- ina« ac tha Wou/aiiiin Villooo ’ ---------------------I V*»V -.-**♦» Verne Oggel, gift shop and snack bar. resident Herbert Deuel, Solicitor E. Dillwyn Darlington stated that taxes of shopping centers depend on the success of the enterprise in keeping the shops rented. Aid Tax Situation James C. Greenwood, chairman of the supervisors, said that planners feel that diversification aids a township’s tax situation and that a successful shopping center gives a good tax income. No decision concerning the change was made. Ordinance revision and the addition of a fire ordinance will soon be advertised for public hearing in Northampton. The fire ordinance, long sought by the Northampton Township Volunteer Fire Company, would place restrictions on burning and give power to the company to inspect local buildings. Also slated for a hearing is the proposed change in farm xtuo raise the minimum farm from two to five acres. Smaller farms would then require an approval from the board of adjustment for building changes. A proposed change in the R-l residential zone which would prevent businesses to be conducted in the home, unless reviewed by the adjustment board, is also scheduled for a public hearing. Music teachers and real estate and insurance offices would be included. The supervisors announced they will make the semi-annual road inspection April 14. The board approved the widening and installation of curbs in Traymore Manor Section 4 where there is a water problem. The cost is $5,325, of which $1,728 is assessible; $646 will be paid by the developer, $2,500 through an existing escrow fnnH 1Pi*xrinor $4^1 to hr» nuiH V*v ----i the township. The $272,000 urban renewal project proposed for Lower Southampton Township was thrown up in the air last week and today, despite all efforts by authorities to bring it back down, it is still up there. A public hearing on the final stage of the project was held yesterday, which would have given authorities the green light. However, the township’s planning commission — the authority that has final say in selecting the site for the project — voted last week to reject the program. In two last minute meetings held jointly with the supervisors, Saturday and Monday the commissioners refused to budge. Three of the five planners stated they wanted more information and all “possibilities” considered thoroughly before they would accept the program. The commission said it would hold a public hearing March 13, Monday, and would make a final decision then. The project is slated for a “blighted area” on Elmwood Ave., Feasterville. It consists mainly of a municipal center and includes a township building, garage, library, playground, recreation and cultural areas. It will be financed by a Federal grant amounting to $200,000. In spite of the commission’s action, authorities went ahead with yesterday’s meeting, anyway, since it was advertised three weeks ago. It was held by the board of supervisors and chaired by William O. Kline, chairman of the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority, which has prepared the project. A principal issue at the meeting concerned an offer made recently which gives the township an alternative site for the project. The offer, made by John J. Mdlhnenny, developer of the Street Road Shopping Center and the Mcllhenny Industrial Park, both in Feasterville, was to sell the township five acres in his industrial park for $37,500. The site is located off Street Road near Bustleton Pike. It has a 200 foot frontage and measures a little more than 1,000 feet deep. Referring indirectly to the offer, Planning commission chairman Edward W. Langle said the majority of the planners believe “there is no other site in the township as feasible as the one on Elmwood Avenue.” He said there isn’t another site that “would do the job at the present cost.” One of the two planners that voted favorably for the project, Langel said he thought the rest of the commission would finally vote in a favorable vein for the project as it is proposed now — with the site on Elmwood Avenue. Supervisor Harry Fritz also favored the present site for the program, ‘•hiven more important than the location of the site,” he said, is that the township will be improving a blighted area. He added that the Elmwood Ave. site would be more practical for residents’ use. Joseph C. Lepone, a representative of the Citizens Advisory Committee that has been working on the program since it was initiates, said basically the same thing as Fritz. Other advantages of the site, he said, would include the speed and efficiency of dispatching vehicles by the police department, since it would take longer for the police to get from one end of the township to the other from the Mcllhenny tract. He pointed out also, that three schools are near Elmwood Avenue and that the population of the township is growing in that area. Camille Stroh. akn nf the ad- meeting — some from Elmwood Ave. — concerned the plans made by the county authorities for the relocation of residents. Kline and other county authorities, however, continually gave assurance that the county would make “every effort possible” to assist townspeople in securing new homes and businesses. visory committee, shared a similar view and so did Robert Quider, president of the Feasterville Businessmen’s Association. Said Quider; “As a citizen and resident, I think the proposed site is a good location ... it will allow room for expansion.” He said the project would enhance any area of the township. In reference to Mcllhenny’s offer, he