The IBEW reports that members of Philadelphia Building Trades and IBEW Local 98 are volunteering their time and resources to repair a vandalized cemetery in the City of Brotherly Love. In February, vandals toppled hundreds of headstones in the Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery.

In response to the incident, the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, headed by Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty, offered to replace and repair the damaged headstones, and install lighting and security cameras to prevent future vandalism.

City Councilman Bobby Henon, who is also a Local 98 member, tweeted about the Building Trade and IBEW response to the incident, calling it “good news” that Building Trades will restore headstones & IBEW will pay for and install security cameras at the cemetery.

IBEW President Lonnie R. Stephenson applauded the efforts of Local 98 and other members of the Philadelphia building trades.

Stark & Stark Shareholder R. Tyler Tomlinson, member of the Accident & Personal Injury Group, was recently selected by the Bucks County Commissioners as the new member of the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC). Mr. Tomlinson will be filling the vacancy left by Joseph A. Cullen, Esq., until January of 2017.

The BCPC is an advisory board to the Bucks County Commissioners, and provides assistance and advice on planning and land use issues in the county. Additionally, the BCPC reviews plans of proposed development facilities and sewage facilities, as well as stormwater management planning for Bucks County’s watersheds.

“I know that [the Bucks County Commissioners] consider citizen input to be a high priority in Bucks County, and I’m honored that they would be willing to include me on the [BCPC] board,” said Mr. Tomlinson.

Mr. Tomlinson concentrates his practice at Stark & Stark in wrongful death cases, and also has extensive experience with personal injury cases. Mr. Tomlinson is a Stark & Stark Shareholder in the Yardley, Pennsylvania office.

As reported by various local and national news outlets, bottled water sold at several local stores under several different brand names has been recalled due to possible E. Coli contamination. The company, Niagara Bottling, has disclosed that it had a positive indication of E. Coli at one of its spring sources. The water was produced at the company’s Hamburg, PA and Allentown, PA facilities between June 10, 2015 and June 18, 2015. In addition to other stores, the possibly contaminated bottled water was sold at the following local stores:

  • Acme
  • ShopRite
  • Wegman’s
  • 7-11

If you recently purchased bottle water from any of these stores, check the product code stamped on the bottles. The potentially contaminated water will have codes that begin with letter “A” or “F” and will have dates between June 10, 2015 and June 18, 2015. We recommend you discard and do not drink the affected water.

E. Coli is a type of bacteria that comes from human or animal waste. It can cause food poisoning symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and, in some at-risk populations like young children and the elderly, can cause life-threatening kidney failure. To date, there have not been any reported illnesses from this bottled water.

If you have any questions concerning this recall, are not sure whether water you purchased may be subject to the recall, or if you believe you may have suffered an illness as a result of drinking the affected water, you may contact Stark & Stark for free information.

Unfortunately the number of people killed by motor vehicles while walking or riding their bicycles continues to go up.  This is despite the efforts by many states to implement laws regarding helmets. Of those killed, studies show that 65% of the bicyclists were not wearing helmets. While several states have helmet laws that relate to children, most states have no laws relating to adults wearing helmets.

In our own community here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania between 2008-2012 the total deaths of adults of children struck while riding  bicycles or as pedestrians, by motor vehicles was 51. This is about 1.6 persons to every 100,000 people who live in our area.  To us, here at Stark and Stark, any loss is too many and we therefore encourage people to be aware of your surroundings, wear a helmet and proper safety and reflective equipment.

Stark & Stark represents clients that have been injured in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Yardley office is Bucks County’s catastrophic injury attorneys. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Stark & Stark today.


A few weekends ago, I attended a wonderful charity event sponsored by the “Hellraisers Bucks County, LEMC”.  The event was held at the Newportville Firehouse in Newpostville, PA on Sunday, November 2, 2014 to raise money for the mother of one of the members who was able to battle cancer thanks to the “Healing Consciousness Foundation” an organization that helps people overcome their battle with cancer. Although the name “Hellraisers” sounds intimidating for a motorcycle group, the members of this organization could not have been more welcoming and inviting,  for this fundraising event.  I want to thank Ron Zapolski, who is the “Ride Captain” for inviting me, and Stark and Stark to attend the event and for allowing us to contribute.

The Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF), a non-profit organization, was founded by nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Beth Baughman DuPree. To find out more about the group and how you can help, please visit

Should you have a community event that you would like us to attend or sponsor, please contact us as we enjoy giving back to our community!