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“Columbia teachers get second chance to vote on fact-finder’s report” – Lancaster OnLine

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on April 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm

“The school board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17.”

“The benefit package, along with salary increases that grow from 2 percent in the first year to 2.74 percent in the fourth, would require a higher property tax rate, (School Board president Thomas) Strickler said.”

Borough Council Agenda and police news release

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on April 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm

The April Borough Council meeting was convened at 7:04 pm tonight; councillors Jim Smith and Jody Gable were absent. The remaining councillors, the mayor, the acting borough manager, the finance director and the solicitor conducted the meeting in the presence of about a dozen people in the gallery. The meeting was adjourned at 9:14 pm.

The one absent councillor, Gable, submitted her resignation from council at a previous meeting.

Eligible citizens are encouraged to submit interest in completing Gable’s term. A letter of interest and a brief statement of qualifications should be tendered to the acting borough manager.

The basic qualification to serve as a borough councillor is to be a registered voter and resident of the borough. Councillors must have resided in the borough continuously for at least one year before their election. To continue serving as a councillor, an individual must retain residence within the borough. To qualify as a voter, a person must be eighteen years of age and a resident of the election district. A person whose name appears on the district voting register but who is no longer a resident of the borough is not a lawfully registered elector. Legal residence includes not only a person’s intention, but also a physical presence. The requirement of residence  approximates domicile. Intention or voter registration is not enough; the actuality of an individual’s residence is  better determined by conduct than by words. A person cannot declare a domicile inconsistent with the facts of  where one actually lives.

Agenda page one

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Agenda page two

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Due to other commitments, Columbia news, views & reviews is unable to add comments about the conversations and the agenda topics at this time.

Columbia Police Department news release – April 13, 2015

JAYNE A. MAUND, AGE 44, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR VEHICLE TURNING LEFT AT 3RD. & CHESTNUT STREETS, 12 APRIL 2015.

DILLON T. REYNOLDS, AGE 24, OF LANDISVILLE, WAS CITED FOR REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED, AT 3RD. & CHESTNUT STREETS, 12 APRIL 2015.

CHRISTOPHER W. MILLER, AGE 41, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION ON SOUTH FOURTH STREET, 11 APRIL 2015.

KRISTY LANDIS, AGE 38, OF LANCASTER, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION, IN THE 800 BLOCK OF LOCUST STREET, 12 APRIL 2015.

JOSE EDUARDO PEREZ NIEVES, AGE 26, OF YORK, WAS CITED FOR MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS; REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATION OF TITLE REQUIRED; AND FOR REQUIRED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, AT ROUTE 30 EAST & RT. 441, 12 APRIL 2015.

RANDY S. COOPER, AGE 34, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED AND FOR STOP SIGNS & YIELD SIGNS, AT 13TH. & MANOR STREETS, 10 APRIL 2015.

JEFFREY TEMPLIN, AGE 26, OF BAINBRIDGE, WAS CITED FOR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY; TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS; AND FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT 3RD. AND LINDEN STREETS, 12 APRIL 2015.

WILLIAM MYERS, AGE 55, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR STOP SIGNS & YIELD SIGNS AND FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT ROUTE 30 EAST & LINDEN STREET, 12 APRIL 2015.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES, 12 APRIL 2015: KEVIN BAHADUR, AGE 21, OF COLUMBIA; OSMAN AHMED KHAN, AGE 28, OF CONESTOGA; JOSEPH P. GOODHART, JR., AGE 51, OF MANHEIM; AND ALEXIS MARIE LITTLE, AGE 21, OF YORK.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR MAXIMUM SPEED LILMITS, AT ROUTE 30 EAST & RT. 441, 12 APRIL 2015: ZACHARY R. BRODY, AGE 21, OF YORK; LAURA E. McDOWELL, AGE 49, OF LITITZ; COLIN E. B. HUNT, AGE 18, OF LANCASTER; SARA MARIE BAKKE, AGE 23, OF MARYLAND; NICCOLE LYNN WRIGHT, AGE 37, OF EASTON; ALEMAYEHU DEMISSIE, AGE 60, OF NEW JERSEY; AND RICHARD C. AVERSALLI, AGE 23, OF SPRING GROVE.

