Opening of a new community center in Bristol Twp.

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The threat of rain and cold could not keep people away as the Martha Miller No Longer Bound Community Center held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

Tucked away in the back of the Bloomsdale-Fleetwing section of Bristol Township at 5616 Mitchell Road, the morning began with an open house and health fair, with local businesses and health services displaying information that visitors can recover including Lower Bucks Hospital, Keystone First, Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and many more.

The groundbreaking ceremony began at 11 a.m. with keynote speech by Juanita Tiggett-Slaton, giving a brief overview of No Longer Bound and founder, Martha Miller.

Bucks County Commissioners Bob Harvie and Diane Ellis-Marseglia then spoke, praising No Longer Bound’s efforts and their effectiveness in helping the community since its founding.

“We ended up with a project that is strong and beautiful, and that’s how you create strong communities,” Marseglia said.

Reverend James Evans III gave the dedication calling on residents of the community to take a stand.

Reverend James Evans III speaking. Credit: Hugh D. Fegely/

“If there’s going to be change, it means we all have to stick together and stand up to let our children know that we care about what they’re doing,” he said.

He also praised founder Martha Miller and instructed the staff and community to keep her dreams and goals at the heart of all that is done through the community center that bears her name.

The ceremony moved outside, where the board and speakers gathered to cut the ceremonial ribbon and officially open the center to the community, with Center Director Damita Harvey making the cut alongside ‘Evans.

And with the ribbon cut, the celebration returned indoors as the rain began to fall, but that did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance.

The center is designed to be a gathering point for the community, with offices and a large conference room for meetings and gatherings. Outside is a large yard and basketball courts.

The new building is named after No Longer Bound’s founder, Miller, who spent decades serving her community by providing food safety, nutrition education, training and substance use prevention.

No Longer Bound is a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of community members in Bristol Township.

The county funded construction of the new modular center on land owned by the county using COVID-19 relief money.

A previous a small community center on the site was destroyed in an arson attack in 2018.

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District Attorney Matt Weintraub.
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Commissioner Bob Harvie.
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Curator Diane Ellis-Marseglia.
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Bucks County Diversity and Projects Bernard Griggs.
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