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Bucks County Courier Times (Newspaper) - September 26, 1977, Levittown, Pennsylvania -Wr- r itv- tfitrks dtottttfg Vol. No. September IVH 32 Pages 20 Cents V ______ Northampton home boom leveling off ByBIHLyiskey Courier Tmtt Special Writer Reports of a budding back-to-the- city movement still piss as rumor In a township many be- lieve has eclipsed Bensalem as the fastest growing community In Bucks. But despite continued high de- mind for that big single the Officer target of sex probe By David Harris Courtier Writer A Bensalem Township police offi- cer Is under Investigation for alleged- ly sexually assaulting a 16-year old boy last the Bucks County Cour- ier Times has learned. Lawrence township po- lice has confirmed the investi- gation Is in progress. Details of the which took place sometime have not been released. the Courier Times has learned that one of Bcnsa- lem's eight police sergeants Is the tar- get of the Investigation.' Departmental matter So the Investigation is being handled within the department by Det. Lt. Theodore Zajac who heads the department's criminal In- vestigation division. He was to Inter- rogate the sergeant accused of the assault today. Zajac said lie would have no com- ment on the charges until after to- day's questioning. Michaels and Zajac refused to name the sergeant or the boy involved in the case. it is known the boy's mother personally brought 'the charges to the police chief. Michaels then immediately as- signed the investigation of the matter to Zajac. Only four men In the depart- ment are reported to have known about the secret investigation. Asked to comment on the mother's Michaels said charges are very serious. We arc not taking this Michaels said the boy's story Is not being considered a fake. Sources said the when questioned In front of his found it difficult to de- scribe what allegedly happened to him. The Investigation began on Friday and was delayed during the weekend. It Is believed not even the sergeant named in the complaint knew of the In vestlgatlon until today. Two sergeants are members of the department's detective division. One sergeant directs grant applications and planning. The rest lead A decision was expected to be made today on whether Kenneth G. Bucks County district would be called In to the case. building boom In Northampton has shown signs of peaking. In 440 new home units were built. Of the 394 building permits were Issued for single homes. That was the biggest year since 1973 when 5M permits were Issued. This year the township so fir has Issued only ti single borne permits and 10 permits for apartment build- ings totaling 66 units. That's a 69 per cent decrease over last year. Township officials caution the year Is not over yet. Superintendent John J. Byrne of the Council Rock School which serves reported 52 new students were enrolled this representing an Increase of un- er one per cent. School district an- nual Increases have been approxi- mately 2 percent since 1974. That year the district had a 5 per cent enroll- ment increase. But even with rising building high suburban sewer and water rates and substantial township and county lax the home buyers keep Ing. Continued demand 'There's always a demand for that large type of said Township Manager Donald McKenna. al- ways baffles me how so many can con- tinue to afford to buy Real estate agents and developers have not found the latest buying trends quite as baffling. According to developers and real- the gap between those who want to buy a home in Northampton and those who can afford to buy Is widen- ing. The home market Is open mainly to those over 35 who can establish a siza- ble equity through the resale of older according to developers. Sales Manager Frank Joyce of Gig- Corp. estimates the buyer who can afford to purchase homes In his company's huge Village Shires planned residential development In Northampton accounts for only 30 per cent of the home buying ac- cording to company surveys. not doing the kind of busi- ness we should be Joyce said. The 110 completed townhouscs and 53 singles arc selling at projected he said. Out of market High building and subdivision Im- provement have priced most out of the he Joyce claims the firm had to add up to to the price oflts units to cov- er the million reconstruction cost of a bridge over the Conrall tracks on Stony Ford Road. The township made this and other improvements a condition for approv- al of the development plans. For these reasons. Joyce said the company cannot sell a small single home for less than in North- ampton. G.R.S.H. Inc.. developers of the 130-unit Pheasant Run II develop- ment report brisk sales. now have 33 deposits and we didn't even put up the sample homes said company spokesman C. W. Shrank. The cheapest home In this develop- ment under construction off Lower Holland Road sells for guess you can call this low-cost he said. According to real estate mortgage money is available at inter- on Page Col. apple -1 Cwirltr Tlmn photo by Jar Crawford harvest accents Pat Medaglla of Langhorne atop antique tractor at Styer's orchard in Mlddletown Biggest apple bounty for Bucks By Fred Plske Courier Times Staff Writer What's sweet fn plentiful supply this fall in Bucks and a bargain to got good apples coming out of our said Thomas Styer of Styer Orchards in Mlddletown Township. will be the biggest crop we've ever The 67-year-old orchard on Woodbourne Road produces apples on 150 making it the county's largest grower. During this year's harvest which runs from July 1 to Nov. 100 employes are busy packing and storing the ripe red fruit. Styer said this season two of his children have joined the representing the fourth generation of apple-growing Styers. Styer blamed a disastrous frost in April 1976 for last year's disappointing crop about bushels. were lower than the national average last which was already down 10 to 20 per he said. crop was 50 or 60 per cent below Seasonal weather this spring more than made up for last year. are funny have a short crop one year and a high crop the said Styer. year we've got a crop and a Nationwide this year's harvest is expected to be 10 per cent higher than last year. Styer