Even an extensive heat wave could not halt the July Fourth running of the 38th annual Revolutionary Run in Washington Crossing Park. Well over a thousand participants took part in the event that included a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K race. The whole affair is steeped in history. The race started in 1980 as a fund raiser for a local church. The Upper Makefield Business Association was asked to take control in 1999 and have been running the event ever since. The UMBA uses all proceeds from the race for Township emergency services and college scholarships. One of this year’s 10K participants, Yardley’s Christian Carabello, typifies the enthusiasm shown by all the runners. “The Revolutionary Run has quite a tradition. It’s always a great event with very strong participation. It draws a lot of people. It’s a very friendly event and there are always people watching or cheering you on. This is the fourth time I’ve done the Revolutionary Run.” Christian started his running career in high school but took time out to raise his own family. “When I had children I kind of put running on the back burner but my children are teenagers now. I am 48 now and am running pretty consistently. I did the Boston Marathon this past spring. I run a lot with the Bucks County Roadrunners which is a great organization. They had tent at the there and a number of their runners participated.”
Morrisville >> Inside the district courtroom on East Cleveland Avenue, Judge Mick Petrucci listened as a team of lawyers laid out their case against a defendant who they say defamed their client. But this was no ordinary courtroom drama as seventh and eighth graders from Holy Trinity School took on the roles of attorney, plaintiff, witness and defendant, with sixth grade students and faculty members acting as jurors. In the Mock Trial case of “Podle v. Jansen,” presided over by real life Newtown area judge Mick Petrucci, Whirlwind High School math teacher Mary Podle (portrayed by seventh grader Aimee Oszer) is suing student Carter Jansen (portrayed by seventh grader George Lobis) for defamation and libel over an award-winning story Carter wrote about a fictional teacher named Mrs. Poodle. The story won Carter first place and a college scholarship in the Teen Literature Association’s national competition, which published his story online.
Morrisville Fire Chief Matt Weidenhafer quickly upgraded the call to two alarms, which brought more than 70 firefighters to the scene from throughout Lower Bucks County and from across the river in New Jersey. Firefighters attacked the fire from the side and rear of the houses with multiple hose lines while Morrisville 98's deck gun, Falls Township's Tower 80 and Levittown No. 2's squint dumped thousands of gallons of water on the blaze as flames ripped through the structures.