North Charleston police shooting rekindles “disgust but not surprise” feelings

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on April 9, 2015 at 6:21 am

Another police shooting on Tuesday, a lethal response resulting in another killing of an unarmed person, has turned the national moral spotlight to North Charleston, SC.

The Post and Courier, Charleston’s daily newspaper, has the local coverage including the video. Click on the graphic to be directed to the newspaper’s Website.

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Other articles:

North Charleston residents express disgust, but not surprise, at police shooting – The New York Times

officer had “prior excessive force complaint” – The Washington Post

Are people “afraid of police” or “looking for a confrontation?” LancasterOnLine

On spy cameras:

LIP News:And don’t forget the number one purpose of the cameras: to create the opportunity for city police officers to execute homeless, mentally ill residents.”

CEDC’s Columbia Downtown Master Plan revealed at meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on April 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm

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In March, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation invited certain groups of people to share the “charrette presentation.” Not everyone, just certain groups of people. Click on the graphic above to view that presentation.

This evening everyone was invited, via an article in the daily newspaper, and subsequent shares at Cole Umber’s news site and this one, to a Columbia Downtown Master Plan presentation at Perfect Settings in downtown Columbia.

A crowd of less than 100 and more than 50 assembled to be taken through the presentation (click here to see the presentation) – the meeting began at 6:00 pm and ended just after 8:15 pm.

Two councillors attended, as did the mayor, and a number of recognizable persona from the borough.

The consultants emphasized the need to collaborate and move to a set of collective visions. The presentation set a number of aggressive target achievement dates.

There’s still no mention of the charrette nor the presentation at the CEDC Website and no facebook post since February.

Yet collaboration, coordination and communication were mentioned frequently tonight.

PA Auditor General issues good reports on Columbia’s Pension Plan audits

In Government, In Columbia on April 8, 2015 at 11:58 am

The office of the Auditor General has issued these reports:

Non-Uniformed Pension Plan

Police Pension Plan

Robocalls: what you need to know

In Everyday Living, Government on April 8, 2015 at 5:21 am

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If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a robocall.  We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls because internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to hide from law enforcement by displaying fake caller ID information.

To date, the FTC has brought more than a hundred lawsuits against over 600 companies and individuals responsible for billions of illegal robocalls and other Do Not Call violations.

The FTC also is leading several initiatives to develop technology-based solutions. Those initiatives include a series of robocall contests that challenge tech gurus to design tools that block robocalls and help investigators track down and stop robocallers. We’re also encouraging industry efforts to combat caller ID spoofing.

Here’s the FTC’s game plan to combat robocalls:

  • continue aggressive law enforcement
  • build better tools for investigating robocalls
  • coordinate with law enforcement, industry, and other stakeholders
  • stimulate and pursue technological solutions.

There’s more here at the Federal Communications Commission Website.

“5 thinks to know about robocalls and whether it’s a scam” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

evening news update – “Background Check Requirements – Volunteer and Paid Staff”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on April 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Effective December 31, 2014, Pennsylvania amended the state’s Child Protective Services Law and declared every “emergency medical services provider certified by the Department of Health,” all individuals who “accept responsibility for a child,” and all others who may have “direct contact with children” to be mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse. 23 Pa.C.S. § 6311. Under the changes to the Child Protective Services Law, all mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse must obtain criminal background checks and child abuse clearances. The amendments to the Child Protective Services Law require all prospective and current adults working in a paid or unpaid capacity “who have direct contact with children or who are responsible for the welfare of a child” (under 18 years of age) as well as all EMS providers (regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid) and other paid personnel to obtain both criminal background check and child abuse clearances once every 36 months. 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344.4(1)(i). “Direct contact with Children” is defined in the Child Protective Services Law as “the care, supervision, guidance or control of children, or routine interaction with children”.

23 Pa.C.S. § 6303.

These background checks are required for adults and are conducted to determine if a volunteer or employee has been convicted of any serious felonies or sex crimes, or has been identified as a perpetrator in a substantiated case of child abuse. 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344(c)(2). Also, any convictions of a drug offense within the past five years will also disqualify an individual from serving as a volunteer who works with children. 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344(c)(3).

Click here to read this item in its entirety at the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute Website.

afternoon news update

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on April 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Columbia Police Department news release

NATHAN M. BLESSING, AGE 22, OF WRIGHTSVILLE, WAS CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE, AT 3RD. & LINDEN STREETS, 28 MARCH 2015.