said he may harvest as many as bushels three times last year's crop. With a plentiful supply of Styer said apple-growers can offer consumers a considerable price advantage. costs of spraying and growing arc the same whether a tree produces five bushels or he explained. Prices at Styer's retail stand are based on local supply and demand. A half bushel of Red Delicious ap- ples sells for or less than 18 cents per pound. year that half bushel would have costs Styer said. Styer Orchards grow as many as 60 varieties of including such rarities as the tart the Lodi cooking Beacon and Gravenstein. Styer said 80 per cent of his trees produce the five most popular apple Mcln- Red Golden Stamen Wincsap and Rome Beauty. news summary Bucks County 3 2 'cyclists assailt Cbalfont police officer. Police officer listed In fair condition In Doylestown Hospital after assault by two motorcyclists In what Chalfont police chief termed 3 'Gourmet gallops through the boondocks. Columnist Joe Halbcrstcin takes a page from major league sportswrltcrs who have become gourmet food experts. He takes a different tack in recalling good eateries in the out-of-the-way places. 4 Bike paths may connect munici- pal pirlu. The Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department Is looking Into plans for an interlocking system of bike trails connecting county and township parks. The federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Is willing to fund 50 per cent of a demonstration project on according to county parks director Ronald W. Chase. Bensalem Uncle Jin's clock and car museum. Auctioneer's gavel sounds knell for family collection In Bensalem Township that represented collecting of three generations. Sale encompassed three days by Andalusia auctioneer J.J. Mathtas. Bristol Township 3 Employe collected welfare checks. State auditor general's office reports Bristol Township woman who has job with Department of Public Assistance was collecting welfare checks as well. Northampton N'hampton Demos The Northampton Township Democratic party which the party committee is unveiling this levels strong attacks against the Northampton Municipal Authority and the controversial ftoodplain ordinance which the township adopted last year. Howard Baker's presidential amlbttions are astride the Panama Canal. Howard considered by some Presidential timber. Is In a quandary. He must make up his mind on the proposed Canal treaties. The senator Is testing the political winds in hopes of learning which way would be more popular. Warminster In 14 Warminster Demos waltz aronnd dance rift. Dinner-dance chairman resigns in dispute with township Democratic chairman who denies there Is a rift in the party. News falls to clean up. failed to clean up In the Nielsen ratings last which may be a victory for decency or for the good taste of viewers who preferred the wit of MASH to the shock value of television's most controversial comedy. Editorial I Let's tend the colleges. A serious problem Is facing the state's major colleges. The problem is lack of adequate funding from the Pennsylvania legislature. Because of a failure to pass appropriations for the several of them face closing and all of them face severe economic hardship. The school appropriations should be passed and the budgetary dilemma solved. t A new cocrtboMe. President Judge Monroe already has said It that good sense dictates other court facilities in Lower Good sense also dictates trials too. And It Is now up to the state particularly those members Bucks to make this possible. 11 Living Changing She wins the he bakes It. For the an Doylcslown traditional work roles are reversed not by design but by accident of And everything has worked out just fine. Houghton's got Hepburn honesty. This Katharine Is Katharine Hepburn's niece. She talks about her her self and her acting career. Sports Baseball Major Leagtt Phils coild win It all la today. Magic number down to one. Win today would give Phils second straight divlslonn crown. Football NFL 18 KMI' vove gave Naauth edge Eagles. Ntmath given complete control In Rams' 2f-0 win over Eagles. Namath siM score could have been even higher. ScMaslk site for 2S-7 Archbishop Wood football coach Skip Duffy offset Bishop Egan's bigger size up front by running right at It IS good evening Where are those beautiful autumn days the calendar promised Each day seems to get worse unless you arc a duck. Nothing looks so desolate as the neighbor's pool which used to be filled with the neighborhood children and is now empty and waiting for the neigh- borhood leaves. Today at last motorists are able to go the way to 2nd and Callowhill streets on 1-95 when heading Into Phil- adelphia. The exit finally opened to- day. when coming north you will still have to get on the expressway at Glrard Ave. Workmen are hurrying construc- tion so we can drive straight through to Veterans Stadium or the airport fore the Trl-centennlal. The Bensalem police 25th anniver- sary party Saturday night was one of the best affairs of the season but how do you fight a ticket for making a wrong turn on the dance Evel Knlevet doesn't take chances on everything. He had a man hold down his opponent while Evel hit him with a baseball bat. None of the Eagles could match Linda of New York Life who kept scor- ing touchdowns on the commercials while were mired deep In Ram territory during the game. Even Linda isn't perfect. When she breaks into the clear she almosts trips over herself while touchdown bound. Those who can pull In channel two watched a classic college football tic as Oklahoma edged Ohio State In a came many thought was one oC the best ever. The fans at the game must have been wrung out when they left Let's hope the Phils clinch today. We need something to brighten the day. They have to get the runs early before Bruce Sutler shows up In late relief. A businessman said he was think- ing of making his pet dog an executive in the He looks says nothing and loves to watch others Automation does create jobs. Now It takes more people to correct the computer errors. S.O. Bit A Backs A AU IS A Schedule 5p.m. Classified 7 p.m. AU A S A3 Schedule Newsroom Sports Circulation
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