stated, “This offer comes very late ...” A view which might be taken in favor of the Mcllhenny site, however, was expressed by Dr. L. Gurwood, of Feasterville. Since the business district runs along Street Road and Bustleton Pike, he said, it would seem more feasible to have a municipal center in the middle of the business district. “The area you’re considering is residential,” he stated. Blighted Area George Owens, chairman of the board of supervisors, point- irfii . o ed out that the county re- j 1 tlCcltd* development authority was not asked to find the best location for a municipal center, but to locate a blighted area. He disagreed with Gurwood about putting a municipal center in the business district. “Warminster and Upper Moreland’s township buildings are tucked away in residential communities” where the townships can save tax ratables, he said. The chairman said he thought the site on Street Road was good, but that it would result in a loss of tax revenue for the township. A point that concerned several residents attending the outhampton T re vose Feasterville Band Ready For 13th Concert The Tri - County Band of Feasterville, under the direction of Cecil Oylcr, will present its 13th annual memorial concert Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m. in the Neshaminy High School Auditorium, Langhorne. Also performing will be the Neshaminy Senior High School Chorus. The concert will be dedicated Final Play The last in a series of Children’s Theater performances for the benefit of the Joint PTA scholarship fund. Council Rock District, will be presented Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Council Rock High School auditorium. The play, acted by the Town and Country Players, is “Mr. Tu-Tu From Mars.” The last Series B ticket is good for the performance. Persons wishing tickets for the show have been asked to contact Mrs. Mildred Rakus, Wrightstown Road, Newtown, WOrth, 8-3191. to Mike Yeager, a long-time and faithful member of the band whose recent death was a great loss to the organization. Successful Year The band enjoyed its most successful year in 1963. Beginning with the 12th annual concert last March, the band played outdoor concerts in Southampton, Newtown and Lasghorne and in Willingboro. N.J. Indoor concerts were played in Churchville and at the Pennsylvania State Hospital, Philadelphia. For the second consecutive year, Tri - County Band was awarded a prize as an outstanding marching band, in the annual Bucks County Firemen’s Parade in Quakertown. The band marched and played in Bustleton and Frank- ford on Memorial Day. in Southampton and Feasterville on Independence Day, and in the Bristol Christmas Parade in 1963. The band’s participation in many of these events is sponsored by local civic, business and service organizations. Because of such sponsorship, the band has helped promote community betterment projects through its music. ELLSWORTH & DRYSDALE CHICAGO (UPI) — Dick Ellsworth of the Chicago Cubs, along with Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched nine one-run games last year to lead the National League in that department. Club To Hear Candidates Democratic primary candidates for Congress Ralph O. Samuel and Wynne James Jr. will be guest speakers at a meeting of the Lower Southampton Township Democratic Club on Thursday, April 9, President Joseph C. Lepone announced today. The meeting will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the township building, Bustleton Pike, Feasterville. Lepone urged all township Democrats to attend. LIQUIDATION FURNITURE SALE ODDS AND 136 SO. BROAD ST. TRENTON, N.J. BETTER BUYS! ODD CHAIRS (From 3 Pc. Living Room Suites) (VAL. to$89) YOUR CHOICE ODD BOX SPRINGS HEAVY DUTY TICKING (VAL. to $69)SINGLE OR TWIN SIZE SOFA BED Foam, Hvy. Modern Fabric Cover (VAL. to $69) PC. BEDROOM SUITE Church To Welcome Members Legal Notices PEARL GREY -DRESSER, CHEST, MIRROR, BOOKCASE BED (VAL. OVER $100) 8 HOURS ONLY! THURS. 1,„9 P.M. 11 NO FOOLIN' SALE If New members will be welcomed into the fellowship of the Dotterer Memorial Baptist Church, Richboro, on Sunday. A reception will be held following the service. The youth of the church recently gave a party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Green- halgh. Those attending included Harry Covert, William Barcalow III, Andrew H. Kraft, Charles Maurer, Margie Maurer, Howard Greenhalgh Jr., Janice Greenhalgh and Marge Wunsch. The church’s womens fellow­ ship met recently at the home of Mrs. Dorothy Greenhalgh. Mrs. Caroline Kraft presided at the business meeting. Awarded prizes during the hat show were Mrs. Jack Barton, Mrs. Mildred Barcalow, Mrs. Marty Wunsch and Mrs. Alice LoQuin. BUDGET NOTICE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON Take notice that the tentative 1964 budget showing the anticipated revenues and the proposed expenditures has been prepared by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Southampton, and that the said budget is available for public inspection in the Lower Southampton Township Building, 1035 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, Pa., between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. AH persons desiring to inspect said budget may do so at the above time and place. , J. HARRY HALL TOWNSHIP MANAGER BDC-Apr. 1 THESE ITEMS MUST GO! Just A Few Of A Kind WILL NOT BE DUPLICATED AGAIN! FREE PARKING ACROSS STREET IN MAIDEN LANE LIQUIDATION FURNITURE 136 SO. BROAD ST. TRENTON, N.J. EASY CREDIT TERMS

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