JESSICA VAL FUNCK, AGE 24, OF ELIZABETHTOWN, WAS CITED FOR TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS, AT 3RD. & CHESTNUT STREETS, 28 MARCH 2015.

TERRY LEE MARTIN, AGE 37, OF CONESTOGA, WAS CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES, AT 13TH. & MANOR STREETS, 29 MARCH 2015.

DONNA MAE LEGG, AGE 53, OF DOVER, WAS CITED FOR OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE, AT 3RD. AND LINDEN STREETS, 29 MARCH 2015.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED; DENZEL PRINCE ANDREW WALKER, AGE 24, OF ELIZABETHTOWN; EDWARD R. SIVER, AGE 29, OF COLUMBIA; TONY REGINALD CRENSHAW, AGE 56, OF YORK; DANIEL DIAZ, AGE 47, OF COLUMBIA; NOLAN J. BRONNER, AGE 35, OF COLUMBIA; VINCENT DRAGO, AGE 28, OF WRIGHTSVILLE; LEAH SMITH, AGE 30, OF COLUMBIA; DEVEN A. MCMANUS, AGE 30, OF COLUMBIA. MCMANUS WAS ALSO CITED FOR DUTIES AT STOP SIGNS, AT 14TH. & MANOR STREETS.

LESTER C. SHELTON, AGE 50, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR REQUIRED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, ON WALNUT STREET, 03 APRIL 2015.

KENNETH L. METZGER, AGE 59, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR ONE-WAY ROADWAYS AND ROTARY TRAFFIC ISLANDS, IN AVENUE H, 05 APRIL 2015.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS WERE CITED FOR TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS, IN THE BOROUGH OF COLUMBIA; CHRISTOPHER DORAN FERGUSON, AGE 33, OF YORK; JOHNATHAN CARLOS CARMONA, AGE 18, OF LANCASTER; MARQUISE TORRELL MOULTRIE, AGE 25, OF MARYLAND; TIMOTHY L. MOWERY, AGE 42, OF MANHEIM; JORDAN AGUDELO, AGE 25, OF EPHRATA; STEPHANIE M. RINEER, AGE 19, OF COLUMBIA; SHARROD A. PARKER, AGE 41, OF MARIETTA; AND JESSE JAMES BERSINGER, AGE 20, OF MARIETTA.

Chambersburg Town Council opening with Hindu prayer 1st time in 212 years (news release)

Borough of Chambersburg Town Council in Pennsylvania, incorporated in 1803, will have its first historic Hindu opening prayer on April 13, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Town Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he will then interpret as “Lead us from the unreal to the Real, Lead us from darkness to Light, and Lead us from death to immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge councilmembers to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award, Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Legal notice

In Education, Government, In Columbia, People on April 6, 2015 at 6:01 am

This legal notice appears in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:

“The Columbia Borough School District will be holding a Committee of the Whole Voting Meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015 … ” click here to continue reading. [NOTE: The link has been corrected.]

Interesting this legal notice lists Laura Cowburn as the Board Secretary, yet this January 2015 article states, “Amy E. Light will take over effective March 16 and earn $85,000 per year. She replaces Laura Cowburn, who has been with the district 17 years and is retiring.

and the race has begun

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on April 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm

The race is on … signs are appearing around the area. Each of the candidates who have filed have Internet presence with Websites or facebook sites or other social media sites. The folks who’ll be casting ballots for one of the four will be registered voters who live in West Hempfield Township, Mountville and Columbia.

In the most recent election in which a high-profile office was “contested,” the number of voters who voted in each of the municipalities were:

  • West Hempfield Township … 1,481
  • Mountville ………………………..    191
  • Columbia ………………………….   956

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The candidates who have filed lists of signatures and a Statement of Financial Interests form for Magisterial District Judge for district 02-1-06 are:

Miles Bixler, 515 Pitney Road, Columbia, PA; his listed profession is police officer.

Robert L. Buzzendore, 1053 Central Avenue, Columbia, PA; his listed profession is attorney.

William Genetti, 216 Providence Place, Mountville, PA; his listed profession is police officer.

Mark Pugliese, 3472 Coronet Avenue, Lancaster, PA; his listed profession is law enforcement.

Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time. Magisterial district judges handle all traffic cases, minor criminal cases, and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000. District justices also set bail and conduct preliminary hearings in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to determine if the cases should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings.

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